Will Arunachal wake up to tap vast fish sector-II

Beyond the Horizon

By Pradeep Kumar

Why Arunachal Pradesh can’t be fish exporter, If 22 opium cultivators of Anjaw district could be converted to large size cardamom producer by National Youth Project (NYP) through skill development training (SDT) to earn Rs 1.76 crore from first harvest, and if this state could be largest producer of kiwi?

I pinpoint about fish and would like to quote the example of world’s most-prized endangered tuna fish sold for Rs 21 crore in Japan on 01.01.19.

Mahesh Meher and his brother Bharat had caught finest and exquisite high-grade 30-kg Ghol fish (blackspotted croaker) from Arabian Sea which was sold for Rs 5.5 lakh, as reported by Times of India on 07.8.19.

The NYP skill development training (SDT) holds the key to achieve success in this sector. The success story of state’s first CM’s Livelihood Mission School (CMLMS), inaugurated on 18.10.12 by then chief minister Nabam Tuki at Nampong in Changlang district, located 12-km off famous Pangsau Pass of Myanmar border, is a glittering industry. It is run by the NYP).

The CMLMS, replication of Sikkim model where one such school was set up in every assembly constituency to skill the youths and end unemployment. The project of NYP initiated by former lawmaker, late Setong Sena after visiting Sikiim, is run by the NYP with H P Biswas as president and myself as vice president.

Total 144 youths including 72 girls have been skilled in poultry, animal husbandry, agriculture and horticulture sectors to become self-employed by capturing vast markets of Jairampur sub-division. Impressed with the success story, the cabinet had recognized NYP as a model NGO and to set up one CMLMS in each assembly constituency.  Sena had funded the pilot project from his MLA local area development fund. Justifying the saying that ‘seeing is believing’ he was of the firm belief that the CMLMS holds key to skill the unemployed youth to end state’s unemployment problem and the CMLMS is Sena’s gift to the state.

Though the GoAP consented to fund the school for its continuation, but the file went missing even repeated approach including the CMO, local lawmaker Laisam Simai. However, the NYP, empanelled as a training provider with dozens of GoI departments including National Skill Development Council (NSDC) and Ministry of Skill Development And Entrepreneurship, gets skill training quota (number of youths of both sexes) annually to continue its skilling mission.

Thus, the NYP so far has skilled about one lakh Arunachalees to make them self-employed, including 144 through CMLMS and about 6,500 of people with special abilities in  15 districts as training provider of Ali Yavar Jung National Institute of Hearing Disability.

However, “Arunachal’s huge natural resources should be converted to encashable resources to end its dependence on the Centre for funding” is a great idea of present Chief Minister Pema Khandu. Once this idea is translated into a reality this neglected remote state could be front ranking developed state. This calls for attitudinal change of present generation to stops looking for white colour jobs but skill themselves in their willing trade to become job provider.

I would like to caution here that state’s skill development and entrepreneurship department (SDED) has in true sense turned into a white elephant because of its very poor record. Former chief secretary Ramesh Negi was highly impressed after cross checking the fact that the NYP records.  But though he had reprimanded the SDED head for not clearing huge outstanding payment of NYP followed by CMO office, nothing happened. “None can awake a person sleeping intentionally with closed eyes,” saying befits Arunachal where the right hand of the government does not know what its left hand is doing.

I would like to recall that the NSDC team) head Sanjaya Pradhan (affirmative action industry partnership & CSR) leading a team including Mahendra Payaal [RPL, special project, NE left wing extremist (LWE)], Sunil Rawat, manager (operations, SCPWD, SSC), Nishtha Vengurlekar, coordinator, NE & LWE and Mostomi Zimik, analyst, NE, at the initiative of state Governor Brig (Retd) B D Mishra had visited Itanagar during June 2018 on mission skill development.

The team escorted by escorted by state skill development & entrepreneurship secretary Onit Panyang, NYP president H P Biswas and vice president Pradeep Kumar during discussion with Chimpu-based Donyi-Polo Mission School for Hearing & Visually Impaired principal H Sharma had suggested to find possibility of developing a dedicated centre with dedicated technical team to impart skill training even to trainees from outside the residential institute.

The team had inspected NYP head office here where they were briefed about various activities including imparting skill training to over 88,378 people, including 144 boys and girls through first CM’s Livelihood Mission School set up at Nampong in Changlang district and 4,680 people with special abilities as working partner of Ali Yavar Jung National Institute of Hearing Disability.

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