Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh on Thursday distributed benefits under various government schemes and also launched new schemes at a solemn function held at the City Convention Centre, here.

The newly launched schemes were Product Catalogue, ‘Special Package to Successful Start-ups for Employment of IDPs in Manipur, CM Yarn Scheme (including Muga Silk buyback), Revised Comic Text Book, Sportspersons Livelihood Guarantee Scheme.

The chief minister along with the Cabinet ministers distributed benefits under 46 schemes to more than 4 lakh beneficiaries amounting to more than Rs 300 crore. The benefits will be transferred through Direct Benefit Transfer directly to the account of the beneficiaries.

Biren emphasized on the various welfare initiatives taken up by the state government towards bringing inclusive development in the state. Various initiatives like Go to Hills, Go to Village, Chief Minister-gi Hakshelgi Tengbang, Start-up Manipur, Widows pension scheme and others have been taken up to bring equal development and collective welfare in the state, he added.

He continued that the ongoing unprecedented conflict and the recently occurred series of natural calamities in the state have brought hindrances to the developmental activities in the state. He said the government would provide all necessary assistance for the welfare of the people. He added that good quality CGI sheets have been distributed to the people affected by the recent hailstorm through the respective deputy commissioner.

The benefits distributed were under schemes including CMESS for Relief Camps inmates, Special Assistance of Rs 1 Lakh per family for displaced families in relief camps, Financial Assistance for Education of Children, College Students Rehabilitation Scheme, One Time Special Assistance, Hailstorm Relief, Flood Relief, CM’s Yaipha Tengbang Scheme and Incentives to Artisans among others.

The distribution of benefits under different schemes was also undertaken at different deputy commissioner’s office and departments of the state government.

The programme was attended by Cabinet ministers, MP, MLAs, chief secretary, security advisor to the Government of Manipur, high ranking civil and police officials and beneficiaries of different welfare schemes among others.

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