Imphal: Union minister of state for rural development and consumer affairs, food and public distribution Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti along with rural development and Panchayati Raj ( RS & PR) minister Thongam Biswajit Singh held an interaction with officials of rural development and Panchayati Raj and consumer affairs, food and public distribution at hotel Classic Grande, Chingmeirong.
The Union minister of state was on a two-day visit in the state.
Following presentations on work progress and completion from the concerned department officials, Niranjan lauded the rural development works undertaken in the state under the RD & PR department.
Niranjan expressed the need for Aadhar linkage for beneficiaries to avail benefits under government schemes.
Citing National Food Security Act, Niranjan said Aadhar linkage will help beneficiaries in getting rice under NFSA from any place.
She said the present government’s focus is to bring the North Eastern states at par with the other parts of the country.
Niranjan along with Biswajit and officials of the department attended a visit and interaction programme with members of Self Help Groups under the Manipur State Rural Livelihood Mission at Ningomthongjao Bazaar Community Hall. As part of the programme, food-grains under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana and National Food Security Act were also distributed.
Biswajit said today people are enjoying benefits from various government schemes. There is also progress in implementation of schemes in the state, he added.
Niranjan said today Manipur has changed a lot since 2016, when she had first visited the state during the launch of the MUDRA loan.
She said the Monday programme was organized to encourage the SHG members to become more self reliant.
Stating that the present government under Prime Minister has shown much concern and interest for the North Eastern states, Niranjan expressed happiness with the development witnessed in the state.
As part of the interaction, 10 stalls showcasing local products made by the SHGs were also opened at the venue. The interaction was also attended by officials of both CAF&PD and RD&PR.