Change Mindset Of Investors Regarding J&K: Omar To CII18 June 2011
Srinagar: Calling for a substantial change in the mindset of investors regarding Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Saturday said that there are places more uncertain than Jammu and Kashmir where investors do invest but are reluctant to come here. Addressing a joint meeting of CII and top ranking officers of the State Government here, he asked the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) to take concrete steps in this regard and break the ice on ground. The meeting was attended by Minister for Industries, S. S. Salathia, Minister of State for Cooperatives, Manohar Lal, Chief Secretary, Madhav Lal, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, B. B. Vyas, Commissioner Secretary Industries, Umang Narula, Commissioner Secretary Tourism, Atul Dullo, Commissioner Secretary, Youth Services and Sports, B. A. Runiyal and other senior officers. “I am keen to see CII members starting ventures in the State and playing their important role in generating wide-ranging economic activities for the youth. For last two and half years we have had so much meetings and deliberations with regard to absorption of J&K youth in private job market by enhancing their skills and employability. Now is the time that ground breaking takes place in this regard”, he said and stressed on CII to be instrumental to help PPP mode projects in the State. “We are ready to provide you package of incentives and satisfy your queries and apprehensions regarding investments in the State especially in Kashmir division”, he told CII adding that there are more uncertain places in the country than Kashmir where investors are investing. He asked CII to help change the mindset of investors regarding venturing upon in the State. Omar welcomed the survey, analysis and reports prepared by CII and its associate companies for enhancing employability of youth and giving fillip to the skills development. “Your efforts are a welcome step and the suggestions you have made would be given due weightage by the Government. We are keenly eager to make necessary dent in this sector to address large scale unemployment problem in the State”, he said adding that something concrete needs to be done by CII by participating with the State Government and local players to do the practical job on ground. “I would like you to regularly organize talent hunt camps in the Universities and select the boys and girls for trainings and courses suit to your companies”, he said underlining the urgency for providing opportunity to educated youth to prove their talent. “At the end of the day my aim is to ensure maximum jobs to youth in the private sector as Government is not in a position to absorb everyone”, he said adding that in this stupendous task the private investors have to be positively involved. The Chief Minister asked CII members to send their special teams to the State for on-spot selection of talented students in the universities, the Government would provide you every facility to reach out them in every areas of the State. “Our youth are more talented, capable and delivering which you have yourselves observed during the interaction sessions with boys and girls of Jammu and Kashmir in various higher educational institutional”, he told them calling for a comprehensive and result-oriented strategy by the CII and other such organizations to give exposure to these young persons. Chairman CII Northern Region, Vijay Thadani, Chief Executive Officer, NIIT, Raju Choudhary, CII Head Jammu and Kashmir State, explained the salient features of the two reports prepared by CII regarding the skills development in Jammu and Kashmir State and enhancement of employability of educated youth. A report regarding the potential for investment in the cold chain sector was also presented to the Chief Minister. The local investors who are the members of CII also presented their view point on the subject and shared their experiences in the field. J&K Youth Second to None in Capacity: Omar Reposing faith in Jammu and Kashmir youth as the best human resource of the State, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Saturday assured his Government’s total support to them to crack the service examinations and make their mark at the State and the National levels. “You are second to none in your capacity and ability to qualify these”, he told them asking for inculcating interest to sit in such examinations and showing firm determination to make the dent. “As has been shown by Shah Faisal securing the top position in IAS examination recently, and by the former Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Khurshid Ahmad Ganai several years earlier securing the second position”, he said stressing on developing the zest to pursue the goal. Speaking at a Seminar-cum-Workshop on the subject ‘How to crack the civil service examination’, organized by ASCENT Group here, the Chief Minister said that his Government would provide every sort of assistance to the students intending to sit in such prestigious and national level examinations. “This year nine students from the State have qualified civil service examination, I would like it to be 19 next year and 50 in coming years”, he said expressing the confidence in the ability of youth of Jammu and Kashmir. “I would like to see you not only as Administrative Secretaries and Heads of the Departments in the State but as Cabinet Secretary, Foreign Secretary, Home Secretary and other Union Secretaries at the National level”, he told them asking for hardworking and enthusiasm to achieve the goal. “To mentor you, provide you necessary trainings and other logistic support, Government is ready to work with organizations in the field to expand the ambit of support to the boys and girls intending to take the service examinations at the State and the Centre levels”, he told the large number of students participating in the workshop at SKICC and asked the ASCENT Group to come up with a proposal in this regard so that a well planned and an effective mechanism is put in place to extend the benefits of counseling and trainings to more and more students in the State. Earlier, Chairman of ASCENT Group, Mohammad Shafi Pandit explained the aims and objectives of his Group and threw light on the workshop. He said besides creating general awareness among the students that qualifying service examinations is not an impossible task to perform. “It may be a hard nut but you can crack it”, he told the students. Vice Chancellor, Kashmir University, Prof. Talat Ahmad in his speech extended full support to the organizations from the University for nurturing and training the youth to compete in the National level examinations. Chief Information Commissioner, G. R. Sufi and guest lecturers from various National Institutions also delivered their lectures on the occasion.