Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal have been urged to consider a promotion policy for entrepreneurs of northeast considering the topography of the region.

The proposal was shared by Manipur textiles, commerce and industry minister Thongam Biswajit Singh during a video conference with the Union Minister on Thursday.

Biswajit was accompanied by Manipur, Food, Industries Corporation Limited Managing Director, Peter Salam accompanied during the video conferencing.

Piyush Goyal conducted a Video Conference interaction with Industry Ministers of all States on “One District One Product Initiative” a move towards “AatmaNirbhar” Bharat.

As part of the conference, the Union Minister also launched a Geographical Information System online land bank in six States through Video Conferencing which was attended by Commerce and Industry Ministers from across the country.

During the event, Biswajit highlighted that due to the geographical location, Manipur and other states of the region face logistics and transportation problems and as such entrepreneurs of the region face problems in competing with others from outside the region.

Considering these issues, he apprised the Union Minister to consider a promotion policy for the entrepreneurs of the State as well as others of the northeast.

He further highlighted several issues of the State to the Union Minister.

He said the state under the present BJP led government has started export of certain products of the State like ginger, turmeric, pineapple, black rice, etc he said that it is believed that the State has a deposit of limestone and other minerals.

It may be mentioned that the objective of the interaction is to put in a place an institutional mechanism to propagate “One District One Product” as a movement in the country, with the help of all State governments.

Every state and union territory must identify one product per district, based on the potential and strength of a district and national priorities; develop a cluster for that product in the district which is capable of producing a world-class product with quality, scalability and a brand; and provide market linkage.

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