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ITI for minorities in Manipur
Correspondent IMPHAL, FEB 9:
Published on 10 Feb. 2010 12:09 AM IST
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Union minister of minority affairs Salman Khurshid Tuesday laid the Foundation Stone of an Industrial Training Institute (ITI) for minorities and 10 water supply schemes in Lilong area of Thoubal District where 30 percent of minority Muslims of Manipur are settled. The proposed ITI specially for the minorities is to be constructed with a fund of Rs 7.91 crore under Multi-sectoral Development Programme ( MsDP ) for the welfare of Minorities under union ministry of minority affairs. Manipur Chief Minister, O Ibobi Singh, state minority and rural development and Panchayati Raj minister, Md Allauddin, state labour minister, Ph Parijat and state PHED minister, TN Haokip also attended the ceremony. Speaking on the occasion, Union minority affairs minister, Salman Khurshid said the ITI was one of the sixth institute of same kind which would be constructed under Multi-sectoral Development Programme ( MsDP ) for the welfare of Minorities taken up by the UPA government at the Centre. He called the establishment of the institute in the Lilong area of Manipur where 30 percent of the minority Muslim was concentrated as a landmark achievement of the UPA government towards the minority. “It was a lucky one for the minorities of the state of Manipur that Thoubal district has been included in the list of the six districts of the country pointed as minorities are concentrated,” he said. With the coming up of the institute, minorities of the state will able to compete with the general category in the state level, he believed. State chief minister, O Ibobi Singh, speaking on occasion, urged the people of the area to extend cooperation for timely completion of development of infrastructure of the institute. Mention may be made that half of the approved amount for the ITI had already been released as the first installment to the state government. The authority is targeting to complete the construction works in a year and start session from next year.

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