Srinagar, February 10: The Startup India Scheme, which is an initiative by the Government for generation of employment and wealth creation, is gaining momentum. The goal of Startup India is the development and innovation of products and services and increasing the employment rate in India. In Jammu and Kashmir, as many as 69 startups have been registered in Jammu and Kashmir under the Startup India scheme, officials said. These startups aim to promote and boost start-up ecosystem across the region.

According to data from the Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI), 69 startups have been registered in the Union Territory. At present, the J&K government is focussing on several sectors including food processing, agriculture, renewable energy, handicrafts and handloom for promoting startups.

In a bid to enable the startup ecosystem and create awareness, outreach, and scouting of startups, has also been made live. To foster the growth of startups in the region, the Central Government has announced a Rs 945-crore Startup India Seed Fund Scheme (SISFS). This will be operational from April 1, 2021, to 2025. In the same light, the Jammu & Kashmir administration is working to encourage startups and foster innovation, thereby creating jobs and boost economy.