Imphal: Manipur chief N.Biren Singh has announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh for Peh (Paoyi) village of Ukhrul district for voluntarily destroying poppy plants grown in their village to mark joining and supporting the State Government’s popular ‘War on Drugs’ campaign.
Biren informed that he had directed the officials of horticulture, agriculture and fishery departments to visit the village to find out suitable alternative livelihood activity for the villagers.
Stating that Peh (Paoyi) would be promoted as a role model to other villages in the government’s ‘War on Drugs’ campaign, the chief minister urged other villages across the state to follow Peh (Paoyi) village’s path in this regard.
“In a deligntrui sign of public participation in governance, l’m happy to learn that the Peh(Paoyi) Village Authority situated in the northern fringe of Ukhrul Ddistrict voluntarily
joined the government’s War on Drugs and has destroyed the poppy cultivation within its jurisdiction, ” Biren said.
He said a message from the village authority reads, “In ardent support of your campaign ‘War on drugs’, my village has solemnly pledge to make our village “a poppy free village”. We’ll continue to support your campaign against drug menace in the state.”
In continuation of destruction drive of illegal poppy plantation on Saturday under the supervision of Imphal East SP Jogeshchandra Haobijam, a joint team comprising of officers and personnel of the district police and NAB destroyed around 40 acres of ‘illegal’ poppy plantation in Kongba Maru hills which falls under the jurisdiction of Sagolmang Police station, Saikul sub-division of Kangpokpi district.