Manipur: Union minister Nirmala concludes her two-day visit in Manipur

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Imphal, Feb 11: Concluding her two-day visit in Manipur, Union minister of state for commerce and industry Nirmala Sitharaman left Imphal for New Delhi yesterday afternoon.

Before concluding her visit, Nirmala inspected the work progress of the development of Timber Park as a site of Special Economic Zone (SEZ) project at Kuraopokpi at Kakching of Thoubal district and various development works being taken up by the state government in the border town Moreh with the funding from the Centre.

Talking reporters at the inspection site at Timber Park, the Union minister assured that farmers affected by the SEZ project will be paid adequate compensation along with rehabilitation package.

The Union minister reiterated Central government’s special focus to the Northeaster region of the country and assured that there would have no dearth of fund while taking up development projects and welfare schemes of the people with the assistance of the Union government.

She further talked of taking up environmental friendly projects like plantation of economical plants like rubber, saying that it will help in considerable improvement of economic status of the people.

Nirmala observed that rubber plantation would be suitable to the soil and climatic condition of Manipur.

She also talked about establishment of tea estates and food processing units which would be very profitable to the state and her people. Central government has a provision of providing Rs two crore each for establishment of a tea processing unit.

The state should avail the benefit of the scheme, she said.

The Union minister was accompanied by state commerce and industry minister Govindas Konthoujam, MLA Y Surchandra, DC of Thoubal district and some officials of the state government during her inspect tour.

The Union minister was airlifted by a helicopter from Imphal’s Kangla Fort to Assam Rifles camp at Kakching Lamkhai this morning. From there she took the same helicopter in her visit to Moreh.

The Union minister who visited the state in line with the Prime Minister’s instruction to his ministers to visit the NE states every fortnight in rotation had earlier held a meeting with state chief minister last evening and discussed on the multi-product special economic zone in the state.

Chief minister O Ibobi convinced the visiting Union minister that the integrated check post being constructed at Moreh town would be completed as soon as possible and expressed his willingness to lay the foundation stone of the proposed sports university within the current financial year.

The Union minister left Imphal this afternoon, around 3 pm by a flight from Imphal airport for New Delhi concluding her two-day visit in the state.

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