Imphal: The immediate objective today is to bring peace and normalcy in Manipur, chief minister N.Biren Singh said on Friday at the Sadbhavana Diwas observation at Manipur Secretariat, here.
In this crucial juncture, there will be differences of opinions, but the immediate objective is to restore peace in the state, and to ensure that government employees and the general public come together and work harder to make up for the lost three-four months, Biren said.
Manipur has been in turmoil since the Meitei-Kuki clash erupted following Kuki attack to Meitei on May 3. Eastabliment have been paralyzed.
Biren said to stay abreast in today’s development race, one must discard mistrust among the different sections, communal feelings, and selfishness.
It is better to let bygones be bygones and to work unitedly for a better, developed and peaceful tomorrow rather than dwell on past mistakes. He sought positive suggestions and advice towards building a developed and united society.
Speaking on the importance of observing the day, Biren said Rajiv Gandhi believed in the welfare and betterment of the people.
On this day, people have been taking the Sadbhavana Pledge and that the pledge will help in promoting national integration and harmony, he added.
The chief minister said, “Today we sometimes witness unwanted incidents of violence. These sporadic incidents of violence cause not only loss of precious lives and properties, but also mistrust among one another.” This slows down development as well as creating stumbling blocks in building a united Bharat, he added.
Sadbhavana Diwas’ is observed on August 20 every year, but as it falls on a Sunday this year, it was observed on this day.