Imphal: Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh has urged the people of the state to uphold the Manipuri tradition of providing good hospitality and high respect to guests during the upcoming Manipur Sangai Festival.
He was speaking to media persons on the sidelines of the Joint Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ Day held at the Durbar Hall of the CM Secretariat on Thursday.
Elaborating about the forthcoming festival, the chief minister further stated that there would be around 140 stalls of different foreign firms, mostly from Korea, China, Thailand and Myanmar. Moreover, Princess of Thailand, two chief ministers from Myanmar and the US Ambassador to India would also grace the festival.
“I received a call from the Union external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj Ji regarding the visit of Princess of Thailand on Wednesday,” the chief minister said, adding: “I would personally receive the Princess at the airport on November 27. Necessary arrangements for a grand reception having colourful cultural presentations of different communities have already been made.”
The Sangai Run will be organised at Keibul Lamjao, Mao and Imphal as part of the festival, he added.
Every year, Manipur celebrates the ‘Manipur Sangai Festival’ from November 21 to 30. The festival is named after the state animal, Sangai — the brow-antlered deer found only in Manipur. It started in the year 2010 and has grown over the years into a big platform for Manipur to showcase its rich tradition and culture to the world.
The festival is labeled as the grandest festival of the state and helps promote Manipur as a world-class tourism destination. Every edition of the festival showcases the tourism potential of the state in the field of arts and culture, handloom, handicrafts, indigenous sports, cuisine, music and adventure sports, among others.
Stating that the beautification of Imphal is currently underway in war footing, the CM said that efforts are being put in to make traffic lights functional in four to five places out of eight junctions before the commencement of the festival. Saying that strict traffic rules would be enforced to maintain order, the chief minister also urged the public to extend cooperation to the authority when traffic rule violations, including driving without seat-belt and helmets, are penalised.
He also urged all concerned not to call any type of bandh or blockade because it may give bad impression about the state to the visitors. The chief minister said that he and his ministers are ready for talks to resolve any matter.
The CM attended around 400 complaints and personally met around 1,200 people during Thursday’s gathering.