Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh on Saturday visited Maram Khullen village in Senapati district to a rousing welcome and graced a community outreach programme.
During his maiden visit to the interior village, which is associated with the legendary love story of King Paikhomba and Maram chief’s daughter Engellei, he announced various development projects to be taken up at Maram area and Senapati district besides distributing benefits under various schemes of government departments.
To Maram people’s much delight present at the occasion in huge numbers, he announced opening of SDO’s office Maram and Maram Police station, upgradation of Maram PHC to CHC and Maram Khullen PHSC to PHC. He also handed over a work order to the agency concerned for development of Sadim Pukhri and Hinga Shrine, associated with the love story of King Paikhomba and Engellei.
The present government runs within a system and every work programme had been implemented after thorough discussion with concerned officials. As such, the government had been able to maintain a good relation with the public, Biren said.
He made an assurance to provide connection of pipelines for providing tape water to the people of Maram Khullen.
He said his government had been working dedicatedly to provide all the necessary infrastructures to every district of the state.
Urging the people to refrain from any false information circulated by vested interest groups creating enmity among certain communities, he maintained that the state government had always worked for inclusive development and added that a white paper on fund flow to the hills districts had been brought out recently.
Around 45 percent of the total state Budget had been allocated to hill districts in the last two and half years.
He appealed to the youths of hill districts to apply for Start Up scheme as only few had applied for the same so far. He further maintained that infrastructures of certain sectors like road and transport, health, water supply and education among others had been improved significantly under the people oriented programmes taken up by the government.
Stressing the need to develop hill districts in order to achieve overall development of the country the chief minister stated that certain development programmes had been taken up under the Hill Areas Development Programme (HADP) of the central government.
He mentioned that Rs 90 crore had earlier been allocated to Tamenglong District in 2018 and added that the Centre had been asked for allocation of funds under HADP for remaining hill districts as well. He said the state government, giving priority to poor and needy people since its formation, had introduced schemes for the welfare of the people such as Chief Minister-gi Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT), CM’s Health for All and School Fagathansi Mission among others.
During the programme, he flagged off Covid Vaccination Express of Senapati district and laid foundation stone for Science Block of Don Bosco College, Maram. He also released the Maram Text Book for Class IX and X published by the Board of Secondary Education Manipur.