Manipur forest minister Awangbow Newmai has inaugurated the forest division complex in Noney.

MH Khan, additional chief secretary to the forest department, Kereilhouvi Angami, PCCF and Namsinrei Panmei, chairman, Autonomous District Council, Tamenglong were present at the event.

Forest minister Newmai while speaking on the occasion expressed his happiness and gratitude to the Longmai (Noney) village authority for donating the land for constructing the Noney Forest Division complex.

He also thanked the public of Noney for extending support and taking a keen interest in various development project work taken up by the forest department in Noney district.

Newmai urged the villagers to take the maximum benefits from the forest and also requested them to extend cooperation to the forest department in the various projects and schemes which are being taken up in Noney district.

While visiting the Bamboo Processing Centre at Khumji village, Awongbow said as bamboo is abundant in the forest of Noney district, the bamboo processing centre will give benefits to the villagers in and around of the district and boost their socio-economic condition.

He requested the villagers to take the maximum benefits from the centre.

The forest minister also launched a Solid and Waste Management project on Saturday in Noney district.

While launching the project, the minister praised the youths, clubs, volunteers and social workers of Noney district for taking up the initiative of managing the waste so as to make the town, forest and river clean.

“This kind of voluntary service is the first of its kind in the hill district that has been taken up and I’m happy that such positive work will be followed by the people of our society for developing healthy and environment-friendly society,” said Awongbow.

The Noney Forest Division complex and the barracks have been constructed at a total cost of Rs 51 lakh.

The district forest officer of Noney, Napoleon Rongmei made a power-point presentation on the achievements of Noney Forest Division this year.

Longmai Nature Club also made a power-point presentation on solid waste management.

Various farmers’ associations of Noney district submitted memorandums to the forest minister seeking financial assistance.

Village authorities, civil society organisations, NGOs, and a number of government officials department attended the event following strict COVID19 standard operating procedure.

Sobhapati Samom

Sobhapati Samom is Northeast Now Correspondent in Imphal. He can be reached at: ssamom@gmail.com