April 20, 2011

Tata Power creates self-employment opportunities for women in Naraj Marthapur

  • Establishes 'tailoring training centre'
Cuttack, Orissa: Tata Power, India’s largest integrated private power company, is making significant inroads into the hearts of the people of Naraj Marthapur and the surrounding villages through focused and well conceptualised community initiatives.

Purushottam Thakur, general manager, projects, Tata Power, inaugurated a 'tailoring training centre' in Marthapur village near Cuttack. The training centre has been established with the primary objective of empowering and creating self-employment opportunities for the women in the region.

Speaking about the various initiatives, Mr Thakur said, “Tata Power endeavours to provide a comfortable livelihood to the residents, which has garnered wholehearted acceptance and is progressing well. We are confident that these initiatives will go a long way in improving the skill levels as well as the morale of the villagers of Naraj Marthapur and the surrounding areas. Our philosophy is to build a symbiotic and fruitful association with the communities in and around our areas of operations.”

The first batch of twenty-four girls and women will undergo a six-month training programme. The successful students from this batch will be provided employment opportunities under the Entrepreneurship Development Programme. These women will be provided with piece-rated job for stitching of petticoats, blouse and other ladies items. Movement for Urbanisation (MFU), an NGO in Orissa, will provide the necessary support for the marketing and brand creation for the clothes created by women trained at the centre.  

Apart from the tailoring training centre, Tata Power is training the first batch of 20 women on phenyl preparation and marketing. The company is further extending all support through another city-based NGO which is involved in managing the marketing, training and facilitation of group activities such as group formation, bookkeeping, accounting and bank linkages, among others.