IMPHAL, Oct 11 - Manipur Cabinet has decided to launch a sub-mission under the name and style of Mission for Economic Empowerment of Traditional Artisans/Craftsmen (MEETAC) to support traditional artisans/craftsmen of the State.Chief Minister N Biren Singh chaired Cabinet took the decision recently.
It also okayed 393.64 acres of land for the development of a water body by Department of Water Resources in Lamphelpat, a wetland site near here.
The proposed sub-mission will aim at developing the traditional crafts/arts sector of Manipur as per global standards. It will be implemented under the State Mission on Employment, Housing and Drinking Water for Each Household by 2022 constituted by a Cabinet decision on May 3 last.
Textiles (handicrafts/handlooms), pottery, cane and bamboo crafts, jewellery (gold and non-gold), reed craft, stone carving, wood carving, dolls and toys, block printing, terracotta, hand embroidery (Zari, etc) and tribal arts/crafts, etc. are some of the listed items which are to be covered under the sub-mission.
The Cabinet further approved payment of compensation to 409 victims whose properties were damaged in a mob violence at Khurai Heikru Makhong in Imphal East district on December 18, 2016.
It also approved acquisition of land for the construction of a new State Guest House and residential complex of Ministers and officials at Mantripukhri in Imphal East district.
The meeting okayed 24 days as General Holidays and 17 days as Public Holidays for the year 2018.