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Manipur celebrates 76th Independence Day

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Imphal, August 16:

As celebrated across the Country, Manipur too celebrated the 76th Independence Day with pomp and gaiety at various part of the state even though armed rebel groups had boycotted the celebration. The main function of the 76th Independence Day was held 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles Parade Ground.
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh graced the celebration as Chief Guest. Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly, Chairperson of Manipur Lokayukta, Cabinet Ministers, Chairman, Hill Areas Committee, Advocate General, Manipur, Members of Legislative Assembly, Chief Secretary, Director General of Police, high ranking officials Civil, Police, Paramilitary and Armed Forces also attended the Independence Day celebration among others.
Speaking on the occasion, N. Biren Singh extended his best wishes to the people of the State and added that India had been celebrating its Independence Day every year on 15th August since 1947. However, with the completion of 75 years of India’s Independence this year, the whole country is celebrating the occasion as Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav with more fervor, he stated. He continued that the National flag has also been hoisted in every house from 13th August to 15th August as Har Ghar Tiranga campaign as a part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebration which was launched on 12th March the previous  year. The initiative would not only imbibe a sense of nationalism and love for the motherland to the youth but also make the public know the importance of the tricolor and respect its dignity, he added.
The Chief Minister further mentioned that under the supervision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, different events are organized across the country as a part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav with much participation of the public. This shows the faith of Indians in the leadership of the Prime Minister, he maintained.
Stressing on the initiative and developmental works taken up by the Government, N. Biren informed that the State Government is in process of setting up of 34 police outposts at all districts located along the international border and also along the Imphal-Jiribam National Highway. He continued that 1,647 cases had been registered, 2,104 persons had been arrested, drugs amounting to around Rs. 3,212 crore in international markets had been seized under the War on Drugs 1.0. Poppy plantations of around 14,000 acres had also been destroyed. While, 256 cases had been registered arresting 432 persons, seizure of drugs amounting to Rs. 818 crore and poppy plantation of 531 acres had been destroyed under the War on Drugs 2.0, he added.
Informing about the Manipur Vision Document 2047 and CM Dashboard which would enable real time monitoring of different schemes, the Chief Minister stated that Manipur bagged the top position at NITI Aayog’s India Innovation Index 2021 in North East and Hill States category. He maintained that various Institutions of Manipur including Lokayukta, State Information Commission, Manipur Human Rights Commission and Manipur Public Service Commission had been functioning smoothly. Apart from this, to ensure transparency in recruitment of Class III and IV posts of the State Government, the State Legislative Assembly had passed the Manipur Staff Selection Commission Bill 2022 recently.
Stating that the State Government had increased the budget allocation for Startup Scheme from Rs. 30 crore to Rs. 100 crore, he added that 5,790 Startups had been benefited with the scheme so far. He continued that the Centre for Invention, Innovation and Incubation Training had also been established under the PPP model. District Youth Skilling, Entrepreneurship and Employment Centres had been set up in all District Headquarters. Project had been taken up to provide 2000 youths with training in the IT sector.
N. Biren informed that the Government had taken up measures to improve various roads under the 100 Days Action Plan. The Central Government had accorded approval for Rigid Pavement of roads within Imphal City. The project would be taken up under the Externally Aided Project of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, he added. He continued that the Imphal Ring Road project would also be started soon with the funding of Asian Development Bank.
Stating on the Agnipath Scheme, he expressed satisfaction that youths of the State would now be able to participate in the Agniveer recruitment rally in the State itself at Leimakhong. He also thanked the Marangching village authority, personnel of Territorial Army, NDRF, SDRF, and other armed forces for their tireless service in rescue operations conducted after the unfortunate landslide happened at Noney. He also expressed thankfulness to all the people of the State for their continuous support in every initiative taken up by the State Government for the development of the State.
