Assam chief minister and NEDA convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma has welcomed the decision of the central government to rename Mount Harriet at Kalapani in Andaman and Nicobar Islands as Mount Manipur. 

“Renaming of Mt Harriet in Andaman & Nicobar as Mt Manipur is a fitting tribute to roles played by Maharaja Kulachandra & other freedom fighters from NE region,” Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

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The decision of renaming Mount Harriet as Mount Manipur was announced by union home minister Amit Shah on Saturday while addressing a public rally at Port Blair in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. 

Mount Harriet, where Manipur’s Maharaja Kulchandra Dhwaj Singh and 22 other freedom fighters were imprisoned, would be renamed as Mount Manipur in their honour, Amit Shah said. 

Moreover, the centre has also announced that it will assist the Manipur government for constructing a memorial site at Mount Manipur (Mount Harriet) in Andaman Nicobar Island. 

Meanwhile, Manipur chief minister Biren Singh has expressed happiness over the announcement by the central government. 

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“We’re immensely thankful to PM Narendra Modi and Amit Shah for such a great honour to our heroes,” Manipur CM Biren Singh said. 

He added: “…the Central Govt will assist Manipur in establishing a memorial site at Mt Manipur in Andaman Nicobar Island. The process for signing lease agreement between Andaman Government and Manipur Government is under process.” 

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