Looks like the recent LED revolution in Andhra Pradesh is not only lighting up the remotest of Mandals, but also the lives of many tribal women. The story of hope and progress had come to light when A Chandrasekhar Reddy, CEO of State Energy Conservation Mission recently paid a visit to the LED manufacturing unit that is located at Rampachodavaram. The outcomes of his visit revealed an even brighter truth.
This LED manufacturing unit is actually on a mission. The unit, with focus to improve the livelihood of tribal women in the area actively employs actively to produce more than one lakh energy saving lamps each month.
A self sustainable model has been created for the tribal folk who have the basic skill or the manned labor. Rampa Girijan Mahila Samakhya, or RGMS has been formed by and for the better future of the tribal women. The establishment received an initial funding from the Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA). Thereafter, RGMS bought in training material that values 20 Lakh rupees in order to start making LED bulbs for tubes, streets and novelty.
The tribal women are put into 5 week on the job training first. During this time frame, they are trained to understand and learn the manufacturing of LED. The workforce acquires all the skills and semi knock down kits that contain components that make a marketable end product.
The firm that was set up last year with a funding of 25 lakh rupees now employs 51 tribal women who are headed by a lady tribal with a B Tech Degree. The team now works to meet the monthly production capacity of 1,25,000 bulbs, 6,000 street lights and others.
The story is as inspiring as it gets. Tribal women of AP prove that nothing can stop their mission as long as there is direction and determination.
Source – PTI