Manipur CM announces special welfare schemes for sportsperson and artistes

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, March 15, 2020: Celebrating completion of three years of the BJP led government in Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh on Sunday announced special schemes for the welfare of the sportspersons and artistes of the state.

Chief Minister’s Akhannaba Sanaroisingi Tengbang (CMAST) was the scheme announced for sportspersons and Chief Ministergi Artiste Singgi Tengbang (CMAT) was for artistes.

The announcement was made in programme held at the chief ministers secretariat.

The schemes would provide benefits to thousands of sportspersons and artistes who have brought laurels to the state and country. It is projected that around Rs. 736 lakhs and 570 lakhs respectively will be required for the newly announced CMAST and CMAT, Biren told reporters.

A coffee table book was released on the completion of three years of the government.

A short film highlighting the achievements of the government in the last three years was also showcased.

Biren Singh said under the CMAST scheme, the government would provide suitable employment in government services to sportspersons winning medals in notified disciplines in notified international events on the basis of criteria to be laid down by the state government. All unemployed sportspersons and coaches who have participated or won medals in national and international sports tournaments will be covered under Chief Ministergi Hakselgi Tengbang (health scheme) with all benefits, he added.

The CMAST would also support the sportspersons for purchasing of costly sports items like cycle, bow, rifle, pistol etc. The enhanced cash awards to be given to Olympians who bagged gold, silver, bronze and participants to Olympics are Rs 1 crore, 75 lakhs, 50 lakhs and 10 lakhs respectively. Under the scheme, the government would provide incentive of upto Rs. 2 lakhs per annum to around 250 local clubs of the state, the chief minister said.

The scheme would also include lifetime pension scheme for unemployed sportspersons and coaches of 50 years and above who have represented Manipur/India either in National or International tournaments, he added.

The CMAT has been designed with a view to encourage the artistes in every field such as performing arts, literary arts and visual arts and their associated institutions. The CMAT is targeted to benefit about 4000 artistes in a year.

Biren said under CMAT, pension will be extended to around 1000 artistes who are 60 years and above. Pensioners include awardees, Gurus and non- awardees who have contributed in preserving the tradition, culture and art forms of Manipur. Financial assistance would also be provided for artiste, groups and institutions for participating in International and National festivals, he added.

The CMAT scheme would also extend monetary support to cultural groups or institutions for training and productions in various fields such as theatre, sumang leela, dance, music and visual arts. To nurture the deserving budding artistes of the state, the financial assistance will be provided to the students of Government Dance College, Shree Shree Bal Mukunda Dev Music College, Imphal Art College, Manipur University of Culture.

The scheme would provide financial assistance to the award winners in the national competition and festivals. Padma Awardees, National Akademi Awardees such as Sangeet Natak Akademi, Sahitya Akademi and Lalit Kala Akademi Awardees, State Kala Akademi Awardees including young awardees will be extended one time financial support for pursuing their dreams and vision towards preservation and promotion of our culture successfully.

Biren mentioned that artistes recognised by competent authority of the state government would also be covered under Chief Minister gi Hakselgi Tengbang. Around 1000 artistes would be benefited under the health scheme.

Mentioning the achievements of the government in the last three years, Biren said Inner Line Permit System (ILPS) has been extended to Manipur. Since May 2017, Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ Day is being held every month and has met about 34,000 people personally, he added.

The government has also initiated Go to Village and Go to Hills mission. Around 3,06,026 beneficiaries have been registered and around 2,15,461 benefits and services have been delivered at their doorsteps. Schemes like CMHT, CMST, Start-up Manipur have been launched for the first time in the State by the government. Till date, around 6.8 lakh individuals have been benefited from CMHT, he added.

Law and order situation has been improved drastically. Bandhs and blockades have reduced. There is an increase of 222 percent in the inflow of international tourists since 2016. Under the ‘War against Drugs’, drugs worth Rs 2000 crores have been destroyed, he added. The gross state domestic product has registered a growth of 16 percent in 2018-19. The state’s revenue collection has seen a growth of 34.8 percent in 2017-18 and 16 percent in 2018-19.

Biren said his government has launched School Fagathansi Mission and 60 schools have been addressed comprehensively. The overall pass percentage of Class 10 students reached an all time high of 74.69 percent since 1972. For the first time, the government had organised 1st Chief Minister’s Indigenous Martial Arts (Thang-ta and Cheibi) Meet, 2020.

Deputy chief minister Y. Joykumar, Cabinet ministers, MLAs, chief secretary, DGP, top civil and police officials were present during the celebration.

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