DIPR IMPHAL, 6th Dec:
Youth affairs and sports minister Letpao Haokip has called upon the youth to promote integrity of the state and the nation as they are going to become guardians of the future society.
Letpao was speaking as chief guest of the closing function of the 22nd State Level Youth Festival 2017 held at the auditorium of Khuman Lampak Sports Complex, here on Wednesday.
Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan state director Sahib Singh presided over the function which was also attended by IAS (Retd) RK Nimai as guest of honour.
Competitions in 11 disciplines were conducted during the festival, which was inaugurated on December 2.
Speaking at the valedictory function, minister Letpao stressed that contemporary youth need to take active role in promoting integrity.
Manipur is like a mini-India where a number of ethnic communities reside. The unity and integrity of Manipur and the nation are essential for progress and youth can contribute a lot in strengthening the unity and integrity, he said.
Youth are the pillar of the nation and they must be prepared from now to lead the nation, the minister said.
He encouraged the participants to endeavour for becoming good leaders as the future of the state and the nation would be in their hands one day.
Minister Letpao also urged them to think positive and do good deeds.
In his address, RK Nimai stressed the need to revise the State Youth Policy so that talents could be nurtured to their full potential. He even volunteered to offer his service towards this end so that the youth and sports persons of the state are guided in the right direction.
Prizes to winners of various competitions were also presented during the function.
Thongam Zingo of Thoubal, YK Kachangpa of Senapati and Disinang Pamei of Tamenglong were adjudged the first, second and third prize winner respectively in Elocution contest.
In guitar, Mutum Bharatbushan of Imphal West, Yulhung Shunrei of Chandel and RK Sanjoy of Imphal East emerged the top three position winners.
H Babutomba of Bishnupur, James Rajkumar of Imphal West and Kheengba Sorokhaibam of Imphal East clinched the top three spots in Tabla.
Muhammad Saad of Imphal West was declared winner in harmonium while W Bikramjit of Imphal West bagged the top prize in flute recital.
Th Joygeshwori of Imphal West was adjudged winner in sitar competition. In classical vocal, Kh Dhanamanjuri of Imphal West and L Bidyananda of Imphal East secured won first and second position respectively.
Th Tolen of Thoubal, N Illina of Imphal East and L Sapana of Kakching won the top three positions respectively in classical Manipuri dance competition.
In folk song competition, Kakching district was declared the winner while Tamenglong and Chandel districts bagged the first and second runners up titles respectively.
Imphal East, Kakching and Tamenglong won the top three spots in folk dance competition respectively. Imphal East district was declared winner in one-act play while Thoubal district won the second place.