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CM assures not to change provision of Hill Areas Committee provided under Constitution

FILE PHOTO: CM Biren (second from left) during the Go to Hills 2.0 programme at Kangpokpi | [email protected] .jpg
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“Go to Hills 2.0” programme of Kangpokpi district was held at Brig M Thomas Ground, at Kangpokpi District Headquarters amidst tight security. It was the first “Go to Hills 2.0” held after the abduction and brutal murder of Athuan Abonmai at Tamenglong district on September 22. 

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While making clear the stands of the Manipur government over the contentious ADC Bill, chief minister N Biren Singh on Monday said that there will be not a single change in the provision of the Hill Areas Committee which is provided under the Indian Constitution and “my government will fully protect and preserve it”. And one thing is also very clear that this government cannot go beyond the Constitution and cannot violate the Constitution of India, which is to be respected by everyone, he added. 

CM Biren was speaking during the “Go to Hills 2.0” programme of Kangpokpi district. It was held at Brig. M. Thomas Ground, at Kangpokpi District Headquarters amidst tight security. It was the first “Go to Hills 2.0” held after the abduction and brutal murder of Athuan Abonmai at Tamenglong district on September 22. 

“We are here to protect and preserve the Constitution… don’t listen to others but be very clear that the government will fully protect and preserve whatever we have in the Constitution, in the Hill Area Committee, and also in the Autonomous District Council,” he asserted. 

CM Biren inaugurated as many as twenty-nine projects costing around Rs. 30 crores. The chief minister also laid the foundation stone of various projects in the district while distributing government assistance under various schemes/projects and departments to more than 37,784 beneficiaries costing around 46.34 crores during the program organized by District Administration Kangpokpi.

Thousands of people across Kangpokpi district including various civil society organizations congregated at Brig. M. Thomas Ground at 9:00 am this morning to welcome the Chief Minister and his cabinet ministers and MLAs for the Go to Hills 2.0 program.

Addressing the gathering, the visibly cheerful CM Biren Singh thanked the civil society organisations, church leaders, BJP workers in the district for making the ‘Go to Hills 2.0’ program a grand success in the district while conveying sincere appreciation to all the government officials including the chief secretary, Addl. chief secretary, principal secretaries, commissioners, deputy commissioners for being the backbone of all the achievements in the state till today by the present government.

Talking about how the ‘Go to Hills’ mission came into being, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said, “as soon as I assumed the charge of Chief Minister I was restless to find the answers to several questions as to why there existed mistrust among the people living together in the state since time immemorial, who created such mistrust and how it was created and finally the Almighty God guide me with a mission to go to hills and meet with the people, asked their grievances and problems and this is how ‘Go to Hills’ mission came into being”.

“We are not coming to the hills to have simple governance and we did not form the Government to give only governance, but we have come with a mission of change in the state. We come with an idea and innovative thought that how our people can enjoy the schemes or benefits provided from the central and state government”, asserted CM Biren Singh.

He continued that when the government was formed, there was not a single household in Kangpokpi district having connected with drinking water but now within the past four and a half years, despite the COVID-19 pandemic and political instability, we could provide 63% household water tap/drinking water in the district.

“Peace and political stability is the backbone of development”, said CM Biren Singh while adding that without peace and political stability we cannot even dream of development.

He also said that there are differences in ideas, ideology, policy, and thinking in a coalition government, so, I come here today to appeal to the people of Kangpokpi to give a solid, absolute single-party Government so that Manipur can keep peace and stability.

He continued that his government will not cheat the people and discriminate against them while we will not rob them of their rights, rather we will sincerely and dedicatedly provide whatever belongs to the people.

He said that the people of Manipur are living together peacefully since time immemorial and we will live together till the last while urging the people of Manipur not to change their mindset for living together peacefully and not be politicized by vested people.

In connection with the COVID-19 situation in the state, the chief minister said that we are still lingering in between 5 to 6 percent in positivity rate and we can go down below this percent, while adding that we should try to go down to 0 percent and for that purpose we have started launching door to door vaccination since this morning and urged the people not to take the situation of COVID-19 lightly in the state.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh while speaking on the development projects taken up in Kangpokpi district, said that we have provided Government assistance of around Rs. 46.34 crores to more than 37,784 beneficiaries today and inaugurated various projects worth more than Rs. 30 crores while there ongoing major projects including road construction worth around 1,593 crores in the district.

Minister Th Bishwajit said that where there is BJP there is peace and development while water resource and YAS minister Letpao Haokip urged the people of Kangpokpi to vote carefully keeping in mind that there is one party that sincerely work for the people not in paper and poster or reel but reality and action.

Education minister, S Rajen Singh said that though the Congress government had declared district hood, the BJP government came to implement administrative power, infrastructure, and departments in the district.

The Go to Hills 2.0 program at Kangpokpi was also attended by Vungjagin Valte, Minister, TA&Hills, Transport, General Administrative Department; Oinam Lukhoi, Minister Agriculture, Veterinary and Animal Husbandry, Tourism;  Letpao Haokip, Minister Water Resource, and YAS; Leishemba Sanajaoba Meetei, Member of Parliament; Nemcha Kipgen, MLA Kpi AC; Ngamthang Haokip MLA Saitu AC; Haokholal Hangshing, Caretaker Chairman ADC Sadar Hills, S. Ranjan Singh, Advisor to CM; Chief Secretary, Addl. CS and various other department officials.

Sadar Hills Chiefs’ Association (SAHILCA), Thadou Inpi Kangpokpi, Thadou Students’ Association, Kangpokpi Town Committee, KWWO, KYU, and various CSOs of the district also participated in the program.

Cultural dance from Thadou Cultural Troupes and Gorkha Nepali Cultural Troupes marked the occasion.

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