Biren inaugurates Sekmai ITI, lays foundation stones for two more women markets

Imphal: Chief minister N. Biren Singh on Thursday inaugurated ITI, Sekmai and also laid the foundation stones for two Women’s market at Sekmai and Kanglatombi.

The ITI was constructed by Manipur Tribal Development Corporation Ltd under Enhancing Skill Development Infrastructure in North Eastern States while the implementing agency for the construction of the two women’s market will be Manipur Police Housing Corporation Ltd.

Biren recalled the responsibilities taken up by women of Manipur since time immemorial to safeguard the state in various circumstances. Women could now contribute more towards the growth of the state’s economy as the law and order situation of the state had considerably improved and the government had been giving utmost priority to make the public feel safe and secure round the clock, he said.

Under the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of women empowerment to protect and uphold the integrity of women, the state government had already constructed women’s markets in seven hill districts. The government had planned to construct 10 more women’s markets in valley districts of which foundation stones of five markets had been laid till today, he added. He also sought support from the locals of Sekmai and Kanglatombi to avoid any disturbance during the construction so that the markets could be completely constructed within six months, he added.

He appealed to the public to access benefits from certain Government Schemes through concerned authorities and come up if there is any grievance so that their grievances could be redressed at the earliest.

Forest minister Awangbow Newmai said bandhs and strikes had now become outdated and is not a proper channel for expressing one’s grievances. Stating that government is for the people, he appealed to the public to use proper channels in bringing up issues and problems to the concerned authorities.

Rajya Sabha MP Maharaja Sanajaoba Leishemba stated that women of Manipur had played major roles in shaping the state since time immemorial and so the women’s markets are being constructed as a mark of respect to them. He appealed to the implementing agency to complete the construction as soon as possible to facilitate women vendors in their earnings.

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