Tarun Karthick

Port Blair, July 04, 2024

In a major move to improve the welfare and economic stability of islanders, the Ministry of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME) has announced significant changes to the Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP). The changes include the addition of poultry farming, dairy farming and goat farming to the scheme.

This initiative aims to provide new opportunities for self-employment for islanders, thereby promoting sustainable livelihoods. To support this, specialized training programs have been developed by the A&N Islands Khadi & Village Industries Board in collaboration with the Directorate of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services. These programs ensure that participants acquire the necessary skills and knowledge in poultry, dairy and goat farming to be successful in these new ventures.

Interested beneficiaries are encouraged to apply for these courses to acquire professional expertise. The training will not only equip them with practical skills but also enable them to access financial assistance to set up their own self-employment ventures under the PMEGP programme.

Eligible beneficiaries, aged between 18 and 45 years, can apply for the training courses by submitting an application form to the Director of Industries & Member Secretary, A&NI KVIB. The forms can be downloaded from www.andaman.gov.in/Ann_all and should be submitted latest by July 15, 2024. Completed forms along with relevant documents can be submitted directly at the Office of the A&N Islands Khadi & Village Industries Board, Udyog Parisar, Middle Point, Port Blair or at the nearest Extension Office of the Industries Department. Forms can also be sent by post.

Only those who are genuinely interested in independent businesses are encouraged to apply for the training. Upon successful completion, trainees are linked to the PMEGP program to establish their own units. For more information, candidates can contact the A&NI KVIB office on any working day during office hours or by phone at 03192-233301.