Dehradun 23 June, 2018-Chief Minister Mr. Trivendra Singh Rawat on Saturday attended the 4th one-day National SC/ST Hub State Conclave organised by ICCA at ONGC Auditorium, as the chief guest, in the presence of Union Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Mr. Giriraj Singh and Union Minister of State for Textiles Mr. Ajay Tamta.
Chief Minister said that the National SC/ST Hub State Conclave is an important initiative in the direction of self-reliance. If the youth takes a pledge to become self-reliant, then they make all the paths themselves.
Self-reliance increases self-confidence. Self-employment is important for self-reliance and self-confidence. The youth will have to get out of the mentality of government jobs only. The work of empowerment of youth through skill development on the initiative of Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi is being done in an effective manner. Various schemes are being run by the Central Government to create more opportunities for employment and self employment. In the coming time, the benefits of these schemes will be seen on the ground. For the welfare of youth and in order to implement all schemes, Uttarakhand government will extend full support to the Union Government. Tourism has been given industry status in the state. With this initiative, new dimension for the employment sector will start. Under the Devbhog Prasad scheme in the state, till now, the sale of Prasad in Kedarnath has been of Rs 1.25 crore. Women and women self-help groups which are associated with making Devbhog Prasad, their path to economic and social empowerment has also opened. Very soon, work will be started in the direction of preparation of worship material based on local herbs and products. Local grains of Uttarakhand are being considered as the most nutritious diet.
The state government is encouraging the production and use of local grains. The state of Uttarakhand and its people have their own brand, which is popular for its reliability, simplicity, honesty and hard work. We have to take this state on the path of progress, while maintaining this credibility. Chief Minister said that the Prime Minister has set targets for the welfare schemes created for the SC/ST category. The deadlines and responsibilities have been set to implement these schemes. Continuous efforts are being made by the government to effectively implement various welfare schemes on the ground to promote entrepreneurship among the Scheduled Castes & Schedule Tribes and to make them self-reliant. We have to ensure the all-round development of all the sections of society. In the start-up policy, priority is being given to SC/ST category beneficiaries. There is a special provision for SC/ST and women in the Stand-Up India. The State Government will cooperate fully with the efforts of the union textile ministry’s efforts to establish a research center in the state.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Mr. Giriraj Singh said that the benefits and cooperation of all the schemes of the Government of India is being given to the State Government. He said that on October 18, 2016 the SC/ST Hub Conclave was started by Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi in Punjab. Small sculptors and heritage have been identified and Common Facilitation Centers are being set up for them. 300 Central PSCs have been created, where they are being provided technical and other types of assistance. Cluster-based schemes are being considered in every district by the Ministry. Special focus is being laid to promote entrepreneurship in the SC/ST category. Work is being done to provide employment to the people in their village. Twenty percent of the PMEGP has also been reserved for the SC/ST category. A corpus fund of Rs 7500 crore has been made by Prime Minister for the Collateral Loan from Banks.
Union Minister of State for Textiles Mr. Ajay Tamta said that our artisians and people associated with our various traditional works have a significant place in self-employment and rural life. We need to protect and nurture our traditional craft and enterprises. Our social fabric is related to each other.
People associated with traditional activities have a significant role in preventing migrations from the border areas.
On this occasion, an information directory related to the details of SC/ST entrepreneurs of Uttarakhand was also released by Ministry of MSME, Government of India.
On this occasion MLA Suresh Rathore and Principal Secretary Manisha Panwar were also present.