Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Thursday said that the government has decided to construct super specialty healthcare facilities/infrastructure in the four hill districts of Senapati, Ukhrul, Tamenglong and Chandel at the earliest so that patients from far-flung villages do not have to travel to Imphal or other cities for treatment.
The chief minister was speaking as the chief guest at the inaugural function of the Tekru-Nge celebration at Jessami Village, Ukhrul on Thursday. The festival celebrated under the theme “Walking through the diversity and richness of Jessami” will continue till January 21.
The chief minister continued, at the moment despite the lack of specialist doctors in the hill districts, treatments for diseases requiring specialist doctors are conducted through Tele-ICU in the hill district hospitals. We are also trying to increase the number of super specialist doctors, CM Biren said referring to the shortage of doctors in the state.
CM Biren also highlighted the developmental changes witnessed in the state and said this has been made possible with the support and cooperation of the people. Peace in the state has brought development, the chief minister added.
Highlighting the development of the Heritage Park at Makhel, the chief minister stressed on the brotherly relation of the communities and spoke on the oneness of the people of the state. He further urged all against distorting history and said today history has repeated itself and the people have become united again.
Reiterating that the main vision for launching of the Go To Hills and Go To Village schemes was to identify the necessities of the villages in the interior part of the state, CM Biren said that following the launch of these schemes in the previous term, the government was able to identify the lack of infrastructure including roads, schools, offices, health facilities in the interior parts.
CM Biren also said that unfortunately in the last term, the government didn't get much time to work for the people as the COVID pandemic had spoiled around two and a half years out of the five years.
Fortunately, during that short period in the last term, with the Prime Minister’s guidance, who assured budgetary support to the Minority and Other Backward Classes Department, around Rs 1,200 crore was invested in projects in the hill districts through the department, the chief minister said highlighting inauguration of the Model Residential School, LM Block, Ukhrul District and Women’s Market in the hill districts. Similar Model Residential Schools are being constructed at seven places, Sadbhavna Mandaps, Women Markets, Oxygen Plants, transit accommodations, etc are constructed in the hill districts, he said.
CM Biren also said that the Prime Minister has asked all chief ministers to convey his gratitude to the people for their support and cooperation and to express that it was due to the public support that India is where it is today.
He asked the Deputy Commissioner to judiciously utilise the infrastructures inaugurated on Thursday, so that the public may reap the benefits of the new infrastructures.
The chief minister also assured office buildings of Additional SP, ADC at the earliest and to further look into the memorandum submitted by the people including making SBI branch operational to ease monetary transactions.
The chief minister asked the villagers to submit a report with proper geo-tagging and mapping through the DC for the development of a wildlife sanctuary at a nearby forest area which houses different faunas including Nongyin bird.
The inaugural function was also attended by Ministers Khashim Vashum, H Dingo, MLA of Wangkhei AC Thangjam Arun Kumar among others.
As part of the celebration, the chief minister also dedicated the Model Residential School, LM Block, Ukhrul and Cave Tourism Project at Khangkhui Cave to the public and inaugurated display of Cultural and WWII related items.
Cultural items highlighted the inaugural function.