Hill people pour blessings, gifts, woes to CM

STAFF REPORTER/AGENCIES IMPHAL, 10th Oct: Chief minister N Biren Singh had a tough and satisfying day as people from the hill areas presented gifts and problems during Hill Leaders’ Day at the CM secretariat on Tuesday.

The villagers brought their traditional gifts ranging from a beautifully carved Ashok emblem, famed hottest chilly - Umorok found in Manipur, hand woven clothes, etc.

As one village chief said, it is their tradition to present local brew to the king or the head of the state, a surprised Chief Minister warmly received the gift with a smile.

Biren said the people have given so much of love and affection, yet he has so little to give back. He asked all senior officials of every department, bank employees to immediately resolve the problems of those who came to meet him.

Due to time constraint, he interacted with only about 500 people from about 200 different organisations, villages. A youth simply asked the chief minister to abolish the contract system in the execution development works.

While advising IPR, police and other officials to inform him personally on any public grievances without going through the official process, Biren also patiently listened to many youths who turned up at the occasion.

Expressing that he wants to have a serious discussion on varied issues at a convenient time later this month, Biren asked officials present to invite successful entrepreneurs to help the youths venture into businesses.

Biren was also dismayed with the large numbers of disabled persons who came for help.

Villagers from the border areas informed him that though electrification works are complete they are yet to get proper power supply. Many also complained of employees not attending offices in interior and hill areas.

Biren said, problems like absence of Government officials and poor infrastructure in hill areas were mainly brought to his notice on the Hill Leaders’ Day today.

Stating that many people, who came on Hill Leaders’ Day, pleaded him to help them in the construction of their houses, the chief minister said that the entitled benefits of different schemes are seemingly not reaching the targeted population.

Biren further said that he had directed the authority concerned to serve explanation call to the officials who do not attend office regularly.

Regarding infrastructure requirements which could not be reflected in the last State budget, the chief minister contended that he had instructed the DCs concerned to send a proposal each to the State planning department.

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