CM urges young entrepreneurs to explore NE’s potentials

THANE, Jan 14: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has requested the Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini (RMP) and other similar organizations to turn their focus on the Northeastern states and work to motivate, facilitate and mentor youths, who, he said, possess inborn talents but lack proper guidance and the right kind of motivation.
Pema was addressing the valedictory function of the Economic Democracy Conclave organized by the RMP here in Maharashtra on Sunday evening.
Expressing appreciation for the RMP for organizing the conclave involving entrepreneurs and self-employed individuals, Pema assured his all-out support and cooperation in any such endeavour of the RMP in the NE region.
Stating that economic democracy, in its truest sense, is still a far cry in the Northeast despite the region having huge potentials, Pema called upon the young entrepreneurs present at the conclave to explore the potentials in the Northeast.
“The Northeast, especially Arunachal Pradesh, still remains to be explored and exploited by entrepreneurs. You and your bright ideas, if partnered with the huge potentials and energetic local youths, would play wonders, I am sure. And rest assured, our state government will offer all possible support to your endeavour once you decide to come in,” he said.
The CM said people must be thankful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for seriously attempting to bring in economic democracy along with political democracy with schemes like Start Up India, Stand Up India, SC-ST Venture Capital Fund, Mudra, Make in India, and others.
The CM said the main goal of economic democracy should be to align market forces with the core aspiration of democracy – which Mahatma Gandhi aptly expressed through the term ‘Sarvodaya’ – literally, the well-being of all. He reminded the gathering that “Gandhi always said India resides in its villages, and therefore economic growth of villages would only ensure economic democracy in the country.”
Speaking about the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Swawlamban Yojna (DDUSY) implemented by the Arunachal Pradesh government to offer start-ups for local youths, he informed that hundreds of unemployed youths have benefited so far from the DDUSY that facilitates bank loans from Rs 10 lakhs to Rs 1 crore for setting up greenfield enterprises with 30% subsidy.
The conclave for entrepreneurs, mainly from the marginalized sections of the society, was attended by around 300 youngsters from the districts of Thane, Palghar, Mumbai and Mumbai Suburban.
Earlier, the conclave was inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind in the presence of Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. CMO