Around 100/200 insurgents in Manipur likely to hold peace talks with Govt: Biren
IMPHAL: Chief Minister N Biren on Saturday expressed confidence that around 100/200 insurgents are returning to mainstream by laying down arms and holding political dialogue with the government.
Speaking to reporters on the sideeline of the Interaction session with the scholars of the Chief Minister’s Coaching Scheme for Civil Service Aspirants held at GM Hall on Saturday, Biren said that there will be no solution without political dialogue.
Insurgent movement in the North east is slowing down gradually. All the insurgent movements in the world were resolved through political dialogue, Biren said adding that in Assam, Bodo insurgent movement has been resolved by signing a peace accord. There is high possibility of resolving the issue of ULFA after signing a peace agreement. It is high time for the insurgents of Manipur to come out openly for negotiation with the government to bring peace. State government had earlier urged the centre to hold talk with the insurgents of the state. Civil society organisations, Woman groups, intellectuals also need to collectively appeal the insurgents for talk, CM added.
Biren further said that every hard work will pay off if the students focus on what they want to achieve. He said that the purpose of getting education is not to go after government jobs but to become a responsible citizen. He maintained that the people of the State are filled with enormous talents and these talents are exceptional. We need to groom the students and youths of the State for a better tomorrow, he added.
The Chief Minister further stated that the Chief Minister’s Coaching Scheme was introduced with an objective to provide the much needed support to those deserving and meritorious students of the State. It is indeed happy that many students who come from humble background are getting the benefits of the scheme, he added.
Stating that the primary objective of the present government is to fulfill the aspirations of the people, Chief Minister said that the government has implemented human oriented schemes such as CHMT etc. for the welfare of the people. He added that around 1.5 lakh families have been benefited so far under the scheme.
During the function, the students gathered introduced themselves before the Chief Minister. Students expressed their gratitude to the Chief Minister and Government of Manipur for implementing such noble scheme. Students also shared their suggestions opinions and grievances to the Chief Minister.
It may be mentioned that the Chief Minister’s Scholarship Scheme for Civil Services Coaching worth over Rs. 1 crore was launched in March last year. Under this scheme, the State Government will provide 100% scholarship to 150 selected Civil Services aspirants to realise their dreams. With one year course fee of Rs. 70,800 per student, the total amount, which is to be borne by the State Government is pegged at Rs. 1,06,20,000. The scheme is being collaborated with the Delhi-based ALS-IAS Coaching Institute under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme.