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The Government of India has approved in principle the construction of Mega Food Park in Manipur.

The park will be constructed at an estimated cost of approximately around Rs 80 crores.

This was informed by Union Minister of State for Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Rameswar Teli on Thursday.

Addressing the inaugural function of the one-day workshop on Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana in Imphal, Union Minister Teli said that the Mega Food Park project will receive Rs 50 crore subsidy from the Centre.

He observed that there is no lack of fund in the ministry for entrepreneurs and further encouraged to send in proposals to the government so as to avail the available funds.

Manipur commerce and industries minister Thongam Biswajit Singh, chief secretary Dr J Suresh Babu, additional secretary Dr Rakesh Sarwal of MoFPI, Director general Rajeev Singh of Indian chamber of Commerce (ICC) were also present during the workshop.

In his speech, minister Biswajit urged the entrepreneurs to take advantage of the provisions of the scheme.

He said the entrepreneurs should not limit themselves to the valley districts, and instead spread their units to hills districts.

He said this way they can provide employment to the locals as well as build up the feeling of national integration.

Encouraging entrepreneurship in the State, Biswajit reiterated that increase in the number of entrepreneurs can help in solving the unemployment issue in the State.

Urging the Centre for setting up of a Small State Development Policy, he also lauded the entrepreneurs for their success without any financial assistance from both the government and the banks till now.

At the same time, he encouraged them to link up with his department so that they can avail the schemes for them.

Meanwhile, a one-minute silence was observed by the gathering as a mark of respect to the departed soul of former minister of external affairs Sushma Swaraj.

The inaugural function was also attended by principal secretary, Commerce and Industries P Vaiphei, general manager K J Satyasai of NABARD, AGM Raghunandan Samanta of United Bank of India among others.

The workshop was organized by the ICC with the support of Department of Textiles, Commerce & Industries, Government of Manipur and Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India.

The main aim of the workshop was to spread awareness about the Kisan Sampada Yojana among the entrepreneurs.

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