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Government will work for welfare of people - N. Biren

Imphal, March 12: Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that the essence of having a government is to work for the welfare of the people and the present government is committed to deliver good governance and ‘quality of life’ to the lives of the people. This was stated by him at the inauguration of Primary Health Centre Building, Kairang Muslim and PHSC Building, Laipham Khunou held at Primary Health Sub-Centre, Laipham Khunou, Imphal East.  
Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Chief Minister said that the State has been experiencing some positive change and the government is focusing to uplift the socio-economic status of the needy and poor people living in the State. Mentioning that after the government launched new welfare and health schemes for disabled persons and needy people of the State, Chief Minister said that the number of grievances/people on Meeyamgi Numit and Hill leaders’ Day has been reduced drastically and it is a sign of positive change in the State. The feedbacks gathered from the Meeyamgi Numit and Hill leaders’ day have contributed a lot in solving the grievances and problems faced by the people. The present government is providing soft loans/financial assistance to the unemployed and needy people of the State, he added.
Appreciating the support of the people and officials of the Heath Department, Chief Minister said that the newly born Heath Care Scheme “Chief Minister-gi Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT) has got excellence National Award recently. Around a population of 15 lakhs would be covered under the new Health Scheme, he said. At the National Level, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi a new National Health Insurance Scheme would be launched soon. Differentiating CMHT from the National Health Insurance Scheme, Chief Minister said that CHMT is committed to provide health ‘assurance’ and not ‘insurance’ to the poor and needy people of the State.  
Chief Minster assured that a new Educational scheme for the children of financially weak families of the state will be launched by March 15, 2018. Under the new scheme, the government will bear all the expenses on books, admission fees and uniform etc. for poor students, he added. The government has already waged ‘war against drugs’ and mass destruction of illegal cultivation of poppy plants has been started. He said that in order to have permanent solution for flash floods during the monsoon season, dredging and cleaning work of river beds have been started. He appreciated the efforts and voluntary participation of the people on the eviction process of all encroachment at river banks.  

Chief Minister said that the government has already begun the month long celebration to commemorate the first anniversary of the BJP led government in the State. The first 15 days would be celebrated as “Inauguration Fortnight” and the government would be laying foundation stones for various projects in the last 15 days of the month.
On the occasion, Minister for Health and Family Welfare L. Jayantakumar Singh appealed the people to think such Health Centres as their own property and to maintain it properly. He maintained that as per the norms, doctors aren’t supposed to be posted at Primary Heath Sub-Centres however the government would try to depute a doctor at the Sub-Centre. As the population of the State is on the rise, Minister said, we need to have more PHCs and Health Care Centres across the State.
Minister mentioned that the government seeks the blessings and support from the people to provide better healthcare in the State. Asking the politicians to stop the childish, baseless and illogical arguments to the government, he said that the government welcomes every creative and positive suggestion from various sections of the society for the development of the State.
Advisor to CM Rajat Sethi, MLA of Wangjing Tentha AC P. Brojen, MLA of Kshetrigao AC N. Indrajit, Adhakshya of Imphal East Zila Parishad P. Bimola, Secretary (Health) Sumant Singh, Director (Health) Dr. K. Rajo, officials of Health Department and others attended the function.

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