Leh (Ladakh): Member of Parliament from Ladakh, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal said on Friday 26 August 2022 that Ladakh needs an organisation like Looms of Ladakh, which is a movement, for ensuring sustainability and protecting its ecology, environment and culture
Namgyal was speaking as Chief Guest at a a special function organised here for the unveiling of Looms of Ladakh Centre of Excellence. Prime Minister Narendra Modi always encourages people by telling them to be “Vocal for Local” and lays emphasis on “Atm Nirbhar Bharat” (self-reliant India), he said adding we have to work keeping in sharp focus this message of the Prime Minister.
Namgyal was all praise for the entire team of Looms of Ladakh. He especially complimented Founder Director & Strategist Ms Abhilasha Bahuguna for building the cooperative movement in Ladakh.
Looms of Ladakh is the fruit of collective perseverance of last 5 years and this he has observed very closely since his Councillor days, said Namgyal.
Ms Bahuguna told the Looms of Ladakh team, “we have to work with transparency and a business mindset”. Looms of Ladakh is working simultaneously on several aspects, including physical infrastructure, digital infrastructure and what is very important – human resource, she pointed out.
Ms Bahuguna informed the audience that the Looms of Ladakh team had called on His Holiness the Dalai Lama the other day and they had reassured him that Looms of Ladakh is committed to ecology, culture, economy, transparency and democracy. This commitment should give them the strength to work toward achieving their goal, she observed.
Executive Councillor Sheep/Animal Husbandry Tashi Yakzee, Executive Councillor Handloom Ghulam Mehdi, Chairman All Changthang Pashmina Growers Society, Secretary ACPGS, COO ICICI Foundation Anuj Aggarwal, representatives from Nature Conservation Foundation, Earthling Ladakh, 17000 feet, Balipara Foundation, and Royal Enfield, along with member owners of Looms of Ladakh, were present.
The CEO, Looms of Ladakh, encouraged the members to face every obstacle with confidence and single-minded dedication. Team Looms of Ladakh told the Changpa community of Eastern and South-Eastern Ladakh to send their women and daughters to their office in Leh for a week for product development. This would ensure direct transfer of Rs 1500-5000 per month to the accounts of the Changpa women through value addition. The Centre of Excellence is funded mainly by ICICI Bank and partially by Royal Enfield.
Looms of Ladakh Women Cooperative office bearer Tsering Youdol and Milee Parmar hosted the event.