Silchar, May 1: Rajasthan based Barefoot College, Netaji Chatra Yuva Sangstha, Silchar and ONGC Cachar has taken the noble initiative to provide solar electrification in 100 households of Narayanpur Basti in Cachar. Narayanpur Basti is inhabited by people belonging to tea tribe community and rail Basti. Addressing mediapersons at a press-meet held at the meeting hall of Madhyashahar Sanskriti Samiti at Park road of this town on Monday, Rabindranath, director of the College said, “We will facilitate indoor home lighting system in these 100 houses. This type of indoor home lighting lacks sustainability. In order to make it more sustainable, we will select two local persons from that area who are less educated and train them for 6 months in Barefoot College.”
“In 6 months we provide training for 200 hours. In addition to focus on solar engineering, training will be provided for confidence building, women physiological knowledge, law related knowledge, empowerment and entrepreneurship development. A number of enrich programmes will also be organized to make them expert. This solar electrification programme is in fact a women empowerment programme. Then they will return to their native place and try to foster development in all aspects. 100 units solar home lighting system will reach their village. These women will only install the system. Later, a village committee with the villagers as its members will be formed,” Rabindranath added to say.
The director of the College said that these trained women would be also able to work efficiently in the fields of micro financing, entrepreneurship, skill development and livelihood promotion. It is pertinent to mention here that Barefoot College, widely known as The Social Work and Research Centre (SWRC) is a charitable organization, actively working in the fields of education, health, women empowerment, skill development, drinking and solar electrification in rural areas. It was founded by Sanjit (Bunker) Roy in the year 1972. “A bank account exclusively meant for the repair and maintenance will be opened. Villagers will deposit money into it and use it for repair and maintenance work. No external agency will interfere in it,” Rabindranath added.