KOKRAJHAR, April 26: In an encouraging journey, a local woman entrepreneur of No. 1 Narabari, Serfanguri of Kokrajhar district, Amala Brahma who has been running Rongjali SHG, a weaving centre, since 2002, was honoured with the Thakur Ved Ram National Award, 2017-18. She received the award at a function held at Kullu in Himachal Pradesh on April 21. She is the second Bodo woman entrepreneur to receive this award after Maloti Rani Narzary, the president of Roje Ishanshali, a weaving cooperative society, Salakati six years ago.
Amala Brahma, the proprietor of Rongjali SHG, which has been promoting the local weavers through ‘Endi’ products and other hand-woven materials, while talking to this correspondent, said she started her industry way back in 2002 with village weavers and was still providing job opportunities through weaving. She said her SHG had taken part in various exhibitions at the national and international level, as well as in Bhutan and Nepal.
Brahma said the annual Thakur Ved Ram National Awards 2017-18 was held to commemorate the 98th birth anniversary of the founder of Bhuttico, one of the reputed co-operative societies engaged in producing woollen handloom products. The chairman of National Cooperative Society, New Delhi, N. Satya Narayan, who attended the award function as chief guest, gave away the award. In his address, he appreciated the Bhuttico brand for its exemplary performance.