Imphal: The Manipur government today observed Nupee Lal Day at Nupi Lal Memorial Complex and TG Higher Secondary School in Imphal with Thongam Biswajit, Minister (Power, Forest, Agriculture, Science & Technology) and Yumnam Khemchand Singh, Minister (MAHUD/RD & PR) gracing the function as chief guest and president respectively.
Prior to the main function, which was held at TG Higher Secondary School, the chief guest led the gathering at Nupi Lal Memorial Complex in paying floral tributes to the “brave mothers, who fought against the suppressive policy of colonial British rule.”
Thongam Biswajit stated that Nupee Lal was a landmark event in the political history of Manipur. Recalling various events which led to Nupee Lal, he said that the day reminds the courage and sacrifice of Manipuri women and their contributions in different political and social issues of Manipur.
Biswajit observed that Meira Paibee movement in the State is the outcome of the courageous role of such women, who fought bravely against the colonial rule. Stating that the role of Manipuri women in different social issues is praiseworthy, Biswajit said that the present government led by N. Biren Singh had taken up several initiatives for the welfare of women.
Construction of women’s markets in seven districts had been completed while construction of another 10 markets at different places are underway, the minister informed. Further stating that Rani Gaidinliu Tribal Freedom Fighters Museum is being constructed in honour of the late freedom fighter, the minister also said that such initiative of the government is a fitting example of respect for womenfolk.
Continuing that the present government is taking keen interest in uplifting the economic condition of womenfolk, he said that 1815 looms had been distributed under Handloom and Textiles department so far. In his speech, the minister also mentioned about the role of Manipuri women in running Anganwadi Centres in the State. Minister Biswajit also appealed to the people to come forward collectively for a meaningful Nupee Lal Day observation.
President of the function, Yumnam Khemchand said that the important roles of Manipuri mothers in different stages of history are still remembered. “No place in the world but only Manipur has markets exclusively run by womenfolk,” the minister said.
Observing that Manipuri womenfolk have also been taking pivotal role in protecting and promoting the culture and tradition of Manipur, Khemchand maintained that it is womenfolk who mainly uphold the traditional dresses in the state.