Axis Bank begins skill training scheme in Bengal

August 13th, 2011 - 8:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Aug 13 (IANS) Axis Bank and micro finance institution Bandhan Saturday jointly launched a Rs.100 crore initiative for providing skill training and assets to marginalised and excluded people in West Bengal’s Murshidabad and South 24-Parganas districts, over the next five years.

The programme will reach out to 50,000 people living in villages in the two districts.

“The project will provide identified beneficiaries with a sustainable livelihood options and help them build self-confidence. The beneficiaries would receive training for skill development in handling at least two assets, which would be handed over to them, free of cost,” said Axis Bank’s managing director and CEO Shikha Sharma.

“The programme also aims to enhance the level of education by teaching the beneficiaries how to read, write and count. It will also focus on educating them on how to save money and deposit their savings in a bank/post office,” Sharma siad.

Reserve Bank of India’s Deputy Governor K.C. Chakrabarty launched the programme at Baruipur of South 24-Parganas Saturday.

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