Imphal: Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has said that media should play the role of a bridge between the Government and the people. He was speaking at the 38th Foundation Day of evening newspaper ‘Kangleipakki Meira’ at Pillow Ground, Mongshangei in Imphal West District on Friday.
He said that the Government is ever ready to accept constructive criticisms if they do not disrespect decency and morality of any individual or organization. The Chief Minister said that criticism and the Right to Speech are vital components of the democracy, however nobody should ever try to misuse it to discredit or defame anybody or any institution including the Government. Stating that it would be wrong to assume that the present Government is intolerant to criticism, the Chief Minister clarified that the Government never wants to take action against anybody. However, it is helpless if anybody repeatedly violates the law, he added.
Regarding the economy of the State, the Chief Minister said that Manipur cannot become a progressive State until and unless State’s rural economy does not prosper. For this, he said, the State Government has been focusing on Agriculture and Horticulture sectors. The Chief Minister also announced that the State Government is planning to organize an Entrepreneurship Conference in association with Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) in this regard.
Regarding apprehension of discontinuation of some sports disciplines in SAI Takyelpat and SAI Khuman Lampak, the Chief Minister said that he would talk to Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on the matter. Stating that bonding among people of different communities is becoming weak due to non-inclusion of age-old stories and legends of brotherhood and unity in the school syllabus, the Chief Minister said that the State Government is considering on constituting 30 per cent of the school syllabus with common ancestry, origin and history of Manipur.
Speaking at the occasion as the guest of honour, Health and Family Welfare Minister L. Jayantakumar observed that media should be encouraged to work independently for a thriving democracy. Stating that the State Government had set up Manipur Lok Ayukta in order to eradicate corruption and bring transparency in governance, the Minister opined that it would certainly help the media in rendering its duties in different aspects.
Speaking on the occasion as the functional president, Information and Public Relations Director Heisnam Balkrisna said that media should be neutral and free from all forms of influences. He then urged the State media to work responsibly on sensitive issues. He said that media should never encourage unrest and violence. Stating that the Manipur is marching ahead since the past couple of years under the regime of the present Government, H. Balkrisna also opined that the media also has a big role to play in sustaining it.
Different personalities who have excelled in their fields were also feted at the function. Irungbam Prabinkumar was feted as the Best IPR Person, while Oinam Niranjan, Ashangbam Bebita and Khumanthem Gentle were felicitated as the Best Reporter (Print Media), Best Female Reporter (Electronic Media) and Best Male Reporter (Electronic Media) respectively.