Union Minister of External Affairs S. Jaishankar on Wednesday laid foundation for Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Centre for Empowerment and Livelihoods” – A state-of-the-art skill Development centre for Tribal Youth at Kevadia.
With over 38 lakh visitors registered so far, and more than 17,000 people visiting this place daily, Statue of Unity has emerged as a major tourist attraction in the world and has been included in the 8 wonders declared by Shanghai Cooperation Organization as well as world’s 100 greatest places 2019 declared by the TIME magazine.
Since an array of other attractions like Children Nutrition Park, Cactus Garden, Butterfly Garden, Ekta Nursery, Ekta Mall, Arogya Van, Dino Trail, Eco-tourism sites at Khalwani & Zarvani etc., are developed and opened for public, daily footfall swells upto 35,000 per day on special festival days.
This has created lots of employment generation opportunities for the local tribal youth. More than 3,000 people are presently getting direct benefits of employment as tourist guides, sales counter boys & girls, office assistants, security guards, drivers, animal keepers, lift operators, cooks, waiters, helpers and so on. And a much larger number is getting indirect employment in ancillary activities, making it imperative to have a Skill
Development Centre which can empower the local youth and women.
Taking one more step forward in the direction of fulfillment of Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of Integrated Development of Kevadia and thereby socio-economic upliftment of the predominantly tribal region, Kevadia is now going to get “Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Centre for Empowerment and Livelihoods”.
With good offices of Hon’ble External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar, GMR Varalakshmi Foundation (GMRVF) has taken a joint initiative with Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited to establish this Centre with an investment of over Rs. 15 crore. Foundation of Sardar Vallabhbhai Pate! Centre for Empowerment and Livelihoods was laid by Dr. S. Jaishankar, Hon’ble Minister for External Affairs, Govt. of lndia on 28th January, 2020, Wednesday.
Shri G. M. Rao, Group Chairman, GMR Group and Dr. Rajiv Kumar Gupta, Additional Chief
Secretary, Forest & Environment Department, Government of Gujarat and Managing Director, Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited were also present on this occasion.
This Residential Centre will have the state of the art infrastructure including accommodation for about 100 youth at a time.To begin with, the majority of the courses will focus on the meeting the demand of the tourism and hospitality requirements at Kevadia itself – like Food and Beverage Steward, Room Attendant, Mechanized housekeeping, agro-processing specially the dragon-fruit processing, soap making etc. for individuals and women’s self-help groups.
Targeting at training 500-600 youth, farmers, SHGs etc. every year through its various capacity building programmes, this Centre will prov to be a boon for empowering the local youth and women by their skill development and by providing them employment opportunities.