Imphal, July 26,
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that the ideology of the present government is to build unity among various communities and to fight collectively against any evil. This was stated by him at the ‘Observance of Kargil Vijay Diwas’ held at Banquet Hall of 1st Manipur Rifles Battalion, Imphal today.
Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Chief Minister said that all the communities living in the State viz. Naga, Kuki, Meitei, Meitei Pangal etc. should show the oneness to protect the territory and integrity of the State as they have done in the past. He mentioned that a delegation team led by him had urged the Centre not to disintegrate Manipur which have been a home for various communities since time immemorial. He also cautioned that there are certain people who are trying to hurt the sentiments of other communities living in the State.
Chief Minister mentioned that recently, in the All Political Parties Meeting, it was unanimously resolved that a special Assembly Session, if required, would be convened anytime to protect the unity and integrity of the State. At such times, he asked the people to refrain from taking political advantage over the issue. He highlighted that there are scores of people who are still struggling to live a life in the State. He said that it is our bounden duty to think about the welfare and development of those people. We must think on how bandhs or general strikes affect a poor family living in the State. Let us try to uplift the lives of the people at grassroots, he added. He appealed the people of the State to give a chance to the present government to serve the State to bring an inclusive development in the State.
Mentioning about various discontents of the people, Chief Minister said that the State government had tried its level best to find an amicable solution of an issue at the earliest. However, if the situation is beyond the State’s purview, the State government is pressuring the Centre to fix the problems. So we shouldn’t harass the public in order to get some demand. Chief Minister stated that the demand of the MUTA and MUSU is genuine. The State government has conveyed their demands to the Centre and to take up proper action over the issue so that academic atmosphere can be restored, he added. He believed that a positive outcome would surely be there at the earliest.
Speaking about the potential of the educated youths of the State, Chief Minister said that the State government has already started ‘Start-Up’ Policy to encourage the entrepreneurship skills of the youths in the State. In the “Go to Village” mission, out of 2007 villages of the State, above 800 villages have been covered in such a short period. The GTV has been able to deliver various government services at the doorsteps of the people, he added.
On the occasion, Chief Minister spoke elaborately on the essence and relevance of observing the Kargil Vijay Diwas in the country. He mentioned that the Kargil war had shown the world that Pakistan had illegally invaded the soil of India. On the occasion, he recalled those Manipur born soldiers who laid their lives for the country in the Kargil War.
District Administration, Senapati also observed Kargil Vijay Diwas at DRDA Conference hall, Senapati today. Deputy Commissioner along with SDOs and DLOs and office staffs pay homage to the martyrs of Kargil War.
While speaking on the occasion, Deputy Commissioner, Senapati Shri Kh. Lalmani Singh said that the Kargil Vijay Diwas is a day set aside not only to pay homage to the brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the Country during the Kargil War but also to reaffirm our patriotism and our loyalty to protect and defend the country.
SDO Paomata, Shri Adahrii Maheo said that the Day is important for all of us as citizens of the country. Kargil was is not only the fight to protect our country against enemies but also a fight for the idea of the country,i.e, India-that no one can intrude and destroy the sanctity and unity of the country irrespective of caste, creed, religion and states. It was called Operation Vijay and hence the name Kargil Vijay Diwas. SDO further stated that we should remember this victory that if we are united as a country, we can accomplish anything. And it is our pride and honour and privilege to be able to pay homage to the brave martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the country and us.
The programme ended with a candle lit vigil and minute of silence being observed in memory of the martyred soldiers in the Kargil war.
District Administration, Chandel also observed the today at DRDA Hall, Chandel to pay homage to the brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the country in Kargil war 1999.
SP, Chandel Shri Kamei Angam Romanus, CO 8th MR Shri S. Somorjit Singh, ADC/ADM, Chandel Dr. A. Chinglenkhomba Meitei and CEO, ADC Chandel Ms. DY Julie Anal graced the observance.
William Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since beginning. He also looks after the website and application of Imphal Times. An avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue.
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