Biren advocates for Manipur integrity


Pothashang News Service : Imphal, August 15, 2018 : Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh said his government is ready to uphold the people’s will and desire regarding keeping the oneness and integrity of the state intact.

He also said the state Assembly is still kept un-prorogued by the government so that a special session can be convened at any moment towards this end, he said.

Biren said the Manipur Legislative Assembly had renewed its stand to protect the integrity of the state by taking another unanimous decision in July this year. He expressed hope that the Centre would certainly consult the states before taking any decision regarding fulfilment of demands of the Nagas.

The chief minister was addressing at the 72nd Independence Day held at the 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles ground, Imphal.

The chief minister hoisted the National flag amid playing of National anthem.

He urged the people of the state both in the hills and valley to join hand in protecting the oneness and integrity of the state and the country.

Biren informed that a high ranking official of the Union Ministry of Human Resources Development is currently camping in Imphal to redress the Manipur University crisis. The official had a marathon meeting with the representatives of Manipur University Students’ Union, Manipur University Teachers’ Association and Manipur University Staffs’ Association at the chief minister’s secretariat in his presence and cabinet ministers yesterday.

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Stating that the two sides were so close to reach an understanding, he expressed hope that an amicable solution would be brought within a few days.

He also mentioned about state and central government’s remarkable achievements and pro-poor schemes. He said that the NDA government at the Centre had made outstanding progress in diplomatic relations with different countries apart from bringing many developmental and economic changes.

Passing of OBC Bill 2017 and National Sports University Bill, 2018 could be mentioned among the latest positive developments made possible by the central government, he added.

The state government has been putting in effort to maintain corruption-free and transparent administration in the state. With the setting up of an Anti-Corruption Cell, 310 corruption related cases had been taken up so far, he said.

Altogether 33 officials had been put under suspension while one official had been terminated from service and appointment orders for 11 persons had been cancelled. Ten officials had been given warning for indulging in corrupt practices, added the chief minister.

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He received salute from 50 different march-past contingents of BSF, CRPF, civil police, India Reserve Battalion, Manipur Fire Service, Home Guards, Traffic Police, VDF and Excise Department personnel, Forest Guards, NCC Cadets, Anganwadi and ASHA workers, college and school students. Commandant of 5th India Reserve Battalion, Sh. Jugeshore Sharma, MPS was the parade commander.

This year’s special attraction of the march past was participation by a contingent each from 15th Mahila IRB, Nagaland and 9th Battalion State Armed Force, Madhya Pradesh.  Eight band platoons of different security forces, Home Guards, Manipur Fire Service and Sainik School also took part in the march past.

He also decorated three police officers with President’s Police Medal for distinguished service and presented Police Medal for meritorious service to 13 officers and personnel.

Recipients of the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service are Anand Prakash, IPS (Additional DGP-AP), Shyamchoron Singh Asem (Inspector), RK Tejbir Singh (Inspector) while the recipients of Police Medal for Meritorious Service are IK Muivah IPS (IGP-Adm), Th. Bijananda Singh (Dy. CO), A. Basanta Sharma (Dy. CO), Songlianthang Vaiphei (Inspector), Pamreingam Longpinao (Inspector), Nongthombam Ingocha (Inspector), Chabungbam Subol Singh (Inspector), Y. Roshankumar Singh (H/C), Md. Anuwar Shah (Havildar), S. Sanatomba Singh (Havildar), T. Abhiram Singh (Rifleman), Md. Kayamuddin (Rifleman) and L. Miralkumar Singh (Rifleman).

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Medal for Excellence in Police Training 2015-16 was conferred to Priyadarshini Laishram (CO 7MR) and Md. Riyajuddin (Subedar).

The Chief Minister’s Trophy for Community Service was presented to Dr. S. Ibomcha Singh (SP, Tengnoupal) and B. Rishikesh Sharma (Inspector NAB) while the Chief Minister’s Trophy for Anti-Drug Campaign was handed over to W. Basu Singh, MPS (SP-NAB), Philem Bangkim Singh (Sub-Inspector, Senapati district) and Gangmei Gaijon (Constable – NAB).

Biren also handed over the State Level Swachhata Award, 2018 at the occasion. Kakching, Imphal West and Thoubal District received first, second and third prizes for the cleanest district headquarters respectively.

Prizes for the Swachh Survekshan 2018 for the cleanest towns of Manipur in North East region (population less than one lakh) were also distributed. Kakching, Kumbi and Mayang Imphal towns received first, second and third prizes respectively. Special Open Defecation Free (ODF) award was conferred to the Member Secretary MUDA.

Special prizes were also presented to Prasanta Oinam, District Manager, DeGs Bishnupur and Laishram Ranjeet Singh of Karimganj, Assam.

Ministers, MLAs, top civil, police and military officers, government employees and general public also took part in the celebration.


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