Source: The Sangai Express / Manipur Info Centre
New Delhi, Aug 31:
Manipur Chief Minister O.Ibobi Singh yesterday met the Prime Minister of India Dr.Manmohan Singh at his office at South Block here and invited him to visit Manipur in the last week of September or October this year.
In the meeting, the Prime Minister expressed his willingness to visit Manipur and accepted the invitation.
The Chief Minister requested him to lay foundation stones of the Loktak Downstream Hydro Electric Project, the National Sports Academy at Khuman Lampak and the Manipur Institute of Technology ,a constituent institute of Manipur University during his visit .
The Chief Minister further requested the Prime Minister to upgrade the Manipur Institute of Technology to the level of National Institute of Technology (NIT) or Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) level and the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) to the status of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
During the meeting, the Chief Minister reminded him several development initiatives for Manipur announced by the Prime Minister during his visit in November 2004.The State Government had taken up those initiatives in right earnest and were in various stages of implementation, he added.
In a letter submitted to the Prime Minister, the Manipur Chief Minister mentioned that the work on capital Project had started.
In the first phase, assembly Secretariat had been taken up.
The work on construction of High Court Complex had also started.
The Kangla which was handed over to the State was managed by the Kangla Development Board and a plan was being prepared to develop it as a historical site as well as tourist destination.
The Special Employment Programme announced by the Prime Minister had received an enthusiastic response from the youth and was under implementation.
The survey work on the extension of railway line from Jiribam to Tupul (Imphal) had started and was expected to be completed by December this year.
Ministry of Railways was paying special attention to the project.
The District and Sub-Divisional headquarters were being developed and road communication systems to these headquarters were being specially improved.