Centre To Invest 60K Crore In J&K In 2-3 Years: Minister

Budgam: The government of India will spend Rs 60,000 crore in Jammu and Kashmir in the next 2 to 3 years to create employment generating avenues, inspire youth to establish micro income generating units and boost local economy in the Union Territory, Union Minister of State for Skill Development Entrepreneurship and Information Technology Rajeev Chandrashekhar said Saturday.

“I have observed and personally witnessed that the local youth of Kashmir are full of talent and skill. They need to be inspired, show interest in getting highly skilled training, be energetic as there are enormous opportunities of employment generation available,” the Minister said on Saturday, as per an official spokesperson.

He made these remarks while addressing a gathering of ITI and polytechnic students in a convention cum seminar organized in his honor at ITI Complex Wadipora Budgam, an official spokesperson said.

“In next 2 to 3 years U.T. of J&K will see new circle of development prosperity. Govt. of India has formulated a plan to spend Rs 60,000 Crores in the U.T of J&K alone. The amount will be utilized to create employment generating avenues, inspire youth to establish micro income generating units and boost local economy,” Chandrashekhar said.

According to the official spokesperson, the Minister said about 8 lakh new jobs were created since 1st April 2020 to 30th April 2021 in IT and manufacturing sectors.

“He said it is our mission, goal and solemn promise to strengthen the entrepreneurship diversification as it has a great economic prospects to absorb youth in various fields,” he said, adding “ The Minister appealed aspiring youth to be committed, positive in approach and remain enthusiastic to realize and fulfill every dream,”

The Minister, as per the official spokesperson said ministers visiting U.T of J&K have an objective to check the situation relating to developmental and other aspects on ground.

“This is PM’s initiative and revolutionary first of its kind mission particularly for UT of J&K,” the Minister said.

“We came here with professional objective and ambition to deliver, our visits shall emerge result oriented.” The Minister appreciated concerned authorities that work done in skill development is enormous but still needs more boost and push. Budgam has potential and talent which they have showcased through incredible skills,” he added.

The official spokesperson further said that the Minister inspected automobile training centre of ITI Budgam and also the stalls installed by the skilled youth demonstrating and displaying manufacturing skills, talent and professionalism in respective art and trades.

Later, he said, the Minister presided a meeting of officers convened at Conference Hall Budgam where a detailed review of each sector was under taken scheme wise. The DC Budgam through a detailed power point presentation presented developmental and welfare scenario of the District.

“The Minister while going through the details appreciated the District Administration and its officials in achieving the given targets, despite facing inconveniences due to COVID 19 crisis and other circumstances. He impressed up on the District Administration to continue its engagements with same spirit, conviction and dedication,” the official spokesperson said.

Principal Secretary Skill Development Department Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon, DC Budgam S.A. Mirza, Director Skill Development Department, SSP Budgam, Principal ITI Budgam and other District Officers were present on the occasion.

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