Imphal, Jan 10 (DIPR)
Assets constructed at Shree Shree Bijoy Govindajee Temple at Sagolband under Swadesh Darshan Scheme of Ministry of Tourism were handed over to the temple committee today at a formal function organized by Department of Tourism at the temple complex. Tourism Director handed over the assets to the temple committee.
Speaking at the occasion, Chief Minister N Biren Singh praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a visionary leader who is committed to inclusive development.
Under his guidance, the Central Government had taken up the Swadesh Darshan Scheme which aims to promote and harness the tourism potential of the country, he added.
N Biren further assured to re-construct and preserve the sanctity of Thangapat at Sagolband where the Hiyang Tannaba (Boat Race) is held every year on the occasion of Heikru Hidongba.
Citing the historical and cultural importance of the boat race, he expressed his willingness to make the boat race more competitive with the participation of well trained rowers. He also urged the Tourism Department to make arrangements for conducting the boat race at both Thangapats at Palace Compound and Sagolband in the next Heikru Hidongba festival.
Maintaining that the law and order of the State had considerably improved since the formation of his Government, he stated the State Government had placed utmost priority on maintaining peace and security of its people.
He also informed that his Government had been taking up steps to maintain proper and safe boundaries of the State by sorting out issues with neighbouring States, with construction of police stations, barracks, etc.
The Chief Minister further stated that unity and peace among different communities is very much necessary to take the State on the path of development.
Tourism Minister Oinam Lukhoi said that Manipur being a State endowed with much scenic beauty, the State Government under the leadership N Biren Singh had been working to develop tourist spots at various places both in the hills and the valley regions.
He informed that an eco tourism park each for all the 60 Assembly Constituencies of the State would be developed with funding of Rs 30 lakh from Tourism Department for each AC and Rs 20 lakh from Local Area Development Funds of respective MLAs and the encashment of funds for the same is in process.
It may be mentioned that N Biren inaugurated the development of Shree Shree Bijoy Govindajee Temple under Swadesh Darshan Scheme along with four other components of the ‘Spiritual Circuit in Manipur’ in presence of Union Minister of State for Tourism and Culture (I/C) on December 21 last year at a function held at Manipur State Film Development Society.
MP, Rajya Sabha Leishemba Sanajaoba, Chairman, Loktak Development Authority L Susindro, MLA Sagolband AC RK Imo, MLA Kshetrigao AC Nahakpam Indrajit, Additional Chief Secretary MH Khan, Commissioner (Tourism) Devesh Deval, Secretary to Chief Minister N Geoffrey and Director (Tourism) W Ibohal attended the function, among others.