Without hostel facilities, incubation center fails to attract young tribals to Odisha – The New Indian Express

By Express press service

ROURKELA: Rourkela’s Livelihood Business Incubation Center (LBIC) is struggling to make an impact on unemployed youth in the tribally dominated Sundargarh district due to a lack of accommodation and other provisions.

LBIC envisions to develop employability skills and create an entrepreneurship appetite among young tribal unemployed people in Sundargarh. Created as a joint venture of National Scheduled Tribes Finance & Development Corporation, National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) and SAIL’s Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP), it became operational in February this year.

Sources said that over the past six months the response has not been encouraging with only 27 students having undergone training at LBIC. Today, 60 trainees are enrolled in various courses. Only poor tribal youths within a 20 km radius of Rourkela attend training while others from other parts of the district miss out on LBIC classes due to lack of accommodation and stipends.

Former Union Tribal Affairs Minister and MP for Sundargarh Jual Oram laid the groundwork for LBIC on February 25, 2019. On Friday, Jual visited LBIC and was briefed on the problems faced by the center and the trainees . He was asked to raise issues with relevant ministries to ensure at least a monthly stipend of Rs 1,000 for the trainees, most of whom struggle to meet daily travel expenses.

LBIC sources said they have the infrastructure for the hostel, but a separate budget is needed for food and accommodation expenses. Jual reportedly assured them that they would deal with the issues at the appropriate level. NSIC-LBIC Chief Director TM Nayak said that currently the center offers 10 manufacturing and skill development courses lasting from two to six months.

Interns also learn entrepreneurship skills on how to register a business and start their own business, qualify for a loan, tax requirements, marketing links, and basic accounting knowledge. The center has state-of-the-art machinery and equipment and in the future more courses will be added, Nayak said.

ROURKELA: The Rourkela Livelihood Business Incubation Center (LBIC) is struggling to make an impact on unemployed youth in the tribally dominated Sundargarh district due to a lack of accommodation and other provisions. LBIC envisions to develop employability skills and create an entrepreneurship appetite among young tribal unemployed people in Sundargarh. Created as a joint venture of National Scheduled Tribes Finance & Development Corporation, National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) and SAIL’s Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP), it became operational in February this year. Sources said that over the past six months the response has not been encouraging with only 27 students having undergone training at LBIC. Today, 60 trainees are enrolled in various courses. Only poor tribal youths within a 20 km radius of Rourkela attend training while others from other parts of the district miss out on LBIC classes due to lack of accommodation and stipends. Former Union Tribal Affairs Minister and MP for Sundargarh Jual Oram laid the groundwork for LBIC on February 25, 2019. On Friday, Jual visited LBIC and was briefed on the problems faced by the center and the trainees . He was asked to raise issues with relevant ministries to ensure at least a monthly stipend of Rs 1,000 for the trainees, most of whom struggle to meet daily travel expenses. LBIC sources said they have the infrastructure for the hostel, but a separate budget is needed for food and accommodation expenses. Jual reportedly assured them that they would deal with the issues at the appropriate level. NSIC-LBIC Chief Director TM Nayak said that currently the center offers 10 manufacturing and skill development courses lasting from two to six months. Interns also learn entrepreneurship skills on how to register a business and start their own business, qualify for a loan, tax requirements, marketing links, and basic accounting knowledge. The center has state-of-the-art machinery and equipment and in the future more courses will be added, Nayak said.

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