Union minister Bhupendra Yadav meets stakeholders over Loktak plan

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Imphal: Union environment, forest and climate change minister Bhupender Yadav on Sunday chaired a joint meeting with all the stakeholders regarding Integrated Management Plan on Loktak Lake.

The meeting was held in the presence of state forest, environment and climate change minister Awangbow Newmai, Rajya Sabha MP Leishemba Sanajaoba, Loktak Development Authority chairman L. Susindro Meitei, MLAi Tongbram Robindro Singh, MLA Govindas Konthoujam and MLA Pukhrem Sharatchandra Singh.

In a joint press conference held after the meeting, Awangbow said the meeting was held with an objective to save the Loktak lake. He said the Union minister gave assurance to give his full support to all the plans to preserve and protect the lake.

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Susindro said the Union minister is concerned with the conservation efforts of the Loktak lake. He informed that the Union minister gave his commitment to over Rs 97 crore conservation plan proposal which was put up in the meeting today for the conservation efforts of the Loktak lake. He also stated that plan to provide sustainable livelihood for fishermen in the periphery area are in the pipeline.

The stakeholders attending the meeting were Good Will Mission Manipur, Joint Coordination Committee on Wildlife and Biodiversity, environmental social reformation and Sangai Protection Forum, The Yaralpat INtegarted Farming Co. of Society, Loktak LakeTourism Development Cooperation Society Ltd. Sendra and Loktak View Point Development Organisation.

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The meeting was also attended by the officials of the forest department including principal chief conservator of forests and head of forest force Dr Aditya Kumar Joshi, directorate of environment and Climate Change including the Director Dr. Y. Nabachandra Singh and Loktak Development Authority including director Longjam Bhagaton Singh.

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