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Unemployed youth in the villages were provided boat repairing training by technical experts who taught them how to repair the engines and other technical requirements in a boat. Since most of the villages continue to be surrounded by water bodies and use boats to communicate, such training is expect to benefit the youth and provide them with an alternative income. Interestingly, many fishermen attended the training in order to learn the nuances and working of a boat. K Sritam, a fisherman from Markandi village admitted that they often face difficulty for the lack of proper boar mechanics. At times the boats in need of repair have to wait for over a month till they get repaired. This amounts to a loss of income for the owners. “There are only a few mechanics available and they charge too much for minor repair. Also it is not wise to allow untrained people to repair the boats even if they charge less,” said Sritam.

“My friend has already migrated to the state capital in search of job. I was planning the same but with this training I guess I can survive and earn a good income in my own village. I am already being contacted for repairs every alternative day and hope that things will get even better,” said Murali Reddy, one of the youth who got trained.

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