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Imphal, May 30 : Team members of 1st North East India top of World Mt. Everest Expedition have started arriving in New Delhi after summiting the Mt. Everest by 11 intrepid mountaineers of North East India. The team members were accorded a warm welcome by Paban Singh Ghatowar, Hon’ble Minister of DoNER, Govt. of India at Committee Room, Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi in the presence of Shri UK Sangma, Secretary, DoNER, Shri Ameising Luikham, Secretary, NEC and Shri DS Poonia, Chief Secretary, Govt. of Manipur apart from all the high ranking officials of Ministry of DoNER and NEC, Shillong.
Welcoming the successful expedition team, Shri Paban Singh Ghatowar appreciated the role taken up by the Government of Manipur and Manipur Mountaineering and Trekking Association in initiating such a remarkable venture. He said this is for the first time that Ministry of DoNER has funded such a project and he is delighted that it has succeeded with remarkable feat thereby leaving a legacy to look upon. He expressed his belief that the expedition will definitely encourage the younger upcoming generation to explore new heights.
The Minister expressed that, Manipur as a State has been continuously giving the country the best sportsperson, and todays success is a moment of pride for the country.
Shri DS Poonia briefed about the expedition to the dignitaries present and expressed the steps being initiated by the State Government to encourage the upcoming mountaineers and also about the awards being announced by various State Governments.
Dr. L. Surjit, Leader of the Expedition and President of MMTA submitted a Memorandum to the Minister, DoNER, Govt. of India requesting for incentives and award to the team, a recurring Grant in Aid to MMTA to continue working towards enhancing the adventure sports and adoption of MMTA’s Manipur Mountaineering Institute as a regional centre for mountaineering and Adventure Sports so as to enable them to impart courses to the populace of the region. On the memorandum, the minister has assured to look into the matter.
The function ended with a group photo session and a warm reception.
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