STAFF REPORTER/DIPR IMPHAL, 10th Apr: Chief Minister N Biren urged All Manipur Muslim Organisations Coordinating Committee (AMMOCOC) to refrain from playing communal politics over the eviction of houses constructed illegally in various areas of the state. "Everybody should abide by the Rule of Law and no one including the government is above it," the CM said.
Speaking to media persons after Hill Leaders’ Day in the CM’s secretariat here on Tuesday, Biren asserted that the government has the right to conduct eviction drives against illegal encroachers irrespective of to which communities they belong. No construction would be allowed on the agricultural land under the Manipur Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act, he added.
He also asked AMMOCOC not to take the matter on communal line in the name of minorities and added that the government will not allow illegal activities by members of any communities.
Biren said that large number of people came to meet him on the occasion of Hill Leaders’ day. Mentioning that hill areas of the state remained underdeveloped for a long period, he said that the ‘Hill Leaders’ Day is an opportunity given to the hill leaders and CSOs operating in hill areas to highlight their grievances to the government. The government needs to ensure extra effort to bring development in hill areas, he added.
The CM said he is deeply shocked to hear that a family where the entire members are disabled has been living without any support from the government till now. Out of four members of the family, three are blind and one has psychiatric problem. The government would discuss the matter in the next cabinet meeting and explore possibilities for providing a government job to one of the family members for ensuring livelihood of the family, Biren assured.
Maintaining that the government needs love and support of the people for the success of ‘Go to Village’ mission which is set to be launched on May 1, the CM said that the main objective of the mission is to provide all the facilities of the government in the rural areas of the state.
Committees would be formed at the Panchayat and ADC levels and representatives of Panchayati Raj Institution and Autonomous District Council would be involved and consulted to identify the number of beneficiaries under various schemes.
The mission would be launched simultaneously in different parts of the state, he said and added that it will help in building a strong relationship and bridge the gap between the people and the government.
Regarding the allegations made by Congress party on ‘undeclared emergency’, Biren stated that the present government brings back the happiness and smile on the faces of the people. In the last one year, there were no report of police atrocities on innocent people and students in the state, he added. The situation is far better than those times under the Congress rule, he asserted.
Reminding that emergency was first declared in the country by Indira Gandhi, the CM maintained that Congress should have known the condition under emergency state.
Speaking about the row over relocation of Imphal East district hospital, Biren said that the BJP government, which came to power in 2017, has not much knowledge about the reason for stalling the construction since 2011 despite the fact that the local MLA of Khundrakpam AC Th Lokeshwar was a powerful member of the then government. After the health minister reported about inadequate land area for the hospital construction at Sagolmang and possibility of losing the fund reserved for the hospital construction, the government took the decision of relocating the hospital at Kyamgei where there is no land dispute, he said.
Since people of Khundrakpam especially those of Sagolmang including MLA Th Lokeshwar are saying otherwise regarding the land dispute, the government has instructed officials concerned to look into the matter and find out the authenticity of the land dispute claim, he said. He also said that the government will look into the matter and explore options for resolving the matter.
Replying to queries about the missing arms case from 2nd MR, the CM said that NIA has started investigation into the case as it affects national security. NIA teams have arrived in Imphal for the investigation, he said and added that those involved in the case will get befitting punishment as per law of the land.
The chief minister attended to around 300 complaints and personally met around 700 people from 9 to 11:30 am during the Hill Leaders’ Day.