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Mukul stresses on growth

Tura, June 26: Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma today emphasised the need to link entrepreneurship to rural development with a sustained model.

Sangma was speaking at the international seminar on Entrepreneurship in the fast changing society: The socio-economic perspective at the North Eastern Hill University, Tura campus.

He said institutions and individuals promoting rural development should link entrepreneurship as a strategic development intervention that could accelerate the rural development process. Stating that his government is making an effort to encourage entrepreneurship in Meghalaya, the chief minister said, “There is an urgent need to promote rural enterprises, as farmers in rural areas do not grab this opportunity as lucrative, which is the cause of unprecedented migration to urban areas.”

Highlighting the different aspects of rural entrepreneurship, which has an enormous employment potential, he said, “Entrepreneurship stands as a vehicle to improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities and to sustain a healthy economy and environment.”

On the need of a holistic approach towards growth, he said, “By convergence with different departments and institutions, entrepreneurship can be promoted for economic change.”

Stating that economic vitality of a country depends on condition for social vitality, the chief minister said, “Without well developed entrepreneurial capabilities , external funds will be wasted on projects that will not provide long-term economic growth.”

The two-day seminar, which began today, is being attended by delegates from Cambodia, Syria, Bangladesh and Myanmar. Among others, who spoke on the occasion included vice-chancellor of the university P. Shukla and pro-vice chancellor, E.D. Thomas. Sangma also inaugurated the newly-constructed administrative block of the university.