Imphal: In a historic, Manipur is all set to host the 59th edition of Femina Miss India 2023 in Imphal, the first in the northeast region.
On Thursday, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Department of Tourism, Government of Manipur and Times Group to officiate the partnership to host the grand finale of Femina Miss India 2023 in Manipur.
The MoU was signed by Director, Tourism W Ibohal Singh on behalf of Manipur Government and by Chief Operating Officer, Miss India Organization Rohit Gopakumar on Times Group’s behalf in presence of chief minister N Biren Singh and Managing Director, The Times of India Vineet Jain.
Speaking on the occasion, chief minister N Biren Singh expressed happiness to be part of signing of MoU to host the grand finale of the 59th Edition of Femina Miss India 2023 in Manipur in April 2023. He continued that the main purpose of the partnership is to celebrate the diverse and inclusive Indian culture and to inspire and empower local youth by welcoming the best of India’s talent to the state. The state can also showcase the rich cultural heritage of Manipur, of which its people are proud, he added.
Stating that the prestigious event would be held for the first time in Northeast India, he stated that hosting such an event reflects the growing interest of investors in the northeast, especially in Manipur. It also shows the growing confidence in the security scenario and opportunity for investment in the state, he continued.
The chief minister expressed hopefulness that the tourist footfall will recover to the pre COVID-19 pandemic level soon, with the upcoming Manipur Sangai Festival to be held from 21st to 30th November 2022.
Emphasising on why Manipur is chosen, Managing Director, The Times of India Vineet Jain said “Manipur is one of the leading Indian states in terms of gender equality and empowerment. Women in Manipur are strong force behind its economy,” adding “the state had given the country a powerhouse of women in sports.”
He continued that the grand finale of the 59th Edition of Femina Miss India would be a historic event as this would be the first time to be held in Northeast India. He maintained that through the partnership, the endeavor of the Miss India Organization is to capture the essence of the state as the backdrop to the finale. The association would complement the objective of inclusivity and diversity and Manipur’s objective of reaching out to the Nation as a destination of culture and beauty, he added.
The Miss India Organisation envisions creating an ecosystem of global influence and social impact through strategic partnerships that enable women to realize their full potential as role models and ambassadors, bringing honour and recognition to India worldwide.
Since its inception, the household name of Miss India has been a launchpad to million dreams, having scripted iconic success stories and hall of fame, such as Zeenat Aman, Juhi Chawla, Aishwarya Rai, Priyanka Chopra, Dia Mirza, Manushi Chhillar and Neha Dhupia, to name a few. In addition, India is among the few countries to have won six Miss World titles.
The ceremonious event were also attended by MP Leishemba Sanajaoba, ministers Yumnam Khemchand, Govindas Konthoujam, Awangbow Newmai, Dr Sapam Ranjan Singh, H Dingko Singh, L Susindro Meitei, MLA L Dikho, chief secretary Rajesh Kumar, Rohit Gopakumar chief operating officer, Miss India Organisation, among others.