IMPHAL, February 11: The 6th Memorial Lecture on “Prime Minister’s Vision 2nd Green Revolution in the North East” was held today as part of the 21st Martyrdom anniversary of Saheed A Madhumangal Sharma.
The memorial lecture was delivered by director ICAR, Research Complex, North Eastern Hill Region, Meghalaya Dr SV Ngachan.
The Saheed Madhum-angal Foundation organised memorial lecture was held at Lamyanba Shanglen, Palace Compound, Imphal.
In his speech, Dr SV Ngachan said he had met S Madhumangal Sharma in 1983 at his native village of Hundung when he had wanted to establish a cenment factory.
He said he came to know of Madhumangal’s arrest for his involvement in the Lok Sangh Samiti movement under the leadership of Loknayak Jayprakash.
Continuing his address, Dr Ngachan said Madhumangal pursued to achieve freedom from hunger through his political will power.
He said the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi in his effort to bring development in the North Eastern States has initiated programmes for development of Natural Economic Zones.
He said the giving priority to agriculture the second Green Revolution of India was initiated in the North East.
Speaking on the sideline of the lecture programme, Saheed Madhumangal Foundation representative Ph Ibotombi Sharma said the late S Madhumangal Sharma had sacrificed his life for the betterment of the society.
Although a Brahmin, he would travel through the length and breadth of the State and blend in with the people of all communities.
Ibotombi said the core objective the foundation is to reach out and help the weaker section of the society for which each member of the foundation has been contributing Rs 100 each on a monthly basis.
The foundation, he said is not political and has supporters from different political backgrounds.
Meanwhile, before the opening of the lecture programme, the attendees offered floral tributes to a portrait of S Madhumangal Sharma.
The function was also attended by Thongju MLA Th Bishwajit, Thangmeiband MLA Kh Joykishan and veteran politician RK Dorendro.