As a part of the celebration, the Chief Minister hoisted the National Flag with Rashtriya Salute and also inspected the Parade formed up at the venue. The March Past Contingents included BSF Contingent, CRPF Contingent, Combined Manipur Rifles (6th and 7th MR), 3th IRB Contingent, Combined Civil Police (Male) Contingent (I/W & I/E), 9th IR (Mahila) Contingent, Combined Civil Police (Female) Contingents (I/W & I/E), Manipur Forest Contingent, Home Guard Contingent (Male), Combined VDF Contingents (I/W & I/E), Manipur Fire Service, Traffic Police (Women), 14th Battalion Sr. NCC, 65th Girls Sr. NCC and NCC SR. Air Wing. Commanding Officer, 2nd IRB T. Lalboi Haokip was the Parade Commander.
Simultaneous hoisting of National Flags at the Perimeter of 1st Manipur Rifles Parade Ground by Uniform personnel of Police Department and performances of cultural troupes were also the highlight of the celebration at 1st MR Parade Ground.
After the celebration at the 1st Manipur Rifles Parade Ground, the Chief Minister visited the Haipou Jadonang Park, Keishampat and Rani Gaidinliu Park, Mantripukhri and led the other dignitaries in offering floral tribute to the two freedom fighters.
Later, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh also attended a programme at Hapta Kangjeibung in connection with the celebration of the 76th Independence Day. On his arrival at the venue, the Chief Minister along with other dignitaries also offered floral tributes to freedom fighters.
As part of the celebration, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh and Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Govindas Konthoujam felicitated athletes of the State who represented the country at the recently concluded Commonwealth Games. Saikhom Mirabai Chanu (Weight Lifting) was felicitated with a cheque of Rs. 15 lakhs, Bindyarani Devi Sorokhaibam (weightlifting), a cheque of Rs. 10 lakhs, Sushila Likmabam (Judo), a cheque of Rs. 10 lakhs, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam (Hockey), a cheque of Rs. 8 lakhs, Nilakanta Sharma (Hockey), a cheque of Rs. 10 lakhs, Laitonjam Ronaldo Singh (Cycling), a cheque of Rs. 2 lakhs and Yanglem Rojit Singh (Cycling), a cheque of Rs. 2 lakhs.
Artistes of the Shree Shree Bal Mukunda Dev Music College also performed the State Song. Cultural troops, students and artistes also performed at the ceremony. Cultural dances of different communities including Kabui Dance, Maring War Dance and Kuki Dance performed at the ceremony. The Rhythms of Manipur, school students and group performance of higher education, Hingminasi Eikhoi performance by different communities, and Thang-ta groups were other highlights of the ceremony.
The ceremony was attended by Ministers, MLAs, officials, students and the public from different parts of the State.
At Chandel, The District Administration Chandel joins the Nation in celebrating the 75 years of the Nation’s Independence. The district celebrated the 76th Independence Day in a function organised by the District Administration at the Maha Union Hr. Sec. School, Japhou Bazar yesterday.
As part of today’s celebration certificates of honour were awarded to many police personnel and employees of the district for exemplary works in their respective organisations. Village Heads of the District were also felicitated by the Deputy Commissioner during the function. During the function ‘Chandel Today’ a special issue publication, published by the District Information Office, Chandel were also released by the DC and the SP Chandel.
As part of the celebration a friendly football match was also played between the DC & SP team and Village Chiefs’ team.
The District Administration of Jiribam celebrated India’s 76th Independence Day at Jiribam Higher Secondary School Playground yesterday. Deputy Commissioner, Jiribam W. Malemnganba Chenglei, IAS unfurled the Tri-colour and took salute from the marching contingents commanded by TS. Chamna Anal, MPS, SDPO, Jiribam. 
Altogether 13 contingents comprises of 87th Bn. CRPF, 7th IRB, Uchathol, Jiribam District Police, Jiri College Boys and Girls contingents, Jiribam Higher Secondary School Boys and Girls contingents and 6 contingents from various Government schools of Jiribam participated in the march past. 
Commendations and Appreciation certificates were awarded to 62 government Employees of various departments in recognition of their valuable services rendered to Jiribam District. Case Rewards were also given to all the participating contingents, Pilots, Bugler, Cultural troupes and Singers of Patriotic Songs.
As part of the celebration, marked by showcasing of cultural dances, presentation of patriotic songs.
