Imphal, Jan 7 (DIPR)
Chief Minister N Biren Singh today inaugurated ITI, Sekmai and also laid the foundation stones for two women’s markets which would be constructed at Sekmai and Kanglatongbi.
The ITI inaugurated today was constructed by Manipur Tribal Development Corporation Ltd under Enhancing Skill Development Infrastructure in North Eastern States (ESDI) while the implementing agency for construction of the two women’s market will be Manipur Police Housing Corporation Ltd (MPHC Ltd).
Speaking as the chief guest at the grand function held at Kanglatongbi, N Biren recalled the responsibilities taken by women of Manipur since time immemorial to safeguard the State in various circumstances.
He added that women could now contribute more towards the growth of the State’s economy as the law and order situation of the State had considerably improved and the Government had been giving utmost priority to make the public feel safe and secure round the clock.
The Chief Minister further said that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of women empowerment, and protect and up- hold the integrity of wom-en, the State Government had already constructed women’s markets in seven hill districts. The Government has been planning to construct 10 more women’s markets in valley districts against which foundation stones of five markets had been laid , he added.
He also sought support from the locals of Sekmai and Kanglatongbi to avoid any disturbance during the construction so that the markets could be completely constructed within six months.
Biren also informed that the situation of wildfire at Dzuko Valley has now been successfully controlled with the tireless efforts of the Central and State forces. He showed his gratitude to Union Home Minister Amit Shah for his serious concern about the inferno and providing immediate assistance to the State’s effort to contain it.
He also appealed to the public to access benefits of all Government schemes through concerned authorities.
Forest Minister Awangbow Newmai said that bandhs and strikes had now become outdated and is not a proper channel for expressing one’s grievances. Stating that the Government is for the people, he appealed to the public to use proper channels in bringing up issues and problems to the concerned authorities.
Speaking on the occasion, Rajya Sabha MP Leishemba Sanajaoba stated that women of Manipur had played major roles in shaping the State since time immemorial and so the women’s markets are being constructed as a mark of respect to them.
He also appealed to the implementing agency to complete the construction work as soon as possible to facilitate women vendors in their earnings.
Delivering his presidential speech, Manipur Building & Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board, Chairman and MLA, Sekmai AC Heikham Dingo termed N Biren Singh as a true leader and said that under his leadership, the State had seen considerable positive changes in various sectors.
He also expressed his thankfulness to the Chief Minister for locating two markets in Sekmai Assembly Constituency out of 10 women’s markets which would be constructed this year.
Education Minister Sorokhaibam Rajen, Tribal Affairs and Hills Minister Vungzagin Valte, Agriculture Minister Oinam Lukhoi, Labour and Employment Minister Thokchom Satyabrata, Deputy Speaker, Manipur Legislative Assembly Kongkham Robindro, State Planning Board, Deputy Chairman L Rameshwor, Managing Director, MPHC Ltd C. Doungel, Commissioner (Planning) Devesh Deval, Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police, Imphal West, officials of State Government and women vendors of Sekmai and Kanglatongbi women’s markets attended the function, among others.