Union Minister of State Jitendra Singh inaugurated the three-day 'Kashmir Expo Start-ups for Livelihood'. He said, “the government job mindset is proving an impediment to Start-Up culture, mainly in North India.” About 55 start-ups from across the country are participating in this start-up exhibition being organized in the conference center. In this three-day exhibition, youth who have started with innovation in various fields will also come to display their products, technology, and services.
The expo is being organized under the aegis of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India at Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Centre, Srinagar in association with National Innovation Foundation-India. It aims to make continuous and effective efforts towards creating employment opportunities in the rural areas of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and providing better employment to the local people in their home state.
Jitendra Singh mentioned that the ‘Purple Revolution’ originating from Jammu & Kashmir offers attractive StartUp avenues and those who have entered the lavender sector are making a fortune. He added, “it is important to take note of some of the exemplary instances of many young entrepreneurs who are seen quitting their lucrative jobs in the MNCs to establish their own Start-Ups, as these young entrepreneurs are now beginning to realise the possibility of greater fortunes in this.”
The minister informed that the Biotech KISAN Hub has rejuvenated 40 orchards till date under rejuvenation of apple orchards, where a very innovative methodology has been used to transform the old, senile and the young and non-productive orchards into more productive orchards. He said, in J&K too, the new high-density plantation system of apple is taken up by farmers and is being promoted by the Biotech KISAN hub vigorously. The Minister promised full help by DBT and CSIR for setting up of Agritech Start-ups.