143 hill NGOs pledge to destroy poppy plantations

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Imphal: Agape Museum, an apex body of 143 NGOs located in different Manipur hill districts pledged to work as frontline workers in the destruction of poppy plantations in their respective areas in support of Manipur government’s ‘War on Drugs’ campaign.

Representatives of the organisations met chief minister N. Biren Singh and expressed their full support to the government’s ongoing campaign. They said they would extend cooperation to the government officials in the field and take part in the campaign as frontliners to save the youth from drug menace.

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In a memorandum addressed to the chief minister, the apex body said, “We believe in your leadership, wisdom and understanding. We pray earnestly that God will really bless you and enable you to stop poppy plantation in Manipur Hill Area Region by replacing it with horticulture crops like ginger, banana, stink bean, orange, lemon, pineapple, lemongrass, etc. We want to work together as to begin in good work to change Manipur as never before”.

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Biren said poppy growers are not his enemy but he wishes to save the future generation from drug abuse and trafficking. Stating that the state government has formulated a plan to rehabilitate poppy growers by providing alternative livelihood, the chief minister asked the NGO representatives to identify suitable crops for farming in the areas where poppy is currently planted.

It is a matter of great pleasure and satisfaction that people have come forward to extend support and cooperation to government’s activities. The government would organise a grand meeting with the representatives of hill leaders to discuss the matter more extensively after the completion of the ongoing Assembly session.

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The organisation representatives also held a blessing prayer for the chief minister to succeed in the destruction of poppy plantations and ‘War on Drugs’ campaign.

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