Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Sunday alleged that drug traffickers and poppy farmers might be involved in the death of VDF Ningombam Premananda and warned that no conspirators will be spared in the government’s war on drugs.
Attending the inaugural function of a Multipurpose Community Centre at Konthoujam in Imphal West district, the chief minister pointed out that Manipur is under attack from illegal migrants and drug menace. People should collectively strive for a drug-free Manipur, he asserted. He highlighted that the government’s effort will prove futile without the support of people, both in the hills and the valley.
The chief minister stated that cordial relations between the hills and valley have improved since BJP’s ascension to power. He maintained that past governments, while contending to secure power, failed to foster peace and tranquillity in the state.
“Saving lives and ushering development in the state is the utmost priority of the present government”, he said. The chief minister also exhorted youths to stay drug-free and trace the footsteps of the great forefathers who rendered their service for the motherland.
Recounting the various hardships faced by people during the Covid-19 pandemic, he stated that the pandemic was a daunting task for the government but the policy and strategy mapped out by departments concerned reined in the situation. He expressed gratitude to the selfless sacrifice of all service providers and the state Health Minister for successfully containing the outbreak.
The Chief Minister further highlighted the various welfare schemes of the state Government including Chief Minister gi Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT), Ayushman Bharat, Widow pension and School Fagathansi Mission among others. He stated that such schemes had been enacted to improve the living standards of people in the State.
Biren also reminded that G20 events in the state will be held from 17 to 19 February, 2023. Representatives of the G20 nations will be visiting the various tourist hotspots during their stay, he added.
During the programme, the Chief Minister also distributed cards of different welfare schemes to numerous beneficiaries.
Speaker of Manipur legislative assembly, Th Satyabrata Singh; health and family welfare minister, Dr Sapam Ranjan Singh and Imphal West deputy commissioner Th. Kirankumar among others were present during the inaugural function.