CM assures end to MU crisis

IMPHAL,9th Aug: Assuring that Manipur University crisis will be resolved soon, Chief Minister N Biren Thursday revealed that he has met Governor Dr Najma Heptulla and will be discussing the issue with MUSU for bringing a solution. Informing that the Governor has just returned from Delhi after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister expressed hope that the issue would be resolved soon.

He was responding to queries by media persons with regard to his meeting with the Governor during his visit to Apparel and Garment Making Centre at Lamboi Khongnangkhong where he interacted with the people working there. He further stated that the government is working to reach an agreement on the impasse and MUSU is also going to meet the Governor.

On his visit to the centre, the CM disclosed that as the government has started distributing funds to various entrepreneurs as a part of Start Up scheme. So, he wanted to see how much progress the company present at the government owned Apparel and Garment Making Centre, Lamboi Khongnangkhong are making.

The centre has three units, out of which only one unit is now being used. The building and machinery of Unit-1 of the government owned centre is currently utilised by a private company - Big Concepts Foundation Pvt Ltd which deals in high quality apparel production.

The Chief Minister, who was accompanied by Konthoujam MLA and Manipur Tourism Development Corporation chairman Dr Sapam Ranjan, Sekmai MLA H Dingo, Yaiskul MLA Th Satyabrata and principal secretary to CM Vumlunmang Vualnam, inspected the progress of apparel production and interacted with the officials of the private company and workers.

Biren further said that soon after the new government was sworn-in last year, it started exploring means to encourage self-employment and entrepreneurship through large scale production of different apparels using high-quality fabrics imported from Guangzhou (China). A number of Mumbai-based companies, which supply a variety of modern clothing to different parts of the country including Manipur, are also using the same fabrics/raw materials manufactured at Guangzhou, he added. The Chief Minister said that these raw materials take around 40 days to reach Mumbai from the Chinese city through sea route. However, it takes only 12 days to reach Imphal by road through Moreh. As such, the new government is confident that the state can produce high quality apparels and dressings at cheaper and affordable rates if this advantage of geographical proximity is exploited effectively, he said.

For the time being, a private company has been brought on board and permitted to utilise the building and machinery of Unit-1 of government’s Apparel and Garment Making Centre at Lamboi Khongnangkhong for apparel production, he added. Stating that production of different ladies’ dresses started around six months back, the Chief Minister conveyed that he was told that around 2000 pieces having ‘Make in Manipur’ tag have been produced so far.

Pointing out that the private company-run unit is currently giving employment to around 50 people, the Chief Minister said that this figure may increase to around 300 people once the other Units of the centre started functioning. It can be mentioned that the employees working at the centre have been selected from the skilled training programmes run by JCRE Skill Solutions and then employed by Big Concepts Foundation Pvt Ltd.

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