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Indias first Khadi plaza in Dimapur

Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio laying the foundation stone of the Khadi plaza at NE Agri Expo centre, Dimapur. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, FEB 23 (NPN):
Published on 24 Feb. 2010 12:37 AM IST
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Khadi & Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has sanctioned the first ever Khadi Plaza in the country to be set up at NE Agri Expo centre, 4th Mile, Dimapur, the foundation stone for which was laid by state chief minister, Neiphiu Rio in presence of KVIC chairperson, Shushri Kumund Joshi on Tuesday. The project funded by the KVIC and Nagaland Khadi & Village Industries Board (NKVIB) in the ratio 90:10 has been set up with an aim to propagate the activities of the KVIC for mass awareness and also to provide exposure to the artisans and entrepreneurs to showcase their products and share the technical know-how among themselves. The land for the project has been provided by the state Khadi board besides contributing a part of the total outlay of Rs 3.40 crores for initially setting up 50 stalls. Laying the foundation stone, state chief minister, Neiphiu Rio thanked the commission for its commitment towards improving the general living standard of the Naga people by introducing employment centric programmes. He assured the KVIC that the project would be completed within the stipulated time frame. He said the project has given a push to the state government initiative of declaring 2010 as the year of entrepreneurs. Rio also said Khadi was an identity of the people. KVIC chairperson, Shushri Kumund Joshi said that the Nagas were very brave and close to nature. Pointing out that the state has abundant natural resources, she urged for using the resources judiciously by producing more value added products. Earlier, the welcome address was delivered by commissioner & secretary (Industries & Commerce) Imkonglemba IAS while the introductory remark was given by CEO, KVIC (Mumbai), J S Mishra IAS. MLA & chairman, NKVIB, Dr Nicky Kire also spoke on the occasion.

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