Updated on 27 Nov 2020, 5:19 pm
Manipur CM Biren with the Most Improved Small State (Overall) & Law and Order Awards (PHOTO: Facebook)
Manipur bagged the Most Improved Small State (Overall) & Law and Order Awards at the India Today e-State of the States Conclave and Awards 2020 which was streamed live on Friday.
Chief Minister N Biren Singh delivered a short two-minute video acceptance message during the e-Conclave. Topping in two categories reflects the the progress the state is making.
Unlike the preceding years, India Today is holding this year’s conclave in the virtual format as the country is grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic.
Tamil Nadu was named the Best-Performing Big State (Overall) while Assam topped the list of Most Improved Big State (Overall). Goa bagged the award for the Best-Performing Small State (Overall).
Manipur ranked eighth position in 2019 and ninth position in 2018 in the Most Improved Small State (Overall) category.
In September, foundation stones for 46 different projects under the Home, Police, Transport, IT, Planning, Tourism, and Municipal Administration, Housing & Urban Development (MAHUD) departments were laid at an estimated cost of Rs. 180 crore (approx.) Recognising that a network of good highways will pave the way for development, foundation stone was laid for 13 highway projects estimated at around Rs 3,000-crore in August.
Manipur is the first state in the country to have an online monitoring mechanism updating the movements of forest products. In March, the State government launched the first ever online portal in the country to monitor the transit of forest produce in the State, revenue collection and prevention of illegal transport and wildlife crimes.
The StartUp Manipur which was launched in March 2018 is aimed to enable the youths/unemployed persons in the State to take up new ventures with new and creative ideas.
Subsidy grant of Rs 1.50 lakh each under Idea stage Start Up to 146 beneficiaries for the Manipur Startup round II has already been given to beneficiaries.
The annual India Today ‘The State of the States’ study is an attempt to find out which of India’s state offers its citizens the best opportunities, both at work and outside. The study also tracks each State’s performance over time and, in particular, records the changes over the last five years. It takes into account both the business environment and the quality of life. The categories in which the states are judged include economy, agriculture, education, healthcare, infrastructure, inclusive development, law and order, governance, entrepreneurship, environment and cleanliness.