Imphal, Sept 20,
Governor Smt. Najma Heptulla has exhorted the people of Manipur especially youths to make Manipur famous in the world.
She was speaking at the felicitation function organised in her honour by the State Government on her receiving the Outstanding Parliamentarian Award at the auditorium of Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS), Palace Compound in Imphal East District today.
The Governor said, “I wish all the young people a very bright future. You have the most beautiful State which I call the God’s Own Paradise, which is not discovered by the world yet. We have to make the world discover it.”
Dr. Heptulla said that she keeps on thinking about Manipur as the State has a huge potential in different fields, and there are lots of things to be done as well. Stating that Manipur is in the forefront in women empowerment in the entire country, the Governor expressed pleasure that the new Government has been inaugurating women markets in different parts of State one after another which is a true example of empowering women further.
Remembering the early parts of her career as a Parliamentarian, Smt. Najma Heptulla said that she chose to be appointed as the Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha when the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi offered her the post of a State Minister.
Stating that the position of Deputy Chairman did not have any financial authority, and she insisted that all the Rajya Sabha files regarding the appointment, promotion and salaries should not come to her. All these files went to the Chairman’s office, and she only chose to preside the Upper House as a Deputy Chairman, the Governor said.
People’s thinking and attitude have changed a lot in the past one and half years ever since the new Government was instated in the State.
It was because of the confidence building activities done by the Government, she observed.
She keeps on writing to the Prime Minister about every single happening of the State. He informed him that she along with the Chief Minister, Cabinet Ministers have been travelling to the nook and corner of the State to look into people’s needs.
Speaking at the occasion, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh said that many Governors had come and gone during his political career spanning around 15 years. However, no Governor was so concerned about Manipur like the current Governor.
The Chief Minister said that no matter Smt. Heptulla’s association with Manipur was just a little more than 2 years old, her understanding and love for the State was immense, and it was reflected in her action.
Soon after she assumed the office of Governor of Manipur, she took the initiative of introducing Flying Doctors in the State, the Chief Minister said while adding that the noble project is ready to launch with the blessings of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Moreover, the Governor is so concerned about the present condition of Loktak Lake, he said. Stating that Smt. Heptulla has been putting in constant efforts and sharing valuable thoughts and suggestions to protect the largest freshwater lake in North East India, the Chief Minister said that the Governor was also a great admirer of Sangai and Shirui Lily as well.
N. Biren also said that the Governor has a great desire to promote Manipuri culture and other potentials not only to the rest of India but also to the world.
Maintaining that Manipur is so lucky to have Smt. Heptulla as its Governor, the Chief Minister said that she had requested the Prime Minister to include Imphal in the list of iconic cities of the country as well.
Her contribution towards solving some key issues besieging the State was really commendable, he said while adding that the Governor is ready to extend her full co-operation and support to the State Government when the need arises.
N. Biren said that the people of Manipur feel extremely proud and happy for her on receiving the prestigious award. He said that Smt. Heptulla is a parliamentarian par excellence, a versatile personality, gifted orator and an accomplished scholar.
Earlier, Chief Secretary Dr. Suresh Babu read out the citation of award.
Ministers Th. Biswajit, L. Jayantakumar, Karam Shyam, Th. Shyamkumar, Shri L. Dikho, V. Hangkhanlian, Nemcha Kipgen, Th. Radheshyam, MP K. Bhabananda and Chief Secretary Dr. J Suresh Babu were seated on the dais. MLAs and high ranking civil and police officials were also present at the occasion.
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