Imphal: Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Thongam Biswajit Singh Wednesday led a tree plantation drive along the stretch from Uyumpok to Lamboikhul in Khundrakpam Assembly Constituency at Imphal East district as a part of the ongoing ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mohatsav’ celebrations to mark the 75th year of India’s Independence.
Addressing the media persons, he said that ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ is an initiative of the Government of India to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of Independence of progressive India and the glorious history of its people, culture and achievements.
Stating that the 75 weeks celebrations are a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India) which aims to make the nation a bigger and more important part of the global economy; pursuing policies that are efficient, competitive, resilient, being self-sustaining and self-generating. He also asked people of all walks of life to cooperate and participate in fulfilling Modi’s vision.
Speaking regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, he urged all eligible persons to get vaccinated and opined that vaccination is the only way to combat the pandemic. He also thanked the Government for providing free COVID vaccines under the able leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh.
It may be mentioned that ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ has been inaugurated by the Prime Minister by flagging off ‘Dandi March’ from Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad, Gujarat on 12th March, 2021. The celebrations started 75 weeks before our 75th anniversary of Independence and will end on 15th August, 2023.
The tree plantation drive Wednesday was organised by the Manipur State Rural Roads Development Agency (MSRRDA), Rural Engineering Department. It may be mentioned that the road stretch from Uyumpok to Lamboikhul has been constructed under package No. MN0444 under the Phase X of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY).
Later on, the department officials sensitized the masses regarding the various schemes taken up by the department at the multi-purpose hall of Pukhao Laipham. Earlier this week, the department also organized a similar plantation drive at Bishnupur district.