Pampore, Nov 9: Describing budding entrepreneurs of Jammu and Kashmir as Christopher Columbus, Vasco Da Gama and Neil Armstrong of present day, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Saturday said: "My mission to see youth making new strides and achieving new highs in entrepreneurship was totally above any political motives or vote bank politics."
Addressing the unit holders who have chosen entrepreneurship through SK Employment and Welfare Programme for Youth (SKEWPY), the Chief Minister said that he was not really concerned whether budding entrepreneurs and qualified youth supported his political ideology and cast votes in his favour. "My only dream is to see them as successful entrepreneurs," he explained.
Assuring all support to the young entrepreneurs by the government, the Chief Minister asked them to e-mail their experiences and difficulties directly to his mail account firstname.lastname@example.org. "If you are not in a position to see me personally, you can mail your difficulties to me through e-mail so that I would address your concerns with regard to launch of your units", he maintained.
The Chief Minister said that he was satisfied to know that more than 2000 educated youth had successfully launched their projects under SKEWPY during the last three years.
Omar said Government, J&K Bank and Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) were at the beck and call of intending entrepreneurs for all possible help and handholding to nurture their talent and make them successful.
"We are with you to help you as the parents help their children to grow and become independent", he said, adding that the business was the child of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs were like children to the government.
Mentioning various fields were budding entrepreneurs could make their mark, he said that tourism and agriculture were very good sectors for the entrepreneurs.
He said presently Jammu and Kashmir was importing mutton, chicken, milk and eggs besides other essential commodities. "Young entrepreneurs have good opportunity to invest in these sectors."
Earlier, the unit holders expressed gratitude to the Chief Minster for launching SKEWPY.
The Chief Minister released various publications of EDI on the occasion. He also inspected stalls installed by the entrepreneurs exhibiting their projects.