STAFF REPORTER/DIPR IMPHAL, 17th Nov:
Chief Minister N Biren urged the Coordinating Committee (CorCom), a conglomerate of different armed outfits, to withdraw it proposed general strike on November 21, which has been called to boycott the visit of President of India Ram Nath Kovind.
The CM made the appeal to the CorCom while talking to media persons on the sidelines of the joint Hill Leaders’ Day and Meeyamgi Numit held at the CM’s Secretariat here on Friday.
Biren said that people of northeast especially Manipur have endured many hardships for the past many decades. However, the state is moving forward in the field of development and people are experiencing a breather from the unending imbroglio. In such a situation, calling the general strike will give a negative impact, he said, and added, “So I urge CorCom to withdraw its general strike even though it has its own reason for calling the strike.”
The state government has been organising Manipur Sangai Festival with the objective to promote tourism and industrial development. Likewise, the new government is planning to celebrate the festival in a broader scope this year with the hope of opening the portal of various opportunities for the state, he said.
The chief minister disclosed that till now Chief Ministers of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland have confirmed participation in the Festival.
Biren informed said that he will inaugurate the curtain raiser of the Manipur Sangai Festival at Keibul Lamjao on November 19 while President Ram Nath Kovind will formally inaugurate Manipur Sangai Festival 2017 and North-East Development Summit on November 21.
Regarding the grievances of differently-abled persons, widows, and aged persons, the CM said that the government would be conducting assessment camps at various districts for identification and issuance of disability certificate and assessment of nature of disability for providing appropriate aids and appliances to persons with disability living in the state. The schedule for such assessment camp is Imphal East (Nov 16), Ukhrul (Nov 17), Kakching (Nov 18), Thoubal (Nov 20), Kangpokpi (Nov 22), Senapati (Nov 23), Wangoi (Nov 24), Churachandpur (Nov 27), Bishnupur (Nov 28) and Noney (Nov 29).
Refuting the allegations made by Opposition parties, he said that people are witnessing the recent progress and development in the state and what the new government is tirelessly working for its people. He said that the new government has not made any false promises to the people, everything has been put before the public. Congress is only asking the authenticity of these projects since they did not make such official formalities while taking up projects.
He went on to assert that since its inception, the BJP-led government is maintaining complete transparency to achieve good governance in the state. The government is trying its best to resolve the misdeeds/issues done/created by the previous government. As of now, there has not been a single protest/agitation against the present government by the people of the state, he noted.
Taking a jibe at a statement of Congress, Biren countered by saying that said that the ‘snake’ that the Congress is claiming to be present under the red carpet rolled out for the BJP government in the hill districts must have been placed by none other than Congress itself. Moreover, Congress is seeing the visit of BJP government in hill districts as picnic because such visits during their regime must have been merriment trips.
Biren further said that all those people, who gathered to welcome the new government, were not forced to come out. At the same time, it is only obvious for a new government to complete incomplete works of past government and hand them over to the public. It is ridiculous to term such sincere initiatives of the government as petty politics, he said, while expressing curiosity over how such leaders, who stoop to such level, could bring development in the state.
The new government will not stop at lip service but translate all assurances into action within the given timeframe, Biren assured, while adding that he made a promise to the people of Tamenglong to complete the women market complex, transit house and water supply scheme within the assured timeframe.
The NH 37 (Imphal-Jiri road) was a muddy trail with half the wheels of vehicles submerged in the mud throughout the length of the highway. Now, the condition of the highway has improved significantly and this is not a tall claim of the government but real experience of the people, who frequent the highway, Biren said.
One cannot term the hill cutting works being carried out for construction of roads and other projects as false assurances. The government is sanctioning Rs 200 crore for Khongsang road only. Detailed Project Reports have been finalised at a cost of more than Rs 600 crore to develop Tamenglong-Haflong road into national highway standard. Besides, Rs 40 crore has been reserved under NLCPR for the water supply scheme, he disclosed.
The CM further said that the government is focusing on action oriented policies and programmes for the welfare of the people. The new government is right on track towards bringing development in the state.
Seeking support and co-operation of the people, Biren said, “I am doing my level best to serve the people of the state.”
BJP did not say that Congress signed agreement with NSCN-IM, but AICC signed an agreement with United Naga Integration Council (UNIC) in 1972, in which the party recognised Naga integration as a legitimate demand and agreed not to oppose such move. This agreement encouraged NSCN-IM to demand Greater Nagalim, Biren said, while demanding a public apology from Congress in this regard.
The chief minister attended to as many as 500 complaints and personally met nearly 1500 people from 8 am to 3.15 pm on Friday.
Directorate of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) screened various documentaries highlighting achievements of the new government and chief minister’s visit to various hill districts on the occasion.