Sumbuk block level awareness program by Sikkim Khadi and Village Industries Board (SKVIB)

Namchi,15th October(IPR): Sumbuk block level awareness program by Sikkim Khadi and Village Industries Board (SKVIB) on Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) was held at the hall of BAC, Sumbuk today. Organized by BAC, Sumbuk the Chief Guest for the program was Hon’ble chairperson (SKVIB) Smt. Chung Chung Bhutia. Also present amongst others were BDO (Sumbuk) Shri. Kiran Thatal, Sumbuk Panchayat President Smt. Radha Sharma, resource persons, Panchayat members of various Gram Panchayat Unit and entrepreneurs of the locality.

Addressing, the gathering Chief Guest Smt. Chung Chung Bhutia spoke about the importance of this board and underlined that SKVIB is working to link the masses especially from rural areas to various schemes available with the board. She gave an overview regarding the schemes and added that it is the vision of Chief Minister Hon’ble Prem Singh Tamang to connect the youths particularly those who are entrepreneurs with SKVIB and provide them with opportunities wherein they can explore their innovative ideas thereby making the youths self-reliant. The Chairperson also assured that the board will extend the necessary assistance for the Sikkimese business-person.

Resource Person CEO (KVIB) Shri. Gyurmic Yousal spoke in detail about PMEGP which he said is a credit linkage subsidy with the objective establishing of micro-enterprises which will be tiny hubs of employment. He further informed that these enterprises can be in the form of factories, production units, trade, shops, and service sectors in rural as well as in urban areas. In, Sikkim this scheme is being implemented via SKVIB and the government subsidy under this scheme will be routed through identified banks for distribution to the beneficiaries said the resource person. Moreover, he elucidated that there are two kinds of assistance under this scheme one is the manufacturing sector and the other one is the business or service sector of which the unit admissible is Rs. 25 lakh and Rs. 10 Lakh respectively. Shri. Yousal also mentioned that in Sikkim current service sector project is booming and industries such as pickel making, bakery, tissue paper, and mineral water manufacturing units are on the rise. He also notified that due to the pandemic the application can be submitted via online mode along with the detailed project report.

Similarly, resource person complex In-charge (SKVIB) Shri. Shiva Prasad Sharma spoke in brief about apiculture which can be honed in the Sumbuk area. He characterized the benefits of apiculture in Sikkim and urged the attendees to practice basic traditional beekeeping techniques and methods as beekeeping helps in the proper functioning of the ecosystem and can be a source of rural livelihoods. He also cited examples of successful beekeepers from Melli and urged the entrepreneurs to follow those successful beekeeper’s direction.

BDO (Sumbuk) Shri. Kiran Thatal outlined the awareness program and encouraged the congregated to utilized the schemes provided by SKVIB as these schemes have the potential to attract the younger generation to the khadi sector for livelihood opportunities which can last a lifetime.

During the course of the program, an interaction session was held in which the participants shared their queries, experience with the officials of SKVIB.

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