Manipur Governor Anusuiya Uikey and Chief Minister N Biren Singh have extended their greetings to the people of Manipur on the occasion of New Year 2024 while appealed for a collective effort to restore peace and normalcy in state.
“I extend my heartiest greetings to the people of Manipur and wish a very Happy New Year, 2024”, the Governor said.
New Year Day is for making new resolutions. As we enter 2024, let us all resolve to work together for creating harmony and perfect peace in all parts of Manipur during the coming year, the governor said.
Unfortunately, Manipur has been passing through a difficult situation for the last more than seven months due to an unprecedented ethnic clash that broke out on 3rd May, 2023. Let us all try to resolve this issue collectively to bring normalcy to maintain our age- old tradition of peaceful co-existence, the governor wished.
“I join the people of Manipur in celebrating New Year Day 2024 and hope that the coming year will be much better and more prosperous as compared to all the previous years. On this auspicious occasion, let us re-dedicate ourselves to uphold and promote the secular, socialist and democratic values enshrined in our Constitution and work collectively to make our country great”, she said.
In his message, CM Biren stated that “Manipur had been witnessing a significant and sustained trend of visible & tangible development in recent years, with people from all communities contributing their parts in taking the State towards an upward growth trajectory”.
Hosting of various events like Business 20 Summit, Femina Miss India Grand Finale, Hero Tri- Nation International Football, Durand Cup and other events had showcased the improvement in the State’s law-and-order situation and the capacity and ability to hold national and international events. The State Government, with a mission-oriented mode, has been continuing its citizen welfare initiatives to ensure that no person or place is left out of its development radar, the CM said.
He further stated that positive changes could be seen in all sectors, be it in education, health, road infrastructure, sports and tourism among others.
However, for nearly eight months now, the state has been going through one of the worst phases in its history, with loss of many precious lives and many others uprooted from their homes. The unprecedented ethnic conflict has, directly or indirectly, affected everyone residing in the state, the CM said, adding that it has also disrupted the fabric of peaceful co- existence among different communities, which had been a symbol of unity in diversity for long.
Development works and economic activities have been slowed down and it is not a good sign for a State like Manipur, which was well on its path in the developmental race with bigger states of our country. It is high time that we rise together to overcome the barriers and stumbling blocks in our journey towards a better Manipur, where all its people live together peacefully, harmoniously and get access to the facilities of a developed state, the CM said.
As the year 2023 ends, let us forget and forgive the trauma of the past and start the New Year 2024 in an atmosphere of love and compassion. With the onset of the New Year, let us resolve to stand together, rise above all evil thoughts and work steadfastly to take the State back to its earlier track of growth and development, CM Biren said.