Imphal, Nov. 19
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that any issue can be resolved through dialogue and the government opens its door to everyone to resolve any misunderstanding and issue. This was stated by him at the observance of ‘Quami Ekta Week’ held at Banquet Hall of 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles today.
Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Chief Minister said that the State government is constantly urging the Centre to invite CSOs and stakeholders of the State for consultation on the Indo-Naga peace talks soon. He mentioned that the government desires to meet the representatives of COCOMI to have thorough discussion before Central government’s invitation. He further appealed the representatives of COCOMI and MANPAC to come forward for talks with the government.
Regarding the Citizenship Amendment Bill, Chief Minister asserted that the Union Home Minister has already assured that the interest of the people of the Northeast India will not be affected by the Bill. Elaborating on the negative impact of bandhs and general strikes, Chief Minister said that bandhs adversely affect the normal day to day lives of people at grassroots. We must resist the diktats and whims of some particular section of the society for unacceptable reasons, he added.
The Chief Minister also stated that we must think for the collective good rather than thinking for individual and community interests. We must join hands together so as to have inclusive development in the State, he added. Stating that the present issues are sensitive, he appealed to all the panellists who are invited for discussion in electronic television channels to have healthy discussion under the purview of the given topic and should not speak anything that can hurt the sentiments of any community living in the State.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister stressed the significance and relevance of observing the ‘Quami Ekta Week’ by remembering the courage and indomitable spirit of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to uphold the integrity of the country. The importance of such function is to instil the feeling of Nationalism among the people of the country, he added.
Mentioning that Manipur is progressing in various sectors including economy in the last two and half years, he announced that Manipur bagged ‘Best State on inclusive development’ Award given by India Today group. Manipur got such award for initiating various schemes and programmes for the welfare of the people of the State, he added.
Later, the Chief Minister administered the National Integration Pledge to the gathering.
The function was presided by Minister for Agriculture V. Hangkhanlian.
Minister for CAF&PD Karam Shyam, Minister for Tribal Hills and Affairs N. Kayasii, Minister for PHED Losii Dikho, Minister for Education Th. Radheshyam, Chairman Manipur Pollution Control Board L. Radhakishore, MLAs Th. Satyabratra, O. Lukhoi, Ngamthang Haokip, DGP, Additional Chief Secretaries, Commissioners, Secretaries, HODs, top civil and police officials also attended the function.
Jeet Akoijam, Resident Editor of Imphal Times hails from Singjamei Liwa Road. Has been with Imphal Times since its start. A National level Rugby player and a regular Trekker and Nature Lover, loves spending time in lap of Mother Nature. Jeet is the father of two lovely kids. Jeet can be contacted at [email protected]
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