Minister bemoans mad race for Ningol Chakkouba gift

STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 22nd Oct: Ningol Chakouba, a festival celebrating the beautiful bond between brothers and sisters, was widely celebrated in the state on Saturday.

At Iboyaima Shumang Leela Shanglen, Palace Compound, All Manipur Ethnical Socio-Cultural Organisation (AMESCO); Nat Kanba Lup, Manipur State Shumang Leela Council and AMACSU jointly hosted the 24th Ningol Chakkouba.

Works minister Th Biswajit, who attended the event as chief guest said: "India is admired by the whole world as a country with rich cultural heritage and diverse ethnic backgrounds all united as a single entity. Like India, the state of Manipur is also home to many communities. Only the love and unity among these communities can bring about harmony and development in the state."

He further said, "It is because we hold the women in our state with highest level of respect that we call our land as Mother Manipur. It gives me immense happiness to see our mothers and sisters from various communities coming together to celebrate this festival. Women have always held the torch for maintaining peace and tranquility in the state. I hope all of will work together to work for the betterment of future. And I also pray we will stop this competition of giving the best gifts on this festival."

AMESCO president, Bk Moirangcha presided over the event, which was also attended by CAF & PD minister Karam Shyam as special guest-of-honour while L Memchoubi, president of Poirei Leimarol Meira Paibi Apunba Manipur; Rose Mangshi, advisor of Kuki Women Union Manipur; Sitara Begum, president of All Manipur Muslim Women Development Organization; Ranjita Golmei, member of Manipur State Commission for Women; Anuradha, chief functionary of People's Welfare Society and Atongpi Kamei, vice president of Kabui Mothers’ Association were the as guests of honour.

Along with presenting gifts to women as small token of appreciation, the function concluded with the message 'The Hill and the valley are one.

Manipur is not for one community but for all. Let's live together in peace for the sake of our future generations."

The festival was also celebrated by Struggle Committee Manipur at THAU ground, Thangmeiband.

Speaking on the occasion, L Radhakishore, Chairman of Manipur Pollution Control Board, who is also a member of the Committee, highlighted that Ningol Chakkouba is a festival that strengthens the existing bond between brothers and sisters and brings about a sense of familial closeness amongst the various communities of the state. "Women have a big responsibility in all major aspects of the state. Recognising these, the government has already taken up a number of schemes in their favour and plans to do more. Therefore, we should avail the benefits of these schemes and work for the betterment of the state," he maintained.

Former AMUCO president, KT Rahman, said: "Since time immemorial, Ningol Chakouba has been celebrated unchanged by the Meetei community. However, with the passage of time, it is now celebrated by all the communities.

This is an example of unity and love amongst the diverse communities of the state ." MLA Vungzagin Valte who is also Chairman of Manipur Tribal Development Corporation (MTDC) and MLA O Lukhoi were also present on the occasion as presidium members.

After sharing a sumptuous meal, the celebration came to end with presentation of gifts to all the participating women as tokens of brotherly love by male members of the organising committee.

On the other hand, Sapam Kunjakeswor, ex-MLA of Patsoi AC hosted the 5th Ningol Chakkouba for the differently-abled women and underprivileged children along with a day-long conference on empowerment of persons with disabilities at his Tera Sapam Leirak residence on Saturday.

Organised by Relief Centre for the Welfare of Differently-Abled Persons (RCWDAP) with collaboration of Imphal West Legal Service Authority and North East India Development Party (NEIDP)); Disabled Development Association and Northern Disabilities Institute, the event was attended by State Disabilities Commissioner, Dr RK Kumarjit; Imphal West District Legal Services Authority chairman, M Manojkumar; former president of RCWDAP Ch Opendro; social scientist, Dr Dhanabir Laishram and Head of Department of Community Medicine RIMS, Brogen Singh Akoijam as presidium members.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Dhanabir noted, "It is high time to find out if the people of this state are living to the exact standards of democracy that the government is supposed to ensure. It is also necessary to see if the government is sincerely fulfilling its duties as caretakers of its citizens. Traditions and customs are all part of a society. Only when we are together as one, then the society can progress."

"People who are a nuisance to the society cannot be considered normal. They only bring about chaos. It is also important to care for the downtrodden and the differently-abled as well," he added. 

United Ching-Tam Clubs Association also organised Ningol Chakouba festival for the poor and destitute women of both Khundrakpam and Saikul assembly constituencies at Yumnam Khunou community hall on Saturday.

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