Manipur Chief minister N Biren Singh on Tuesday urged all the people of Manipur to maintain peace which was slowly returning in the state.
He stated that affable relations and understanding between communities was the only way forward for Manipur.
He was speaking at the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas (National Integrity Day) observance held at 1st MR parade ground, Imphal.
The chief minister maintained that the state government was striving hard to bridge the gap between the hills and valley and sought the support of everyone in the mission.
"Peace is returning to Manipur and as such the government is prioritising developmental projects in the state. Skill development training, exhorting small industries among others is on the bucket list," he said.
He stated that people should look forward with renewed enthusiasm and strive to maintain peace among one another.
He also pointed out the need for people to focus on climatic fluctuations in Manipur and emphasised the need to increase green cover of forests in the state.
"Mother nature has provided us with abundant natural resources but greed and temptations have led us astray and as such student bodies, CSOs and government must work together to rectify this issue," he said.
He stated that the people of Manipur would reel under immense problems if the problem was not addressed swiftly.
He also appealed to CSOs and other bodies to restrain from sparking unnecessary tensions among groups by publicising them in the media.
He highlighted that Ekta Diwas was observed to mark the birthday of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who played a vital role in uniting the republic of India.
He pointed out that India had become a dominant force in the global economy under the leadership of Narendra Modi.
He further sought the support of people in continuing the path to development and extending their faith in the BJP's leadership.
Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly, MLAs and ministers along with officials of various departments of the state were present at the observance.
Various contingents from the state and paramilitary forces also conducted parades during the observation.