Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today announced sanction of Rs. 185 crores for the development of Kangpokpi as he inaugurated District Information Office and District Social Welfare Office at Kangpokpi.
The chief minister said a district hospital will be opened soon at Kangpokpi, a tribal Ima market will be launched for which Rs. 10 crore has been sanctioned out of Rs. 150 crores sanctioned to construct tribal markets in the state . Rs. 1.5 crore has also been sanctioned to construct a Sadbhavana Mandap. An ITI worth Rs. 9.5 crore will be constructed for which an amount of Rs 3.88 crores has been released. Rs. 2.25 crores has been sanctioned for construction of a girls’ hostel. The state is also aiming to construct a guest house. Old age pension will be paid through digital payment system from April 31, added the chief minister.
The chief minister saying that Kangpoki is a new district which has been neglected for many years appealed the armed militants not to disturb the development activities in the district and also appealed the villagers to appeal the militants for the same.
Kangpokpi is the first district among the newly created districts having a DIO under Directorate of Information and Public Relations. The DIO will also publicise all government-related information of the district through the mass media.
In order to facilitate smooth running of the newly opened office, one District Information Officer, an Information Assistant, an Office Assistant and a Grade-IV staff had been deputed at DIO Kangpokpi.
DIPR now has District Information Offices in Kangpokpi, Senapati, Ukhrul, Chandel, Churachandpur, Tamenglong, Thoubal and Bishnupur districts and a Manipur Information Centre at New Delhi. The State Government is yet to open District Information Offices at Jiribam, Kakching, Tengnoupal, Kamjong, Pherzawl and Noney districts.
The new coalition Government led by BJP was installed in Manipur on March 15, 2017. The prime task of the new Government is to bring transparency, good governance and corruption-free environment in the State with overall development in both hills and plains. All these commitments would not be fulfilled unless the full support of the public has been extended to the Government, said the Chief minister.
With the creation of seven new districts namely Jiribam, Kangpokpi, Kakching, Tengnoupal, Kamjong, Pherzawl and Noney there is a need to open District Information Offices in all these newly created districts as well in order to function the district administration more effectively with the full support of the general masses in the district.
Kangpokpi district now has a district ICDS Cell as well along with District Social Welfare Office under the State Social Welfare Department.
Social Welfare Officer, Saitu Gamphazol has been deputed as DSWO, Kangpokpi by merging Social Welfare Office, Saitu Gamphazol with DSWO, Kangpokpi. On the other hand, CDPO, Kangpokpi has given additional charge of District Programme Officer, Kangpokpi. There are three ICDS projects in Kangpokpi district and 656 Anganwadi centres and 65 Mini-Anganwadi centres are being run under these projects. 3538 old-aged persons are being benefitted under Manipur Old Age Pension Scheme and 4011 persons under Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme in the district.
Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme and Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme have 206 and 59 beneficiaries respectively.
After the inauguration of District Information Office and District Social Welfare Office at DC Office complex, Kangpokpi, a 24-minute documentary film entitled, ‘Go to the Hills’ produced by DIPR Manipur was also released by N. Biren, Works and IPR Minister Th. Biswajit, IFCD Minister Letpao Haokip, Social Welfare Minister Smt. Nemcha Kipgen and Parliamentary Secretaries K. Robindro and Dr Sapam Ranjan.
Biren Singh was warmly received by a large number of people at Gangiphai and Kalapahar on his way to Kangpokpi district headquarters today.
Despite incessant rain, large number of people comprising men, women, children and students gathered on road sides to welcome the chief minister since morning holding placards that read ‘Welcome Honourable CM N. Biren Singh’ and ‘Long Live N. Biren’.
On his arrival at Gangiphai village located on NH-2 (Imphal-Dimapur road), representatives of Sadar Hills Chiefs’ Association presented a traditional shawl and submitted a memorandum highlighting their grievances.
At Kalapahar too he was received by a large number of people at the village mostly inhabited by Gorkha people where a brief reception was organised by Sadar Hills Gorkha Union.
Union leaders presented Gorkha traditional Khukri, Topi and shawl to the CM before he left the village for Kangpokpi.
Giant gates embossed as ‘Welcome Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh’ were erected to greet the Chief Minister at both the villages.