Chief minister Biren reaffirms his stand on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and Naga peace talk

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, May 31, 2018: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh today said that his government would never go against the will of the people and his government had already opposed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

Regarding territorial integrity issue, Biren said, he immediately conveyed Manipur government’s and people’s stand to Naga peace talks interlocutor R.N. Ravi soon after his statement regarding possible outcome of the ongoing peace parleys was found published on a national daily. He had earlier declares that his government stands against threat that is against the interest of the people and the state.

Manipur PCC yesterday protested against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and possibility of disintegrating Manipur as outcome of the Naga peace talk. MPCC urged the chief minister to assure that the citizenship bill and the Naga peace talk conclusion will not harm the populace and socio-political structure of Manipur.

Biren Singh was addressing while laying foundation stone Essential Oil Distillation Plant cum Distribution of High Yielding Medicinal and Aromatic Plants and Health Camp at CSIR: North East Institute of Science and Technology (NEIST), Branch Laboratory complex, Lamphelpat.

He mooted the importance of job creation and self-employment towards making Manipur a self-reliant state.

Manipur is blessed with rich and diverse natural resources, and many of the floras and faunas found here have medicinal values. As such, Manipur needs to explore the ways to generate self-employment to boost its economy and make itself a self-reliant state, Biren said.

Manipur is gifted with good rainfall, so lemongrass plantation can be easily adopted as an alternative means of livelihood by poppy growers, the chief minister said while adding that the state government has already started taking up necessary steps to encourage the villagers of hill districts to plant lemongrass.

Stating that his government is putting in effort to change the tradition of importing everything from other states and seeking help from the Centre for every single matter.

The state government has sanctioned Rs 1.5 crore to set up a fish feed production plant. Likewise, a chicken feed production unit would come into being in the State soon,   he added.

Although, the state has vast water bodies, around  Rs 400 crore is being spent every year by the state in importing fish from other states, he said.

He said strict enforcement of the Manipur Conservation of Paddyland and Wetland Act, 2014 is a clear testimony of the new government’s commitment towards safeguarding the indigenous population.

Regarding National Sports University (NSU), he said he had received a WhatsApp message from Union Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore stating that the headquarters of the university with all departments, facilities and faculties will be in Manipur, and all degrees will be issued from Manipur.

Narendra Modi is one of the most honest and dedicated Prime Ministers of the country, so he would never betray the people of the state on the matter, the chief minister said.

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