Imphal, Dec. 12,
In memory and respect of the brave Imas of Manipur who fought against the mighty British, Government of Manipur observes State level ‘Nupee Lan Day, 2018’ at Nupi Lan Memorial Complex, Imphal today.
On the occasion, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh and Deputy Chief Minister Y. Joykumar graced as Chief Guest and President respectively.
While giving speech, Biren said that the Government is giving empowerment to women practically. To prevent from crime against women, one special fast track court was constituted on priority basis for the first time in the history of Manipur and has convicted more than 10 culprits. To expose their talents fully, three (3) women in Secretary level, five (5) women as Deputy Commissioners, nine (9) women as COs and SPs, 10 Additional women SPs are rendering and contributing their service for the State presently. The Government is giving free admission for school dropout girl students from class IX to XII in government schools and providing text books and uniforms to them. We take the idea of women empowerment seriously, he added.
Exhorting the womenfolk of the State to come out and join politics, Chief Minister told that the time has really come for womenfolks to join politics particularly in Legislative Assembly Election. Women already participated at Panchayat level. There is highly a need of women’s role in law making body.
The Chief Guest stated that in recognition of the courage and sacrifice of the then Imas and Iches, the road from Keishampat to Sanjenthong, Imphal will be named as ‘Nupi Lan Road’. In connection with this matter, the Government will take a cabinet decision soon. He appealed for changing the mindset ‘Nupi-Angang Gi Wabu’ and also for showing respect to women starting from our own homes.
In his Presidential speech, Deputy Chief Minister told that our women took active participation for saving the society and men folks in history. In the First Nupi Lan of 1904, the then Imas of all communities fought against the Order of bringing woods from Burma for new construction of Assistant Political Agent’s residence. Again in the Second Nupi Lan of 1939, they raised their voice against the export of rice when there was scarcity of rice in the State. We can take today’s Meira Paibi movement as continuation of the first and second Nupi lan for saving the society and menfolk by our women community. Men should give full support to them to bring the society in the right direction, Joykumar added.
Prior to this, Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister led the people in paying floral tributes to the statue of departed freedom fighters of Nupee Lan Movement. As part of today’s observation, ‘Nupee Lan Drama’ was performed by joint artistes of Nupee Lan Memorial Association and Nupee Lal & Khongjom War Memorial Society, the artistes of Shri Shri Bal Mukunda Dev Government Music College, Imphal presented opening and closing song dedicated to Nupee Lan.
Ministers, MLAs, Chief Secretary, Director General of Police, high ranking officials of civil and police, students and general public attended in today’s Nupi Lan Day, 2018 observation.
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