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CM calls for need to have environmental entrepreneurs to mitigate and adapt changes in climate system


Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma on Monday called for the need to have environmental entrepreneurs working with the state government to be able to address the issue of climate change and global warming in a very aggressive way.

“…can we have environmental entrepreneurs also coming into the system? I think there is going to be a huge demand and huge need for this and we will require entrepreneurs, especially environmental entrepreneurs working with the government to be able to address the issue in a very aggressive way, Sangma said while addressing a gathering in Shillong.

Earth is getting so hot that temperatures in about a decade will probably blow past a level of warming that world leaders have sought to prevent, according to a report released Monday that the United Nations called a “code red for humanity.”

The United Nations panel on climate change told the world on Monday that global warming was dangerously close to being out of control – and that humans were “unequivocally” to blame.

           Calling the climatic situation scary, Chief Minister Sangma said, “…. as it is showing that in 10 years from now  that is 2030 we will be crossing the 1.5 degreees increase in the temperature which would mean a catastrophic result for planet earth, can we are entrepreneurs look at the challenge?”

“ Can entrepreneurs come up with innovative ideas and ways  to not only mitigate but adapt also to the changes in the climate system?” he asked.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma on Monday said that the MDA Government launched the Promotion and Incubation of Market Driven Enterprise or the PRIME programme in 2019 with a strong objective to support aspiring entrepreneurs of the State.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony of CM’s E-Championship 2020 and on-boarding ceremony for the Cohort -2 batch of 2021, he said, “We realised that there was a very strong need to provide a proper environment to promote entrepreneurship in the State and facilitate entrepreneurs.”

The PRIME programme focuses on – market access, skill development, technology and credit linkages to the entrepreneurs.

He informed that the Government had conceptualised PRIME to enable entrepreneurs to cope with different challenging situations in their entrepreneurial journey.

Speaking at the E-Championship Conclave, he spoke at length on his experiences as an entrepreneur while starting his business venture in the IT sector in late 1990s.

“It is important that we have a passion and a purpose in anything we do and pursue to achieve it. It is my personal experience and hardship I faced, which has inspired me to promote entrepreneurship in the State,” he emphasised.

Urging entrepreneurs to be innovators, he said, “Entrepreneurs should not only produce products but should come up with complete solutions with right costing, which is the key to a successful business venture.”

He also stressed on the aspect of being environmentally conscious in providing business solutions, which will ensure compliance to various laws of the country and enable the State and the nation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

During the programme, the PRIME annual booklet and PRIME ID funding was also launched. He later handed over the cheques and certificates to the entrepreneurs.  The Cohort-2 2021 batch certificate of on-boarding and cheques of Rs. 1 lakh was given to top 25 entrepreneurs and 50,000 each to next 25 entrepreneurs.

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