Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Mnp CM, ministers attend Chaga Ngee celebration


Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh, Rajya Sabha MP Leishemba Sanajoaba along with some cabinet ministers and MLAs attended the Chaga Ngee festival hosted at Makuilongdi-II in Senapati district on Sunday.
Chaga Ngee festival is the biggest festival of the Liangmai tribe. It is a festival of purification or sanctification and rededication.
Addressing the opening function of the festival, the chief minister said that considering the significance of the festival, the state government recognized the Chaga Ngee festival and announced the day as a restricted holiday.
“We should know what we are,” Singh said, stressing on the need to remember the aged-old relationship amongst different communities and live together with respect for one another.
The chief minister informed that the Heritage Park which is being constructed at Makhel of Senapati district at an estimated cost of Rs six crores would be completed before this year’s Sangai Festival.
Asserting that the Liangmai community in the state had been deprived of access to certain benefits of the government’s welfare programme earlier, he informed that the state government had decided to open a Sub-Deputy Collector’s Office at Makui village.
The office will be later upgraded to the Sub-Divisional Office, he added.
Considering the historical importance of Makuilongdi village, he further announced to install a statue of Haipou Jadonang and the approval of the same would be sanctioned within 15 days.
He also assured to construct a permanent hall, instead of the current bamboo structure, at the ground where the festival was observed today.
The chief minister further lauded the people of Makuilongdi village for carrying out plantation of organic crops instead of poppy plantation practices and assured to send officials of the horticulture department to look for suitable crops which could be provided to the village for plantation.
He further assured to construct a cold storage at the village to prevent wastage of the crop produced and added that the government would provide a market platform for selling their produce.
State water resources minister Awangbow Newmai appreciated the governance of N Biren Singh adding that under the leadership of the chief minister, the aged-old relationships among different communities had been revived.
He said that various development works had also been taken up across the state, bridging the developmental gap between hill and valley.
MP Leishemba Sanajaoba asserted that the aged-old tradition of celebrating the Chaga Ngee festival had been known since the olden days.
However, as time changed, the significance of the festival had lost its primacy for some time.
“With the trend of bringing up our own identity, the festival began to be celebrated in a more refined way from 2004,” he said, while lauding the Liangmai community for the initiative.
Stating that different communities of the state had been living together since time immemorial, he assured to take up all possible efforts for the progress of the state.
Chairman, Hill Areas Committee of Manipur Legislative assembly Dinganglung Gangmei, MLA Janghemlung Panmei, DC and SP of Senapati district, leaders of various CSOs and student bodies and officials of district administration attended the programme among others.
During the programme, the chief minister also handed over the reward of Rs five lakhs to Tapon village, for voluntarily destroying the poppy plantation in their areas. Cultural dances of different cultural troupes were also showcased during the celebration.

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