More workforce in Agri sector: Bongkhao

More workforce in Agri sector: Bongkhao
N. Bongkhao Konyak, Er. Lanuwabang, state government officials and students at NIELIT Kohima, Thursday. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUN 27 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/27/2019 11:51:10 AM IST

Advisor, Department of Under Developed Areas (DUDA) N. Bongkhao Konyak on Thursday said that as per 2011 census, 52.7% of the workforce in Nagaland was engaged in Agricultural sector and 47.3% in secondary and tertiary sectors while in Eastern areas 81.1% of the workforce was engaged in Agricultural sector and only 18.9% in secondary and tertiary sectors. 

He therefore said that it was important to restructure the livelihood activities with various skills based trainings and ensure that the unemployed youths were engaged in gainful employment so that such glaring gaps could be solved.

Bongkhao made this statement while addressing the valedictory function of capacity building programme held at NIELIT, Meriema on Thursday. 

To this end, he said that the department has initiated a programme on culinary skills with Kohima Exotic School of Cooking (KESC) as the training provider where 24 girls were trained.

He thanked the dean of KESC, Kevitsu Doze for providing quality training with appropriate skills and exuded confidence that the initiative will provide livelihood to the unemployed girls.

Bongkhao also acknowledged the unemployed youths from the backward districts of Eastern Nagaland for getting trained under NIELIT and KESC.

He also said that in line with the Government of India policy on IT under the Digital India and manpower development plan scheme, DUDA in collaboration with NIELIT, Kohima is empowering the youths and women of Eastern Nagaland through ICT skill training.

Under this, he said that the department in partnership with NIELIT has set up four computer centres in Tuensang, Mon, Longleng and Kiphire districts Headquarters with the latest equipment and teaching facilities. 

The aim of the centres was to train 1280 youths of Eastern Nagaland, but more than 1407 youths have been trained, which showed the learning capability and enthusiasm of the unemployed youths, he added.

He further said that realizing the need to train more youths in different IT related activities, DUDA and NIELIT have trained 30 unemployed youths to become skilled and productive in computer and electronics.

Further, the advisor also appealed to the students to utilise the seed money and tools judiciously and asked them to open small units in their respective areas. He cautioned them that the department will monitor their activities closely to ensure that the training programme becomes a contributor to elevate state economy.

Director NIELIT, Er. L. Lanuwapang highlighted the activities of the institution and said since its inception more than 26,000 students have been trained out of the 35 courses offered by the institute.

He appealed to the state government to give more emphasis on skill development programmes keeping in mind the urgency for skilled labours.

Dean, Kohima exotic school of cooking, Kevitsu Doze in his brief address said the school started in 2012 to tap entrepreneurship since the chance of employability in the government sector has become low.

He was hopeful that the state government will take up more such programmes for the students in future. 

The programme was chaired by joint director DUDA, Anungla Imdong Phom.

Altogether 30 students completed courses in repair and maintenance of power supply, inverter and UPS and 24 students trained in culinary skill training.

Director DUDA, Anden Konyak, NIELIT officials, students and others attended the programme.


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