Imphal, September 27, 2017 (DIPR): Commerce and Industry Minister Shri Thongam Biswajit Singh said sustainable tourism will help in the government’s initiative to eradicate poverty in the State.

The Minister was speaking at the World Tourism Day observation at the Manipur University Courthall today.

Elaborating further, Minister Biswajit said sustainable tourism will enhance our economy and at the same time bring positive social impacts. Manipur has a lot of tourism potentials, he said and added that, the Centre has released funds for development of tourism sector in the State.

He further observed that despite of the vast natural resources available in the State, we are unable to explore the resource and use them for our own good. We need to explore and utilize the resources, he added.

Minister Biswajit also expressed the need to explore the resources available under the agro sector, and market the vast production of pineapple, lemon, chilli etc to the outside world.

The Act East Policy is certain to bring a positive impact on the State and its economy, however, we need to be well planned to reap its benefits, he added.

The Minister further encouraged the students to be hardworking and be responsible towards the good of the society.

As part of the observation, prizes were also distributed to winners of the on the spot painting competition, open Essay Writing Competition on the topic “Tourism in Manipur for Sustainable Development.”

The observation was organized by the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Skill Development School of Social Sciences, Manipur University, Imphal in collaboration with the Manipur Tourism Forum, Imphal under the theme “Sustainable Tourism a tool for development.”

Manipur University Vice Chancellor Prof. Adya Prasad Pandey, School of Social Sciences, MU Dean Prof. N Lokendro Singh, Centre for Entrepreneurship and Skill Development School of Social Sciences, Manipur University, Director Prof. Ch Ibohal Meitei, among others.

Other eminent resource persons also spoke at today’s observation.

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