K J Alphons assures monetary aid to Manipur for tourism projects

Union Minister of State for Tourism (Independent charge) K J Alphons has assured that the Central Government will provide more monetary assistance to Manipur if the state comes up with interesting projects. “Manipur is ideal for grooming handlooms and textiles industry due to the presence of ample number of weavers who have thorough knowledge of the trade,” the minister said.

“Tourism, handlooms and textiles and handicrafts are the sectors that the state preferably needs to focus for economic boost,” he opined while speaking as guest of honor at the launching programme of “Samveg, the momentum” which was held in celebrating the role of MSME in the development of the Nation in line with the launching of the Government’s Support and Outreach Initiative for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) by PM Narendra Modi at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.

Alphons also spoke about his experience exploring the beauty of Loktak Lake and he also underscored the importance of constructing more attractive structures like convention centers, cottage houses and restaurants to attract tourists.

He decried that North East region had been neglected for a long time. “Enhancing international and domestic flights to and from Imphal International Airport should be another area where special focus should be given in view of the fact that the State lies in the corridor of the North East and South East Asian countries,” he said.