Government opens door to everyone to resolve issues: Biren

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Pothashang News Service: Imphal, November 19, 2019: Any issue can be resolved through dialogue and the government opens its door to everyone to resolve any misunderstanding and issue, Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh said at the observance of ‘Quami Ekta Week’ held at Banquet Hall of 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles on Tuesday.

The state government is constantly urging the Centre to invite CSOs and stakeholders of the state for consultation on the Indo-Naga peace talks soon. The government desires to meet the representatives of Coordinating Committee On Manipur Integrity (COCOMI) to have thorough discussion before Central government’s invitation, he added.

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He appealed the representatives of COCOMI and Manipur People Against Citizenship Amendment Bill to come forward for talks with the government.

The chief Minister said the Union home minister has already assured that the interest of the people of the Northeast India will not be affected by the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

Elaborating on the negative impact of bandhs and general strikes, Biren said bandhs adversely affect the normal day to day lives of people at grassroots. We must resist the diktats and whims of some particular section of the society for unacceptable reasons, he added.

“We must think for the collective good rather than thinking for individual and community interests. We must join hands together so as to have inclusive development in the state,” he said. Stating that the present issues are sensitive, he appealed to all the panellists who are invited for discussion in electronic television channels to have healthy discussion under the purview of the given topic and should not speak anything that can hurt the sentiments of any community living in the state.

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Biren stressed the significance and relevance of observing the ‘Quami Ekta Week’ by remembering the courage and indomitable spirit of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to uphold the integrity of the country. The importance of such function is to instil the feeling of Nationalism among the people of the country, he added.

Mentioning that Manipur is progressing in various sectors including economy in the last two and half years, he announced that Manipur bagged ‘Best State on inclusive development’ award given by India Today group. Manipur got such award for initiating various schemes and programmes for the welfare of the people of the state, he added.

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The chief minister administered the National Integration Pledge to the gathering.

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