The first meeting of the Organising Committee of the Manipur Sangai Festival, 2017 was held yesterday in the Cabinet Hall of the Chief Minister’s Secretariat with the Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh in the chair.

In the meeting it was decided to hold the inaugural programme of this year’s edition of the Sangai Festival near the Keibul Lamjao National Park. Hapta Kangjeibung shall continue to be the Main Venue. Opening of Stalls and other activities shall also be taken up at the Trade & Permanent Exhibition Centre at Lamboi Khongnangkhong, Imphal West. The venue for Indigeneous Games & Sports was decided to be at the Khuman Lampak Sports Complex and the Mapal Kangjeibung. Unlike the earlier editions the venue for the Adventure & Water Sports conducted under MMTA shall be at the Khuman Lampak Sports Complex whereas the Water Sports like Local Boat Race, Water Skiing, Wind Surfing, Motor Boating etc. will take place at the Takmu Water Sports Facility.

The meeting also decided to invite any one either of the Union Minister of External Affairs or Union Minister of Tourism or DoNER Minister for the Opening Ceremony. And to extend invitation for participation in the Festival to the  Embassies/High Commissions and also the Indian Ambassadors/High Commissioners posted in Laos, Nepal, Sri Lanka,Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Cambodia, Vietnam, Singapore, Maldives, Malaysia, Mauritius and Zimbabwe. The Commissioner Tourism informed the meeting that the Embassy of Zimbabwe has confirmed its participation with a cultural troupe. It was also decided to extend invitations to the Chief Ministers of the North East States and CEOs of Corporate bodies. The meeting also resolved to have Japan as the partner Country and Nagaland and Madhya Pradesh as partner State.

It may be mentioned that to organise this year’s Sangai Festival successfully eight sub- committees have also been formed with approval of the Chief  Minister, they are 1) programme sub- committee, 2) Exhibition sub-Committee, 3)Culture Sub-Committee, 4) Publicity Sub- Committee, 5)Transport sub- Committee, 6) Reception Sub-Committee, 7) Hospitality Sub- Committee and 8) Indigenous Games/Adventure sports Sub-Committee. Out of which Hospitality Sub-Committee and Indigenous Games/Adventure Sports Sub- Committee are the two new Sub- Committees set up this time.

The Chief Minister instructed all the concerned Departments who are assigned with their specific duties for the Sangai Festival 2017 to perform their duties at the fullest and not to indulge on contract oriented work.

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