IMPHAL, Nov 30 – Prime Minister Narendra Modi today emphasised on the importance of creating a friendly environment in Manipur for developing the tourism sector of the State, saying that tourism is a vast sector that can provide employment opportunities to a large number of people.
Participating as chief guest at the closing function of the annual Sangai Festival here at Hapta Kangjeibung, Modi said Manipur’s salubrious climate, beautiful tourist destinations, a repertoire of beautiful songs and dances, art and sports are very suitable for developing the tourism sector for which creating a friendly environment is a much-needed task.
The Prime Minister said an Indian might not be able to traverse through all the States of the big country in his or her lifetime, adding if tourists who come to Manipur choose to stay here for at least one month, they would fully satisfy themselves.
Lauding the sporting talents of Manipur, the Prime Minister said Manipuris are endowed with a special DNA related to games and sports.
Modi said a sport industry is a very big economy and added that the first-ever sports university of the country is being set up in Manipur by the Government of India in recognition of the State’s excellence in the field of sport.
He said a sports university does not merely provide training to the players, but it will also give opportunities to those individuals who can become trainers, field architects, sports authors and umpires.
The Prime Minister also expressed his hope that the proposed sports university will bring about a change in the society and produce more excellent players.
Modi also promised to consider all the proposals made by Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh in his speech on the occasion and also a memorandum submitted to him by Ibobi pertaining to the health sector of the State, establishing of a film institute and developing road and air connectivity.