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CM N. Biren suggests stringent actions against any police personnel found involved in drug cases, including forced retirement for drug abusers and addicts.

Manipur joined the nation in observing Anti Terrorism Day 2022 at the banquet hall of the 1st Battalion Manipur Riffles today. National Anti Terrorism Day is observed every year on May 21st with a pledge to end terrorism in the country. It was on this day in 1991 that the former Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi, was assassinated in a suicide bomb attack during an election campaign of the Congress party at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu. 14 other people also lost their lives in the incident.

Addressing the event, Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren suggested stringent actions against any police personnel found involved in drug cases, including force retirement for drug abusers and addicts. He opined that drug-abusing police personnel should be relieved from duty and let them recuperate first. N. Biren underlined to carry out proper medical test to identify drug users in the police force and treat them in rehabilitation Centre until they get back to normalcy so that they can resume duty again. Acknowledging the dedication of the state force and the risk they take, N. Biren also said that some of them tarnish the image of the entire police force with their wrongdoings and misconduct, highlighting the recent arrest of some personnel in drug-related cases. He maintained that those police personnel who are habitual drug users are polluting the sanctity of the Police force.

The Chief Minister also expressed concern over a rise in hate comments about religion, land ownership etc on social media and stressed that the same should be checked immediately. He urged the people of Manipur to strive to bring harmony and peace and appealed to abstain from any act that could create animosity among communities. N. Biren called upon everyone to make Manipur free from any act of terrorism.

Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly Thokchom Satyabrata and Social Welfare Minister Heikham Dingo jointly launched an Aadhaar enrolment drive for children between 6 months to age 5 under the aegis of the Social Welfare Department today.

Speaking at the event held at Wangkhei Durga Puja Lampak Community Hall, Speaker Thokchom Satyabrata appealed to all citizens to get themselves enrolled for Aadhar cards to facilitate them in getting various State and Central welfare schemes.  He added that the Social Welfare Department has been ensuring welfare schemes for beneficiaries in the state. He reminded that many beneficiaries are unable to get these benefits due to lack of the unique ID proof. The Speaker expressed that Manipur Social Welfare Department will be raised to the next level under Chief Minister N. Biren led two-term BJP government, dynamic Social Welfare Minister Heikham Dingo and Social Welfare Director Ngangom Dingo.

Speaking on the occasion, Social Welfare Minister Heikham Dingo said that it was a big achievement for Manipur Government and Social Welfare Department to launch the Aadhaar enrolment drive for children in collaboration with grassroots level workers like the Asha, Anganwadi Workers and Helpers. He appealed for their continued support in ensuring welfare benefits for all beneficiaries in the state.

Stating that the drive would be carried out across the state, the Minister sought public support to make it a success. Social Welfare Director Ngangom Uttam and top officers of the department attended the launching event.

Manipur Cabinet approved the Manipur Plastic Policy 2022 in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s objective to phase out single use plastic by 2022. The policy seeks to tackle the multi-faceted plastic pollution by regulating use of plastics. Under the policy any person found dealing in or using plastic items in contravention of the direction stipulated in the policy will face imprisonment upto five years term, with a fine extendable upto One lakh Rupees. 

The Cabinet further approved the Manipur Tourism Policy 2022 considering the changing scenario of tourism industry in the world. The policy seeks to harness the tourism potential of the State and to create employment and livelihood opportunities, to encourage investment and increase revenue generation.

The decision was taken during the State Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister N. Biren with all the 11 Ministers last evening.

Manipur regressed during BJP regime; people of Manipur cannot be fooled with false promises:  Ex-CM O.Ibobi

 

Ex-Chief Minister of Manipur and Congress Legislature Party Leader Okram Ibobi has slammed the ruling BJP led Government for regressing the state during its 5 years of tenure. He took a jibe on Union Home Minister Amit Shah for the recent inauguration of 15 projects worth around Rs 265 crore and laying of foundation stones for 14 development works worth Rs 2,194 crore in Manipur on January 6, 2022. Okram Ibobi said, 'People of Manipur cannot be fooled with false promises. They are watching the government's acts closely. Citizens of Manipur are aware of various developmental projects which were initiated during the Congress regime and what the ruling BJP led Government is claiming to have done'.

