Cassian Baliarsingh

In yet another people-friendly initiative, the Commissionerate police took a step forward and successfully imparted cooking training to 30 underprivileged girls and women living in slums under their ‘Basti Ku Chala’ Abhiyan.

At least 30 women from different slums in Bhubaneswar were given the training and made self-reliant under the guidance of ‘So AM I’ Foundation and Indian Institute of Hotel Management and Catering.

After the completion of the training, they were given certificates at the Police Commissioner’s office in Bhubaneswar. Moreover, 10 of them will be provided with job opportunities, sources said.

Earlier, the Commissionerate police had trained young girls to do ‘mehendi’ designs, and given them employment opportunities. The noble initiative of the Commissionerate police is to impart skills to women and young girls living under pathetic conditions in slums and create employment opportunities for them and make them self-sufficient.

Similarly, a few youths in the slums have also been included in police networks to identify criminals living in slums, particularly those coming from other states and seeking shelter in slums. As the youths are well aware of slum’s topography and population, they will help police check illegal trades of drugs, brown sugar, alcohol and other such criminal activities.

Speaking to the media, Police Commissioner Soumendra Priyadarshi said, “The effort is to provide employment opportunities to young girls and women from different slums with the help of So Am I Foundation. We have given cooking training to 30 women from different slums. Today, we gave engagement certificates to 10 of them so that they can make their own livelihood.”

“We had organised a 3-day cooking training. The women were felicitated today and 10 of them were given engagement certificates. The aim of So Am I Foundation is to make hunger-free Odisha,” said So Am I Foundation co-founder, Dr. Chidatmika Khatua.


(Reported by Atulya Bout, OTV)