Imphal: Manipur is heading forward towards development including improvement in connectivity with other states, chief minister N. Biren Singh said during the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas observation at 1st Bn. Manipur Rifles parade ground on Monday.
The chief minister appealed to the public to join hands and work together for further development of the state.
He expressed his desire to witness seriousness of all state government officials especially high ranking officers during such observations.
Rashtriya Ekta Diwas is observed from 2014 every year on October 31 to mark the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the Iron Man of India. Every citizen of the country should know the importance of the observance. As Indians we all should take such national observations with all seriousness, Biren said.
“We have been able to live a life with dignity and honour, only because of being citizens of India and born in Manipur. As such we should have the highest honour for our country and birthplace,” he added.
Today, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi is revered across the world as a world leader because of the respect he and his works are shown by the people of the country, the chief minister said.
The Atmanirbhar Bharat scheme under Prime Minister Modi has imbibed self confidence in every Indian. Under the initiative, the Country has made many developmental strides, he said, highlighting laying of foundation for aircraft manufacturing facility at Gujarat, export of fighter planes to other countries, and launching of commercial satellites, among others.
He also highlighted the Prime Minister’s virtual speech at the recently held “Chintan Shivir” on internal security and drugs related border management held at Surajkund, Haryana under the initiative of Union home minister Amit Shah. He said the Prime Minister had emphasised that we have to be very careful because those trying to disintegrate and destabilise the country are not only insurgents, terrorists and naxalites but there are also many intellectuals and non-profit organisations which are operating under foreign funding to disintegrate the country and its states.
“Huge amount of illegal drug trafficking to the country from neighbouring countries. Many foreign countries are trying to destabilise the peaceful condition of our country,” the chief minister said.
He narrated the role of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel during India’s freedom struggle and integration of Indian states after attainment of Independence. One of the precious gifts to the country was his role in integration of Provinces and Princely states, under the Indian Independence Act 1947, to make a united and strong India, he added.
The chief minister thanked all the armed force personnel posted in the state for their tireless services rendered for the security of the state.
He inspected the March Past Parade and also administered the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas Pledge for all attending the function.
The March Past Parade led by Parade Commander Dy CO 2nd MR N. Suraj Singh was participated by contingents of BSF, CRPF, Combined Manipur Rifles Male, Combined IRB Male, Civil Police Imphal West Male, Civil Police Imphal East Male, 9th IRB Mahila, NCC Boys and NCC Girls.
Member of Parliament Rajya Sabha Maharaj Leishemba Sanajaoba, Ministers, MLAs, chairman of Boards and Corporations, chief secretary, DGP, civil and police officers, among others attended the function.