CM bats for forest conservation, assures Tamei facelift

Cautioning that mankind will pay dearly in case further destruction is caused to the natural environment, chief minister N Biren exhorted the people of Manipur, particularly those settling in the hill areas, to protect forest.

Speaking as chief guest during re-opening of State Bank of India, Tamei branch and laying of foundation stones for construction of Tamei police station, R Tale Memorial Women’s Market, quarters for medical personnel and teachers at Tamei and Tousem sub-divisions (Impah village) at Tamei sub-division headquarters on Friday, N Biren cautioned that failure to check deforestation will ultimately destroy the source of water.

While commending efforts by leaders of some Naga villages in nurturing forests in their respective areas, he stressed that all hill villages need to undertake similar initiatives so that the god-gifted springs do not dry up owing to mankind’s greed and destructive mind-set.

Further stating that immense destructions had been caused to the forests and wildlife, the CM called upon the gathering to uphold the traditions of their fore-fathers, who fiercely protected the forests for the coming generations.

Referring to shortage of water in Tamei area, Biren acknowledged receipt of a Rs 12 crore proposal from the sub-divisional officials through the Tamenglong district administration for undertaking a water supply scheme and assured to positively peruse feasibility of the project proposal.

He also hastened to add that land for the project will have to be provided by the local leaders.

As land for construction of a similar project in Tamenglong district headquarters has already been allotted by the public, construction of the Rs 39 crore scheme will commence before the onset of the monsoon season, he announced on the occasion.

While stating that the SBI Tamei branch will begin operation from February onwards, Biren explained that ensuring banking facility is being accorded priority in view of scheme benefits extended to the beneficiaries through their respective bank accounts.

He also assured to expedite process for opening science stream in the lone Tamei higher secondary school along with conveying that the local MLA will be consulted to examine feasibility for upgrading the primary health sub-centre.

Continuing his speech at the well-attended function, the Chief Minister assured that the government would include necessary funds for the construction of the water supply scheme and improve condition of roads and bridges in Tamei sub-division in the State Budget of 2019-20 fiscal.

10 well-equipped ambulances would be put in service in hill districts/interior areas from January 21 this year in order to reduce the inconveniences faced by the people in hill and interior areas in bringing patients to health centres and hospitals, he said while adding that the Government may provide an ambulance to Tamei if the Sub-Division does not have any such ambulance yet.

Biren also announced that a Fire Service Sub-Station would be opened in Tamei soon.

Mentioning about the special package of Rs 22,000 crore allocated for the improvement and construction of roads in Manipur by the Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari recently, he said that road connectivity, including the highways and IVRs in the state, would be improved soon.

Reflecting on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement that India cannot develop without developing the North East region, Biren maintained that no inclusive development is possible in Manipur without developing the hills and remote areas of the state. The Government is trying to provide all the facilities in the hill areas which are being enjoyed by the people of the state capital.

On his arrival at the sub-divisional headquarters, he was warmly received by Tamei AC MLA Awangbou Newmai, Tamenglong ADC chairperson Namsinrei Panmei, DC Armstrong Pame, village chiefs, Church leaders and large number of villagers clad in traditional attires.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by Wangoi MLA Oinam Lukhoi, Konthoujam MLA and Manipur Tourism Development Corporation Chairman Dr S Ranjan, chief secretary RR Rashmi, DGP LM Khaute, media advisor to CM Irengbam Arun and principal secretary to CM Vineet Joshi.

Manipur State Disaster Management Authority vice-chairman Adim Panmei, BJP Manipur Pradesh vice president Z Kikhonbou, 14 Bn Sikh Regiment Commandant Col. AK Singh and General Manager of SBI Regional Office Kamal Khanal were also present on the occasion.

Earlier on his way to Tamei, the Chief Minister was accorded warm reception at Thonglang Akutpa village by a large number of people Thonglang Atongba, Chawangkining and Thonglang Akutpa villages.

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