Act East policy will benefit Manipur: CMO official

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HT Correspondent

IMPHAL, Sept 3: Manipur will get a huge benefit out of trade related activities if Myanmar opens up during the upcoming bilateral visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to Rajat Sethi, advisor to Manipur chief minister N Biren. Prime Minister who left national capital for China on Sunday is scheduled to visit Myanmar after his China visit from September 5-7.

Sharing his view during an interaction session programme at Banquet Hall of 1st Manipur Rifles in Imphal on Sunday, Rajat Sethi however said that Manipur needs to get united for its own progressive future. Sethi also cited the presence of too many number of students’ bodies in the state.

“I have been saying this at every forum because Manipur is fulcrum for the Act East policy. If the fulcrum is broken-the entire Act East balance is broken,” he added. “Two biggest Asian Highways- Iran to Indonesia and Turkey to Japan, are crossing through Moreh (and Imphal) and of course this will bring tremendous amount of trade opportunities for the state of Manipur.”

Informing that the current status of the trade at Moreh is nothing but zero comparing to Tripura’s Rs 1000 crore volume trade with Bangladesh, he said nothing crosses at the border here. “The trade volume at Moreh is said to be Rs 300 crores some 20 years ago. That is still low”, he added.

Here the younger generations-the youths need to be part the growth as youths leadership is very important, he added and questioned that whether North Eastern states and Manipur can prepare to become the centre for the moving textiles hub of the globe.

“The motive behind organising the interactive session is to exchange and share ideas and knowledge on various problems and opportunities in the state and policies of the government,” says Secretary General Michael Lamjathang Haokip of Thadou Students’ Association.”It also aims to strengthen the role of students and youth in bringing about transformation in the society.”

The day’s interaction session which was attended by many individuals belonging to various civil society organizations or students bodies, was organized by the Thadou Students’ Association Manipur.

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