J-K CM asks youth to be self-employed

Asking youth of the state to look for self-employment, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has described the process as the right initiative to combat unemployment.

Last Updated: Dec 08, 2011, 15:12 PM IST

Srinagar: Asking youth of the state to look
for self-employment, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar
Abdullah has described the process as the right initiative to
combat unemployment.

"Micro, Small and Medium Entrepreneurship (MSME) sector
offers encouraging opportunities to the youth," Abdullah said
after laying the foundation of a Rs 14.60 crore hostel building at Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development
Institute (JKEDI) Complex at Pampore, 14 kms from here,on Wednesday.

"There is a huge potential in agriculture, horticulture,
tourism, IT and allied sectors to venture upon and seek
economic prosperity for one`s own self and the state," he
said.

The chief minister, while referring to one such programme
like Sher-e-Kashmir Employment and Welfare Programme for Youth
(SKEWPY) said the government is willingly providing all sorts
of facilities to the locals to make a career in these fields
and be part of the holistic industrial development in the
state.

The state government has flagged MSME sector as one of
the important concerns, he said, adding that budding
entrepreneurs are being encouraged by way of providing
financial support, marginal money and loans to do business in
this field and earn livelihood for themselves and many more
others.

"While Government is resorting to different courses to
provide enhanced job opportunities to the educated youth in
Government sector, the unemployment crisis of the magnitude
presently prevailing requires a multi-pronged strategy to deal
with," the chief minister said.

Omar said his government is working on this kind of
planning to expand the job-market for the youth in government
and private sectors.

PTI