Last Updated on February 17, 2023 by SPN Editor
Chief Minister N Biren highlighted the need to attract investors to bring development, and to develop infrastructure for that. He was inaugurating a Stakeholders Consultations Meet under District as Export Hubs Scheme at the Sangai Hall, Hotel Imphal on Friday. The District Administration, Imphal East organised the meet.
N Biren has said that under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has initiated various missions like Atmanirbhar Bharat and been vocal for local, India has witnessed improvement in trade and commerce in almost every field including defence and export sectors.
Speaking as Chief Guest of the inaugural session, the Chief Minister said that today the State Government has also initiated a ‘One Product One Sub-division’ scheme and a Prabhari has been appointed as in charge for every 68 sub-divisions. He elaborated that every sub-division will have its own product.
The Chief Minister also expressed his happiness with the bureaucrats of the State and explained that in the previous government, the government had introduced the Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leader’s Day to interact with the general public and to understand the grievances from the ground level. Today, State officers have initiated these interaction programmes at the district level, he added.
Under the programmes, officers are going to the public and delivering the benefits to the doorsteps, the Chief Minister stressed, highlighting the sincerity and hard work of the officers.
Today the State is sailing smoothly, he said, adding that if this progress continues, within the next five years, we can bring a change in the State. At this juncture, we must attract investors as well, N Biren added.
The State has received a proposal for conducting the Femina Miss India contest, explaining the need to create infrastructure to host such events.
Highlighting the government’s plans for developing infrastructure in the State, Biren deliberated on the under-construction Olympic Park, setting up of a 5-star status hotel at the Old High Court site, and night landing facility at the Imphal Airport.
He continued that Manipur has a huge production capacity of turmeric, pineapple, ginger, etc. Stating that products of the State are in high demand outside, the Chief Minister said that the State had recently exported pineapple and 10 tonnes of turmeric powder to Europe.
The Chief Minister further stressed on the workings of Women Self Help Groups in the State, informing that banks have witnessed an improvement in bank loan repayment over the past few years and that the rural economy in the State has also improved.
Textiles, Commerce and Industry Minister Nemcha Kipgen said that the scheme is aimed at targeting export promotion, manufacturing and employment generation at the grassroots level and making India an export powerhouse, thereby contributing to the Atmanirbhar Bharat mission and implementing the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi of Made in India and being vocal for local.
She added that the products identified for Imphal East district, Chakhao or black rice, pineapple and diversified handloom and handicraft are the most potential products not only for Imphal East but for the whole of Manipur.
Commissioner TCI PK Jha said that on a pilot basis, 75 districts from all over the country have been identified as export hubs out of which Manipur, Imphal East district has been identified. State need to attract investors to promote the product of the said district.
He also said that Women Self Help Groups will play an important role and that the MSRLM is also on board for the centrally sponsored scheme.
The IAS officer also said that the concepts of Atmanirbhar Bharat and Vocal for Local are the driving ideas behind the scheme and that it will give a major boost in developing districts as manufacturing hubs and to generate local employment and also bring the State to the export map of the world.
The inaugural session was also attended by Deputy Commissioner Imphal East, Kh. Diana Devi, Joint DGFT, Kolkata Amit Sharma officials, and stakeholders among others.