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CM Biren asks Assam Rifles to vacate Manipur University campus

All infrastructure or shifting place required to shift the Assam Rifles from MU will be provided by the state government, says CM Biren.

ByIFP Bureau

Updated 20 Oct 2022, 3:28 pm

(PHOTO: Twitter)
(PHOTO: Twitter)

Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Wednesday appealed to Lt General PC Nair, director general of Assam Rifles to initiate the process of vacating the Assam Rifles camp from the Manipur University (MU) campus.

Addressing the Northeast seminar organised by Assam Rifles and Manipur University at the City Convention Centre, Palace Compound under the theme “Future Ready Manipur – Looking Beyond Ethnicity & Insurgency”, CM Biren said that all infrastructure or shifting place required to shift the AR from MU will be provided by the state government.

Biren said that his government’s commitment, since its formation in 2017, was to make Manipur free from bandhs and blockades with improved law and order while adding that his first priority as a chief minister was to bridge the gap between hill and valley and also among various communities.

The CM also said that the Go to Hills mission was introduced to know and understand the grievances of the people residing in hill areas. Interacting and meeting face to face is the need of the hour, he said, adding that we can exchange our thoughts with civil society organisations, church leaders and village chiefs and know their grievances for redressal.

The Go to Village mission was also launched to take government officials to villages and provide services to the people at their doorsteps, Biren added.

Biren thanked the Assam Rifles, Manipur Police and other paramilitary forces for their contribution in connecting and maintaining healthy relations with the public.

The CM also urged the armed forces and the public to change mindsets and views towards each other as the law-and-order situation of the state has considerably improved.

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"Security personnel should ensure the safety of the people and a healthy relationship should be created between the security personnel and the public", Biren said.

He mentioned that the North-East region is blessed with abundant natural resources, rich cultural heritage and young dynamic population. Manipur, with its strategic location, has huge potential in the field of Trade, Tourism, IT enabled services, Hospitality, Entrepreneurship, Sports, Culture, Horticulture and Handicrafts, he added.

Biren even stressed the need for a collective vision and coordinated response from all stakeholders to translate these into reality.

"Security scenario in the state has been improving over the recent years", said Biren and added that disturbed area under AFSPA has reduced further.

Manipur had lost opportunities in the past due to problems of insurgency and polarisation on ethnic lines, Biren said and added that resolving identity-based issues requires a comprehensive approach, based on mutual respect and a collective aspiration of a shared and united future.

"Being a border state, problems of drugs and illegal immigration not only present a socio-economic problem but also has security dimensions", said Biren and added that the state government had been making all efforts under its initiative of War on Drugs 2.0 to tackle the problem of drugs in the state and also initiated programmes to provide alternative livelihood for poppy planters are being taken up.

Regarding connectivity, Biren said that connectivity infrastructure air, helicopter services and rail connectivity in the state has also been strengthened. Steps are also being taken to improve connectivity infrastructure along the border, he added. 

Regarding the border outpost, Biren informed that AR personnel are looking after the borders but there are some unguarded border areas. The Union Minister has accepted his request to keep 34 border outposts on the border of Moreh and Myanmar for state police, the CM added.

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Lt General P C Nair, AVSM, YSM, DG Assam Rifles highlighted the complex dynamics of Manipur and challenges for all stakeholders in government machineries.

The event was witnessed by all stratas of society including government officials, traders, representatives of CSOs, faculties and students of Manipur University, NCC cadets & Sainik School students.

It may be noted that the North East Seminar is an initiative of Assam Rifles undertaken annually to exchange ideas, views and share the perspective of diverse stakeholders in the region. The initiative was undertaken in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding signed by Manipur University and Assam Rifles for restoring peace & ushering in prosperity in the North East.

The event was conducted in two sessions. The first plenary session was chaired by Jaideep Saikia on the topic “The Troubled Neighbour - Turbulent Myanmar: Implications and impact” wherein the esteemed panelists analysed recent developments and trends in Myanmar on the ethnic, diplomatic, strategic and economic fronts. The panelists of the first session included Gautam Mukhopadhaya, former Ambassador to Myanmar, H K Jain, a Myanmar expert and Yudhvir Shahrawat, former chairman of Land Ports Authority of India. 

A virtual talk was also delivered by Alex Waterman of German Institute for Global and Area Studies, Germany on the impact of the “Naga Peace Process in Manipur”. The second plenary session was chaired by veteran Lt Gen K H Singh (Retd) on the topic “Past v/s Future: Shedding the Historical Baggage in Manipur”. 

Education minister, Th Basanta Singh; renowned journalists, Subir Bhaumik and Pradip Phanjoubam also enlightened the audience on the roadmap for a peaceful and prosperous future in Manipur. 

The seminar was attended by Consumer Affairs Food and Public Distribution, L Susindro Meitei;MLA of Lamlai AC, KH Ibomcha Singh, senior officials of Assam Rifles and other paramilitary forces and students among others.

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