CM reviews activities of textiles, commerce and industries departments

IMPHAL, 19th Dec: As part of the series of review meetings of different government departments, chief minister N Biren chaired a joint review meeting of the directorate of trade commerce and industries and the directorate of handloom and textiles at the CM’s secretariat on Wednesday.
Principal secretary (textiles, commerce and industries) P Vaiphei presented a detailed account on varied activities, achievements and issues of the two directorates through a PowerPoint presentation during the meeting.
Vaiphei said that the state will host the World Bamboo Workshop, 2019 under the slogan ‘Breaking the challenges of bamboo for a better future’ from February 4 to 8 next year. Chief ministers of all the north east states will attend the opening function of the workshop, he said.
Efforts are being made to revive Jiribam Tea Estate, which covers a total area of 1100 acres. Manipur Industrial Development Corporation Limited (MANIDCO) has submitted an estimate of Rs 194.10 lakh for boundary fencing of the estate to check illegal encroachment.
The CM instructed the authority concerned to take up immediate steps for boundary fencing and eviction of illegal encroachers.
Advisor to CM Rajat Sethi, who was also present at the meeting, suggested the officials to explore ways to rope in private companies as well in reviving the tea estate.
Biren Singh asked the officials of the department to present a detailed presentation on the present status of the government’s plan on the revival of Loitang Khunou Spinning Mill in the next meeting. He also instructed them to come up with the total project cost, number of jobs to be created by the project, types of machineries to be used among other details. He also directed to convene a meeting on December 29 to discuss the present scenario of Indo-Myanmar trade at Moreh. The meeting will be chaired by the CM and high ranking officials from trade commerce and industries, finance and representatives from Border Trade and Chamber of Commerce, Moreh will participate in it.
Continuing his presentation, Vaiphei informed that the government has received approval in principle from the Centre regarding seeking loan from NABARD for construction of warehouses in Bishnupur, Churachandpur, Ukhrul, Imphal East and Tamenglong Districts. The total project cost is Rs 3851.13 lakh.
The department has also submitted a proposal for development of salt springs in the state at an estimated cost of Rs 12,435.33 lakh. In addition to the existing industrial estates located at Takyelpat, Tera Urak and Kuraopokpi, efforts are being made to open industrial estates in all the remaining districts as well with funding from MSME ministry and North Eastern Council (NEC).
Phase-I of the Power Loom Estate developed at Lamboi Khongnangkhong having 100 power looms is ready for inauguration. On the other hand, ministry of textiles has approved in principle to develop Handloom Park at Thongju in Imphal East district at an estimated cost of Rs 9.04 crore, he said.
The CM directed the officials concerned to take up necessary steps to use only the garments manufactured in the state for school uniform from the next academic session.
Chief secretary Dr J Suresh Babu, principal secretary (finance) Rakesh Ranjan, principal secretary (sericulture) Vumlunmang Vualnam, director (commerce and industries) C Arthur Worchuiyo, director (handlooms and handicrafts) Lamlee Kamei, director (sericulture) Salam Kunjakishore were also present during the meeting.

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