CM reveals LPG surplus plan, assures handloom workers

IMPHAL, 5th Nov: Chief Minister N Biren opened the 1st Manipur International Textile Expo (MANITEX) - 2018 at Manipur Trade and Expo Centre, Lamboi Khongnangkhong in Imphal West district on Monday.
Speaking on the occasion as chief guest, the CM announced that the Centre has approved laying of a gas pipeline from Silchar to Imphal to ensure disturbance-free cooking gas supply to the state. Survey works for the said project will begin soon, he informed.
Stating that the state government is there for the wellbeing of the people, CM Biren maintained that his government would be distributing 1815 looms as part of the expo. It was an important step towards enhancing economic condition of weavers. Distribution of such a large number of looms to weavers in a transparent manner is happening for the first time in the state, he contended.
Weavers need not to worry about marketing as the government will purchase their products apart from providing yarns at their doorsteps. The state government is ready to provide all the requirements of weavers to begin their venture, he assured.
Biren also expressed happiness that a private company working under PPP model with the government had started producing high quality ladies apparels using raw materials from Guangzhou, China.
Stating that corruption can be rooted out only when the elected leaders and those in the government take proactive role, the CM asserted that initiatives like digital payment and DBT are important steps towards this end. He also said that the state government had started Loktak Livelihood Mission with an aim to ensure self-sufficiency in fish production by 2020.
Maintaining that the state has started witnessing many positive changes in the past one and half years, Biren expressed hope that Manipur will become a leading state in the country within ten years if the trend could be sustained.
Textiles, commerce & industries minister Th Biswajit and deputy CM Y Joykumar attended the inaugural function of the expo as president and special guest respectively.
Y Joykumar said that MANITEX is being organised for the first time in the state and it would prove to be a path-finding venture for the textile industry of the state. He expressed hope that the event would open a chapter of economic prosperity for weavers. Centre may provide more support to the textile industry of the state if the event is successful, he maintained.
Minister Biswajit pointed out that as per National Handloom Census Report 2010, Manipur has 2.04 lakh weavers. MANITEX is being organised with an aim to strengthen and promote the handloom industry, which is a traditional cottage industry of the state, to international standard. Around 16 firms of other states and countries are participating in the expo, he informed.
Maintaining that Manipuri handloom products are of international standard, he also stressed the need for upgrading the machineries.
It is known to everybody that the Prime Minister and many union ministers had visited the state for maximum number of times during the tenure of NDA-II. Minister of state for MSME Giriraj Singh is likely to visit the state to launch Solar Charkha Mission soon, he said. In addition to the state government’s existing project Mission for Economic Empowerment of Traditional Artisan and Craftsmen (MEETAC), another integrated development project for artisans would be launched soon with financial assistance from the Centre, the minister revealed.
Stating that the new government had done many things which the past government could not do in 15 years, the minister said that launch of helicopter service, revival of hill-valley unity, introduction of direct flight between New Delhi and Imphal can be mentioned among many activities.
The expo is being organised with an aim to showcase the entire textile products of Manipur and also to provide a common platform for exchanging knowledge among different participants coming from different countries and States, the minister added.
Earlier, the CM opened the expo by cutting ribbon and lighting ceremonial lamps. Ministers, MLAs and high ranking officials of the state government also attended the opening function. Altogether 1815 looms were distributed to weavers of 162 handloom clusters. The government also inked a memorandum of understanding with Big Concepts Foundation regarding production of high quality apparels on PPP model as part of the function. Another MoU regarding geo-tagging of looms in Manipur was also signed between the state government and Karvy Data Management, Hyderabad.
A 15-minute short film on the achievements of the directorate of handlooms and textiles was also screened. The event will conclude on November 15. The 11-day expo will be held under different themes every day. Cultural and entertainment programmes including fashion parade will also be held in the evening sessions daily.

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