Indian Textiles Minister Smriti Irani recently assured Manipur State of sustained support from the Central Government for the textile industry and welfare of weavers and farmers. While inaugurating a three-day silk expo and workshop in Imphal, she said the foundation stone of an Eri Silk Spinning Mill worth Rs.22 cr would be laid in November in the State. Manipur State Chief Minister N Biren Singh said the Eri mill, to be set-up with Central Government funding, is expected to offer employment to around 2,500.