Centre to set up Rs 22 cr Eri Silk mill in state

IMPHAL, 9th Oct: Union textiles minister Smriti Irani has announced to set up an Eri Silk spinning mill at the cost of Rs 22 crore in the state. The union minister made the announcement while inaugurating a three-day Silk Expo and Workshop on Silk Samagra at Manipur Sericulture Project Management Complex, Sangaipat in Imphal East on Tuesday in the presence of chief minister N Biren and textiles, commerce & industries minister Th Biswajit.

Speaking as the special guest, Smriti Irani assured Centre’s sustained support for the growth of textile industry and prosperity of weavers and farmers of the state. She said that the Central government had recently approved setting up of an Eri Spinning Mill at the cost of Rs 22 crore for expansion of silk industry. The Union minister said that she was informed by the minister concerned that the state government would lay the foundation stone of the project after one month.

Income of weavers of Manipur can be enhanced if they are benefitted under Mudra Yojana, she said and urged the state government to ensure benefits of the loan scheme to weavers across the state. Various researches and studies had indicated that incomes of weavers have been increased by 50 per cent with the benefits Mudra Yojana, she informed.

The minister said that Silk Samagra is an initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure the possibilities of exponential growth in the silk sector. It is an endeavour not only to enhance the income of farmers and weavers but also to ensure occupying the No 1 position in silk production and cultivation in the world from its current position of No 2. She said that she had witnessed some unique indigenous products and the potential of silk sector of the state while inspecting the stalls in the Expo.

The presence of the CM and the participation of the Central Silk Board in the workshop is a testimony of the Centre’s commitment to the growth of textile sector, Irani observed and informed that Centre had announced Rs 6000 crore package for development of apparel and make-ups sector in the country.

Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s supervision, Centre had enhanced funding to North East Region Textile Promotion Scheme (NERTPS) under which large number of textile parks and textile units are currently functional in the region. In 2013-14, the fund allocated under NERTPS was only Rs 2.86 crore. However, in the past four years of NDA Government, Rs 839 crore had already been spent for the growth of textiles industry in the North East region, she added.

Addressing the gathering as chief guest, CM Biren said that foundation stone of the Eri Spinning Mill as announced by the union minister would be laid soon. The mill is expected to give employment to around 2500 people, he said while expressing happiness that the union minister was impressed by the exhibits of the Silk Expo. Manipur is a tiny state with very small population, so it would not take much time in actualising a developmental change. As such, weavers and farmers need to work harder so that benefits from the Centre could be reaped effectively, he added.

Manipuri people possess good work culture and talents, however they got discouraged due to lack of opportunities and support. However, this work culture had been revived now with the new government, he said while adding that more than 300 entrepreneurs had been provided financial assistance through Manipur Start-Up scheme recently.

In his presidential speech, minister Th Biswajit said that the new government had successfully adopted DBT in delivering benefits under different schemes to the people to ensure transparency. He also requested Smriti Irani to extend all possible assistance to develop textile and silk sector in the state. The minister also urged weavers and farmers to work hard to bring economic development.

Earlier, Smriti Irani distributed Rs 1,73,97,200 through DBT to 322 beneficiaries of Integrated Sericulture Development Project (ISDP-Hills) for the construction of Individual Adult Rearing House (IARH). Apart from releasing a booklet on Silk Samagra workshop, the dignitaries also inspected the stalls of the Expo.

The three-day Silk Expo and Workshop on Silk Samagra is jointly organised by department of sericulture and Central Silk Board, Ministry of Textiles. Different officials of Central Silk Board and Ministry of Textiles also attended the inaugural function.

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