Minister Awangbow Newmai assures

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Newly inducted Sericulture Minister Shri Awangbow Newmai was today given a grand reception and felicitated by the officials of the Sericulture Department at the multi-purpose hall, MSPMC, Sangaipat, Wangkhei, Imphal East.

Addressing the gathering, Sericulture Minister Shri Awangbow Newmai said that he has always had affection with Sericulture Department as he was fortunately associated with the department, working prior as a Parliamentary Secretary during the present government.

Thanking the Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh for giving him the incharge of the Sericulture Department, he assured to work for the enhancement and improvement of the department’s capabilities and sought cooperation of all the officials and staffs. He said that the State can work on various fields to support itself without fully depending on Centre’s help. Sericulture Department has full potential to be known for its silk production in the country and worldwide, he added.

Minister Awangbow said he will support feasible ideas suggested by the learned scientist and officials which will be beneficial for the department. Stating that the department has been supporting weaker sections of the society by providing livelihood, he said that the department can work further to give more opportunities to the people of the State.

He suggested to the department officials to organise an annual program where district level progress can be highlighted and possible works can be discussed. Appealing the officials and staffs to maintain punctuality in office, he said he will look into the attendance of the officials and staffs during the annual program.

Announcing that the hardworking muster roll employees with maximum regularity/punctuality will be given incentives on the day of the annual program, the minister today pledged to donate a one-day wage to the muster roll employees of the Sericulture Department.

Shri Awangbow Newmai also inspected the Silk Reeling and Spinning Factory (SRNSF) weaving section, field of mulberry section, Mulberry Industrial Grainage (MIG) and planted mulberry saplings as part of the observance of the World Environment Day.

Shri Ch. Harendrakumar Singh, Deputy Director also presented a power point presentation on the “Role of Sericulture in Manipur” and highlighted the ongoing and upcoming projects of the department. He highlighted that around 17,481 families are engaged with the Sericulture activities, covering 782 villages and 32,000 hectares of land are being utilised. He informed that Manipur is leading in the country in production of oak tasar silk and leads in the North East region in production of mulberry silk.

Director Shri S. Kunjakishore Singh, scientists of Regional Sericulture Research Station Imphal, District Sericulture officers, staffs of the Sericulture Department attended the function.