Conclave to promote SC and ST
Pothashang News Service: Imphal, October 20, 2018: The Manipur State Conclave of National SC and ST Hub was organised on Saturday at Durbar Hall, Raj Bhavan , Imphal under the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in collaboration with the Forum of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Legislators and Parliamentarians.
The Conclave was organised to explore and promote entrepreneurship for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes communities in the state.
Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla said Manipur have tremendous untapped resources which with proper grooming can participate effectively on the road to nation building.
The governor commended the Forum of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Legislators and Parliamentarians to promote the schemes for the welfare of SCs and STs and also believe that the Conclave will be fruitful and meaningful deliberation among the Entrepreneurs. The North Eastern States of India have their unique requirements for skill-based training depending on the natural resources, industry and native trades.
The governor expressed her pleasure to the organisers for choosing the state to hold this conclave for the young entrepreneurs of the state since unemployment is one of the biggest challenges our young population is facing, more true in respect of the economically backward SCs and STs. Manipur being an agriculturist society. It is lucky that state ranked in 8th position of biodiversity hotspots in the world. God has been very kind to us in terms of natural resources such as the black rice product which is only found in Manipur , so we need to promote and export it, similarly we have so many varieties of orchids and medicinal plants which are not yet identified . She stressed that these products have a great potential to become a means for generating income. The state is inhabited by very hard working people and now it is very fortunate that the state is known far and wide. The Governor further stated that more intense workshop be organised in Manipur to further motivate the educated young men and women of SC & ST in the field of skill development and entrepreneurship.
Chief minister N.Biren Singh said a special focus given to Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe entrepreneurs who belong to the weaker section of the society and in order to uplift them economically by giving training is the main concern of the governor . The chief minister further states that the state is very lucky to have a governor whose priority is the welfare of the people, the project “Flying Ambulance”, promotion the traditional handloom and handicrafts products by inviting experts in the field and also bankers for providing loans to small industries are all done under her guidance and that under the present government the state has witnessed a lot of changes. Biren also extended his support to the organisers to bring about a visible change in the state and said that the state government is ready to extend any possible help .
He said his government is working under a motto ‘ what we said we will do, we should deliver” . And under this motto: 4 Ema Markets have been inaugurated in most of the districts, now Senapati, Chandel and Tamenglong Ema Markets will be inaugurated within the first week of November,2018. Due to lack of awareness and knowledge, we are backward. So, it is beneficial for us that experts from other states are here to train us and also encourage the people to monitor and counter check how the schemes and funds meant for their development are used and managed and not depend solely on the elected representatives or social activists . For the purpose of overall equal development in the entire state the Schemes ‘ Go to Hills’ and ‘ Go to Village’ was initiated , he added.