The Telegraph
Wednesday , March 26 , 2014
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Stitch in time for displaced

Dhanbad residents, rendered homeless by BCCL projects, will soon get to sew the loose ends of their lives and tailor a better future.

For imparting job-oriented training, the coal major is all set to set up three stitching and sewing centres in East Jharia, Barora and Lodna. The centres will be established with the help of Apparel Training and Design Centre (ATDC), Ranchi. It is affiliated to the Union ministry of textiles.

While BCCL will provide the building for setting up the centres, the machines, trainers and other equipment will be sponsored by ATDC. The coal major will also bear the training fee, which will be something around Rs 1,200 per person.

BCCL general manager (corporate social responsibility) U.K. Gupta and ATDC authorities held preliminary discussions last month and an ATDC team has surveyed the three locations.

Divulging details, Gupta said that a lot of things like the course duration, exact course fee, the number of trainees and other modalities are yet to the decided upon.

“The basic aim of setting up the centres is to provide job-oriented training to project-affected residents,” said head of BCCL’s sustainable development department S.C. Prasad.

He added that after the completion of the training, the coal company may help the trainees procure sewing machines so that they can start their tailoring business.

Regarding selecting the trainees, ATDC shall not have any say. BCCL solely will select the residents after finalising the modalities.