Pothashang News Service: Imphal, February 4, 2020: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh, expressing serious concern over rampant felling of trees, appealed to the people of hill districts to stop Jhum and shifting cultivation.
Biren said his government is always ready to provide alternative livelihood to replace the occupation of cutting trees and Jhum cultivation.
There is urgent need to conserve forest to save the state from the effects of global climate change, he added.
Stating that most of the streams are now parched during dry season, he expressed worry that there would be no water for consumption in future if the current practice continues. He said rivers and Loktak Lake are also becoming shallow day by day due to heavy siltation.
Biren was addressing at the opening function of the 1st General Conference of Elmun clan of Thadou community at LS Playground, Motbung in Kangpokpi district on Tuesday.
He unveiled the ‘Brotherhood Monolith’ which was erected there to commemorate the event. He later opened the conference by beating the traditional gong and hoisting the Elmun flag amidst laud cheers and applause.
Biren lauded the Elmun people for building up unity among them by organising such a general conference. He said it would encourage the sense of brotherhood and unity among people of other communities as well. The world keeps only those groups in high esteem who understand their origin and respect their ancestors, he added.
He urged the people to march ahead towards development through peace and unity. Pointing out that disintegration would never bring anything positive but would only hinder progress, the chief minister said, is the reason why the present state government has been focussing on promoting mutual understanding, respect and brotherhood from Day One.
He said the ‘Go to Hills’ and the ‘Go to Village’ missions had brought many positive changes in the state and many unreached areas had been reached while many ignored and sidelined needy people had been benefitted. As such, Phase-II of the ‘Go to Village’ mission would commence soon, he announced.
Mentioning about various developmental works taken up by the government, Biren said that construction of transit accommodations for doctors and teachers currently underway at 90 different blocks are nearing completion.
Agriculture minister V. Hangkhanlian and MLA Ngamthang Haokip also attended the function among others.