On inauguration spree, CM Biren pledges uniform development
IMPHAL, 30th Oct: Chief Minister N Biren Singh inaugurated women’s markets at Senapati and Tamenglong district headquarters and laid the foundation stones for different projects Tuesday.
Accompanied by his cabinet colleagues, MLAs and top civil and security officials, the chief minister reached Senapati town around 11 am.
Soon after getting off the helicopter, he inaugurated Apfii Saliki (Mothers’ Market), construction of which began a few months after the BJP-led government was formed in the state.
Apfii Saliki is a dialectical term of the major tribes of Senapati.
Biren also inaugurated Free Diagnostics Services under NHM and laid the foundation stones of transit accommodation for doctors and teachers for Paomata and Senapati; water supply schemes for Karong and Senapati; 100-bedded hostel and upgrade of eight rooms of Residential School, Bendramai; Model Residential School for Senapati district; and Mini stadium at Senapati public ground.
Speaking at the function held at multipurpose Indoor Stadium, Rikhumai Taphou and attended by a large number of people, the chief minister recounted that soon after the present BJP-led government was formed on March 15, 2017, it decided to construct a women’s market shed each at seven hill district headquarters as part of women empowerment vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Reflecting on his announcement at the Barak Festival-2017 that construction of the Senapati market-shed would begin at the earliest possible, Biren expressed elation that after a little over one a half year, the state government has delivered what it promised to the people on that day.
The only market to be inaugurated is at Chandel and the same is being targeted for completion in November, he said.
The CM further stated that the present government holds people’s trust in high esteem because trust once lost is hard to regain.
The government has set the target to complete all the projects, with exception to the water supply schemes, before the upcoming Lok Sabha election 2019, Biren conveyed.
Urging the work agencies and contractors concerned to maintain quality in construction and complete the projects within the stipulated timeframe, he also suggested that the work agencies should be honest enough to surrender if they would not be able to hand over the projects to the people on time.
Maintaining that Prime Minister Modi’s slogan ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’ is the guiding vision of the state government as well, Biren affirmed that the new government would demonstrate its performance to the public through visible accomplishments instead of indulging in rhetorical speeches.
The Chief Minister informed that around 2.77 lakh families, who fall under the Socio Economic Caste Census (SECC) database, would be covered by Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) - Ayushman Bharat in the state while needy families excluded from the SECC would be benefitted through Chief Minister-gi Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT).
In order to enhance connectivity, the state government recently introduced helicopter services between Imphal and Jiribam, Tamenglong and Moreh, the chief minister said while adding that the government has received assurance from Pawan Hans that they would offer helicopter service to any part of the state if the need arises or in case of any emergency situation.
Apart from it, after the Manipur State Transport (MST) was revived last year, six new routes connecting Imphal with more towns of hill districts had been added to MST passenger bus service a few days back, the CM maintained and confided that plans are afoot to reintroduce Imphal-Dimapur MST bus service soon. Tribal Affairs & Hills and Fisheries minister N Kayisii stated that in-spite of the state facing financial constraints development works are being vigorously pursued in the hills by the Biren-led government. The minister also called upon the people to extend cooperation and support in the government's endeavour for undertaking various other development projects in the state.
In his address, PHE, Printing & Stationery minister L Dikho conveyed gratitude to the public for their cooperation and stressed that their support will be decisive in the realisation of the goal to develop and uplift the people of the hills.
He also infomed that various project including water supply, education, tourism, sports, etc., would be taken up very soon even in the district. The Senapati event was attended by over 5000 people coming from different parts of the district. Agriculture Minister V Hangkhanlian, CAF & PD Minister Karam Shyam, PHE Minister Losii Dikho, Tribal Affairs and Hills minister N Kayasii, State Planning Board deputy-chairman and MLA S Rajen, MLA Khasim Vashum, Chief Secretary Dr J Suresh Babu, DGP LM Khaute, Manipur Police Housing Corporation managing director Christopher Doungel, advisor to CM Rajat Sethi, secretary to CM N Geoffrey, ADC Senapati chairperson and members, Naga People’s Organisation (NPO) members and government officials were also present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister and his entourage were flown to Tamenglong district headquarters in the same helicopter around 2 pm. Soon after his arrival, the CM dedicated Rani Gaidinliu Women’s Market to Tamenglong public.
Addressing the gathering there, Biren said that construction of Rani Gaidinliu Women’s Market is testament of Prime Minister Modi holding the freedom fighter in high esteem. The Prime Minister has conveyed extreme pleasure upon hearing that the market shed dedicated to Rani Gaidinliu would be inaugurated today, he maintained.
He recalled that the Prime Minister once approved the project of erecting a statue of Rani Gaidinliu at Kohima. In Imphal as well, the State Government had recently inaugurated Rani Gaidinliu Memorial Complex at Chingmeirong, he added.
Stating that the present Government is committed to bring equal development across the state and enhance connectivity wherein he referred to the launch of helicopter service and operation of MST bus up to Tamenglong, Biren stated that in terms of medical treatment PMJAY - Ayushman Bharat and CMHT has started to bear fruits by ensuring benefit to the poor and needy people.
When people of Tamenglong, patients in particular, suffer due to poor condition of the road there is no point in remaining within the comfort of the CM’s office, he said and iterated that the government will not deviate from its commitment towards bringing uniform development in all parts of the state.
It is under this stated objective that the helicopter was introduced so that medical emergencies could be addressed as far as possible, Biren conveyed, and expressed hope that the government’s sincere effort to wipe away tears from the suffering masses will be realised soon.
This government will never betray the public and will ensure that no stone is left unturned to translate into action whatever that have been promised to the masses, he pledged.
The CM also conveyed that on completion of the road construction work which will connect Tamenglong town with Kangchup the emotional gap between the denizens of Tamenglong and the valley settlers could be bridged to some extent. As the government is worried over reports of officials’ absence or tight schedules affecting services in offices ‘Go to Village’ mission was launched so as to deliver relevant service at the doorstep of the citizens, Biren explained.
On the other hand, Biren expressed concern over reports of harassment faced by transporters and travellers on NH-37 (Imphal-Jiribam road). In this regard, he urged the public to extend co-operation to the government in checking such menace.
The Chief Minister said that consequent upon his proposal to introduce topographical-need-based budgeting, the Centre had introduced the Hill Area Development Fund under which Tamenglong district would receive additional Rs 90 crore for developmental activities.
The Chief Minister also said that apart from providing benefits under Manipur Start-Up, the State Government has been extending soft loans to skilled and educated youths.
Biren expressed hope that the state would witness lots of developmental changes both in hill districts and rural areas of valley districts within 5 to 10 years. The state government has been trying to bridge the developmental gap between the hills and the valley. Apart from revamping the Khongshang-Tamenglong road, a water supply scheme is being constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 47 crore to supply drinking water to the public of Tamenglong district headquarters.
Tamenglong MLA Samual Jendai attended the inauguration function as the functional president. Tamenglong BJP Mandal cultural troupe presented a colourful cultural dance and songs at the function. It may be mentioned that the foundation stone for the Rani Gaindinliu Women's Market was laid on November 15, 2017. Manipur Police Housing Corporation Limited constructed the market under the One Time Special Assistance of Central Plan Scheme 2017-2018, at an estimated cost of Rs 10 crore. The market has a capacity of 200 vendors and it has ground floor and first floor.