CM says role of citizens crucial in saving state
IMPHAL, 18th Jan: Chief minister N Biren has appealed to people to discard the mindset of selling precious ancestral lands to get simple government service or monetary delight maintaining that such illogical mindset would not help in saving the state.
Deeply concerned over insecurity felt by the common people in the aftermath of passage of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 by Lok Sabha, the chief minister opined that protection of indigenous people should start at individual level by not selling lands to outsiders.
The chief minister made this observation in speech at the launch function of ‘Go to School’ mission under ‘Go to Village’ programme at Yumnam Huidrom High School, Wangoi Friday.
As chief guest of the function, Biren said the state government’s stand on CAB was already declared Thursday and saving culture, identity and land of the state could start from now on at individual level by not selling land/property to outsiders and not lending rooms to outsiders. He maintained that outsiders cannot simply own land or settle permanently in the state as it has own land regulation, the Manipur Land Revenue & Land Reformation Act. He also said that there is no need to do politics if politicians fail to give something good for the society and for future generation.
While admitting the fear that indigenous people of NE region including Manipur are on the verge extinction, the chief minister said that the government alone cannot save the state and appealed to clubs, Meira Paibi and CSO leaders to start saving the state by checking influx of outsiders in their respective jurisdictions.
According to N Biren, the ‘Go to School’ mission has been introduced with an objective to give renewed thrust towards improvement of government schools both in terms of physical and manpower infrastructure. One government school each in all the 60 assembly constituencies of the state will be developed as model schools in the first phase under the mission and all these schools would be run and developed in a uniform pattern.
The chief minister also claimed that the ‘Go to Hill’ and the ‘Go to Village’ missions have been successful in connecting people with the government and now the barely two years old BJP led government intends to put special focus on improvement of government schools as economic condition of the common people is not improving despite government’s efforts as they generally spend huge amount of money in children’s education. As such, after a thorough discussion, the government decided to enhance the condition of government schools by way of initiating ‘School Fagathansi’ mission for overall long term and sustained development of the state, he said and expressed hope that the new mission would help the people to have faith on the government schools.
Stating that all the model schools would have classes from pre-nursery to class-X, the chief minister informed that no teacher would be transferred from these model schools for at least three years in order to maintain stability in the number of teaching manpower.
Observing that involvement of local people, educationists, local club members and Meira Paibe leaders in the scheme is a must, the chief minister urged all concerned to extend cooperation in making the mission a success. In addition to the existing School Management Committees, selected schools under the mission would be managed by re-defined Management Committees headed by circle MLAs concerned, he added.
The chief minister also said that Rs 50 lakh had been sanctioned by the State Planning Department for awarding cash prizes to meritorious students of government schools. In addition to providing free education under Right to Education (RTE), the state government recently launched a scheme known as ‘Lairik Tamhansi – No Child Left Behind’ in which school dropouts are readmitted in government schools.
While expressing happiness that director (minorities) Ng Uttam had sought permission from the state government to adopt Tampha Junior High School, the chief minister urged willing people to come forward and adopt government schools like Uttam.
Education minister Th Radheshyam, who also attended the launch function, said that the state has witnessed a lot of positive changes and development after the coming of the new government and claimed that there has been remarkable rise in the number of students in government schools in the past couple of years. The new mission has been conceptualised and launched under the supervision of the chief minister as it is the responsibility of the government to provide good schools having adequate modern infrastructure and good teachers to students, he added.
Health minister L Jayantakumar, CAF & PD minister Karam Shyam, Water Resources minister Letpao Haokip, Manipur Infrastructure Development Agency (MIDA) vice chairman O Lukhoi also spoke at the function.
Deputy Speaker K Robindro, State Planning Board Deputy Chairman S Rajen, Planning and Development Authority Chairman T Robindro, MANIDCO chairman Radheshyam Yumnam, Manipur Building and Other Construction Workers' Welfare Board chairman H Dingo, Kakching MLA Y Surchandra, Chingai MLA Khashim Vashum, Yaiskul MLA Th Satyabrata and Khurai MLA L Susindro also attended the launch function.