SRINAGAR: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Baseer Ahmad Khan today chaired the 105th Board of Directors meeting of Jammu and Kashmir Khadi and Village Industries Board (JK-KVIB) at Sanat Ghar Bemina.
Vice Chairperson, JKKVIB, Dr Hina Bhat; Principal Secretary Industries and Commerce Ranjan Prakash Thakur, Secretary in Rural Development Department Ms. Rifat Arif, Director Handicrafts and Handloom Kashmir, Registrar Cooperatives, Director Industries & Commerce Jammu, Director Industries & Commerce Kashmir, Director MSME and Secretary KVIB participated in the meeting.
The Advisor directed the Board to extend hand holding to the educated unemployed youth of the UT, so that they can avail benefits from various schemes being implemented under the purview of Khadi and Village Industries sector.
The Advisor said that the Board has a tremendous potential to create employment opportunities for the educated unemployed youth of Jammu and Kashmir, besides contributing to the local economy. He directed the officers to put strenuous efforts in order to make things happen and show positive results on ground.
Advisor said that the Board has been designated as the Nodal Agency in J&K for implementation of employment generation programs, especially the Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP). He said that it should ensure successful implementation of these initiatives by providing every help to the aspiring entrepreneurs.
Advisor directed the officers to work in close coordination with other government agencies to realise the benefits through convergence by imparting skill and entrepreneurship development training to the youth of Jammu and Kashmir.
The BoD also decided to prepare a proposal for the approval of government to extend the benefits of Employment Generation Programme to urban youth through JK Urban Employment Generation Programme and adoption of cluster approach for revival of traditional industries.
Advisor also directed them to popularise the various schemes of JKKVIB through comprehensive plan for awareness generation through Information Education and Communication (IEC) activities taking into account the COVID protocols.
Regarding the various administrative issues projected by the officers, the Advisor directed them that all the decisions should be in sync with the government rules.
Regarding the Entrepreneurship Development Programmes (EDP), it was given out that EDP training has been imparted to 474 SC/ST candidates under NSSH scheme under various trades through Rural Self Employment Institutes and Entrepreneurship Development Institute. Out of these 250 have established their units by availing loan under PMEGP/JKREGP.
Also EDP trainings have been imparted to the 159 aspirant entrepreneurs through SKUAST K under various activities. It was also given out that Skill Development Trainings to 122 candidates under various activities like commercial floriculture cultivation, vermi-compost manufacturing, bee keeping, high density orchards, and poultry farming have been conducted in various districts of J&K in collaboration with SKUAST-Kashmir as per NSSH scheme guidelines. Besides skill development trainings have been imparted to 166 candidates under various activities through ITIs.