Handicraft master reels under financial hardships 

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HT Correspondent 

KOKRAJHAR, July 25: The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic situation has brought about immense misery and financial hardship among day-to-day bread earners in the state. A handicraft master Jaleswar Brahma’s family is no exception. His family has been severely affected as the pandemic has directly impacted the earnings of the family. Brahma hails from West Danggarkuti village of Kokrajhar district and is a renowned person among the society for his Mainao cane and bamboo handicraft work for the last 4 decades.

Brahma (65), father of five sons and two daughters, started his handicraft profession in his school days and since then, he has produced several products from cane and bamboo. Brahma even founded a small industry in 1987 – Mainao Cane and Bamboo work at his own Dangarkuti village. However, Brahma’s family has been facing severe financial hardships due to ongoing Covid-19 pandemic situation and lockdowns.

“Handicraft is the only profession in my family. It is our main source of livelihood. But the ongoing pandemic situation has hit hard on our earnings and livelihood,” Brahma reiterated. Notably, Brahma has also received several awards and felicitation certificates from different government departments, NGOs, and organisations over the years.

He lamented that despite toiling so hard in life, neither the government nor leaders paid respect to his cries of granting him ‘Silpi’ pension to date. He urged the government for aid and support to expand his small industry in the coming days.

“I started my profession 40 years ago and today I have reached this juncture. I am very much interested in handicrafts. The market has been closed and we have not sold much since the last 18 months due to lockdowns. I request the government to help me in shaping and taking this endeavor of mine further ahead,” Brahma added.

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