SUBJECT :The Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP) courses in forest fire management, bamboo crafts and solar energy systems organised by Sikkim State ENVIS Hub under the State Forest department went underway on Thursday. 

Gangtok, March 7, 2020: The Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP) courses in forest fire management, bamboo crafts and solar energy systems organised by Sikkim State ENVIS Hub under the State Forest department went underway on Thursday.

State Forest minister Karma Loday Bhutia, attended the inaugural session of the programme as chief guest at the Forest Conference Hall in Deorali. He was accompanied by PCCF-cum-principal secretary M.L. Srivastava, SBFP-JICA project director Nima Wangdi Tamang, CF (Wildlife)D.C.Kumar Sharma and other officials of the department along with resource persons and participating candidates, an IPR release informs.

In his inaugural address, minister Bhutia stated that the GSDP course will enable the youth to explore opportunities beyond government jobs thus helping them to be self-dependent. He urged the participants to decide their time and energy in taking full advantage of the programme in order to emerge as well equipped experts in the field they choose for their livelihood in the near future. He also commended the Forest department and its officials for their clear commitment towards development and progress of the youth of the State.

Highlighting on the scope of the GSDP course, the minister encouraged all to share the knowledge gained during the process at grassroots level for sustainable development of rural economy.

P C C F-cum –principal secretary M.L. Srivastava, in his address, said the GSDP is an important programme that offers great livelihood potential and added that every target course under GSDP will help render employment alternatives beyond government sector for the youth of the State. He also encouraged the potential of solar energy systems and contributes in strengthening bamboo crafts in the State through the GSDP course. He reiterated that the State government has consistently supported programme placed for the development of the youth and has voiced for women empowerment in the State with full dedication. Therefore, he urged the participants to take full advantage of the opportunity and use it to further their skill set.

The programme was followed by a technical session conducted by ENVIS senior programme officer Rajen Pradhan  and Scientific Associate State Biodiversity Board, Bharat Kumar Pradhan.

The Green Skill Development Programme is being undertaken in the State under the aegis of Union Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change and aims to impart green skill training to youths and local people who had to discontinue their education due to financial or social constraints. Experts from various fields will be conducting the training session throughout the programme, the release adds.


Source: Sikkim Express