Imphal: Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Friday stated that the state government has always maintained transparency in any development work taken up in the state. He made the statement while attending the Free Uniforms Distribution Function organised by Samagra Shiksha, Manipur, at its office in Babupara, Imphal.

The chief minister continued that booklets containing information of schemes introduced for the welfare of the people have also been published to make people aware of the schemes.

Reiterating that providing better education is one of the top priorities of the government, the chief minister said that free school uniforms and books are being provided to all girls and children belonging to Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribes and Below Poverty Line families in government schools up to Class VIII.

Regarding the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in some states, Biren informed that the state government had issued a notification making it mandatory for anyone entering the state to carry negative COVID-19 RTPCR test reports done within 48 hours of arrival into the state.

He said that the notification might cause inconvenience to those entering the state. However, the order had been issued considering safety of the people as the priority. He appealed to the public to maintain COVID-19 appropriate behaviour at all times.

Mentioning that the state had witnessed significant development in all the sectors during the last five years, the CM informed that the government had also chalked out plans to develop RCC roads in Greater Imphal areas and other district headquarters to make it durable.

Education minister Sorokhaibam Rajen, while delivering his presidential speech, stated that certain development works had been taken up in the education sector under the supervision of the chief minister. He said that the enrolment rate in government schools had gone up considerably after the introduction of the School Fagathansi Mission of the state government. The government had been putting in all possible efforts to take the education sector of the state to a new height, he added.

During the programme, the chief minister distributed two sets of school uniforms to students of different schools.

It may be mentioned that two sets of uniforms are being provided to all girls, and children belonging to SC/ST/BPL families in government schools up to class VIII. The number of students eligible for receiving free school uniforms for the current financial year is 1,41,445 consisting of 72,407 girls, 39,975 boys belonging to ST, 2,831 boys belonging to SC and 26,232 boys from BPL families. 

Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha Leishemba Sanajaoba, Commissioner (Education) M Harekrishna, Director (Education/S) and SPD Samagra Shiksha, Manipur L Nandakumar, ASPD, Samagra Shiksha, Manipur T Phulen, Officials of Education Department, teachers and students of different schools attended the programme among others.

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