Mnp minister suggests policy for NE entrepreneurs

Mnp minister suggests policy for NE entrepreneurs
Thongam Biswajit Singh
Correspondent IMPHAL, AUG 27 | Publish Date: 8/27/2020 11:43:54 AM IST

Manipur textiles, commerce and industry minister Thongam Biswajit Singh on Thursday apprised Union commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal to consider a promotion policy for entrepreneurs of northeast region considering the topography of the region.

He apprised the Union minister during a video conference interaction today, said a release of the DIPR, Imphal  

Goyal conducted the video conference interaction with industry ministers of all states on “One District One Product Initiative” a move towards “AatmaNirbhar” Bharat. 

As part of the conference, the Union minister also launched a Geographical Information System online land bank in six states through the video conferencing which was attended by commerce and industry ministers from almost all the states of the country.

Taking part in the interaction, Biswajit highlighted logistics and transportation problems being faced by the states of the region including Manipur and how as such entrepreneurs of the region faced problems in competing with others from outside the region. 

Considering these issues, he apprised the Union minister to consider a promotion policy for the entrepreneurs of the state as well as others of the NE region.

He further highlighted several issues of the state and informed that the state under the present BJP-led coalition government has started export of certain products of the state like ginger, turmeric, pineapple, black rice, etc. 

“It is believed that the state has deposits of limestone and chromites and that the government is seeking clearance for exploration of the same from the Central ministry. We have already identified the deposits,” the release quoted state minister in his interaction with the Union minister.

He stated that the state will identify districts for implementation of “One District One Product Scheme” and to submit a report on it within a week.

He further highlighted that Manipur has the highest concentration of looms and weavers and that handloom and handicraft as it was the culture and tradition of the people of the state.  “Handloom and handicraft is our second livelihood,” he said.

Manipur Food Industries Corporation Limited managing director Peter Salam accompanied the minister during the video conferencing.

The objective of the interaction was to put in place an institutional mechanism to propagate “One District One Product” as a movement in the country, with the help of all state governments. 

Every state and union territory must identify one product per district, based on the potential and strength of a district and national priorities; develop a cluster for that product in the district which is capable of producing world class product with quality, scalability and a brand and provide market linkage. 

It is proposed to drive it on a mission mode with specific targets set to be achieved by 2022, when the country celebrates 75 years of independence.

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