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Manipur tourism dept hands over assets to temple

Correspondent IMPHAL, Jan 10 | Publish Date: 1/10/2021 11:14:08 AM IST
Manipur government on Sunday handed over assets constructed at Shree Shree Bijoy Govindajee Temple in Imphal’s Sagolband under Swadesh Darshan Scheme of Union ministry of tourism to the temple committee.
State tourism department handed over the assets to the temple committee during a function held at the temple complex, in the presence of state chief minister N Biren Singh.
After handing over the assets, the chief minister praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a leader who has a far vision of inclusive development. 
“Under his guidance, the Central government had taken up the Swadesh Darshan Scheme which aims to promote and harness the potential of tourism of our country, Singh said.
Singh further assured to reconstruct and preserve the sanctity of Thangapat in Imphal’s Sagolband where the hiyang tannaba (boat race) is held every year on the occasion of Heikru Hidongba. 
Citing the historical and cultural importance of the boat race, he expressed willingness to make the boat race more competitive with the participation of well trained rowers. 
He also urged the tourism department to make arrangements for conducting the boat race at both Thangapats at Palace Compound and Sagolband in the next Heikru Hidongba festival.
Maintaining that the law and order of the state had considerably improved since the formation of his government, he stated the state government had utmost priority for maintaining peace and security of its people. 
He further informed that his government had been taking up steps to maintain proper and safe boundaries of the state by sorting out issues with neighbouring states, with construction of police stations, barracks, etc. 
He further stated that prevalence unity and peace among different communities is very necessary to take the state towards the path of development.
State tourism minister Oinam Lukhoi said that Manipur being a state endowed with much scenic beauty, the state government under the leadership N Biren Singh had been working to develop tourist spots at various places both in hill and valley regions. 
He informed that an eco tourism park each for all the 60 Assembly Constituencies (ACs) of the state would be developed with funding of Rs 30 lakh from tourism department for each AC and Rs 20 lakh from Local Area Development Funds of respective MLAs and the encashment of funds for the same is in process.
Mention may be made here that the chief minister had inaugurated the development of Shree Shree Bijoy Govoindajee Temple under Swadesh Darshan Scheme along with four other components of Spiritual Circuit in Manipur in presence of Union minister of state for tourism and culture (independent charge) on December 21 last year at a function held at Manipur State Film Development Society.

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