Pothashang News Service: Imphal, May 11, 2018: Manipur government has sent a proposal to the Centre for setting up a heritage park worth Rs. 90 crore at Keibul Lamjao in Bishnupur district, said chief minister Nongthombam Biren Singh while launching a two-day annual state level tribal cultural festival at Tribal Research Institute in Imphal.
Biren Singh said the heritage park having heritage structures of all the communities of the state would serve as a permanent venue for the annual Manipur Sangai Festival, he added.
The festival was organised on the theme, ‘Tribal Culture for Peace and Unity’ by the research institute under the aegis of ministry of tribal affairs.
The state level tribal festival should be organised in a more grandeur manner at an open space at a suitable time from the next year. The state government is ready to sanction additional fund for it. The institute should co-ordinate with the government to upgrade the festival from next year so that it may become more meaningful and magnificent, he added.
He also contended that every event or activity should be executed in such a manner so as to serve its intended purpose.
The new government has been keeping all its promises made to the public so far, and the state has seen lots of positive changes in the past one year with hill-valley ties becoming more cordial. It has also been able to retain peace and tranquillity up to a large extent of late, however some anti-social elements have also been making constant efforts to destabilize the situation, he said.
“Man is mortal, no solution can be brought by killing each other” said the chief minister. He urged the people to go ahead together with the government towards advancement. He expressed his hope that Manipur would see a transformation soon if the government continues to fulfill the needs of the public through its missions like ‘Go to Village’.
With the launching of the mission, all the high ranking officials including administrative secretaries and heads of departments have started working in the field, he observed. The chief minister also said that no village would be left out under the mission.
Tribal afairs and hills minister N. Kayisii, said every community should preserve its culture and identity. He also thanked the participants belonging to different tribal communities for taking part in the festival despite their busy chores because of the onset of farming season at hill areas.
Public health engineering minister Losii Dikho, Hill Area Committee chairman T.T. Haokip and MP Thangso Baite also graced the function as guests of honour.
Presentation of colourful tribal cultural dances, folk songs and tribal cuisines were the main highlights of the festival that represents the participation of 34 tribes of the state.