Dy CM exhorts people of state to strengthen unity in diversity


IMPHAL | Dec 28 : Deputy chief minister, Yumnam Joykumar Singh said that it is high time for people to co-operate each other to preserve and protect indigenous culture. He was speaking at the inaugural function of 3rd Singju Festival 2018 held today at Lamdeng Makha Leikai Lampak in Imphal West district.

The Deputy CM said that Singju is one of the most unique foods especially for Meitei’s in the state. He observed that this food item is a mixture of many fresh and raw vegetables with high medicinal values. He continued that just like the food item, people from different ethnic groups having different cultural background have been inhabited from time immemorial in the state.

Stating that organising such festival will showcase the uniqueness of cultural pluralism, Joykumar said that people of the state need to co-operate each other to strengthen the unity in diversity. He also lauded the steps made by the organising committee of the festival for showcasing indigenous games like Likon Sanaba, Mukna, Kang and Arambai.

The deputy CM also assured the people to expedite ways to commission Solid Waste Management Project at Lamdeng and to improve water supply facility.

Chairman of the festival organising committee, Dr. S. Manoaton Singh said that Singju festival is not only a food festival but it is a festival to reflect an ethical idea and to foster the banner of unity in the state. To develop an emotional integrity, we all need to co-operate each other, he added.

Former MLA, W. Brajabidhu Singh also spoke on the importance of maintaining unity in the state.

A number of events like film festival, Shumang Leela, blood donation camp, tree plantation and various indigenous games will be presented in the 12 days long annual festival which is being organised by Singju Yokhatpa Lup (SYOL) in collaboration with local clubs and women associations of the area.

Source: Imphal Free Press


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