Manipur: Union MoS visit boosts MSME workers

Imphal, October 30 2021: Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma, Union Minister of State for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), visited Ningomthong Reed Cluster situated at Ningomthong Kitna Panung, Imphal East today.

The Union Minister visited the Cluster to get a first hand report of the works taken up under the different schemes of MSME.

He urged the cluster groups to take the benefits of the various programmes taken up by the Ministry to strengthen Small and Medium enterprises in the State.

Applauding the Cluster on its successful implementation of the programme, the Minister advised them to increase the number of workers.

The cluster started initially with 216 workers and at present has 360 workers making different traditional handicraft items.

The Minister further said that the Ministry will extend its support to those organizations interested in forming such cluster groups to promote medium and small enterprises.

The Reed Cluster was formed by Craft Development Promoter Organisation (CDPO) with fund from the Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI), a scheme launched by the Government of India under the aegis of Ministry of MSME in 2005 with the intention to promote cluster development.

Under the guidance of Secretary cum Chief Promoter of CDPO, S Bocha Singh, a Global Excellence Awardee and also a State Awardee, started the cluster in 2016 and has been running successfully till now.

The organization has organized exhibitions showcasing handicraft products of the cluster and also other products from various organizations to promote traditional handicraft products of the State.

The cluster is one of the most successful clusters in North-East States and has recently been awarded by the Vice President of India.

State Director KVIC, ASS Dewan; Additional Secretary, Textiles, Commerce & Industry, Govt of Manipur, Luckyson Kashung and Director in-charge, MSME/DI, Th Baite accompanied the Minister during the visit.

Bhanu Pratap Singh also visited Churachandpur Wood Carpentry and Old Cinema Hall, Government sponsored projects under Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) .

By the sideline of his visit, the Union Minister of State stated that constant efforts are being made to uplift the MSMEs through various schemes.

He also exuded confidence that India would be the top economy of the world in future.

The Minister also interacted with various craftsmen under Churachandpur Carpentry Association.

He was accompanied by Th Baite, Director of MSME, Manipur; Pramod D Ambedkar, Director of KVIC, Manipur; Khailet Haokip, GM, DIC Churachandpur and officials of District Industries Centre, Churachandpur.

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