"The ‘Model Manipur’ will be based on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for Vocal for Local. In order to utilise the vast potential of agro based industry, the state will witness a major push on organic farming and agro based industry," said Singh
Imphal: “The attainment of statehood on January 21, 1972 was a landmark in the history of our people… It fulfilled a long cherished dream to empower ourselves to shape our own destiny within the framework of the Constitution of India," Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh said in his missive on the eve of 51st Statehood Day.
In a statement, he pledged that – "In the coming decade, the state will move from an ‘Aspirational Manipur’ to a ‘Model Manipur’. ‘Model Manipur’ will be a growth story sketched from the sweat of our people".
"The ‘Model Manipur’ will be based on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for Vocal for Local. In order to utilise the vast potential of agro based industry, the state will witness a major push on organic farming and agro based industry. With special focus on chakhao, kiwi, orange and pineapple, all sectors of horticulture and agriculture will be linked to facilitate exports," said Singh, the first BJP chief minister of the northeastern state.
‘Model Manipur’ will be a State free from corruption, insurgency and instability," he asserted.
The Chief Minister said, "Let us work towards making this ‘Model Manipur’ a reality in the coming decade. Together, we can build a Manipur which is inclusive, strong and integrated. I have full faith that the BJP will form the next government to once again serve the people of Manipur".
The state goes to the polls on Feb 27 and March 3.
The Chief Minister also said, "Manipur of the next decade will also witness extensive preservation efforts as well as promotion of Manipur’s cultural heritage. From exotic cuisine to traditional dance forms, the various flavours of Manipur will be promoted through multiple regional as well as national cultural events."
The BJP government in the next decade promises to provide: Stability and not insurgency Peace and not bloodshed, Merit and not commission, Development and not blockades Innovation and not division and Glory and not criminalisation.
He also said in the new decade, through improved rail and road connectivity, Manipur will serve as the ‘Gateway of Trade and Commerce’ to the South East Asian countries.
"To promote trade in the state, linkages across the Bay of Bengal trade network will be developed. Manipur’s trade routes will begin from where the sun rises and end where the sun sets" he added.
The National Sports University will shape the sporting culture of the country. "With the vision of the Hon’ble Prime Miniter centred around ‘Khelo India’, Manipur will emerge as a Model State for sports with world class sporting infrastructure. The focus of ‘Model Manipur’ will also be on development of the state as a Global tourist hub. Numerous eco-tourism spots will be developed in the state," he said.