Imphal: Manipur Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh announced Sunday the biggest ever schemes for the welfare of the sportsperson and artistes of the State here.
Celebrating the third anniversary of the BJP-led coalition government in the State, Biren said the ‘Chief Minister’s Akhannaba Sanaroisingi Tengbang’ (CMAST) and ‘Chief Ministergi Artiste Singgi Tengbang’ (CMAT) would provide benefits to thousands of sportspersons and artistes who have brought laurels to the State and country. It is projected that around Rs. 7.3 crore and 5.7 crore respectively will be required for the newly announced CMAST and CMAT.
Briefing media persons, the Chief Minister said that under the CMAST scheme, the government would provide suitable employment in government services to sportspersons winning medals in notified disciplines in notified international events based on criteria to be laid down by State Government. All unemployed sportspersons and coaches who have participated or won medals in National and International sports tournaments will be covered under Chief Minister’s Halshelgi Tengbang (CMHT) with all benefits, he added.
Biren stated that CMAST would also support the sportspersons in the purchase of costly sports items like cycle, bow, rifle, pistol etc. The enhanced cash awards to be given to Olympians who bagged gold, silver, bronze and participants to Olympics are Rs 1 crore, 75 lakhs, 50 lakhs and 10 lakhs respectively. Under the scheme, the government would provide an incentive of up to Rs 2 lakhs per annum to around 250 local clubs of the State.
The scheme would also include lifetime pension scheme for unemployed sportspersons and coaches of 50 years and above who have represented Manipur/India either in National or International tournaments, he added.
Recognising the contribution of artistes of the State, ‘Chief Ministergi Artiste Singgi Tengbang’ (CMAT) has been designed to encourage the artistes in every field such as performing arts, literary arts & visual arts and their associated institutions. The CMAT is targeted to benefit about 4000 artistes in a year.
N Biren Singh said that under CMAT, the pension will be extended to around 1000 artistes who are 60 years and above. Pensioners include Awardees, Gurus and Non- Awardees who have contributed to preserving the tradition, culture and art forms of Manipur. Financial assistance would also be provided for artiste, groups and institutions for participating in International and National festivals.
Deputy Chief Minister Y Joykumar, Cabinet Ministers, MLAs, Chief Secretary, DGP, top civil and police officials were present during the celebration.
Later the Chief Minister and other dignitaries released a Coffee Table Book on the completion of three years of the government.