Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh warned that strict and immediate action would be initiated against those who are involved in corrupt practices.
Biren expressed that the state government always stands against anti-national, anti-state and anti-social elements, adding that any such act would not be compromised.
Mass destruction of poppy plantations has been carried out under the War on Drugs campaign, he said and urged all the concerned authorities to take up cases related to illegal drugs seriously.
He informed that the state government aims to make the state corruption free and sought the support of the people to achieve it.
The chief minister was addressing the gathering during the 42nd Foundation Day Celebration of the Kangleipakki Meira, an evening daily newspaper, held on Monday at Pillow Library Ground, Mongshangei Mayai Leikai.
He expressed with satisfaction that the mindset of people, who had earlier carried out poppy plantations, has changed, adding that the area of land where mass plantation of poppy was carried out is now reduced to around 1,100 acres from 7,600 acres. Alternative crops for plantations were provided to the poppy planters for earning their livelihood, he added.
He asked the civil society organisations in Manipur to visit hill areas and to interact with poppy planters, making them aware of the harmful impacts of poppy cultivation.
He informed that villages where poppy plantation had been substituted with alternative plantation will be rewarded by Union Home minister Amit Shah during his visit to the state this month.
Expressing happiness on certain constructive comments received from the people on various development works taken up in the state, he gave credit for all development to people’s support and cooperation. He also mentioned that certain circumstances arose where the government had to take actions, considering the betterment of the state.
During the programme, the chief minister also presented the Kangleipakki Meira Award, 2023 to journalists. Best Female Journalist was presented to Phurailatpam Keni Devi, Best Male Journalist (Print) Thongam Premchand Singh, Senior Reporter, Poknapham, Best Male Journalist (Electronics) to Urikhinbam Indra Singh, Reporter, ISTV, Best Hawker (Kangleipakki Meira) to Wahengbam Inaocha Singh and Best Male Appreciated I.P.R. Award to Sorokhaibam Prasenjit Singh. He also presented Lifetime Achievement Awards to senior journalists and other renowned personalities.
Works minister Govindas Konthoujam, MLA of Patsoi AC Sapam Kunjakeshore, editor-in-chief, Kangleipakki Meira Wangkhemcha Shyamjai, journalists and many renowned personalities attended the programme among others.