SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Khadi and Village Industries Board (JKKVIB), Srinagar on Thursday organised district level awareness camp regarding National Schedule Cast/Schedule Tribe Hub (NSSH) scheme at Sangri Chak in Khanmoh.
Deputy Chief Executive Officer KVIB, Muzaffar Alaqaband, Block Development Officer Khanmoh, Shabir Ahmad, Bee Keeping Officer Abid Alam Shah, Financial Literary Coordinator Manzoor Ahmad District Officer Srinagar KVIB, District Officer SC-ST, Lead Bank Officer, Branch Manager J&K Bank Khanmoh and functionaries of line departments attended the camp.
Giving details about the scheme, Deputy CEO KVIB said that NSSH is an initiative of the Government of India (GoI) to develop a supportive ecosystem to focus on the growth of SC-ST Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), read an official handout.
He said, “GoI has formulated Public Procurement Policy for MSMEs in 2012, which states that 20 % of total procurement of goods and services by central ministries, departments and public sector undertakings shall be made from MSMEs and 4 percent of such procurement shall be made from MSME owned by SC-ST entrepreneurs,” adding that at present, government procurement from SC-ST enterprises was less than 1 % and this scheme would improve their contribution percentage, the handout read.
Alaqaband said that for the implementation of this scheme in Jammu and Kashmir, Khadi and Village Industries Board was organising workshops, awareness programmes, skill development programmes and other mass mobilisation programs.
He exhorted upon the unemployed youth of SC-ST community to become job providers instead of hankering for government jobs and stressed that “the community members must come forward and avail the benefits of various schemes under J&K KVIB for their economical upliftment”.
Calling Sangri Chak “an ideal place for bee keeping” Bee Keeping Officer, Abid Alam shah laid thrust on imparting training about bee keeping and honey production.
He said “a cluster programme at HMT for production, packing and marketing of the honey is also coming up shortly and raw material will also be provided at these cluster centers”.
Shah added that there was lack of quality hives and KVIB would establish a manufacturing unit for quality hive “besides a quality control unit will also be set up for the quality analysis of the honey produced by bee keepers”.
BDO Shabir Ahmed requested the natives of Sangri Chak to co-operate with government organisations and avail such public welfare schemes to get benefitted.
Financial Literacy Coordinator, Manzoor Ahmed said that KVIB wants people of Sangri to become job providers adding “this area has huge potential vis-à-vis generating employment under different sections and schemes”.