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‘Loktak Livelihood Mission’ launched

 Source: Imphal Free Press.

CM Biren speaks during the launching ceremony of ‘Loktak Livelihood Mission’

CM Biren speaks during the launching ceremony of ‘Loktak Livelihood Mission’

 

IMPHAL | Oct 23 : To protect the ‘largest freshwater lake’ of northeast India and to provide employment opportunities to fish farmers and youths of the state, chief minister, N. Biren Singh today launched the Loktak Livelihood Mission. The launching function was held today at Ningthoukhong, Bishnupur district. Speaking as chief guest of the function, the CM said, “our state is spending of about Rs.400 crores annually for the procurement of fish from outside the state.” He assured that state would have self-sufficient fish production by 2020 and farmers would be encouraged to take up Pisciculture. Altogether, around 1000 hectares of land have been identified in areas like Mayang Imphal, Bishnupur, Wangoi and Thanga for fish farming, and with such farming, fishes would be matured and can be produced in three months, he added. The CM spoke elaborately on the harmful effects of fertilizers and other chemicals on human health. He mentioned that prolonged usage of such chemicals and fertilizers are the main cause of various deadly diseases among the people of the state. Mentioning the advantages of organic fertilizers and Vermicompost during farming, he said that it will benefit in two ways, which is cost effective and healthy living. He continued that self-help groups would be formed in the villages to prepare Vermicompost and other organic fertilizers. “People of the state want a government that is result oriented and the present government is committed to fulfil the aspirations of the people and would not give any false promises. The government is committed to work at grassroots and uplift the lives of the poor people.” said Biren. The government has introduced various welfare programmes such as CHMT, CMST, Start-up Policy and others, he added. Encouraging the farmers and unemployed people of the state to apply Manipur Start-up Policy, the CM said that subsidised loans have been provided to hundreds of unemployed youths and entrepreneurs recently. While delivering his presidential address, minister for CAF and PD, Karam Shyam said that it is the bounden duty of the people of the state to protect and preserve Loktak Lake. Stressing on the Loktak Livelihood Mission, he said that the farmers and unemployed youths should seize the opportunity. Mentioning various initiatives of the government, he said that the Cabinet decision to institute Lok Ayukta in the state is a clear stand of the present government to bring transparency in governance and root out corruption. The function was also attended by minister for Agriculture, V. Hangkhanlian, minister for PHED, Losii Dikho, chairman of Manipur Pollution Control Board, L. Radhakishore, chairman of PDA, T. Robindro, deputy speaker, K. Robindro, chief whip of state government, P. Sharatchandra, MLA of Sekmai assembly constituency, H. Dingo, MLA of Yaiskul assembly constituency, Th. Satyabrata, former union minister, Th. Chaoba, additional chief secretary, Suhel Akhtar, DC and SP of Bishnupur and others.