Will press GOI to complete construction sports univ within two years, says inner MPIMPHAL | Jul 15
Noting that sports tourism will flourish in the State once the national sports university starts functioning fully fledged, inner Manipur parliamentary constituency (IMPC) Lok Sabha MP, RK Ranjan today said that he will press the centre to complete construction of the university within two years.
He made the statement while interacting with media today at his residence at Kongba Nandeibam Leikai. Ranjan stated that with the coming of the national sports university in the state, sports based tourism will be developed as Manipur and the NE will soon become a land linked hub with other South East Asian countries.
He observed that with the growth of sports tourism and frequent visits of many sports related personalities, there will be infrastructural development side by side as in township expansion, increase in flight frequency and growth of urbanisation.
The inner MP also told that during North East Council (NEC) meeting, he urged the Minister of State of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju to take initiatives for opening courses of sports science, sports management, sports coaching, etc. as Physical Education course has already been opened earlier in various institutes. He informed that Kiren Rijiju assured to translate his demands into action. Besides, the minister of state also gave his assurance to conduct walk-in-interviews for job openings of the university in the campus in Manipur itself, added Ranjan.
Talking about the ongoing railway project in the State, the BJP MP intimated that during the budget session, the budget for Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal railway line has been increased to around Rs 10,000 crore. Earlier, it used to be only Rs 300 crore, he said and intimated that he had urged the ministry to link Tupul and Imphal by railway at the earliest.
While pointing out that survey to connect Imphal-Moreh railway network with Myanmar railway network is almost completed, he told that he requested the centre to sanction funds for the project during the budget session.
The inner MP further said that as advised by prime minister, Narendra Modi, the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2 this year will be marked with 150 ‘padajatra’ (rally) with participation from at least 150 individuals each. After the marchers meet at a culminating point, a meeting will be convened and discuss about rainwater harvesting, water conservation, etc., he added.
Ranjan further noted that union finance minister, Nirmala Sitharaman declared increase in funds by overall 15 percent for NEC and DoNER during the budget session. Taking it as a positive step, he maintained that the funds will be utilised in strengthening infrastructures, developing inland waterways, education sector, tourism sector, medical and health sector, etc. However, he contended that no new projects proposal is allowed to be applied to NEC or DoNER as utilisation certificate for earlier projects implemented during the previous government regime were not submitted till date.
While noting that there is provision of Rs 5 crore for each NE MP for a project under NEC or DoNER, the inner MP mooted for developing inland fishery institute cum fishery centre or lake city with the funds. This will be possible if the proposal is made through the state government especially the fishery directorate, he added.
The BJP MP went on to highlight that the union finance minister, Nirmala Sitharaman during the budget session gave thrust to developing infrastructure and surface communication, spreading digital India to every spheres, promoting Make in India with Swadeshi movement, self reliance based economy, industry and product, etc.
The objective of NDA government under the leadership of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi is to reform, perform and transform the country into a ‘New India’ and economically powerful nation. The present NDA is aiming to boost the Indian economy to 5 trillion in this term, he added.
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