Chief Minister N Biren Singh has reiterated that the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) will not harm the indigenous population of the Northeastern states. The centre has framed the policy in the interest of ‘brothers and sisters’ who are residing outside the country and facing religious persecution.
N Biren was speaking as the chief guest at the inaugural programme of Silver Jubilee celebration of Tingkao Ragwang Chapriak Phom (TRCP) (religious council) Assam, Manipur and Nagaland at Chingmeirong Kabui ( Rongmei) village, Imphal on Monday.
The three-day silver jubilee celebration of Tingkao Rawang Chapriak Phom began by offering of wine to the Tingkao Ragwang, the supreme God of the indigenous religion of Zeliangrong community.
The chief minister unveiled a silver jubilee memorial column engraved with names of deceased TRC leaders and elders. The celebration was marked with traditional dances, songs, extraction of sacred fire and a jubilee feast. Traditional drinks, indigenous foods and other traditional wears were displayed and sold in the stalls at the venue.
The chief minister expressed his appreciation to the believers of TRC for preserving their tradition and identity, despite of the different forces threatening them. The present leaders at the Centre are interested in preserving the indigenous population in the country and as such, a coast guard ship has been given the name of Rani Gaidinliu and a stamp was also issued, said Biren.
The chief minister suggested expanding the indigenous religion, stating that it will be a factor in building a better relationship between different communities. Poverty is one reason why people abandoned their indigenous religion, he stated. As such, the present state government is also introducing schemes to develop the status of poorer sections in the society, he added.
Responding to a memorandum submitted by TRC, chief minister also assured to extend financial assistance for celebrating Gaan Ngai festival. He also said that he will provide financial assistance to construct a brick wall around the boundary of the temple.