Imphal: “Today, we are attracting so many investors and this is a sign of positive change and development,” Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh said on Saturday after distributing certificates for Skill Development Training Programme (upskilling) to State Returnees due to Covid-19 pandemic.
Manipur Start-up was launched with a budget of just Rs 30 crore, which has been increased to Rs 100 crore, and further encouraged those who received their skill development completion certificates to apply under the Start-Up scheme, Biren said.
He said skill development training programme for state returnees during the Covid pandemic was included in the state government’s 100 Action Points for First 100 Days.
The function was held at KB Philanthropy-5, Khabam Lamkhai, Mantripukhri. It was attended by government officials, trainees, trainers, among others.
Providing assistance, employment to some of those who returned to the state during the pandemic was a target of the government, Biren said.
“Today we are conducting these skill development training in various fields including Front Office Associate, Counter Sales Executive, Home delivery boys, business builders, nail technicians, barbers, tourists guide etc,” he said.
Manipur is becoming a tourist hub, the Chief Minister said, further stressing that the number of tourist footfall including foreigners has increased manifold in the last few years. He said considering the state’s natural scenic beauty, climate, food culture, hospitality of the people, etc, the state has the potential to be a tourist hub.
He said the state is also developing various sites with historic relevance including the Ibudhou Marjing Statue at Heingang, INA Complex Moirang highest Indian national flag 165 feet height, Nongpok Thong, Imphal Nongpok Torban to attract more tourists and investors.
Mission director Manipur Society for Skill Development Kimjalhai Kipgen explained the various schemes conducted under the MSSD including the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana PMKVY- 2 and 3, Recognition of Prior Learning, etc and said these schemes are conducted successfully with the help of the 37 empanelled training providers.
The certificates distributed were for trainees who have completed training under the PMKVY-3 and RPL.
The RPL (Upskilling) was specially conducted for the State Returnees due to Covid-19, she said, adding that it was inaugurated on May 19, 2022.
“The trainees who have completed the courses can also avail loans from banks,” she said.
The function was also attended by minister Heikham Dingo Singh and secretary B. John Tlangtinkhuma among others.