NEW DELHI, Sept 4 � Union Minister of State for Skill Development, Entrepreneurship, Youth Affairs and Sports, Sarbananda Sonowal has called upon entrepreneurs and multinational companies to invest in Assam.
Sonowal, who was inaugurating the FICCI�s 7th Global Skills Summit on Wednesday, said that Assam�s handloom and artefact sectors were quite developed and investors could look into these two sectors.
He said the Centre is also working out schemes for development of the sectors within a specific time-frame. He said that labours in the State do not get adequate remuneration.
Referring to the industrial scenario of Assam, he said that because of its geographical location, weak economy and problem of insurgency, unemployment is acute.
He said that the Central government is working on developing the infrastructure within a time-frame and if the private sector chips in, then the problem of unemployment, which is one of the root causes of insurgency, could be resolved.
Sonowal, highlighting the specific needs of North-east, said that the region faces additional challenges, including those of topography and geography. It is essential to focus on inclusive skill development and reaching out to these challenging areas, such as those affected by left-wing extremism in the North-eastern and other hill States.
�I urge my friends from the industry to come forward and work with us to reach out to the youth in these areas. It is only through collective action and consolidated plan from all the stakeholders present here today that we can facilitate access to wage and self-employment opportunities for the working population of these regions and give them hope for a better future. Having first- hand knowledge of one of these areas, I can assure you about the potential of the youth in these areas,� he said.