Rural women’s training center on this national sewing machine day

The government already facilitates demand-driven training and development programs through Samarth.

On National Sewing Machine Day, i.e. the 13and In June, Narayan Seva Sansthan inaugurated the Narayan Sewing Training Center for Disabled People in partnership with Skill India Team, where they will undergo 30-45 days hands-on sewing machine training supported by the Narayan Training Team Seva Sansthan.

In this sector, the government is already facilitating demand-driven training and development programs through Samarth (Scheme for Capacity Building in the Textile Sector) for sustainable employment. The industry requires skills upgrading in traditional sectors such as looms, handicrafts, sericulture and jute. According to India’s Female Labor Force Participation Rate (LFPR), which includes employed working-age women and those seeking employment, the rate fell to 23.3% in 2017-2018 . The main reason for this decline is having household responsibilities like caring for their children etc.

As industry experts have reported, there is a need to focus on addressing the skills shortage and increasing the youth unemployment rate in the country. To address this, the central government launched the SAMARTH program to provide a demand-driven, placement-driven skills program and an integrated industry to amplify jobs and promote skills upgrading in traditional sectors.

After independence, the sewing machine played a prominent role in providing garment and textile production units with stable employment and also monetary independence for women in rural India. After gaining enough skills in art making and being economically stable, their responsibility to the household doubled when these women started paying for their children’s fees and other household expenses.

It is also part of the industrial revolution where traditional handmade products with automated production started across the world. Currently, thanks to the integration of technology with sewing machines, these machines are capable of doing a myriad of sewing, quilting and embroidery styles. Now, these machines are classified into two types: industrial sewing machines and household sewing machines, where household sewing machines include the following: mechanical sewing machine, electronic sewing machine, computerized or automated sewing machine, embroidery machine and overlock sewing machine.

The unique NGO initiative will provide vocational training to women in rural India, which will help them to participate in mainstream society. These trainings provided by Narayan Seva Sansthan will help people with special disabilities to earn a living and bring up their children with good education. The NGO works for the upliftment of disadvantaged and specially disabled people by offering them vocational training in the field of sewing, embroidery and computer repair.

Mr. Prashant Agrawal, President of Narayan Seva Sansthan, said, “We are happy to inaugurate a dedicated sewing center for women in rural India. We have been working for women empowerment for more than 2 decades where we provide different professional trainings to rural women, students and people with disabilities. The NGO has qualified more than 8,750 specially empowered people since 2011.”

After this training, certificates and placement opportunities will be provided to the candidate to become self-employed. Classes such as hand embroidery, garment wrapping and basic training with the latest sewing machine technology will be provided free of charge by Skill India Team.

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