Imphal: Efforts are on to find a solution and bring peace at the earliest, chief minister N.Biren Singh said on Saturday and sought support of the people and blessings from God.
The chief minister was speaking on the four and half months long unrest of Kuki-Meitei conflict which has various dimensional issues of illegal immigrants, ST, Narco-Terrorism, aggression for a Kukiland,etc.
“We are passing through a difficult time. With the support and cooperation of people including civil societies and others we are on the path to bring understanding among the communities and towards peace,” said Biren who has been serving the state government as chief minister of Manipur for the second consecutive term.
Biren is called by his supporters as People’s CM.
He said the public must have also witnessed the opening of national highways, deployment of security forces in sensitive areas, and efforts to ensure availability of essential commodities in all districts.
Biren said starting in October, the government is planning to resume the six-day working week and there will be no holidays on Saturdays. He said in the last six or so years, Manipur had achieved so much with the support of the people. But due to the unfortunate crisis, the state has lost some three-four months, he said, adding that to make up for this, there is a need for government employees to put in more effort.
”we need not be disheartened, now the situation is improving and will be normalized very soon,” the chief minister said with confidence.
Biren was speaking at the launching of Swachhata Hi Seva in the state, at the chief minister’s secretariat.
As a prelude to Swachh Bharat Diwas, the annual Swachhata Hi Seva fortnight, being jointly organised by Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban and Grameen between September 15 to October 2 was launched on Friday by minister of Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri and minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Giriraj Singh.
The ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ campaign’s theme for 2023 is ‘Garbage Free India.
Stating that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachhata Hi Sewa campaign, the country has witnessed a big difference in the country’s rivers, lake, municipality areas, etc, during the past nine years, the chief minister said various schemes have also been introduced in the state including the Nambul River Rejuvenation Project.
The chief minister said waste water from 72 drains will be trapped and treated at Heirangoithong Waste Treatment Plant before release to the River.
He added that the state has already received the technical clearance for similar projects for Imphal River and Kongba River from the Centre and that two other projects for Moirang River and left out portion of Nambol River are in the consideration stage.
Biren said four more projects for Thoubal River, Chakpi River, Moreh River, Heirok River are in the DPR stage.
Keeping Manipur clean and hygienic is the collective responsibility of the people, the chief minister said and further called on all including Meira Paibi, students, local clubs, panchayat level to join the fortnight long campaign till to keep the environment clean.
He expressed the need for unity among all sections of the society including government officials, general public, elected members in making Manipur a lively state by taking part in tree plantation drives, safeguarding water bodies, etc.
He said that the tender process for Lamphelpat Project is already complete and dredging work will commence in the first phase.
Expressing serious concern on the lack of rainfall and the ecological imbalance, the chief minister also spoke on the need for rain water harvesting, tree plantation, safeguarding forest cover. He further mulled the idea of making it mandatory for all households to harvest rainwater.
There is also another long-time plan project in the pipeline to create reservoirs by bringing water through pipes from the Loktak Project, he added.
Biren stressed on the role of MAHUD as the nodal agency to work with DCs, local clubs, municipality, ADCs, NGOs to make a Clean Manipur and Clean India.
The launching of Swachhata Hi Seva organised by Municipal Administration, MAHUD was also attended by chief secretary Dr. Vineet Joshi, administrative secretaries, HoDs among others. DCs also virtually joined the launching programme.