Itanagar : Agriculture minister Wangki Lowang today said the youths of the state should be provided training in masonry, carpentry, haircutting, etc, to help them become gainfully employed.
The minister, who was the chief guest at the ‘Skilled Arunachal’ conclave-cum-exhibition organised by the skill development & entrepreneurship (SDE) department at Banquet Hall here, urged experts to explore ways to equip the youths with practical skills.
He lamented that the state’s youths “have not learned useful trades from outsiders, but have picked up vices like alcoholism, drug abuse, smoking and so on.”
Lowang said opportunities to learn trade skills should be provided to all the youths of the state, irrespective of whether they live in urban or rural areas, “to free them from the perpetual mindset of dependence and spoon-feeding culture.”
SDE parliamentary secretary Jambey Tashi, who was the guest of honour, said that the youths of the state should be equipped “to face the harsh realities of life efficiently and stand on their own feet.”
Saying that the youths do not lack in inherent talents, the PS urged them to take advantage of the skill development programmes organised by the state and central governments. SDE secretary Madhu K Garg informed that India has the largest youth population which should be trained properly and their services utilized gainfully to build a strong and vibrant country.
Highlighting the department’s functions, the secretary underscored the importance of providing exposure to the youths to vocational livelihood schemes that would enable them to be absorbed in various jobs across the country. Earlier, SDE director Subu Tabin made a PowerPoint presentation on the scopes, challenges and useful schemes being implemented by the department for the youths of the state.
“The basic objective of the department is to improve the income generating capacity of the youths,” he said, adding that educated unemployed youths are being trained in various trades across the country by experts, and that it has helped many from the state in getting jobs all over the country. He, however, lamented that trained youths of Arunachal Pradesh are reluctant to work in other states and come back to Arunachal to seek employment.
Representatives from MSDE, NSDC, NSDA, SSC, and TPs made PowerPoint presentations highlighting their activities in empowering the youths of Arunachal Pradesh. Among others, industry minister Tamiyo Taga, parliamentary secretary Mama Natung, and chairman Gabriel D Wangsu attended the conclave.
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