Governor urges PM Modi to spur state's development

Governor of Manipur Dr Najma Heptulla said that she had urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi for launching different projects apart from laying foundation stone for the National Sports University during his visit in Imphal for inaugurating the Indian Science Congress in March.

Addressing media persons at Raj Bhavan here on Tuesday, Dr Najma Heptulla said that shifting of Indian Science Congress venue from Osmania University of Telangana to Manipur University in Imphal is a good opportunity for the state.

Dr Heptulla divulged that she personally wrote to the president of Indian Science Congress to organise the Congress in the state.

During a recent talk with the Pride Minister, she received confirmation that the Prime Minister will lay foundation stone for the National Sports University during his visit. Apart from the proposal of flying dispensary/air ambulance, she has been urging the PM for launching other projects during his visit. However, programme for the visit would be made as per the schedules made by the Prime Minister’s office, she added.

Dr Heptulla further said that she has been associated with the Science Congress since long. Eminent scientists will visit Manipur for two aspects, to see biodiversity and conducting more research works on natural resources. Many delegates and scientists would visit the state during the science congress. Besides, Nobel laureates are expected to attend the Congress too, she added.

The Governor also said that she is putting her efforts to bring flying dispensaries and if this could be started, then people living in far flung areas will be benefited.

Livelihood mission will also start shortly in the state under which youth will be trained in different skill development sectors to produce successful entrepreneurs, she disclosed.

Dr Heptulla further informed that she has requested ministry of civil aviation for introducing direct flight from Delhi to Imphal. Finally, Air India has introduced Delhi- Imphal direct flight service from January 2 twice a week considering the public demand. She also informed that she took the flight from Delhi to Imphal on Tuesday and it took only two and half hours.

Observing that direct flight has made Manipur closer to Delhi and flying time has been reduced, she stressed the need for more direct flights from other cities especially Mumbai,
Bengaluru and Chennai as well so that more tourists could come to Manipur.

She expressed hope that other airlines will introduce more direct flights from other states to Imphal in due course of time.

Ministry of culture considered Sankirtana, which was recognised by UNESCO in 2013 as intangible art, for providing assistance in promoting this art form. A lecture in connection with Sankirtana would be organised shortly in Imphal, she said.

Observing that there are many similarities in culture with Manipur and other Asian countries, she opined that culture would bring together the neighbouring countries.

Emphasising on the need for keeping the Loktak Lake clean, the Governor said that Ithai barrage gates should be opened to allow waste residue collected in the lake from different rivers to flow away. Moreover, a sewerage treatment plant is a must for maintaining clean state of the lake. She also said that adventure sports activities like water skating, boat race, para sailing could be developed in the lake.

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