Entrepreneurship is the only way out to employ youths: Governor

Entrepreneurship is the only way out to  employ youths: Governor

Dimapur, July 23: Governor of Nagaland P B Acharya today said that Nagaland has a high number of educated people but still “we are a subsidy state.” He said this tragedy has been created by our own people, adding, “Academically we are on top but in reality it is different.”
Speaking at the conference on Startups and MSMEs in food processing, organized by ASSOCHAM, ICAR-National Research Centre on Mithun (NRCM) and Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) the Governor said the State Government cannot employ youths as Government jobs have reached a saturation point. He said entrepreneurship is the only way out to employ the youths of the State.
Lamenting that there is no cooperative system in the State though there is a Cooperation Department, the Governor stressed that cooperative system must be established and strengthened by the State Government; so that farmers at the grass root level can participate and reap benefits of their hard work.
He also questioned the role of banks, which are not forthcoming in providing loans to budding entrepreneurs, when the Government of India has already created avenues for them to procure loans through MUDRA schemes. He asked banks how many loans they have provided to entrepreneurs so far?
He was also critical of the young Naga mindset and said that no Naga wants to work but want to be a king.
Citing an example where the Government had initiated to train Naga youths in skill development and other avenues and invited applications, the Governor said a large number of applications were received for training, but a majority wanted “to train how to get a Government job.”
Stating that those applications were rejected and only those who wanted to train in skill development were selected, he said around Rs 20 crores were spent on their training, but after the training those youths were never found.
On Mithun farming in the State, the Governor stated that Mithun is comparatively less in number in Nagaland when compared with the number of Mithun in Arunachal Pradesh, but added that Nagaland is no way second to Arunachal in Mithun farming.
He said Mithung grows by itself and the conditions in Nagaland are most suitable for rearing mithun for various uses.
On a suggestion made during the conference to observe “Mithun Day”, the Governor said people have no care for nature which was evident from the absence of birds. He said it is important to have a ‘birds day or animals day’ but lamented that if there are no bees or butterflies, how can there be pollination.
The Governor also said ASSOCHAM is the strongest pillar in democracy of the country and it is their duty to empower people of the country.
Secretary, Industries & Commerce, Lithrongla G Chishi stressed on the need for coordination with the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR). She lamented that the Government of India wants the people of Northeast to take up schemes, but no one is coming forward.
She also said that for any programme of the GoI, people need term loan for which the banks need to come forward and make the entrepreneurs aware about the loans.
Calling for working together with the industries department, she asked the entrepreneurs to use the facilities available at Ganeshnagar and set up food processing units. She also said the department is ready to help anyone taking up entrepreneurship on Naga chilli and tree tomatoes.
Stating that vegetables and fruits are seasonal in nature, she asked the entrepreneurs not to stick to one item only, but think of alternatives to reap the benefits throughout the year.
“We should not be subsidy oriented. We should be sustainable and employment oriented,” she said.
Dr Abhijit Mitra, Director, ICAR-NRC on Mithun, Medziphema in his welcome address outlined the need for organizing this conference. He shared various initiatives and achievements of ICAR-NRC on Mithun. He further informed about numerous benefits of mithun farming and how it can be helpful in achieving Prime Minister’s goal of doubling farmer’s income.
As Dr. Mitra highlighted the importance and showcased different products which their scientists have developed from mithun, he also highlighted Mithun as a socio-cultural and economic symbol of North-east, and must be taken care of.
Dr. Om S Tyagi, Assistant Secretary General, ASSOCHAM in his opening remarks thanked all the partners and talked about the shape of food industry in India. He said that ASSOCHAM will handhold the entrepreneurs and provide them with all the marketing infrastructure, which is required by them for selling their processed product across the country and beyond.
He further added that food processing is one of the largest global sectors and the shape of the global food processing industry is constantly changing.
A plenary session was also held on schemes by Government and other financial institutions.
(Page News Service)