Agro-based small-scale industry should be encouraged to make agriculture more viable and profitable, Parliamentarians from the State told industry leaders here on Wednesday.

Rattan Singh Ajnala, Akali MP from Tarn Taran, said youth were migrating from villages to cities because of lack of employment avenues, and called for education and skill upgradation of youth in the border districts to make them employable.

The MPs met a delegation of Confederation of Indian Industry from the State.

Need to capitalise

Deepak Mittal, Chairman, CII Punjab State Council and Managing Director, International Tractors Ltd, said Punjab needed to capitalise on its strength in sectors such as agro processing, textiles and light engineering.

Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Past Chairman, CII Northern Region and Vice-Chairman and Managing Director, Bharti Enterprises, stressed the need to adopt public-private partnerships in school education. He also felt that parity in taxation was imperative for the growth of food processing industry in the State.

Malvinder Mohan Singh, Group Chairman, Fortis Healthcare Ltd, said CII would be organising an Invest North conclave in November to showcase investment opportunities.

aditi.n@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on August 29, 2012)
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