Textiles, Commerce and Industry Minister Shri Thongam Biswajit has assured to export cotton and synthetic yarn to the other parts of the country by 2020. He also stated that as a pilot project cotton plant will be planted at Moreh and Jiribam. The statement was stated during the launching function of Handloom and Handicrafts Delivery Scheme under 100 days programme of the Government held today at Manipur Film Development Society, Palace Gate, Imphal. The launching function was jointly organised by Department of Textiles, Commerce & Industry and Directorate of Handloom & Textiles.
Shri Biswajit asserted that there are 2.04 lakhs weavers and 1.9 lakhs loom owner in our state, which is the highest in the country. As our handloom and handicrafts product showcase our culture and tradition, we need to promote and preserve our weavers and artisans.
Minister stated that keeping in mind about the welfare of the weavers and artisans, home delivery of raw materials for handloom and handicrafts is being launched. The scheme aims to enhance the income and productivity of the weavers. As the department is going to delivery raw materials at their doorstep, the weavers and artisans will be able to save their time and money, he said adding that, at the same time the government will also buy back their finished products.
Altogether 1612 weavers and artisans have been registered under this scheme. Weavers, who are yet to register themselves, can still register their names by providing their contact number and Aadhar card.
In connection with the function, Solar Home lighting systems were also distributed to weavers.
Shri Th.Biswajit said that they are distributing solar lamps for the weavers under the funding of Ministry of Energy and Renewable Resources with an aim to increase their profit and reduce their expenditure. For the first phase 7078 beneficiaries will receive solar lamps.
The main target of Industry Department is to generate employment for 25000 youth. The minister said that paper work is almost finished for reviving the Spinning Mill at Loitang Khunou. It is the only spinning mill in the entire Northeast for cotton yarning, he said adding that, as a pilot project, cotton plantation will be under taken at Moreh and Jiribam.
The Minister said the government through the Industry department will be able to export cotton and synthetic yarn by 2020, however, we need determination and hard work of all concerned to achieve this.
Lauding the department on their achievement, Minister Biswajit said that the department’s achievement during the 100-days programme is very unique but there are still a lot more to achieve. We need to explore our State more and promote tourism, sports, our handicrafts and handloom, push our medical industry further. This will go a long way in improving our economy, the Minister added.
The Minister also warned of stern action against anyone found involved in any irregularities during the process of awarding PMEGP loan. Officials found taking bribe will be strongly dealt with, while the names of those applications found giving bribe will be cancelled.
Shri Biswajit also appealed to all to work in unity and in coordination, as working in coordination will bring peace in our society. Peace will bring development, he said.
Chairman of Manipur Handloom & Handicrafts Development Corporation Limited, Shri S.Rajen Singh, Parliamentary Secretary (Finance) Shri Thokchom Satyabrata Singh, Parliamentary Secretary (MAHUD) Shri. N.Indrajit Singh, officials of Textiles, Commerce & Industry Department, Handloom & Textiles, weavers and artisans also attended the function.