DBMSVK laments lack of funds
DBMSVK laments lack of funds. The Durga Bai Mahila Sisu Vikas Kendra, spread over 7 acres in Guntur, was hailed as a boon to girls hailing from below poverty line families.
The Durga Bai Mahila Sisu Vikas Kendra, spread over 7 acres in Guntur, was hailed as a boon to girls hailing from below poverty line families. But the institute is currently starving for funds, patronage and skill development projects. Currently, training for fashion designing and a computer course is currently being offered, thanks to the initiative of district manager J Sri Valli who persuaded an NRI to sponsor the programmes.
Except for salaries to the staff, the government has given no funds to the kendra which ironically has set an ambitious deadline to train 2 crore youth in the next 10 years. The kendra was instrumental in training hundreds of young girls in dyeing, fashion designing works on skirts and kurtas and ghagra cholis.
The girls are trained for a period of three months in the art. The neck designing works on blouses alone fetches amounts ranging from Rs 700 to Rs 3,000 and sometimes even up to Rs 10,000 depending upon the richness of the works. Instructor at the kendra A Vijaya Kumari says that she had been working for over eight years and had trained hundreds of girls who even after their marriage had taken to designing and dyeing to supplement their husband's earnings.
Shahini, a girl from Dammalapadu village in Muppala mandal, says that she had joined the training only two weeks ago and has been able to grasp the art. After training for three months she plans to return to her village to set up a centre in her village to in turn train local girls. The sprawling Durga Bai Mahila Sisu Vikasa Kendra has a fashion designing centre, computer training and printing technology course along with a printing press.
The district manager Sri Valli feels, “If the centre is given a semblance of autonomy and government support, it has the potential to be the most happening place in the district. The government should also identify the centre as a skill development centre and send girls from across India for training programmes and transform it into a vibrant kendra.”
By Ravi P Benjamin