IMPHAL, Dec 2 - The 10-day annual Manipur Sangai Festival, 2018, came to an end with a glittering function at Bhagyachandra Open Air Theatre (BOAT), here on Friday night.
Speaking on the occasion, Governor Dr Najma Heptulla said that tourism is considered the fastest growing sector in today�s development scenario anywhere in the world and it has become the economic lifeline of many countries without much natural resources.
Observing that the issue of accommodation would automatically be addressed, she said what a tourist needs is not a five star hotel but a clean, hygienic and affordable accommodation, adding that paying guest system needs to be encouraged.
In his speech, Chief Minister N Biren Singh said that people of both the hill and valley districts extended equal co-operation to the Government in organising the festival this year. Manipur Cherry Blossom cum Flower Festival at Mao in Senapati district became a part of Sangai Festival from this year.
He said that festivals are organised in different districts to inculcate the sense of competition and hard work among farmers. Ginger, pineapple and orange production have increased manifold following the Ginger Festival, Pineapple Festival and Orange Festival, he observed.
Deputy Chief Minister Y Joykumar, Deputy Speaker K Robindro, Ministers, MLAs, high ranking civil, police and military officers and a large number of people also attended the closing function.