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Ibobi draws PM attention on rice import
Correspondent IMPHAL, OCT 7:
Published on 7 Oct. 2010 11:31 PM IST
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Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh Thursday wrote a letter to Prime Minister, Dr Manmohon Singh drawing his attention in speeding up the process of issuance of the trade license to Manipur Industrial Development Corporation (MANIDCO), for importing rice from Myanmar, an official said.
Manipur government is not happy with the office of the Directorate of General of Trade and Commerce, New Delhi, delay in issuing license for importing rice from Myanmar which the central government had already given permission to the state government.
Chief Minister in his letter stated that the delay in the issue of license had caused immense inconveniences in the import of the rice. To overcome the food crisis due to the economic blockade called by UNC and ANSAM, Manipur Government was given permission to import 3000 MT of rice from Myanmar in June this year. However, the same was not yet materialized due to delay in the issue of foreign trade license to the agency entrusted by the state government.
Further, the Commerce Ministry had already granted permission to the Manipur Government to import 30,000 MT of rice from Myanmar annually.
To speed up the process of rice import, a MoU was signed between North East Federation of International Trade (NEFIT) and Union of Myanmar Border Trade Chamber of Commerce, Tamu and Kaley at a meeting in June.
MANIDCO was about to commence the import of rice from September, but it was allegedly delayed due to non-issuance of trade license by the Directorate of General of Trade and Commerce, New Delhi.
According to available statistics, Manipur produces nearly 5.18 lakh MT rice annually against the demand 6.21 lakh MT. But last year the state produced only 2.50 lakh MT. This reduction couple with prolonged economic blockade had deteriorated the situation.

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