Imphal, December 16, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh said that the root cause of the present unrest in the State is due to the mistakes done in the past. This was stated by him at the 9th and 10th Manipur State Film Awards Distribution Ceremony held at the auditorium of Manipur State Film Development Society today. The award ceremony was organised by Manipur State Film Development Society.

 Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Chief Minister stressed that if we had work sincerely and honestly, we won’t be facing various issues such as conflict between the communities, illegal migrant issue etc. Past is past but the present generation should be cautious to avoid mistakes done in the past, he added. He stated that the present government would ensure transparency in governance to avoid the past mistakes.

 Condemning the burning of Chief Minister’s effigy recently during a protest, Chief Minister stated that the present government is committed to bring positive change in the State and the government won’t do anything wrong or which is against the aspirations of the people of the State. He further stated that the present government has already initiated people oriented schemes which aim to deliver good governance with human touch.

Stating that Government’s intervention is needed to support the Artists of the State, he said that the government is working out a Welfare Policy for better livelihood, to uplift the living standards and welfare of the performing artists and their families in the State. Chief Minister lamented that though Manipur is a small State, it is indeed a pride for the State that our films have brought many laurels at National and International arena. He mentioned that the State has huge potential and talents in the field of Cinema however there are less number of people who give due recognition, appreciation and support those who work hard in such fields.

Mentioning some of the initiatives of the present government, Shri N. Biren Singh said that ‘Imphal Evenings’ was introduced to present an opportunity to the people to spend some quality time with their families and friends together and to show to the world that Manipur is no more a conflict ridden State. He stated that various MOUs worth 5000-6000 crores have been signed with different Companies during the recently concluded NorthEast Development Summit (NEDS) 2017. The government would be signing a MOU with a company for setting up of a Private Medical College in the State soon, he added.

On the occasion, he announced that he would be visiting Behiang, border village between India and Myanmar on 19th of this month and would be laying the foundation stone for the construction of Maharaja Chandrakriti Memorial Park.

Delivering his Presidential speech, Minister for Art and Culture Shri L. Jayantakumar Singh said that the journey of Manipuri films is just a beginning but it has brought many laurels of the State in both National and International platforms in such as short span. He announced that MSFDS would be screening films from various states and countries on every saturdays and sundays for the film lovers of the State soon.

On the occasion, Chief Minister conferred awards to veteran artists Shri Oinam Biramangol Singh and Smt. Lourembam(O) Pishak were conferred Lifetime Achievement Awards for their contribution towards Manipuri Cinema. Various film awards in the different categories were also given to various artists during the Award Ceremony.

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