Minister of State (MoS), Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Labor & Employment Mr. Rameswar Teli launched ONGC-supported Assam Handloom project ‘Ujjwal Abahan’ through a virtual platform. The project will support and train over a hundred artisans of Bhatiapar of Sivasagar, Assam in Hathkharga handicraft.
This project is in line with the government’s observance of “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”, under which ONGC has earlier launched two projects supporting the indigenous handicrafts of the country. Observing India’s 75th year of independence, PSUs under the Petroleum and natural gas ministry have undertaken 75 projects to be supported to commemorate each year of Independence. Among the 75 projects, ONGC is supporting 15 projects, which will be implemented by 15 August 2022. The 3rd initiative of ONGC is part of the first phase – in which the energy major will unveil five projects.
The Minister said that the Assam Handloom project is worth over 26 lakh rupees and expressed confidence that it will substantially benefit the local weavers, subsequently boost the rural economy. He noted that technological development is key to increasing productivity through these projects. He expressed optimism that the example set by ONGC will lead other PSUs to come forward and help support such beneficial schemes in the country.
Petroleum Secretary Mr. Tarun Kapoor said it is commendable that ONGC through this unique CSR project is supporting the handicraft and generating employment in rural areas. He noted that the skill-based training included in the projects is a major leap towards empowering underprivileged people of the country.
ONGC CMD Mr. Subhash Kumar noted that it is a matter of pride and honor to host such a CSR project as a part of the government’s celebration of the 75th year of Independence. “ONGC has always been supporting local communities in and around its operational areas and will continue to do so.”