Chief Minister N Biren stressed the imperative need for unity among CSOs to overcome the current confusing scenario that have arisen from the proliferation of various civil bodies.
Biren was speaking at the state-level celebration of "Meri Maati Mera Desh" at the MDFDS auditorium on Thursday,
Expressing his concerns over the multitude of voices and civil bodies, he emphasised that the recent mushrooming of such groups has caused a sense of perplexity within both central and state governments.
Biren urged these bodies to amalgamate their efforts, fostering a harmonised approach to address ongoing conflicts more effectively.
"In this juncture of the state's journey, it is pivotal that we, as a collective, undertake the right steps to secure the rights of our indigenous population," stated the chief minister, acknowledging the gravity of the current situation.
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Further urging cooperation among politicians across party lines to safeguard Manipur's interests, he reaffirmed the state government's commitment to work as per public interest, asserting, "We are not the party who will sell off Manipur for some political benefits."
The chief minister also referenced Union Home Minister Amit Shah's remarks in Parliament, supported by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which identified the root cause of Manipur's current unrest”.
Appealing for people's trust in his government, Biren said, "It is this government with the people's support which is going to save Manipur."
Emphasising the need for prudent decision-making to protect the rights of indigenous populations and future generations from vested interests, he underlined the potential adverse consequences on future generations if the right decisions are swayed by emotions and ego.
Referring to the "Meri Maati Mera Desh" campaign, Biren elucidated that the initiative, which began on August 9 across the nation, serves as a tribute to the sacrifices made by revered leaders for the nation.
The campaign is a part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, which commemorates 75 years of Indian Independence.
Detailing the campaign's impact in Manipur, the chief minister revealed that a resounding 20,146 individuals took the Panch Pran pledge, with symbolic Shilaphalakams erected using soil from all 16 districts of the state. Moreover, 698 Amrit Vatikas were established, housing an impressive 41,273 tree saplings, enhancing the region's green cover, he added.
The event was attended by dignitaries, including ministers, MLAs, and top-ranking officials of the state government.