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Livelihood mission project to be launched in State soon: Guv
Source: The Sangai Express / DIPR

Imphal, November 15 2017: Governor Dr Najma Heptulla has said that the land of Manipur is very fertile not only f6r biodiversity but also for future development of the youth which is why she is totally involving with the young children and youth of the State.

She stated this while inaugurating the 2-Day National Conference on 'Promoting Business Opportunities in North Eastern India and India's Act East Policy' today at' the Centenary Hall of Manipur University organised by the Manipur Institute of Management Studies, MU in collaboration with Centre for Global Management and Responsible Leadership, XERI, Jamshedpur.

.Najma Heptulla said that the Prime Minister is concerned about the issue of backwardness in the NE region.

Clarifying on the notion that the Government has never been bothered about the NE region, she said that the problem is the distance (accessibility) from the rest of the country.

She said that after taking charge of the State her first suggestion was to improve the conditions in the hill region as many areas lack basic infrastructures including medical facilities.

Due to difficult terrains, doctors and medical staff are unable to provide even the basic medical facilities.

Villagers residing in remote areas are also unable to avail the nearest medical facility due to lack of transport facilities including bad road conditions.

Deeply concerned by the issue, the Governor said that she requested the Prime Minister for 'flying doctors' to treat the people.

The Prime Minister and NE Council accepted the allocation of fund for flying doctors, she added.

She said that since its inception in 1995, MIMS has been imparting management education in the region and striving for growth with quality.

She said that the institute is focussing on the quality of the young minds, reminding of her late grandfather, the first Education Minister who laid the foundation of quality education in the country.

MIMS is a fast growing institute with a mission to instill potential and practicing managers with analytical skills, leadership qualities, achievement motives and a vision, all so crucial to the steering of enterprises, she asserted.

She expressed her belief that policy makers, researchers and practitioners from different parts of the country participating in the conference would explore ways and means to promote business opportunities in the NE States.

The Governor observed that the NE region is facing innumerable challenges like sustained conflicts, geographical isolation, militarization and migration, lack of economic and social development which has led to drying up of industries and investments in the region.

She also announced that a livelihood mission project has been approved by the State Government which will be launched soon.

Manipur is a powerhouse of energy and have enough people to be developed and trained in small scale industries in organic farming, she said.

However, few issues and challenges confronting the State including law and order, political will, internal conflicts, physical infrastructure like road, telecommunication, banking etc need to be focussed, she continued.

She termed the conference as a platform for policy makers, researchers and practitioners to present their understanding on how business opportunities can be promoted in the NE region.

The Governor also said that she would like to look up the recommendations of the conference which could be beneficial for the development of the State.

Prof Adya Prasad Pandey, Vice-Chancellor, Manipur University; Prof N Lokendra Singh, Dean, School of Social Sciences, MU; Prof P Venugopal, Chairperson, CGMRL, XLRI, Jamshedpur; Nakib Ahmed, Advisor, NE Initiative, Indian Chamber of Commerce, Kolkata; Prof Ch Ibohal Meitei, Director, MIMS, MU; several delegates, entrepreneurs of the State and students attended the inaugural function.


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