Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and Textiles, Piyush Goyal on Saturday announced the setting up of a mega handloom cluster at Olympic silver medalist Saikohm Mirabai Chanu's native village in Manipur's Imphal East district, informed the Ministry of Textiles on Saturday.
As per the ministry, the Union minister who is in Imphal on his two-day maiden visit to Manipur also announced the setting up of a handloom and handicraft village at Moirang in Bishnupur district, where the INA hoisted the tricolour flag for the first time in Indian soil.
The minister made the announcement during his speech after the inauguration of a Thematic Exhibition of Crafts organized jointly by the Development Commissioner (Handicraft) of Manipur government and Union ministry of textiles at City Convention Centre, Imphal on Saturday.
The exhibition was organized as a part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebration, said the ministry.
Goyal said that his ministry has decided to set up the mega handloom cluster at Nongpok Kakching, the native village of Olympic silver medalist Saikhom Mirabai Chanu, dedicated to her contribution to the nation coupled with Manipur's contribution in the production of handloom and handicraft productions in the country.
"India is proud of Mirabai Chanu. She has brought laurels to the nation. She is the jewel not only for the northeast region but also for India," said the Union Minister while addressing on the occasion.
Announcing the setting up of the mega handloom cluster, Goyal informed that the Ministry of Textiles is setting up the mega cluster at an estimated cost of Rs 30 crore under the National Handloom Development Programme (NHDP). He also expressed his desire for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lay the foundation stone of the project, stated the statement.
Talking about the potential of the country in textile production, the Minister said that Manipur's textile product is well known not only in the country but also across the globe.
"Keeping this in mind, his ministry was working hard for the development of the sector so that it contributes to making India a superpower country," he said.
Goyal also emphasized that to realize the dream of making the country global power, a joint venture of all sectors is a must and the country is confident of our workers, farmers and other sections of the society to achieve this.
Earlier, the Minister along with Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh and other ministers opened the thematic exhibition of crafts. He also handed over a cheque of Rs 30 lakh to Mirabai Chanu, the handloom brand ambassador of Manipur from the Union ministry of textile. The mother of Mirabai, Saikhom Tombi Leima received the cheque on behalf of her daughter.
Goyal also distributed tool kits, 'pehchan' cards, Manipur yard cards, loom certificates and weaver mudra loans to the selected weavers of the state.
He also attended the first Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas to mark the celebration of Bhagwan Birsa Munda's birth anniversary at Kalyan Ashram in Imphal. (ANI)