Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh on Monday laid foundation stone for construction of new mini-secretariat complex, Imphal East district at Porompat.
The foundation stone was laid on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee celebration of the creation of Imphal East district organised by district administration, Imphal East at its office complex at Porompat.
The chief minister also released an informative comic book on land related issues titled “Lourunshang da Nongma”.
Imphal East district came into being from June 16, 1997 after bifurcation of the erstwhile Imphal District into Imphal East and Imphal West. Since then, the district administration has been functioning with three sub-divisions, and SDC circles and two CD blocks under its jurisdiction.
Imphal East district was once considered as a less developed district with lacking infrastructures. However, with the committed efforts of former deputy commissioners and other officials, the district had witnessed various infrastructure developments in the last 25 years becoming one of the important districts.
“Government officials shouldn’t take up any steps which would later create controversies among people and different communities. They should work systematically to create a society where different communities live together happily,” Biren said.
Expressing his appreciation on the publication of “Lourungshang da Nongma”, Biren stressed on the need for regular evaluation on how effectively services are provided to the public. Such a step would enable us to know the actual coverage of various welfare schemes of the government across the state, he added.
Stating on the pathetic condition of roads during the rainy season, the chief minister cited the reason as blocking of drainage systems due to encroachment and construction above drain at many areas by irresponsible sections of people. He urged concerned officials to take up actions against those encroachers, adding that the state government had already taken up a mass drive for eviction of illegal encroachers at Reserve Forest areas and riversides for the larger interest of the people and younger generations.
Manipur being a landlocked state, he stressed on the need to preserve agricultural land and focus on increasing our food production to become self-reliant.
He said the state government is constructing an ethnic park at Keibul Lamjao to host the Sangai Festival 2022 as the main venue. Huts representing different tribal groups of the State would be set up at the Ethnic Park.
During the programme, a short documentary on the journey of Imphal East district was also presented.
Ministers Thongam Biswajit Singh and L. Susindro Meitei, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha Leishemba Sanajaoba, MLAs L. Rameshwor Meetei, MLA Thangjam Arunkumar, Khongbantabam Ibomcha Singh, Sheikh Noorul Hassan, DGP P. Doungel, deputy commissioner and superintendent of police, Imphal East, former deputy commissioners of the district and other officials attended the programme among others.