KHONSA, July 5: The skill development program (SDP on ‘Unarmed Security Guard’ for rural unemployed youth successfully ended in Khonsa on Friday.

The program was supported by NABARD’s Arunachal Pradesh Regional Office and was implemented by the Bethel Life Care Charitable Trust (BLCCT), in partnership with the Tirap district administration and the local NGO, Seva Samithy.

Speaking during the valedictory function, Tirap deputy commissioner Ira Singhal praised the trainees for completing the training and encouraged the graduates to seek job opportunities.

She said completing the training marks the beginning of their career journey, and urged them to perform their best in their new roles.

More than 30 rural unemployed youth participated and successfully completed the training.

The training included six days of theoretical lessons and 24 days of hands-on practice.

The trainees are now ready to work as unarmed security guards in major Indian cities.

Additionally, training was provided on first aid by the Health & Family Welfare department, and on traffic management and firefighting by the Arunachal Pradesh Police.

Tirap superintendent of police S Singpho said security guards play a crucial role in extending the police force's efforts to maintain security.

He advised the trainees to be vigilant and diligent in their duties, emphasizing that CCTV and security cameras cannot replace the presence and judgment of human personnel.

The SP also encouraged the youth to continue acquiring knowledge and upgrading their skills.

NABARD district development manager Kamal Roy encouraged the youth to approach their new roles with passion and dedication.

He highlighted the significant issue of unemployment among rural youth and emphasized NABARD's commitment to supporting skill development and micro-enterprises through various programs.

Roy advised the trainees to use this training program as a launchpad, helping them to achieve great success in their future careers. He also underscored the effectiveness and importance of unarmed security guards in safeguarding properties.

Tirap district medical officer Dr Neeba Lowang emphasized the importance of staying active and avoiding idleness.

She expressed concern over the alarming rise in drug addiction among unemployed youth and advised the trainees to steer clear of bad habits.

Dr Lowang encouraged them to spread awareness in their communities about the harmful effects of drug addiction. She also urged the trainees to share the knowledge they gained from the program, including first aid, traffic management, and firefighting, with other youths in their villages and to apply these skills in practical situations.

Seva Samithy secretary Jaawang Lowangcha, and BLCCT founder and CEO Chandan Prasad also spoke.