KERALA

DIC initiates training for beneficiaries

KOZHIKODE, DEC. 6. The District Industries Centre (DIC) began its 10-day management-training programme for handicapped persons and women. The DIC will set up a ceiling fan unit at Maruthongara here.

Of the total 40 trainees as many as 20 are handicapped and an equal number are women from below poverty line (BPL).

The self-employment scheme is initiated by the DIC, under the Prime Minister's Rojgar Yojna, in association with the Thamarassery-based Centre for Overall Development.

The unit, `Galaxy Group,' will begin commercial production within a month, DIC sources said.

A buy-back agreement has been arrived at with a Hyderabad-based private enterprise that deals in ceiling fans.

The Federal Bank, Perambra branch, is financing the project with a earmarked capital investment of Rs.40 lakhs. A sum of Rs.10 lakhs is being provided to each of the four units which comprise the project.

The units will manufacture fan blades, rotar dye casting and machining, winding and finishing, and coating and painting.

More than 80 per cent of the production process will be done at the Maruthongara unit. Twenty per cent of the work will be taken up by the Hyderabad enterprise.

The DIC general manager P.R. Luis inaugurated the programme at the Peruvannamozhi Agriculture Research Centre. Deputy General Manager Federal Bank Abraham M. Jacob, Federal Bank Perambra Branch Manager M.C. Chandrasekharan, District Industries Officer Isaac Kuruvilla, among others participated in the inaugural session.

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