Imphal, Sept. 25
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has said that an official team would be sent to Shillong to inspect the present condition of Manipur Rajbari. He was speaking to media persons on the sideline of joint Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ Day at Durbar Hall of Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.
The Chief Minister said that there are some issues due to encroachments on Rajbari complex. As such, he had talked to Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma adding that development of the place associated with the history of Manipur would begin soon with funds from the State budget once this issue is sorted out.
Stating that activities regarding Green Manipur Mission are going on in full swing, he said that mass tree plantation would be done at Koubru range. On the other hand, DGP L.M. Khaute had been entrusted to discuss with different Civil Society Organisations to chalk out a plan to replace poppy plantation by an alternative livelihood and mass tree plantation, he said. N. Biren Singh further informed that CSOs of Senapati district had approached him to join hand in mass destruction of poppy plants. He further informed that the State Government would ink an MoU with 207 villages of Ukhrul district which are to ready to reserve 5 to 10 acres of their village land for forest development under Chief Minister’s Green Manipur Mission.
Responding to a query regarding Nambul Rejuvenation Project, the Chief Minister said that the Centre had sanctioned Rs. 15 crore for the second phase of the project, which would be taken up at an estimated cost of around Rs. 500 crores.
During today’s joint Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ Day, Brand Ambassador for CM’s Green Manipur Mission Valentina Elangbam along with her parents met the Chief Minister for the first time. The Chief Minister welcomed the nine-year-old girl and encouraged her to keep on encouraging people to plant more and more trees. Valentina and her parents also expressed their profound thanks to the Chief Minister for acknowledging her love for trees. N. Biren along with Valentina also distributed saplings to visitors.
The Chief Minister heard around 360 complaints and met around 1000 people from 9:15 am to 1 pm. Around 1500 tree saplings were distributed to the people who turned up to highlight their grievances on joint Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ Day. The saplings included Champaka (Leihao), Jackfruit (Theibong), Indian Olive (Chorphon), Yellow Myrobalan (Manahi), Arjuna (Mayokpha), Indian Gooseberry (Heikru) and Tree Bean (Yongchak). Chief Minister appealed the people to plant more trees and nurture them in their vicinity.
The Chief Minister also presented a wheel-chair to a 23-year-old differently-abled person hailing from Wangjing Cherapur. He also directed the officials to enroll him under Chief Ministergi Sotharabashing-gi Tengbang, which entitles a monthly pension of Rs. 1500 per month. Later, N. Biren also handed over CMHT card to a couple from Noney, whose all four children are deaf and mute. He also asked the officials concerned to admit all the four children at Government Deaf and Mute School, Takyel.
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