Ima Market in Manipur reopens after hiatus of 11 months



The iconic Ima Market at Khwairamband Bazaar in Imphal, Manipur re-opened on Monday after remaining closed for almost 11 months following the Covid-19 outbreak.

Gracing the re-opening ceremony of the market as the Chief Guest, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said, ”Extremely glad to reopen Ima Keithel, Imphal from today with the Covid situation significantly improving with time."

Singh further informed that the timely closure of the Ima Keithel was an important step to put in place the containment measures.

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh at the ceremony

The government has also decided to wave off the vendor license fees incurred upon the women vendors during the lockdown period to help them cope up with the business loss.

Notably, the Ima Market, run exclusively by women in Manipur, is the largest all-women’s market in Asia.

A strong 5000 women vendors run the market in the heart of Imphal city.

(Edited by Shankar Kumar Turha)

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