Pilot project launched to popularize use of water hyacinth based craft
From our Correspondent
SIVASAGAR, April 25: It was a momentous occasion for the people of Sivasagar in particular and Assam in general when Director (HR), ONGC DD Mishra iugurated the ONGC CSR Project – ‘Water Hyacinth Based Craft’, a pilot project with an objective to popularize the use of water hyacinth based craft as a source of sustaible livelihood in rural areas. The programme was organized at Nimaijan Primary School, Sivasagar recently.
Addressing a large public gathering on the occasion, Director (HR) reiterated ONGC’s commitment towards its corporate social responsibility. The Director (HR) informed the gathering that the pilot project would be initiated in an integrated mode in association with NEDFi and North East Women Entrepreneurs Association combining capacity building, infrastructure support and marketing linkage in an attempt to provide comprehensive nurturing of the targeted beneficiaries, especially the rural women.
Speaking about the project, the Director (HR) informed that water hyacinth is readily available free of cost, growing in plenty in ponds and wetlands, which otherwise is considered as a mece to the environment can be effectively utilized as raw material for making eco-friendly craft products. Mishra exhorted to put whole hearted efforts and urged everyone, especially the youngsters, to leave no stone unturned in making the project a successful one.
Encouraging the rural women of the area, ED-Asset Mager, Assam Asset, Budhin Deuri said that water hyacinth could be used easily along with jute, cane and bamboo for making handicraft which could be a source of sustaible livelihood with value addition in the product, and marketing and supply chain magement. The Asset Mager also informed that Assam Asset would provide the best possible support in making the project successful.
While thanking the organizer, Chief CSR, SS C Parthiban said that ONGC was happy to be a part of the eco-friendly project. Chief CSR also expressed his confidence that the project would be successful in creating sustaible livelihood, promoting eco-friendly products, empowering women in rural areas and rejuveting environment by removal of a mece.
The event witnessed overwhelming response and was attended by many senior level executives of ONGC, NEDFi, North East Women Entrepreneurs Association, Sivasagar and a large number of people from the surrounding areas.