Imphal, Oct 20,
Governor of Manipur Dr. Nazma Heptula has suggested to establish more intense workshop in Manipur to further motivate the educated young men and women of SC & ST in the field of skill development and entrepreneurship. Dr. Heptulla, was speaking at the Manipur State Conclave of National SC-ST Hub today at Raj Bhavan, today.
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh and other council of Ministers were attended in the conclave.
Manipur State Conclave of National SC & ST Hub is being organised under the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India in collaboration with the Forum of Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes Legislators & Parliamentarians.
“I am also indeed impressed to know that the Forum is organizing such Conclave in various States of North Eastern States to promote entrepreneurship for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes communities”, Dr. Hetula said.
She said that the North Eastern States of India have their unique requirements for skill-based training depending on the natural resources, industry and native trades. The region is industrially backward and all the States perhaps with the exception of Assam are topographically disadvantaged to support big industries. The Governments of these States have embarked on skill development missions to meet the aspirations of SC and ST youth through training under Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and enhance employability and employment. Several training partners, academic institutions and vocational training centers are actively involved in a range of programmes that enable livelihoods, increase productivity and income levels of SC and ST in these States particularly Manipur.
“ Unemployment is one of the biggest challenges our young population is facing, more true in respect of the economically backward SCs & STs”, she said and added that the objective of such skill development should not only be to make the youth eligible for employment but also equip them with the entrepreneurial competence so that they can open new avenues and become job givers instead of being preoccupied as job-seekers.
The Governor also appreciated the Government of Manipur for creating various committees and sectors to create a stimulus in enabling the youth belonging to ST and SC to undergo skill education and training.
“Skill Development today is one of the thrust areas of the Government. A major task of the Government and the Forum is to establish a structured mechanism to provide a connect between education, skill development, training institutes and the employment opportunities in potential sectors at both Central and State levels. This is important and we must try to match the supply with demand while continuously creating further demand”, Dr. Heptula said.
The governor also recounted the talents of the Manipuri youths in the field of IT sector.
“Thousands of young persons from the North East are working in these sectors and earning a good name for themselves and their organizations not only in the region but also in other parts of the country. In Manipur, for example, hospitality comes naturally to the younger people and their IT skills are par excellence. In my view, organisations in the country should have special focus on the North East with the aim of training them in these sectors and giving them good employment and entrepreneurship ideas and in the process also help their assimilation in the national mainstream. In this connection, I am fully confident that the Forum of Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes Legislators & Parliamentarians will lend their unstinted support and mentor the SC and ST members of the region particularly Manipur to become successful entrepreneurs.”, she added.
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