Livelihood Promotion
Livelihood Skill training For Self Employment:

Earning a reasonable livelihood is key to the dignity of every individual. Possessing a vocation skill empowers an individual to earn himself a dignified life. With this understanding, Nilachal Seva Pratisthan(NSP)conducts a number of programs which equip individuals with vocational skills. NSP has taken up another innovative programme for rural women in the age group of 18-35 years, largely drawn from disadvantaged sections. The objective of the programme is to train the women in certain vocational skills, which would enable them to earn their livelihood. RASS has identified some of the demand areas like-bead making, candle making, spices products chalk, phynile, tailoring and embroidery, household appliances repair and maintenance, computer training, mushroom production, dairy and nursery-raising as productive vocations. In close collaboration with the State Government's Vocational Training Centre NSP offered skill training in home products In 2007, NSP started skill up gradation Centre in Puri District, which were targeted at providing under employed and unemployed youth in vocational skills to make them employable. There are four different types of skilling programs. Tier 1 programs are knowledge centers that provide industrial training. To this end, NSP partnered with different corporate sector.Tier II centers are located in semi-urban and rural locations and teach a wide variety of market relevant skills. Tier III programs are grassroots centers that are village or community based programs and teach specific skills like cooking and tailoring. Tier IV programs are entrepreneurial support programs at the village or slum level where support like financial training or market linkages are provided. NSP provides livelihood skills training to its participants that enable women and men to get a strong start. With the vast majority of NSP participants lacking formal education, training is designed in a way that is accessible and practical. Training programs are specialized in each region, and include a combination of games, role play, small-group work, and other interactive techniques. Field-based instruction also provides an opportunity for hands-on learning and practice. Our training programs are tailored to the participants' chosen livelihood activities.

Handicraft Development Programmes:

Handicrafts constitute an important segment of the decentralized/unorganized sector of our economy. Nilachal Seva Pratisthan which continuously playing a vital role in the development of Indian handicrafts society. NSP extensive grassroots connection and involvement in various handicrafts manufacturing form various villages from all over the Odisha. This NGO, representing various classes of people and interests, plays a surrogate role by engaging in public policy making. Handicrafts & Handlooms is a growing and vital sector of our economy both in terms of generating livelihood & employment. Originally, started as a part time activity in rural areas, it has now transformed in flourishing economic activity due to significant market demand over the years. Handicrafts have big potential as they hold the key for sustaining not only the existing set of millions of artisans spread over length and breadth of the rural villages, but also for increasingly large number of new entrants in the crafts activity. Presently, handicrafts are contributing substantially in employment generation and export. The Handicraft sector has suffered due to very nature of being in the unorganized sector with additional constraints like lack of education, capital, poor exposure to new technologies, absence of market intelligence and poor institutional framework. Therefore the Skill up gradation programme assume great significant role in economic development. This year NSP has started skill up gradation training programme from March 2010 in support and guidance of Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India under HRD Scheme to provide qualified and trained work force capable of establishing a strong production base coupled with improvement, quality, appropriate techniques and innovative designs to meet the present needs of Market. At present 2 skill up gradation trainings are given to the artisans like Applique and Stone Carving; Applique training is short term course to cover 10 artisans in a month and Stone Carving is a long term training course to cover 10 artisans in 6 months. It has targeted to complete 30 artisans in a year for Stone Carving. The activities have been identified keeping in view of the local need and market potentiality. The major achievement of this year for the programme has been, being able to impart craft development techniques to its artisans.

Promotion of Khadi & Village Industry:

The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) is a statutory body formed by the Government of India, under the Act of Parliament,'Khadi and Village Industries Commission Act of 1956'. It is an apex organization under the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, with regard to khadi and village industries within India, which seeks to - "plan, promote, facilitate, organise and assist in the establishment and development of khadi and village industries in the rural areas in coordination with other agencies engaged in rural development wherever necessary.

