Imphal, May 11, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has said that the State Government has sent a proposal to the Centre for setting up a Heritage Park worth Rs. 90 crore at Keibul Lamjao in Bishnupur district. The Park having heritage structures of all the communities of the State would serve as a permanent venue for the annual Manipur Sangai Festival, he added. The Chief Minister was speaking as the Chief Guest at the inaugural function of the two-day Annual S tate Level Tribal Cultural Festival organised by Tribal Research Institute (TRI), Government of Manipur under the aegis of Ministry of Tribal Af fairs, Government of India under the theme, ‘Tribal Culture for Peace and Unity’.
N. Biren also said that the festival should be organised in a more grandeur manner at an open space at a suitable time from the next year . Stating that the State Government is willing to sanction the additional fund for the festival, the Chief Minister also asked the Tribal Research Institute to co- ordinate with the State Government to upgrade the festival from next year so that it may become more meaningful and magnificent. He also contended that every event or activity should be executed/organised in such a manner so as to serve its intended purpose.
N. Biren Singh said that the new Government has been keeping all its promises made to the public so far , and the State has seen lots of positive changes in the past one year with hill-valley ties becoming more cordial.
On the other hand, the State has also been able to retain peace and tranquillity up to a large extent of late, however some anti-social elements have also been making constant efforts to destabilize the situation, he said.
Maintaining that every man is mortal, the Chief Minister observed that no solution can be brought by killing each other .
Urging the people of the State to go ahead together with the Government towards advancement, the Chief Minister expressed hope that Manipur would see a transformation soon if the Government continues to fulfil the needs of the public through its noble missions like ‘Go to Village’ for some more years.
With the launching of the mission, all the high ranking officials including Administrative Secretaries and Heads of Departments have started working in the field, he observed. The Chief Minister also said that no village would be left out under the mission.
Tribal Affairs and Hills Minister N. Kayisii, who graced the function as president, said that every community should preserve its culture and identity . He also thanked the participants belonging to different tribal communities for taking part in the festival despite their busy chores because of the onset of farming season at hill areas. Earlier , the Chief Minister declared the festival open and rung the inaugural gong to mark the beginning of the two- day festival that will conclude tomorrow .
Public Health Engineering (PHE) Minister Losii Dikho, Hill Area Committee (HAC) Chairman T.T. Haokip and Outer Manipur Parliamentary Constituency MP Thangso Baite also graced the function as guests of honour . Manipur Pollution Control Board Chairman and Oinam AC M LA L. Radhakishore and MLAs Y. Surchandra and S. Bira and Chairmen of different ADCs and Members also attended the festival. Presentation of colourful tribal cultural dances, folk songs and tribal cuisines were the main highlights of the festival.