Biren expresses grave concern of illegal migration and drugs issues

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, August 18, 2019: The government has taken up necessary steps to check on illegal migration and drugs issues, Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh said in the midst of arrests of Rohingya and seizure of large quantity of drugs in the state.

Biren said his government is seriously concerned about these issues. Illegal migrants could be a serious threat to peaceful existence of indigenous people of the state and sought cooperation from public to come forward in finding out the motive of such illegal migrants. In this regard, special units to be headed by an additional SP (superintendent of police) or deputy SP will be set up to carry out routine checking at vulnerable locations of the state, he added.

He said youths are getting addicted to drugs deteriorating culture and traditions of the state. He urged every community in the state to give collective efforts in wiping out the drug culture. It is high time for every community to assimilate the rich culture and tradition, which is the backbone of existence of the state for thousands of years, to the youths, he added.

The chief minister was addressing at the gathering of the 2nd Dr. L. Bhagyachandra (Ihilel) Memorial Lecture on “Status of Indigenous Peoples: A Case Study of Meetei” held on Sunday at Kangla hall.

He said with the motive of providing education about culture and traditions from the grassroots level had started the development of Model Schools in the state. Citing the reason of present chaos in the state to the non-perseverance of state’s own rich culture by the people, he said everyone should have an aim in their life and contribute to the development of the society.

He praised late Dr. L. Bhagyachandra for his far vision and contribution in preserving and promoting the rich philosophy, culture and tradition of the state. Dr. L. Bhagyachandra is still remembered for his immense work in the field philosophy, politics, culture and tradition, he added.

The lecture programme was organised by Research Forum Manipur in collaboration with State Archaeology.

Health, art and culture and law minister Langpoklakpam Jayantakumar, director, art and culture A. Shivadas Sharma, former president, Research Forum Manipur Dr. Ningthoujam Birachandra and Mutua Bahadur and vice-president, Research Forum Manipur Prof. Ch. Ibohal Meitei among others attended the programme.

Retired professor Wangkhem Nabakumar delivered a lecture on the topic of the memorial lecture.

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