CM inaugurates, lays foundation stone for slew of projects
Imphal (DIPR): The 1st Anniversary of N.Biren Singh-led BJP 2.0 Government was celebrated on Thursday at Senapati Public Ground with Chief Minister N. Biren Singh as the Chief Guest of the celebration.
Biren was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Manipur for the second term on March 21, 2022 after winning majority seats in the General Election to the Manipur Legislative Assembly was held in March, 2022.
The Chief Minister and other dignitaries were accorded a rousing welcome by the leaders of civil society organisations, students’ organisations, Church leaders and the public on their arrival to the function venue.
Inauguration of 95 projects worth Rs 22,450 lakh and laying of foundation stone of 17 projects worth Rs. 7605 lakh marked the celebration of the 1st Anniversary of the Government.
Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament, Members of Legislative Assembly, Chief Secretary, Director General of Police, Senior Civil and Police officers, civil society organisations, Church leaders, and general public of Senapati district also attended the function among others.
Addressing the gathering, Chief Minister Biren expressed that he was overwhelmed by the warm welcome accorded to him and his cabinet colleagues by the people of Senapati. He also appreciated the Planning Department and the District Administration, Senapati for organising the Anniversary celebration in a grand way.
The Chief Minister continued that Cabinet meetings were held at different hill district headquarters in the first term of the Government, adding that interactions with various CSOs were also held to know the grievances of the people.
Stating that the Government had chosen Senapati district to celebrate the 1st Anniversary of the Government, he added that Senapati district is on its path to become the 2nd capital of Manipur in terms of Sports with certain infrastructure development in the field of Sports. He further stated that Senapati is the first hill district to have an artificial football turf. He expressed that the district would see a considerable change in the sports infrastructure development once the indigenous wrestling stadium, football field at Karong are completed, adding that Thangal Memorial Football Stadium would also be constructed soon at Thangal Village.
Biren further informed that a Critical Care Block with 10 ICU beds will be constructed at Senapati District Hospital with an estimated cost of Rs. 28 crore. Specialist Doctors will also be stationed at the block to check seriously ill patients, he added. He also spoke on various development works taken up during the last one years of his government.
The Chief Minister appreciated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his concern on development of Northeast States specially Manipur, informing that Central leaders are very happy to see people of Manipur living together happily and peacefully.
Speaking on the decision taken at the cabinet meeting held today at Deputy Commissioner’s Office today, prior to the 1st Anniversary celebration, he informed that the Cabinet had approved to implement the “One Family One Livelihood” initiative. The Government had earlier announced to give livelihood to each and every household, he added.
He further informed that anyone from a family with no source of livelihood can apply for a loan of Rs. 10 lakh with 30 percent grant. An amount of Rs. 100 crore had been allocated in the budget for the same, he added, asking the public to take advantage of this.
Forest, Environment and Climate Change Minister Th. Biswajit Singh, while delivering his speech, stated that everyone’s efforts and support are needed for successful implementation of Government programmes and development of the State.
He further maintained that the present Government had been taking up governance in a different way to bring balanced development, mentioning the Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ Day initiatives of the Government.
Speaking on climate change, he maintained that the State Government had been taking up various initiatives as per law, to conserve the forest land of the State, adding that the Government is not against anyone. He further appealed to the public to take their part in conserving forest areas to mitigate climate change.
Works Minister Govindas Konthoujam stated that Manipur had witnessed lots of changes and development in the last one year, adding that projects inaugurated today was the proof. Every programme of the Government is focused on development, he said.
Citing various infrastructure developments taken up in the State as the reason for getting the opportunity to host certain events like G20 Summit, Tri Nation Football Tournament, he mentioned that hosting the Grand Finale of Femina Miss India in the State would be historic.
The Minister continued that the State Government aims to bring balanced development across the State, informing that the percentage of budget allocation for development of hill areas has increased a lot in the recent years.
During the programme, the Chief Minister handed over the appointment order to Pangambam Romita Devi, wife of VDF late N. Premananda, as cook in the Police Department. Late Premananda went missing while attending duty to destroy illegal poppy plantations and later found dead in an area under Chakpikarong Police Station in Chandel district.
As a part of the programme, the Chief Minister also felicitated Government Department and officials for their contribution in certain fields. The Officers included Chief Secretary Dr. Rajesh Kumar, Managing Director, Manipur Police Housing Corporation Limited C. Doungel, Commissioner (Tourism) PK Jha, Conservator of Forest, Western Circle Gaithaolu Thaimei, DFO, Central Forest Division R.K. Amarjit Singh, DFO, Churachandpur Forest Division Esther Lantankim Serto, Deputy Commissioner, Bishnupur L. Bikram, ACF, Kangpokpi Vikram Nadhe on behalf of N. Ganesh, Superintendent of Police (SP), Bishnupur N. Herojit Meetei, SP, Kangpokpi Thokchom Vikramjit Singh, Tourism Department, Joint secretary (Home) Rehanuddin Choudhury, Deputy Secretary Elangbam Sonia, Senior Finance Officer, CAF & PD Sanatombi Bachaspatimayum, SP, NAB K. Meghachandra, Director, IT Department N. Deben and Anti-Corruption and Public Grievance Redressal Team.
A booklet and a short film on the achievement of 1st year of Government were released by the Chief Minister. A short film on War on Drugs 2.0 was screened during the programme.
After the end of the programme, a friendly football match was played between CM’s 11 and Senapati 11 at the newly inaugurated Astro turf at the Public Ground.