Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Monday inaugurated as many as 311 projects worth Rs1096.05 crore and laid the foundation stones of 39 new projects estimated to be Rs 278.77 crore to mark the successful completion of four years of BJP-led coalition in the state.
The event was held at the City Convention Centre, Imphal titled ‘Emerging Manipur - Celebration of 4 years of Achievement’. N Biren Singh-led coalition government was formed on March 15, 2017.
The present government has emerged as a citizen-centric government within a short span of time, Biren said. He appreciated his Cabinet colleagues, MLAs and bureaucrat officers for working as a strong team. He said whatever the present state government had achieved till date was due to the unflinching support of the Central government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and co-operation from the people of Manipur.
People of Manipur are indebted to the Central government for implementing Inner Line Permit System in the state, he said.
Biren said no government should be anti-people; the gap between people and politicians has been solved. The present government’s biggest achievement is getting trust and confidence from the people. The government could bring governance close to the public through monthly interactions of ‘Meeyamgi Numit’ and ‘Hill Leaders’ Day,’ he said.
Biren said that in a span of around three years before COVID-19 pandemic, he personally met around 40,000 people to attend to their grievances. Of this, around 17,000 grievances were disposed of, the chief minister said.
The gap between hill people has been bridged with ‘Go to hill mission’ while various infrastructure developments in the hills have bridged the hill-valley gap and bringing emotional integrity, he said.
The “Go to village” mission gave the governance to people’s doorsteps, covering 2,691 villages in less than one year, he said. The people-to-people contact was enhanced with the revival of Manipur State Transport after a gap of 15 years and bus services between Imphal and various hill destinations have started, he added.
He said with the setting up of the Anti-Corruption Cell, more than 300 corruption-related cases were taken up and more than 30 Government officials punished.
The present ‘War on Drugs’ campaign was initiated towards bringing a drug-free society and it has now become a people’s campaign with people from all walks of life supporting it, he said. Law and order have also improved considerably and police-people relations are also getting better, he added.
Biren said that enrolment of students in the government schools had improved with the launch of ‘School Fagathansi’ Mission.
Chief Minister’s Scholarship Scheme for Civil Services Coaching was launched for poor and meritorious students, he added. Apart from Chief Minister-gi Hakshelgi Tengbang and Chief Ministergi Sotharabasing-gi Tengbang, the State Government had also hiked pension amounts for journalists and launched pension schemes for retired artists and sportspersons, he said. Around 6.75 lakh cards of Ayushman Bharat and CMHT schemes had been issued so far, he added.
Biren said people have witnessed now that the condition of Imphal-Jiribam and Imphal-Dimapur highways, which are the lifelines of the state had improved significantly. The construction of Makru, Barak and Irang bridges are also progressing fast, he said. The start-Up scheme had benefitted many entrepreneurs, he further said while adding 2.11 lakh households had been provided functional tap water connection till date against target 4.51 lakh households.
Works Minister Th Biswajit said the BJP government will govern the next 20 years as the central government has Narendra Modi as a great leader. He said that the people should thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister N Biren Singh for bringing a new India and new Manipur through different development works and noble schemes.
Biren said the revocation of Article 370, construction of Ram Mandir, the abolition of Triple Talaq and implementation of ILPS in the state was significant work among others of the government. He also said that Imphal-Kohima-Mariani transmission line would improve the power situation of the state.
He said the present government during its four year’s work has seen a significant change in the state. The works which have been done by the government in these four years could not be counted, he added.
Deputy Chief Minister Y Joykumar said that though most of the ministers and ruling MLAs are first-timers, the government could perform well due to its pro-people ideas and governance. Awangbow Newmai praised that Manipur is now in safe hands with chief minister N Biren leading the government. He is the right captain who can sail through different obstacles, he said.
The main highlights of the celebration were inauguration and dedication of 311 projects worth Rs 1096.05 crores to the public, the foundation stone laying of 39 new projects to be taken up at a total estimated cost of Rs 278.77 crores, video presentation and photo exhibition on the government’s achievements and launching of State-focus paper on developmental works to be taken up with the assistance from NABARD in 2021-22.
The other highlights included the release of a coffee table book on the government’s achievements, the release of district-specific e-book, distribution of solar study lanterns to selected students of 16 districts, launching of mobile rural mart and handing over of mobile vans to three Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs), the launching of 11 FPOs in command areas of Thoubal Multipurpose Project, and the launching of Menstrual Hygiene Scheme and distribution of kits to beneficiaries.
Before the event, the chief minister also opened a photo exhibition highlighting achievements of different government departments on the ground floor of the City Convention Centre.