CM Biren shares thoughts on border, MU issues
IMPHAL, 7th July: Chief Minister N Biren emphasised that the issue of Indo-Myanmar Border Pillar No. 81 should be sorted out by discussing it in a proper forum as it is a matter involving two countries. However, there is nothing to panic as the state government is committed to resolve the issue while safeguarding the territory of the state, the CM assured.
Speaking as the chief guest during inauguration of various projects at the Langol complex of Shija Hospitals and Research Institute here Saturday, he also stressed the need for setting up a medical research unit to study the causes for prevalence of some particular ailments in the state. Acknowledging public concern over the boundary issue with Myanmar, Biren observed that no Manipuri would want to lose even a piece of the land.
However, no decision can be taken hastily as it is a very sensitive issue, he added. Reiterating that the issue of Indo-Myanmar Border Pillar No. 81 needs be be solved by engaging the parties concerned and discussing it in a proper forum as it is a matter involving two countries, he affirmed that there is no reason to panic as the state government is committed to resolve the issue while safeguarding the territory of the state.
Stating that many positive developments are coming up regarding trade relations and other economic activities with South East Asian nations, Biren said that introduction of VISA on arrival facility at Moreh and Imphal-Mandalay bus service are some of the encouraging ventures which will become a reality soon. Regarding Manipur University imbroglio, the CM said that he had already met the representatives of Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU) and Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA) twice earlier. “Another meeting is scheduled to be held with the two associations today (Saturday) as well,” he said.
The CM inaugurated MRI/CT machine, general ward, cath laboratory, dialysis unit, modular OT, Central Sterile Services Department (CSSD) and Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) of the private hospital as part of the function. Stating that food is highly suspected to be the reason for prevalence of certain diseases in the state, the CM offered the private hospital all possible assistance from the government in the development of a modern medical research unit regarding the matter.
He said that the government has set a target extend benefit to 15 to 18 lakh people under CMHT and Centre’s Ayushman Bharat scheme. He also urged the Shija Hospitals authority to take up necessary steps in consultation with the directorate of health services to provide medical benefits to CMHT card holders who come for treatment at the hospital.
Health minister L Jayantakumar, who attended the function as guest of honour, said that healthcare should be made affordable to all sections of the public even though huge sum of money is spent by the hospitals in acquiring sophisticated and modern equipment. He also observed that doctors, nurses and hospital staff should serve the public with humane touch.
Stating that human life is precious, and every country gives utmost importance to healthcare, the minister said that it is not possible to enhance healthcare system without modern technology. He lauded the hospital authority for bringing development in healthcare technology. Shija Hospitals and Research Institute chairman cum managing director Dr Palin Khundongbam presided over the function, which was also attended by Principal secretary (H&FW) Vumlunmang Vualnam and JNIMS director Dr Th Bhimo.