Imphal: Union minister of state for steel and rural development Faggan Singh Kulaste on Tuesday inspected various projects which were undertaken under the Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission in Khangabok Rurban cluster.
Faggan was accompanied by state rural development and Panchayati Raj minister Thongam Biswajit Singh and officials of the concerned department during the inspection tour.
The team inspected the overhead water tank at Khangabok Water Supply Scheme, overhead water tank at Sangaiyumpham Water Supply Scheme at Khangabok Cluster, Thoubal district and upgradation of health and wealthness of Tentha GP to primary health entre, Tentha.
Faggan with Biswajit attended an interaction programme with members of various Self Help Groups (SHG) at Ebudhou Thongju Lakpa community hall. The interaction which was attended by Imphal East DC Khumanthem Diana and other officials was organised by the Manipur State Rural Livelihoods Mission, department of rural development and Panchayati Raj.
As reported in other parts of the country, Manipur also has a huge number of SHGs. These SHGs will facilitate in increasing employment in the state. The robust growth of SHGs is a big achievement for the country, especially for womenfolk, Faggan said.
He explained that the SHG is a concept to facilitate women in starting a business to improve the financial condition of their families and help them to become financially independent. He said any shortcomings will be sorted out through discussion with the state government as well as at the central level.
He said the overhead water tanks inspected were constructed at the costs around Rs 3 crore (approximately) each under the Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission. These overhead water tanks will help in fulfilling the Prime Minister’s dream of providing tap water to every household of the country.
Biswajit said these projects are undertaken from time to time at approved blocks. An additional block has been identified at Ukhrul and work will commence soon, adding that another three blocks will soon get recognition soon.
He said that these development projects are undertaken as part of the Prime Minister’s vision of a New Atma Nirbhar Bharat with special focus on health sector and provision of drinking tap water in every household of the country.
The Union minister of state interacted with the officials of the RD and PR department at Classic Grande, Chingmeirong.
Biswajit urged the Union minister to increase budget for MGNREGS and released fund on time. He also instructed the officials to complete all works of NREGA by September.