IMPHAL | Jun 9: Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) today distributed 25 life jackets to the villagers of Ramrei in a function held at Ramrei community hall.

Speaking at the occasion, MPCC president Gaikhangam asserted that the life jackets were distributed for use by the villagers as well as the picnickers in the future.

Recounting the tragic incident that happened on April 28 at Ramrei Eco Tourism site where three persons lost their lives after drowning in the water reservoir of Thoubal Multipurpose Project, he said that the unfortunate incident is an eye opener for everyone.

The incident cautioned us to take precautionary measures whenever and wherever possible as lives could have been saved had the trio worn the life jackets, he said. Moreover, the Ramrei villagers, leaving aside all differences and their daily schedules, took a major role in searching for the drowned bodies. The villagers also arranged food and shelter for those engaging in the search and the family members, he stated. “It teaches us to forget differences between communities and to help each other in times of need,” he said while stressing that such will strengthen the ties between the hills and valley.

The MPCC president further urged the government not to compromise the business interests of the villagers in taking up precautionary measures taken up in the wake of the tragic incident.

MLA Govindas Konthoujam said that the lifesaving jackets were presented to the villagers with the hope of giving a boost to the tourism industry.

Govindas also announced that a memorial site in the name of them will be constructed at the eco-tourism site. The compensation given by the government will be utilised in construction of the site along with contributions by family members and relatives, he added.

Family members of the deceased, Congress MLA and MPCC vice president, DD Thaisii, ex MLA and AICC secretary Victor Keishing, other members of MPCC were also present during the occasion.

Later, the team inspected the site where the memorial park will be constructed.



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