The three-day Chithe-Nga,a seed sowing festival, 2020 of the Oinam Hill also known as Onaeme village under Purul subdivision in Manipur’s Senapati district bordering Nagaland concluded on Thursday.
The Chithe-Nga is celebrated every year at the village with a number of cultural events including folk dances and demonstration of Onaeme Earthen Pottery making among others.
Oinam Hill, located about one hour from Maram bazaar, is also a home to many exotic endangered spices and species.
The festival marks the arrival of the spring season and the beautiful promises the villagers hope for.
Food, cultural games, singing, dances, pottery making, fishing etc are some of the highlights of the festival.
Manipur ministers Thongam Biswajit Singh, Losii Dikho and chairman, Dr Radheshyam Yumnam of MANIDCO and MANITRON were present during the valedictory function of the festival.
Speaking on the occasion, minister Biswajit exuded confidence that the Chithe –Nga Festival will reaffirm the relationship between the hills and valley.
Stating that there can be no success without discipline in life, Biswajit asserted that the government has launched various flagship programmes and schemes; and locals of Oinam Village should avail these schemes.
Village headmen and other concerned need to sensitize the masses about the various flagship programmes, he added.
While assuring that repairing of road connectivity will be completed at the earliest, he further observed that people should clear electricity bills on time.
He also stated that AV Cable will be used to control loss of power and prevent electrocution due to sagging power lines.
Stating that work-sheds and stipends are provided during the training, he added that on completion of the training programme, the trainees can further apply for Mudra loan.
Biswajit along with the other dignitaries also inaugurated a community hall in the village.
In his speech, minister Dikho claimed that the State Government is targeting to provide all households with clean drinking water in the state by 2022 even though the Central Government has set a target to provide clean drinking water to all households by 2024.
MANIDCO and MANITRON chairman Dr Radheshyam stated that development is a positive change and that road connectivity is a very important aspect of development claiming that under the present government road connectivity has improved tremendously.
Kshetrigao MLA N Indrajit was also present during the closing function.