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PM to visit Manipur

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Imphal, Aug 31 (UNI) Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh will visit Manipur in September or October and lay the foundations of various projects in the state.

Manipur Information Centre official said Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh called on the Prime Minister at his office in South Block in the capital yesterday and invited him to visit Manipur in the last week of September or October.

Officials said the Prime Minister accepted the invitation and expressed his willingness to visit Manipur. The Chief Minister requested him to lay the 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 Loktak downstream electric project was announced when Deve Gowda was the Prime Minister, while the other projects were sanctioned during the tenure of the UPA government.

The Chief Minister urged 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 of 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 some were in various stages of implementation, he said.

In a letter submitted to the Prime Minister, the Manipur Chief Minister mentioned that the work on the Capitol Project had started.

A composite complex having Assembly complex, High Court and Secretariat will be taken up at Imphal. In the first phase, the work of the Secretariat had been taken up. The construction of High Court Complex had also started.

A plan was being prepared to develop Kangla, the seat of power from where Manipur Kings ruled, as a historical site as well as tourist destination, the Chief Minister said.

The Special Employment Programme announced by the Prime Minister had received an enthusiastic response from the youth and was under implementation.

During his visit to the capital, the Chief Minister met other senior central leaders and discussed various issues. The Chief Minister will be returning to Imphal later today, officials said.

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