The Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) has roped in 400 ladies from completely different self-help teams (SHG) to fabricate face masks whilst town is beneath lockdown to verify the unfold of coronavirus.
The SMC is offering them uncooked supplies and Rs 2 per masks as labour cost. The authorities plan to rent 9,600 extra ladies from SHGs to do the work, and by the top of the month, the goal is to fabricate over 50 lakh ma-sks, which shall be bought out there for Rs 4. Most of the retailers have run out of masks or are promoting them at greater charges, resulting from which the SMC determined to contain self-help teams for the job.
On Thursday, a truck load of woven fabric from a manufacturing facility in Ankleshwar reached SMC headquarters. The groups shaped by the SMC for the job made kits containing fabric and strings and distributed them among the many ladies. These 400 ladies have been skilled by the SMC on methods to make masks. They have additionally been given a video clip with directions in Hindi.
On Thursday afternoon, the kits had been provided to round 400 ladies within the afternoon, and at evening SMC officers will accumulate the day’s merchandise from them.
SMC Deputy Commissioner Gayetri Jariwala stated, “There are around 30,000 registered SHGs in the city. We identified 400 women from these groups and provide them with raw material every morning. At night, our teams collect the masks from them. We plan to hire 9,600 more women from SHGs who have sewing machines at homes.”
“Initially these women take around 10 to 15 minutes to make one mask. With practice, the time will come down to five minutes. Thus, 10,000 women will be able to make lakhs of masks per day.”
She additional added, “These women will also be able to earn some money. Depending on the availability of raw material, production will be increased. The aim is to make around 50 lakh masks by the end of the month. The cost of the project will be borne by some companies under their Corporate Social Responsi-bility and even SMC. We will sell these masks for Rs 4. These are available at all our health centres, zonal and ward offices.”
Shilpa Rathod (30), an SHG in Surat, stated, “After the lockdown was announced, we didn’t have any work. I have two small children. We have already used up our savings and have been surviving on the food kits given to us by SMC and other social organisations. This mask-making job will give me some money.”
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