Chief Minister N Biren Singh stressed upon unity among the people in the state during the recent celebration at Makhel and the significance of the Makhel Heritage Park.
The chief minister was speaking as the chief guest at the three-day Poumai Thounii 2023 at Phaibung Khullen, Senapati district. Celebrated under the theme Sustaining Culture. Poumai Thounii which began on January 4 will conclude on January 6, 2023.
“Let us forgive and forget our historical mistakes,” the chief minister said highlighting his efforts to bring unity and equal development in the state and sought support and cooperation of the public.
N Biren Singh stressed on his relation with the Poumai community and said it dates back to his early days as a NEROCA player. He lauded the community for their discipline, hardwork and traditional values and said the communities of the state have brotherly relations.
We had been set apart due to lack of development, interaction and communication between the people in the past, the chief minister said highlighting the need to visit and interact with people from across the state to bring unity in the state.
He further stressed on the benefits of introducing the Go to Hills and Go to Village schemes. Senapati district has also witnessed a huge developmental change over the past few years, he said highlighting the construction of Ima market, installation of open gyms, trauma centres, blood bank, oxygen plant etc.
The Chief Minister highlighted ongoing projects like indigenous sports complex, amusement park, astro turf installation at the district headquarters. He also highlighted government’s efforts on war on drugs and to bring an end to corruption and lauded and thanked the Poumai community for their support and response to the war on drugs.
CM Biren also said that it is encouraging that the people seems to be emphasizing more on terrace cultivation rather than taking up jhum cultivation, and added that the government is also in the process to encourage terrace cultivation.
Speaking on the memorandum submitted to him, the chief minister expressed that he is quite impressed that the memorandum has laid special emphasis on natural and organic farming. He further assured to look into the memorandum.
CM Biren was accorded a warm welcome by the public of the area. Traditional trumpets were blown on his arrival. The Chief Minister also unveiled a monolith of the village.
Cultural dance performances, fire making, whooping by Phaibung Union, release of souvenir, greetings from civil organizations and folk tunes were highlights of the inaugural function.
The function was also attended by Cabinet Ministers Govindas Konthoujam, Letpao Haokip, L Susindro Meitei, MP Lorho S Pfoze, MLA J Kumo Sha, Losii Dikho among others.
Several stalls also exhibited local products of the nearby villages. Including from Purul Rosofii, Chingmai Khunou, Purul Akutpa, Lakhamai, Laii, Koide, Thingba Khullen, Maiba, Siimai, Ngari Raiduloumai, Kodom Khullen, Ngari Khullen, Khamsom, Phuba, Taiwan Songdo, Phaibung Khullen.