NGO opens cen­tre at Uran to train youth in skill de­vel­op­ment

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

Non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion Avashya Foun­da­tion of All­cargo Lo­gis­tics has in­au­gu­rated a skill de­vel­op­ment cen­tre in Uran and launched an ex­ten­sive en­vi­ron­ment con­ser­va­tion pro­gramme ‘Maitree’, as part of its cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity ini­tia­tive, ear­lier this week.

The skill de­vel­op­ment cen­tre, called Transin­dia Lo­gis­tics Park, in Uran, will train mem­bers of the tribal com­mu­ni­ties as well those liv­ing in un­der­de­vel­oped re­gions of the state such as Marath­wada, to op­er­ate cranes, drive heavy ve­hi­cles as well as ware­house man­age­ment, among oth­ers.

The ob­jec­tive of the cen­tre is to em­power them to ac­quire skills that will help them find em­ploy­ment.

“The de­vel­op­ment and up­lift­ment of the un­der­priv­i­leged in so­ci­ety is ev­ery­one’s re­spon­si­bil­ity. We should con­trib­ute in ev­ery pos­si­ble man­ner,” said Shashi Ki­ran Shetty, founder and chair­man, All­cargo Lo­gis­tics and Avashya Foun­da­tion, at the launch. Ac­tor Su­niel Shetty was also present at the launch.

“Pro­vid­ing youth the in­fra­struc­ture, train­ing and ex­po­sure will go a long way in giv­ing them a more pros­per­ous and sus­tain­able life,” said Shashi Ki­ran Shetty.

All­cargo Lo­gis­tics also plans to plant 10 lakh fruit-bear­ing trees in the tribal and re­mote re­gions of Maharashtra.

“One of the most ef­fec­tive ways to counter de­for­esta­tion, pol­lu­tion, drought and soil ero­sion, is to plant trees. Our Maitree pro­gramme is a step in this di­rec­tion,” said Shetty.

“With fruit-bear­ing trees be­ing planted, we are also ex­tend­ing our sup­port to the cit­i­zens who can earn an ad­di­tion liveli­hood and sup­port education, health care and a de­cent liv­ing for their fam­i­lies, es­pe­cially chil­dren,” he said.

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