Manipur Statehood Day was today celebrated across the state with full enthusiasm. The day marks the significance of Manipur becoming a full fledged state of the Indian Union.
Speaking at the main function held at the Conference hall of Manipur Secretariat in Imphal, Chief Minister Shri Okram Ibobi singh said we are proud to be a responsible citizen of this country. Although the state has a limited resource and financial crunch, the pace of development is advanced to a commendable stage. He said, the state is among the leading states of the country in some priority sectors. As Manipur is one of the most difficult states in the country, the state top the list among the states in Health and Power sectors. It tops the list in Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) this year also. Power sector is also becoming a role model in the country.
Deputy chief minister Gaikhangam recalled the remarkable day when the then prime Minister Indira Gandhi announced the conversion of Manipur into a full fledged state of the Indian Union. He said there has been a sea change in all front in the state for the last 45 years. The patch of development is encouraging as compared with the developed states in the country. In order to attain the status of a developed state by 2020, all the stakeholders should co-operate each other in the coming days.
Clamming insurgency as one of the most difficult hurdle in development, Gaikhangam stressed the need to address the issues seeking all possible means. He appealed all the UG Groups to come forward and engage talks with the government.
In connection with the state hood day a women polo tournament was organised at Mapal Kanjeibung from January 17 to end today with the participation of women teams from the United States and England participated.