Union minister Nisith Pramanik interacts with eminent personalities of  Manipur, visits SAI complex

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Imphal: Union minister of state for youth affairs and sports Nisith Pramanik on Saturday interacted with eminent personalities of  Manipur in the field of sports, arts, culture and social service at Hotel Imphal.

During the interaction programme, Awardees from various fields highlighted some key points and sought the help of the minister for opening of a sports coaching centre, to implement Sports Policy, to improve Manipuri dance, culture, etc.

The minister told them that after the introduction of Khello India initiative under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the country is targeting to set up 1000 Khello India centres by 2024. So far the government has set up 540 Khello India centres in the country. Now, the government is planning to allocate adequate number of centres in Manipur as well, he said. The minister told them that he will discuss with the concern minister and department in this regard.

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Altogether 21 awardees from different fields attended the interaction programme including three awardees from handloom and textile category; three Sangeet Natak Academy awardees; three awardees from social welfare category; eight awardees from sports and three awardees from NYKS.

The Union minister also interacted with national sports awardees, officials of SAI, coaches, scientific staff of Manipur in the field of sports at NCOE, Takyelpat Complex, Imphal.

During the interaction programme, national awardees, coaches, scientific staff share their experiences and activities on their respective category of sports. Cyclist coach share their grievances  and the hardship they face during rainy season and sought the help of the minister for opening Indoor stadium for cycling.

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The minister told them that after the introduction of Khello India initiative, the country is planning to allocate more Khello India centres in Manipur as Manipur is the sport power house for the nation . About the indoor stadium for cyclist, the minister told them that he will discuss with the concern minister and department in this regard.

The medalist from Manipur brought Laurel for the nation and makes the country proud. In order to achieve this, all of the athletes need to work hard and makes the country proud in days to come, he added.

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The minister also planted tree sapling prior to the Interaction programme.

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