Efforts on to solve Dzuko Valley dispute: CM

IMPHAL, 13th Dec: Chief minister N Biren Singh has stated that efforts are underway to end the border dispute at Dzuko Valley that is located between Manipur and Nagaland.
Referring to border issues at Dzuko and Tungjoy village bordering Nagaland, the Chief Minister said that the matter could be sorted out without any trouble, as there is a very good friendly relationship and understanding among all the Chief Ministers of North East States now.
He conveyed that efforts are underway to resolve the border disputes in areas located between the two neighbouring states, while adding that he is happy that the functionaries of Southern Angami Youth Organisation have expressed their desire to meet him.
The CM made the statement at the inauguration of the 1st State Level Barak Festival-2018, which is being organised under the theme, ‘Sustaining Peace and Harmony’, at Mini Stadium Ground, Senapati on Thursday.
Addressing the gathering, Biren said that one cannot enjoy the delight of having good roads and owning costly cars if there is no amity among people. He stated that good relationship among people of different communities is of prime importance, while observing that one who respects fellow people would gain love and regard from others as well in return.
The CM then expressed joy over the restoration of trust and love among people after the coming of BJP-led Government in the State.
Highlighting on the completed development projects in the hill districts including Senapati district, Biren said that a Rs 35-crore water supply scheme is currently being taken up in the district.
However, he asserted that to continue improving the infrastructure and condition of roads in the state "we need to continue maintaining the strong bond or else everything will go astray".
Observing that no life is possible without water, the Chief Minister acclaimed the people of Senapati district for understanding the importance of Barak River, which is one of the most important components of the State’s ecosystem. He further said that this is the reason why he requested the people of Senapati to allow the Government to join hands with the people of the district in organising the festival as a State level event from this year onwards.
Biren then stated that the Government would take up steps in consultation with the DC and officials of the State Tourism Department to encourage garbage management and plantation of saplings at the origin of Barak and at some selected villages where the river passes through.
The CM also expressed his desire to organise the festival on a greater scale and more systematic manner with participation of tourists and cultural troupes from other States and foreign countries from the next year.
In his speech as functional president, PHE minister Losii Dikho informed that just like Egypt is the gift of the Nile, Barak River has been playing pivotal role in maintaining the ecosystem and protecting the rich flora and fauna in the State.
Observing that requirement of water would increase manifold in coming days, he also stated various projects are being taken up by the Government in Senapati district. He then appealed to the people to extend their support in making Senapati a plastic free and environment friendly district.
CAF & FD minister Karam Shyam, Tribal Affairs & Hills minister N Kayisii, Agriculture minister V Hangkhanlian, Tamei A/C MLA Awangbou Newmai, Karong A/C MLA DD Thaisii, former minister Francis Ngajokpa, ADC Senapati chairman ML Markson, ADC members, secretary (Tourism) Nidhi Kesarwani, Senapati DC Somorjit Salam, Naga People’s Organisation (NPO) president Solomon Arrow and leaders of different communities and organisations of the district were also present on the occasion.
Earlier, soon after his arrival at the festival venue, the Chief Minister unveiled the Barak Monolith and opened the festival with lighting of the ceremonial lamp using the fire taken from the first position winner of the traditional fire making competition.
Colourful cultural items of different tribes of the district were also presented at the function. The dignitaries also visited the Morungs (traditional huts) of five communities of the district viz. Mao, Maram, Poumai, Thangal and Zeliangrong constructed at the festival venue. Miss Barak contest, Barak Voice Hunt, musical night, DJ nite, traditional car rally competition and expedition/trekking to Barak origin at Liyai Khullen are other main attractions of the festival this year.

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