CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced that a Youth Mission would be set up to ensure proper channelisation of youth energies, to augment employment opportunities for them and to upgrade their skills. Necessary facilities and resources would be provided to the youth through this mission for self-employment in an integrated manner.
Speaking at the entrepreneurship convention organised at the MP Council of Science and Technology on Friday, he said that Small Industries Department would be set up by establishing coordination between small industries and rural industries with special emphasis on setting up of small units. The Youth Mission would be extended to district level and common people would also be associated with it.
Chouhan said that the rules and procedures would be simplified to maximize employment opportunities for the youth. Wherever necessary the rules would be modified, he said stressing on public participation in the efforts to promote self-employment. Efforts are being made to ensure proper coordination between public, government and administration to make Madhya Pradesh a developed state, he said.
The Chief Minister said that large industries have deprived the rural artisans of their employment. Therefore, an action plan is being drawn up to upgrade and encourage their skills and to provide employment to them. He said that agriculture would be diversified and food-processing units would be set up for this purpose.
Chouhan said that to provide employment to the youths the schemes would be chalked out keeping in view the ground realities and removing the existing lacunae. Paying tributes to Swami Vivekanand, he called for honest efforts by all sections of people in nation building.
The Minister for Tourism and Youth Welfare Yashodhara Raje Scindia expressed gratitude to the Chief Minister for increasing the budget of youth welfare department from Rs 2 crore to Rs 20 crore, saying that the department is implementing the youth welfare schemes in right earnest. The Director General of the Council Dr Mahesh Sharma said that efforts are being made to upgrade the skills of youth for self-employment.
Vice Chairman of the State Planning Board Sompal Shastri stressed the need for valuation of employment and self-employment schemes. He said that the state government has taken steps in this direction. He said that promoting bio farming products, honey, bamboo, medicinal cultivation and food processing could generate large-scale employment.
Speaking earlier in the inaugural session, Shastri said that the organised sector in country provides employment to eight per cent people while the corporate sector that has biggest capital provides employment to only two per cent people. The biggest scope for employment generation is in unorganised sector and for this it is important that the government does not interfere in the day-to-day activities of the sector and promote it. This can lead the gross domestic produce (GDP) to increase from 12 to 15 percent he said.
The President of Laghu Udyog Bharti Vishram Jamdar said that the NDA government had set up the ministry of small industries, which has gone a long way in promoting small-scale units. Narendra Dube, Jitendra Gupta, Manoj Agrawal, Ulhas Vaidya, RS Goswami, Dr SS Agrawal, Ravindra Pastore, Tara Barkade, Purnima Date, Kalpana Sharma, Dharam Singh Verma, Shailendra Kumar Virani, Rajesh Verma and Jitendra Kumar Dave also spoke on the occasion.