Bharat Nirman Campaign Kicks Off In Tamenglong

TAMENGLONG, May 17: A three- day long Public Information Campaign on the flagship programs of the Central Government has begun from today at the Indoor Stadium of Tamenglong district headquarters.

Vice Chairman of Hill Area Committee (HAC) MLA Khangthuanang Panmei and Deputy Commissioner of Tamenglong district K Panmei, IAS were respectively chief guest and president of the inaugural function of the campaign which was also attended by freedom fighter R. Taleping as guest of honor.

The campaign began with candle lighting, cutting of red ribbon and inspection of the stalls by the dignitaries.

As many as 16 exhibition stalls from Government Departments and Self Help Groups are participating in the campaign showcasing their activities and programs taken up for the welfare of the people.

Speaking as chief guest of the inaugural function MLA Khangthuanang Panmei said that Tamenglong district is known for its backwardness despite its potential in agriculture, horticulture, etc. In the name of most backwardness district, a seminar was organized where Union Home Secretary GK Pillai himself attended and released development packages. Despite this, why is the district still backward, he questioned.

One of the main reasons, he pointed out, may be due to lack of information about the steps taken up in the district. The general public is not aware of the development works that has taken place in the district.

Khangthuanang Panmei, who is also the local MLA and Vice chairman of HAC pointed out that  village chairmen and social leaders have not complained even though the contractors may draw all development funds without executing the works.  He observed that Tamenglong district can be turned into a commercial centre as it is surrounded by Nagaland and Assam.

He also appealed to all participants of the campaign to pass the information and message about the campaign so that the development works being taken up in the district may be fully implemented.

In his address as guest of honor of the function, freedom fighter R Taleping said that there is no other love greater than what the Government of India has done for the people.

Under NREGS, the Government of India has made the people to work and provide wages for the same, he pointed out while urging all to march ahead towards peace building and development works in the region.

In his presidential address, Deputy Commissioner of Tamenglong district K Panmei, IAS said that such awareness campaign is very important for the people of Tamenglong and pointed out that public involvement in the development works would help in implementation of developmental schemes from the grass root level fully.

He also called upon the all to participate in the campaign and get necessary information so that the development funds may be properly utilized.

Earlier, delivering the welcome address, MOC of PIB Imphal Premlata Loitam, explained that the main objective of the campaign is to create awareness among the public on the flagship programs like NRHM, SSA and Mid-day Meal, NREGS, PMGSY, Rural Drinking Water Supply, Rural Housing (Indira Awaj Yojna), Right to Information Act, Rural Telephony, Total Sanitation Campaign, ICDS, etc.

Sponsored by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, New Delhi, the campaign is being organized by Press Information Bureau (PIB), Imphal in collaboration with All India Radio (AIR), Door Darshan Kendra (DDK), Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity (DAVP), Directorate of Filed Publicity (DFP), Song and Drama Division (S&DD), different departments of the Government of Manipur and Government of India, ADC, Churches, NGOs, clubs, SHGs of Tamenglong etc.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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