Biren urges to forget and forgive past mistakes to promote integrity

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, January 9, 2020:  “Let us forget and forgive our past mistakes and put our collective efforts to uphold the integrity of the nation as well as the state”, Manipur chief minister said at the 186th death anniversary of Maharaj Gambhir Singh observed at the Samadhi of the Maharaj located at Langthabal, here on Thursday.

Biren said, “There will be peace and prosperity in the state only when we commit ourselves to build unity and integrity among the communities living in the state.”

Maintaining that there were absence of collective thought and unity among the communities in the past, the chief minister lamented that identity politics had affected in the growth and development of the state.

Biren affirmed that the territorial boundary and integrity of the state will remain intact. He continued that the long time demand for the implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) system has been fulfilled by the Centre. The implementation of ILP system will protect the indigenous people of the state, he added.

Lauding the sacrifice and courage of Maharaj Gambhir Singh, Nara Singh, Heerachandra and other unsung heroes of the state, he said, “What we are today is because of the selfless sacrifices made by our forefathers. Patriotic and nationalistic feeling are inborn traits and should run high in our blood.”

He said, “The supreme sacrifices made by forefathers towards protecting the integrity of our land should also be included in the school syllabus.”

Highlighting the demand of Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU) to shift the Assam Rifles (AR) post from Manipur University campus, the chief minister said the request is genuine and will urge the central government to shift the AR post from varsity campus.

Biren appealed to the CSOs, student organizations, Meira Paibis, local clubs etc. to encourage groups to indulge in agricultural and horticultural farming for self sustained and self sufficient production so that the state would not need to depend on imported products. For such movement, the government will open a special cell to provide financial and technical support to the groups, he added.He also urged the people to request the rebel groups to find an amicable political solution with the Centre.

Minister for art and culture L. Jayantakumar said the state has witnessed positive changes under the present regime. He said, “It is our collective effort and responsibility to protect our ‘priceless’ culture and tradition.

The chief minister led others in paying floral tributes to the statues of Maharaja Gambhir Singh and Meidingu Narasingh and Sana Heerachandra. A contingent of Manipur Rifles offered a guard of honour and gun salute and sounding of last post as a mark of respect to Gambhir Singh, Nara Singh and other unsung heroes.

CAF & PD minister Karam Shyam, chairman of Tourism Corporation of Manipur Limited Dr Ranjan Sapam, Manipur Pollution Control Board chairman L. Radhakishore, chairman of Manipur Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board H. Dingo, MLA Th. Satyabrata, DGP, top civil and police officials and large number of people attended the observance.

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