Biren calls for united effort on Nupi Lal

Imphal: Chief minister N.Biren Singh stressed the need for all the communities residing in the state to stand together and face the challenges ahead, on the occasion of Nupi Lal Day on Tuesday.

The day commemorating the brave Manipur mothers was held at Nupi Lal complex, here, which continued at GP Women’s, Imphal.

Many innocents had lost their lives and many got displaced from their homes, Biren said and sought contribution of everyone in restoring peace and normalcy in the state.

Stating on the influx of Myanmar nationals inside Manipur’s boundary, due to war like situation in the neighbouring country, Biren informed that they had been given shelter on humanitarian ground. However, their biometrics are being collected as a measure, so that it does not affect our indigenous populations, he added.

He said he always remained in touch with the chief ministers of Northeast states on matters related to the present law and order situation of the state and continued that they all had expressed their willingness to extend all possible assistance in restoring peace in the state. He expressed his thought that as neighbouring states, one can extend possible assistance to others to solve issues. However, a state should not interfere in the internal matters of others, he added.

The chief minister led ministers, MLA and senior officials in paying the floral tribute to the departed women freedom fighters at the Nupi Lal Memorial complex.

Biren was graced as the chief guest. MLA Irengbam Nalini Devi and MLA Sagolshem Kebi Devi also shared the dais as president dent and guest of honour respectively.

Biren mentioned the contribution of womenfolk in every crucial time of the state since time immemorial. Recognising the selfless contribution of women, he announced two initiatives taken up by the state government in their honour, which included renaming of road stretch from Governor’s Traffic Point to Pureiromba Khongnangkhong as ‘Nupi Lan Road’ and the ‘Chief Minister’s Ima Nongthangleima Yaipha Tengbang Scheme’.

Elaborating on the newly launched Chief Minister’s Ima Nongthangleima Yaipha Tengbang Scheme, Biren informed that women who are above 40 years of age, with no source of income and not covered under any welfare scheme taken up by the government, would be provided financial assistance of Rs 6000 per annum.

He recalled the role taken by Manipuri women in regaining their motherland from Awa during the Seven Years Devastation period. He also mentioned women freedom fighters of the state and their contribution for the cause of the motherland.

The chief minister expressed his condemnation towards certain unwanted incidents that happened at different places of the state, where groups of people harassed others unreasonably by taking law into their own hands. He appealed to the public to inform the nearest police stations if they come over suspicious activities, rather than punishing or harassing someone.

The other highlights of the observation at GP Women’s College included Nupee Lal Drama presented by the Nupee Lal Memorial association Drama Party and presentation of songs by the artistes of Shri Shri Bal Mukunda Dev Government Music College.

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