Dec, 03, 2023 12:51
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Imphal, 15th August, 2023 (DIPR): As celebrated across the country, Manipur celebrated 77th Independence Day with pomp and gaiety today. The State level celebration was held with Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh hoisting the National tricolour amid playing of National Anthem at the 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles Parade ground.

The Chief Minister reviewed the parade and took salute from 16 march-past contingents commanded by Additional Director, Manipur Police Training College Smt. Sarangthem Asana, MPS. The participating contingents were Border Security Force, CRPF (Female), Combined Manipur Rifles, Combined India Reserve Battalion, Combined Civil Police (Male), 9th India Reserve (Mahila), Combined Civil Police (Female), Home Guard (Male), Combined VDF, Manipur Fire Service, Traffic Police, D.M. College of Science, Manipur College, Ananda Singh Hr. Sec. School, T.G. Hr. Sec. School and SSA Imphal West.

The Combined Band Platoons consisted of CRPF Band, 1st and 2nd Manipur Rifles, 1st and 2nd India Reserve Battalion and Home Guard (Male & Female).

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh extended his best wishes to the people, stating that the Independence Day has been observed every year on 15th August, since 1947. He appealed to all to pay homage to our brave forefathers who have taken a crucial role in India’s freedom struggle. The continuous revolt against the British Government and the selfless sacrifices made by them had brought the freedom of this country, he added.

He continued that the country had been celebrating Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav as a part of celebration of the 75 years of Indian Independence. History, culture and the development of the country is being showcased in the course of the celebration. As a part of the celebration, Meri Mati Mera Desh is being observed across the country to pay respect to the freedom fighters, he added.

The Chief Minister further stated that the BJP led Government, since its formation in 2017, had been taking up various steps for the welfare of its people. As such, the state had remained free from bandh and blockade in the last 6 years. He maintained that additional security forces and various police outposts had been set up at border areas and highways to stop illegal activities, adding that law and order had considerably improved.

Mentioning that the State Government had been giving focus on bridging the developmental gap between hill and valley areas, Shri N. Biren added that more funds had been allocated in the budget for the said purpose. Administrative Prabharis have been appointed to take the governance at the grass root level and as such, the state has been marching towards the development path, he said.

Regarding the ‘War on Drugs’ campaign, the Chief Minister stated that the campaign was not taken up as a measure against any community, rather it was taken up to save the lives of our future generations. He mentioned the effect of drugs on the youths of the state and environmental degradation due to mass deforestation for poppy cultivation, adding that the Government couldn’t remain as a mere spectator. Seeking peoples’ support on the War on Drugs campaign, he reiterated the Government’s stance to totally root out the drug menace from the state, in line with the Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan initiated by the Central Government.

Shri N. Biren continued that Manipur is the gateway to India for trafficking of illegal drugs from the Golden Triangle, mentioning that tacking up strict action against drug trafficking has helped a lot in saving the lives of many youths of mainland India. Raising concern on the deteriorating state of the environment due to various human activities, he appealed to the people to stop large scale deforestation and plant more trees to preserve the forest areas. He also appealed to people to preserve water bodies.

The Chief Minister maintained the State Government would not take up any step which is against its people. As the Government has been formed under the provision of the Indian constitution, it would not do anything which is beyond the ambit of the constitution, he added.

Informing that coaching classes for UPSC civil services examination had been started under the initiative of the Government, he expressed happiness that more than 40 aspirants from Manipur have cleared UPSC preliminary examination this year. The hosting of various national and international events like Tri-Nation Football Tournament, G20 events, Durand Cup, Femina Miss India among others successfully had shown that the state had remained peaceful for the last six years. However, misunderstanding between two communities had caused loss of lives and destruction of properties recently, making people faced much hardships. Many people got displaced and had been taking shelter at various relief camps, he added.

Mentioning that the recent unrest in Manipur had been instigated by some vested interest and outside elements who want to destabilize the state and the country, Shri N. Biren appealed to people of both the communities to refrain from violence and to forgive and forget whatever had happened earlier. He appealed to share their grievances and come to an understanding which will be for the betterment of both communities. He also appealed to all to join hands and cooperate in making up the losses in the recent unrest and take the state to the pace of development as before.

The Chief Minister continued that considering the hardship faced by displaced people, the Government had taken up steps to resettle them in their earlier places. For those places where resettlement is not possible now, temporary prefabricated houses are being constructed to relocate the displaced people. The Government had constituted committees to provide a source of livelihood under ‘One Family One Livelihood’ to those who have no source of income. He further stated that the Government had been taking up every effort to rehabilitate the affected people and bring normalcy soon.

Shri N. Biren further informed that security forces had been deployed at different places to guard the farmers while taking up agricultural activities.

He maintained that the state has been gradually returning to normalcy, stating that Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah had been monitoring the situation round the clock and taking up various measures. Supply of essential items in hill areas had been carried out under his initiatives. He also recalled that the first goods trains had reached Khongsang Railways Station recently. Goods train will also be ferrying more consignments in future. He also mentioned the opening of helicopter service at different places for better connectivity.

Concluding his speech, the Chief Minister appreciated the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, adding that India had come to the 5th place from 10th position among the world’s largest economies. He also maintained that the Northeast States of India had witnessed considerable development in various sectors under his guidance.

During the celebration, the Chief Minister handed over Chief Minister’s Trophy for Community Service to Additional Superintendent of Police (L &O), Chandel Shri Shankerjit Singh Loitongbam and Assistant Sub-Inspector, Imphal West Shri Athokpam Tej Singh. Chief Minister’s Trophy for Anti-Drug Campaign was handed over to Superintendent of Police, Kakching Shri Thokchom Vikramjit Sing, Officer in Charge/CDO Unit, Thoubal Shri Konsam Nitaranjan Singh and Havildar, 2nd MR Shri Irengbam Dorendro Meetei. Apart from this the Chief Minister also handed over the Award for Outstanding Achievement in disposing cases relating to NDPS Act to the Directorate of Forensic Sciences, Manipur.

Showcase of performances by four Cultural troupes were also a part of the celebration.

Speaker, Manipur Legislative Assembly Shri Th. Satyabrata, Ministers, MLAs, Chief Secretary, Security Advisor, Director General of Police and senior civil and police officials also attended the 77th Independence Day celebration among others.