Guwahati: On Wednesday, Nagaland's departments of Industries and Commerce, Employment and Skill Development and Environment, Forests, and Climate Change jointly organized a workshop with the objective of boosting the manufacturing sector and create jobs within the state.
The workshop was attended by the Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change CM Chang and advisor of Industries and Commerce, Employment and Skill Development, Imnatiba.
Encouraging the officials of various departments, CM Chang said that each department should find ways of generating employment in the state. "The government has already taken a decision to ban the export of raw materials aiming to encourage local entrepreneurship in furniture making. This sector will not only create a lot of employment but also increase the net revenue of the government", he said.
Speaking at the event, Imnatiba revealed the Industries and Commerce Department's plan to develop manufacturing clusters in more than 90 manufacturing units. "The department is also undertaking skill development in 22 trades under carpentry", he added further.
Many other high ranking officials who attended the workshop also emphasized the importance of the forestry and wood-based industries in the overall economic development of the state. APCCF Vedpal Singh gave a presentation on the legal issues that govern the forestry trade sector. Director Industries and Commerce, Hokishe, spoke on the need to develop the manufacturing units in a cluster approach. The Director of Employment and Skill Development, Chiten Yaden informed about the introduction of skill development courses in 4 ITI's. A presentation was also given by Dr. Kenei Miachieo on "Making Nagaland a manufacturing hub of furniture."
The workshop concluded with the constitution of a high-level joint committee of Vedpal Singh, Hokishe and Chiten to devise further development plans for the wood-based industries in the state.