IMPHAL, Feb 10 – Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman this afternoon inspected the progress of work for development of the Timber Park as a site of a Special Economic Zone project at Kuraopokpi at Kakching of Thoubal district and various development works being taken up by the State government in the border town of Moreh with the funding from the Centre.
Talking to reporters at the inspection site at Timber Park, the Union Minister assured that farmers affected by the SEZ project will be paid adequate compensation along with rehabilitation package.
Sitharaman reiterated the Central government’s special focus on the Northeastern region and assured that there would have no dearth of funds while taking up development projects and welfare schemes of the people with the assistance of the Union government.
She further talked about taking up environmental-friendly projects like plantation of economical plants like rubber, saying that it will help in considerable improvement of economic status of the people. Sitharaman observed that rubber plantation would be suitable to the soil and climatic condition of Manipur. She also talked about establishment of tea estates and food processing units which she said would be very profitable for the State.
The Central government has a provision of providing Rs 2 crore each for establishment of tea processing units. The State should avail the benefit of the scheme, she pointed out.
Sitharaman was accompanied by State Commerce and Industry Minister Govindas Konthoujam, MLA Y Surchandra, DC of Thoubal district and some officials of the State government during her inspection. She was airlifted by a helicopter from Imphal’s Kangla Fort to Assam Rifles camp at Kakching Lamkhai this morning. From there she took the same helicopter for her visit to Moreh.
Sitharaman, who visited the State in line with the Prime Minister’s instruction to his ministers to visit the NE States every fortnight in rotation, earlier held a meeting with Chief Minister Ibobi Singh last evening and discussed the multi-product special economic zone in the State. She left for Delhi this afternoon.