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Entrepreneurs are the job- and wealth-creators: LG

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Inaugurates JKEDI building, Govt Silk Weaving Factory at Bari Brahmana

Jammu, Feb 01: In a boost to entrepreneurship and silk farming in the Jammu region, Lt Governor Girish Chandra Murmu today inaugurated the newly constructed Administrative cum Faculty Block of the Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI), besides a Government Silk Weaving Factory and Silk Filatures facility at Bari Brahamana.

Advisor to the Lt Governor, KK Sharma; Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam; Financial Commissioner Health, Atal Dulloo, Commissioner Secretary, Department of Industries and Commerce, MK Dwivedi, Divisional Commissioner Jammu Sanjeev Verma, Deputy Commissioner, Samba, Rohit Khajuria, senior officers of Industries and Commerce department, JKEDI, JK Industries and Health department accompanied the Lt Governor.

Addressing a gathering at Bari Brahamana, the Lt Governor, according to an official press release emphasized the importance of entrepreneurship and exhorted the youth to learn from the success stories to make a difference.

While inaugurating the Administrative cum Faculty complex of the JKEDI, he held that there is no dearth of talent and only a little handholding of the youth is required to give them a purposeful direction.

He advised the EDI officials to ensure advanced skill development and specialized trainings to the youth in consonance with the emerging requirements.

While launching a book on the ‘success stories of entrepreneurs’ from Jammu and Kashmir, the Lt Governor appreciated the local entrepreneurs for scripting these success stories and felicitated them for achieving exceptional milestones in their respective ventures.

“You are the job-creators and wealth-creators. Government alone cannot sustain the economy; it is the entrepreneurs like you who drive the economic engine of a country,” he added.

The Lt Governor held that the dream of a 5 trillion USD economy will be a reality if the energy of youth is harnessed to its full potential.

He also appreciated the executing agencies and the EDI for completion of this building in a record time, paving way for skill development and empowerment of the youth.

The Lt Governor also inaugurated Government Silk Weaving Factory and Government Silk Filatures at Bari Brahmana Jammu, which have been established with project cost of Rs. 16.80 crores and Rs 6.64 crores respectively in a record time of about two years.

Both the units have been equipped with modern machinery and equipments under the expert guidance of Central Silk Board, Government of India.

The Silk Filatures will provide stable market to about 10,000 farmers in the Jammu region while as the Silk Weaving Factory will have the capacity of producing 4,60,000 meters of silk fabric creating direct and indirect employment opportunities for the people.

The Lt Governor reiterated that the government is committed to strengthening the socio-economic fabric of J&K and is always open to the ideas which can take this march forward. He said that the government is working tirelessly towards the welfare of the people and in the coming few months a discernible change would be visible on the ground.

Advisor to the Lt Governor, KK Sharma while briefing the gathering said that the facilities dedicated today would go a long way in addressing the issues of unemployed youth and the silk farming community. He added that 900 MT silk cocoons produced in Jammu and Kashmir couldn’t find sufficient processing facilities resulting in loss to the silk producers.

With the coming of Silk Factory at Jammu, in addition to the one at Srinagar which is under reconstruction, the Silk Farmers would be able to find a ready market, fetching good returns. He added that he had been associated the held up JKEDI project, and culmination of the project is a testimony to the fact that things are moving in the right direction.

Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam while addressing the gathering briefed that the building of JKEDI was one of the languishing projects selected for funding under JKIDFC, and it was heartening to note that the work had been executed in a record time of less than two years, which speaks of the intensions and commitment of the government to deliver efficiently and in a transparent manner.

Banks and Industry complement each other; have a Symbiotic relationship: Lt Governor

JAMMU, FEBRUARY 1: Lt Governor Sh Girish Chandra Murmu today said that Industry and Banks complement each other and have a symbiotic relationship. He was interacting with the industrialists at SIDCO Industrial Estate, Samba after inaugurating the Cluster Office and Industrial Finance Branch of J&K Bank.

The Lt Governor maintained that the banks and Industrialists mutually grow with each other’s support, and in a healthy economy, this interface must be strengthened further. The industrialists highlighted their issues, some of which were resolved on the spot and it was assured to them that all the genuine issued would be examined for redressal. The industrialists also thanked for the positive steps taken by the Lt Governor’s administration which bore fruits in the shape of budgetary announcements for Jammu and Kashmir today.

The Lt Governor also interacted with delegations comprising of BDC Chairpersons, Chairpersons and Members of Municipal Committees of District Samba. The delegations put forth various demands like up gradation of roads and health centres in Border areas, STP for Samba Town, office accommodation for BDC Chairpersons, and augmentation of various facilities. The Lt Governor assured the delegations of prompt appropriate action on the issues after examination and also urged them to make proper, futuristic plans in whatever works they take in hand.  He also issued on the spot directions to the concerned officers for necessary action wherever required.

Meanwhile, the Lt Governor also laid the foundation stone for additional OPD Block at District Hospital Samba. He also took a round of the Emergency and OPD wards to take stock of the facilities for the patients. Later on, the Lt Governor visited the AIIMS site at Vijaypur to review the progress on the proposed medi-city. He asked the authorities to take all necessary steps and complete the project in a time bound manner.

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