IMPHAL: Works and Textiles, Commerce & Industries Minister Thongam Biswajit Singh has stated that celebration of the Chithe –Nga (Seed Sowing) Festival will reaffirmed the relationship between the hills and valley.
He was speaking at the valedictory day of the three-day long Chithe-Nga (Seed sowing festival, 2020) at Onaeme Village under Purul subdivision in Senapati District today. The Chithe-Nga is a seed sowing festival of the Onaeme (Oinam Hill) Village celebrated every year and observed for three days.
The Minister maintained that earlier there was a trust deficit between the hills and the valley due to communication gap, poor connectivity etc. But, under the new government, the gap between the people has been bridged and the government has succeeded in restoring trust and peace among the people.
He further urged the gathering to do good deeds for the betterment of the society. He said that there can be no success without discipline in life. Minister Biswajit asserted that the government has launched various flagship programmes and schemes; and locals of Oinam Village should avail these schemes. Village headmen and other concerned need to sensitise the masses about the various flagship programmes, he added.
While assuring that repairing of road connectivity will be completed at the earliest, he further observed that people should clear electricity bills on time. He also stated that AV Cable will be used to control loss of power and prevent electrocution due to sagging power lines.
The Minister also said that under the Commerce and Industries department various training programmes like mushroom plantation training are provided. Stating that work-sheds and stipends are provided during the training, he added that on completion of the training programme, the trainees can further apply for Mudra loan. Biswajit along with the other dignitaries also inaugurated a community hall in the village.
Speaking as a Guest of Honour, Chairman, MANIDCO and MANITRON Dr. Radheshyam Yumnam thanked the villagers for the warm welcome. He further appreciated the people for safeguarding and preserving their traditions and cultures.
Dr. Radheshyam further stated that development is a positive change and that road connectivity is a very important aspect of development. He also added that under the present government road connectivity has improved tremendously.
Functional President PHE Minister Losii Dikho said that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Central government has set a target to provide clean drinking water to all households by 2024, however, the State government is targeting to provide all households with clean drinking water in the state by 2022.
Highlights of the last day of the festival include cultural items, folk dances and demonstration of Onaeme Earthen Pottery making among others. MLA N.Indrajit Singh also attended the function as a Guests of Honour.