Saitu assembly constituency MLA Haokholet Kipgen strongly advocated curbing the drug menace in Saitu and Kangpokpi district at the earliest, during his felicitation ceremony at SP Ngaimun village on Thursday.
The felicitation and thanksgiving ceremony was organised by the civil bodies of Saitu Gamphazol Area and Saparmaina area under Saitu assembly constituency at SP Ngaimun village.
Leaders of Saitu Gamphazol Area Village Organisation, Saitu Gamphazol Area Women Organisation, Saitu Gamphazol Area Youth Organisation, Saparmeina Area Village Association, Saparmeina Area Women Association, and United Saparmeina Youth Club also attended the function.
Church pastor, KBC Centre Church Salem Saparmeina reverend Henkhomang Tuboi led the thanksgiving and blessing prayer for the MLA.
Speaking at the function, Haokholet Kipgen said, “I am very delighted and thank God for there is no post-election violence this time, for which I am deeply grateful to all the people of Saitu assembly constituency, especially the womenfolk who contribute a lot through their unceasing prayer during election time.”
He also said that the absence of post-election violence in the 2022 election is the first indication of changes in the Saitu assembly constituency.
He strongly advocated curbing the drug menace and illegal poppy cultivation in Saitu assembly constituency.
He also urged the people to unanimously and collectively support the chief minister's ‘War on Drugs’ campaign.
“Sadar Hills is the best place in Manipur in all aspects, especially in water resources as it has been popularly known as the best water resource district in the state but it could turn into a worst place for water resources soon if we fail to preserve and protect the environment accordingly,” he added.
He strongly appealed to the people of Saitu constituency to bid adieu to illegal poppy cultivation from now onwards. “If we continue to fail in preserving our environment, we will soon get bottles of tears instead of water,” he said.
“Before time flies away, the three assembly constituencies of Kangpokpi district must come together and initiate a unanimous and collective decision to declare support for Chief Minister's ‘War on Drugs’ campaign keeping in mind that Kangpokpi district is the largest poppy cultivation district,” he said.
“Being the largest illegal poppy cultivating district is not only a mockery and insult to the people but also a destructive future for our younger generations, '' he added.