Imphal, Aug 8,
The Government of India has approved in principle, the construction of Mega Food Park in Manipur estimated at Rs. 80 crore (approx), said Minister of State, Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Rameswar Teli, today.
Addressing the inaugural function of the one day workshop on Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana at Hotel Imphal this morning, Minister Teli said that the Mega Food Park project will receive Rs.50 crore subsidies from the Centre. He observed that there is no lack of fund in the ministry for entrepreneurs and further encouraged to send in proposals to the government so as to avail the available funds.
Addressing the gathering as the Guest of Honour, Minister Textiles, Commerce and Industries Thongam Biswajit Singh urged the entrepreneurs to take advantage of the provisions of the scheme. He said the entrepreneurs should not limit themselves to the valley districts, and instead spread their units to hills districts so that they can provide employment to the locals as well as build up the feeling of national integration.
Encouraging entrepreneurship in the State, Shri Biswajit reiterated that increase in the number of entrepreneurs can help in solving the unemployment issue in the State. He further urged the Centre for setting up of a Small State Development Policy. Shri Biswajit also lauded the entrepreneurs for their success without any financial assistance from both the government and the banks till now, and at the same time, he encouraged them to link up with his department so that they can avail the schemes for them.
Meanwhile, a one-minute silence was observed by the gathering as a mark of respect to the departed soul of former Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj. The inaugural function was also attended by Chief Secretary Dr. J Suresh Babu, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India, Dr. Rakesh Sarwal, Principal Secretary, Commerce and Industries, Government of Manipur P.Vaiphei, Director General, Indian Chamber of Commerce Dr. Rajeev Singh, among others.
The workshop is being organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce supported by the Department of Textiles, Commerce & Industries, Government of Manipur and Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India with the main aim of spreading awareness about the Kisan Sampada Yojana among the entrepreneurs. State entrepreneurs and bankers also attended the workshop. Several officials and resource persons spoke on various components of the scheme in the afternoon session