Promotion of Khadi & Village Industry was the first initiative taken up by Nilachal Seva Pratisthan(NSP) after the disastrous Cyclone of 1978 followed by devastating flood. The programme was started with 55 destitute women by setting a model Charkha Centre in 1981. The programme was supported by Odisha Khadi & Village Industries Board (OKVIB). Subsequently, the programme was certified by Khadi & Village Industries Commission (KVIC), Mumbai and Odisha Khadi & Village Industries Board (OKVIB). Since then the programme is continuing on a regular basis. The objective of the programme is not only to enhance the livelihood of the rural poor weavers but to retain the traditional knowledge and to promote rural small scale industries. Presently there are two spinning units, one weaving unit and one unit is made separately for sales and marketing. Over 305 weavers and 580 spinners are now associated with this programme and sustaining their livelihood.

Industrial Training Center:

Industrial Training Institute generally known as ITI's and their self financing counterparts i.e Industrial Training Centre known as ITC's to the masses are those training institutes that provide training in engineering and non-engineering technical fields and are constituted under the Ministry of Labour, Government of India.Industrial Training Centre is established by Nilachal Seva Pratisthan since 1999 to impart training to the rural poor unemployed youths and generate employment. The centre has been affiliated to National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT), Govt. of India, New Delhi, through the State Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training, Bhubaneswar. The Director of Technical Education and Training, Cuttack, supervises the centre to monitor the performances and conducts the examination. 100% placement has given to all the students. The main objective behind opening of ITC's is to provide technical manpower to the fast emerging secondary sector i.e. industrial sector of the developing and developed economy. These young one's are trained in basic practical skills required to do jobs in the industry.

Skill Up-Gradation Training Under
Swornajayanti Gramya Sworojagar Yojana(SGSY):

The objective of SGSY is to bring the assisted poor families above the poverty line by providing them income generating assets through a mix of bank credit and government subsidy. The families of below poverty line (BPL) including artisans, identified through the BPL Census are eligible for assistance under the Scheme. While selecting the new activities priority may be given to those having inherent skill which is primarily constituted by the rural artisans.

Our Nilachal Seva Pratisthan(NSP) has implemented skill up-gradation training for the Women SHGs Belongs to BPL categories under SGSY programme in Kanas and Delanga Block of Puri District. The Panchayati Raj Department, Govt. of Odisha has supported the financial assistances through District Rural Development Agency (DRDA), Puri for the said training programme. The main objective of the scheme is to empower rural women SHGs coming under BPL categories by providing skill up- gradation training for socio-economic development of such women and their family. Once the person or group of persons has been identified for assistance, their training need also is to be ascertained with reference to Minimum Skill Requirement (MSR). The assessment regarding technical skills would be made by line departments and that of managerial skills by the banker, while scrutinizing the loan applications.Swarozgaris possessing skills will be put through basic orientation programme which is mandatory. This programme includes elements of book-keeping, knowledge of market, idesntification and appraisal, acquaintance with product costing, product pricing, familiarisation with project financing by banks as well as basic skills in the key activity identified. There are 671nos. of women/ SHG members became skilled in the trades given billow during the year 2012-13.

Skill/Capacity building:

Building capacity involves skills transfer, training, human resource management, organizational development, and the strengthening of communities and social networks. It is important to train individuals to serve in national or international technical assistance programs; and also to train policy makers and practitioners to implement sustainable development strategies. Human Resource Development is a continuous process that builds the capacity of different stakeholders working at the village, Panchayat level and also develops technical skills for art and crafts. The range of programme includes Training of Anganwadi Workers, Leadership Development Training of Minority Women, Industrial Training Centre, Promotion of Khadi and Village Industries, Handicrafts Training/ Skill Up-Gradation Of Artisans and Skill Up-Gradation Training Under Swornajayanti Gramya Sworojagar Yojana etc. Besides this Nilachal Seva Pratisthan(NSP) always try to develop our personnel skill and capacity through organizing skill training and capacity building programmes and also we provide equal opportunities to all the personnel to grow and participate in workshops and seminars as per the need. Capacity building in NSP is a way to strengthen an organization so that it can perform the specific mission it has set out to do and thus survive as an organization. It is an ongoing process that incites organizations to continually reflect on their work, organization, and leadership and ensure that they are fulfilling the mission and goals they originally set out to do.

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