DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 30: Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio today said that there are lots of opportunities for the corporate sector to invest in the Northeast Region and urged the Ministry of Rural Development and Corporate houses to come and explore and invest in the State of Nagaland and the region.
Speaking at the Regional CXO meet 2023, hosted by Nagaland State Rural Livelihood Mission, Rio disclosed that Nagaland is aggressively pursuing setting up a planned city (the Nagaki Global City) to facilitate ease of doing and attract potential investors to come and set up bases and establish a sustainable commercial hub for the State and hopefully the region.
He assured the corporate houses present in the meet that the State Government would take all steps to ensure a conducive platform and environment for all interested investors.
He also welcomed them to be a part of writing the success story of the State of Nagaland and the region.
Expressing his satisfaction to witness a programme on the scale of employers’ converging in Nagaland for the Regional CXO meet under the Deen Dayal Upadhaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY), Rio said events like this further strengthen the Government of India’s commitment towards the ‘Act East Policy’.
He said that through the noble programme of DDU-GKY, rural youths of Northeast India are getting opportunities to work in multi-national companies and helping their households economically
Stating that the rural youths are also getting to work in foreign countries after getting the exposure of working in metro cities across the country, Rio said the numbers of rural youths coming forward to be skilled and opt for job placement in private companies is an encouraging trend as most of the Northeastern States are dependent on Government employment, which is already saturated.
“Today, seeing the number of senior-level representatives of reputed companies turning up for these employers’ meet in itself is a loud testament that our North East Youths have carved a niche for themselves in the corporate world and that you are all eager to recruit more. Despite the global slump in employment, the potential employers coming to the North East region have a commitment towards equitable nation building”, he stated.
The Chief Minister said Northeastern youths are adept at catching up with new trends and are IT savvy, and with English as the medium of teaching in schools in most States in the region, the youths have the advantage of early foundation and they make excellent human resources for IT and service industry ready for catering not only to the country but also to the global workforce.
“Our youths are multi-talented and given the opportunity, they will outdo their peers in any activity assigned to them. It can be safely assumed that companies gathered here today already have the experience of employing youths from the NE region. There is no need to emphasize the advantages of employing them”, he further said.
However, Rio suggested that to further boost performance and employment, companies may consider setting up academies for the hospitality sector as the major 5-star hotel industry has sizable employees from Northeast due to the advantages. He also said prevalence of a conducive environment already exists for investment in setting up IT companies for employment locally as the quality work force is readily available.
Stating that being strategically located as the doorway to the neighboring Southeast Asian Countries, Rio said the Government of India is creating opportunities in the region like never before therefore, it would be advantageous to those companies who invest and set up their units in the region ahead of others.
On the apprehensions about peace and security in the region which has been a major challenge for any development, Rio said today the scenario has changed for the better and cited the National Crime Bureau Report (NCRB) 2021, according to which Nagaland has the lowest crime rate against women making it the safest place to live in.
Talking about another critical aspect that corporate houses can explore and the Ministry of Rural Development can formulate, Rio said they can focus on skilling programme on Sports & Athletics and Music and Performing Arts.
Converting these aspects towards sustainable livelihood and meaningful employment opportunities at a larger scale will go a long way in not only addressing the unemployment problem but also helping fulfill the aspirations of millions of rural youths, he mentioned.
He also said small manufacturing hubs can be explored to employ locally and as the world becomes a global village, tapping the traditional skill and knowledge of craftsmanship in bamboo, cane and woodcrafts will be vital for sustaining a rural economy.
Delivering the keynote address, Joint Secretary, Rural Skills, Ministry of Rural Development, Karma Zimpa Bhutia said DDUGKY is a placement linked skill development programme and primarily focuses on opening up avenues of sustainable employment for rural poor youth. Under DDU GKY youths are equipped with necessary and relevant skills and seek to provide them higher paid jobs in the formal sector, he said.
He informed that Nagaland has been in the forefront under DDU GKY in many aspects. He said Nagaland was one of the few States in the country to have set up a Migration Support Centre for its placed youth, which serves as a hub and a support centre for rural youth who have migrated and are working in various metro cities.
He also mentioned that under DDU GKY, few of the States have successfully been able to provide international placement to some of rural youth.
Nagaland SRLM has also successfully provided international placement to some of the rural youth in the field of airline and hospitality industry, he said adding under DDU GKY rural Naga youth are working in some of the best hotels, cruises and airlines in the world.
He further stated that under DDU GKY there is a provision for providing continuous support to the placed youth and NSRLM has been conducting a series of alumni meets in key placement cities such as Bangalore, Chennai and Pune where the rural youth get together for various activities.
In the context of North East he said there are additional challenges for ensuring sustainable placements in terms of lack of big employers/industries within the State/region, unwillingness of candidates to migrate to other States due to factors attributed to difference in food, language, socio cultural variances, et al.
The placement achieved so far against 108935 trained candidates from the 8 Northeaster States is 60419 that is only 55% bears testimony to the different set of region specific placement challenges faced by the States, underlining the crucial role of organising exactly such CxO meets, where industry leaders from various sectors and Sector Skills Councils can come together to discuss and deliberate on efforts to further create a robust labour market customised for the special requirements for this region, the Joint Secretary said.
Others who spoke during the programme include L Sudhakara Reddy, Director, Monitoring & Evaluation, DDU-GKY NIRDPR, Hyderabad, and Bishal Rai, Mission Director & COO, DDU-GKY, Sikkim.
On the occasion, Rio also released a booklet on 100 success stories.
(Page News Service)