Meghalaya invites investments in hospitality, education

 Kolkata, July 29

Meghalaya has invited investments in hospitality, education services and healthcare sectors in the state.

According to Ampareen Lyndoh, Labour Minister, Meghalaya, investments will help in creating jobs for the people of the backward State, since the State Government is the “sole non-farm job provider” there.

“Although the State is rich in human (capital) and natural resources, industrial linkages are virtually absent and the Government continues to dominate as the only employer in the organised sector,” Lyndoh said here on Friday.

She was addressing the Eastern and North Eastern Skill Development Summit organised by Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Lyndoh added that both the Union Government and industries invest in skill development to cash in on the educated human wealth available in the State.

The minister expressed concerns over the increasing unemployment rate. “With the Government jobs having reached saturation level, unemployment has become a serious problem with resultant adverse social consequences,” she added.

Lyndoh also highlighted prospects in areas such as handloom, bamboo products, dry flowers and traditional healthcare.

According to her, Meghalaya has a target to train 1.95 lakh people with skill development courses during the 12th Plan period (2012-17). To achieve this, it has also launched State Skill Development Mission, Lyndoh added.