Imphal, Dec 23:
The government cannot curb corruption alone without the support and cooperation of the public, said Chief Minister N. Biren Singh during Distribution of Welfare Benefits of the Manipur Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board (MBOCWWB) at Hapta Kangjeibung today.
Highlighting that several welfare benefits are provided including Accidental Death Benefit, Educational Benefit, Disability Benefits, etc.,the Chief Minister saidtoday under the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, subsidies, benefits of welfare schemes are directly transferred to the accounts of the beneficiaries.
These Direct Benefit Transfer ensures that the subsidies and benefits reach the beneficiaries directly without the involvement of middlemen which ensures that there is no corruption, Shri N. Biren Singh said to the crowd which mainly comprised of construction workers and labourers.
Further recounting the recent COVID Pandemic, the Chief Minister said that the recent pandemic has taught us a valuable lesson which is that humans are harming nature.
We need to live in harmony with nature, Shri N. Biren Singh said echoing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s One Earth One Family slogan.
The Chief Minister further spoke against rapid deforestation and said without forest cover we cannot have water which will eventually affect cultivation.
Stressing that it is the time to be united and work towards safeguarding our future generations, the Chief Minister also expressed concern over the issue of drug abuse.
Deliberating further on the War on Drug campaign, the Chief Minister said the drug issue is a serious concern and that people should bring out drug traffickers living in their localities.
We don’t want mob justice, violence against drug traffickers, but we have to provide them alternative means or assistance and help, Shri N. Biren Singh said, adding that we need to be transparent and open about them to safeguard our future.
Expressing happiness that the War on Drug and drive against illegal poppy plantation campaigns have achieved huge success with the support of the general public, the Chief Minister also said that Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah has also appreciated the State’s efforts in the movement against the drug menace.
Efforts continue to completely destroy illegal poppy plantation in the State, the Chief Minister said, adding that the State also has the option to hand the issue to the National Investigation Agency or Narcotic Control Bureau in case the State find it hard to deal with.
The Chief Minister also urged the public to wear mask considering the new Covid cases around the world.
The Welfare Benefits distributed included 5000 Education Benefits, 500 Medical Benefits, 78 Natural Death Benefits, 16 Accidental Benefits, 13 Maternity Benefit, one Disability benefit with a total amount of Rs. 7 crore 68 lakhs.
The function was also attended by Minister Works Konthoujam Govindas Singh, Minister Social Welfare, Fisheries and SLEE Heikham Dingo Singh, Minister Education Thounaojam Basanta Singh, MLAs among others.