‘Non-locals massive poppy cultivation degrades environment in Manipur’

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Imphal: Massive deforestation for Poppy plantation by non-locals in Manipur is responsible for environment degradation in the state, BJP Manipur president A. Sharda Devi said.

With the deforestation people of the state are facing the impact with mudslides and landslides, Sharda said.

The BJP leader was speaking during “8 Saal Seva Sushasan Aur Gareeb Kalyan Sampark Se Samarthan” function, organised by BJP Imphal West district at Langthabal Phura Makhong, Imphal West on Sunday.

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Sharda said chief minister’s ‘War on Drugs’ campaign has been helping to save environment, under the campaign various poppy cultivation are being destroyed.

“In the remotest areas of hill districts adjacent to Myanmar, sone non-locals are cultivating the poppy plants by deforestation,” Sharda said.

With the impact of deforestation, mudslides occurred at Kangpokpi district recently which were also occurred in the past years, she said.

With the observation of “World Environment Day” and by supporting “War on Drugs” people can save the environment by avoiding deforestation in the hill districts of Manipur, she added.

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She said before the coming of Modi led government the people of the country were not able to enjoy full democratic rights, however, with the coming of the present Modi led government since 2014, people are enjoying various centrally sponsored schemes and welfare developments across the nation including Manipur, Sharda said.

The welfare schemes and developmental works carried under Modi led government are taken with a future vision and people should cooperate with the government, she added.

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As a part of “World Environment Day” observation Sharda along with MLAs, S. Ranjan, S. Rajen, S. Kunjakeswor and Karan Shyam conducted a tree plantation drive at Lanthabal Phura Makhong.

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