Imphal: Manipur paid rich tributes to Jana Neta Hijam Irawat on his 125th birth anniversary on Thursday.
The state level observation was held at Irawat Square, Thangmeiband Lilashing Khongnangkhong with chief minister N. Biren Singh leading his Cabinet ministers, MLAs, officials and general public in offering floral tributes to the statue of the late leader.
Irawat could lead a luxurious life as he belonged to a respectable and well-to-do family. However, he left everything and decided to work at the grassroots for the needy and downtrodden people, Biren said.
As a humble tribute to his efforts and sacrifices made for the people, the present government began celebrating the day as a state function since 2018, besides erecting his statue and developing Irawat Square at Thangmeiband, he added.
The chief minister urged the people of the current generation to follow Irawat’s ideals to maintain unity and eradicate inequality among people.