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The northeastern state of Manipur celebrated its 49th Statehood Day in Imphal with great enthusiasm and ardour.
The state government organised several programmes to mark the occasion at the 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles Parade Ground.
Meanwhile, the state-level function held at the state’s capital served as the major attraction as eight parade contingents from the army performed their march past.
“They have positioned Manipur as a top-performing state in the northeast (according to) the India Innovative Index 2020 released by NITI Aayog,” Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said.
Singh also credited the achievement to the Ministers, MLAs, Chief Secretary, DGP, government employees, CSOs, NGOs, bank employees, media persons and others.
“The recognition given by NITI Aayog is proof that the state is growing in leaps and bounds, there is development at the grassroots level and considerable improvement in law and order,” Singh said.
“There is an improvement in every sphere, and the state is moving towards a balanced economic growth. The different communities in the state have maintained a cordial relation, and there is peace and unity among all sections of society,” he said.
The CM also stated that Manipur would be one of the best states in the country if everyone, regardless of their position, worked with sincerity and transparency and take a stand against corruption.
Singh highlighted the various schemes and projects undertaken by his government across all the districts and stressed on the importance of health and education, including an initiative to construct medical colleges and other institutes in the region.
(Edited by Shankar Kumar Turha)