August 27, 2014
WB Govt showcases artworks of vagrants
Women and Child Development and SocialWelfare department has organised a 'Bhabaghure Mela', a two days fair. The fairwill showcase products and works of the vagrants. “Vocational training provided at variousshelter homes will help them in future,” said Dr Shashi Panja, Minister ofWomen and Child Development and social welfare, at the inaugural session of thefair at Shishir Mancha.
These schemes impart vocational training tothe inmates of these homes, which includes book binding, press related works,pottery, weaving and carpentry.
The minister added that to eradicate childlabour, the implementation of the relevant laws should be done moreeffectively.
The two-day fair, 'Bhabaghure OPathashishu' is being held at Gangadera Shilpa Pradarshanshala, Kolkata. Theevent is organized by the Controller of Vagrancy, West Bengal. The fair willsell the products made by the inmates of the shelter homes.
At present about a thousand such personsare staying as inmates in ten shelter homes run by the department, which alsoensures food, clothes and medical facilities to these individuals. It is also ensured that these inmates can berehabilitated in the society through a number of schemes under BeggaryPrevention, so that they do not resort to begging in future.
These schemes are intended to preventjuvenile beggary. The department also runs 6 units in different parts ofKolkata, where children in the age group of 8 to 16 years are impartednon-formal education along with vocational training.