Arunachal Pradesh Deputy CM, Chowna Mein inaugurated a 10 Days Workshop on Bamboo Construction ‘Building With Bamboo’ at Golden Pagoda Resorts, Tengapani in Namsai District yesterday.
Inaugurating the workshop Mein pointed that the North East region has the highest potentials of Bamboo in the country and Bamboo is a part and parcel of the life of Northeastern people as it is widely used as eatables as well as in making furniture and as construction materials. He informed that earlier in a GST Council meeting, he proposed for reduction of GST Rate on Bamboo Furniture and its products from 28% to 12%, accordingly the same was accepted and reduced to 12% by the GST Council.
He said, ‘For this to happen we need both political and social will and support of the expertise. Bamboo Workshop has been conceptualized to enable our people to learn from the experts and skilled themselves in building durable houses with bamboo.’
He expressed hope that the workshop will be a fruitful one and requested the experts to provide an idea and draw a road map on how to utilize the vast resources of Bamboo of this Himalayan State for the economic benefit of the people and for the future generation.
Jorg Stamm, International Expert on Bamboo structures while speaking in the inaugural session said that the Bamboos of Arunachal Pradesh has the potential for export to the outside world. Highlighting multiple uses of bamboo, he said that there is huge potential for bamboo based industrial development and construction of durable houses from the bamboos found in the State.
Kamesh Salam, CEO South Asia Bamboo Foundation said that the Workshop is being organized to transfer technology and hands on skills to the local entrepreneurs of the State. Dr G Murtem, Deputy State Mission Director, State Bamboo Development Agency also spoke on the occasion.
Apart from International Experts on Bamboo Structures from Colombia, United Kingdom and Bhutan, 28 participants including 12 architects from other States namely Nagaland, Assam, Kerala, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Manipur and about 25 participants from Arunachal Pradesh are participating in the workshop.
The 10 days Training Workshop on Bamboo from 24th October to 2nd November 2018 is jointly organized by the South Asia Bamboo Foundation (SABF) and Building Materials & Technology Promotion Council (BMTPC), Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation, Govt of India and sponsored by the Govt of Arunachal Pradesh.