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IMPHAL | Nov 5
The first Manipur International Textile Expo (MANITEX) was inaugurated today at Manipur Trade and Expo, Lamboikhongnangkhong, Imphal by signing two Memorandum of Agreements (MoAs) with two different companies and state government along with distribution of looms to 1815 weavers.
The expo was organised with an objective of promoting handloom and garments products of the state and the agreement was signed on increasing the productivity of garments and apparel in the state.
The signatories of agreement were director of handloom and textiles, K. Lamlee Kamei as a rep-resentative of state government and proprietor of Big Concept Pvt Ltd, L. Niranjan Singh.
Another agreement was on geo-tagging the weavers who got looms in today’s distribution and it was signed between K. Lamlee Kamei and vicep-president of Karvy Data Management Pvt Ltd, Shridhar. This was done to track down whether the beneficiaries is utilising the looms effectively or not.
Delivering his speech as chief guest, chief minister, N. Biren Singh said that the women of Manipur play pivotal role in enhancing the socio-economic status of the state since time immemorial. So to give them persistent support and encouragement, new initiative is a must to do step by the government.
“Without their hard work and dedication, state would not be able to reach the global market,” Biren lauded.
He further said the only desire of the present government is to make every individual happy by bring-ing inclusive development. Within this one and half of his governance, many welfare programmes are being taken and bridged the gap between hills and valley at one time.
Considering the problem of unavailability of cooking gas due to natural calamities like landslide, the central government has given clearance of laying gas pipeline from Silchar to Imphal. This will also help to save environment by controlling deforestation, he added.
He further appreciated the physically challenged singer, Takhellambam Mandakini who had entered the final round of the Saregamapa Zee TV singing contest. He stated that the singer deserves to reach the final round when her performance is seen on TV.
As a token of appreciation and encouragement, the state government will give Rs.10 lakh to Mandakini irrespective of any position she bags after final round, Biren informed while urging people of the state to vote for her on the day of final round.
In his presidential speech, minister of textile and commerce, Th. Bishwajit Singh said that the state has the recognition of having highest number of weavers in India. So far in 2018, there are around 2.38 lakhs weavers as compared to 2.04 lakhs in 2010 census. This shows that more of people are engaging in this sector for livelihood, he added.
The development of handloom and textile industry will help in reducing unemployment issue and it will also help in improving economic status of the state, said Bishwajit.
While encouraging the weavers, he said that the government will take the initiative of selling the handlooms items even through online.
Most of the MLAs and cabinet ministers along with many weavers from various far flung areas of the state took part in the function.