NEW DELHI, Jan 18:Manipur Commerce and Industries Minister Govindas Konthoujam today informed the 13th Meeting of the tiol Board for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) held at Vigyan Bhawan here that the Government of Manipur had recently launched ‘Make in Manipur initiative for Employment Generation’ on 26th Nov, 2015 focusing on micro & small enterprises based on produces from agriculture, horticulture, forest, handloom, handicrafts, fisheries and animal husbandry in a cluster based approach. He further stated that the Manipur Government combined the efforts under ‘Make in India’, ‘Skill India’ and ‘Ease of doing Business’. The meeting was chaired by the Union Minister for MSME Kalraj Mishra, a press release stated.
Govindas Konthoujam expressed happiness on the sanction of nine Livelihood Business Incubators (LBIs) for Manipur out of 22 sanctioned by Government of India under ASPIRE scheme. He said, “These nine LBIs, one in each of nine Districts of Manipur are going to play a crucial role in our ‘Make in Manipur initiative’. The creation of more employment opportunities to educated unemployed youth shall pave the path of peace and prosperity in Manipur as per the vision of our Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh. In addition, one rapid Incubation Centre is being set up by tiol Small Industries Corporation Ltd. (NSIC) in Imphal”.
He thanked to the Development Commissioner, MSME for having accepted Diagnostic Study Reports for Common Facility Centre (CFC) under CDP in each of nine Districts of Manipur. Accordingly, the State Government submitted Detailed Project Reports (DPR) for consideration in the next Steering Committee meeting for approval.
Manipur Industries Minister said that a new Technology Centre in Imphal under the mentorship of FFDC, Kanuj was agreed upon by DC, MSME. An area of 30.00 acres of land at Ningthoukhong Awang in Bishnupur District was acquired for cultivation of aromatic and medicil plants and providing of demonstration, training and oil distillation units. This was in addition to the 5 acres of land at Nillakuthi for housing its Administrative Building, Quality Assessment Laboratory, Processing and Valuation of Essential Oils, Training & Hostel, Library, Aromatic Gardens and others. It would be handed over to MSME-DI, Takyel Industrial Estate, Imphal on lease for a period of 90 years. The World Bank under Technology Centre System Programme (TCSP) would be requested to expedite preparation of DPR for the project. He informed, “In fact we have already sent 26 fresh post graduate students from Central Agriculture University and Manipur University for training in FFDC Kanuj for a period of six months. After completion of their training they shall be able to render their services in the Technology Centre which perhaps could be med as i-CAMP (Imphal Centre for Aromatic & Medicil Plant Processing).”
He also informed in the meeting that the State Government would extend invitation to all dignitaries and members of the tiol Board for MSME for visiting Manipur during April 5 to 11, 2016 for an Industrial Expo in Imphal on the theme of ‘Make in Manipur’ and ‘Start up –Stand up India’.