Go to Hills 2.0 will continue, pledges CM
Source: The Sangai Express / DIPR

Imphal, September 28 2021: Chief Minister N Biren Singh has stated that the State Government would pay no heed to any obstruction raised by self-interested groups while working for the welfare of the people.

He was speaking at a grand loan distribution mela under the North East Economic Revival Plan organised by the State Bank of India, Imphal Region at the Chief Minister's Secretariat today.

The Chief Minister further stated that the Government would continue its Go to Hills 2.0 in all districts of the State and take up developmental programmes to bring inclusive progress in all sectors.

At another function held at the Chief Minister's Secretariat today, N Biren announced a scholarship programme known as Super IAS 500 for deserving and talented IAS aspirants of the State.

The scholarship worth Rs 2.8 crore for face-to-face IAS coaching had been taken up under the Chief Minister's Scholarship Scheme for civil services aspirants.

The Chief Minister said that the Government had been concentrating on import and export of certain consumables and had started taking up steps to make the State self-reliant.

Construction of certain check dams and tube-wells was in progress and once the construction gets completed, farmers in the State would be able to practice double cropping thereby increasing their production, he added.

Biren informed that a combined team consisting of representatives of State Government and State Bank of India would be constituted to conduct a survey on various Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) operating in the State.

The team would collect data and analyse whether an MSME unit had already availed loan, needed financial support, or advised on what could be done for growth and expansion of the unit, he continued.

Regarding the loan distribution mela of State Bank of India, he informed that the target for the same was to provide loans to 10,000 beneficiaries with an amount of Rs 22 crore for the current financial year and out of the targeted beneficiaries, loan for around 450 had been sanctioned so far.

Stating that the Government has been working to provide necessary services for better health of all people, he announced that a scheme for doorstep health testing service would be launched soon.

Under the scheme, free health testing service would be made available to everyone and medicines would be provided free of cost to those with minor health problems under Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana.

Apart from this, Ayushman Bharat and Chief Minister-gi Hakshelgi Tengbang cards would also be distributed to eligible beneficiaries if they had not availed the same, he added.

He appealed to the public to avail benefits of loan from the bank if the latter had any plan to carry out income generating activities.

He also expressed his desire to improve the living conditions of every poor household of the State.

Addressing the gathering, Chief General Manager, State Bank of India (SBI), North East Circle RS Ramesh said that the SBI is privileged to enhance the credit flow of Manipur as a part of the North East Economic Revival Plan.

He continued that 414 beneficiaries had been identified under PM Street Vendor's Atmanirbhar Nidhi (PM-SVANidhi), Agriculture and MSME beneficiaries under MUDRA etc, with a total amount of Rs 11.34 crore.

He added that such distribution of loans would help in employment and income generation in the State.

During the function, 104 beneficiaries were provided loans ranging from Rs 30,000 to Rs 5,00,000 .

Education Minister Sorokhaibam Rajen, Agriculture Minister Oinam Lukhoi, Chief Secretary Dr Rajesh Kumar, Commissioner (Vety & AH) H Gyan Prakash, officials of SBI and beneficiaries attended the programme among others.

Biren expressed satisfaction on the selection of six candidates from the State in the Civil Service Examination, 2020 conducted by Union Public Service Commission.

He stated that the Super IAS 500 Program would provide benefit to many civil service aspirants of the State as they need not go outside the State to join coaching classes incurring large amounts of money.

Face-to-face coaching facilities by best IAS mentors from Alternative Learning System (ALS), Delhi would be conducted at the State Academy of Training (SAT), Takyelpat with sponsorship from the State Government, he added.

The Chief Minister informed that the first phase of coaching class would commence from November 8 this year and continue till April 30, 2022 .

And those aspirants, who clear the Civil Service Preliminary Examination to be held on June 5, 2022 would be given further coaching with free crash course and test series for mains examinations commencing from June 10 to August 14, 2022 .

He also informed that the Government was planning to construct a permanent complex with hostel accommodation for conducting coaching classes for UPSC examinations.

National Sales Head, ALS Prateek Bhattacharya, while addressing the media, announced an additional scholarship worth Rs 1.1 crore for VSAT IAS Coaching under ALS IAS Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative for Youth of Manipur for 300 IAS aspirants under various scholarship slabs.

He also informed that a mega IAS scholarship exam would be conducted on October 24 in Imphal, Churachandpur and Ukhrul.

The top 200 rank of the Scholarship exam would be benefited with 100 per cent scholarship from the Government of Manipur and they would be given face to face classes at SAT.

And those from 201 to 500 ranks would be given scholarships of varying percentages ranging from 40% to 75% by ALS Institute depending on their ranks.

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