Native barbers promote work culture with new initiative
IMPHAL, 16th Oct: As the society is gradually moving ahead towards improving work culture among the educated unemployed youth, four friends from Imphal East district, who adopted barbering as their profession, began a new initiative by going to schools to extend their service to the students.
Leader of the group, Wangkheirakpam Sanathoi, son of W Basan and Apabi of Kangla Sangomsang, opened his barber shop at Chingarel along Imphal-Ukhrul Road some months ago. The 21-year old youth joined hands with three of his friends and started the initiative from Wednesday after a month of planning and mobilisation.
Speaking to The People’s Chronicle, Sanathoi informed that they visited several schools in the valley areas of the state and got approval and appreciation from the school authorities. Consequently, they launched their initiative on Wednesday by visiting Leisemba Maheikol at Chingarel. They also charge only Rs 25 against the general rate of Rs 30 per haircut, he said.
Sanathoi said that he came up with the idea with the hope of promoting work culture among the unemployed youth of the state. At present, maximum of the barber shops in the state are run by non-locals, which resulted in draining of the state’s limited resources. Several youth are living unemployed in the state and they could take up any profession they like, which in turn will discourage non-locals from entering the state.
In case the locals consider all available job opportunities as serious professions and put dignity of labour above all considerations than it is obvious that outsiders wouldn’t think of coming and staying here, he reasoned.
Leisemba Maheikol principal Laishram Yaiskul, while lauding the initiative of Sanathoi and his friends, said that their venture will not only help them in earning income but also give a uniform haircut to the students. With several hairstyles trending in the state, these hairstyles somehow influence students, who are yet to attain maturity, in moulding their personality, behaviour and morality, he pointed out, while adding that parents of the students also show appreciation of the initiative. He then encouraged the unemployed youth of the state not to remain idle waiting for white collar jobs but take up any profession or job they like and help in contributing to the economic development as well as discourage entry of non-locals in the state.