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Manipur celebrates 77th Independence Day; War on Drugs’ campaign not against any community – Chief Minister N. Biren Singh

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Imphal, Aug 16:

As celebrated across the country, Manipur celebrated 77th Independence Day with pomp and gaiety on Tuesday. The State level celebration was held with Chief Minister N. Biren Singh hoisting the National tricolour amid playing of National Anthem at the 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles Parade ground.
The Chief Minister reviewed the parade and took salute from 16 march-past contingents commanded by Additional Director, Manipur Police Training College Sarangthem Asana, MPS. The participating contingents were Border Security Force, CRPF (Female), Combined Manipur Rifles, Combined India Reserve Battalion, Combined Civil Police (Male), 9th India Reserve (Mahila), Combined Civil Police (Female), Home Guard (Male), Combined VDF, Manipur Fire Service, Traffic Police, D.M. College of Science, Manipur College, Ananda Singh Hr. Sec. School, T.G. Hr. Sec. School and SSA Imphal West.
The Combined Band Platoons consisted of CRPF Band, 1st and 2nd Manipur Rifles, 1st and 2nd India Reserve Battalion and Home Guard (Male & Female).
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh extended his best wishes to the people, stating that the Independence Day has been observed every year on 15th August, since 1947. He appealed to all to pay homage to our brave forefathers who have taken a crucial role in India’s freedom struggle. The continuous revolt against the British Government and the selfless sacrifices made by them had brought the freedom of this country, he added.
Regarding the ‘War on Drugs’ campaign, the Chief Minister stated that the campaign was not taken up as a measure against any community, rather it was taken up to save the lives of our future generations. He mentioned the effect of drugs on the youths of the state and environmental degradation due to mass deforestation for poppy cultivation, adding that the Government couldn’t remain as a mere spectator. Seeking peoples’ support on the War on Drugs campaign, he reiterated the Government’s stance to totally root out the drug menace from the state, in line with the Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan initiated by the Central Government.
N. Biren continued that Manipur is the gateway to India for trafficking of illegal drugs from the Golden Triangle, mentioning that tacking up strict action against drug trafficking has helped a lot in saving the lives of many youths of mainland India. Raising concern on the deteriorating state of the environment due to various human activities, he appealed to the people to stop large scale deforestation and plant more trees to preserve the forest areas. He also appealed to people to preserve water bodies.
The Chief Minister maintained the State Government would not take up any step which is against its people. As the Government has been formed under the provision of the Indian constitution, it would not do anything which is beyond the ambit of the constitution, he added.
Mentioning that the recent unrest in Manipur had been instigated by some vested interest and outside elements who want to destabilize the state and the country, N. Biren appealed to people of both the communities to refrain from violence and to forgive and forget whatever had happened earlier. He appealed to share their grievances and come to an understanding which will be for the betterment of both communities.
The Chief Minister continued that considering the hardship faced by displaced people, the Government had taken up steps to resettle them in their earlier places. For those places where resettlement is not possible now, temporary prefabricated houses are being constructed to relocate the displaced people. The Government had constituted committees to provide a source of livelihood under ‘One Family One Livelihood’ to those who have no source of income. He further stated that the Government had been taking up every effort to rehabilitate the affected people and bring normalcy soon.
N. Biren further informed that security forces had been deployed at different places to guard the farmers while taking up agricultural activities.
He maintained that the state has been gradually returning to normalcy, stating that Union Home Minister Amit Shah had been monitoring the situation round the clock and taking up various measures. Supply of essential items in hill areas had been carried out under his initiatives. He also recalled that the first goods trains had reached Khongsang Railways Station recently. Goods train will also be ferrying more consignments in future. He also mentioned the opening of helicopter service at different places for better connectivity.
Concluding his speech, the Chief Minister appreciated the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, adding that India had come to the 5th place from 10th position among the world’s largest economies. He also maintained that the Northeast States of India had witnessed considerable development in various sectors under his guidance.