The District Administration Kangpokpi yesterday celebrated the 76th Independence Day today, celebrating the 75 years of India’s Independence, at the Brigadier Thomas Ground, Kangpokpi Headquarters. Today India completes 75 years of freedom after winning it from over 200 years of British rule.
Chief Guest of the function, Deputy Commissioner Kengoo Zuringla, IAS, hoisted the National flag and took salute from 18 marching contingents commanded by Parade Commander L. Seimang Khongsai, DSP, Gamnom Sapormeina Police Station.
The Chief Guest today took salute of 18 marching contingents comprising of A/143 Battalion CRPF, Kangpokpi Police (Reserve Line), Kangpokpi District Police, Village Defence Force, 14th Battalion Manipur NCC Elite Hr. Sec. School, Ex-Servicemen Kangpokpi, JNV School, two groups from MBC Hr. Sec. School (Boys), two groups from MBC Higher Secondary School (Girls), Goma Devi High School (Toribari), Lighthouse School Kangpokpi (Boys & Girls), Aganwadi Workers ICDS Kangpokpi, differently abled persons and PMA Boys & Girls.
Altogether 75 employees of government departments of the district were given awards/certificates for their outstanding services. Certificates were also distributed to the winners of the painting and slogan writing competition organised by ZEO in connection with the Har Ghar Tiranga Campaign which was participated by altogether 6062 school students. 3273 students participated in painting and 2789 students participated in slogan writing competition.
Copies of ‘Manipur Today’ magazine special edition published in connection with the 75 years of India’s Independence by the Directorate of Information and Public Relations, Manipur were also distributed to the attendees at the function. Dance troops presented Nepali, Liangmai, Manipuri, Thadou/Kuki cultural dance
District Administration, Kakching also celebrated the 76th Independence Day at Sumak Leikai Ground (opp. to JnNRUM Hall), Kakching. Deputy Commissioner, Kakching Somorjit Salam, IAS who graced the celebration as Chief Guest hoisted the National Flag. Soon after the arrival of the Chief Guest, he reviews the parade and took salutes of the marching contingents.
Konjengbam Geetchandra Singh, MPS, SDPO, Kakching was the parade commander of the contingents. Altogether 14 contingents took part in today’s Independence Day Celebration which consists Civil Police, VDF, NCC Kha Manipur College Boys and Girls, NCC Wabagai Higher Secondary School, JNV Umathel Girls and Boys, Grace Cottage Academy Girls, Kakching Girts college, Kakching model Boys High School, Kakching Higher Secondary School, NCC Wabagai Higher Secondary School, ICDS project, Kakching, ASHA Kakching district, Southern Manipur Band party.
Cultural items were also presented by Centre for Performing Arts, Kakching,Kom Cultural troupe, Mantak village and Ibuthou Khamlangba Thangta Academy, Kakching.
In the March pass, Umathel JNV (Girls) begged first position, while ICDS project Kakching and Kakching Higher Secondary (Girls) were adjudge as 2nd and 3rd position respectively. Participation Certificates were given to all participant of march pass.
The District Administration Noney yesterday also joined the 76th Independence Day celebration of India with much pomp and grandeur at Longmai common ground, Noney.
DC Noney Haulianlal Guiteunfur led the tricolor national flag at the Longmai common ground complex.
A total of 13 contingents took part in today’s parade that included police, students, 12 Assam Rifles band party and 2 cultural troupes.
Additional SP Law and Order Namsadai Peter was the parade commander of the function.
Awards were also distributed to persons for their distinctive contribution in various fields during the function. There were also cultural dance and song presentation as part of the function.
At Churachandpur the 75 years of India’s Independence was celebrated at Public Ground, Hiangtam Lamka. Dr. Sharath Chandra Arroju, Deputy Commissioner of the district hoisted the National Flag and took the Rashtriya Salute as the Chief Guest from the Parade Contingents. Priscilla Tuboi, MPS, SDPO Churachandpur commanded the 17 march past contingents.
The 76th Independence Day was celebrated by maintaining the prescribed SOPs at Pherzawl Playground. Deputy Commissioner of Pherzawl Joseph Pauline Kamson hoisted the National Tri-Colour and took salute of the marching contingents commanded by Golamthang Hatzaw, MPS, SDPO Thanlon. The contingents comprised of Civil Police& VDF, Students and HYA Women.
