Kamjong: In a significant development, Lok Sabha MP (Outer) Dr Lorho S Pfoze has launched Kumram village, a remote village under Phungyar sub-division in Manipur’s Kamjong district, as a model village under the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) on Tuesday. The model village was jointly adopted by the MP and Phungyar MLA Leishiyo Keishing for the year 2023-24.
Located at a distance of 118 km from Imphal city, Kumram village (Ngaprum) has become the first-ever village to be developed as a model village under Kamjong district.
Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) is a rural development programme broadly focusing upon the development in the villages which includes social development, cultural development and spread motivation among the people on social mobilization of the village community. The programme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the birth anniversary of Jayaprakash Narayan on October 11, 2014.
Addressing the event, MP Lorho said that under model village programme, each household should have good sanitation system, power and water supply, and health. Also, all the children should be educated with good education system, including smart classes, he said, while directing the district level officers (DLOs) of the district to play their roles effectively to develop Kumram as a model village.
“All the villagers should undergo a change in their attitudes to become ‘model citizens’ to other villages and to the rest of the state and the nation,” said Dr Lorho.
Dr Lorho also appealed the villagers not to resort to poppy and ganja cultivation for easy money and keeping in mind the harm it will do to the future generations, and urged not to degrade the natural ecosystem and our environment.
Leishiyo Keishing, Phungyar AC MLA, expressed his gratitude to MP Lorho for selecting to adopt Kumram from all the rest of the villages in the district to develop as a model village.
MLA Keishing said that Kumram used to be lacking behind in every aspects of infrastructure, but with this project, it will be a developed village with all the modern amenities.
He further said that Kamjong is a very vast district of around 2400 sq km but with little population of around 50,000 and all the parts of the district still remains very backward and there is not a single urbanised village yet. The MLA also expressed his wish of creating a special economic zone (SEZ) in consultation with the state government in one of the areas of Kamjong.
State Nodal Officer of SAGY Kh Ibochouba Singh said that the launching of Kumram as model village comes under Phase II of SAGY and added that about 80% of the Indian land still remains rural. He also enlightened the villagers on the various insights and objectives of this Yojana.
As a part of the program, the dignitaries planted trees and unveiled the launching plaque of model village.
The dignitaries also inaugurated the new building of the Kumram Primary School and inspected Phungyar Hr. Secondary School as well as Sadbhavna Mandap at Phungyar headquarters.