Imphal, December 28, 2017 (DIPR): Works Minister Shri Thongam Biswajit Singh on Wednesday inaugurated the XVth Oinam Hill Youth & Students’ Organisation Annual Tournament at Oinam Hill Village, Senapati District.

The Minister also unveiled a monolith of the tournament.

Minister Biswajit said that sports help in creating a disciplined and healthy society. Sports is part of education and there are so many things that we can learn from sports, the Minister said.

Expressing pleasure on seeing youths gathered for the annual tournament, the Minister said that the youth play a significant role in the society and that it is a delight for him to interact with the youth.

Meanwhile, assuring all possible assistance, the Minister also urged the local leaders to approach the concerned Sports Minister and enquire about provisions of the Khelo India Scheme which they can avail.

Minister Biswajit also explained several schemes of the government implemented for the welfare of the State.

Explaining the Mission for Economic Empowerment of Traditional Artisans and Craftsmen, the Minister, who also holds the Commerce and Industries portfolio said that the mission was conceptualised and implemented with the objective to promote the local artisans, craftsman and their products.

He said that products of the State’s weavers are of good quality and at the same time the inability to market these products in the international market has only bogged down the artisans and craftsmen. The Mission has been implemented to provide an online market for the products and give outside exposure to the artisans.

The Minister also explained other schemes like the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, UJALA-for affordable LED bulbs and UJWALA-to provide cooking gas connection.

Meanwhile, responding to memorandums submitted by the locals, the Minister said that he will see if construction of the Besho to Oinam Hill Village Road (12 km approx.) can be taken up under the PMGSY and if it is not feasible than the same will be undertaken under the PWD.

Regarding construction of road connecting Oinam Laila Village and Ngamju Part I and another construction work from Oinam Laila to Ngamju Part II under the PMGSY Phase X, the Minister assured to send a team of engineers by first week of January to inspect the constructions and at the same time assured early completion.

As part of the inaugural function, Naoriya Pakhanglakpa MLA Shri Soibam Subhaschandra Singh also released a theme song of the tournament.

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