CM vows to safeguard ethnic communities

Stating that BJP is committed to protecting and developing the state and its people, Chief Minister N Biren declared that the state government will put in its best possible efforts to table a bill similar to ILPS in order to protect the indigenous communities in the upcoming monsoon session of the state legislative assembly. The assembly session is likely to begin in July or August.
The chief minister was speaking during the Aajeevika Evam Kaushal Vikas Diwas (Livelihood and Skill Development Day) organised by Manipur State Rural Livelihoods Mission (MSRLM) under Gram Swaraj Abhiyan at Manipur Trade and Expo Centre, Lamboi Khongnangkhong in Imphal West on Saturday.
Each and every person of the state has the sense of patriotism and there is none to stay behind when some forces threaten the state. Unfortunately, some groups of people are hell bent on showing themselves as the only patriots in the state. However, one should know that in the political history of the state, no central leaders with exception to that of BJP, came to the state and asked its state leaders to carry out the wishes of the people, Biren said.
During the recent state executive meeting of the party, BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav and zonal secretary Ajay Jamwal asked the state executives to fulfil the aspirations of the people of the state regarding the ILPS bill while assuring full support on the matter by the Centre. Besides, BJP is not a party, which gives its consent to Naga unification across the states, the CM maintained.
Urging the public to abstain from resorting to any unwanted activities guided by emotion, and also to maintain calm for just three-four more months, the CM informed that necessary committees would be constituted to consult all the stakeholders and draft a Bill which would be agreeable to the people of both hills and valley as soon as possible.
Regarding the reported ill-treatment meted out to some state natives in Bihar recently, Biren said that he had already taken up the matter with union home minister Rajnath Singh and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar during his recent visit to the national capital. Biren also said that he had requested the two leaders to take up necessary measures to check discrimination of northeast people.
Speaking about welfare initiatives, the CM reiterated that his government’s primary mission is to uplift underprivileged section of the society and eradicate poverty. In addition to the existing central-sponsored schemes, the state government had also recently launched many social security schemes to empower women, uplift weaker sections, help poor people, provide safe drinking water, educate school drop outs and construct houses for poor families.
Continuing this committed effort, Biren said, the state government recently launched ‘Khungang Chatsi – Go to Village’ mission.
He also expressed hope that among many other benefits, the mission would also help check corruption up to a large extent. The CM also informed that bathrooms would be constructed near all community ponds at different villages across the state under this mission soon.
The project would be executed at Rs 3.5 lakh each, he said.
While conveying the government’s commitment towards ensure a safe society for women, the CM also said that the BJP government has set up special fast track court to handle cases of crimes against women.
RD&PR minister Th Biswajit, who attended the function as president, said that the Manipur State Rural Livelihoods Mission (MSRLM) is extending various capacity building and community funds to Self Help Groups (SHGs) and Village Level Federations (VLFs) under Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana of National Rural Livelihood Mission.
Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana is currently implemented in Machi and Tengnoupal Blocks of Tengnoupal district and Imphal East 1 and Imphal East 2 blocks in Imphal East district.
Stating that 1200 SHGs and 60 VLFs have been formed so far, the minister said that 670 SHGs had been provided revolving funds while 400 others given community investment funds.
Informing that the aim of the mission is to promote community based livelihoods so that women become economically and socially empowered, Biswajit said that 90 SHGs had also been given bank loans under the mission so far.
MSRLM is also trying to provide jobs to rural youth between 18-35 years from the poor rural households under Deen Dayal Upadhyay Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY), he said.
The minister also said that MSRLM has inked MoUs with six Project Implementing Agencies (PIAs) for providing skill development training to rural youths.
Biswajit further said that 10,518 youths would be provided placement linked skill training in various sectors through PIAs in the next three years in various sectors. Registration for training had already begun and the PIAs started setting up necessary infrastructure, he added.
Later, the CM handed over Public Transport Vehicles for Rural Women SHGs to 12 selected SHGs. The dignitaries also presented prizes to four best performing SHGs during the function.
Manipur State Planning Board deputy chairman & Lamsang MLA S Rajen, MANITRON chairman & Hiyanglam MLA Dr Radheshyam Yumnam, and Moirang MLA & government chief whip P Saratchandra also attended the function as guests of honour.

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