Union Minister for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Kalraj Mishra on Friday said the Centre was focussing on developing entrepreneurial skills in the youth of North East.

“The Central government is focussing on development of leadership qualities and entrepreneurial abilities among youth of the region to ensure socio-economic development and growth of the nation,” Mishra said while inaugurating the Business Incubation Centre on Readymade Garment and Handloom at the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) today.

He pointed out that IIE has been playing a pivotal role in imparting training to the youth of the region to empower them through training on entrepreneurship development, skill building and promotion of clusters.

Mishra further highlighted the initiatives undertaken by the union government for promotion of entrepreneurship and MSME sector in the North East.

He emphasised on “Make in India” initiatives and its potential to change the economic scenario of North East.

The minister stressed on the need to revamp village and cottage industries in NER and creating an entrepreneur friendly environment through facilitating incubation centre.

IIE Director Manoj Kumar Das hoped the centre will go a long way in empowering the youth of the region in the Handloom and Textile sectors.

Centre for Industrial Extension head Dr Sriparna B Baruah pointed out that the centre would not only promote enterprises but also group entrepreneurship by linking entrepreneurs to various handloom Clusters in the region.

Business Incubation Centre on Readymade Garment and Handloom is an initiative of IIE, sponsored by Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to provide opportunity for holistic development of youth of North East.