CM hopes PMVDVY transforms tribal economy

STAFF REPORTER/DIPR
IMPHAL, 14th Oct: Chief Minister N Biren said that Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan Vikas Yojana (PMVDVY) will transform tribal economy in the state.
Attending as chief guest during inauguration of Van Dhan Vikas Karyakram and State Level Advocacy Workshop held at Hotel Classic Grande here on Monday, Biren announced that altogether 75 Van Dhan Vikas Kendras would be set up in the state. Under the scheme, the state government will be focussing on collection, processing and value addition of eight non-timber forest products such as hill broom, gooseberry, wild honey, mushroom, wild apple, bamboo shoot, Indian Olive (chorphon) and turmeric.
Highlighting welfare programmes and schemes for northeast states initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Biren said that Hill Areas Development Programme (HADP) was introduced for hilly states like Manipur to bring equal development in both hills and valley. Tamenglong district would be getting Rs 90 lakh under the programme. Cold chain systems would be constructed in five hill districts. Tamenglong and Noney would be covered under HADP while three other districts – Imphal West, Imphal East and Pherzawl, will be covered under state plan, he said. In the last two and half years, peace has prevailed in the state. With the support and cooperation of the people, the growth rate of Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) has doubled from four per cent in 2016-17 to eight per cent in 2018-19, he said.
Manipur has topped in terms of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) businesses registration among the north eastern states. Manipur also topped in women ownership in MSME businesses in the country with 50 per cent of MSME businesses in the state owned by women, he added. The CM further said that the state cabinet recently approved ‘Stand Up Manipur’ scheme under the existing Start Up Manipur to provide subsidy and soft loans to SC, ST, OBC, women and minority entrepreneurs for setting up business.
Pointing out that the state is facing the menace of drug abuse and there is mass plantation of poppy in hill areas, Biren said that the government declared 'War against drugs' and mass destruction of poppy plantation is taking place in various parts of the state. The government is actively providing alternative livelihood to poppy farmers to discourage them from indulging in the illegal activities. Besides Van Dhan Vikas Yojana would also help such farmers by improving their livelihood and income, he assured.
The programme was jointly organised by Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED) and state forest department.
PHE minister Losii Dikho, TRIFED chairman RC Meena, Manipur Tribal Development Corporation chairman Vungzagin Valte, MLAs Khasim Vashum, O Lukhoi, & H Dingo, TRIFED vice-chairperson Pratibha Brahma, chief secretary Dr J Suresh Babu, PCCF and head of forest force K Angami, TRIFED managing director Pravir Krishna and officials of Ministry of Tribal Affairs also attended the function.


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