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ONGC launches Assam Handloom project under ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’

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Minister of State (MoS) for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Labor & Employment Rameswar Teli launched ONGC-supported Assam Handloom project ‘Ujjwal Abahan’ on August 6, through a virtual platform. This project is in line with the government’s observance of “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”.

Under Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, the ONGC has earlier launched two projects supporting the indigenous handicrafts of the country. The latest project will support and train over a hundred artisans of Bhatiapar of Sivasagar, Assam in Hathkharga handicraft.

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 August 15, 2022. The third initiative of ONGC is a part of the first phase, wherein it will unveil five projects.

While addressing the occasion, the Minister said that the Assam Handloom project is worth over Rs 26 lakh and expressed confidence that it will substantially benefit the local weavers, subsequently boost the rural economy. He also highlighted 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 Tarun Kapoor appreciated efforts by ONGC. He said it is commendable that ONGC through this unique CSR project is supporting handicrafts and generating employment in rural areas. Pointing out the benefit of the skill training program, he said, the skill-based training included in the projects is a major leap towards empowering underprivileged people in India.

Chairman and Managing Director of ONGC Subhash Kumar called such initiatives a matter of pride for the organisation. He said, “ONGC has always been supporting local communities in and around its operational areas and will continue to do so.”

(With inputs from PIB)

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