|Minister of Youth & Sports, Government of Nagaland, delivering sepecial address during the orientation programme at Dimapur on 30th September|
Delivering special address during the orientation programme of the Design Clinic Scheme for MSMEs at Dimapur, Nagaland on 30th September 2013, the chief guest of the function the honourable minister of Youth and Sports, Government of Nagaland, exhorted the youth of the state to explore setting up their own enterprises. "Job will pay you only till you retire…" told the minister to the gathering of over 100 young enthusiasts. The economy of the state of Nagaland depends heavily on government services. Pension, of late, has either been removed/stopped or reduced considerably for most jobs offered today. Micro enterprises offer the much needed alternative for creating employment at the local level, and at minimum investment. A successful enterprise can create ripple effect, both personally as well as to the local economy in terms of employment as well as wealth creation.
With their rich natural resources and skill sets, these northeastern states of the country are today well placed to serve increasingly customized markets of today. Design can play critical role to help connect these local resources and skills to the needs and expectations of the contemporary markets.
The state level programme to inform the details of the scheme to its stakeholders, the orientation programme offers opportunity to discuss and work out further plans for implementation of the scheme in the state. The programme at Dimapur was organised by the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship, IIE, Guwhati, which is actively supporting NID to implement the scheme in the northeastern states of the country. Three design awareness seminars, DAS and design awareness programmes, DAP have already been conducted in the state of Nagaland under the Design Clinic Scheme, at Dimapur, MonTown and at Mokokchung in the sectors of Jewelry and Bamboo and Wood crafts. The NGOs, industry associations participating in the programme showed keen interest in understanding the scheme as well as organizing design awareness seminars for their cluster / group members.