STAFF REPORTER UKHRUL, 9th Mar: Assuring electrification in every nook and corner of the state by December this year, power minister Thongam Biswajit reiterated that the government is taking up several initiatives to bring development in the state. However, it would be tough to bring all round development in just five years, the minister conceded contrary to BJP leaders' claim to bring development within short notice of forming the government.
The minister was attending the second day of Luira Phanit, seed sowing festival of Tangkhul community, which is being celebrated at Teinem village in Ukhrul district as chief guest on Friday.
Speaking on the occasion, Biswajit maintained that the state has been lagging behind in the development race for long.
With some modifications in the target set by Prime Minister Modi, the state government under the leadership of CM Biren is putting efforts to electrify all un-electrified villages by December this year. He also appealed to the public to inform the authority concerned if there is any village which is yet to get power supply.
Unlike past governments, the present government under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi is paying maximum attention towards the north east states. Besides, the Biren government in the state is taking up initiatives to bring development at par in both hills and valley areas, he said, while assuring to provide power supply to the BDO/SDO office in the village by first week of April.
Biswajit assured to look into the demand of the village authority to black top the road connecting the village to Tolloi junction via Makuikong and ensured to start the work to improve riding quality of the Link Road between LM sub-division to Ukhrul district headquarters with ring road by April first week.
In response to another appeal for an IVR from Teinem village to Harvatung via Makuikong, the minister said that he will look into it to include the road project in the approved programme of the government and start work by second or third week of April.
The minister also appreciated the Tangkhul community for preserving their culture and identity through regular conduct of the age-old festival.