Awards testimony of good governance: CM

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 24th Sep: Chief Minister N Biren Singh has contended that although the two and half years old BJP-led government did not build any large buildings, the numerous awards it has received till date are testimonies of its relentless efforts towards delivering the entitled benefits to 30 lakh people in the state right from the grassroots level.
A reception function to welcome five Congress councillors of Yairipok Municipal Council to BJP was organised at BJP’s office, Canchipur here Tuesday.
Speaking at the event, CM Biren pointed out that the state government has been receiving numerous awards for its good governance such as the Best Agriculture Product Award, carrying a cash prize of Rs 5 crore and the Best Health Policy for CMHT. Although the government may not have constructed any large buildings since it took power two and half years ago, it has dedicated itself in the system of ensuring the mass delivery of benefits to 30 lakh people in the state right from the grassroots level.
He continued that the successes amassed by the state in such a short time are not some political rhetoric but have been achieved practically, thereby ensuring the state to stand with a strong economic foundation. The politics of the state government is about uplifting the grassroots, self-sustainability, improvement of schools, reducing homelessness and resolving health care issues.
During 2016-17, the GSDP rate was only 3.7 percent but it increased to 4.75 percent in 2017-18 to around 8 percent in the current fiscal. In addition, the annual revenue of the state used to be around Rs 497 crore only but at present it has crossed the Rs 1000 crore mark. These is due to stability in law and order situation of the state, absence/decline of bandhs and blockades apart from the state government’s efforts to mend the holes in the state’s revenue irrespective of the origin of the money, whether black or taxes. The state is now at par with other states, he contended.
Extending warm welcome to the five councillors, Biren contended that political leaders should be content with the happiness of the people, and added that indulging in self-vested interests instead of public service is bad politics. Such leaders are not true political leaders, he asserted, and stated: “Trust, once broken, is hard to regain”.
Remarking that those people who actively pursued self-interests during the time of the individualistic-based previous government are now spending their time in Tihar jail, the CM said that it is a moment of pride for the country that PM Narendra Modi was accorded a warm welcome by the president of the most powerful country in the world. “A leader is made by the people”, Biren said and urged the new members of the party to work hard and maintain the people’s trust on the BJP government.
Stating that efforts being taken to ensure delivery of central and state welfare schemes to the people right from the grassroots level, the CM informed that as part of continuation of Start Ups, applications forms to improve the economic conditions of weaker sections of the society (minorities, OBC, SC/ST) and skill development trainings for entrepreneurs along with loans/grants would soon be made available. He then urged all concerned to avail the opportunity.
The five Yairipok Municipal Council Congress councillors who joined BJP on Tuesday are Longjam Kamala of Ward no.9, Konjengbam Ito Singh of Ward no.8, Gurumayum Ingocha Sharma of Ward no.7, Md Abdul Khalig of Ward no.6 and Md Dilip of Ward no.5.
The reception function was also attended by BJP vice president Salam Joy, Deputy speaker K Robindro, MLA Th Satyabrata and general secretary N Nimbus.


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