Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh has assured that his government would provide every possible support to e-rickshaw workers and would also request banks to provide loans to those who want to start e-rickshaw service.
Biren appealed to the public to responsibly take their parts in conserving the environment.
The chief minister was speaking at the flagging off a roadshow organised by E-Rickshaw Worker’s Union Manipur, from Kangla, western gate on Sunday.
The roadshow aimed to make Imphal City free from hazardous emission, particulate matter and all forms of pollutants and mitigate climate change and global warming.
Biren expressed on the importance of the programme as mitigating climate change and global warming is the need of the hour. He stressed the need for voluntary involvement of everyone in conserving the environment by planting trees and using e-vehicles among others.
Many people in the state had started using e-vehicles to control air and noise pollution. As such, in support of the use of pollution free vehicles, the government is trying to set up charging points for the same at different places across the state, he added.
“Mother Nature doesn’t need us, rather we need nature for our survival.” The state government has been taking mass campaigns against deforestation and pollution of various rivers. It has carried out eviction of only those structures which are illegally built at Reserve Forest areas and along the riverside. The government has no enmity with anyone, the chief minister said.
He expressed his solidarity to the uncertainties faced by the people of Assam and Meghalaya due to widespread flood and landslides.
Municipal administration, housing and urban development minister Y. Khemchand said though the economic condition of the state has improved, the youths are still facing unemployment problems. Starting of e-rickshaws service would not only help in controlling pollution but also provides employment for living. He assured that the state government would provide every possible support to the e-rickshaw workers.
Advisor, E-Rickshaw Worker’s Union, Manipur A. Premkumar Singh and members of the union attended the programme among others.