The district administration of Tengnoupal held the 76th Independence Day, 2022 at the ground of Tengnoupal Government High School yesterday.
Addressing the gathering, Mannuamching, DC who attended the celebration as Chief Guest said as a part of Aadi ka Amrit Mahotsav , the celebration of 75 years of Independence, every household in the country flies the Tri- Colour which symbolize our personal connection to our flag, an embodiment of commitment to nation building and the spirit of patriotism. She also informed that the National Flag are being hoisted in 16(sixteen)Amrit Sarovar ponds within the district.
The 75th Independence Day celebration parade was led by Yumnam Premjit Singh, MPS, Additional SP(OPS), Tengnoupal. The parade was participated by 11 ( eleven) contingents by 3(three) government school students, police, 4(four) Self Help Groups and a band contingent of the Assam Rifles, Tengnoupal Youth Club and Karate Do, Moreh.
As a part of the celebration, 53 (fifty- three) numbers of officers and officials of departments will be awarded Certification of Appreciation, 10( ten) numbers of Red blankets were gifted to villages heads and Certificate of Achievement was awarded to Karate Do, Moreh for winning the 6TH International Karate Championship,2022. The Youth Club, Tengnoupal was also gifted sports materials by district administration.
The event saw the attendance of more than hundreds of public. Colonel Narhyanan, Commandant, 20th Assam Rifles also attended as Special Invitee. The celebration was also attended by all the officers and staff of various departments.
The 76th Independence Day was also celebrated at Thoubal District Headquarter. The main function was held at the Mini Secretariat Complex, Thoubal. 
Deputy Commissioner Thoubal, A. Subhash Singh, IAS, hoisted the National Flag and took salute at the march past contingents led by Parade Commander Th. Shanti Singh MPS, SDPO Yairipok. All together 29 contingents including Manipur Police, VDF, NCC, school, College, band party and cultural troupes participated in the march past.

The District Administration, Senapati celebrated the 76th Independence Day today at Mini Stadium, Senapati. Deputy Commissioner, Senapati Mahesh Chaudhari, IAS hoisted the National flag and took the salutes from the parade contingent.
Speaking on today’s occasion, Mahesh Chaudhari, IAS, DC Senapati congratulates the citizen of Senapati for having made a fruitful celebration after two years gap due to Covid pandemic. He also applauded various government officials and CSO’s leader for their immense co-operation in celebrating the 76th Independence Day.
H. Timothy Maram, MPS, SDPO Mao was the parade commander of 23 parade contingents consisting of police personnel from CRPF, Manipur Police both women and men and VDF, 33 Assam Rifles Band Party, Maram, ASHA workers, ICDS Anganwadi worker, NYK Senapati and school students. In the march pass competition of general category, St. Anthony Schools boy’s contingent begets the first position, Mt. Everest Hr. Sec School girl’s contingent in second position and DV School boy’s contingent in third position. In the NCC category, Mt. Everest Hr. Sec. School girl’s contingent in the first position, Don Bosco Hr. Sec. School Scout & Guide in second and Mt. Zion Hr. Sec. School in third position.
Commendation certificate were handed over to 27 police personnel and 43 government officer/ officials for their outstanding co- operation with the District Administration, Senapati.
Winner of the painting competition during Har Ghar Tiranga campaign organised Senapati District Police and ZEO& ADC were also given.
In the cultural programme, dance was also performed by Nepali girls and Poumai Naga women. 33 AR Band Party, Maram also showcased their musical drill.
Later, there was an exhibition football match between the District Administration, Senapati and Civil Society Organisation at the Mini Stadium.
The District Administration of Bishnupur also celebrated 76th Independence Day with patriotic fervour at Mini Secretariat Complex in Bishnupur. Deputy Commissioner Lourembam Bikram hoisted the National Flag and took salute from the 17 participating parade contingents commanded by SDPO Bishnupur, Manoj Prabhakar IPS.
Commendations certificates were distributed to government officials and staff for distinguished service in the last one year. Kwasiphai Youth Voluntary Organisation also presented a cultural item during the observance.

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