Manipur observed Nupi Lal Numit by paying floral tributes to the departed women leaders at the Nupi Lal Statue, Nupi Lan Memorial Complex and observing a function at GP Women’s College (Central Hall) on Tuesday.
Recognising the selfless contributions of women in the state, the state government has taken up two initiatives in their honour i.e. the renaming of road stretch from Governor’s Traffic Point to Pureiromba Khongnangkhong as ‘Nupi Lan Road’ and the announcement of the ‘Chief Minister’s Ima Nongthangleima Yaipha Tengbang Scheme’ for women sections.
Elaborating on the newly introduced scheme, Chief Minister N Biren Singh informed that women who are above 40 years of age, with no source of income and not covered under any welfare scheme taken up by the government, would be provided financial assistance of Rs 6,000 per annum (Rs 500 per month).
On the occasion, CM Biren also appealed to the newly elected Mizoram chief minister to not to interfere in the internal affairs of Manipur.
He expressed that neighbouring states can extend possible assistance to solve issues. However, a state should not interfere in the internal matters of others, he stressed.
Highlighting a brief history of Nupi Lal, he said that the revolt of Manipuri women during the first and second Nupi Lan is a firm reminder of the strength and courage of Manipuri women.
Historically and culturally, Manipuri women take a special place in various spheres of our civilization. They have been taking important roles in many issues concerning the people and on the forefront of various social movements of the state, he added.
Concerning the influx of Myanmar nationals inside Manipur’s boundary, N Biren informed that due to the war-like situation in the neighbouring country, they had been given shelter on humanitarian grounds.
“However, their biometrics are being collected as a measure, so that it does not affect our indigenous populations,” he added. He expressed condemnations against certain unwanted incidents that happened at different places of the state where groups of people harassed others unreasonably by taking law into their own hands.
“Who are you to investigate? Do not take law in your hands,” CM Biren said. He further appealed to the public to inform the nearest police stations if they come across suspicious activities, rather than punishing or harassing someone.
Speaking to the media, Manipur CM N Biren Singh said, “We are going to provide Rs 500 to women aged 40 and above. Many schemes have been launched by the state government but part of the women’s section has been left out mainly from the 40 years to the 60 years, even though we are covering 40 years and above. One woman should get at least Rs 6,000 per annum so that they can help in the management of their families.”
Concerning the unrest in Manipur, he said that “it is a great beginning towards resolving the issue if the MLAs are approaching for a peace talk. If the information of their approach for peace is correct, then I will make sure protection is provided to them,” Biren said. The DGP and security advisor will be requested to provide adequate security to protect them, he assured.
The observance was attended by ministers, MLAs, security advisor and officers of the state, Nupi Lal observation committee members.