Government-run self-employment schemes could prove boon for the youth of the state if the department concerned motivate and educate youth to take benefit of these schemes.
The self-employment scheme brought good fortune to Pawan Kumar of Mohal, Kullu district, who tried hard to get a job in the government as well as the private sectors.
Talking to the Hindustan Times, Kumar recalled his earlier days when he was jobless. Finally he decides to set up his own business at Mohal and started preparing plates for marriage function, which received a huge response.
He said, "I started my business of manufacturing plates in 2007 with a manual machine at Mohal, but as the time passed, its demand increased in the market. Therefore, I decided to expand my business which required more investment to install modern machines to increase the production."
He thanked the industry department, which motivated him to establish his own small unit for the production of plates.
He took a loan of Rs 10 lakh from a bank. The industry department provided him a subsidy of 15% and he installed modern machines at his unit, which increased his production of material as well as enhanced his economy.
At present, he is earning between Rs 15,000 and Rs 20,000 in a month with his small unit by paying all expenditure of that unit. Five people work with him in the unit.
Ishan, a local resident who works in the unit, said, they produce nearly 15,000 plates in a day, which costs between Rs 50 and Rs 120 per 100 plates.
General manager of the industry department, Kullu, Chaman Lal said, "Kumar has set up an example for the youth that how can they earn good money with the help of government-run schemes for the welfare of the youth, who wander here and there in search of jobs."
He said, "The department has been running several schemes for the welfare of the common people. It provides subsidy as well as debt on lowest interest to establish their own small industrial units, which not only enhance their earnings but they can also provide employment to other people in their units."