Imphal: Union minister of environment, forest and climate change and labour and employment Bhupender Yadav on Monday took stock of the situation of the Loktak Lake and Keibul Lamjao National Park (KLNP) in Bishnupur district which is an abode to various flora and fauna, including the state animal Sangai.
Addressing the gathering at a function organised by the Loktak Development Authority at the Loktak Inland Water Transport Complex in Sendra, Bhupender Yadav said, “It is our responsibility to fully implement the integrated management plan of Loktak and as a Union minister he fully takes the responsibility.”
Stating about the specialities of the Loktak Lake, he said it is the largest freshwater lake in entire North East India and floating land masses/phumdis cannot be found in other places in the world.
He said the Loktak is not only a lake but also an important historic landmark of India’s independence struggle. This is the sacred place from where Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose showed the dream of an independent India to the people of the country.
“We should think of developing the natural gift of the nature as the periphery of the Loktak Lake has lot of species including the endangered ones and migratory birds arriving in the lake,” te minister said. He opined that the development cannot be done without the local participation.
He said development means to protect the natural beauty of the area including the protection of the biodiversity and to give a dignified level of life by uplifting the economic status of the people living in and around the periphery of the lake.
He assured to the people that he would be arriving again in the state in January next year to sit along with the representatives of the local authority, local villagers and ministry to discuss regarding the integrated plan. He also assured that he will give full support to the work plan taken up by the state government.
Chief minister N. Biren Singh said, “We are unable to timely and wisely utilise the gift given by the nature in the various forms of flora and fauna which is abundantly found in the state.”
Stating that presently the Centre has recommended Rs 1,450 crore for the state, he said the focus of the state government is to make Manipur as a number one tourists spot in the entire country.
The state forest, environment and climate change minister Awangbow Newmai led a team comprising officials with the Union minister at the Keibul Lamjao National Park. He was felicitated there.
The forest department officials highlighted regarding various flora and fauna fauna found in the area and various reports regarding developmental efforts taken by the department for the protection and conservation of the biodiversity in the area.
The Union minister inquired the officials posted at the KLNP regarding the various challenges faced by them while executing their official work and regarding local participation in protection and conservation efforts of the KLNP.