Imphal, Dec. 27 (UNI) Union Minister for the Environment, Forests, Climate Change, Labor and
Employment Bhupender Yadav provided an update on the situation of Lake Loktak on Monday and
Keibul Lamjao National Park (KLNP) in Bishnupur District.
Sangai (forehead deer) is found in the national park.
Speaking at the event, Bhupender said it is our responsibility to fully implement the
integrated management plan of Loktak and as Union Minister, he takes full responsibility for it.
Referring to the specialties of Lake Loktak, he said that it is the largest freshwater lake
throughout North East India and floating land masses / phumdis cannot be found in other places of
He said that Loktak is not only a lake, but also an important historical milestone in the struggle for Indian independence. It is the sacred place from where Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose
showed the dream of an independent India to the people of the country.
The minister said that we should think about developing the natural gift of nature such as the periphery
Loktak Lake has many species including endangered species and migratory birds
arrival in the lake.
He believed that development cannot happen without local participation.
The minister said the development means protecting the natural beauty of the region, including
protecting biodiversity and providing a decent standard of living by raising
status of people living in and around the outskirts of the lake.
Bhupender assured people he would arrive in the state again in January of next year
sit down with representatives of the local authority, local villagers and the ministry of
Environment, forest and climate change to discuss the integrated plan.
The minister also assured that he would give his full support to the work plan adopted by the state government.
Chief Minister N Biren Singh said that we cannot use the gift given by nature in the
various forms of flora and fauna found in abundance in the state.
Stating that currently the Center has recommended Rs 1,450 crore for the state, he said the
the goal of the state government is to make Manipur a number one tourist spot overall
The Minister of Forests, Environment and Climate Change, Awangbow Newmai led a team made up of officials from the Forestry Department and the Environment Directorate who accompanied the Union
Minister at Keibul Lamjao National Park.
Officials from the Forestry Department highlighted various flora and fauna found in the region and gave
reports on the development efforts undertaken by the ministry for the protection and
conservation of the region’s biodiversity.
The Union Minister inquired about the various challenges they were facing in the execution of their
official work and regarding local participation in the protection and conservation efforts of KLNP.
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