Minister calls for two-fold increase in food grains

IMPHAL, 27th May: Agriculture, Veterinary & Animal Husbandry minister V Hangkhanlian Saturday inaugurated a Sub-divisional Agriculture Office (SDAO) and a Sub-Deputy Collector (SDC) Office at Salam Mamang Leikai in Imphal West district. Speaking at the function, Hangkhanlian called upon the state farmers to put in their efforts towards increasing production of food grains two-fold by 2020.

Acknowledging the inconveniences faced by farmers while the SDAO was located at Lamphel, he expressed hope that shifting of the office at Salam would reduce the gap between government officials and farmers. The office will initiate necessary measures to plug the shortages in agricultural inputs to enhance production of food grains and other agricultural products in Salam and its surrounding areas, the minister assured.

The safety and security of government offices depend on the people of the area, he pointed out, while assuring requisite infrastructure for making the offices fully operational soon. He also appealed to the farmers to work hard with zeal and sincerity so as to bring Green Revolution in Manipur. CAF & PD minister Karam Shyam, who was also present on the occasion, said that all defunct government offices in hill areas would start functioning soon under a new policy of the BJP-led coalition government led by chief minister N Biren Singh. Posting of staff would also be arranged and streamlined keeping in mind the problems faced by the public due to absence of government officials in their respective place of postings.

The minister also asked government officials to be punctual. Apart from State Planning Board deputy chairman MLA S Rajen, Imphal West DC C Arthur Worchuiyo and agriculture director Ph Rajendra, the function was also attended by officials and staff of agriculture department, members of BJP Lamsang Mandal and residents of surrounding villages.

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