Shillong(Meghalaya), June 12: After the ban on coal mining in the State , the Labour Department through the Meghalaya State Skill Development Society (MSSDS) with the support of Aide et Action (NGO) conducted a two week long Community Mobilisation Drive recently to sensitize the general public, particularly those affected by the coal mining ban, and to offer them various short-term skill training programmes.
The exercise was aimed to make people aware about the objectives and benefits under the programme and will address the challenges faced by the community by providing them with an opportunity to enrol themselves into various government sponsored skill training programmes as an alternate livelihood option for their sustainability.
Efforts were made to reach out to the people in various areas and corners of the two districts of the state through home visits, awareness programmes, poster campaigns and mobile announcements with the support of the Information & Public Relations department .
There were a considerable number of people who participated in these awareness programmes and the total reach-out is 1191 covering over 1606 number of households and around 147 candidates registered themselves for various skill training programme that includes Integrated Farming, Service Sector Trades like Hospitality, Security Guard, General Duty, Assistant, Fashion Designing, Integrated Farming, Pottery and other Native Crafts etc
The participants were encouraged to take advantage of the various skill training programmes offered by the government and also to contact the nearest DC office every Tuesday from 10 AM to 4 PM for more details and enrolment.