Biren announces libraries for recognised Manipur communities

Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh has announced construction of one library each for all recognised communities of the state soon as a Christmas and New Year gift to the people of the state.

Stating that peace is slowly returning to the State with the support of the masses, Biren wished the people an Advance Christmas and a happy New Year.

Construction of the Hills Chiefs Guest House will be inaugurated soon before the New Year, he added.

The chief minister made the announcements at the Curtain Raiser of the Commissioning of the INS Imphal held at Kangla, here, on Friday.

INS Imphal is the third ship of the Vishakapatnam-class stealth guided missile destroyers of the Indian Navy. The keel of Imphal was laid down on 19th May, 2017 and she was launched on 20th April, 2019 at Mazagon Dock Limited of Mumbai. The Ship was named in recognition of the Indian soldiers who fought in the Battle of Imphal during World War II. It is the first Indian Navy ship named after the capital city of Manipur and first one to be named in any city of Northeast India.

Stating that the entire State should feel proud on the naming of the Warship INS Imphal, Biren said that despite its size, Manipur has earned its own place in the world.

“Whatever recognition we are getting today is because of our forefathers’ contributions and sacrifices.”

He stressed that naming of the Warship INS Imphal is a recognition and show of respect to Manipur’s rich history and past glory and that the people of the state should also reciprocate and appreciate the central leaders like Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence minister Rajnath Singh and others by fulfilling ‘our’ responsibilities towards building One Bharat Strong Bharat.

He said politics is not just development of infrastructure, but it is also about rolling out policies which will deliver long term welfare to the communities and the state.

He highlighted the renaming of Mount Harriet as Mount Manipur, nomination of sportspersons Naorem Roshibina Devi and Pukhrambam Sushila Chanu for Arjuna Award and extension of Inner Line Permit system to Manipur.

The ceremony was also attended by ministers, MLAs, security advisor, chief secretary, DGP, civil and police officials, distinguished personalities from diverse fields, NCC cadets, students among others.

As part of the ceremony, a painting competition was also organised and a video on INS Imphal shown.

The chief minister accompanied by cabinet ministers and officials also inspected ongoing construction works of Alternate Housing at National Games Village, Water Amusement Park at Thenguchingjin and Government Quarters at New Checkon, here.

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