Imphal: Chief Minister N. Biren Singh alongwith Water Resources Minister Letpao Haokip inspected the Loktak Lift Irrigation (LLI) system located at Ningthoukhong, Bishnupur district today.
During the inspection, Chief Minister said that the government was determined to make the LLI functional so that our paddy fields will remain green in lean season too. The functioning of such irrigation system would make the double and triple cropping farming system easier in various areas of the State. He mentioned that after due pressure by the State government, Central government agencies like NABARD etc. provided a sum of around Rs. 47 crores for the revival of the LLI system.
The Chief Minister reiterated that the government is committed to fulfil all the promises that have been made to the people of the State. The Loktak Lift Irrigation (LLI) scheme is now functional after 14-15 years, he added.
Biren Singh stated that considering the impact of the current nationwide lockdown on our economy, the State government has decided to focus on agricultural and horticultural sectors. The priority of the government is to make Manipur a self-sustained and self-sufficient State on food production. He mentioned that a High Level Task Force has also been constituted in this regard.
Minister for Water Resources Letpao Haokip said that good irrigation system is a must to become self-sufficient food production in the State. He also informed that the remaining six pumps of the LLI will be functional soon.
With an objective to provide irrigation to various parts of the State, the Loktak Lift Irrigation scheme was inaugurated in 1981.
Chairman of Manipur Pollution Control Board L. Radhakishore, Deputy Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly K. Robindro, Chairman of Manipur Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board H. Dingo, Chairman of LDA L. Susindro Meetei, DC and SP of Bishnupur district, officials of Water Resources Department were also present during the inspection.