Imphal: Chief minister N. Biren Singh expressed his commitment towards bringing equal development in the state and said, “If we have the determination, sincerity and commitment, there is nothing that we cannot achieve or deliver with the support and cooperation of the public”.
Biren was speaking as chief guest of the closing function of the two-day long 3rd State-level Barak Festival 2022 at Sanyi Dahrii Sports Complex, Khabung Karong in Senapati district on Wednesday.
Altogether 90 different stalls were also opened during the festival including government departments like Fisheries department, Autonomous District Council, Senapati, District Legal Services Authority, Senapati, sub-divisional stalls, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, PHED, Senapati among others.
Further explaining the need to shift the festival venue to the Barak River side, the chief minister said the decision was taken after considering that there is no need of organising a festival if the government is unable to deliver its benefit to the public.
He said the decision was taken after a thorough discussion with all stakeholders and after understanding the need to educate the youth about the importance of Barak River, its surrounding forest, nature and water.
He highlighted that the motto of the festival “Save Mother Earth” also echoes Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s belief of “Earth is One.’
The festival was organised in the name of Barak River which originates from the hills of Liyai Village, Senapati district, Manipur and flows along Manipur-Nagaland border before entering Assam and Bangladesh.
There are around 34-35 communities in the state and it is the duty and responsibility of the chief minister to share their needs and grievances, Biren said.
He also spoke on the importance of conserving and preserving one’s culture.
Performances from different cultural troupes highlighted the closing function.
The event was also attended by Law and Legislative Affairs minister Th. Basanta Singh, Animal Husbandry, Veterinary and Transport minister Khasim Vashum, MLAs Haokholet Kipgen, Ram Muivah, J Kumo Sha, L. Dikho among others.
The chief minister expressed his deepest condolence on the untimely death of the chief of Khabung Karong village.