STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 30th Jan:
Along with inviting chief minister N Biren to Myanmar personally over the phone, chief minister of Myanmar's Sagaing region, Dr Myint Naing has informed that he would talk with CM Biren and see that the cross border land route permit between India and Myanmar could be implemented through signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Manipur and Sagaing region.
According to a source, the second day of the business meeting between Manipur and Sagaing region was conducted at Monywa Government Palace on Tuesday. During the meet, the Sagaing region was represented by Dr Myint Naing while the Manipur team was led by state level committee on operationalization of Act East Policy convener RK Shivachandra.
Prior to the meeting, Dr Myint Naing talked with N Biren over the phone and invited the latter to visit Myanmar. Biren replied in affirmative.
During the joint business meet, RK Shivachandra highlighted that the good age old relationship between Myanmar and India in general and Manipur and Sagaing region in particular, could be strengthened further only when the cross border land route permit between India and Myanmar and the visa on arrival is approved and implemented. “Only when these two initiatives are taken up, the relation between the two neighbouring nations could be strengthened.”
While also reminding the Sagaing region delegates about the promise of CM Biren to construct a guest house for the Buddhist pilgrims coming from Myanmar to Bodh Gaya, he urged Dr Myint Naing to implement cross border land route permit between India and Myanmar along with approving visa on arrival facilities.
Dr Kh Palin, who was also present in the meet highlighted services being provided by Shija Hospital to the people of Sagaing region and also submitted a memorandum to Dr Myint.
MLA P Brojen also pointed out the need to open more English medium schools in Sagaing region considering the fact the language brings together people of different regions.
MLA Y Surchandra spoke of various opportunities people of Sagaing region could avail from various universities in Manipur. He even suggested on providing reservation for Sagaing people in the universities if they are interested.
The MLA also pointed out the need to legalise transportation of pharmaceutical products from India to Myanmar so that both the countries can gain equally.
Dr Myint Naing, on his part, conveyed that the cross border movement between India and Myanmar has been agreed in-principle. He would look into possibilities of implementing the cross border land route permit between the two countries through an MOU signed between Manipur and Sagaing region. He would discuss the matter with CM N Biren when he arrived in Sagaing.
While expressing unhappiness over the manner in which Indian customs are levying high tax on beans and pulses thereby creating problems among the farmers of Myanmar, he urged the Manipur delegates to consider the matter seriously and press the Indian government in this regard.
Dr Myint Naing while warmly welcoming the initiatives taken up for bringing out policies and programmes in connection with health, trade, human rights and others between Manipur and Sagaing region and investing funds in this regard, assured that he would extend all possible help in this regard.