Himachal Pradesh chief minister Jai Ram Thakur on Saturday said the government is focusing on providing livelihood to all and encouraging entrepreneurship amongst the unemployed youth.

After a review meeting on skill upgradation initiatives on Saturday, Thakur said the government has started ‘Mukhya Mantri Swavalamban Yojana’ to encourage local entrepreneurship and to provide employment opportunities to the youth.

He said 25 per cent capital subsidy on plant and machinery was being provided on an investment of up to Rs 40 lakh.

The women entrepreneurs were being provided a capital subsidy of 40 per cent. In addition, an interest subsidy of 5 per cent for three years was being provided for loan up to Rs 40 lakh. “The government’s endeavour is to make Himachal Pradesh a fully skilled state of the country,” he said, adding that efforts are also being made for skill upgradation of the youth as per the demand of industrial units functioning in the state.

The chief minister said this would not only provide them with ample employment oppurtunities in the private sector but also open new vistas for self-employment. Further, the government was also mulling to launch ‘Atal Himachal Swavalamban Abhiyan’ for skill upgradation of the youth.

Jai Ram Thakur said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was working with the motto of ‘Kaushal Se Swavalamban’.

Besides, Himachal Pradesh Kaushal Vikas Nigam was functioning in the state for skill upgradation of the youth and efforts would be made to converge various schemes for skill development to ensure better results.

Thakur said initiatives such as skill maps and skill gap survey would be done to chalk out effective strategies for skill upgradation programmes. The government would provide all possible help to the private entrepreneurs to start their skill upgradation centres.

Jaikant Singh of Rashtriya Kaushal Vikas Nigam gave a detailed presentation on the occasion regarding initiatives to be taken for skill upgradation programme.