The Central government has allocated ₹145 crore to Nagaland for the construction of a Unity Mall in Dimapur. This funding is part of the Union Budget 2023-24, which has set aside ₹5,000 crore for the establishment of Unity Malls across the country. The mall in Nagaland aims to promote and showcase the state’s One District One Product (ODOP) offerings, highlighting the unique products and industries of the region.
ODOP Sampark Event and Focus on Local Industries
The announcement was made during an (One District One Product) ODOP Sampark event organized by the Department for the Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) in collaboration with Invest India and the Department of Industries and Commerce, Nagaland. The event aimed to create awareness about the ODOP and PM Gati Shakti initiatives, with a focus on promoting local industries and improving logistics.
National Programme for Organic Production Drive in Kohima
Sumita Dawra, Special Secretary of DPIIT, highlighted the efforts of DPIIT and Invest India in conducting a National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP) Drive in Kohima. The drive specifically focused on chili farming, and more than 30 farmers from Kohima participated in the workshop. During the event, documentation for organic certification was completed for 15 chili farmers, with ongoing verification for others. This certification will provide better market access and improved prices for the farmers, especially in international markets.
Government’s Commitment for Improving Logistics
Dawra emphasized the government’s commitment for improving logistics for ODOP products from Nagaland, including chili, turmeric, kiwi, and pineapple. Initiatives such as Krishi UDAN and expanding railway connectivity will be implemented to enhance facilities and streamline the transportation of these products.
Emphasis on Integrated Customs Depot and Improved Connectivity
Local officials representing various departments, including Industries, Agriculture, Horticulture, and APEDA, highlighted the need for an integrated Customs Depot, a dedicated Krishi rail wagon up to Dimapur, and improved connectivity under the Krishi Udan Scheme for organic products. These initiatives aim to facilitate the seamless movement of goods and strengthen the supply chain for ODOP offerings.
Important Takeaaways for competitive exams
- Neiphiu Rio is the Chief Minister of Nagaland
- Rajesh Kumar Singh is the secretary in the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT)