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Published on Tue, 13 Mar, 2018 Both

IMPHAL, MARCH 12, 2018 (DIPR): Horticulture and Soil Conservation Minister Shri Thounaojam Shyamkumar today inaugurated four rural and retail market sheds constructed under the Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) scheme, Department of Horticulture and Soil Conservation, Government of Manipur. The inaugurations are part of the ‘Inauguration Fortnight’ marking the first anniversary of BJP led Government in the State.

Minister Th. Shyamkumar inaugurated retail market sheds at Ngaranphung Village, Saikul Sub Division under Kangpokpi district and at Huikap under Andro Assembly Constituency. He also inaugurated rural market sheds at Lamboiching under Keirao Assembly Constituency and at Kwasiphai under Bishnupur Assembly Constituency. Rural market sheds were constructed with a total cost of Rs 26 lakhs each, out of which Rs 13.50 lakhs is the State share. The retail market sheds were constructed with the fund of Rs 7.50 lakh each.

Speaking as the chief guest of the inaugural function of the Ngaranphung retail market shed, Minister Shyamkumar said that the market shed has been inaugurated with an aim to give a market place to the locals as markets in Imphal are congested. It will save time and money of the locals apart from other problems, he added.  

He said the market shed will also help the locals to sell their locally grown produces, thus giving them livelihood and help to boost economy. He gave assurance to the women vendors to provide soft loans and other assistance from the State Government.

Speaking at the inauguration of the rural market shed ‘Chingtam Keithel’ at Lamboiching, Minister Shyamkumar said the visions of the State Government is to provide livelihood, generate self employment, improve economy and bring a visible work.

He appreciated Shri L. Rameshwor Meetei for supervising in the construction of the rural market shed and helping in its completion ahead of the target. He said positive competition among the people’s representative and proper work culture will bring a positive change in the society and help in the development process of the State. He appealed to the people, especially to the women, to stop using tobacco products as the State has high number of cancer cases.

He assured to provide toilet, storeroom and construct a cold storage with consultation with the concern authorities in near future. He said the area can be developed with more recreation provisions and specific vegetable or fruits can be made available at the market for its popularity.  

Speaking at the inauguration of the rural primary market shed/Apni Mandi at Kwasiphai village, he said appreciated people of Bishnupur for having different work culture. He said the people of the area do not leave their paddy fields vacant and do cultivation at their fields throughout the year. He also assured to construct cold storage after the locals resolve the land issue.

He further said another market shed will be constructed either in Toubul or Khoijuman, for which he requested the local and leaders to decide on the specific location.

 Minister Th. Shyamkumar also visited the mushroom unit at the Angtha Peruk Khunou Leikai which are grown by the Women’s Farmers Association of the locality. The association has so far sold 400 kg of mushrooms at the rate of Rs 120 per kg in the past two months. It be may be mentioned that, the women of the association were given training on Jan 14, 2018 by the officials of Horticulture and Soil Conservation Department.

The function was attended by Shri K. Robindro Singh, Deputy Speaker, Manipur Legislative Assembly, Shri L. Rameshwor Meetei, MLA Keirao A/C, Shri Th. Stayabrata Singh, MLA Yaiskul A/C, Shri H. Dingo Singh, MLA Sekmai A/C, Shri Pawan Yadav, Bishnupur District Collector, Shri K. Kipgen, Director Horticulture and Soil Conservation Department, Shri N. Premananda Singh, Deputy Director, MIDH, Horticulture and Soil Conservation Department, Smt Kh. Sayakiran Devi, Deputy Director, Horticulture and Soil Conservation Department - Kangpokpi, Shri Y. Brojendro Singh, DO, Imphal East among others.  (DIPR)