Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Friday announced that the state will be hosting the G-20 Summit in 2023 and assured to provide an opportunity for the Self Help Groups (SHGs) of Manipur for showcasing their products during the summit.
The chief minister said that the G-20 Summit will be participated by leaders from Britain, France, China, America, and Myanmar among others and is scheduled to be hosted by India from February 17 to 19 in 2023.
CM Biren made the announcement during the inauguration of the 16th Regional SARAS Mela 2022, which was organised by the Manipur State Rural Livelihood Mission (MSRLM) of the RD and PR Department at Iboyaima Shumang Leela Shanglen in Imphal East.
He pointed out that development in a society can be witnessed only when there is economic sustainability in each and every household. To achieve this, Prime Minister Modi had introduced various welfare schemes for the underprivileged sections with the slogan, ‘Sabka-saath-sabka-vikas-sabka-vishwas-sabka-prayas’, he said.
The government is also giving emphasis on irreversible empowerment of women, he said, and recalled the election of a tribal woman as President of India and leading the women a smoke-free life (free from uses of firewood), reducing drudgery and enabling them to pursue other income enhancement works as some of the examples.
He further lauded the crucial roles played by the women of Manipur in economic development by working under various SHGs. He said “Without its women, the faith of Manipur will become uncertain.” He also cited the role of Manipuri women during the two Nupi Lal events.
CM Biren apprised the men to start getting involved in SHG activities as well instead of indulging in drinking liquor. The steps to regularise liquor is to prevent such activities, he added.
The miserable and insecure days of Manipur are far left behind, Biren said, adding, the government’s motives are peace, equality, sustainable income in every family and make the public live a dignified life.
He further stressed the need of value addition such as good packaging and nutritional value in the products of SHGs for exporting them to outside states. He assured that the state government will take up every possible measure to facilitate the products of SHGs.
To a query raised by the media on the decision of cutting off government benefits to families with more than four children, Biren replied, “As per the available economy and resources we have to have our own family planning.”
He also mentioned that the cabinet decision will also be related with the policy of the upcoming State Population Commission.
Various products of the SHGs under MSRLM were also launched by the chief minister during the programme and around 100 SHG stalls were opened at the Shumang Leela complex as a part of the mela.
The programme was also attended by RP and PR minister Y Khemchand as president while state mission director of MSRLM N Bandana and Imphal East DC Kh Diana attended as guests of honour.