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Business women here have suffered a loss of about Rs 3,879 crore due to the closure of the market.
- In Imphal, the market of 3600 shops closed to stop the spread of Corona returned again
- It was a major center of the campaign against social and illegal activities since the British era.
Ima Kaithal, a place in Imphal, the capital of Manipur, is Mother’s Market. It is open again on this Monday. About 11 months later. The specialty of this market is that it is completely operated by women shopkeepers. Its history is more than 500 years old.
In this sense (run by women shopkeepers) it is the largest market in the world. It houses more than 3,600 women businessmen. Two intellectuals tell some more features of this market. First- Iboyeima Lathangabam and second prince Kalyanjit Singh. Both are writers by profession.
According to Lathangabam, Ima Kaithal has three distinct premises. Nearly all items including local Manipuri products, clothing etc. are available for sale. Not only this, the market is a big symbol of women empowerment in a society dominated by men. At the same time it has also been the top center of the campaign against various social issues and illegal activities since the British era.
Similarly, Kalyanjeet explains, ‘There is no rake when men come from Ima Market. They can shop, but cannot stay as businessmen here. Manipuri women dressed in traditional attire operate shops and stalls. Sometimes traditional festivals and programs are also organized here.
Women sellers cater to each other’s needs and guide new vendors. Laishram Mema, who has been running a shop in Ima Kaithal for the past 45 years, says, “The market has been closed since March 21 last year when the country was under lockdown. After this, daily wage earners like us have been severely affected. ‘ The state government wants the market to be closed once a month for cleanliness and maintenance.
3,879 crore loss due to market closure, now government is helping
According to the survey, business women here have suffered a loss of about Rs 3,879 crore due to the closure of the market. On the reopening of the market, CM Biren Singh announced that women vendors will be exempted from this year’s vendor license fee. The government has also arranged loans for more than 100 vendors.