Log in
William Gurumayum

William Gurumayum

William Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since 2013. An avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue. He can be contacted at [email protected]

Website URL:

Entrepreneurship Culture Necessary for Sustainable Business in the State- Governor

IT News
Imphal, Oct. 10

 Dr. Najma Heptulla, Governor,  Manipur inaugurated  the one-day Conclave of Local Craft Entrepreneurs, Traditional Craftsmen and msmes on ‘Promoting entrepreneurship and harnessing untapped potential of geographical indications of Manipur’ at hotel Classic Grande, Imphal today.
The one-day Conclave was organized by Mission for Economic Empowerment of Traditional Artisans and Craftsmen (MEETAC) (An Autonomous body under Department of Commerce and Industries, Government of India) in association with PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industries (PHDCCI) to deliberate on Startup India, Standup India, Government E-market place and Geographical Indications.
Speaking on the occasion, the Governor complimented the organisers for their effort and commitment to uplift the local craft entrepreneurs, traditional artisans and craftsmen in the State.  These traditional artisans in the handicraft industry in the State have long struggled due to lack of patronage. She said that the, the charm of hand-woven fabric handicraft has never faded and now there is more awareness among people about such product.
The Governor further stated that to introduce these artisans to newer markets and to the shift in customer preference for sustainable products, the state Government has initiated the Mission for Economic Empowerment of Traditional Artisans & Craftsmen (MEETAC) in 2018 with an aim to revive the lives of Artisans by developing entrepreneurial competencies in them. The Mission concentrates on product development to capture the needs of the younger generation, larger and high-end markets with a special focus on exports. New articles, collections and clothing line through product diversification, in collaboration with well-known institutions like National Institute of Design, Central India Regional Council (CIRC), Indian Institute of Packaging etc will be introduced through MEETAC.
Dr. Najma Heptulla expressing her pleasure said that PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industries (PHDCCI), which is the National Apex Chamber working at the grass- root level with and with strong national and international linkage has joined hands with MEETAC to promote entrepreneurship in the State. The Chamber acts as a catalyst in the promotion of industry, trade and entrepreneurship and through its research-based policy advocacy role, positively impacts the economic growth and development of the nation.  She also expressed her optimism that MEETAC with PHDCCI would be in position to make a long lasting impact on the economy of the State, the craft sector in particular.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched brand names like ‘Make-in-India’   to make the country an economic powerhouse along with programmes like Startup and Standup India. Startups are important for economic growth of a nation and one of the main advantages of Startups is that it creates new jobs. It is necessary to develop an entrepreneurship culture in our State to deliver quality products to the consumers for a sustainable business. Similarly, Standup India scheme ensures that women entrepreneurs, an important cog in the craft sector of Manipur, have a fair chance for setting up their own business.
She further stated that rural folks in various parts of the State possess unique skill and expertise to produce hand crafted products like handicrafts, jewelleries, textiles other related products. Geographical Indications (GI) are tightly interwoven into rural lives which employ traditional methods, practices and know-how to produce these goods. With the protection assured by GI registration, pirates and counterfeiters cannot encroach on the markets and the consumers are guaranteed of the genuineness of the product and quality assurance.
Minister (Textiles, Commerce & Industries) Th. Biswajit Singh speaking as the President of the function, pointed out that Providing Government e-Marketplace (GeM) has been another significant step of the present Government. Handicrafts sector have ample equal opportunity to show its product strength from the rural and urban area. Artisans and their Self Help Groups or Federations with legal identity who can aggregate Women artisans and Micro-entrepreneurs, register them as “Seller” on Government e-Marketplace (GeM). GeM is a one-stop Government e-Marketplace (GeM) to facilitate on line procurement of common use Goods & Services required by various Government Departments / Organizations / PSUs. GeM provides local entrepreneurs a one-stop shop for marketing with minimal efforts.

The Conclave was attended by Dr. D.K. Agarwal President (PHDCCI); Dr. Mahesh Y. Reddy, Secretary General (PHDCCI); Anurag Bajpai, IFS, CEO (MEETAC);Dr. H.P. Kumar, Former Chairman and Managing Director (NSIC); Shri Sanjay Joseph, Deputy CEO (Government E-Marketplace); officials from Ministry of MSME, SIDBI, Bank of Baroda; Quality Council of India; Controller General of Patents, Designs & Trade Marks; National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad; Founder of Biswajit Sarkar & Associates, an expert in Geographical Indications; other officials of PHDCCI, senior officials from the State Government, Local Craft Entrepreneurs, MSMEs, students of MBA and Department of Entrepreneurship from Manipur University etc.

