Tripura’s Industrial Growth and Skill Development Initiatives: Fostering Employment and Economic Progress

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In a recent review meeting of the Industries Department in the presence of the Chief Minister, the Director of Industries shared significant updates on Tripura’s industrial development and the state’s commendable implementation of the PM Gati Shakti project. The state boasts 19 industrial zones managed by the Tripura Industrial Development Corporation, currently hosting 160 operational industrial plants. Furthermore, an additional 82 industrial plants are in the process of being set up. These industries have provided employment to 5,247 individuals and attracted investments totaling 901.49 crores.

Director of Industries, Vishwashri B, highlighted the state’s achievements in facilitating entrepreneurship and employment generation. In the financial year 2022-23, loans were provided to 1,324 individuals under the Swabalamban scheme and 698 people through the Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Program (PMEGP) via various banks. Tripura has been recognized as a pioneering state in the implementation of the PM Gati Shakti project.

The state has a total of eight land customs stations, including an integrated check post at Agartala. Srimantapur Land Custom Station has been upgraded to an Integrated Checkpost (ICP). Additionally, the state has border huts at Srinagar and Kamalasagar, and plans are underway to set up border huts at Kamalpur and Ragna, with proposals for eight more locations. The Kumarghat industrial area has been developed as a hub for the agarbatti sector. Notably, 1,150 artisans have received training through the Tripura Bamboo Mission.

Tripura boasts 19 government and two private Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) providing training across various trades. These ITIs play a crucial role in imparting skills to the workforce. The state is also implementing the Tripura Industrial Investment Promotion Incentive Scheme 2022 to encourage industrial growth and investment.

In terms of skill development, the Director of the Skill Development Directorate, Sanjay Chakraborty, shared updates on the department’s programs. Under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana, 3,709 young individuals have secured employment in various organizations after undergoing short-term training. Moreover, 1,015 migrant workers have received short-term training, and specific training programs for plumbers and assistant electricians have been conducted to support the successful implementation of the Jal Jeevan Mission.

During the meeting, Tarun Debbarma, Director of Handloom and Handicrafts and Silk Industries Directorate, provided insights into the state’s handloom, handicrafts, and silk industries. Tripura houses 65 handloom clusters and 19 clusters each for handicrafts and silk industries. Debbarma discussed the various state and central schemes and action plans in place to support artisans involved in these industries.

The progress made in industrial development and skill enhancement initiatives in Tripura demonstrates the government’s commitment to fostering employment opportunities and driving economic growth. By attracting investments, providing training programs, and supporting entrepreneurship, the state is actively contributing to the overall development and prosperity of its residents.

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