Kohima, June 28: With a view to empower the underprivileged youth towards entrepreneurship and self-employability among the backward districts of Nagaland, the Department of Underdeveloped Areas (DUDA) conducted capacity building training for 54 youths from the area during the last two months.
Among them 30 youths underwent hands-on training on repair and maintenance of power supply, inverter and UPS conducted by National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT) Kohima while 24 females were trained on culinary skills including baking, confectioneries, dessert making and cooking skills by Kohima Exotic School of Cooking.
Addressing the valedictory function held at NIELIT Kohima today, Advisor for DUDA, N Bonkhao Konyak said that according to 2011 Census, 52.7% of the workforce in Nagaland is engaged in Agricultural Sector and 47.3% in secondary and tertiary Sectors.
Nonetheless, Konyak pointed that 81.1% of the workforce in Eastern Nagaland is engaged in Agricultural Sector while only 18.9% in Secondary and Tertiary Sectors.
“With such glaring critical gaps, it is important to restructure the livelihood activities with various skill based trainings and ensure that the unemployed youths are engaged in gainful employment,” he said.
“Unemployment is not only an area of concern in Nagaland but it is also a challenging issue in India,” he said.
With the State Government reaching its saturation point in the employment sector, the only window of opportunity is to boost the entrepreneurial activities and streamline the job roles according to the training and skill one has received through capacity building programmes, he said.
Towards this objective, the Department initiated the two training programme, he said while also expressing hope that this initiative will go a long way in providing livelihood solution.
He also said that in line with the Government of India policy on IT for masses under the Digital India and manpower development plan scheme the Department in collaboration with NIELIT Kohima is empowering the youths and women of Eastern Nagaland through Information and Communication Technology skill training.
The Department in partnership with NIELIT has set up four computer Centres in Tuensang, Mon, Longleng and Kiphire district headquarters with all the latest equipment and teaching facilities, he said.
The target of the programme was to train 1280 youths of Eastern Nagaland but more than 1407 youths have been trained, he informed.
It is very rare to see government programmes surpassing the target and achieving beyond its goals and objectives, he said adding that this shows the learning capability and enthusiasm of the unemployed youths.
Also congratulating all the trainees, he encouraged them to go back and open their small units and be an inspiration to others while making an earning with the certificate, tools and equipment along with the seed money provided by the department.
He also cautioned them that the Department would be closely monitoring their activities to ensure that the training programme has been a contributor to elevating the socio-economic condition of the eastern Nagaland.
The Advisor also launched e-Notice android mobile app created by NIELIT Kohima.
Director of NIELIT Kohima, Lanuwabang introduced the launching of e-Notice android mobile app which would help to reduce use of paper. He informed that created by NIELIT Kohima, the app would passed on to all the government departments.
(Page News Service)