Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh has assured to construct a memorial park for soldiers of the Indian Armed Forces (Indian Army, Indian Navy, and the Indian Air Force) from the state who have laid down their lives for the nation.
The chief minister was speaking at the observation of the Vijay Diwas at 1st Manipur Rifles Banquet Hall, here on Friday.
Highlighting sacrifices made for the nation by numerous defence officers and personnel from the state like Major Bob Khathing and Major Laishram Jyotin Singh, who died fighting a suicide bomber during an attack on the Indian Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, the chief minister said, “Funds for the memorial has already been allocated. It will be constructed at the earliest so that we can pay our respects and tributes to their sacrifices.”
He said Vijay Diwas is celebrated every year on December 16 to remember the bravery and sacrifices of the Indian defence forces during the 1971 Indo-Pakistan War.
It is a historic war of the time, he said, stressing on the Nation’s swift response to a planned Pakistan aggression in 1971. The war also resulted in the creation of Bangladesh following the surrender of Pakistan Army before India, he added.
India has, today, become a strong nation, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and cannot be taken lightly by any other country, he said highlighting India’s power including Thursday’s test-firing of the country’s Agni-V nuclear capable missile.
Biren highlighted the state’s achievement of being identified as Most Improved States for three consecutive years, and said Manipur is moving forward in development.
Crediting the government officials including security personnel and general public for the achievement, Biren congratulated and appreciated the ministers, MLAs, government officials and public for all the support and cooperation.
“Let us continue to work further to turn Manipur into a Model State,” the chief minister said appealing for more support and cooperation from all.
He stressed that around 35-36 communities reside together in the state and can never be separated. In an earnest appeal to the people, Biren deliberated on the need to shed single community-centered agendas and to instead work for a common good. He deliberated on the need to seek government’s assent or approval before taking up any work on government property or land.
The chief minister offered his obeisance to the Martyrs who have sacrificed for the nation.
Minister Thongam Biswajit said the day is observed every year to remember the sacrifices of the Indian Armed Forces during the India-Pakistan War of 1971. He said this also laid a strong foundation for mutual respect and relation between India and Bangladesh.
Artistes of the Shri Shri Balmukunda Dev Government Music College performed the opening and closing songs of the observation, which was attended by ministers, Advocate General, MLAs, chief secretary, DGP, PCCF, officers of Central Para-Military Forces, senior government officials, among others.