Imphal: Water resources minister Letpao Haokip said it is high time the present generation learn to imbibe and follow the ideals and spirit of Sardar Vallabhai Patel, who epitomises unity and oneness.
Letpao said this showing concern to the growing trend in our state Manipur, where every community and stakeholders have been demanding their separate homelands.
Letpao was addressing at the inaugural function of the 6th DBASA (Dingpi Border Area Sporting Association) Sports Meet at New Samtal village, Chandel district.
He said there seems to have a ‘political imbroglio’ in our society wherever everyone wants their share of sovereignty or autonomy.
It’s high time that we all recall Sardar Patel, the man who worked relentlessly to unite India, and should collectively work towards a united Manipur in the truest possible way, he added.
The minister stated that such sporting events, especially in remote areas of the state, will help in tapping the sporting talents among the youth, and will also help in bringing them up to bigger platforms and better opportunities.
He also stressed on the importance of discipline in order to excel in sports, and in every other aspects of life as well.
Letpao mentioned that the state government is committed to bring development to the interior areas of the state such as New Samtal, and added that roads and the power supply have been improved a lot in the recent few years.
Citing the immense role played by the Indian Army in bringing development to remote areas of Manipur, the Minister thanked the Indian Army for always being a ‘good friend’ to the people of hilly areas.
Letpao along with Col. Manish Sharma handed over various sports items to the members of DBASA. The items were sponsored by the 13th AR Sehlon.
The DBASA Sports Meet will go on till January 18, and is an annual sports meet of the border villages belonging to Khengjoi sub-division of Chandel.