Biren Singh assures soft loans to street vendors

Imphal, November 29, 2017: Chief minister Nongthombam Biren Singh today assured to provide soft loans to the street vendors of Khwairamband Bazaar during a truck donation ceremony at the market.

Chief General Manager of SBI, north east circle donated a tipper truck to Imphal Municipal corporation.

Biren Sing urged the officials of Municipal Administration Housing and Urban Development (MAHUD), Imphal Municipal Corporation (IMC) and women vendors of Khwairamband Bazaar to jointly study whether it is possible to provide an alternative livelihood to street vendors by arranging loans for them.

He informed the gathering that the State Bank of India (SBI) had agreed in principle to provide soft loans to street vendors of Khwairamband Bazaar.

Stating that this arrangement is being considered to help the street vendors start their chosen livelihoods at their respective localities, homes and nearby markets, the chief minister expressed hope that the initiative would reduce traffic congestion and improve cleanliness in the city considerably.

Assertng that there has been remarkable improvement in the hill-valley relation in the recent past, the he urged the people of valley districts to take proactive role in restoring the age-old hill-valley bonding.

Biren Singh also expressed pleasure on learning that the number of visitors to Keibul Lamjao National Park had increased manifold after a venue of Manipur Sangai Festival had been allotted to Keibul village this year.

He also said that all the projects promised to be taken up would be executed without fail as the current government understands that they would be rejected by the people if their promises are not translated into action.

The function was also attended by MAHUD minister Th. Shyamkumar , IMC Mayor L. Lokeshwor, commissioner (MAHUD) Dr. Prem Singh, chief general manager of SBI NE circle PVSLN Murty and general manager of Network-II SBI NE circle Digmanu Gupta.

Shyamkumar said that different works would be taken up as part of Imphal Smart City project soon. Stating that women vendors and shopkeepers should not forget their responsibility in keeping the city neat and clean, Shyamkumar contended that all the efforts of the government would go in vain without their cooperation.

PVSLN Murty handed over the key of the tipper truck to the chief minister and IMC mayor. The truck was gifted to IMC as part of SBI’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme.

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