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Manipur celebrates Statehood Day

Manipur celebrates Statehood Day
Biren Singh takes salute on Statehood Day Tuesday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, JAN 21 | Publish Date: 1/21/2020 11:42:56 AM IST

Manipur celebrated its 49th Statehood Day on Tuesday. The colourful state-level function was held with the participation of 20 march past contingents at the 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles Parade Ground, Imphal.

Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister N Biren Singh claimed that the state was no more lagging behind other states in development front since the BJP-led coalition government was installed in the state three years ago.

He said the present government was attempting to make Manipur a self-reliant state in food production. “The state government has been focussing on sectors like agriculture, horticulture, fishery etc. so as to at least make Manipur a self-reliant state,” he said.

Singh also informed that the state cabinet had approved an amount of Rs 46 crores for setting up of a Heritage Park at Keibul Lamjao in Bishnupur district. 

The Park would have traditional huts of all the recognised tribes of the state, he said. the chief minister disclosed that that once the Park was ready, the main venue of Manipur Sangai Festival might be shifted to the original birth place of Sangai although important stalls were opened in Imphal.

Singh also announced that the government would distribute boots and belts for VDF and home guards personnel as well soon. 

Some corporate houses have shown willingness to provide funds for it under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme, he added. 

Stating that education was another priority sector of the state government, Singh said that 60 schools (one each in every assembly constituency) had been selected as model schools under “School Fagathansi Mission.”

Free education would be provided from Pre-Nursery to Class X or XII from this academic session in most of these schools, he announced.

On the occasion, two progressive farmers of the state, who had recently received Union agriculture minister’s Krishi Karman Award, were again rewarded a cash prize of Rs.1 Lakh each by the state government at the function.

Presentation of a colourful march past comprising contingents of Manipur Rifles, Civil Police, Home Guards, VDF, Traffic Police, CID Technical (Bomb Squad) and Dog squad was the main attraction of the celebration. 

The march past was commanded by assistant director of Manipur Police Training College, Sarangthem Asana. Ministers, MLAs, top civil and police officers also attended the function.

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