 

Mentioning some significant projects initiated by the Congress Government, Okram Ibobi said, Manipur University of Culture, Manipur University of Technology and JNIMS were established after much needed consultation with intellectuals and subject experts of the state.  He said the previous government acknowledged the scientific temper and technological potential of the state's youth, hence it strived to make Manipur an IT hub by setting up Manipur Software Technology Park of India. He maintained that the Congress Government established NIT, Manipur during 2014-15 with its temporary campus at Mantripukhri, providing a four years course. He said the first batch of students completed their course successfully, besides the Congress Government initiating construction of a permanent campus at Mayangkhang over a stretch of 150 acres land area. The CLP leader said the Congress Government even installed a 33 KV substation specifically for the purpose. He mocked the BJP government for laying the foundation stone for the institute which has already started its second batch at the temporary campus. Ibobi said Congress is not jealous for laying the foundation stone for an already set up project, however people of Manipur would have been happier if a completed project was inaugurated instead of laying foundation stone for construction of the permanent campus which the Congress Government had already started during its rule.

 

Okram Ibobi also mentioned the construction of road connectivity from Imphal to Kasom Khullen via Thoubal, Yairipok at an estimated cost of around  Rs 400 crore loan from Asian Development Bank,  significantly shortening the travel distance from about two days to less than 2 hours. With a sarcastic smile, the Ex-Chief Minister said the same road was recently inaugurated by the Union Home minister. He went on to say that the Congress Government initiated construction of Imphal to Haflong road via Tamenglong, Kangchup with nearly Rs 1,600 crore loans from Asian Development Bank, but the BJP led Government came to power and now the status of the road is undecided. 

 

Among some significant projects by the previous Congress Government under the UPA led Central Government, Okram Ibobi said, the State Government approached the Union Civil Aviation Ministry to upgrade Bir Tikendrajit Airport to International level airport but it was first declined citing that the land area was not enough for international standard. The ministry had said that a  minimum land area of 400 acres is required for upgrading the airport. Ibobi said the Congress Government made all out efforts and acquired 500 acres of land from private land owners much to the appreciation of the ministry and was even dubbed as creation of history for providing required land at a go. Ibobi lamented that the Congress Government had set up necessary infrastructure for the airport but now the airport is still the same with no significant improvement by the ruling BJP government. Asking what happened to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's much proclaimed Imphal Smart City,  the CLP leader reiterated that people of Manipur cannot be fooled with false promises.

 

It may be recalled that in his address at the virtual event on January 6, Amit Shah alleged that the earlier governments used to indulge in politics round-the-clock, supported armed groups, and harassed the public in the name of ransom, kidnapping, drugs trade and bandhs. He claimed that PM Modi led Central government and CM N. Biren led Manipur government have jointly introduced the state to double engine development. He also claimed that the BJP government has made Manipur blockade free, bandh free and has taken it on the path of development and will also make Manipur drugs free if given a chance.

Two persons killed in reported poll-related violence at Wangoi Assembly Constituency; CM N. Biren, Wangoi MLA O. Lukhoi share griefs of bereaved families

Two persons including one Havildar of Special Command 2nd IRB were killed in a reported poll-related violence at Samurou Awang Leikai under Wangoi Police Station of Wangoi Assembly Constituency in Imphal West district last night. Deceased Havildar is identified as 40-Year-Old, Abujam Sachikanta alias Tomba, son of late Abujam Mani from the same locality. The second deceased is also from the same locality and is identified as 58-Year-Old, Abujam John, Son of late Abujam Dojo.

Impact News sources said Abujam John is an active worker of Wangoi MLA cum Agriculture Minister Oinam Lukhoi. The incident reportedly occurred at Samurou Awang Leikai roadside at around 9.40 PM yesterday when unknown miscreants shot Abujam John twice on his left chest. He was immediately rushed to Advance hospital but succumbed to his injuries at around 10.30PM. While, Abujam Sachikanta was shot on his right abdomen. He was rushed to Raj-Medicity where he succumbed to his injuries at around 5AM today.

Locals of Samurou today erupted into agitation condemning the incident. Protestors blocked roads and prevented traffic movement. Top Police personnel including Imphal West District SP rushed to the area to contain the situation. Chief Minister N. Biren and Wangoi MLA O. Lukhoi took stock of the situation and condmened the incident. They met with the bereaved families and offered their condolences. JAC has been already formed against the double murder demanding justice. Wangoi Police Station has registered a case and investigations are underway.

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