Celebrated under the theme “Honour Lies In Honest Toil”, headman of Talui village S Akhai while invoking the blessing of the Creator declared the commencement of seed sowing
TFM Ukhrul Correspondent
Talui Lewto Phanat — the seed sowing festival of Talui village — was celebrated on Tuesday. The celebration was attended by forest and environment minister Awangbow Newmai, 45-Chingai AC MLA Khashim Vashum, former ADC member of Ukhrul Kapangpam Zimik and principal chief conservator of Forests and HoFF, government of Manipur, K Angami as chief guest, guest of honour, president and special guest respectively.
Celebrated under the theme “Honour Lies In Honest Toil”, headman of Talui village, S Akhai while invoking the blessing of the Creator declared the commencement of seed sowing.
Awangbow Newmai in his speech gave his utmost respect to all the leaders from the village, who have been shouldering great responsibility and sacrificed their precious life.
Awangbow Newmai promised to extend all possible help for the construction and maintenance of M Raikhan Ecological Park at Raiphei Kachang, Talui. He lauded the initiative of the village in protecting and conserving the forest and wildlife.
“It is so pleasant to know that Talui village has prohibited the plantation of poppy and ganja. Let us take initiative and spread awareness to neighbouring villages, the importance of protecting forest and wildlife,” he added.
The minister further stated that under TRIFED, the forest department is also helping the SHG of the villages for sustainable livelihood. “With the blessing being invoked by the headman of the village, May this year be a blessing to everyone. Wish you all a bountiful harvest. Let this year be a prosperous one for all of us.”
He reminded, “We can have peace only when we respect each other. For a lasting peace, the talk is going on between the leaders of the government of India and Naga leaders. We have to accept the hard truth only then can there be a solution.”
Khashim Vashum stated that this is his fourth time visiting Talui. He informed the gathering that the Manipur state cabinet has approved for construction of Talui CHC. However, due to shortage of funds, the project is yet to take off. He also said that Rs 10.26 crore has been already earmarked for construction of Police Station at Talui.
He assured that the works will commence soon. For construction of approach road from Talui PS to Keinung Tang, a total of Rs 1. 20 crore has been sanctioned under the Works Department (PWD). Under NDB a sum of Rs 1.72 crore has been earmarked for drinking water pipe connection purposes. He also contributed Rs 2 Lakhs for construction of the building of Talui Reisang Youth Club, he added
Khashim Vashum appealed to the villagers to respect the Village Authority and exist in unity and wished for a prosperous year.
Kapangpam Zimik stated tha Talui villagers’ efforts to preserve forest have gone unnoticed by concerned authorities. However, the fruit is being reaped richly by the villagers. Perennial source of water throughout the year and green forest covers the whole village. A little effort and support from the concerned authority would greatly help the conservation activities taken up by the villagers.
K Angami stated, “I am grateful to God for this wonderful opportunity. It is a pleasant sight to see the village covered with green forest. We need to develop and educate our children, and at the same time we need to protect, conserve and preserve our forest. Whatever possible help, the Forest Department will extend to the villagers in conserving and preserving the forest.”
After the programme, Awangbow Newmai and Khashim Vashum laid the foundation stone of Mazazang Raikhan Ecological Park at Raiphei Kachang and also launched the Green Zingtun Mission in commemoration of ZTKL Platinum Jubilee to be held in 2022. M Raikhan was the founder of Zingtun Tangkhul Katamnao Long (ZTKL). In his memory, a plot of land measuring 2 square kilometre has been alloted to ZTKL by Talui for construction of the said park. The dignitaries planted saplings of trees at the site.
Talui Lewto Phanat was attended by former ADCs of Ukhrul and various leaders from the Zingtun area. The traditional trumpet by Awo M Paisho and “Kharing Pheichak” by Talui Reisang Youth Club added more colours to the celebration.Talui village, seed sowing festival