Young entrepreneurs  at a programme in Visakhapatnam (File photo)
Young entrepreneurs at a programme in Visakhapatnam (File photo)

Visakhapatnam: The Central government has selected Visakhapatnam district among 115 districts across the country to promote young women entrepreneurs belonging to all categories and SC and ST entrepreneurs by providing knowledge and financial assistance. The NITI Aayog has identified 115 backward districts to promote entrepreneurs not only from the urban areas but also from rural pockets.

The programme will be executed by the Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME). The NITI Aayog also deputed its nodal officers to take up the lead step to ensure hassle free grounding of various units. According to programme, the NITI Aayog informed the district administration to prepare an action plan with specific aims for a period of two years.

The MSME will also conduct national and international workshops and exhibitions to help the young entrepreneurs to educate and create awareness on selected fields. The NITI Aayog deployed nodal officer PGS Rao and the Minister of MSME nominated two officials GVR Naidu and SK Sahu to lead the scheme in the district.

Collector Pravin Kumar already directed the officials to conduct cluster wise awareness programmes to build confidence and educate the young entrepreneurs in the district. The Collector also directed the officials to conduct the Assembly constituency wise cluster meetings and programmes to bring more number of young entrepreneurs into the scheme.

With the direction from the NITI Aayog and Ministry of MSME, Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation and District Industries swung into action to identify the locations for establishment of the MSME units.

The officials of the APIIC and DIC also identifying the entrepreneurs who wish to set up units. The APIIC and DIC already spotted some places in Narsipatnam, Bheemili and Munagapaka and also examining the possibilities to set up units at Paderu and Araku Valley in the agency areas.