Imphal: Clarifying the issue of Article 371C of the Indian Constitution, the chief minister N.Biren Singh assured the people that the state government is committed to protect and uphold the spirit of the Constitution of India.
No single point will be affected enshrined under Article 371C and the government will protect and provide the autonomy of the hills, Biren said.
He said false propaganda which affects the unity and integrity of the state should be avoided. He urged the people of hill districts not to have any apprehension regarding Article 371C.
The chief minister exhorted the people of Manipur to stand together for a united Manipur and protect the integrity of the state.
Biren made the appeal during the launching of ‘Go to Hills 2.0’ at Peace Ground, Tuibong, Churachandpur on Monday.
The official rollout of the campaign was marked by the inauguration of more than 30 projects, foundation stone laying of many others, the announcement of new and ongoing projects and distribution of benefits under different schemes.
Biren visited Singhat sub-divisional headquarters in a helicopter and inaugurated a 30-bedded Special Block of CHC, Singhat. He also handed over an ambulance to the CHC authority.
Later, he proceeded to Churachandpur District headquarters in the same helicopter and inaugurated a Trauma Care Centre and a PSA Oxygen Plant of 500 LPM at District Hospital, Churachandpur. He also handed over an ambulance to the hospital authority. From there, he went to Peace Ground, Tuibong where the official launching of ‘Go to Hills 2.0’ was held.
Biren said the primary objective of the Go to Hills 2.0 is to deliver the welfare schemes under different departments such as PMAY, CMHT, PMJAY, livelihood support scheme affected by Covid-19 etc. to the beneficiaries. He said the government would identify the eligible and deserving beneficiaries of various schemes and all the government services will be delivered at their doorsteps.
Biren mentioned that under the mission, the government has taken up various infrastructural projects for inclusive development. Hundreds of projects had been inaugurated and many are ongoing for the welfare of the people, he added. He expressed his hopefulness that these projects would bring positive change and benefit the people living in hill districts of the state.
He said altogether 32 projects worth Rs 37.34 crore are being inaugurated and laid one foundation stone of one project estimated Rs 4.51 crore for Churachandpur district today. Items worth Rs 51.52 crore were distributed to 59,837 beneficiaries, he added.
There are 342 ongoing projects for Churachandpur and Pherzawl with a total cost of Rs 1,100 crore, he said.
Biren said 88 projects worth Rs 381.3 crore have been completed and dedicated to the people in the last four and half years. The government is investing a huge sum of money for infrastructural development in the hill districts of the state, he added.
The projects which were inaugurated by the chief minister during his visit were Tuikham to Daizang road and Hengkot to T.Boljang road under RD&PR department, augmentation of water supply schemes at P.Sejol, Koihen, M. Shimuol, Ningthiching, Songdo, Matijang, Dumlien, B Salvaphai and Khajang, Rovakot villages taken up PHED, DIO Pherzawl District, Trauma Care Centre at District Hospital Churachandpur and 30-bedded ward at CHC, Singhat under State Health Department, PSA Oxygen Plant at Churachandpur, Plastic Recycling Plant at Sehken Dumping Site taken up by TA & Hills, Saikot Govt. High School, Khanpi Primary School, of Sadbhavna Mandap at Tipaimukh, Vungzagen Higher Secondary School, Mata, G.M. High School, Molnom under MOBC, TD Block at Lanva, TD Block at Lamka South and TD Block at Kangval constructed by PWD, Farmers Training Hall Cum Hostel at Churachandpur District Headquarters and Fertilizer Godown of 150 MT constructed by Agriculture Department, District Disease Investigation Laboratory of Veterinary Department, new buildings of Tumjangphai Primary School, L. Muncham Primary School, Gaisemlong Primary School and Gothol Primary School, Barrack Type Building at Churachandpur Range Office under Forest and Environment Department.
Besides distributing benefits under different Government schemes and launching of various other schemes, the Chief Minister also laid the foundation stone for the construction of the 170-ft Bailey bridge over Khuga at Tuikham, Churachandpur.