Jammu (NVI): More than 35,000 youth in Jammu and Kashmir will be covered under entrepreneur skill development programme through ATAL J&K Yojana (Accelerated Transformation of Aspirations & Livelihoods for Youth in- J&K), a meeting chaired by J&K Lieutenant Governor G Manoj Sinha was informed here today.
The duration of the project is from the year 2021-24 covering 20 Districts with more than 35,000 youth to be oriented, creating 10,000 Conventional Tiny Enterprises (CTE) and more than 1000 Impact Making Enterprises (IME) to generate around one lakh direct/indirect employment, as per an official.
During the meeting, LG Sinha said that J&K Government is focusing on creating a robust ecosystem for growth and empowerment of entrepreneurs of J&K, besides paving a strong foundation to nurture the entrepreneurship abilities and skills of the youth.
He made the remarks while chairing a meeting with the officers of Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) and Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII) Ahmedabad at the Civil Secretariat.
With the intervention of Lt Governor, the EDII will play a significant role in implementation of Entrepreneurship initiatives in J&K, including ATAL J&K Yojana. It will also provide area specific technical expertise, handholding for Entrepreneurship Development Solutions for the Youth of J&K in Talent, Tradition, Tourism, Trade and Technology.
The Lt Governor asked JKEDI and EDII to work in close coordination with Mission Youth J&K to provide sustained handholding to the young and budding entrepreneurs for their inclusive growth and development.
The LG observed that the UT Government is working with a vision for engaging and empowering the youth of J&K by creating sustainable livelihood avenues for them.
Laying special emphasis on promoting self-employment for the skilled youth, he asked the concerned officers to identify potential sectors for growth and expansion in entrepreneurship.
He further asked them to lay special focus on the development and entrepreneurship training of SC & ST Candidates and prioritizing SC & ST majority districts for entrepreneur skill development of the youth.
“Explicitly help SC & ST candidates and give consistent hand-holding to them. Workout the modalities for integrating the programme with Mission Youth,” said the Lt Governor.
With the expertise, EDII will bring to the table, the development of entrepreneurship in J&K would get a determined push to achieve desired results on ground, he said.