Imphal, Feb 12:
Despite the ongoing crisis in Manipur, which began on May 3, 2023, the Chief Minister is confident that the situation will normalize soon. He believes that the Central government understands the crux of the problem and has indicated its commitment to restoring peace.
“While we struggle to protect our identity and fight for our survival, we are also taking up developmental works for our children and future generations,” said N. Biren Singh during the launch of Project Buniyaad – Aathmanirbharta Ka Aadhar. This project is funded by the Honda India Foundation (HIF) and took place at Hotel Classic Grande in Imphal.
“We are currently facing difficult times due to the negligence or perhaps ignorance of some of our past political leaders. However, we cannot blame them. Instead, we are working to correct their mistakes,” said N. Biren confidently, referring to the central government’s initiatives to fence the porous border between Myanmar and India and the scrapping of the Free Movement Regime (FMR).
“I am attending this program because I understand its importance, where it is nearly impossible to provide white-collar jobs to every youth,” added the Chief Minister, who is actively engaged in resolving the crisis and monitoring the situation. He believes that the future of Manipur is in safe hands.
The Project aims to provide jobs to over 1000 youths in various hospitality sectors, including airports and five-star hotels. The Chief Minister expressed his excitement about this ambitious project, as it will greatly enhance skill development and employment in the hospitality sector among the youth. Manipur and the rest of Northeast India have immense potential for growth in various sectors. With the right guidance and proper training, the youth can lead positive change and development.
The launching program of Project Buniyaad was attended by RD & PR Minister Khemchand, Additional Chief Secretary MH Khan, Vinay Dhingra (Trustee, Honda India Foundation), and other dignitaries.
Speaking at the event, Vinay Dhingra, Trustee of Honda India Foundation, said, “Education and skill development go hand in hand with our dedication to inclusivity and align perfectly with our long-term mission of becoming a ‘Company that Society wants to Exist’.
We are proud to launch Project Buniyaad today, which focuses on skill development in the Hospitality Sector for youths from marginalized communities. With Project Buniyaad, we envision a brighter future for the youth of Manipur, where learning knows no bounds and opportunities are limitless. We sincerely believe that by investing in skill development, we are also investing in self-development and societal development.”
Under this program, unemployed youth will receive two months of training in Hospitality Management from the Visan Foundation. Upon completion, they will receive certification from the Tourism & Hospitality Skill Council. An MoU was also signed between the Honda India Foundation and the Government of Manipur.