Double-up efforts to make up for lost time in conflict:  Biren to public

Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh appealed to the public to work hard with double efforts to take the state towards further development, stating that the state had lost much time due to the unprecedented conflict.

Manipur has been facing woes due to Meitei-Kuki conflict that erupted on May 3, last year.

Biren made his plea to the people as he inaugurated the State Institute of Hotel Management (SIHM) constructed at Nongmaiching, Imphal East under the sponsorship of the ministry of Tourism, Government of India on Thursday.

The Institute offers courses like B.Sc. Hotel and Hospitality Administration, B.SC. Culinary Arts and Catering, BBA Travel and Tourism Management and Post Graduate Diploma in Aviation, Hospitality and Tourism.

Setting up of the institution is very important. The tourism sector has much impact in the economy and employment generation in the state, Biren said.

Mentioning the beauty of the landscape alongside the Institute, he urged both the trainers and trainees of the institute to maintain a good relation with nature and to preserve it while enjoying its scenic beauty.

He spoke on the requirement to upgrade the approach road of the Institute to a double lane road.

Mentioning the importance of developing tourism sector Biren said his government has taken up many development projects across the state like construction of Sangai Ethnic Park, Manipur Olympian Park, Water Amusement Park, Heritage Park at Makhel and Southern Cultural Centre at Behiang among others.

Biren said the government is putting in all possible efforts to bring normalcy in the state. Security forces have been deployed in periphery areas and political dialogues have also been initiated to resolve the issue as soon as possible, he added.

As the SIHM is situated at foothill area, the chief minister instructed the deputy commissioner and the superintendent of police, Imphal East to make arrangements for deployment of security personnel around the Institute, to prevent disturbance from any unwanted elements.

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