Road to be dedicated in honour of women martrys
IMPHAL, 12th Dec: In memory and respect of the brave Imas (mothers) of Manipur who fought against the hegemony of mighty British imperialist, the State-level ‘Nupee Lal Day, 2018’ was observed by the state government at Nupee Lal Memorial Complex, Imphal on Wednesday.
Speaking as chief guest, Chief Minister Biren Singh conveyed that the Government is giving empowerment to women practically and added that to prevent crime against women, one Special Fast Track Court was constituted on priority basis for the first time in the history of Manipur. The court has convicted over 10 culprits so far.
Their expertise in diverse sectors could be comprehended from the fact that three secretary-level officers, five Deputy Commissioners, nine COs and SPs and 10 additional SPs are all women who are rendering and contributing their mite in administrative and executive services in the state, the CM said. The government is also providing free admission to dropout girl students from class IX to XII in government schools, apart from providing textbooks and uniforms to them, he added.
“We take the idea of women empowerment seriously”, Biren affirmed.
Exhorting the womenfolk of the State to come out and participate in the decision making process; Biren said that the time has come for womenfolk to join politics, particularly in Legislative Assembly Election, considering that women are already active at the Panchayat level. “There is strong need of women’s role in the law-making body”, he added.
The CM informed that in recognition of the courage and sacrifice made by the Imas and sisters, the road from Keishampat to Sanjenthong will be named as ‘Nupee Lal Road’, and added that the Government will soon take a cabinet decision in connection with dedicating the route in honour of Manipuri women.
He then appealed to the women to deride the concept of women being weaker along with stating that showing respect to women should start from home.
Maintaining that Manipur is for all communities, the Chief Minister called upon all concerned to cease stoking communal enmity at public platform or through the media. He also appealed to the Meeteis to assume its role as the major community in the state and help unite the state.
Delivering the presidential speech, Deputy Chief Minister Y Joykumar said "our women took active participation for saving the society and the men folk in history. In the first Nupee Lal of 1904, the Imas of all communities fought against the order of bringing woods from Burma for a new construction of the then Assistant Political Agent’s residence. Again, in the second Nupee Lal of 1939, they raised their voice against the arbitrary export of rice when there was scarcity of rice in the state," he recalled.
Thus, we can take today’s Meira Paibi movement as continuation of the first and second Nupee Lal for saving the society and the men folk by our women community. Men should give full support to them to bring the society in the right direction, Joykumar asserted.
Prior to the main programme, the CM and Dy CM led the people in paying floral tributes to the statue of departed freedom fighters of Nupee Lal Movement.
Later, ‘Nupee Lal Drama’ was staged by artistes of Nupee Lal Memorial Association and Nupee Lal & Khongjom War Memorial Society, while the artistes of Shri Shri Bal Mukunda Dev Government Music College, Imphal presented the opening as well as the closing song dedicated to Nupee Lal. Ministers, MLAs, chief secretary, Director General of Police and high-ranking civil and police officials, attended the observance along with students and public.
Meanwhile, the 27th Nupilal Ningsing Lamjel (memorial race) organised by the State Level Nupi Lal Ningsing Lamjel Organising Committee was flagged off from Nupee Lal Complex by chairperson Gangmei Sana. The race culminated at Singjamei Super Market where observance of Nupee Lal Day was held and prizes distribute to the winners of the race.
Thokchom Ibemcha of Khongjom Bazar, N Angousana of Khabam Heibung Makha and P Indira of Takyel were presented the first prize in three age categories. Nupee Lal was observed by Manipur Literary Society Imphal at Manipur Hindi Parishad, Old Assembly Road. District and Sessions Judge, Senapati Aribam Noutuneswari; social worker Joymala Yumnam; secretary (Law and Legislative Affairs)Nungsitombi Athokpam and Women Against Crime advisor Soubam Sobita attended the observance as presidium members.