Pothashang News Service: Imphal, February 4, 2020: Art and culture, L. Jayantakumar Singh on Tuesday laid the foundation stone of the first ever film city to be under the Centre for Culture and Moving Images (Cultural and Heritage Complex) in Manipur at Ringui village, Ukhrul district.
Jayantakumar expressed his desire in getting a larger platform for a change when he got elected in the year 2000. He said taking charge as art and culture minister, he always thought of fulfilling his desire to develop the vast rich culture in the state.
Culture is a state of the mind where a person feels of expressing his views, whether of the nature or of the person’s society, he added.
With the initiative of the talented director of the Manipur State Film and Television Institute, prof. Nilotpal Majumdar and his desire to promote the young talents of this region in this field, the ministerial team decided to visit Ringui and select a site for the film city during his previous visit.
Jayantakumar said the art and culture department has earmarked a budget for developing the site. He expressed his views in handling the fund in their own hands to demarcate the land in consultation with the village headman and other interested stakeholders.
Necessary assistance will be made at his end to those who have donated their land for this good cause and for doing this, local MLA will also be kept in touch when the situation demands, he added.
The minister and his team also visited a Free Health Camp organised by State AYUSH Society, Manipur near the venue. He said there is immense scope to grow medicinal plants in and around Ukhrul. Nursery plants will be provided at free of cost to the farmers if there is interest in growing such medicinal plants of high value in the market. Marketing for the produces will be facilitated by the government for the convenience of the farmers, he added.