Feb 1: In a boost to entrepreneurship and Silk Farming in the Jammu region, Lt
Governor Girish Chandra Murmu Saturday inaugurated the newly constructed,
State-of-the-art Administrative cum Faculty Block of the Jammu and Kashmir
Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI), besides a Government Silk
Weaving Factory and Silk Filatures facility at Bari Brahamana.
to the Lt Governor, KK Sharma; Chief Secretary B. V. R. Subrahmanyam; Financial
Commissioner Health, Atal Dulloo, Commissioner Secretary, Department of Industries
and Commerce, MK Dwivedi, Divisional Commissioner Jammu Sanjeev Verma, Deputy
Commissioner, Samba, Rohit Khajuria, Senior officers of Industries and Commerce
department, JKEDI, JK Industries and Health department accompanied the Lt
a huge gathering at Bari Brahamana, the Lt Governor emphasized the importance
of entrepreneurship and exhorted the youth to learn from the success stories to
make a difference. While inaugurating the Administrative cum Faculty complex of
the JKEDI, he held that there is no dearth of talent and only a little
handholding of the youth is required to give them a purposeful direction. He
advised the EDI officials to ensure advanced skill development and specialized
trainings to the youth in consonance with the emerging requirements.
launching a book on the Success Stories of Entrepreneurs from Jammu and
Kashmir, the Lt Governor appreciated the local entrepreneurs for scripting
these success stories and felicitated them for achieving exceptional milestones
in their respective ventures. ‘You are the job creators and wealth creators.
Government alone cannot sustain the economy; it is the entrepreneurs like you
who drive the economic engine of a country’, he added. The Lt Governor held that the dream of a 5
trillion USD economy will be a reality if the energy of youth is harnessed to
its full potential. He also appreciated the executing agencies and the EDI for
completion of this building in a record time, paving way for skill development
and empowerment of the youth.
the Lt Governor inaugurated Government Silk Weaving Factory and Government Silk
Filatures at Bari Brahmana Jammu, which have been established with project cost
of Rs. 16.80 crores and Rs 6.64 crores respectively in a record time of about 2
years. Both the units have been equipped with modern machinery and equipments
under the expert guidance of Central Silk Board, Government of India. The Silk
Filatures will provide stable market to about 10,000 farmers in the Jammu
region whereas, the Silk Weaving Factory will have the capacity of producing
4,60,000 Meters of Silk fabric creating direct and indirect employment
opportunities for the people.
Lt Governor reiterated that the Government is committed to strengthening the
socio-economic fabric of J&K and is always open to the ideas which can take
this march forward. He said that the government is working tirelessly towards
the welfare of the people and in the coming few months, a discernible change
would be visible on the ground.
to the Lt Governor, KK Sharma while briefing the gathering said that the
facilities dedicated today would go a long way in addressing the issues of
unemployed youth and the Silk Farming community. He added that 900 MT silk
cocoons produced in Jammu and Kashmir couldn’t find sufficient processing
facilities resulting in loss to the silk producers. With the coming of Silk
Factory at Jammu, in addition to the one at Srinagar which is under
reconstruction, the Silk Farmers would be able to find a ready market, fetching
good returns. He added that he had been associated the held up JKEDI project,
and culmination of the project is a testimony to the fact that things are
moving in the right direction.
Secretary B. V. R. Subrahmanyam while addressing the gathering briefed that the
building of JKEDI was one of the languishing projects selected for funding
under JKIDFC, and it was heartening to note that the work had been executed in
a record time of less than two years, which speaks of the intensions and commitment
of the government to deliver efficiently and in a transparent manner.