Exhibition of handicrafts, business skills in the capital

NEW DELHI: This week, 82 men and women with disabilities exhibit their crafts and entrepreneurship skills and creative talent at the EKAM Festival (Entrepreneurship, Knowledge, Awareness, Marketing) organized by the National Corporation for the Development of Finance for the Disabled (NHFDC) of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in Marg in the capital.

Minister for social justice and empowerment said that the festival was an effort to promote entrepreneurship and knowledge among the persons with disabilities (PwDs) and provide marketing opportunities to entrepreneurs among PwDs.

NHFDC is working to develop a brand and a platform for the marketing of these entrepreneurs' products under the EKAM sign. NHFDC also plans to start an online marketing platform to promote sales and rope in large corporate homes.

New NHFDC initiatives launched at the festival include Swavalamban Kendras. These will be PwD micro skills training centers throughout the country for PwD training. These centers will have the capacity to provide quality training to around 120 people with disabilities per year. The NSK PwD owner is likely to earn around Rs 20,000 per month.

Similarly, NHFDC has agreed with Sakha Cabs where PwD-owned commercial vehicles will be driven by female drivers to provide safe taxi options for women, children and travelers who are senior citizens. Such safe taxis are already in operation in New Delhi and Indore airport. The vehicles here are funded by NHFDC under its scheme.

NHFDC recently agreed to finance electronic cars equipped with RO water vending machines. These cars will sell water in paper cups while maintaining hygiene. Cars will be supported in operation by. The PwD owner is expected to earn Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 per month in the operation of these cars.

Minister of micro, small and medium enterprises, Nitin Gadkari In his speech at the opening of the festival, he said that the MSME sector has great employment and self-employment potential for people with disabilities. He said that artisan women can take advantage of several useful MSME schemes.

Minister for women and child development and textiles, said that Indian traditional clothes have a very rich history and are in high demand in our country and abroad and offer vast potential of employment. She added that since women have contributed a lot in the embroidery work, NHFDC should encourage PwDs for entrepreneurship in this sector. She emphasised on coordination among all ministries and department for the welfare of PwDs.