Keithels will also be constructed at Lamlong, Kongba and Kwakeithel: N. Biren
With the objective to renovate one of the oldest Keithels (markets) of Manipur, Hiyanglam-Wabagai Keithel to modern standards, CM, Nongthombam Biren laid the foundation stone for the project today.
Speaking as chief guest of the occasion which was organised by Planning department, government of Manipur, Nongthombam Biren stated the government is for the people and its duty and responsibility is to address the needs and demands of the public while also assuring that the oath taken to serve the people will surely be followed. An according the wishes of the public, along with the renovation of Hiyanglam -Wabagai Lamkhai Ima Keithel , the keithels of Lamlong ,Kongba and Kwakeithel will be renovated with state-of-the-art facilities along with the minority community operated Lilong Ima Keithel for which works have already begun.
The CM further stated that the government in its short period of one year and ten months of governance have renovated markets at seven district headquarters in the hills of the State including one at Jiribam and handed it over to the public while adding that the cost of renovating cost around Rs 10 to 15 crore. He further asserted that renovation of the markets were an example of the fulfilment of the promises made by the government while adding that “He had sleepless nights thinking about the promises made to the people.” The government’s initiatives and programmes such as the “Go to Hills” campaign and Chief Ministergi Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT) programme along with the renovation of the Ima Keithels has bridged the hill-valley divide, he asserted while adding that helicopter services were launched so that people living in remote areas of the State can have easy access to aid in case of health and medical emergencies. “Words alone could not bridge the hill-valley divide, but actions are the necessity,” he said adding that the actions undertaken by the government is evident enough.
The CM also narrated personal anecdotes of poor and suffering families during the time of elections while adding that the sufferings he had witnessed had made him resolve that he will work to alleviate their conditions. “Now, by the grace of god, I am able to do something for the poor and weaker sections of the society,’ he said. While citing the public welfare schemes including CMHT, Ayushman Bharat and Ujjwala scheme amongst others, the CM also said that there is no greater religion than serving the cause of humanity.
Recalling the tragic incidents at Churachandpur when the dead bodies of victims remained un cremated for more than 600 days, he asserted than with the arrival of his government, the issue was resolved at the earliest and the economic blockade which had lasted for more than 130 days was withdrawn. He also cited the decrease in fuel prices that the government has brought along with the return of the present peaceful atmosphere compared with the crime and political situation of former times during which life in the State came to a standstill at 6:00 pm and people lived in a constant state of fear and apprehension. The CM also mentioned the various schemes taken up for the welfare of students and the measures initiated to ensure that essential commodities are made available for each and every person in the state irrespective of their economic status.
Speaking on the topic of girl children education and the stigma and discrimination against them, N. Biren Singh stated the state government along with the PM of India have been taking key involvement to redress the issue with the initiation of various programmes such as ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ scheme etc. He also spoke about increasing the revenue of the State by establishing liquor production units and exporting it to other states while stating that the liquor from Sekmai, Andro and Phayeng can be systematically produced without unwarranted negative health consequences while criticising those who are absolutely adamant on banning liquor. “The legal production of alcohol will decrease the rate of alcohol induced illnesses and deaths while also providing a source of income for the people,” he added stating that the liquors produced are not meant for sale in Manipur.
“The people of Manipur have the habit of unwarranted criticism and agitations against any actions taken up by the government,” he continued adding that the government has decided not to listen to such negative criticisms.
The Chief Minister further stated that self-employment schemes have been initiated for those who are willing to put in efforts; legal actions have been taken against corrupted officials such as those involved in the recruitment of IRB personnel and educational welfare projects for the economically backward sections of the society has also been undertaken.
Speaking about the political activities of the government, thee CM remarked that the BJP will again return to power in the next elections and Narendra Modi will remain as the PM while appealing for the election of BJP candidates in both the MP seats of Manipur. He also assured that more development activities for Hiyanglam assembly constituency will be undertaken while also instructing the authorities concerned to complete the renovation of the Hiyanglam-Wabagai Keithel within six months.
The event also witnessed the attendance of Hiyanglam MLA, Y. Radheshyam as president while MLAs, Y. Surchandra (Kakching), S. Bira (Kumbi), K. Vashum (Chingai) and T. Robindro (Mayang Imphal) shared the dais as guests of honour.
Before the foundation stone laying ceremony of Hiyanglam Wabagai Lamkhai Ima Keithel, the CM also inaugurated the emergency and trauma care unit and Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulance of Jiban Hospital, Kakching along with the newly constructed premises of Lamjao Upper Primary School of Hiyanglam assembly constituency.
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