New Delhi: Chief Minister of Manipur N. Biren Singh called on the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh here today and discussed a wide range of issues related to several ongoing projects in the State.
The initial one-to-one meeting between the Chief Minister and the DoNER Minister was followed by a joint meeting in which officers from the State Government and the DoNER Ministry also participated. One of the important issues that came up during the discussion was setting up of Sports University near Imphal which was announced by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi nearly two years ago, but had got delayed on account of certain procedural and land acquisition issues on the part of the State Government. It was decided that with the cognizance of the Sports Ministry, the project will soon be put on fast-track.
Dr Jitendra Singh told the Chief Minister that the Ministry of DoNER, through its NLCPR (Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources) Fund, will donate Rs.48 crore for fitting flood lights for the Hockey Stadium in Khuman-Lampak Sports Complex.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that the DoNER Ministry will also help the Government of Manipur in the construction of women’s markets in different districts of the State depending on the priority of the State Government. Another proposal was for supporting the setting up of a mini-Secretariat in different districts of Manipur, which can however be taken up later in due course.
The novel idea of starting an “Air-dispensary-cum-ambulance” helicopter service, which was mooted by Dr Jitendra Singh a few months ago, will be carried forward through North-Eastern Council. This will serve as a blessing for people living in remote peripheral areas with little accessibility to healthcare centres. The Air dispensary will have the provision of a Specialist doctor with necessary facilities to hold OPD in different Panchayat areas and also transport the sick patients to the required hospital by the same Chopper.
Dr Jitendra Singh also suggested to Shri Biren Singh to hold a showcasing event in Delhi where the various rich attributes of Manipur, ranging from handicraft to theatre heritage, could be exhibited for the benefit of the rest of the country.