Awareness to spread over 15 institutions in Kohima and Dimapur till Feb 26
Kohima, February 18: Nagaland Chief Secretary Temjen Toy on Monday flagged off the Startup India Nagaland Yatra from Secretariat Plaza here.
StartUp India is a flagship initiative of the Government of India, intended to build a strong eco-system for nurturing innovation and Startups in the country that will drive sustainable economic growth and generate large scale employment opportunities.
Startup India in Nagaland aims to make Nagaland as one of the top Startup destinations in India by providing the most enabling ecosystem to support and nurture startup entrepreneurship in the State. Startup India in Nagaland will facilitate startups to access the various resources of the Startup Eco System available in the State, said Commissioner and Secretary for Industries and Commerce Department, Lithrongla G Chishi, IAS.
She said that it will create an enabling environment to address the aspirations of youth and to engage with all stakeholders of Startup eco-system for strengthening the start-ups with appropriate incubation & mentoring infrastructure, to develop human capital, to provide fast track statutory support and network of appropriate funding agencies.
Addressing media persons after the launch of the Yatra at his conference hall, the Chief Secretary informed that Nagaland Cabinet has approved the Startup Police for Nagaland which would be tabled in the ensuing budget session of the State Assembly.
He expressed hope that the Startup policy would give a massive boost to the young innovative youths of the state towards taking up entrepreneurship instead of depending only on government jobs.
The main objective of the yatra is to create awareness among young students on how to develop entrepreneurship with the assistance and guidance provided by the central government; where the selected students will be incubated, nurtured and encouraged to start its own enterprises.
He also mentioned about the high potentiality of our youth and stated that they are highly intelligent and qualified to set up their own enterprises. However, the state being a salaried economy with no alternative source of income to rely on, our youth solely depend on government jobs, he said.
Though, we are blessed with talents yet we don’t have proper guidance and assistance, he mentioned.
He expressed hope and optimism that the ongoing Yatra will give massive boost to our young and upcoming generation to set up their own enterprises. He also assured to contribute a small amount from the state’s government side in spite of financial constraint. At the same time, he urged the media fraternity to highlight the positive aspects and developments that have been going on across the state.
Head of Startup India Yatra Team Head Amit Sharma informed that during the week-long yatra, which will culminate on February 26, awareness would be created among the students and youths of 15 educational institutions in Kohima and Dimapur districts about sharing innovative ideas.
The State government has earmarked an amount of Rs 8.80 lakh for the best three innovative ideas competition in social, agriculture, technology sectors and the top women entrepreneur, he said.
Among the winners of these competitions selection would be made for the ‘Hero of the State’ innovative idea, he added.
Sharma informed that the overall fund outlay for the scheme is Rs 10,000 crore for the country as a whole. (Page News Service)