Kamjong, Dec 4,
Forest and Environment Minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar announced that a guest house will be constructed in the next financial year at the Kamjong district headquarters, located around 140 kms from Imphal. He said three guest house have been constructed this year at Ukhrul,Jiribam and Moreh.
He made the announcement at the two days 2nd Kamjong Festival 2018 (a plastic free event), promoting tourism held at Kamjong Public Ground. The festival to be concluded today (December 4) is organised by the Kamjong Development Committee.
Speaking at the gathering as the chief guest of the inaugural function, Minister Th. Shyamkumar said that the objective of organising the event is to conserve and protect the natural beauty and safeguard the traditional cultural heritage of the people of the area.
He said the promotion of tourism also requires the conservation and protection of the forest and wildlife. He opined that there is no use of promotion of tourism if we do not safeguard the forest and wildlife.
Forest Minister said that he was happy to see the thick forest cover while coming to Kamjong district headquarters. Stating that he was happy to attend the festival, he said it is possible due to close relationship between the valley and the hills.
Informing that rewards will be given to the villages that properly safeguard the forest, he said that this year Khamasom village in Ukhrul district was rewarded by the Forest Department for safeguarding the virgin forest. Stating that although the Government has repeatedly appealed to the people not to cut trees, he said as an alternative the villagers can plant other crops/plants in between the trees. He further asked the villagers to inform about required crops/plants to the officers of the district.
Leishiyo Keishing, MLA Phunyar Constituency, Zuringla Kengoo, Deputy Commissioner Kamjong, Thangjam Arun Kumar, proprietor Arun Enterprises, Mataimi Chithung, headman Bungpa Khullen along with villagers attended the function.
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