MMRDA provides job oportunities

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Mumbai, Nov 13 (UNI) The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) initiative in providing job opportunities, for its unemployed project affected persons has paid rich dividends once again with PAP ladies ranking in a profit of Rs two lakh from sale of items during the recent Diwali festivals.

''MMRDA as part of its resettlement and rehabilitation policy has been coming up with various schemes to help unemployed ladies generate source of income and during the Diwali festival, the women were involved in making food items, decorations, candles, lanterns, greeting cards lamps etc'', said Joint Project Director (Public Relations) Mr Dilip Kawathkar.

With the help of SPARC, a non governmental organization, MMRDA got together ladies from areas like Anik, Indian oil, Mankhurd PMG colony together and help them make and sell items for Diwali and to get their act together, a loan of Rs two lakh was given by SPARC, said Mr Kawathkar.

The project kicked off two months ago and training was imparted to the ladies in various areas. The ladies were divided into groups and also began their job by procuring raw materials from various places.

The ladies were involved in selling Paithani sarees, making decorative items while those from the PMG colony were involved in making lanterns, wall hangings etc. These ladies underwent a four day training. Soon after making these items, the ladies displayed them by putting up stalls at various places namely MMRDA, MHADA, Sales tax headquarters at Mazagaon and family court 15 days prior to the Diwali festivities. Sales worth Rs four lakh were generated out of which Rs two lakh was taken from SPARC was returned.

This is the third entrepreneurial initiative of these ladies and all the three resulted in huge success. It began with selling files, envelopes at Vashi Naka and Anik etc which was followed by sale of rachis at various locations, a MMRDA release said here today.


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