Manipur bags Krishi Karman award
Pothashang News Service: Imphal, December 24, 2019: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh announced that Manipur bagged Krishi Karman Award for Best Performing State in overall food grain production for the year 2017-18.
He made the announcement during the inauguration of College of Agriculture, Horticulture, Agri-Biotechnology, Forestry and Fishery at Hengbung, Kangpokpi district on Monday.
Biren said the award consists of a trophy, citation and cash award of Rs. 5 (five) crores. The award will be presented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a function to be held in Bengaluru, he added. He highlighted that Tourism, Agriculture and Horticulture sectors have the potential to make Manipur rich. “We need a strong work culture for economic growth and development in the state,” he added.
Biren maintained that the government has introduced ‘Start-up Manipur’ and has been providing soft loans with grants/subsidy to start their own business. A new scheme ‘Stand-up Manipur’ under Start-up Manipur will be launched soon to support the entrepreneurs belonging to weaker sections, SC, ST, OBC, women etc.
He appealed to the people of Manipur to avail the benefits of these existing welfare schemes.
Mentioning the rampant deforestation in the state, the chief Minister cautioned the farmers to stop jhum cultivation as it will cause natural calamities such as landslides etc. Biren also informed that five places have been identified for the construction of cold dtorages in the state. He mentioned that a cold storage will also be constructed for Kangpokpi district, if needed.
The chief minister maintained that identity politics has affected a lot in the development of the state in the past. Ever since the present government came into power, there has been mutual understanding and cohesive relationship among the communities in the state, he added.
He said any grievance and issue have been settled through dialogue. He also assured that a peaceful solution will be arrived between government and armed rebel groups of the state in a short period.
The inaugurated colleges are established under the Foundation of Environment and Economic Development Services (FEEDS) Group of Institutions.