Tribal affairs secy encourages entrepreneurship

PASIGHAT, Apr 20: Union Tribal Affairs Secretary Deepak Khandekar said his ministry is keen on extending support towards training and infrastructure for value addition and marketing in areas like small-scale industries, textiles, tourism, agro-horticulture, fishery, bamboo, animal husbandry, and forest produces.
Khandekar said this while chairing a meeting with officers of various departments here in East Siang district on Saturday.
Stressing on encouraging entrepreneurship and livelihood opportunities for socioeconomic empowerment of the tribal communities of the state, Khandekar asked the departments to “submit feasible income generation proposals to enhance the income level of the tribal people.”
Proposals in the education sector will also be given priority, he added.
“East Siang district has huge potential in horticulture, bamboo, textiles, tourism and sericulture,” Khandekar said, and called for training SHGs and craftsmen in adding value to their products to meet the market demands.
He said the ministry, in collaboration with National Institute of Design, would facilitate training of craftsmen.
Deputy Commissioner Kinny Singh presented a brief on the proposals in the education sector for the district, while ICDS DD Ponung Ering Angu highlighted the socioeconomic development activities in the district.
Angu informed that 25 women SHGs with around 400 members received vocational training under the microfinance scheme.
Earlier, the tribal affairs secretary visited the museum and the crafts centre here. (DIPRO)