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Manipur has won the best performing State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD) in Northeast and Himalayan Region for imparting the highest number of training programmes as well as providing training to highest number of trainees.

The National Awards, 2019 was instituted by the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India in a bid to recognize and encourage the outstanding performers who are involved in the implementation of various rural development programmes.

The award was distributed by union minister of rural development & panchayati raj Narendra Singh Tomar and minister of state for rural development Sadhavi Niranjan Jyoti during a function at C Subramaniam Auditorium, Pusa complex in New Delhi on Thursday, official sources said.

Director (SIRD) Manipur H Balkrisna Singh received the award.

Rural Engineering Department (RED), Manipur won third position in PMGSY for construction of maximum road length using non conventional construction material (Green Technology) among Northeast and Himalayan States.

Chief engineer (RED), Manipur Th Nandakishore Singh received the award.

Manipur also secured the first position under the category of overall performance (small states and UTs) in the implementation of Shyama Prashad Mukhrejee Rurban Mission (SPMRM).

Ibochouba Singh, co-ordinator collected the award.

In the category of awards for implementation of rural housing scheme particularly PMAY (G), Chandel District has been awarded the Best District in the category of construction of one thousand houses target and Deputy Commissioner, Chandel Krishna Kumar collected the award.

In the category of rural employment under MGNREGA, Moreh Block secured the 2nd best block in the country for timely payment of wages and Thorcham village under Chakpikarong block of Chandel district as the best performing Gram Panchayat/village authority (hills).

Block Development Officer (Moreh) Irengbam Dinesh Kumar, BDO (Chakpikarong) Seiminthang Lenthang and the chief of Thorchan village got their awards.

In the category of individual awards to field functionaries, Pradhan Amom Bina Devi of Wangoo Gram Panchayat in Moirang block of Bishnupur district received the Best Gram Pradhan Award for successful implementation of rural housing scheme, PMAY(G) and Gram Rojgar Sevak (GRS) Wahengbam Bimolchand Singh of Directorate of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Manipur who is currently posted in Moirang block of Bishnupur district got the award for Best Village Development Official in recognition of his contributions in successful implementation of PMAY(G) scheme in Wangoo Gram Panchayat.

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