Police ineptness over Rohingya issue peeves CM

STAFF REPORTER/DIPR IMPHAL, 15th Apr: While disclosing that a police team was found to have admitted some Rohingya people to a hospital with their religion entered as Hindu in the OPD record sheet, chief minister N Biren Singh called upon the police officers and their subordinates to keep the interest of Manipur and its people above all considerations.
Speaking as the chief guest of the Samajit Nyaya Diwas (social justice day) held on Saturday at Sangai Hall of Hotel Imphal to commemorate the birth anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar, N Biren conceded that he initially felt ashamed of making public the callousness of police in handling such a sensitive issue like the Rohingya influx.
Even though the CM did not elaborate much on the matter, he informed that subsequent to a road accident near Moreh town some of the injured persons were admitted to a hospital by a police team.
In-spite of realising soon after the mishap that the injured persons were Rohingya refugees, the investigating officer was found to have categorised the said persons as ‘Hindu’ in the hospital record thereby acting in contravention with the general sentiment of the public on the issue of illegal entry of foreign nationals.
While expressing that such callousness is either due to ineptness of the police officer in handling such sensitive issue or simply dereliction of duty and trust reposed upon the police, the chief minister announced that similar to the recent interaction programme held with bureaucrats and top administrative officers the government will soon conduct a discussion session with the police officers from sub-inspector rank to above.
Dwelling on developmental initiatives of the BJP-led government, he said that collective determination and effort are most essential component towards bringing about positive change in the society.
Stating that the people need to extend cooperation to the government’s endeavour for accelerating the state’s development rather than leaving the task to the legislators and executives alone, Biren also stressed the need for the administrators to work in accordance with the people’s sentiment.
He said that the ‘Go to Village’ mission of the government would promote social harmony, spread awareness about pro-poor initiatives of the government and reach out to poor people.
The chief minister also urged the government officials to put in wholehearted efforts to make Central Government’s ‘Gram Swaraj Abhiyan’ and State Government’s ‘Go to Village’ mission a success.
As the people are getting increasingly aware about the present government’s determination to bring uniform development and have experienced what the government could deliver in the past one year, he said that top officials need to act pro-actively towards achieving the goal of serving the state’s masses.
Expressing concern over the rise of crime rates due to convenient accessibility to new and advanced communication technologies and gadgets, the Chief Minister said that education and awareness would the key to preventing recurrence of unwanted incidents in the state.
Though the state government has been striving to effectively deal with social evils like crime against women with an iron hand by setting up Fast Track Court, such formal processes are unlikely to deter those having criminal mind-set, Biren noted and reiterated that imparting proper awareness and education to the masses will help tackle crime against women and children to a great extent.
The CM said that Manipuris are talented people, and no community can beat them if they learn proper time management, understand value of money and avoid division among themselves.
While speaking on the life and contribution of Dr Ambedkar, the Chief Minister said that he was the architect of Indian Constitution and a reformist who fought against discrimination on the lines of caste system.
Speaking on the occasion as functional president, RD & PR minister Th Biswajit dwelt on various Central government-sponsored schemes like Saubhagya, Ujala Scheme, Pradhan Mantra Jan Dhan Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana, Mission Indradhanush and Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, etc.
The Minister said that Gram Swaraj Abhiyan would be organised from April 14 to May 5, 2018 under the theme, ‘Sabka Sath, Sabka Gaon, Sabka Vikas’. He said that Government machineries including elected representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions, Deputy Commissioners and subordinate staff would directly interact with the people at grassroots level during the observance period to ensure that the deserving people are not deprived their rights and benefits of the schemes.
The Minister said that DCs and Government officials would take the main responsibility of making the dreams of Prime Minister and Chief Minister a reality.
Wangoi AC MLA and Vice Chairman of Manipur Infrastructure Development Agency (MIDA) O Lukhoi, Saitu MLA Ngamthang Haokip and Khurai MLA L Susindro were also present at the anniversary function as guests of honour.
Earlier, Chief Minister N Biren Singh led the gathering in paying floral tributes to Dr Ambedkar.
The function was jointly organised by the district administrations of Imphal East and Imphal West.
Chief Secretary Dr J Suresh Babu, elected representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions and other high ranking officials of the State Government also attended the function.

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