Imphal: Manipur government on Tuesday issued a clarification regarding a fake poster of the state-level Shirui Lily Festival 2022 that has been circulated on social media platforms since Monday.

Soon after the fake poster claiming to be for the upcoming 4th edition Shirui Lily Festival which carries the logo of the state tourism department with images of Hindu deity Krishna at the front and Shirui Lily flowers on the sides, a section of people from the state, especially the Tangkhul community, expressed disappointment and questioned the intentions of the government.

Tourism department director W Ibohal Singh, in a clarification statement, stated that the poster is fake and has not been issued by the department.

“The department is yet to release any such posters with proper use of logos and images,” clarified director Ibohal.

He further requested the public not to forward or upload the fake poster on social media platforms.

The tourism director said the state government will take necessary action and the Copyright Act 1957 will be initiated against the circulation of such posters under the name of Shirui Lily Festival 2022 and for unauthorised use of the department logo.

Earlier, Chief Minister N Biren Singh had chaired the first meeting of the organising committee of the Shirui Lily Festival 2022 scheduled to be held from May 25 to 28, 2022 in Ukhrul headquarters.

Shirui Lily festival is an annual eco-tourism festival in honour of the state flower, Shirui Lily or Kashongwon, a unique species of ground Lily that blooms only at Shirui Kashong Peak in Shirui village.

The annual celebration attracts both tourists from different parts of the country and foreign nationals.

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