Urges youths to ‘be job maker, not job seeker’
Dimapur, December 8: Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio today stressed on skill development and entrepreneurship amongst the state’s youth against the backdrop of saturating government jobs.
Expressing concern over the problems of unemployment among the youths, Rio lamented, “We depend on government… we want white colored jobs and we feel second class to work on our own.”
Inaugurating the upgraded Nagaland Tool Room and Training Centre (NTTC), Dimapur, the chief minister opined that one should try to employ themselves through entrepreneurship instead of “fighting to be a servant”.
He said the NTTC was his dream to skill the youths and expressed gratitude to Government of India, Micro, Small & Medium Enterprise (MSME) for providing sufficient funds to modernize the NTTC. He also assured that the government would provide more support.
Stating that MSME is an important component of the economy, which helps in creating jobs, Rio stated that MSMEs are contributing around 6.11% of the manufacturing GDP and 24.63% of the GDP from service activities as well as 33.$% of India’s manufacturing output. He said around 120 million people are employed in the MSME sector and contribute around 45% of the overall exports, maintaining a growth rate of over 10%. He also stated that 20% of the MSMEs are based out of rural areas and have a huge potential in ensuring equitable economic growth and provide employment opportunities.
The chief minister also explained the importance of being skilled and said Prime Minister, Narendra Modi is also concerned about skill India. “Unless you are skilled or trained, you will not have the courage to take up entrepreneurship,” he said.
Citing an example of skilled personnel in Japan where the percentage is around 90%, he said in India it is only around 30% .
He said modernizing of NTTC is an opportunity to the youths of Nagaland to become a contributor and not a job seeker. He said there is a need to substantially increase the number of entrepreneurial opportunities for Scheduled Tribes in Nagaland and complemented Government of India for the initiative of Nagaland SC/ST Hub for developing a supportive ecosystem for SC/ST entrepreneurs. He hoped that Nagaland would also benefit from this initiative.
The chief minister said that the NTTC is sustaining on its own income and assured that the state Government would provide grant.
“I assure you…we can give from the corpus to the youth who are willing to be trained,” he said adding, “If you work out that every year you will take certain number of youths from each district as per the ratio, the state government can help.”
He also said the youths do not need to start big, but they can start with commitment.
He said lack of connectivity, cost of transportation of raw materials and marketing have affected the entrepreneurs. He said Nagaland has huge potential with the availability of raw materials.
Rio said that the state is trying to address some of the gaps by setting up of an Investment and Development Authority of Nagaland (IDAN). He informed that IDAN is also organizing the first North East Summit on Developing the Region through power entrepreneurship on December 20 and 21 in Dimapur in association with the UN Global Compact Network India.
He hoped that the Ministry of MSME could help nominating experts and policy makers for the summit, which would be a conclave of entrepreneurs and stakeholders in the Northeast.
Speaking on the occasion, Secretary, MSME, Dr Arun Kumar Panda said that the NTTC is doing only two things-education and employment, but has left out entrepreneurship.
He said MSME is the 2nd largest employment generation sector next to agriculture. He said 6.34 MSMEs are giving employment to more than 3 crore people and after the introduction of MUDRA scheme, the number has gone up.
Dr Panda also stressed on technology stating that even if you have money and market access, you need technology to prosper.
Stating that NTTC is “skilling” people, Dr Panda said more investment is required for capacity building and skill development and added that the states should provide its share of 10% so that the Government of India can grant the 90% of the share.
Additional Development Commissioner, MSME, Piyush Srivasta also spoke on the occasion, while Principal NTTC, Er Petehetuo Misalhou gave a background note on NTTC. (Page News Service)