Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on October 30 announced various development projects to be taken up at Maram area in Senapati district.

CM Biren Singh visited Maram Khullen village in Senapati district during the day to a rousing welcome and attended a community outreach programme and announced new developmental projects.

During his maiden visit to the interior village, which is associated with the legendary love story of King Paikhomba and Maram chief’s daughter Engellei, CM Biren Singh announced various development projects besides distributing benefits under various schemes of government departments.

To Maram people’s much delight, the chief minister announced opening of SDO’s office at Maram and Maram police station, upgradation of Maram PHC to CHC and Maram Khullen PHSC to PHC.

CM Biren Singh also handed over a work order to the agency concerned for development of Sadim Pukhri and Hinga Shrine, associated with the love story of King Paikhomba and Engellei.

The chief minister said that the government runs within a system and every work programme had been implemented after thorough discussion with concerned officials. As such, the government had been able to maintain a good relationship with the public, he said.

He made an assurance to provide connection of pipelines for providing tap water to the people of Maram Khullen. He continued that the government had been working dedicatedly to provide all the necessary infrastructures to every district of the state.

Urging the people to refrain from any false information circulated by vested interest groups creating enmity among certain communities, he maintained that the state government had always worked for inclusive development and added that a whitepaper on fund flow to the hills districts had been brought out recently. Around 45 per cent of the total state budget had been allocated to hill districts in the last two and half years. CM Biren Singh also appealed to the youths of hill districts to apply for start-up scheme as only few had applied for the same so far.

He further said that infrastructures of certain sectors like road and transport, health, water supply and education among others had been improved significantly under the people-oriented programmes taken up by the present government.

He mentioned that Rs 90 crore had earlier been allocated to Tamenglong district in 2018 and added that the Centre had been asked for allocation of funds under HADP for remaining hill districts as well.

The chief minister informed that the water supply scheme being constructed at Senapati district would be inaugurated very soon and once the water supply scheme is functional, almost 90 per cent of the population of the district would be provided with tap water. He added that around 16,698 households of the district had been electrified, 806 houses had been constructed under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, 20,096 households had been provided connection with tap water supply under Har Ghar Jal Scheme, 33 roads had been constructed under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana and 45,803 persons had enrolled under Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, out of which 3,587 persons had been given free treatment.

Appreciating the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi under whose supervision, more than 100 crore people of the country had been vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine, CM Biren Singh stated that COVID Vaccination Express had been taken up to vaccinate all the eligible people. He urged all the people to get vaccinated at the earliest to prevent ourselves from likely infection of new variants.

During the programme, Biren Singh also flagged off COVID Vaccination Express of Senapati district and laid foundation stone for science block of Don Bosco College, Maram. He also released the Maram textbook for Class IX and X published by the Board of Secondary Education Manipur.

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