Imphal, November 1st 2017 (DIPR): The present BJP led government in the State is working for an inclusive development without any differences between the hills and the valley, said Works Minister Thongam Biswajit Singh yesterday. The Minister was speaking at the Chagaa Ngee – Liangmai Cultural Festival at Makui (Liangchi) Village, Senapati District.

Minister Biswajit said it is important to develop every village in the State to develop the State.

He said India is a unique country, inhabited by people belonging to different communities with different language, culture, tradition, festivals. Likewise there are also more than 40 ethnic groups in Manipur, he said, adding that each and every community has made their contribution towards the betterment of Manipur.

Stressing on the need to bring unity among the different communities, Minister Biswajit said that Manipur is made up of both the hills and the valley. He said that we should encourage the age-old love between the different communities that was there during the times of our forefathers.

The Minister also delved on the importance of the festival and said that the way people from different communities residing in the area were involved in the festival was an example of unity among the people.

He said that it is time for the people to start thinking for the collective good and to work towards a ‘New Manipur’. He continued the people cannot expect the government alone to bring development.

Meanwhile, responding to memorandums submitted by the local village authority regarding improvement of road connectivity in the area, the Minister assured to complete the PMGSY road extension work from Neibet Road to Makui Village via Saramjao at the earliest. He said he will also ensure that other IVRs are also repaired at the earliest.

Stressing that improving road connectivity is of major concern of the government, the Minister urged the local leaders to identify roads connecting the nearby villages and make proposals of the same so that he may look into it.

Replying to another demand for installation of a 33 KVA Power Sub Station at Makui Village, the Minister also assured to look into how to improve power supply in the area although installation of a 33 KVA sub-station in the village may be inappropriate.

Biswajit also assured to change the present 25KVA with a 100 KVA transformer within 3-4 days if the weather allows. He further assured to improve power supply in Langka Part II.

The Minister said he will send a joint team of PWD and the Power department officials to look into the demands of the locals at the earliest.

Biswajit also inaugurated a Football Ground at the village. Other highlights of the festival included a cultural dance competition, cultural dance performances of different communities, etc.

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