The seven day long exhibition “Mai-own 2021” ended on Monday with Chief Minister N. Biren Singh gracing the closing ceremony. The exhibition, under the theme “From our courtyards to the World”, which began on March 16, 2021 showcased ready products from all corners of Manipur.
Addressing the gathering, N. Biren said, “the State has begun to revive to the status of once called “Sanaleibak” where there was close bonding between the hill and the valley peoples with surplus products of our own”. The State is moving its path towards development, he added. The Chief Minister further stated that the exhibition had been organised to provide exposure to the hidden talents of the youths of Manipur, who had been facing certain constraints in bringing up their innovative ideas and products.
Reiterating that the State had seen many packaging food products being brought in from Myanmar side whose hygienic status is questionable, he added that the Government would provide any assistance to the entrepreneurs coming up with our old and indigenous food products to substitute imports from outside the State.
Stating that production, value addition and marketing are important for sustaining a business, he assured that the Government would provide any form of assistance to talented entrepreneurs with innovative ideas as a step to make the State self reliant and self sufficient under the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan. He also assured to provide assistance even to talented government employees so that they too could contribute more to the State’s economic development with their innovative products.
He appreciated all the Government Department and its Officials, Organising Committee and the participants of the Mai-own 2021 for their contribution in successful organization of the exhibition. He appealed to the entrepreneurs to bring up their functional products in large numbers so that they could be utilized throughout the State.
Delivering his presidential speech, Deputy Chief Minister Y. Joykumar said that Manipur and its people had been known for their culture, traditions and talents in many fields.
Stating that certain products of the State are in high demand from other States, he appealed to the entrepreneurs to put in more effort and produce their items in large quantities so that the products could be exported outside the States.
The Chief Minister also distributed prizes to the winners of different Stall categories. Under the best district Stall in each Department category, District Agriculture Office cum PD, ATMA, Bishnupur bagged first position, Manipur Textiles Processing Institute, Handloom and Handicraft Department bagged second and Senapati VDVK, Forest Department bagged third position.
In Department category, Horticulture Department and Agriculture Department jointly positioned in first, Sericulture Department in Second while DIPR and Police Department in third. Under Entrepreneur Category, Synergy Sustainable Solution Pvt. Ltd came in first position, St. Stone Medical Devices Pvt. Ltd in second while The Spring Ladies Interior and Ingelei Paper and Print Pvt. Ltd jointly bagged the third position.