IMPHAL, 10th June: In sync with the Narendra Modi government’s policy of meeting senior citizens as part of Vishesh Sampark Abhiyan, chief minister N Biren Sunday met two senior journalists and a retired judge and sought feedbacks from them regarding the works being carried out by the BJP government.
Taking the opportunity, the CM said that Centre has sanctioned Rs 90 crore for Tamenglong district under the union government’s special hill development budget.
CM Biren along with Keirao MLA L Rameshwar met senior journalists Kangujam Madhumangol of Thongbam Leirak under Thongju AC and Ak Sanaton of Singjamei Wangma Kshetri Leikai. Later, the CM paid a visit to retired judge Tayenjam Nandakumar at the latter’s Keisamthong Top Leirak residence.
During his visit, the CM assured the family members of the two ailing senior journalists for providing necessary assistance for their medical treatment. He also presented shawls and fruits to the three senior citizens during his visit.
Biren told the senior citizens that the special policy was taken up to collect feedbacks as well as suggestions from the senior citizens, who have more knowledge and experience of the society, about the works and policies of the BJP government.
The CM said that uniform development in both hills and valley is the main objective of the BJP government. The government knows that the current budget system will not be effective in bringing development at par in hills and valley. As such, the state government has been demanding the Centre to formulate a topographical need based budget. In this line, Centre has now formulated a special budget called hill budget and selected 52 hill districts for taking up developmental works. Manipur’s Tamenglong has been included in the 49th place in the list and Centre has sanctioned Rs 90 crore for taking up developmental works in the district, he said.
Regarding the demand for implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission, the CM appealed to the agitating employees to return to their normal duty since the government has given its assurance to adopt the revised pay. Employees should think of the general public ahead of them and refrain from resorting to any sort of activities which might hamper the welfare activities of the common people, he maintained.
Even if there are different employees’ bodies, their demands are the same. Since the government has fulfilled their demand, they should sort out the difference and resume their normal duties as public servants, Biren said while adding that the government does not want to lock horns with the employees.
The CM further informed that he had talked with the vice-chancellor of Manipur University over the row in the university. The issue has been apprised to union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar and the latter assured to look into the matter and sort out the problems, he said. Biren also said that he will go to the national capital on June 14 or 15 and pursue the matter with the union minister in order to bring an early solution to the current impasse.
Meanwhile, reflecting on the series of interaction programmes being conducted to gauge success of various initiatives undertaken by the BJP-led governments at the Centre and in the state, BJP Manipur Pradesh general secretary (media affairs) N Nimbus has claimed that 85 per cent of those covered are satisfied with the policies of both the governments.
Even as BJP Thangmeiband Mandal members deliberated on the achievements of the BJP-led governments at Thangmeiband Hijam Leikai on Sunday, N Nimbus told newspersons at the Luwangsangbam resident of chief minister N Biren that positive feedbacks hsve been received from 85 per cent of commoners as well as intellectual members of the society that the BJP governments have been able to make significant changes.
Stating that the on-going interactive session is aimed to plug loopholes in governance and ensure that all economically underprivileged sections of the society get their constitutional rights, he also conveyed appreciation to the remaining 15 per cent of those covered during the programme for sharing their suggestions towards further improvement of the achievement rate.
For the half-month programme being conducted under ‘Vishesh Sampark Abhiyan’ the party has entrusted 358 BJP leaders and committed volunteers to reach out to nearly 9000 intellectuals, prominent personalities and common people across the state, Nimbus maintained.
He also informed that out of the target set to meet 1320 people in Imphal East district, 51 party leaders have interacted with 850 persons, including winners of awards in diverse fields, till date.
The general secretary further stated that on completion of the on-going programme booth-level interaction, meets will be conducted in all 60 assembly constituencies.
Joining the media briefing, BJP general secretary (administration) K Sarat informed that policies framed and implemented by the Central government have been able to make positive changes in the lives of the common people.
Similarly, people-centric schemes and programmes of the N Biren-led government such a social security schemes, monthly interaction with public leaders are some notable achievements of the state government, he said and called upon the people to get themselves enrolled through submission of necessary documents as and when the Socio-Economic Census is conducted.
BJP Imphal East district president L Kamini, Heingang Mandal president Kh Jila and Heingang Morcha president W Boromani were also present during the media briefing.
On the other-hand, BJP Manipur Pradesh vice president Jyotin Waikhom informed party’s Thangmeiband unit functionaries and workers who gathered at his Thangmeiband Hijam Leikai residence that the interactive sessions being conducted across the state has been able to instil confidence among the masses that the BJP-led coalition government in Manipur will justify the people’s mandate.
Apart from enabling party leaders to directly meet the citizens and seek their opinions towards better governance the programme has been able to bridge the communication gap between the government and the people, he said and suggested that the public highlight their grievances, if any, without any inhibition so that prompt redressal measures could be taken up by the state government.
As a part of Sunday’s programme, Jyotin Waikhom also flagged off a rally to spread the message of various developmental and social security schemes launched by the government of Manipur.
The programme was also attended by BJP Thangmeiband Mandal president RK Lokendrajit and Imphal Municipal Corporation deputy mayor Sujata Phaomei.
Celebrating completion of fourth years of Prime Narendra Modi led Central government, a bike rally was taken out Sunday across the streets of Naoriya Pakhanglakpa AC.
The rally led by Naoriya Pakhanglakpa MLA Soibam Subhashchandra was flagged off from Ningombam Mayai Leikai by Bharatiya Janata Yuba Morcha state president P Somojit Singh.
According to MLA Subhashchandra, the rally was organised with the main objective to spread awareness among people about schemes and projects taken up by the Prime Minister for the welfare of the people as also people oriented schemes and programmes launched by N Biren government. Various programmes and projects taken up in Naoriya Pakhanglakpa will be inspected during the rally, he added.
Meanwhile, Somorjit said that similar bike rallies will be held in every constituency of Imphal Wast, Imphal West, Bishnupur, Thoubal and Kakching districts in the next two days under his initiative. He also said that the bike rally is being organised across the country under the aegis of BJP national office as part of Vishesh Samprak Abhiyan.