Imphal, November 26, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that politicians should refrain from playing politics at the cost of human lives because human life is precious. This was stated by him at the inaugural function of the 3rd Flower Festival cum Manipur 1st Cherry Blossom Festival held at Kayinu Village, Mao Gate, Senapati.

Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Chief Minister said that we follow different religions, cultures, traditions however we are all human beings after all. Mentioning the unfateful incident happened in 2010 at Mao gate and the previous misunderstandings among the communities in the State, Chief Minister said that we should not let it happen again in future and we should stand united from the division created by politics and religions.

Stating that the new government working with humanity approach, Chief Minister stated that the motto of the new government is ‘give love to others then you will receive love from them’. The love and affection of the people towards the new government is tremendous, he added. He further mentioned that Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari has already announced Rs. 25,000 crores for the construction of roads and highway expansion in the State. The construction work is on full swing to improve road connectivity in the State, he added. He appealed the people to co-operate and not to give any inconvenience during the work in progress. Acknowledging the pains and sufferings of the Mao people for the search of market for selling their products, he announced that the government would construct Mao Market at the Lamphel Market area at the cost of Rs. 1-2 crores soon.

He further said that a Transit Accommodation would be constructed at Mao for the Doctors and Teachers who are being posted in the region. The transit accommodation would be constructed at the cost of Rs. 3 crores, he added. He further stated that a new transfer policy would be introduced from 1st January, 2018 by the State government. Under this transfer policy, every employee would be posted at hilly areas for 2 years on rotation basis.

He also announced that a water supply scheme to provide safe drinking water to the people of Mao would be constructed soon. And a Rain Water Harvesting scheme would be set up at Mao to resolve water scarcity problem during off season. A total cost of Rs. 5 crores would be sanctioned for both the schemes, he added. Stating the importance of having the office of Additional Deputy Commissioner of Senapati for smooth administration, Chief Minister stressed that the State government has earmarked a sum of Rs. 64 crores for the construction of the office and necessary infrastructure of the said office at the earliest.

Stating that the priority of the new government is to bring inclusive development in the State, Chief Minister said that around 39 MOUs has been signed between the Government and Business Investors, Entrepreneurs etc. in the recently concluded NEDS 2017 held at Imphal. The people living in the remotest part of the State would be benefited from the MOUs being singed in NEDS2017, he added. Acknowledging Makhel as a historic place of the State, Chief Minister said that the Government would set up a Heritage Centre at Makhel and Rs 1 crore would be sanctioned for the purpose for initial stage. He assured that whatever development projects/ schemes announced by the new government would be implemented at any cost. He assured that the government would work relentlessly towards the conversion of the only Potato farm of the State located at Mao into an Organic farm soon. Mentioning that the government is striving for a corruption free and transparent State, he stated that complete transparency would be maintained in the recruitment process.

He further announced that the Flower Festival cum Manipur Cherry Blossom Festival will be a part of the Manipur Sangai Festival from next year i.e.2018. He further stated that the government would construct permanent structures at Kayinu Village (Flower Festival Site) after discussions with Architects, Mao Council, organisers of Cherry Blosom Festival and Tourism Department.

While delivering Presidential address of the function, Minister for PWD, Commerce and Industries, IPR Th. Biswajit said that Mao has certain peculiarities as it is the land rich of floriculture, horticulture and agriculture. Mao Potato is indeed famous across the State, he added.

Minister mentioned that we should realize that our State has so much of potential in human resources, natural resources, tourism and now time has come to showcase it to the outside world. Talking about improving better communication system in the State, Minister said that the Bhartia Infra Projects Limited have been entrusted for the repair and construction of National Highways in the State and the work is going on full swing. The State government has already directed the Bhartia Infra to complete the said project within 2 years, he added.

He said that improving road communication is very much important towards bringing development in the State. He further said that the government is planning to develop the border areas as cultural and business hub. Seeking people’s support and participation in bringing inclusive development in the State, Minister stressed that we need proper planning for better implementation of developmental projects in the State. If there is peace then there would be prosperity and development in the State, he added. He mentioned that with the new slogan of the new government “Go to the Hills”, we are moving towards development and bringing emotional integration in the region. He said that every villages of the State would be electrified by 2018.

Minister for Forest and Environment Th. Shyamkumar, Minister for Tribal and Hills Affairs N. Kayasii, Minister for Art and Culture L. Jayantakumar Singh, Minister for Agriculture V. Hangkhanlian, Minister for CAF & PD Karam Shyam. Minister for PHED Losii Dikho, Deputy Commissioner of Senapati Athem Muivah, President, Mao Council M. Dilli, Director of IBSD Prof. Dinabandhu Sahoo, ADC members etc. attended the function.

The three day long 3rd Flower Festival cum 1st Manipur Cherry Blossom Festival is being organised under the theme ‘Celebrating Nature’s Abundance’ by Mao Flower Growers’ Association and District Administration, Senapati in association with Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD), Indian Council for Cultural Relation(ICCR), Government of India, Horticulture and Soil Conservation, Government of Manipur, Tourism department, Trade and Commerce and Public Health Engineering Department, Government of Manipur.

Later, Chief Minister along with the dignitaries planted Cherry trees and then inspected the stalls of the festival.

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