Don't play politics at the cost of human lives: CM Biren

DIPR IMPHAL, 26th Nov: 
Politicians should refrain from playing politics at the cost of human lives because human life is precious, chief minister N Biren Singh said.

The CM made the statement at the inaugural function of 3rd Flower Festival cum 1st Manipur Cherry Blossom Festival, which is underway at Kayinu village, Mao Gate, Senapati.

Addressing the gathering as chief guest, Biren said that despite following different religions, cultures and traditions, everyone is first and foremost a human being.

Recalling the unfortunate Mao Gate incident of 2010 and misunderstandings among different communities of the state which used to exist earlier, the chief minister stressed that everyone must help prevent recurrences of such incidents in the future and must stand united against any division created by religion and politics.

Stating that the new government is working from a humanistic point of view, the CM proclaimed that the motto of the new government is - ‘give love to others, only then you will receive love from them’, and expressed his joy over the love and affection that people have towards the new government.

The Chief Minister reminded the gathering that Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari has already announced Rs 25,000 crore for the construction of roads and highway expansion in the state.

The work for improving road connectivity in the State is in full swing, he said, while urging the people to cooperate and not to give any inconveniences that will hinder the work.

Acknowledging the pain and sufferings of the Mao people in search of a market for selling their products, he divulged that the government is planning to construct a Mao Market at an estimated cost of Rs 1-2 crore at Lamphel area.

He further announced that a Transit Accommodation at an estimated cost of Rs 3 crore would also be constructed at Mao for doctors and teachers posted in the region.

Informing that a new transfer policy will soon be introduced by the state government from January 1, 2018, the chief minister pointed out that under this policy, every government employee will be posted in the hilly areas for 2 years on rotation basis.

The CM also announced that a water supply scheme to provide safe drinking water to the people of Mao would be constructed, along with a Rain Water Harvesting scheme to resolve water scarcity problem during off season. A total of Rs 5 crore would be sanctioned for both the schemes, he added.

Noting the importance of having an office for the Additional Deputy Commissioner of Senapati for smooth administration, Chief Minister Biren also disclosed that the State government has already earmarked a sum of Rs 64 crore for the construction of the office apart from other necessary infrastructure at the earliest.

Further stating that the priority of the new government is to bring about inclusive development in the state, the CM recalled that around 39 MoUs were signed between the government and business investors, entrepreneurs, etc., in the recently concluded NEDS 2017 held at Imphal.

People in the remotest parts of the state will also be benefitted from these MoUs, he assured.

Acknowledging historical importance of Makhel, the CM said that the government is planning to set up a Heritage Centre at Makhel for which Rs 1 crore would soon be sanctioned. He assured that every development project/scheme announced by the new government will be implemented at any cost, while adding that the government is working relentlessly to convert the only Potato farm of the state located at Mao, into an organic farm.

Reiterating the government's resolve for a corruption free state, the Chief Minister assured that complete transparency would be maintained in all recruitment processes.

Announcing that the Flower Festival cum Manipur Cherry Blossom Festival will be made part of the Manipur Sangai Festival from next year, the Chief Minister also disclosed that the government is planning to construct permanent structures at Kayinu Village (Flower Festival site) after thorough discussions with architects, the Mao Council, organisers of Cherry Blossom Festival and Tourism Department.

Works minister Th Biswajit who presided over the function said that Mao is peculiar for its rich floriculture, horticulture and agriculture, Mao Potato being the most famous of them all. He mentioned that the time has come to showcase the state's potential in human resources, natural resources and tourism to the outside world.

Underlining the need for improving communication system, Biswajit said that the Bhartia Infra Projects Limited has been entrusted for the repair and construction of National Highways in the state and added that the government has already directed the company to complete the said project within 2 years.

He further said that the government is planning to develop the border areas as cultural and business hub.

Seeking people’s support and participation in bringing inclusive development in the state, the minister stressed the need for proper planning for better implementation of developmental projects in the State. "If there is peace then there would be prosperity and development in the state. With the slogan of the government’s “Go to the Hills”, we are now moving towards development and bringing emotional integration in the region", he said, while adding that every village would be electrified by 2018.

The function was also attended by Minister for Forest and Environment Th Shyamkumar; Minister for Tribal and Hills Affairs N Kayisii; Minister for Art and Culture L Jayantakumar Singh; Minister for Agriculture V Hangkhanlian; Minister for CAF & PD Karam Shyam; Minister for PHE Losii Dikho; Deputy Commissioner of Senapati Athem Muivah; president of Mao Council M Dilli; Director of IBSD Prof Dinabandhu Sahoo; ADC members and others.

The three-day 3rd Flower Festival cum 1st Manipur Cherry Blossom Festival is being organised under the theme ‘Celebrating Nature’s Abundance’ by Mao Flower Growers’ Association and district administration, Senapati in association with Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD), Indian Council for Cultural Relation (ICCR), Government of India, Horticulture and Soil Conservation, Government of Manipur, Tourism department, Trade and Commerce and Public Health Engineering Department, Government of Manipur.

As part of the inaugural function, the Chief Minister along with the dignitaries planted Cherry trees, after which they inspected the stalls of the festival.

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