Biren hopes CAB rejig shields entire NE

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 7th Oct: While giving reference to the commitment made by Union home minister Amit Shah during his visit to Mizoram recently that Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) will not affect Mizoram, Arunachal and Nagaland, chief minister N Biren Singh has said that he is hopeful of inserting a special provision to safeguard entire indigenous people of North East before implementing CAB.
Stating this while interacting with some media persons at his official residence here Monday, Biren disclosed that Amit Shah would visit the state to inaugurate Sangai Festival and the Union home minister will be pressurised to insert special provision for safeguarding indigenous people of Manipur in CAB.
According to Biren, the present BJP government will work in the interest of people of Manipur and the central government would not take any step which could hurt sentiments of people of the region.
While claiming that BJP government at the Centre fully understands fear of NE people on CAB, Biren reiterated that he has high hope that central government would not take any step against the interest of people of the region.
About preparations being made for the upcoming Sangai Festival, the chief minister said that the state government is communicating with the embassy of Thailand at New Delhi to exhibit Thai martial arts Muay Thai during this year’s Sangai Festival.
He recalled that Sumo wrestlers from Japan drew attention of visitors in the last edition of Sangai Festival and Muay Thai could do the same this year. The chief minister also said that Union tourism minister Prahlad Singh Patel would be inaugurating Sirui Lily festival at Ukhrul on October 16 and famous American rock band Extreme and Scottish band Nazareth will perform at the festival which will also be plastic a free event.
While claiming that around 5,000 tourists have registered for Sangai Festival, the chief minister said that foreign tourists visiting the state to witness Sirui Lily and Sangai Festival will be provided home-stay opportunity and curtain raiser for both the festivals was held recently at New Delhi.
As result of generous hospitality shown to tourists and enhanced discipline of local people, the number of tourists visiting the state has increased, he said, adding that an average of more than 1,000 tourists visit the state in a month now.
The chief minister also disclosed that state cabinet will soon discuss the matter of huge electric bills amounting more than Rs 1000 crore that remain unpaid by different departments to power department and a decision would be taken whether the bills will be deducted from the fund of the departments concerned or not.


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