Dibrugarh, October 3: Foundation stone for the first ever Industrial Training Institute for the Dibyangans exclusively was laid at Dibrugarh ITI Complex at Borboruah, Dibrugarh today by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
This is a one of a kind institute in the country in order to set up a new pathway for empowerment of the differently abled youth of the state.
With an expenditure of 5.5 crore will be used in the first phase of construction, keeping in mind the special needs of the differently abled people a vacant space of ITI, Dibrugarh measuring 5 bigha land will be used to set up the institute.
Following the guidelines of National Council for Vocational Training, the ITI will comprise of sixty seats for three different trades with 20 seats per trade. Hostel facilities separately for both girls and boys will be provided. The trades included in the curriculum of the Institute are Computer Operator and Programming Assistant, Cutting and Sewing Technology and Hair & Skin Care.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal termed the initiative as a historic moment and a true manifestation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of “Lakshya Antyodaya, Path Antyodaya”.
The Chief Minister also informed that Rs. 250 crore budget provisions has been made to provide one-time financial assistance to 4.5 lakh dibyangans of the state during 2017-18.
Sonowal vowing to build the new ITI as a model institution for all other ITIs to follow further added that the ITI for the dibyangans shows our commitment to empower the unprivileged section of the society in order to give them a life of dignity. The Chief Minister further said that more trades will be added in the ITI in the coming future and seat capacity will also be increased to facilitate the differently abled youth a better chance for dignified livelihood.
Applauding the Prime Minister’s Skill India Mission for its endeavor to create a skilled human resource, Sonowal said the industrial training Institute for dibyangans will lead the way for more such efforts to bring the differently abled people into the forefront. He also said that in order to achieve a inclusive society, we must smooth the progress of an environment for development of the differently abled citizens and make them equal contributors in nation building.
Other dignitaries present at the occasion were Industry & Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary, MP Rameswar Teli, MLAs Prashanta Phukan, Rituparna Baruah, Binod Hazarika, Chakradhar Gogoi, Sanjay Kishan, vice chairman of Housing Board Subhas Dutta, Managing Director of Assam Skill Development Mission AP Tiwari, Director of Labour & Employment Rituraj Bora.