Former ANVC(B) rebels take to ‘tombola’ game for self-reliance

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Front Page

Staff Reporter
TURA, Nov 12: A’chik Matgrik, a welfare organization of the former rebels of the A’chik National Volunteers Council (ANVC-B), on Sunday informed that they would intensify and promote its project “Bawil Dawil” – a game similar to tombola to enable a source of livelihood for the former rebel members of their outfit.
The rebels, as early as in 2015, had come together to start the initiative for their self-reliance.

In a press statement issued here on Sunday, the organisation said that they would work to promote peace and ensure that the youth of Garo hills do not go astray and join insurgency.  “We want to promote this source of livelihood through peaceful means of our members and also other youths of Garo hills who are lacking behind in life,” said A. R. Marak, organising secretary of the organisation in the press release.
‘Bawil Dawil’ initiative is currently operational in Tura but the organisation wants to expand it to others areas of Garo hills.
Bawil Dawil is a tribal version of tombola game with a bigger concept where sheets similar to tombola are booked and lucky winners get a prize. “We want to help our former cadres to earn a living instead of being frustrated and depressed. We are making this public through media as this is our private project aimed to support our former members and the youths in general totally basing the project on tribal concept”, the release added.
The organisation said that the authorities have been informed of the initiative in its review meetings and will also take up the matter in the next review meeting of the Agreed Text monitoring committee as Rehabilitation packages are yet to be released to all.


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