Van Dhan Vikas Yojana launched in Manipur

Van Dhan Vikas Yojana launched in Manipur
Manipur CM N Biren Singh during the launching of Prime Minister Van Dhan Vikas Yojana in Imphal on Monday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Oct 14 | Publish Date: 10/14/2019 12:12:25 PM IST


Van Dhan Vikas Karyakram was launched in Manipur with a state level advocacy workshop at Classic Grande, Imphal on Monday.
Attending the launching ceremony, chief minister N Biren Singh said that the Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan Vikas Yojana will help transform the economy of tribal people in the state. 
Singh also announced that altogether 75 Van Dhan Vikas Kendras would be opened in the state. 
Under the Van Dhan Vikas Yojana, the state government will focus 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.
The Hill Areas Development Programme (HADP) has been introduced for hilly states like Manipur to bring equal development in both hill and valley of the state, said Biren. 
Tamenglong district would be getting Rs 90 lakhs under the programme, he added. 
Singh said that cold chain systems would be constructed in five hill districts of the state. Tamenglong and Noney would be covered under HADP. The three other districts viz; Imphal West, Imphal East and Pherzawl will be covered under the state plan, he added. 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 reminded. 
Manipur has topped in terms of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) businesses registration among the northeast states of the country. 
He further stated that Manipur has also topped in women ownership in MSME businesses. Manipur women owned 50 percent of MSME businesses, he added. 
The chief minister informed that the state cabinet recently approved the ‘Stand Up Manipur’ scheme under the existing Start Up Manipur Scheme to provide subsidy and soft loans to scheduled caste, scheduled tribe, OBC, women and minorities of the state for setting up business.
Stating that Manipur is facing menace of drug abuse and there is mass plantation of poppy in hill areas, the chief minister reminded that the government has declared ‘War against drugs’ and mass destruction of poppy plantation was taking place in various parts of the state. 
The chief minister hoped that Van Dhan Vikas Yojana would also help such farmers by improving their livelihood and income.
The inaugural function was jointly organised by TRIFED, Union ministry of tribal affairs and state forest department.
Minister for PHED Losii Dikho, chairman of TRIFED (Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India)  RC Meena, chairman of Manipur Tribal Development Corporation Vungzagin Valte and officials of the concern department attended the function.

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