CM rues criticism of hill-valley unity vision

STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 6th Nov: Chief Minister N Biren said on Monday that trusting one another, showing appreciation and respect to others are the means to bring unity and everlasting bond in the state, which is home to different communities.

Biren was speaking as chief guest of the one-day Yuva Sammelan organised by Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) in support of the demonetisation policy and GST at Lainingthou Panganba community hall, Khundrakpam, Imphal East.

Reiterating that the state government is putting all out efforts to bring unity between hills and valley through inclusive development, he declared that criticising the policies and programmes without seeing the works would not be able to deter the government from its firm stand.

Ever since Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister, the country has seen many changes. The country has witnessed three instances of demonetisation. The first two instances were in 1946 and 1978, which was aimed at bringing changes in the economy of the country. However, the demonetisation move affected last year was targeted to bring back the black money stashed in foreign banks and help the poor people of the country. Since BJP assumed power at the Centre, poverty has been reduced by 10 per cent, Biren claimed.

Regarding criticism of some political parties, the CM said that it is unfortunate for some political parties, which could not even represent in local bodies let alone the state assembly, to criticise the government’s policies and works. It would be better for them to stay away from such needless criticism, he added.

Manipur could not be a progressive state without developing the hills and rural areas and the government will do everything in its power to bring inclusive development throughout the state. The BJP government functionaries were accorded warm welcome at those places, where the previous government could not enter. On Sunday, locals requested the government to develop the sacred site of Ibudhou Wangbrel, he informed while adding that cordiality in the hill-valley relationship is the result of the efforts made by the new government.

While some persons are claiming that the Indian economy has been affected adversely by GST, renowned economists of World Bank are praising it. After GST, the rank of India in the global outgoing business ranking has jumped up several spots. The country produced only 2621 MW of power in 2014 but today the power generation has rose up to 12,277 MW. Under the Modi regime, the government has introduced separate sanitation complexes for women throughout the country, Biren asserted.

Likewise, the state government is taking up various initiatives to support the poor families. A new scheme for providing monthly pension of Rs 1500 to persons with permanent disability would be introduced from December 3 this year.

Under the scheme, the government will also provide soft loan to differently abled persons, who can run businesses and education stipend to students. At the same time, the government will launch a health benefit scheme for BPL families from January 1 next year, Biren informed.

The CM further said that the initiatives and policies his government announced for the hill areas are made public after completing certain formalities through proper official channel. It would not be right to give negative criticism just after the government announced the schemes. Instead, they should wait for the time frame assured for completion of the schemes and say whatever they want while the government would welcome at that point, he added.

On the other hand, it is disheartening to see the emerging trend of using social media by some people to create confusion among the people. Some individuals with fake accounts are found criticising the government on Facebook by using fake and manipulated photos. Even there are some political parties, which try everything in their power to wrongly depict the government and such political parties are involved in many scandals, he alleged.

Stating that many have been arrested by cybercrime unit of the state police for circulating fake posts, the CM urged the people to refrain from engaging in such false propaganda. He also assured the residents of Khundrakpam area to look into their demands for improving condition of roads.

BJYM president Pukhrambam Somorjit, who also addressed the gathering, called upon the youths to work for the welfare and development of the society.

Works minister Th Biswajit, Kshetrigao MLA N Indrajit, Khurai MLA L Susindro, Keirao MLA L Rameshwar, BJP Manipur Pradesh general secretary (Imphal East in-charge) K Saratkumar, BJP Manipur Pradesh state secretary L Tejkumar and delegates from Meghalaya attended the event as guests of honour.

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