Will not blame others for own mistakes: CM

IMPHAL, 22nd Oct: Making it clear that the present government does not believe in blaming others for its mistakes/wrongdoings, Chief Minister N Biren informed that the state cabinet has given its assent on formulation of Lok Ayukta rules to look into any allegations of corruption against Ministers/MLAs including the CM himself, so as to bring transparency in governance.

BJP Heingang Mandal organised a felicitation function to honour CM Biren who was recently voted as the third best CM in the country and the best among the BJP-ruled states as per a poll conducted by India Today Political Stock Exchange, at NIDSU Community Hall, Luwangsangbam Monday.

Speaking at the occasion, Biren conveyed that the people of Heigang played a huge part in making it possible for him to feature and be selected in the survey conducted by India Today. He added that it was because of the love of the people and the blessings of God, that he is able to become a chief minister loved by the people.

Stating that the state has witnessed many changes under the BJP government, Biren said that an Anti-Corruption Cell had been opened to curb corrupt practices in all government institutions. He then informed that the state cabinet has given its approval for formulating Lok Ayukta rules so as to bring about more transparency in governance. “The ruling government does not believe in pinning its mistakes/wrongs upon others”, Biren contended.

Mentioning about introduction of CMHT and ‘Sotharabasingi tengbang’ schemes among others, the CM said that many beneficiaries have been able to avail the benefits provided by such schemes. He then said he always prays to the Almighty to enable him to bring about an egalitarian society in the state; strengthen the bond between the hills and the valley and spend his life in serving the vulnerable sections of the society.

Recalling the recent (Tharoijam) mob-lynching incident, Biren said that the state government had passed an ordinance on mob justice to end this social evil. He then appealed to the people to support the government in bringing about development, peace and stability to the state. Regarding unemployment issue in the state, the CM said that the state government had provided loans to help people become self-employed under the start up scheme and conveyed that around 4000 people have send in applications for the second phase. He then urged the people who have skillful hands but are lacking the financial platform to avail the opportunities.

Informing that the efforts will be taken up to distribute the loans for the second phase before the upcoming 2019 elections, Biren also conveyed that a new scheme for tribal entrepreneurs had been introduced. In addition, around 600 people have been arrested on drug related cases under the Government’s ongoing “war on drugs”, he said.

Although Manipur is full of potential, no work was taken up to tap this potential, Biren remarked while recalling that he was unable to do anything for the state during his tenure as cabinet minister in the previous government. However, he was able to fulfill his visions for the state after he was elected as CM, despite facing continuous envy and rants from his “friends” and “colleagues”. Nonetheless, he would continue working for the people unperturbed, Biren stated.

Regarding the fish shortage in the state, the CM conveyed that a target has been set to self-sustain the state by 2020 in terms of fish production, instead of spending Rs 400 crore on exporting fish from outside so as to meet the state’s demands. In addition, the government has already sanctioned Rs 1.5 crore for establishing a factory for manufacturing fish feeds. Efforts are also on to provide soft loans to 800 fish farmers, who would be selected through a process, he added.

MLA S Rajen, who attended as guest of honour, said that CM N Biren rightly deserved the title that has been accorded to him through the survey, while expressing his distaste of the continuous tirade by “envious” opposition leaders. The Congress government failed to bring any progress to the state during its 15 years reign and thus, because of its incompetency, will continue to remain as opposition for the next 20 years or so. BJP would again form the government in the upcoming MP elections, he added.

Presided by BJP Heingang Mandal president Khumanthem Jila, the function was attended by social worker N Hiyainu; BJP Mahila Morcha, Heingang Mandal president Waikhom Bormani and Laipham Khunou ZP member L Olen as guests of honour. Representatives from 45 polling booths of Heigang AC presented gifts to CM Biren during the occasion.

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