Kombirei Festival kicks off

Imphal: ‘Kombirei Festival -2021’ was kicked off at Epathoukok Complex, here on Monday as deputy chief minister Yumnam Joykumar Singh inaugurated the 2-day festival.

Manipur government is committed to restore water bodies to conserve rare flora and fauna of Manipur, Joykumar said.

With the changing times there have been a number of activities which affects environment resulting changes in natural habitat of ethnic flora and faunas of Manipur. Climate change is also a great factor affecting the natural vegetation to survive in its best habitation. In view of such factors which affect many species, state government is trying to restore and conserve wet lands in the state. Restoration of Lamphelpat water body is in the priority to conserve the natural habitat of ethnic flowers like Kombirei, he added.

Kombirei – the ethnic flower is deeply associated with the cultural folklore of Manipur which needs special care and attention to conserve it from extinction. The flower has a special place in the cultural history of Manipur like in Sajibu Nongmapanba – Cheiraoba. Therefore, scientific research should be conducted to find out the best suitable ways for ensuring its best habitat and multiplication, the minister said.

Joykumar who is also in-charge of science and technology assured that the required funding to conduct scientific research especially for Kombirei will be made. He appealed the people to cooperate with the government’s initiatives to conserve environment in the days to come.

Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) Dr R.K. Ranjan Singh said in view of the changing climatic conditions, it is time to make all out efforts to conserve environment. The Centre under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also committed for the restoration of wet lands in the country and many programmes and schemes have been implemented.

He also stressed the need to conduct scientific research to conserve Kombirei- the ethnic flower of Manipur and exuded confidence that he will definitely help to approve projects regarding conservation of such rare species whenever pursued by the concerned departments and agencies to the central ministries.
Kangjam Radhakumar Singh (Retd-IAS) also spoke on the importance of conservation of Kombirei. Artists performed Pena and Khulang Esei on the occasion.

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