Imphal, 4th April, 2018 (DIPR): Manipur Development Society was set up in the year 1983 under the Planning Commission of India to generate employment schemes in the field of Handloom, Agriculture and Engineering covering mostly rural areas in the valley and hill areas of the State. The main objective to the society is to bring about a comprehensive all round development in the rural area. The schemes implemented by the Society are in addition to the normal schemes of the concerned government departments.
MDS has been actively participated in bringing about all round development in the state by taking up schemes for construction of social infrastructures such as community hall, bus waiting shed, paid and use toilets, multipurpose hall, irrigation, canal and ring bunds.
The activities of Handloom under MDS is to generate employment and promote handloom industry through handloom production centres/self help groups by providing skill development training, looms and accessories at the subsidized rates and working capital in the form of raw materials. Value addition made by the weavers engaged are paid in the form of wages at a predetermined rate through supervisors of HPCs or group leaders of SHGs. The handloom items produce are directly marketed by MDS through its retail outlets, mobile vans, exhibitions and bulk sales to government and bulk buyers. The society organises training on basic skills of handloom activities for the primary weavers. It also has started providing skill development and upgradation programme for the traditional weavers of the state.
The schemes taken up under Agriculture programme are promotion of collective farming, farmers awareness programme and programme implementation. Promotion of collective farming emphasises on extend practise of intensive cropping and area expansion of fallow lands under the paddy crops by providing inputs and technical support. The programme is implemented in compact areas of not less than 4 to 5 hectres each for winter crops and 2 hectres for summer crops. The main objective is to provide employment of small and marginal farmers of the state. The society provides agriculture inputs such as, seeds fertilizers, pp chemical etc. At 100% subsidy and contribution from the beneficiaries in the form of wages accrued arising out of engagement of farmers during the cropping period and post harvesting period.
Under the Farmers awareness programme, farmers are trained in modern agricultural practice and technology by providing basic concept of soil conservation, water management, pest control & management. Efficient utilization of nutrients and pp chemical, post harvesting technology, resource management etc.
Programmes implementation/operation are organised in order to ensure that it reach to the grass root level for beneficiaries through BDOs, Gram Panchayats and Local bodies in the valley district and village authority of headman of the concerned village or region in case of hill districts. The interested farmers group are organised through field staff of the society and intimated to submit application for the scheme through their concerned authorities.
Agriculture being the main economic activity of the state, MDS has been actively participating in this process by providing agriculture infrastructure in the form of mid size of irrigation facilities by constructing small and medium size multipurpose irrigation tanks, canals and ring bunds etc. And also provided well equipped pump houses. Market shed are also introduce for providing market facilities and to fill the gap between the producers and the buyers. The scheme has benefitted quite a lot of farmers and traders operating in rural and semi urban areas.
Some of the major deposit works taken up by MDS under the funding of State and Central government are Development of infrastructures in 27 TD blocks under Tribal area inclusive growth, infrastructure development of National sports academy at Khuman Lampak, District sports complexes, Construction of tourist infrastructures under tourism department with the funding from ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India. Construction of cricket stadium and tensile roofing at Luwangsangbam, Construction of tribal markets and hostel for TD & Hills department. Construction of nursing hostel, district hospitals, CHCs, PHCs, PHSCs and other infrastructure for health, ayush and family werlfare department, construction of godown for FCI in CCpur and Thoubal district.
The press conference was attended by Salam Rajkumar Singh, Project Director cum Chief Engineer, Sougrakpam Ranjit Singh, Administrative Officer, S. Janmanjoy Singh, Deputy Director (Agriculture), N. Rajmani Singh, Deputy Director (Handloom), Dr. N. Rojendro Singh (AE).