Tribal women of 'Vanasree' unit battered by Covid crisis seek help
Uppukkunnu: The Vanasree unit at Kallikkal in Uppukkunnu of Idukki has been battered by the impact of COVID-19 restrictions. The unit run by 28 tribal women is struggling to survive and seeks support of the authorities concerned.
The unit, that involved in manufacturing handicrafts and household items from raw materials like bamboo, was earning a satisfactory income from the sale of products, until the Covid related restrictions interrupted the business. The sales were mainly happening through fests organized by the tribal department. However, due to the pandemic situation such events were discontinued.
The Vanasree unit, which was started to preserve the culture of indigenous community and generate income for them, is in troubled waters with almost no option to meet its operational costs. The unit which even failed to pay rent for the building is forced to shift machines to a members’ houses.
The members of the unit are now seeking help for their needs. Their first priority is to have a production unit so that they restart the manufacturing process. For this, they urge the attention of tribal department, commerce department, Bamboo Corporation or panchayat. Similarly, they want to open a permanent sales centre near Kulamavu dam top. They are looking for the support of forest department and electricity department in this regard.