Mnp govt to encourage athletes & artists

Mnp govt to encourage athletes & artists
Manipur CM highlighting his government’s achievement in the last three years in the presence of his cabinet ministers and MLAs of the ruling parties in Imphal on Sunday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Mar 15 | Publish Date: 3/15/2020 11:08:05 AM IST

Celebrating the third anniversary of the BJP-led coalition government in Manipur, chief minister N Biren Singh announced the launch of two new schemes of his government in April 2020.

The schemes termed by the CM as the ‘biggest schemes the state government had ever launched’ were for the welfare of the sportspersons and artistes of the state.

The celebration of completion of three years of the coalition government was held at a low scale in the backdrop of government’s restriction on  mass gatherings of more than 100 persons to stop spread of COVID-19 in the state.

Not all, but most of the ministers and MLAs of the ruling parties attended the simple function held at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat this evening. Top civil and police officials were present during the celebration. 

One of the two schemes is related to the welfare of  sportspersons and coaches of the state, ‘Chief Minister’s Akhannaba Sanaroisingi Tengbang’ (CMAST) while the other is the ‘Chief Ministergi Artiste Singgi Tengbang’ (CMAT) focussing on the welfare of the artistes of the state.

The schemes would provide benefits to thousands of sportspersons and artistes who have brought laurels to the state and country.  It was projected that around Rs 736 lakhs and 570 lakhs respectively will be required for the newly announced CMAST and CMAT schemes, the chief minister asserted.

Highlighting the CMAST scheme, Singh asserted that the state government would provide suitable employment in government services to sportspersons winning medals in notified disciplines in notified international events on the basis of criteria to be laid down by state government. 

All unemployed sportspersons and coaches who have participated or won medals in national and international sports tournaments will be covered under Chief Minister’s Halshelgi Tengbang (CMHT) with all benefits, he added.

The chief minister stated that CMAST would also support the sportspersons for purchase of costly sports items like cycle, bow, rifle, pistol etc.  The enhanced cash awards to be given to Olympians who bag gold, silver, bronze and participants in Olympics are Rs 1 crore, 75 lakhs, 50 lakhs and 10 lakhs respectively. 

Under the scheme, the government would provide incentive of upto Rs 2 lakhs per annum to around 250 local clubs of the state, he said. The scheme would also include lifetime pension scheme for unemployed sportspersons and coaches of 50 years and above who have represented Manipur/India either in national or international events, he added. Recognising the contribution of artistes of the state, CMAT has been designed with a view to encourage the artistes in every field such as performing arts, literary arts and visual arts and their associated institutions. 

“The CMAT is targeted to benefit about 4000 artistes in a year,” he said.

Singh said that under CMAT, pension will be extended to around 1000 artistes who are 60 years and above. Pensioners include awardees, gurus and non-awardees who have contributed in preserving the tradition, culture and art forms of Manipur.  Financial assistance would also be provided for artiste, groups and institutions for participating in international and national festivals, he added.

The CMAT scheme would also extend monetary support to cultural groups or institutions for training and productions in various fields such as theatre, sumang leela, dance, music and visual arts. 

To nurture the deserving budding artistes of the state, financial assistance will be provided to the students of Government Dance College, Shree Shree Bal Mukunda Dev Music College, Imphal Art College, Manipur University of Culture.

Acknowledging the achievements of various artistes, the scheme would provide financial assistance to the award winners in the national competitions and festivals. 

Padma Awardees, National Akademi Awardees such as Sangeet Natak Akademi, Sahitya Akademi and Lalit Kala Akademi Awardees, State Kala Akademi Awardees including young awardees will be extended one time financial support for pursuing their dreams and vision towards preservation and promotion of culture successfully.

 The chief minister mentioned that artistes recognized by competent authority of the state government would also be covered under CMHT. Around 1000 artistes would be benefited under CMHT.

Further highlighting several achievements of the government in the last three years, the chief minister said that the Inner Line Permit System (ILPS) has been extended to Manipur. 

Since May 2017, Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ Day were being held every month and has met about 34,000 people personally, he added. 

The government has also initiated Go to Village and Go to Hills mission. Around 3,06,026 beneficiaries have been registered and around 2,15,461 benefits and services have been delivered at their doorsteps. 

Schemes like CMHT, CMST, Start-up Manipur have been launched for the first time in the State by the government. Till date, around 6.8 lakh individuals have been benefited from CMHT, he claimed.

The chief minister said that the law and order situation has improved drastically. Bandhs and blockades have reduced. 

There was an increase of 222 percent in the inflow of international tourists since 2016. 

Under the ‘War against Drugs’, drugs worth Rs 2000 crores have been destroyed, he added. 

The Gross State Domestic Product has registered a growth of 16 percent in 2018-19. The state’s revenue collection has seen a growth of 34.8 percent in 2017-18 and 16 percent in 2018-19.

Singh added that the government has launched School Fagathansi Mission and 60 schools have been addressed comprehensively. 

The overall pass percentage of Class 10 students reached an all time high of 74.69 percent since 1972. For the first time, the government had organised 1st Chief Minister’s Indigenous Martial Arts (Thang-ta and Cheibi) Meet, 2020.


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