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Biren inaugurates Barak Festival

Biren inaugurates Barak Festival
Manipur CM N Biren lighting the festival lamp at the state level Barak Festival in Senapati district on Thursday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Dec 13 | Publish Date: 12/13/2018 11:21:56 AM IST

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh Thursday inaugurated the 1st state level Barak Festival in Senapati district headquarters under the theme, “Sustaining Peace and Harmony”, amidst much fanfare.

Speaking on the occasion held at Mini Stadium Ground, Singh said, “One can’t enjoy the delight of having good roads and owning costly cars if there is no amity among people.” 

Reminding the gathering that good relationships among people of different communities were of prime importance, the chief minister said that one who respects their fellow people would gain love and regard from others in return. 

“It is a matter of joy that trust and love among people has been regained after the coming of BJP-led government in the state,” he said.

Observing that water was essential to sustain life, the chief minister lauded the people of Senapati district for understanding the importance of Barak river, which is one of the most important components of the state’s ecosystem. 

“This is the reason why I have requested the people of Senapati to allow the government join hands with the people of the district in organizing the festival as a state level event from this year onwards,” he said.

It may be noted that Barak festival was earlier hosted by some civil society organizations based in Senapati district. However, following appeal by the chief minister, the festival has been celebrated at state level from this year onwards.

On the occasion, Singh also said that the government will take up steps in consultation with the DC and officials of the state tourism department to encourage garbage management and plantation of saplings at the origin of Barak and also at some selected villages which the river passes through. 

He also expressed a desire to organize the festival on a greater scale and in a more systematic manner with participation of tourists and cultural troupes from other states and foreign countries from next year. 

In this regard, the chief minister has directed the contractor and officials concerned to complete construction of the gallery of the mini stadium before the next year’s festival.

On border issues at Dzuko and Tungjoy village bordering Nagaland, the chief minister said that the matter can be sorted out without any trouble while claiming that there was good friendly relationship and understanding among all the chief ministers of northeast states. 

State public health engineering minister, Losii Dikho in his speech highlighted various projects taken up by the government in Senapati district.

State consumer affairs, food and public distribution minister Karam Shyam, tribal affairs and hills minister N Kayisii, agriculture minister V Hangkhanlian and some MLAs and Senapati ADC members and former ministers and legislators from the district and others attended the opening function of the festival.

Earlier, soon after his arrival at the festival venue, the chief minister unveiled the Barak Monolith. 

Colourful cultural items of different tribes of the district were also presented at the function. The dignitaries also visited the Morungs (traditional huts) of five communities of the district - Mao, Maram, Poumai, Thangal and Zeliangrong constructed at the festival venue.

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