Artisans of Tani Hapa village seek Govt support and technology intervention

BANDERDEWA, JUNE 14: The Artisan of Tani Hapa village, Pichola of Banderdewa circle appealed to the state government to provide necessary technical and technical support with scientific intervention to become aatma nirbhar and self-reliant.

More than 500 members of 62 family of Tani Hapa village, Pichola situated along the Arunachal-Assam boundary in Banderdewa circle of Papum Pare district has been totally dependent on the artisan works who prepare the local and traditional items which are used in all the rituals performances, marriage, felicitation of guest, gift and festivals and even on otherwise by the tribal people of Arunachal Pradesh. The local people also feel happy to use such produced items having lots of traditional value on all occasions. Most of the villagers are artisan and earn their living by selling their home made products. The artisian are in dire need of a specific market for the same products as the products are sent to almost all the parts of state but need a proper system for selling and marketing.

The exotic tribal beads which are produced by the local artisan are having high demands across the state but the artisan are still performing the old system which needs hard labour but nowadays it has been seen they are also using few of machinery but need a lot of modification and progress for the development of the production. However if the technology and scientific intervention is made the artisan can earn a lot and can also prepare best of the best quality and can prepare a good quality finished product.

Artisans of Tani Hapa village appealed to the state govt to provide necessary support and technology intervention

Yurum Nilo, an oldest artisan of Tan Hapa while speaking to media inform that the art and hard labour we are putting have been hereditary and my grandfather and even my father has been doing the same work and after my settlement at Tani Hapa village in 90s I tried this art with my fellow villagers and now almost all the members of the village are artisan and everyone is dependent in this work and earnings for the livelihood right from day to day needs of the family to education of children’s and other needs of family members. I have also applied to be a legal rites {patent} a few years back. He said adding that we are supplying to agents of various parts of state and it has high demand across the state and if there is some scientific intervention with new technology and machinery we may be able to produce a huge quantity of such local ornaments and sales able to fulfill the demands.

The Banderdewa Zila Parishad Members who was also present on the occasion said that the state government has already declared the Tani Hapa village as “ Artisan village of Arunachal Pradesh”  few years back and thanks the state government for understanding the dignity of labour of the artist of Tani Hapa village. Tamin said.

The department of social justice and Empowerment has constructed a building for research , training and manufacture of tribal indigenous metal/alloy craft and the building has been completed for more than two years and yet to function. He said.

When the department hs understand the dignity of artist the department should also provide the necessary infrastructure and equipment with technical and skill staffs who can carry out research works with supporting the artist for the progress and development. The department of Skill development and small scale industries also can explore the possibilities to help the villagers in many ways so that the whole village become aatma nirbhar and self reliant and self sustainability through the skill. Tamin said.

The ZPM further appealed to the state government led by chief minister Pema Khandu to support the artisans of Tani Hapa village through various schemes for the development of industrial sheds, marketing sheds in capital complex and other parts of state, marketing chain link and other facilities.

Meanwhile, Banderdewa Circle Officer, Ritu Tawe also visited the Tani Hapa village on Monday and lauded the team effort and dignity of labour utilized for producing the local ornaments and self dependent by the work. She said he will prepare a report and submit to the Capital administration and also to other authorities by which the art and artisan of Tani Hapa are known all over the state and country. She added.

 It is to mention that then Minster SJETA and present Rajya Sabha MP Nabam Rebia and other top leaders of state and administrative officers of Capital complex and Papum Pare district visited the village and appreciated the skill.

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