Imphal, December 16, 2017 : Chief minister Nongthombam Biren Singh has called for unity to fend off external threat, at the observance of Vijay Diwas here at the Banquet Hall of 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles.
Biren Singh led the state observance of Vijay Diwas to pay tribute to the martyrs who laid down their lives for the nation during the Indo-Pakistan war in 1971.
The chief minister asserted that external threats of the country can be warded off if the country is united. The observance would be meaningful only when every citizen of the country across community and caste lines put in collective effort to protect the oneness of the country. “We all need to take a pledge to be ever ready to sacrifice our lives for the integrity of the Nation on this day.” Shunning provocation and ensuring entitled rights equally to the people are also equally important in maintaining unity, added Biren Singh.
He said the people of the generation should honour the spirit, courage and political will of the then government for taking cudgels for East Pakistan to liberate it as Bangladesh despite the fact that Indian Army was not that strong and well equipped at that time.
Alleging that there was no proper administration and governance in the state during the tenure of the last government, Biren Singh said that the present government is trying day and night to put this mess in order.
He urged the bureaucrats, head of departments and all the subordinate employees to extend co-operation in making the present government a clean, transparent and efficient one.
Stating that every man or woman usually gets very limited time to receive education during one’s lifetime, the chief minister urged the guardians to convince their wards not to waste their valuable time in staging unnecessary stirs. However, it does not mean that they must be fended off from contributing their bit for the state or the country in meaningful movements, he added.
Biren Singh also informed the gathering that the central government had sanctioned Rs. 130 crore as flood relief assistance to the state. Another Rs. 1200 crore had been approved by the Centre under PMGSY apart from taking a decision to continue the Non Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) funding pattern of 90:10 till March, 2020.
Deputy chief minister Y. Joykumar, ministers, MLAs, administrative secretaries, heads of departments, high ranking civil and police officials attended the function.