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Imphal, August 27, 2017 (DIPR): Works Minister Shri Thongam Biswajit Singh has assured to look into the appeal for repairing of the approach road to the Indoor Stadium, DM College Campus, Imphal. The Minister made the assurance today while speaking at the Closing Function of the 6th State Open Ranking Table Tennis Championship, 2017 at the Indoor Stadium, DM College Campus, Imphal.

Addressing the closing function, Minister Shri Biswajit said sports is part of education and that we get to learn many things by playing a sport including discipline.

Assuring all support and cooperation in the effort to take the sport forward in the State, the Minister also observed that the government alone couldn't bring the change. He said government needs cooperation of the public to do so.

Minister Biswajit also assured to look into appeals of the association that include repairing of the approach road to the Indoor Stadium and construction of a Table Tennis stadium. Regarding selection of site for the stadium, the Minister asked the association concerned to apprise him if there is any issue so that the concerned Minister may be consulted to settle the issues.

We need an initiative to bring any change in the society, the Minister observed and urged the people to take up the initiative.

The Minister also made an appeal to conduct a cleanliness drive in the stadium complex and its surrounding areas.

Today's closing function was also attended by DTTA, IE President Shri Mangsatabam Gojendra Singh as president and JNIMS Director Prof. Th. Bhimo Singh and MTTA President Shri H.Devshekhar Sharma (IAS retd.) as Guests of Honour.

          Minister Biswajit and the other dignitaries also handed out the prizes to the winners of the championship.

The championship, which began on August 23, 2017, was organised by the District Table Tennis Association, Imphal East under the auspices of the Manipur Table Tennis Association. (DIPR)




Imphal, August 26, 2017 (DIPR): Commerce and Industries Minister Shri Thongam Biswajit Singh today called on the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises to apply for Zero Defect Zero Effect, ZED Certification.

Shri Biswajit was addressing the inaugural session of a One Day Awareness Programme on ZED Certification organised by the MSME-DI, Imphal at Classic Hotel, Imphal.

Explaining the benefits of the ZED scheme, Shri Biswajit said that the scheme was launched for MSME sector to enhance product quality and match global standards. The manufacturers should ensure that there are zero defects in their products so that the products are not rejected in the global market, and at the same time, keep in mind that the products have no negative effect on the environment, he said. 

He continued that ensuring that there is no defect in the product and that it has no negative impact on the environment can enhance product credibility. The certification is not mandatory; however, a ZED mark will show that the product is ready for global competition, he added.

Stating that benefits of ZED certification also includes streamlined operations and lower cost, superior qualities, reduced rejection and higher revenues, increase of environmental consciousness and social benefits and additional employment generation, he urged the entrepreneurs to apply for the certification.

The scheme aims to ensure manufacturing quality products and make India a global manufacturing hub, he observed. It will also help in e-marketing of products, he said.

Minister Biswajit also explained that an entrepreneur can play an important role in strengthening the integrity of the State by generating employment in an underdeveloped area by opening manufacturing units. This will also ensure increase in productivity, he observed.

Trade, Commerce and Industries Director Shri M.Luikham said Prime Minister Narendra Modi championed the ZED scheme. He said the Prime Minister has emphasized that manufactured goods should have zero defects so that it is not returned to the manufacturers and that the products have no negative effect on the environment.

Shri Luikham said it is aimed at clean manufacturing of products. He said that the orientation should be towards export and that the products should be marketable in the global market. This will improve the country's Gross Domestic Product, he added.

During the inaugural function, Minister Biswajit also released a MSME-DI Imphal Booklet.

Today's function was also attended by MSME-DI Imphal Dy. Director i/c Shri.Mitra and All Manipur, Entrepreneurs Association, President Shri S Rishikumar.

The ZED Certification Scheme is an extensive drive of the Government of India to enhance global competitiveness of MSMEs by providing them financial support in assessment, rating and handholding of its manufacturing processes on quality and environment aspects. (DIPR)




Imphal, August 26, 2017 (DIPR):  Art and Culture Minister Shri L.Jayanta Kumar Singh   has said that the state is rich in resources of different kind. Attending the inaugural function of the 10th State Level Manipur Pineapple Festival, 2017 which was held at Khousabung Village, DCC Headquarters, Churachandpur, today. The Minister was addressing the morning session of the festival.

He expressed that organizing such festivals with competitive spirit will enhance the performance of the farmers at different levels. Co- operation and mutual understanding should be developed among the farmers in order to enable them to choose their suitable activities , he added.

             Shri Jayanta Kumar also called for farmers' unity and urged them to produces at large scale which may lead to expansion of trade. Regarding preservation of horticulture products, he maintained  that the Government is planning to set up cold storage facilities at different places where there is necessity of such facilities.

            Stating about the marketing of products, he said that farmers need to increase the production comparatively so that different companies and firms will be approaching for marketing of their products.

            The Minister also distributed cash prizes to the pineapple farmers who secure first, second and third positions respectively. A Souvenir of the festival was also released. The morning session of the festival was also attended by T Thangzalam Haokip chairman HAC as functional president, Shri Vungzagin Valte Chairman MTDC as Guest of Honour and Shri Shyamlal Poonia, IAS DC Churachandpur as Special Guest. (DIPR)




Imphal, the 26th August, 2017(DIPR): As assured by the Social Welfare Minister Smt Nemcha Kipgen that none of the old-aged people of the state will be deprived of their rights, officials of the department today handed over Old Age Pension Card under Manipur Old Age Pension (MOAP) Scheme to visually impaired, 87 years old Mainam Ningol Chaobi Devi at her residence in Thoubal.

Along with the MOAP card, one-year full pension amount was also provided to Chaobi Devi, who is blind since birth and who has been living without getting any pension benefits under government scheme.

The Minister urged the people to bring to the notice of the department about anyone who are entitled for any pension benefit or scheme under the department, but still did not receive any such till now.          

Nemcha also lauded the role played by media houses in being the voice of the voiceless people. (DIPR).