Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Tuesday greeted the people of the state on the occasion of Manipur Statehood Day and said that his government’s priority is to make Manipur a self-sufficient state.
“The first priority of the state government is to make Manipur a self-sufficient state,” Biren said while speaking as chief guest at the celebration of the 49th Manipur Statehood Day at 1st Manipur Rifles complex, Imphal.
The chief minister also said that a heritage site would be built at Keibul Lamjao.
“The state cabinet has approved to construct a heritage site of all indigenous communities of the state at Keibul Lamjao,” he said.
Biren then said that the state is moving forward in development.
“Had Manipur achieved statehood a little bit earlier, we might have been in a position similar to that of Assam in development. However, we are moving forward in development and the level of progress is not much low when compared with other states,” asserted the CM.
Receiving of Krishi Karman Award for Progressive Farmers from prime minister Narendra Modi on January 2 for highest production in rice and pulses by two farmers of the state, proved that the state is moving forward in agriculture, he said.
The developmental progress and the focus given towards Northeast after the formation of the NDA government clearly shows that the BJP has concern for all the people of India regardless of religion or community.
“Spreading of rumours to make BJP look like a political party which follows Hindutva is like throwing a stone into the ocean,” he said.
Informing that the culture of the indigenous people of the state has been displayed on the walls of Manipur Bhavan at Delhi, he said the bhavan is for all the communities of Manipur.
Biren continued, during a meeting with the prime minister on Monday, the PM showed his satisfaction over the developmental progress of Manipur in the last two years and 10 months.
“Though we cannot produce the essential food materials at the level of exporting them outside, let us at least try to make the state a self-sufficient one so that we can save crores of rupees which are being wasted in importing essential food materials,” the chief minister appealed to the people.
Biren also spoke on the sidelines of the function and promised action against the AR personnel who allegedly assaulted a state police officer.
“We had asked the IGAR South to hand over the AR personnel who allegedly assaulted an SDPO of Manipur Police. Action will be taken against him as per the law,” the chief minister said.
Yenkhom Bishworjit Singh of Kakching Panji Leikai and Thingbaijam Johnny Chanu of Lamboikhul Awang Leikai who received the Krishi Karman Award were awarded a sum of Rs 1 lakh each as a token of appreciation by the state government.