Imphal: Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh on Wednesday hosted a discussion session with leaders of different tribal communities of the state at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat.
The discussion mainly revolved around effective tackling of the pandemic COVID-19 and other issues faced by hill people due to the nationwide lockdown.
Around 60 leaders representing the apex bodies of different tribal communities took part in the discussion, which was conducted with strict adherence to social distancing and other safety norms.
Biren announced that a museum each for all the tribal communities of Manipur would be constructed in their originating villages at the cost of Rs 10 lakh each.
Ancient tools, articles, costumes and other articles of the respective communities would be kept in these museums, he said.
A WhatsApp group consisting of community leaders, CM and other high ranking officials would be made to communicate between the government and community leaders, he added.
The Chief Minister observed that the COVID-19 pandemic can be dealt with through proper awareness only. He said that the key intent behind holding the discussion is to hear the grievances of our hill brethren in the aftermath of the spread of COVID-19 and formulate a strategy to impart the right awareness at the grassroots level.
Highlighting the small population of Manipur as compared to other states of India, Biren said, “The state may face different difficulties due to the pandemic if we are not careful and take up effective steps on time.”
He urged the public to ignore rumours and trust only the advisories and guidelines issued by credible agencies like WHO, ICMR, health ministry, home ministry etc.
As per the advisories of these organisations, persons who have completed 14 days of institutional quarantine or the persons whose test result come out negative may return home. As such, people should never hesitate to allow them to enter their localities, he said.
He said that he is confident that all the infected persons would be cured because the doctors, nurses and paramedical manpower of the state are capable, and they have been working day and night with full dedication to accomplish it. The state would overcome the crisis with the support and cooperation from the people, he added.
He said the present government has been putting in its dedicated efforts to retain the age-old unity among different communities residing in the state. A heritage park would be developed at Keibul Lamjao, where the main venue for the annual Manipur Sangai Festival would be shifted gradually, he added.
Informing that traditional house models of all the communities of the state would be kept at the park, the chief minister urged the hill leaders to submit the sketch of their traditional houses to the tribal affairs and hills department.
The leaders expressed their profound gratitude to the Chief Minister for hosting such a fruitful discussion session and hear the grievances of the people residing in different hill districts at the time of hardship given by COVID- 19 pandemic and nationwide lockdown. They opined that it was a rare occasion which had never happened in the past, a DIPR press release said.
COVID-19 awareness leaflets published by National Health Mission, Manipur in Meitei Mayek, English and different tribal dialects like Aimol, Anal, Chothe, Lamkang, Monsang, Moyon, Tarao, Chiru, Kabui, Inpui, Rongmei, Zemei, Liangmei, Gangte, Hmar, Kom, Mate, Paite, Simte, Vaiphei, Zou, Thadou, Kharam, Koireng, Mao, Maram, Poumai, Thangal, Maring, Tangkhul, etc. were handed over to the leaders present at the discussion.
The Chief Minister also presented gifts and hosted a lunch in their honour at the CM’s Secretariat. Manipur Legislative Assembly Deputy Speaker K. Robindro, MLA Th. Satyabrata and high ranking officials of the state government were also present at the discussion, it added.