Ukhrul: Minister for Agriculture, Power, Climate Change, Science and Technology Th. Biswajit Singh, attended the closing ceremony of the 4th edition of State Level Shirui Lily Festival at Bakshi ground in the presence of the functional president Minister for Transport, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary, Khashim Vashum, Honourable as the Chief Guest Saturday.
Speaking at the occasion, the chief guest reminded that Shirui Lily flower, the state flower, is only found at Shirui Peak. It was discovered and made known to the world in 1948. But then because of the lack of effort it could not be explored. It was only after the leadership our the able Chief Minister N Biren Singh we could now relive the beauty and uniqueness of Shirui Lily.
The State Level Shirui Lily Festival is an important event through which the government of Manipur is trying to generate not only employment but also socio-economic development.
During the weeklong festival varieties of indigenous products like food, games, and cultures have been showcased. Different walks of life had poured in from all across the country. Therefore this particular flower has acted as a unifying factor for the different communities of the state.
He stated the need for conservation of this endangered Lily flower has become very necessary. The government is looking forward to building a laboratory for this purpose. He further appealed to the public in saving the flower from extinction so as to inherit it to the next generation.
President of the function, Khashim Vashum, said the anxiety in organsing the festival was relieved because the clear weather conditions had permitted. He thanked everyone for the corporation he had received as a member of the organising committee.
At the end of the function speaking as a vote of thanks Deputy Commissioner of Ukhrul, Shri. Krishna Kumar appreciated all the participants for the advice and motivation to make the event a grand success.
Dignitaries present during the closing ceremony were Member Of Parliament, Maharaja Leishenba Sanajaoba, Honorable Minister for Social Welfare Dinko Singh, MLA Leishiyo Keishing and MLA Ram Muivah. Also among others were. President BJP Manipur, Sarda Devi Adhikarimayum, IGP, IK. Muivah, VC. Manipur University, Susindro Singh, Addl. Chief Secretary Vunlunmang Vualnam, Tourism Commissioner PK Jha, and TNL President David Shimray.