Manipur Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren has stated that the government never forcibly evicted anyone. The recent evictions of encroachers and illegal occupants of land were carried out by duly following legal and constitutional provisions, he said.
The chief minister was speaking during the inauguration, launching and foundation laying of various projects and distribution of benefits to beneficiaries as a part of the 100-day action plan of the present BJP-led government on Monday at City Convention Centre.
He said that government officials surveyed the land and notices were issued to those who were found to encroach upon the government land, reserved and protected forests.
Biren stated that even those in power are humans and felt pity when the encroachers were evicted. However, the government has no option but to evict the illegal occupants to protect government land, reserved and protected forests, he added.
Saying that the eviction drive will continue, he appealed to those who are likely to be affected by the upcoming expansion and widening of 79 roads to be prepared.
The government is planning to provide rehabilitation for the landless encroachers when they are evicted, Biren said, adding that identification and consultation for land banks for construction of housing complexes on flat systems is underway.
Biren maintained that the government always deliver with transparency what it promised to the people.
He expressed pride on fulfilling many of the promises made in the 100-day action plan and lauded the officials for their efforts towards efficient governance.
On Tuesday, the chief minister along with his council of ministers launched, inaugurated, laid foundation stones for various projects and distributed benefits totally worth Rs 211 crore.
He further announced that the government will soon inaugurate various other mega projects within June 30 and hand them over to the people.
He added that the government will also announce one-year action plan and strive to achieve the same within the stipulated time.
Saying that the people of Manipur have entrusted their faith in the BJP government by giving absolute majority in the 12th Manipur Legislative Assembly Elections, he stated that the representatives have the moral responsibility to work for the welfare of the people and take Manipur forward.
Among others, 25 Veterinary Hospitals and 58 dispensaries at different locations were virtually inaugurated during the function. The chief minister also virtually laid the foundation stone for construction of two new Government IIT under Enhancing Skill Development Infrastructure (ESDI) at Noney and Pherzawl under the Labour Department and inaugurated four 2x5 MVA, 33/11 kV Sub-Stations at Wangjing and Heirok in Thoubal District, Leimapokpam in Bishnupur District and Hiyangthang in Imphal West and Heingang in Imphal East.
The chief minister distributed benefits under Manipur Old Age Pension and Chief Minister’s Widow Pension Scheme. He also inaugurated Fish Hatcheries under Blue Revolution at Nambol, Re-circulatory Aquaculture System at Imphal West and distributed Water & Soil Testing Kits to fish farmers.
He went on to announce launching of a Start Course on Hotel Management, Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition and also launched Tourism policy and Tourism calendar.
The chief minister further inaugurated 15 PMGSY Roads at Blocks by BDOs under Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, 475 Wells under PMKSY, establishment of Sponsored Research and Industrial Consultancy under Manipur Technical University and 50 schools under School Fagathansi under Education Department.
Biren also distributed tablets to teachers under Star Education programme and tablets to students under State Wide Integrated Education management System and Digital Learning Platform.
Union Minister of State for Education and External Affairs RK Ranjan, ministers, MLAs, chief secretary Rajesh Kumar, DGP P Doungel, senior officials, police officers, beneficiaries of schemes, among others attended the programme.
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