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Making common man self-dependent main objective: MSME Minister

After assuming charge as the Union Minister of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) on Wednesday, Kalraj Mishra told media that making common man self-dependent is his ministry's main objective.

"The objective of the Ministry is to make the common man self-dependent," said Mishra in New Delhi.

"Optimum utilization of human resources and establishing a framework for this purpose is the need of the hour and this Ministry will work towards that goal," he added.

Interacting with the media the Minister highlighted the importance of the Ministry of MSME in creating jobs for youth & opportunities for educated unemployed persons in backward regions.

Born in 1941 in Ghazipur District of Uttar Pradesh, Kalraj Mishra is a veteran leader of BJP in Uttar Pradesh. He has served as the state chief of the party and was a Cabinet Minister in state government holding the portfolios of Public Works, Medical Education and Tourism during March 1997-August 2000.

He has been an MLA for several terms and a member of the Rajya Sabha. He won the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Deoria constituency.

Later the Minister was briefed on the key initiatives and policy frame work of the Ministry by Madhav Lal, Secretary, MSME.

Also present on the occasion were Amarendra Sinha, AS&DC, J. S. Mishra, CEO, KVIC, H.P. Kumar, CMD, NSIC, Arun Kumar Jha, Director General, NIESBUD and other senior officials.

The new MSME Minister didn't assume the charge on Tuesday as the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sent him and Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha to visit the site of the Gorakhdham Express train accident in Sant Kabirnagar, in which at least 25 people were killed, to supervise relief operations. They have also visited the injured at the district hospital in Khalilabad, railway hospital and BRD Medical College and Hospital.

The Gorakhdham Express Monday rammed into a stationary goods train, killing at least 25 people and injuring over 100 others, some critically. Many trains were diverted and cancelled after the accident.