  • Published in News
  • 0

Significant rise in economic activities in the state: CM

IT News
Imphal, Oct. 9

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has said that the State has witnessed considerable increase in economic/business activities and rise in number of micro and small enterprises/industries because of improvement in law and order situation in the past few years.
He was speaking as the chief guest at the 70th Territorial Army Day organised by the State Government at 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles Banquet Hall today. N. Biren Singh said that the State now has 13,000 registered micro industries, which is the highest in the entire North East. There has been constant rise in economic and business activities as well because of improvement in law and order situation in the past few years, he stated.
The Chief Minister also assured that the State Government would extend all support to security forces/agencies to ensure that the security environment in the State continues to improve so that development momentum in the State is maintained.
N. Biren Singh further said that the Territorial Army had unfailingly risen to the challenges whenever it had been called upon to serve the nation. The force continues to provide invaluable support through its commitment, bravery and sacrifice, he added.
N. Biren said that raising of 165th Infantry Battalion (TA) (Home and Hearth) Assam had given direction and opportunity for gainful employment of the youth of the State and their meaningful participation in the development of the State. Since its deployment in the State in 2007, it had become an inseparable part of the security setup in the State, he added. The Chief Minister also congratulated the unit on becoming the first Territorial Army Unit to get the prestigious unit appreciation from the Eastern Army Commander.
He observed that celebrating Territorial Army Day is a proud moment to felicitate the ‘Citizens Army’. 165th Infantry Battalion (TA) (Home and Hearth) Assam is the first and only Territorial Army unit raised purely from the domicile of Manipur. Affiliated to the Assam Regiment, it is the only battalion of the Indian Army with 100 percent domicile of Manipur and hence they truly are ‘The Manipur Terriers’, he opined.
Deputy Chief Minister Y. Joykumar Singh, who attended the function as president, mentioned about the significant roles played by the Territorial Army in violent prone States like Manipur. He said that Territorial Army help the Army and other security forces in gaining goodwill of local population. They also make security forces aware of any particular State or locality for effective execution of operational tasks, he added.
Ministers, MLAs high ranking civil, police, army, paramilitary and Territorial Army officials and personnel and their families also took part at the function.

  • Published in News
  • 0

Army Recruitment Rally

IT News
Imphal, Oct . 9

Army Recruitment Rally would be held at Bongaigaon (Assam) on December for enrolment of youths from Manipur only.   
The online application has already started and will remain open till
18 Nov 2019. For registration online login to www.joinindianarmy.nic.in.  Candidates who have registered in the previous rally can login directly and check eligibility and apply fresh. The Army career offers Professional Advancement, Job Satisfaction, Job Security, Economic Stability, Social Status, Quality of Life and Variety & Adventure.
The vacancies is for Soldier Nursing Assistant (10+2 / Intermediate exam pass in Science with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English with 50% marks in aggregate and 40% in each subject) and Sepoy Pharma (10+2/ Intermediate exam pass and qualified in D Pharma with Min 55% marks in aggregate and registered with State Pharmaceutical Council/ Pharmacy council of India. Individuals qualified in B Pharma with Min 50% marks and registered with State Pharmaceutical Council/ Pharmacy council of India) are also eligible.  CEE will be conducted at Bongaigaon on 19 Jan 2020.
For any other query contact on phone No  03862-248845 & 8974958673 from 0830h to 1400h on working days for the entire duration.  Last date of registration is 18 Nov 2019.

  • Published in News
  • 0

Serving poor and needy people is the greatest religion: CM

IT News
Imphal, Oct. 8

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has stated that the greatest religion is to serve the poor, needy and helpless people. This was stated by him at the 36th Anniversary Celebration of Yaibilen, Keibi Sanapat Imphal East district today.
Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Chief Minister said that when the poor and helpless people are uplifted then our society would be developed. Mentioning that the objective of the present government is to serve the people of the state, he narrated that the government has initiated various schemes for the welfare of the people. People’s blessings are showering upon us for our deeds, he added.
Stating that there will be peace when we have a healthy economy, Chief Minister maintained that in the last two and half years, peace has prevailed in the State with the support of the people. He stated that the people of the State are filled with enormous talents and innovative ideas that we could easily compete with the outside world.
Condemning the unwanted mob violence happened at Kha Potshangbam, Bishnupur district yesterday, Chief Minister stated that such incident was not only barbaric but also inhuman.  He maintained that people should have deep spirituality connection as it would help in developing discipline in the society.
Chief Minister appreciated those who are associated with the Yaibilen Children Home for their selfless sacrifice, dedication and commitment to nurture the children. He said that the government will look after the proposal for providing grant-in-aid to the Yaibilen Children Home.
Minister for CAF&PD Karam Shyam, Medical Superintendent JNIMS Dr. Ningombam Jitendra, Retired Chief Engineer Thangjam Joykumar, Executive members of Yaibilen and others attended the function.

  • Published in News
  • 0