Imphal, Jan 28: Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has said that Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC) will be revived soon. He said this while speaking as the the Chief Guest at the 16th Foundation Day celebration of ISTV Network held at Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS) auditorium yesterday.
The Chief Minister stated that advertisement for the appointment of two Members of MHRC had already been issued.
It may be mentioned that the advertisement for appointment of the two members comes after the Manipur High Court directed to revive the MHRC. Biren, however said that the state government had already plan to revive the MHRC however, as the Chairperson which was appointed by the state government have to take some prior permission from the state of Punjab the government was waiting for that. As the High court has stated that the MHRC can be revived without the Chairperson if members have been appointed, the govt. advertised for recruitment of the members, N. Biren said.
Other thing Chief Minister showed serious concern is the rising drug smuggling in the state. He said the situation of substance abuse is very alarming in the State and added that his Government would do whatever possible to root out the menace of drugs.
Surprisingly the Chief Minister revealed that even an Assistant Sub-Inspector of police was arrested with a huge quantity of drugs recently. N. Biren said that he had already directed the authority to take whatever action possible to the ASI.
On the matter of Imphal Evenings, which seems to have lost its significance, the Chief Minister said that the reason for coming down in number of visitors is cold weather. Saying that many shops are now seen open till late night at Thangal Bazaar and Paona Bazaar after the introduction of Imphal Evenings, the Chief Minister expressed hope that such new developments would be witnessed in other townships as well.