Declaration of August 29 as state holiday will be discussed in state cabinet: CM
IMPHAL | August 29 : Chief Minister, N. Biren Singh said that different communities of the state need mutual respect, understanding, sharing and recognition amongst each other in order to have unity in the state.
The CM was speaking as chief guest at the 87th Martyrdom of Haipou Jadonang held at Leishangkhong Zelianrong village, Wangoi, Imphal West district today.
He said that the responsibility of a politician is to serve the people. He mentioned that those representatives who do not serve and work for the welfare of the people should not be provided a next chance.
“We must execute practical politics. The BJP led government has initiated various practicable approaches such as ‘Go to Hills’, ‘Go to Village’, CHMT, CMST and many others which can benefit people of the state,” said Biren.
He also stated that there will be unity when there is inclusive development in the state and the new BJP led government is committed to work for the welfare of the poor and needy people of the state.
Mentioning the new infrastructure developmental works, the CM stated that the government is constructing a Water Supply Scheme under the budget of Rs. 40 crore in Tamenglong district and the Rani Gaidinliu Women’s Market at Tamenglong district will be inaugurated in the last week of September. He assured that the Tamei Women’s Market would be inaugurated anytime soon.
Recognising the selfless sacrifice made by the forefathers for the cause of the motherland, he said that the state cabinet has decided to officially name the JNIMS road as Pukhrambam Kajao Road and Lamphel to Shija Hospital Road as Chirai Naga Road.
He further said, “It is indeed proud for all of us to have such freedom fighters like Haipou Jadonang in our state.”
The government would consider declaring August 29 as a state holiday and the state cabinet would thoroughly discuss the matter in this regard, he added.
Stating that the state government would take stringent action for crime against women, Biren said that 11 persons had been convicted of crimes against women in the state. Amongst them, one person was given death penalty and another with life imprisonment by the Fast Track Court for Crimes against Women in the state. There is a need to give an exemplary punishment for crimes against women, he added.
Elucidaiting the fake news and news that can hurt the sentiments of any community of the state in the age of ‘New Media’, the CM said that a ‘Monitoring Committee’ would be set up in each district under the directorate of Information and Public Relations (DIPR). He also mentioned that the committee would monitor and check news published in print, electronic and new media such as social media. He also cautioned bloggers and persons who use social media platforms not to write or post anything which can hurt the sentiments of any community.
Speaking on the occasion, MLA of Tamenglong assembly constituency, Samuel Jendai said that Haipou Jadonang was a visionary hero, social and religious reformer.
MLA O. Lukhoi while recalling the selfless act of Haipou Jadonang in fighting the British Empire mentioned that Jadonang was not just a freedom fighter but also a spiritual leader.
The programme was also attended by secretary to CM, Ningthoujam Geoffrey, president of Zeliangrong Baudi (Assam, Manipur and Nagaland), Athuan Abonmai, president of Zeliangrong Baudi (Manipur), Poupoklung Kamei, representatives of various Zeliangrong organisations and others.
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