Govt monitoring migrant intrusion post Assam NRC update: CM Biren
IMPHAL, 16th Sep: Chief minister N Biren has assured the people that the government is closely monitoring illegal influx of migrants by opening check posts at border points including Mao and Jiribam and taking up security measures at the airport and police stations in the wake of National Register of Citizens (NRC) update in Assam to identify and deport all illegal Bangladeshis living in that state.
The assurance was given during the inauguration of ‘Tribal Working Women Hostel’ at Adimjati Shiksha Ashram complex, Chingmeirong here on Monday in the presence of CAF&PD minister Karam Shyam; Tribal Affairs & Hills minister N Kayisii and Forest & Environment minister Th Shyamkumar.
In his address, Biren said that there is no need of the people in the state to panic over the possible intrusion of illegal migrants from Assam into the state following the exclusion of their names from the NRC list. He reminded that the statement made by Union Home minister Amit Shah during the NEDA Conclave held recently that identity and constitutional safeguard of indigenous people belonging to the north east states will not be put in jeopardy even if the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) is implemented in the region.
The chief minister said that there is no question of providing citizenship rights to Bangladeshi migrants whose names were excluded from the NRC list in other north east states including Manipur.
He conveyed that the ‘Tribal Working Women Hostel’ having 50 beds was set up under 100 Programmes of Prime Minister Narendra Modi but admitted that the look of the approach road and front portion of the hostel building is not as clean as it should be as fund for its construction was not included in the work programme. However, the minister and officials concerned will be consulted to renovate the shabby parts, he assured.
Earlier, Biren launched Digital Payment Services and National Generic Document Registration System of Imphal East district at DC Imphal East office complex and also inaugurated Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management & Planning Authority (CAMPA) state office, data centre and ‘New Learning Centre’ at Forest Office, Mantripukhri.
After the end of the inaugurations, a function was held at the Forest Office wherein the chief minister said that the inauguration of ‘Tribal Working Women Hostel’, CAMPA state office, data centre and the launch of the Digital Payment Services and National Generic Document Registration System were executed to mark the completion of 100 days of second term of the BJP-led NDA government at the centre.
He said that the mass campaign against single-use plastics was launched as part of the Sewa Saptaha to be celebrated for a week in commemoration of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's birthday which falls on Tuesday. He divulged that following the launch of the campaign, using plastic water bottles at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat office had been ceased and instead switched over to water jar.
He said that one can perform cashless payment of landed property tax, deed registration and armed license fee through Digital Payment Services and National Generic Document Registration System for Imphal East, which was launched to ensure transparency and accountability.
Biren disclosed that New Development Bank has sanctioned Rs 3000 crore for the state with regard to the target set by the NDA government at the centre under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide drinking water to every household by 2024.
He maintained that the state government has given loans to 600-700 entrepreneurs under Start Up policy and all necessary preparations have been made to award loans to various entrepreneurs during a function to be held at City Convention Centre, Palace Compound on September 20. A collective responsibility is needed to implement Chief Minister’s Manipur Green Mission effectively to protect forest and make Manipur one of the greenest states, he said. He said that the construction of 'Imphal View' tower at Langol Hills would be completed soon and the ropeway project to connect Thanga with Chaoba Hills and Langol with Marjing Hills will also be completed in near future. The chief minister also mentioned that representatives of 267 villages in Ukhrul district under the guidance of Tangkhul Naga Long had come forward to set aside 5 to 10 acres of land in every village for forest conservation under the CM's Green Manipur Mission. Ministers Shyamkumar and Karam Shyam also spoke on the occasion which was attended by PCCF and Head of Forest Department Kereilhouvi Angami; DC Imphal East Dr Rangitabali Waikhom; SP Imphal East Jogeshchandra Haobijam and officials of different departments.