Manipur to be linked with the natural gas pipeline grid: Rameswar Teli

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Imphal: Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment Rameswar Teli today said the Central Government is considering two routes – Silchar-Imphal and Kohima-Imphal – to connect Manipur with the proposed natural gas pipeline grid in the North East.

Teli, who was on a two-day visit to Manipur, said the proposed gas pipeline grid would connect the major cities of the region. The Union minister was speaking at an e-SHRAM card distribution programme organized by the Labour Department of Manipur here today.

Chief Minister N Biren Singh, Works Minister Th Biswajit Singh, Chairman of Manipur Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board H Dingo, and Chairman of Loktak Development Authority L Susindro also attended the programme.

The e SHRAM portal was developed by the Government to create a national database of unorganized workers in August this year.

Distributing e-SHRAM registration cards under the Prayaas initiative of Employees Provident Fund Organisation, besides cheques and certificates to ESI beneficiaries, the Union minister said that about 7.30 crore workers and labourers have registered on the e-SHRAM portal in the country and the target for Manipur is 8.20 lakh.

He encouraged labourers and construction workers to register on the e-SHRAM portal so that they can avail the facilities and benefits of the e SHRAM card. A short video: on the e-SHRAM portal was also screened during the event.

In his speech, Chief Minister Biren Singh rued that only around 58,000 unorganized workers have registered on the e-SHRAM portal in the State against the target of 8 lakh.

He assured the Union minister that the State Government would leave no stone unturned to achieve the target by December 31 He also informed that an LPG bottling plant would be inaugurated in the State shortly.