Sangai Festival continues to get more sponsors


IMPHAL, 14th Nov: The ensuing Manipur Sangai Festival continues to get more sponsors as three different organisations on Wednesday handed over a total amount of Rs 7.5 lakh for organising the festival, which will begin from November 21.

Bank of India, Shija Hospitals and Research Institute Pvt Ltd and Ching Tam Trust sponsored Rs 5 lakh, Rs 2 lakh and Rs 50,000 respectively. These amounts were handed over to chief minister N Biren by the representatives of these organisations at the CM secretariat. Tribal affairs and hills minister N Kayisii, Manipur State Planning Board deputy chairman S Rajen, secretary to CM N Geoffrey and director (tourism) W Ibohal were also present on the occasion. While accepting the amount, the CM expressed gratitude to all the organisations for generously extending support in organising the biggest tourism festival of the state.

Talking about various developmental issues, Biren stressed the need for working in better co-ordination among different private companies/entrepreneurs and the state government.
He informed that among different foreign dignitaries, Princess of Thailand, chief minister of Sagaing (Myanmar) and US ambassador to India would also attend this year’s festival.
The festival will have a total 99 stalls run by representatives of 15 foreign countries. According to inputs report from Commerce and Industry department, the countries are Japan, Hong Kong SAR, Czech Republic, China, United Arab Emirates, Austria, Thailand, Bangladesh, Myanmar, South Africa, Egypt, Turkey, Afghanistan, Nepal and South Korean.
Other than two food stalls of Thailand, the remaining 97 stalls would be commercial. Thailand will be opening the largest number of stalls - 73 in all including the two food stalls.
Japan, Hong Kong SAR, Czech Republic, China, United Arab Emirates, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Nepal and Austria will be opening one stall each, while Bangladesh will be opening 6 stalls; South Africa, Egypt and Turkey 3 stalls each and 2 stalls of South Korea.
For Manipur, 560 stalls will be opened, of which 160 are food stalls and 400 are commercial based.
In addition, 61 commercial stalls from other states/UTs will be taking part in the Festival. They are Jammu & Kashmir, Delhi, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Jharkhand, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan and Tripura. In all, 720 stalls would be opened at the festival.

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