Manipur wins ‘Most Improved Small State Overall’ performance: India Today survey

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Imphal: In the annual ‘State of the States Survey 2022’ carried out by India Today Group, Manipur won the Most Improved Small State Overall after its performance in eight out of 12 categories – economy, infrastructure, agriculture, health, governance, entrepreneurship, tourism, and cleanliness. This is the third consecutive year that Manipur ranked the top slot among the small states in the country.

In this regard, a celebration function titled “Emerging Manipur 2023” was organized today by the Planning department, Government of Manipur, at City Convention Centre, Imphal.

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Speaking on the occasion, Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that “such a feat” is the achievement of all the officials who had worked selflessly with dedication and the people of the State who incessantly support the government. “The government is implementing numerous developmental projects for the welfare of the people in various sectors like construction of roads, tourist attractions sites, reforesting of the deforested hills,” he stated that solution to a problem can be achieved through collective and dedicative efforts.

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Highlighting the problems caused by deforestation, the Chief Minister asked the Forest officials to educate the people on forest related laws and implement the same. He also said that tree saplings will be planted in the deforested hills. Survey of forest areas will be conducted with the help of helicopters and drones and any poppy plantation will be destroyed, he added. He asked the police and forest department not to spare anyone found guilty of destroying the forest by cultivating poppy plants.

Informing that the government aims to improve health care facilities in the State, the Chief Minister also stated that the priority of the BJP 2.0 government is to provide super specialist doctors in every hill district hospitals. “Any serious case would be treated at these hospitals,” he added. He mentioned that Tele-ICU Hub has been inaugurated and most of the District Hospitals in the far-flung areas are equipped with it and can perform complicated operations, treat critically ill patients with the help of super specialist doctors.

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To promote sustainable economic growth and generate large scale employment opportunities in the state of Manipur, the Chief Minister launched the Manipur Start up 3.0 during the event.

During the function, N. Biren Singh also honoured the Chief Secretary, the DGP, Head of Departments, DCs, SPs with citation and gifts.

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