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Swavlambi Bharat Abhiyan (Haryana Bhawan, Delhi)

Swavlambi Bharat Abhiyan (SBA) is an important collective initiative by eight organisations working in economic sphere for initiating concreate steps for generating employment and self-employment opportunities in the Country. Undoubtedly unemployment is the biggest challenge for economic growth of India in spite of the fact that India is considered as the youngest nation in the world at this stage. India has no choice but to create through skill development, innovation and research and development, an atmosphere in which youth of India should be able to utilise its potential to not only generate employment for itself but also for others both in rural and urban areas. The aim is to bring each and every citizen of India above the poverty line and provide work to each hand to make India a prosperous country where fruits of economic growth are enjoyed by each and every citizen of the country.

An all India three days’ workshop was organised in New Delhi from 23rd February to 25th February to kick start the campaign which was attended by selected representative from Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), Sehkar Bharti (SB), Laghu Udyog Bharti (LUB), Grahak Panchat (GP), Bhartiya Majdoor Sangh (BMS), Bhartiya Kisan Sangh (BKS), Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) and Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM).

SJM has been given the responsibility to lead the initiative. Prof. Bhagwati Prakash of SJM is Coordinator of SBA. At present Padma Awardee Shri Shridhar Vembu, CMD Zoho Corp, Shri Rupinder Singh Sodhi, MD Amul, Shri Swami of Kaneri Math and Shri Narendra Jadav, MP are the four Patrons of SBA. All the Patrons addressed the participants of the Workshop.

The Three Days’ Workshop was inaugurated By Shri Krishan Gopal ji (Sah Sarkaryawah, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh), which was attended by 110 senior office bearers of all the eight organisations. Shri Alok Kumar, International Working President of Vishwa hindu Parishad (VHP). VHP was formally included in the SBA.

In the Workshop an exhibition of 101 projects initiated for generating employment, skill development and entrepreneurship, by various organisations participating the workshop, were displayed. The entire workshop was divided into eleven sessions where28 selected projects were presented to the participants by the chief operating persons/officials of those projects. The presenters also interacted with participants for exploring the possibilities of replicating them in their respective geographical areas in the country. Shri Vinay Kumar Saxena, Chairman of Khadi and Village Industry Commission (KVIC), Dr. G R Chintala, Chairman, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), Shri Sandip Kumar Nayak, Managing Director, National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) and Dr. M. Angmuthu, Chairman, Agriculture and Processed Food Export Development Agency (APEDA) also shared their experience, schemes and facilities being undertaken by their respective organisations to help generate self-employment and entrepreneurship in both rural and urban areas of the country.

In the concluding sessions of 25th, participants made concreate and aggressive plans to take make SBA a public movement and for that purpose decided to form teams of representatives from all the nine organisations, wherever feasible, in all the 739 districts of the country. It was also decided to approach other likeminded organisations working for the same cause and encourage them to combine the efforts.    

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