The employment generation for the rural youth was the top priority of the UPA government, Union Minister for Small Scale Industries and Agro and Rural Industries Mahabir Prasad said on Saturday.
He was speaking after inaugurating the new training building at the National Institute for Small Industries Extension Training (NISIET) campus in Hyderabad.
The Central government was providing maximum possible assistance to micro, small and medium enterprises as they were providing employment to the youth, apart from contributing to the growth of national economy, Prasad said.
Referring to the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Act, 2004, he said it was enacted to strengthen the small, medium and rural enterprises.
The guidelines were being framed to implement the Act effectively. The National Advisory Board would be set up soon to advise the Government on policy matters regarding the three kind of enterprises, the minister said.
Andhra Pradesh Minister for Major Industries and Tourism, J Geetha Reddy lauded the NISIET's role in training the candidates selected under the 'Rajiv Yuva Shakthi' and 'Aadharana' scheme of the State government.
She advised NISIET to tie-up with the Environment Protection, Training and Research Institute (EPTRI) to solve the problem of industrial pollution.