Kiren Rijiju

IMPHAL | Sep 2: Union minister of State Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju will review the National Sports University, Koutruk on September 3 to sort out the delay in the completion of the university which he claimed is due to land problem and the bankruptcy faced by the agency which was initially awarded the construction contract.

Rijiju was briefing media at the premises of district commissioner, Chandel today after a review meeting with chief minister, chief secretary and district officials was held on the progress of the development activities undertaken after the district was chosen as an ‘aspirational district.’

The agency which was initially awarded for the construction faced bankruptcy and therefore, the construction was acquired by the National Project Construction Corporation Limited, he said. A memorandum of understanding will be made with some of the best universities in the world to ensure that the National Sports University gets the best techniques, experience and other parameters, and to make it reach the international standard, said Rijiju.

Commenting on the review meeting , Rijiju said, “During the review meeting, I personally came to know that some sector still needs lots of emphasis specially in health, education and some of the central schemes which were not reaching out to the people due to lack of communication.”

He further said that during the review meeting with the chief minister in the presence of the chief secretary and other district and state officials, parameters of health, education and social infrastructure of the district was briefly reviewed. It was observed that the standard of all sector in the district has improved in the past one year, he added.

He also said that Chandel district was selected as the ‘aspirational district’ of Manipur because the district was lacking some parameters in development which was hampering the progress and development of the district.

After the district was selected as aspirational district, it has tremendously increased in last 8 to 9 months, and it is still progressing in all sectors but major concrete steps still have to be taken up, he added.

Informing that the target is to improve the condition of the district to a higher level within the next one year, Rijiju also informed that a coordinating officer from Delhi is visiting the district regularly to see the developments in the district.

Communication, health and education are the three most vital parameters which need more emphasis, said Rijiju while adding that he has assured the members of helping in delivering any pending Centre scheme and projects.

Complementing the district officials for taking forward the development in different sectors, he also said that the chief minister and the chief secretary are also giving absolute support to the district administration.

Rijiju also assured that he came with a commitment to develop Chandel districts at par with all progressive districts of the country within the next three to four years.

It may be mentioned that, under Transformation of ‘aspirational districts’ which was launched in January last year, 115 districts were identified from 28 states, at least one from each states, in a transparent manner by a committee of Senior officers to the government of India.

Rijiju also distributed LPG to Prime Minister Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) beneficiaries of the district, inaugurated SAKHI one stop centre and planted tree saplings as a part of Jal Shakti Abhiyan, a water conservation campaign held inside the premises of Chandel district.

~IFP

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