The Northeast handicraft-cum-handloom exhibition cum sale bonanza is being organised in the State of Manipur which kicked off this week and extends for the next two weeks. It aims to boost sales of the handicrafts and handloom products in the region by giving the craftsmen access to a larger consumer base. The event was inaugurated by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region, Dr. Jitendra Singh. During the inaugural event, the Minister announced package of Rs. 90 cr for “Northeast Hill Area Development” in Manipur.

Singh highlighted the efforts undertaken by the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley towards the region. He said that the government both at the Centre and the State will work together to ensure equitable development of all the districts of the State irrespective of topography and geographical conditions. He added that the Ministry of Development of North-eastern Region (DoNER) held many deliberations with the Department of Expenditure and realised that a separate sub – scheme must be created under the existing schemes for public welfare in North-eastern region. Singh further added that the Central Govt. under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi has also been encouraging Northeast handloom and textile products.