Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Monday stressed the need to create an enabling environment for the youths of the state to use their innovative ideas to give a major boost to socio-economic growth.
“My goal is to ensure that young people are not branded as ‘useless’, but transformed into a tremendous asset to the state,” the CM said, at the Monday inauguration of the Accelerator of Innovation Mission (IM) Punjab in Kalkat Bhavan.
Mann predicted that world-class facilities – like IM Punjab Accelerator – will help create jobs, attract investment, drive economic development and bring about positive social change in the state.
The CM said that the young people in the state are full of new and innovative ideas which can be very helpful for the growth and prosperity of Punjab. He said these ideas should be used in a positive direction so that the state can become a leader in the country and that his government will spare no effort to ensure that the youths of the state get the platform and necessary administrative support. .
The CM claimed that the Punjabis were blessed with entrepreneurial and leadership qualities in their blood, through which they had carved out a place for themselves across the world.
The CM further stated that in India as well, a number of big start-ups have been founded by entrepreneurs, who are Punjabis. He said the state government is obligated to provide the right support to young people to help them build their startups.
Mann claimed that since taking office, his government has made strenuous efforts to provide corruption-free administration in the state, and lamented that due to the apathetic attitude of successive governments, the country has lagged behind in progress and prosperity. He said it was ironic that young Punjabi have to undergo medical training in countries that had won their freedom just 25 years ago.
The Chief Minister also called on young people to become job givers instead of job seekers. He said Innovation Mission Punjab is a unique private-public partnership that aims to build, empower and act as a catalyst for startup communities, especially for young people.
Earlier, Investment Promotion Minister Anmol Gagan Mann said the state for the first time has a young chief minister full of ideas to ensure the progress of Punjab and the prosperity of the people. She also highlighted the initiatives taken by the state government to put it on a high growth trajectory orbit.