During the celebration, the Chief Minister handed over Chief Minister’s Trophy for Community Service to Additional Superintendent of Police (L &O), Chandel Shankerjit Singh Loitongbam and Assistant Sub-Inspector, Imphal West Athokpam Tej Singh. Chief Minister’s Trophy for Anti-Drug Campaign was handed over to Superintendent of Police, Kakching Thokchom Vikramjit Singh, Officer in Charge/CDO Unit, Thoubal Konsam Nitaranjan Singh and Havildar, 2nd MR Irengbam Dorendro Meetei. Apart from this the Chief Minister also handed over the Award for Outstanding Achievement in disposing cases relating to NDPS Act to the Directorate of Forensic Sciences, Manipur.
Raj Bhavan:
Governor, Miss Anusuiya Uikey hoisted the National Flag as part of the occasion and the general salute was given by a contingent of 109 Bn CRPF. The National Anthem was also sung to mark the Celebration. Officers and staff of Raj Bhavan and security personnel of109 Bn CRPF stationed at the Raj Bhavan attended the Celebration. Governor distributed sweets to all the security personnel and staff, followed by photo session with security and staff of Raj Bhavan.
The District Administration of Jiribam celebrated India’s 77th Independence Day at DC Complex, ChingdongLeikai. Additional Deputy Commissioner, Jiribam I. Dinesh Kumar, MCS unfurled the Tri-colour and took salute from the 2 contingents of Jiribam District Civil Police commanded by Sub Inspector, S. Suraj Singh and 87th Bn. CRPF commanded by Sub Inspector B. Mangal Bhai.
Appreciation certificates were awarded to Parade Commander, T. Inaobi Singh, MPS, SDPO Jiribam, commanders of two participating contingents, the two pilots of 7th IRB, Flag assistant Ch. Basanta Meitei, Head Constable, Civil Police, Jribam and Compares Dr. Ksh. Memtombi Devi, Assistant Professor, Jiri College and Ch. Nganthoihanbi, Assistant Professor, Jiri College.
The 77th Independence Day was celebrated at Thoubal District Headquarters.
Deputy Commissioner Thoubal, Ahanthem Subhash Singh, IAS, hoisted the National Flag and took Rashtriya Salute accompanied by National Anthem. As part of the celebration, he took the salute at the march past contingents led by Parade Commander Wairokpam Ibocha Singh, MPS, SDPO Thoubal. All together 6 (six) contingents including Manipur Police Male, Manipur Police Female, Traffic Police, VDF, Home Guard, VDF Band Party Thoubal participated in the march past.
Kangpokpi :
The 77th Independence Day was also celebrated at Kangpokpi district Headquarters.
Chief Guest of the function, Deputy Commissioner Kangpokpi, Mahesh Chaudhari, IAS, hoisted the National Flag and took Rashtriya Salute accompanied by National Anthem. As part of the celebration, he took the salute at the two march past contingents led by Parade Commander Sub Inspector SeiginlenKipgen of Saikul Police Station. All together two contingents namely Kangpokpi District Police and 119 Battalion CRPF participated in the march past.
At Kakching, Deputy Commissioner, Kakching Somorjit Salam, IAS hoisted the National Flag celebrating the Independence Day.
At Ukhrul district the 77th Independence Day was observed at Bakshi Ground.
The function began with the hoisting of the tri-colour flag by the Chief Guest and inspection of the parade contingents accompanied by NingshemVashum, IPS, Superintendent of Police for Ukhrul and the Parade Commander of the day Kh. Sunil Kumar Singh, MPS, SDPO, Ukhrul Police Station.
At Noney District, the 77th Independence Day was celebrated at DC Office Complex. DC of the district, Joseph Pauline Kamson unfurled the tricolor national flag.
The 77th Independence Day was celebrated at Peace Ground, Tuibong in Churachandpur district with grandeur. Deputy Commissioner of the District Dharun Kumar hoisted the tricolour flag and receivedthe guard of honour.
About 21 parade contingents including BSF, Civil Police, School students and AR Band party took part in the Independence Day parade today.
Speaking on the occasion as the Chief Guest, Dharun Kumar lauded the collaborative efforts of all concerned and the active participation of local organisations, community group and individuals invarious initiativesparticularly in connection with relief distribution in the district.
The District Administration, Senapati also celebrated the 77th Independence Day at Sanyi Dahrii Sport Complex, Khabung Karong, Senapati. Deputy Commissioner, Senapati Mamoni Doley, IAS hoisted the National flag and took the salutes from the parade contingent.
The Kamjong district the 77th Independence Day at Kamjong Higher Sec. School Ground, where the Indian tricolour was hoisted by Deputy Commissioner, Kamjong along with the rendering of the National Anthem. The DC also took salute of the marching parade comprising of 19 contingents belonging to school students, ASHA workers, district police and other forces, etc. Cultural performances by cultural troupes of different communities were also held as part of the celebration.
District Administration of Pherzawl also celebrated the 77thIndependence Day at Pherzawl District Headquarters .Deputy Commissioner of Pherzawl Lalramsang Infimate, IAS hoisted the national tri-colour flag and took salute from the marching contingents commanded by Golamthang Hatzaw, MPS, SDPO, Thanlon.
Bishnupur: District Administration Bishnupur celebrated the 77th Independence Day at New Mini Secretariat Complex, Bishnupur.
Chandel District joined the Nation in celebrating the 77th Independence Day today. The main event in the district was organised by District administration Chandel at Japhou, Maha Union Hr.Sec. School ground.
Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal also celebrated 77th India Independence Day by hoisting the tri-coloured national flag in front of Administrative Block of RIMS

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