Deputy commissioner, Dimapur, Maongwati Aier, Monday, urged all local entrepreneurs, artisans and weavers to participate in state and national level exhibition for their exposure and promotion of small scale and village industries.
He was addressing as chief guest at the inauguration of a week long state-level exhibition of Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP)/REGP at Naga Shopping Arcade, Dimapur, organized by Khadi and village industries commission, ministry of MSME, govt. of India. He said, such exhibition would help in giving self reliance and employment opportunities to the educated unemployed youth and large number of youth in the state. He also opined that various northeast level and state level exposure of PMEGP/REGP and financial assistance through banks and khadi and village industries schemes could help small scale industries and local entrepreneurs to build a strong nation.
Stressing on the importance of khadi and village industries marketing system, he said indigenous products should be exhibited abroad northeast in national and international level which would provide maximum employment to about 80% of rural hub in northeast. However, he felt local products could be improved if there are designers to design the products and that artisans and weavers should be trained for further development of village industries and for competing with the other entrepreneurs.
Further, Maongwati also urged the officials present on the occasion to organize workshops from time to time and to enhance monitoring system for the improvement of traditional products. He stressed on the need for innovation of the genuine and high quality of traditional products of northeast to be exposed internationally and the rest of the world.
Speaking on the occasion as guest of honour, padmashree Chubala Ao, board member, KVIC stressed on the availability of fund under PMEGP and encouraged the entrepreneurs to take advantage of such funds. She also said development in khadi and village industries could bring changes economically and unemployment problems could be solved in rural areas. She also suggested for maintaining equal prices in goods and products among north east entrepreneurs to help each other in promoting small scale and village industries.
Assistant director i/c S.O KVIC Dimapur, I Athuba Lusang in his welcome address highlighted the promotional activities of KVIC in providing employment and wider objectives of creating self-reliance and building up a strong rural community. He said various national level, state level as well as district level exhibitions were organized from time to time with a wider objective to provide to the REGP & PMEGP Units, who had availed financial assistance through banks with beck-end subsidy of KVIC. He explained that KVIC supports local entrepreneurs through exhibitions to sell their products and facilitate self-employment and self reliance.
Various entrepreneurs from the state and neighboring other states, Manipur and Meghalaya are participating in the one-week long exhibition from March 30 till April 5 exhibiting their indigenous products and unique creativity.