Imphal: Thongam Biswajit Singh, the state minister for trade, commerce and industry minister, inaugurated the 15-day National Handloom Expo for 2019-20 at Urban Haat, Nilakuthi in Imphal East district on Thursday.
This year, a total of 30 stalls have displayed handloom and handicrafts products at the expo organised by the Manipur Apex Handloom Weavers and Handicrafts Artisans CS Ltd. The event is sponsored by the Development Commissioner for Handlooms under the Ministry of Textiles.
Speaking at the inaugural function, minister Biswajit emphasised on the importance of preserving age-old traditions and culture in bringing development to our society.
“The loom is not only an integral part of our tradition in both the hills and valley, but is also an important source of livelihood for many people in the state,” said the minister.
He further stated that we enhance industrialisation in many sectors, including handloom and handicrafts, tourism, medical, among others. Only when these industrial sectors are enhanced, we can bring development into our society. Industrialisation will also mean that our finished products will reach the global market, and it is, therefore, important to produce standardised and value-added products, he added.
Emphasising on the importance of evolving technology, the minister said that no society or region achieved their goal without industrialisation and further explained that industrialisation is a major factor in bringing economic progress to society.
“Our state has a vast pool of God-given resources, but we should also understand that human resource is vital for growth. It is through human resource that we will be able to utilise and harness all available resources,” he added.
The minister also observed that transportation is a major aspect of development and that the present government is committed to improving the transportation sector, including land and waterways transportation.