People buy jeans, t-shirts and school uniforms made by Patna migrant workers

  • | Friday | 26th February, 2021

People cross Patna are showing keen interest in the jeans, t-shirts, school uniforms, bedsheets for hospitals, and towels manufactured by migrant workers of Patna, who returned home due to Covid-induced lockdown last year, are now being sold in open markets.

People cross Patna are showing keen interest in the jeans, t-shirts, school uniforms, bedsheets for hospitals, and towels manufactured by migrant workers of Patna, who returned home due to Covid-induced lockdown last year, are now being sold in open markets.

Also, paver blocks, handloom clothes, processed vegetables, and fruits produced by them are being sold in markets and also supplied to different institutions under the district innovative scheme (DIS) being monitored by the district administration.

“Five clusters with about 70 migrant workers are engaged in the production of these items on popular demand,” Patna DM Dr Chandrashekhar Singh said, adding the units are located in Athmalgola, Anisabad, Naubatpur, Parev near Koilwar bridge and Sigodi in Paliganj.

The DM said the National Institute of Technology (NIT)-Patna and Chandragupta Institute of Management-Patna (CIMP) are providing technical support for this innovative programme, aimed at providing job to skilled migrant workers who returned home from other states like Gujarat, Maharashtra, West Bengal, and Delhi during the lockdown.

Deputy development commissioner (DDC) Richie Pandey said Rs 10 lakh was provided as a grant to each unit under the DIS for installation of machines and raw materials. “The profit earned by marketing will go to the workers of those units,” Pandey added.

Pandey said while the paver blocks would be used for both government and private buildings, the handloom bedsheets and towels would be supplied to hospitals and nursing homes.

With Holi around the corner, the Anisabad-based unit has focussed on bringing varieties of children wears and ‘kurta’ in the local market. “Each unit is led by a nodal person. The district industry cell (DIC), on the other hand, is monitoring their functioning,” Pandey said.

DIC general manager Amarnaath Dubey said two local schools have already placed their orders for children’s uniforms. He said at the Naubatpur unit, the workers are producing processed food after preservation of vegetables and fruits in a cold room set up under the scheme.

The district administration has also provided a van for transportation. Dubey said products made by the migrant workers of Patna would also be sent to other places for which the marketing strategy was being worked out in consultation with the CIMP.


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