Biswajit seeks promotion policy for Manipur entrepreneurs

Imphal: Textiles, commerce and industry minister Thongam Biswajit Singh has apprised commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal to consider a promotion policy for entrepreneurs of North East region considering the topography of the region, during a video conference interaction with the Union minister.

Biswajit attended the video conference from his secretariat office here.

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 which was attended by commerce and industry ministers from across the country.

Biswajit highlighted that due to the geographical location, Manipur and other states of the region face logistics and transportation problems and as such entrepreneurs of the region face 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 Manipur as well as others of the NE region.

He further highlighted several issues of the state to the Union minister. He said the state under the present BJP led government has started export of certain products of the State like ginger, turmeric, pineapple, black rice, etc. he said that it is believed that the state has deposit of lime stone and chromites and that the government is seeking clearance for exploration of the same from the central ministry. The state has already identified the deposits, he added.

The state will identify the districts for the implementation of the One District One Product Scheme and to submit a report on the same within a week, he said.

Biswajit highlighted that Manipur has the highest concentration of looms and weavers and that handloom and handicraft is our culture and tradition. Handloom and handicraft is our second livelihood means.

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

The objective of the interaction is 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 this on a mission mode with specific targets set to be achieved by 2022, when the country celebrates the 75 year of independence.  

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