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    Focus on alternative skill development program for Bidi rollers

    On the occasion of World No Tobacco Day 2020, Faith Foundation organized a webinar on the topic – Moving towards Tobacco-Free Generation: Alternative skill development program for Bidi rollers. The session is to sensitize the bidi workers to take up skill-based programmes rather than to stick with the unhealthy traditional practice of rolling Bidis. 

    The webinar was presided by the Welfare Commissioner – Welfare and Cess, GOI N M Shetty, who briefed on the various welfare schemes for Bidi rollers in Gujarat. Binoy Mathew from VHAI, Delhi briefed all the participants from the various clinics from Gujarat on the contemporary situation of COVID19 and tobacco control measures taken by the Government at the National and the State level. It also focus on the role of clinics can play to ensure the stricter compliance to deal with the pandemic. 

    This was then followed with talk by Anant Christian on the legal aspects of Bidi workers lives. Faith Foundation in the past one year reached out to approximately 1150 Bidi rollers to sensitize them to take up skill development programs and quit Bidi rolling. They are successful in getting 132 individuals trained on various trades like computers, tailoring, office assistant and others in seven districts of Gujarat which was presented by Susan Samson, Project Director, Faith Foundation. 

    The webinar concluded with question answers session and interactions on the related topics. The broad objective of the webinar was to ensure tobacco control efforts in line with this years WHO WNTD theme to keep the next generation away from tobacco, in this case from Bidi rolling.

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