Biren attends Poumai Thounii festival, calls for unity

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Imphal: “We are one, let us forgive and forget our historical mistakes,” chief minister N.Biren Singh said highlighting his efforts to bring unity and equal development in the state and sought support and cooperation of the public.

Biren Singh highlighted recent celebration at Makhel and the significance of the Makhel Heritage Park.

He was speaking at the inaugural function of the three days long Poumai Thounii 2023 on its second day at Phaibung Khullen, Senapati District, celebrated under the theme Sustaining Culture. Poumai Thounii which began on Wednesday will conclude on Friday.

The chief minister stressed on his relation with the Poumai community and said it dates back to his early days as a NEROCA player. He lauded the community for their discipline, hardwork and traditional values and said the communities of the Ssate have brotherly relations.

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“We had been set apart due to lack of development, interaction and communication between the people in the past. There is need for visiting and interacting with people from across the state to bring unity in the state.

He highlighted ongoing projects like indigenous sports complex, amusement park, astro turf installation at the district headquarter.

The chief minister also highlighted the government’s efforts on war on drugs and to bring an end to corruption and further lauded and thanked the Poumai community for their support and response to the war on drugs.

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It is encouraging that the people seems to be emphasizing more on terrace cultivation rather than taking up jhum cultivation. The government is also in the process to encourage terrace cultivation, said.

Speaking on a memorandum submitted to him, the chief minister expressed that he is quite impressed that the memorandum has laid special emphasis on natural and organic farming.  He assured to look into the memorandum.

Biren was accorded a warm welcome by the public of the area. Traditional trumpets were blown on his arrival. He also unveiled a monolith of the village.

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Cultural dance performances, fire making, whooping by Phaibung Union, release of souvenir, greetings from civil organizations and folk tunes were highlights of the inaugural function.

The function was also attended by Cabinet ministers Govindas Konthoujam, Letpao Haokip, L. Susindro Meitei, MP Dr. Lorho S Pfoze, MLA J Kumo Sha, Losii Dikho among others.

Several stalls also exhibited local products of the nearby villages. Including from Purul Rosofii, Chingmai Khunou, Purul Akutpa, Lakhamai, Laii, Koide, Thingba Khullen, Maiba, Siimai, Ngari Raiduloumai, Kodom Khullen, Ngari Khullen, Khamsom, Phuba, Taiwan Songdo, Phaibung Khullen.

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