Agartala: Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb flagged off the Startup India Yatra Van from Civil Secretariat in Agartala on Wednesday.
The Startup India Yatra van was launched under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi in 2014 to motivate the unemployed youths of the country to take up self-employment activities.
“This initiative by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will help to increase the employment percentage in the state and it will also develop entrepreneurship,” Deb said, adding: "The initiative has already started to show its benefits in Tripura as 820 candidates have already registered themselves in the Startup India portal here and employment was generated to nearly 4,000 persons."
Criticising the previous Left Front regime of misusing precious time in observing bandhs, sit-in-demonstrations, etc, Deb said that the van will visit 24 schools and colleges in the next 10 days to explain technology and employment generation opportunities to aspiring candidates.
“The van will travel across the state with four boot camps in which the government will provide a platform to entrepreneurs at grassroots to pitch their ideas. The yatra will create awareness among the youths on government policy for startups, Startup India and other schemes aimed at supporting the entrepreneurs,” Deb added.
Elaborating the meaning of secularism as 'Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas', Deb criticised the previous Left Front government in the state for not being able to understand the meaning of employment and secularism.
“Secularism means Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas. But for them, secularism means to oppress and exploit the large number of people. People in the Opposition in Tripura don’t understand the meaning of employment. Self-employment is the biggest avenue of employment. The country can’t become self-reliant in any other way than this,” Deb said.