DIPR IMPHAL, 5th Nov: Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren said that the new government’s vision and sole objective is to bring positive changes and development in the state.
The CM was speaking at the inauguration function of Rev Fr NV Jose Memorial Multipurpose Auditorium at Don Bosco College, Maram, Sunday.
The Chief Minister further said that the government is trying to reduce misunderstandings and communication gap among various communities so as to bring emotional integration in the state. He assured that the government would never hurt the sentiments of any communities living in the state. “We should respect, help and share feelings of each other. Only then peace and tranquillity will prevail in the state,” he added.
Biren said that the new government is planning to introduce new welfare schemes for the poor and needy people in order to bring about inclusive development.
Mentioning that around 2.62 lakh people are living in BPL category in the state, the CM said that the government would introduce a health insurance scheme to provide financial assistance of Rs 2 lakh to those, who cannot afford medical treatment. He disclosed that the scheme would be launched from January 1 next year and every member of BPL families can avail the benefits of this scheme.
He further pointed out that the state government will launch a special scheme for differently-abled persons. Under this special scheme, the government would provide a monthly stipend of Rs 1,500 to those who are permanently disabled. Government will also provide free education to the differently abled students. No fare would be charged for persons with disabilities while travelling in state public transport vehicles.
Biren stated that the primary objective of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’ is to bring inclusive development through collective effort towards improvement of the most deprived and downtrodden sections of the society. Under his leadership, each and every person of the country would have a house of their own by 2022 under PMAY and every household will have LPG connection under Ujwala Yojana, he added.
Education is a means to end violence, which can lead to the path of peace and prosperity. Imparting good and quality education to students can root out corruption, Biren opined.
Noting that everything in the society will collapse if education collapses, he appealed to the students not to use any unfair means and study well so that they would have a bright future.
Lauding the efforts and contribution of Don Bosco College, Maram in imparting education, Biren expressed happiness that the institute is imparting education to more than 70,000 students in the region and urged the students to educate the people about the effects of deforestation, which have negative impact on environment and mankind. “We should never fight with nature, we need nature and nature doesn’t need us,” he pointed out.
On the occasion, Chief Minister announced that Don Bosco College, Maram would get a total amount of Rs 1.5 crore as grant-in aid under RUSA scheme. Of this, Rs 25 lakh has already been given to the college and another Rs 50 lakh would be sanctioned by the end of next year.
He further said that a proposal of Rs 6 to 7 crore would be sent to NEC for construction of a library cum science laboratory of the college.
He also advised DC Senapati to co-ordinate with planning department and PWD for black topping the approach road to the college.
Biren further informed that a total of Rs 10 crore has been allocated for construction of various office buildings in the hill areas and PWD has been asked to include construction of SDO office at Maram Lairouching under the scheme. The upgradation of Maram bazar PHC to CHC and Maram Khullen PHSC to PHC will be considered in the next cabinet meeting, he assured.
PHE minister Losii Dikho, former minister Francis Ngajokpa, principal secretary (Planning) Vineet Joshi, secretary to CM M Ashok Kumar, IGP Lupheng Kailun, DC (Senapati) Athem Muivah, SP (Senapati) M Pradip, Commanding Officer of 34 Assam Rifles, ADC members, principal of the college, Rev Fr Dr Sebastian KO, Archbishop of Imphal Rev Dominic Lumon DD, vice-principal Sr Rose Mary Adaphro, teaching, non-teaching staff and students of the college attended the function.