Makhel, Sep. 13 (EMN): The foundation stone for the first tribal freedom fighter museum in north-eastern states was dedicated on Friday at Makhel village in Manipur’s Senapati district bordering Nagaland.
Manipur Tribal affairs & Hills (TA&H) /Fisheries N Kayisii and Public Health Engineering Minister L Dikho and district officials dedicated the foundation stone.
Makhel village is believed to be the historic settling point of the Nagas at one point of time before they dispersed to different areas.
Speaking at the programme, Kayisii said that the upcoming museum is first of its kind in Northeast and sought cooperation the people in developing it.
He thanked the people of the village for donating land (23.6 acres) for the museum.
Dikho who represents Mao constituency in Manipur assembly said the museum will help in creating a platform for the different communities settling in the state to have frequent interaction and bring better understanding among them besides recognising each other unlike the past.
Speaking to reporters on the sideline, Tribal Affairs and Hills Director Arthur said the department is preparing details of the project.
He disclosed that the total cost of the project is INR 15 crores.
Arthur also informed that the department has form an expert committee under additional chief secretary (TA&H) including four academicians from Manipur University to materialise the development activities of the museum.
The committee will visit different locations in Churachandpur on September 14 to collect information about tribal freedom fighters especially in the context of British period, the director said.
Once the narrative of the museum is approved by a competent authority, he said they will start the project.
According to TA&H officials, the national-level tribal freedom fighters museum is in Gujarat and seven other tribal freedom fighter’s museums in other parts of the country.
Meanwhile, Kayisii inaugurated four community halls constructed with the support from government and villagers at Makhan Khuman village located on the side of Imphal-Dimapur national highway.