Gangtok, 04 Jun:
Governor Shriniwas Patil today attended Governors' Conference at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. The three-day conference, which started on 03 Jun with an informal meeting of Governors and Lieutenant Governors at Rashtrapati Bhavan, was formally started this morning at Ashoka Hall in New Delhi and was presided over by President Ram Nath Kovind, a press communiqué received from Raj Bhavan informs.
The inaugural session had the presence of Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, Governors and Lt Governors of all the States and Union Territories and senior officials of the Central Government.
The ongoing conference of Governors is of five formal sessions and will cover key areas namely “Flagship Programmes & Internal Security”, “Status of Higher Education in State Universities & Skill Development for Employability, Best Practices”, “Agriculture, a vital Component of Food Security-Ways and Means to Enhance”, “Role of Governor as a Chancellor and Rector of Universities”, “Making Cities Livable”, “Steps taken on the report of the Committee of the Governors” and “Commemoration of 150th Birth Anniversary of Gandhiji in 2019, suggestions and ideas”.
Addressing the session on “Status of Higher Education in State Universities & Skill Development for Employability, Best Practices”, Governor Patil highlighted the overall scenario of higher educational institutions in Sikkim with special reference to the measures taken by the State Government. He also mentioned about the steps taken towards establishment of Sikkim University and Sikkim National Law University through appropriate legislation in Sikkim Legislative Assembly.
Highlighting the initiatives of the State Government in the field of Capacity Building, the Governor mentioned about the activities of autonomous State Institute of Capacity Building and livelihood schools towards ensuring better employability of the youth through various specialised courses. He further added that PMKVY, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya-Grameen Kaushal Yojna and North Eastern Rural Livelihood programmes have been implemented in the State and also underlined the need to enhance these schemes for better employability and productivity.
He also mentioned about Chief Minister Start Up Scheme launched by the State Government which provides finances with 25% subsidy to set up start ups in the State.
Addressing the fourth session on “Steps Taken on the Report of the Committee of Governors”, Governor Patil provided a brief insight on the initiatives taken by Raj Bhavan Sikkim towards making Raj Bhavan more people friendly, active and forthcoming. He mentioned about the active involvement of Raj Bhavan on State’s Green Mission and Organic Farming, encouraging youth and students in the State, felicitating achievers and Martyr’s family, preservation of heritage, digitisation, facilitating and sponsoring student exchange programme with Maharashtra and facilitation of more tourists, students and common people to visit Raj Bhavan.