Govt will act as ‘catalyst’ for development: Conrad

Correspondent Shillong, Sep 9 | Publish Date: 9/9/2018 11:27:47 AM IST

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma has said that the government will act as “catalyst” to “create the ecosystem” for development in the state. 

However, he said, it is incumbent on the people and the youth to become entrepreneurs and looks for options to initiate business ventures. 

“Government should not do business but facilitate business,” Sangma said inaugurating the first pavers and stone industry of Garo Hills at Rongkem area in East Garo Hills district on Saturday.

The industry styled as M/s Marak Pavers and Stone Industry initiated by young entrepreneur Georgemon S. Marak of Williamnagar is a boon for Garo Hills, as it will address the gap and shortage of concrete pavers and stone availability in the region.

Urging the youth to take advantage of different welfare programme of the government, the Chief Minister said, “The government has budgeted 200 cr under diary mission to empower youth for initiating entrepreneurship. We will facilitate training and provide technical knowhow on advanced technology for processing dairy products. 

However, people have to take the opportunity and come up with their business plan and ideas to take advantage of the scheme.”

 “Government will make policy and aid support but people have to come forward to take advantage of such programmes. Unless and until entrepreneurs initiate there is no way forward to help them. Our job as a government is to frame policy to help our people,” he added.

On promotion of entrepreneurship in Meghalaya, Sangma said that through jackfruit mission government would train about 300 entrepreneurs in food processing, packaging and market linkage. 

 “We have earmarked 80 cr for initiating different activities to promote jackfruit in the State and empower youth to become self-employed,” he said. 

Encouraging the youth to become entrepreneurs, Sangma said that economic development of Meghalaya largely depends on development of business and entrepreneurship, which will open opportunities for employment.

Stating that Narendra Modi-led government has recently reviewed the industrial policy for Northeast, Sangma said, “We are also coming up with a policy to give the best possible support to our entrepreneurs, industrialist and business community to facilitate and promote business.” 

Sangma also informed that to develop entrepreneurship spirit amongst the youth, the government would shortly organise business plan competitions and will empower the youth with necessary skills on writing proposals, initiate market research, etc. 

 “We will award seed money for the best business plan at regional as well as district level,” he promised.


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