CM commits to restore Shillong Rajbari, mum on IM fury

IMPHAL, 25th Sep: Chief Minister N Biren has informed the people that an official team will be sent to Shillong soon in an endeavour to assess and resolve the issue of land encroachment at Manipur Rajbari in the capital city of Meghalaya and pave the way for its early renovation.
Addressing newspersons on the side-lines of the joint Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders' Day held at the Durbar Hall of CM's Secretariat here on Wednesday, Biren said that the state government has been trying hard to obtain the genuine land documents from the Revenue Department, Meghalaya and had telephoned Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma urging his counterpart to extend help in resolving the land dispute at the earliest.
He elaborated that an official team of General Administration Department (GAD) will be despatched to Shillong soon following an invitation received from his counterpart and it is most likely that the land dispute would be settled by October.
He divulged that the disputed site will be set up as an accommodation place for the people of the state after the settlement of the land dispute which the government is taking seriously.
With regard to the protracted peace talks between NSCN (IM) and Government of India which has plunged into a difficult situation with general secretary of the outfit Thuingaleng Muivah disclosing that there is already a huge problem in the peace process, the chief minister said that he will not give his views on the demands served by the outfit because the state government has already made it clear that the final solution to the peace talks should not impinge on the interests and territorial integrity of Manipur.
He maintained that activities regarding Green Manipur Mission are going on in full swing and as a precautionary measure to protect the environment, a total of 1400 saplings have been handed over to the people who came to participate in the last Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders' Day. He also conveyed that mass tree plantation will be carried out at Koubru range and DGP LM Khaute has been entrusted with the task to discuss with different civil society organisations to chalk out a plan to replace poppy plantation of the hill people by an alternative livelihood means and also to conduct mass tree plantation.
Biren went on to inform that CSOs based in Senapati district had approached him to join hand in mass destruction of poppy plants and that the government would ink an MoU with 207 villages of Ukhrul district which are to ready to reserve 5 to 10 acres of land in their villages for forest development under Chief Minister's Green Manipur Mission. Replying to a query concerning Nambul Rejuvenation Project to be taken up at an estimated cost of around Rs 500 crore, the Chief Minister disclosed that the central government had sanctioned Rs 15 crore for the second phase of the project.
During the occasion, Brand Ambassador for CM's Green Manipur Mission Valentina Elangbam along with her parents met the chief minister for the first time. The CM welcomed the nine-year-old girl and encouraged her to keep on motivating people to plant more trees. Valentina and her parents thanked the CM for acknowledging her love for trees. Biren along with Valentina also distributed saplings to the visitors.
The chief minister heard around 360 complaints and met around 1000 people from 9.15 am to 1 pm. Around 1500 tree saplings were distributed to the people who turned up to air their grievances during joint Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders' Day. The distributed saplings include Champaka (Leihao), Jackfruit (Theibong), Indian Olive (Chorphon), Yellow Myrobalan (Manahi), Arjuna (Mayokpha), Indian Gooseberry (Heikru) and Tree Bean (Yongchak).
He also presented wheel-chair to a 23-year-old differently-abled person hailing from Wangjing Cherapur and directed the officials concerned to enrol him under Chief Ministergi Sotharabashing-gi Tengbang, which will entitle him to a monthly pension of Rs 1500. Later, Biren handed over CMHT card to a couple from Noney, whose four children are deaf and mute. He also asked the officials concerned to admit all the four children at Government Deaf and Mute School, Takyel.

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