Involve youths in startups, MSMEs: Mishra

NIRJULI, Jan 18: Governor BD Mishra called for a “positive movement involving youths” for the promotion of startups and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) in Arunachal Pradesh.
The governor said this in his inaugural address during a conference on ‘Startups and MSMEs in food processing’ at the North Eastern Regional Institute of Science & Technology (NERIST) here on Friday.
The conference was organized by the Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) in association with the union food processing industries ministry.
“Arunachal Pradesh is bestowed with all raw materials for a variety of startups. It has medicinal plants, rare orchids, bamboo and organic products like orange, large cardamom, apple and kiwi, and can compete with the best agricultural produce anywhere in the world,” Mishra said.
Citing the challenges in the process of startups and MSMEs, the governor observed that there is a lack of awareness, motivation and entrepreneurial instinct among the people.
“Unless one starts, one cannot accomplish,” he said, and exhorted the state’s farmers, entrepreneurs and youths to take the first steps towards self-enterprise.
“Parents and guardians must encourage their children towards entrepreneurship or startups, which will contribute towards nation-building and provide job opportunities to others,” he said.
The governor suggested to the ASSOCHAM to “give opportunity and task” to 10 boys and girls from Arunachal, “who are in their final year of educational discipline,” in the ASSOCHAM’s group of industries.
He also directed the NERIST director to coordinate with the ASSOCHAM.
Among others, Industries Commissioner GS Meena, NABARD Itanagar GM Gyanendra Mani, Namsai-based Arunachal University of Studies’ pro-vice chancellor Prof OP Sharma, ASSOCHAM assistant director Chetan Vij, NERIST Director Prof Hardeo Singh Yadav, and NERIST Dean Prof KN Dewangan spoke on the occasion. (Raj Bhavan)