CM to public: Show good hospitality, high respect to guests
IMPHAL, 15th Nov: While disclosing that the Princess of Thailand and the US Ambassador to India have confirmed their participation in this year’s Sangai Festival, chief minister N Biren has urged the people of the state to uphold Manipuri tradition of showing good hospitality and high respect to guests and receive all the visitors with utmost decency. The US Ambassador to India used to be reluctant to visit Manipur in the past owing to the volatile situation but minds of foreign diplomats have changed now and they have also acknowledged changes brought in Manipur since the past few years and confirmed their participation in the Festival, Biren said while speaking to media persons on the sidelines of the joint Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ Day Thursday. Apart from the US Ambassador, chief ministers of Sagaing region and Mandalay state of Myanmar will be attending the festival and around 140 stalls mostly from Korea, Thailand, Myanmar and other foreign countries will be opened at the festival, Biren informed while adding that foreign cultural troupes will also enthral crowd at the festival. The chief minister also said that he would personally receive the Princess of Thailand at Imphal airport on November 27 and necessary arrangements for a grand reception having colourful cultural presentations of different communities had already been made. On the other hand, Sangai Run would be organised at Keibul Lamjao, Mao and Imphal as part of the festival, he added. Stating that beautification of Imphal city is currently underway on war footing, the chief minister informed that efforts are being put in to make traffic lights functional at 4-5 places out of 8 junctions before commencement of the festival. Expressing regret over the two fatal road accidents which occurred on Ningol Chakkouba day, the chief minister said that strict traffic rules would be enforced to maintain order and urged the public to extend co-operation to the authority when traffic rule violators including driving without seat-belt and helmet are penalised. He also appealed to two-wheeler riders to use helmet and four-wheeler drivers to fasten belt or face legal consequences. Biren urged all concerned not to call any type of bandh or blockade during Sangai Festival as it may give bad impression about the state to visitors. The chief minister said that he and his ministers are ready for talks to resolve any matter.
Replying to a query raised by media persons, the chief minister said that the current strength of ruling MLA is 40 while Opposition has only 20 MLAs and hence BJP would bag both Inner and Outer Manipur seats in the upcoming Lok Sabha election. He also predicted that BJP would come to power in neighbouring Mizoram state.
The chief minister attended to around 400 complaints and personally met around 1200 people during the joint Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ Day from 9 am to 2.30 pm.
Officials of Minorities and OBC & SC Departments, Education (S) Department, Directorate of Health Services, Social Welfare Department, Manipur Rural Bank and Manipur State Co-operative Bank Ltd., Directorate of Information and Public Relations and Manipur Police were deputed at CM’s Secretariat complex to assist people.
National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS) also organised a special non-communicable diseases screening camp under the joint aegis of National Health Mission, Manipur and Directorate of Health Services, Manipur at the complex for the convenience of the public. Officials and staff of Directorate of Health Services also imparted awareness on Chief Minister-gi Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT) and Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) in Manipuri, Tangkhul and Paite languages to visitors.