CM calls on Naga civil bodies to come out for talkIT News Aug 15, 2010;
State government today celebrates 64th Independence Day of India amidst boycott called by various armed opposition group of the region. Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh hoisted the Indian tricolor flag at 1st MR parade ground where the main celebration was held.
Ministers of the SPF government, MLAs from both oppositions and ruling, VIPs and VVIPs of the state and central government, top officials of the State police department, paramilitaries and the army attended the celebration. A colourful march pass contingents from security forces, NCC, Scout, schools and college students led by the parade commander Additional SP Moirangthem Inao paid salutation to the Indian tricolor flag.
20 police personnel of the state home department whose name were announced for gallantry awards by the president of India in 2008 were conferred the medals of honour by the chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh.
On the day Chief Minister Okram Ibobi calls on Naga civil bodies UNC and ANSAM to come out for talk with the government for ending all sorts of differences to their demands. The Chief Minister said over 3 to 4 crores of rupees were being wasted in a day as a result of the economic blockade called by the organizations. Assuring that the sixth scheduled of the constitution of India will soon be implemented in the region Ibobi said a committee headed by the chief secretary of Manipur has been looking for empowering of the Autonomous District Council. He said all those powers empowered to the Autonomous district councils of the other North Eastern State will be conferred to the district Council of the state. On the dictate to drive out non Manipuri from the state by a group, the chief minister terms it as most unfortunate. He said every citizen of India has the right to stay in any part of the country.
About the matter which was being triggered as an issue regarding the overlapping of census report between hills and plain at some areas, Okram Ibobi cornered the matter saying that everyone will be the citizen of the state. He however said a high level committee headed by the Chief Secretary of the state has been looking into the matter and the final report has almost been completed.
The Chief Minister also highlighted various development projects being taken up by the state government. He said construction of infrastructures for the Jawaharlal Nehru Institution of medical Sciences has almost been completed, academic session for the national Institute have began, constructions of the three market complex in the heart of the city has almost been completed and it will soon be handed over to the people of the state in the coming days. He also said that several programme are also being taken up by the state government for making the Imphal city clean and tidy.
The 64th Independence Day celebration was also held at all district headquarters of the state even though common peoples’ participation was almost nil in the valley region. Tricolor flags of the country were hoisted at each district head quarters by the Deputy Commissioners of each district.