72nd National Independence Day observed - Assembly is kept prorogued in public interest: CM
IMPHAL | Aug 16 : The 72nd national Independence Day was celebrated in the state as part of the celebrations made across the country.
The state level celebration was observed at the 1st Manipur Rifles parade ground yesterday.
As a part of the celebration, chief minister, Nongthombam Biren hoisted the Indian national flag amidst the sound of national anthem being played in the back ground.
Speaking on the occasion as the chief guest, Biren said before passing any bill related to the state in the parliament it was assured that the consent of the state will be taken and it has been reaffirmed during the July state assembly session that without the consent of the state, no decision could be passed. To save integrity of the state is the first priority of Manipur government so the government will keep the assembly session prorogued to take immediate decisions on public interest.
He said the duty of the state government is to safeguard the integrity of the state and it will leave no stone unturned to fulfil it. The integrity has to be guarded by both hills and valleys by being united, he added.
He also said the Centre will be consulted before taking the decision to fulfil the demands of Nagas. For Manipur university issue, it can be solved in a proper manner as the officials of the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development have arrived to negotiate the matter with the organisations of Manipur University community. The officials have conducted meeting with MUSU, MUTA and MUSA on August 14 till late evening, he added.
He said the meeting would bring an amicable solution towards the present issue of the university within few days.
Regarding the screening of migrants under NRC, the state police are still continuing with high alert at Mao, Jiribam and Moreh, said Biren.
As an achievement of state and Central government, schemes such as OBC bill 2017 and National sports university bill, 2018 have been passed for the welfare of the state. And to maintain a corruption-free state, anti-corruption cell has taken 310 cases related to corruption. Out of the cases 33 officials have been suspended while one was terminated from the service. And 10 officials have been warned for indulging in activities that encouraged corruption, while 11 persons have been cancelled from their appointment service, he added.
The condition of Imphal-Jiribam national highway has improved and the construction of Barak and Makru bridges would be completed by March next year, he said. Under the mass drive against illegal drugs and intoxicants under the state government, huge quantity of drugs and intoxicants has been seized, he added.
In the earlier part of the celebration, chief minister reviewed and received salutations from 50 different march-past contingents of BSF, CRPF, civil police, India Reserve Battalion, Manipur Fire Service, Home Guards, Traffic Police, VDF and Excise Department personnel, Forest Guards, NCC Cadets, Anganwadi and ASHA workers, college and school students. Commandant of 5th India Reserve Battalion, Sh. Jugeshore Sharma was the parade commander.
It may be mentioned that Joint Students Coordination Committee (JSCC) has stated on August 10 that the student community in the state will refrain from taking part in all the government programmes including the 71st Independence Day celebration of the country till the Manipur University issue is resolved. During the celebration, only few students were seen taking part at the march-past contest. As an impact, most of the higher secondary schools and high schools were not seen during the celebration like participated in the previous year.
Eight band platoons of different security forces, Home Guards, Manipur Fire Service and Sainik School also took part in the march past.
Later, chief minister delivered three police officers with President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service and presented Police Medal for Meritorious Service to 13 officers and personnel.
Recipients of the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service are Additional DGP-AP, Anand Prakash, Inspector, Shyamchoron Singh Asem, Inspector, RK Tejbir Singh.
The recipients of Police Medal for Meritorious Service are IGP-Adm, IK Muivah, deputy commanding officer, Th. Bijananda Singh, deputy commanding officer, A. Basanta Sharma, Inspector, Songlianthang Vaiphei, inspector, Pamreingam Longpinao, Inspector, Nongthombam Ingocha, inspector, Chabungbam Subol Singh, head-constable,Y. Roshankumar Singh, havildar, Md. Anuwar Shah, havildar, S. Sanatomba Singh, rifleman, T. Abhiram Singh, rifleman, Md. Kayamuddin and rifleman, L. Miralkumar Singh.
Medal for Excellence in Police Training 2015-16 was conferred to commanding officer, 7MR, Priyadarshini Laishram and subedar, Md. Riyajuddin.
Chief minister’s Trophy for Community Service was presented to SP, Tengnoupal, S. Ibomcha Singh and Inspector NAB, B. Rishikesh Sharma while chief minister’s Trophy for Anti-Drug Campaign was handed over to SP-NAB, W. Basu Singh, sub-Inspector, Senapati district, Philem Bangkim Singh and constable – NAB, Gangmei Gaijon.
Biren also handed over the State Level Swachhata Award, 2018 at the occasion. Kakching, Imphal West and Thoubal District received first, second and third prizes for the cleanest district headquarters respectively.
Prizes for the Swachh Survekshan 2018 for the cleanest towns of Manipur in North East region (population less than one lakh) were also distributed. Kakching, Kumbi and Mayang Imphal towns received first, second and third prizes respectively. Special Open Defecation Free (ODF) award was conferred to the member secretary, MUDA.
Special prizes were also presented to district manager, DeGs Bishnupur, Prasanta Oinam, and Laishram Ranjeet Singh of Karimganj, Assam.
Ministers, MLAs, top civil, police and military officers, Government employees and general public also took part in the celebration.
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