Imphal, March 29: After sworn in as Chief Minister N. Biren Singh called on Dr. Jitendra Singh Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER). Both of them discussed about several ongoing projects including setting up of the Sports University.
CM Biren Singh and Dr.Jitendra Singh Minister of DoNER held one-on-one meet where the discussions initiated regarding several issues. Also officers from the state government and DoNER Ministry took part in the meeting. The meeting highlighted the point of putting on fast track the setting up of Sports University near Imphal which was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi nearly two years ago, but had got delayed on account of certain procedural and land acquisition issues on the part of the State Government.
Dr Jitendra Singh told the CM, that the DoNER Ministry through its NLCPR (Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources) Fund, will donate Rs.48 Crores for fitting flood lights for the Hockey Stadium in Khuman-Lampak Sports Complex. To this The CM reverted saying that the DoNER Ministry would also help the Manipur government in the construction of women's markets in different districts of the State depending on the priority of the state government. Another proposal was for supporting the setting up of a mini-Secretariat in different districts of the state, which could however be taken up later in due course. Dr Singh also suggested the CM to hold a showcasing event in Delhi where the rich attributes of Manipur, ranging from handicraft to theatre heritage, could be exhibited for the benefit of the rest of the country.
An initiative of starting an "Air-dispensary-cum-ambulance" helicopter service, which was mooted by Dr Singh, will serve as a blessing for people living in remote peripheral areas with little accessibility to healthcare centres. The air dispensary will have the provisions of a specialist doctor with necessary facilities to hold OPD in different Panchayat areas and also transport the sick patients to the required hospital by the same chopper.