‘Go to School’ to begin this month: CM

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 16th Jan: Chief minister N Biren on Wednesday inaugurated four projects undertaken in Chandel district including the newly constructed women’s market at Japhou Bazar in Chandel district headquarters.
Drinking Water Revival Scheme, boys’ hostels of Maha Union Higher Secondary School and Larong High School were the other projects inaugurated in the function organised by Chandel district administration.
In his address as chief guest, Biren announced that ‘Go to School’ will be launched as part of ‘Go to Village’ mission either on January 23 or 24 at one school in Wangoi.
While affirming that the government would be initiating the ‘Got to School’ with the objective of improving education sector and to bring quality education in the state, Biren explained that the government is fully aware of the degradation in education sector of the state while conducting its ‘Go to Village’ mission.
The government decided to introduce ‘Go to School’ to fill the gaps in education sector for which 60 schools, one each from the 60 A/Cs will be chosen for providing facilities of quality education phase by phase, the chief minister conveyed while adding that all deficiencies including infrastructure will be made available to these schools.
Biren further stated that the government has been implementing different welfare schemes to ease sufferings of the people. Schemes like CMHT, CMST, etc., have benefitted the poor, who were earlier unable to go for full treatment, and differently abled persons. ‘Go to Hills’ mission has established close ties among the people by bridging the gap that existed between the hills and the valley while ‘Go to Village’ has been able to deliver benefits of various welfare schemes and programmes to the people at their doorstep, he observed.
While noting that the gap between hills and valley arises out of huge difference in development, he conveyed that he had urged the central government for providing ‘topographical need based budget’ for Manipur so that the huge difference in development may be somewhat minimised.
The chief minister continued that after the central government acknowledged the reasonable demand of the state government, it has introduced ‘hill area development fund’ not only for Manipur but for states constituting both hills and valley. Moreover, out of 82 hill districts identified for development of hill districts in the country, Tamenglong district was selected and an amount of Rs 90 crore sanctioned for the purpose, he added.
N Biren also disclosed that his government has submitted names of six freedom fighters of the state including two Nagas, who were exiled to Andaman and Nicobar Islands for revolting against colonial rule of the British, to name six small islands after them as intimated by central government.
In his address, works minister Th Biswajit dubbed leaders of Congress party as matured liars.
Minister Biswajit stated that the government is moving forward considering the number of developmental works taken up in a short span of around one year and 10 months. It may be stated that Congress party did nothing if one considered 15 years of Congress rule, he added. The works minister also announced that construction of Chakpikarong bridge in Chandel district will be completed by the end of March or beginning of April this year and will be presented to the people.
As part of the programme, the chief minister also laid foundations for upgrade of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya; construction of transit accommodations for doctors, nurses and teachers in Chandel and Chakpikarong.
CAF and PD minister Karam Shyam, education minister Th Radheshyam, Chandel MLA and water resource minister Letpao Haokip were also present during the function which was presided over by Tamenglong MLA Samuel Jendai Kamei.


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