District Police N & M Andaman Expands “Hunar” in Diglipur – A Skill Development Program for Youth Empowerment to Lessen Victimization and Engagement in Criminal Activities

Port Blair, Aug 18: The North & Middle Andaman District Police has made a first-of-its-kind effort by introducing “HUNAR” a creative and innovative project, to involve Andaman youth in skill development courses in an effort to reduce victimization and their engagement in criminal activities. The program was under the table guidance and leadership of Ms. Geetanjali Khandelwal, IPS, Superintendent of Police, North & Middle Andaman District and under the banner of Community Policing Initiative in the month of June 2023.

District Police is extremely proud to expand this Hunar programme in Diglipur region of the district. Today, the programme was initiated by Ms. Geetanjali Khandelwal, IPS, Superintendent of Police, North & Middle Andaman District at Diglipur Panchayat wherein young men & women from nearby regions have joined the programme to take maximum benefit out of this opportunity. 

The N&M Andaman District Police have been undertaking various social initiatives regularly for the people of the district. In this phase of expansion, under the Skill Development Program, the youth and local populace will receive training and guidance in some new short duration courses, namely electrical works, mushroom cultivation, bamboo work, cane furniture making, papad making and Candle making by skilled and trained teachers. This learning will not only help them gain the required job skills but also get meaningful jobs or become self-employed to start a micro and small industry of their own. 

This is another feather in the cap of N & M Andaman District Police which has rolled out many such initiatives to motivate the youth power of the Union Territory and shape their career and become responsible citizens of Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

The islands have limited employment opportunities for unskilled youth and the idea behind this initiative is to help them realize their potential, acquire critical skills, gain employability and drive them away from anti- social influence.

Speaking on this initiative, Ms. Geetanjali Khandelwal, IPS, Superintendent of Police, North & Middle Andaman District, said, “The youth of today is the future of Andaman and we believe they have an integral role to play in the transformation and progress of the island. The latest in a series of community initiatives – Hunar is focused at addressing this core issue. It works on the dual approach of addressing social challenges that plague our society like crime, unemployment and drug abuse and also empowering the youth to grab opportunities in the future. This community initiative will drive the youth away from negative influence and engage them to develop productive skill sets to participate in the island’s progress and development.”

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