Chief Minister N. Biren Singh on Friday inaugurated the consultative meeting on food processing cum technology exhibition under Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Connect North East at CSIR – North East Institute of Science and Technology (NEIST), Branch Laboratory, Lamphelpat, Imphal West.
Addressing the function, N. Biren Singh said that the people of Manipur are filled with full of talents and capabilities and Manipur is undoubted ‘Jewel of India’. He stated that the growth rate of the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) has increased doubled from 4 percent to 8 percent under the present government. Such a result shows that with the advent of the present regime, there is economic development in the State, he added. The revenue collection has increased from around 500 crores to around 900 crores after the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) in the State, he continued.
The Chief Minister stated that with the support and love of the people, there is a peaceful environment in the last three years. Mentioning that bandhs and blockade is a thing of the past, Chief Minister said that the grievances and problems faced the people in both hills and valleys are timely resolved by the government.
The Chief Minister thanked the CSIR for supporting the entrepreneurs of the State. He requested CSIR to extend their support to conserve and preserve traditional paddy varieties of the State like Moirang Phou, phoudomba, etc. He also urged to provide the necessary technology for increasing the productivity of such paddy varieties.
Stating that the government has introduced the ‘Manipur Start-up scheme’ to build strong ecosystems to support and nurture entrepreneurship in the State, he mentioned that hundreds of entrepreneurs have benefitted from the scheme. Similarly, ‘Stand-up Manipur’ would be launched to encourage entrepreneurs belonging to SC, ST, OBC, women, differently-abled, etc.
Recognizing the unique identities of each district of the State, Chief Minister opined that the government is planning to recognize each and every district of the State for producing unique horticultural and agricultural products such as Tamenglong – orange district of Manipur, Pherzwal- ginger district of Manipur, etc.
Member of Parliament Dr. R.K. Ranjan, Director General of CSIR and Secretary DSIR Dr. Shekhar C. Mande, Scientist- in Charge, NEIST Branch Laboratory Dr. H. Birkumar Singh and delegates from outside the State were present during the function.