Imphal, Dec 27,
Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu conferred the award of Champions of Change 2018 to the Chief Minister of Manipur, N. Biren Singh today at an event organised at Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi, for exemplary leadership for bringing about transformation in governance in the State of Manipur.
The other prominent awardees include Union Minister of State for Food Processing, Shri Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti and Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs, Shri Sudarshan Bhagat and Member of Parliament, Shri Nishikant Dubey. The award was constituted to identify remarkable progress made in 115 Aspirational Districts whose development in being monitored by NITI Aayog.
Manipur was recognised for all round development on various parameters in its aspirational district Chandel, a rare feat among all other states of India. With concerted and collaborative efforts of the State Government, district administration and various Ministries of the Government of India, Chandel district has achieved saturation in several national programmes. Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana, Unnat Jyoti (LED) Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jen Dhan Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana and Mission Indradhanush.
The award selection jury was led by former Chief Justice of India, K.G. Balakrishnan. The other jury members include Justice Gyan Sudha Mishra, former Supreme Court Judge; Dr. S.Y. Quraishi, Former Chief Election Commissioner of India; Shri Sonal Mansingh, Padma Vibhushan; Shri Anil Kumar Sinha, Former CBI Director; Shri Pahlaj Nihalani, former Chairman of Central Board of Film Certification; Shri Yaduvendra Mathur, Additional Secretary, NITI Aayog and Shri Amit Bajaj, President, Aditya Birla Group.
The event was attended by eminent jurists, journalists, politicians, social leaders, artists, film makers etc. The event was attended by approximately 1000+eminent personalities.
In his speech, Vice President Shri Venkaiah Naidu lauded the changes brought about in Manipur within a very short period of time. He also stressed that in order to transform India, development has to be made into a people’s movement. He also hailed the efforts of bureaucracy who has been backbone of the progress made in the country. VP Shri Naidu remembered the contribution made by Late Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee for making governance core of politics, a vision that has been taken forward under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
The award is an initiative of the Interactive Forum on Indian Economy, a Government of India recognised NGO.