Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig (Retd) Dr B D Mishra on Friday called for a positive movement for the promotion of ‘Start Ups’ and ‘Micro Small Medium Enterprises’ in the state involving youths.
Inaugurating the conference on ‘Start-ups and Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Food Processing’ at North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST) in Nirjuli, near here, he said that Arunachal Pradesh is bestowed with all raw materials for variety of Start ups. It has medicinal plants, rare orchids, bamboo and organic products like orange, large cardamom, apple and Kiwi and the state can compete with the best agricultural produce anywhere in the world.
Citing the challenges in the process of Start Ups and MSMEs, the Governor said that there is lack of awareness and motivation amongst the people and the need for entrepreneurial instinct.
He also emphasised on the need for research, application of scientific methods, innovation and cooperation with advance countries and food processing organization, agricultural value-chain including cold chain and storage facilities, agricultural marketing, agro-processing and exports and availability of bank loans to the needy youth with ‘Start up’.
Stating that ‘unless one starts, one cannot accomplish’, the Governor exhorted the farmers, entrepreneurs and youth to come forward and take the first step towards self enterprise. Commending the ASSOCHAM for organising the programme and for its yeoman service, the governor asked for creating awareness about union and state government supported schemes, programmes for the small, budding, tiny processed food entrepreneurs, which he said is the need of the hour.
Mishra said that there is need for change of outlook amongst the parents, guardians and society towards government jobs.
“Worldwide, workforce seeking sustenance is more than the jobs available, even in Scandinavian countries, where there is minus growth of population. The parents and guardians must encourage their children towards entrepreneurship or Start Up, which will contribute towards Nation building and provide job opportunities to others,” he said.
‘Start Up’ has unlimited frontier and long reach. Start up is result of ingenuity, initiative, imagination and improvisation, he added.
Sharing his idea of apprenticeship, Mishra suggested that the ASSOCHAM should give opportunity and task to 10 boys and girls from Arunachal Pradesh, who are in their final year of educational discipline in their group of industries.
The conference is organized by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) in association with union Ministry of Food Processing Industries.