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Governor inaugurates 3-day NIIE Trade Fair 2022

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Calls Naga youths to take up entrepreneurship & create jobs

DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 3: Governor of Assam & Nagaland Prof Jadgish Mukhi today called upon Naga youths to take up entrepreneurship and create jobs, stating that there are many schemes under the Ministry of MSME and initiatives by the Central and State Governments, which can be availed by young entrepreneurs to scale up.
Inaugurating the 3-day NIIE Trade Fair 2022 at Agri Expo, the Governor pointed out that it is not only the MSME where the youths can enter but the agriculture sector as well.
Citing examples of Punjab and Haryana, where both MSME and agriculture have been developed in large scale, Prof Mukhi said in Punjab and Haryana, those who have money to invest, they have entered into MSME and those who do not, have adopted ancestral land and have gone for farming with modern means. It is because of the combination of the two Punjab and Haryana have developed at the top most in the country today.
The Governor humbly requested the youngsters of Nagaland not to venture for any job on contract basis and that too on Class-IV jobs even after post graduation, which he said has witnessed in Nagaland.
“I can tell you that thousands of persons are working today after Post Graduation in the Class-IV jobs on contract”, the Governor said and suggested to youngsters to take up agriculture on their own land with most modern means, if they do not have investment to enter into MSME.
He said Government is there to help right from issue of soil card to advising on what to be sown and providing seeds and manure, besides insuring the crops under PM Scheme and then finding a good market for the produce.
The Governor said there are numerous avenues in agriculture at every level and Government is there to help. He added that just as there are many schemes in MSME, there are also many schemes in agriculture also.
Stating that Nagaland has most fertile land, the Governor said youngsters can take up agriculture as one of the professions after education.
However, he said, “I don’t say they should not go for service, if they are getting good job, fine enough, but they should not go for Class-IV jobs.”
He also said MSME and agriculture can provide self employment and give employment, which is the way out for development of Nagaland.
Expressing happiness over entrepreneurs of Nagaland and many Northeastern States participating in the 3-day trade fair, the Governor said the trade fair is a unique event because besides the trade fair a business summit is also being organized where many topics of importance like employment, Agri tourism, logistics, business financing and Women entrepreneurship will be discussed.
He mentioned that the focus of our country’s economic reforms and policies is to eliminate poverty and enhance the prosperity of ordinary families, where trade must help common people, as they are the ultimate stakeholders.
He informed that, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector has emerged as an important and dynamic sector of the Indian economy.
MSMEs not only play crucial role in providing large employment opportunities but also help in industrialization of rural and backward areas, thereby reducing regional imbalances, assuring more equitable distribution of national income and wealth, he said adding, trade fairs help to showcase the vibrancy of the MSME sector.
He further stated that soon after taking charge as Governor of Nagaland, he instructed the State Government to close all illegal check gates and collection centres run by unscrupulous elements which were putting extra burden on business community in particular and public in general.
He hoped that this would create conducive atmosphere for ease of doing business in the State.
Jagdish wished all stakeholders of the NIIE trade fair 2022 the best as they promote their goods and services, buy and sell products, enter into deals and use trade to bind our shared world even more closely.
He also congratulated the Business Association of Nagas and the Ministry of MSME for coming together and organizing such an important and meaningful event. The Government of Nagaland shall continue to support such events organized by local industry organizations. With the involvement of all stakeholders, we can make a difference, he stated.
Joint Director, MSME-DFO, Dimapur, Ministry of MSME, Government of India, Taliwati Longchar, in his welcome address, stated that marketing is a strategic tool for business development and is critical for the growth and survival of MSMEs.
Due to lack of information, scarcity of resources and un-organized way of selling/marketing, MSME sector often faces problems in exploring new markets and retaining existing ones, he said adding that keeping in view of these facts, the procurement and marketing support scheme has been introduced by Ministry of MSME to enhance the marketability of products amd services in the MSME sector.
He highlighted that the objective of the event was to promote local products and services and create market linkage by engaging both buyers and sellers. This exhibition is national level and participants will be invited from all over India including the Northeast region. People from public sector units and Government Department will also be invited. By organizing this Trade Fair, we are promoting new market access to all participating MSMEs of both manufacturing and service sectors in NE Region, he added.
Earlier, Governor of Nagaland, Prof. Jagdish Mukhi, launched the website of MSME-Development & Facilitation Office and also inaugurated the stalls.
On November 4, there would be a business session on “Local employment opportunities for youth” and “The scope of agriculture ~ logistics & tourism”, where resource persons within and outside Nagaland would participate.
Altogether, 137 stalls from various parts of the country including Manipur, Assam, Delhi, etc, are selling and promoting their produces and products at the 3-day trade fair.
It may be mentioned that NIIE 2022 will culminate on November 5.
(Page News Service)

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