CM censures community-based politics
IMPHAL, 12th Dec: Chief Minister N Biren Singh has said that politics should never be based on community or religion, but only on the basis of human service and humanity.
He made the statement while attending the Imphal Hmar Sikpui Ruoi celebration as chief guest, held at the auditorium of Tribal Research Institute (TRI), Chingmeirong here Wednesday.
Sikpui Ruoi is one of the most important festivals of the Hmars celebrated mostly in winter and only those years of abundant harvest or when there is no death and chaos in a calendar year.
The Chief Minister continued that serving the masses should be the primary objective and responsibility of both political leaders and bureaucrats. People are losing faith in politicians, as most of them do not even bother to translate at least 50 percent of their promises/assurances into action, the CM observed. Among the 33 recognised tribes of the state, Hmar is one of the most advanced, decent, educated and gentle communities, Biren said, while admitting that it is his first time attending the festival despite having served as an MLA and a minister for many years.
Regarding the rumour on shifting of district administration machinery from Pherzawl headquarters to Churachandpur, Biren clarified that no such government plan exist, and assured that the present government has no wish to rescind the previous government’s decision on declaring Pherzawl as a full-fledged revenue district.
The CM then stated that ginger farmers of the district are no longer facing the inconvenience of lack of ginger buyers or a suitable market after the State-Level Ginger Festival was organised at Parbung village of the district this year. He informed that a mini Cold Storage would be constructed at Pherzawl for storing the ginger and other horticulture produces of the district as soon as possible.
Regarding connectivity, Biren said that survey works for the construction of Tipaimukh-Jiribam road has already been completed and informed that he had written to Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari to declare the road as a National Highway. Construction of Churachandpur-Tipaimukh road is in good progress, he added.
He further assured that the Government would consider extension of Imphal-Pherzawl MST bus service up to Parbung, if the road condition permits.
Stating that Pawan Hans is ready to operate helicopter service to any place of the state where there is proper helipad, the CM said that the private company might begin the service for the district as well, if required.
Remarking that infrastructure development is currently underway at Pherzawl district headquarters, Biren said that a time would automatically come for upgrading the Primary Health Sub-Centre of Pherzawl to a district hospital. He also said that the Flying Doctors project, which would be implemented with funding from NEC, would immensely benefit the people living in interior areas of the district.
Regarding people’s wish for the declaration of Sikpui Ruoi festival as a restricted holiday for 5 days, the CM said that he would definitely look into it.
In his speech as guest of honour, Education minister Th Radheshyam said that Manipur is like a beautiful garden having different and colourful flowers, and remarked that the state would be peaceful only when all the communities reside together with love and affection.
Among others, Tourism Corporation of Manipur Ltd chairman Dr Sapam Ranjan; Tipaimukh A/C MLA Dr Chaltonlien Amo; Chief executive member of Sinlung Hills Council, Mizoram Lalthalien and Mizoram Institute of Medical Education and Research (MIMER) director Dr L Fimate attended the festival as dignitaries.Presentation of different cultural items and community feast were the main attractions of the festival.