Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today termed unemployment as a “major challenge” to the soceity, saying entrepreneurship was an important intervention to create more jobs and provide youth with more creative means of economic engagement. “Entrepreneurship has emerged as an important sector for providing livelihood not only to the youth who adopt it but also to a chain of people who work in subsidiary mode with them,” Mehbooba said while interacting with some young entrepreneurs here. The Chief Minister said she is very optimistic about the capacities and capabilities of the youth of the state, which have been displayed quite often both at local and national levels. “There are many attractive schemes in micro, small and medium industry sectors which the youth should enroll into, set up units with small equity and register their capabilities locally and nationally,” she said.
Terming the young entrepreneurs as the future hope of the state, Mehbooba said she is conscious of their “difficulties and problems” “The problems and difficulties faced by the young entrepreneurs would be addressed on priority and efforts would be made to make their operations as easy as possible,” the Chief Minister said, adding she would shortly “convene an inter-ministerial meeting to sort these out”. “Government is thinking of setting up a separate centre for women entrepreneurs to guide them about various schemes and encourage them to adopt the same,” she said.
Mehbooba agreed to the suggestion that a single window clearance mechanism be established at Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI), with representation from Jammu and Kashmir Bank, departments of industries, revenue and other agencies concerned to clear their cases on the spot. She appreciated the efforts of the EDI in providing the young minds a platform to realise their dreams.