Manipur, August 16: While everyone was celebrating 71st Independence Day which was held at 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles ground. Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that “Celebration of the country’s Independence Day and paying homage to the martyrs and freedom fighters, who gifted freedom to the current generation, would be meaningful and bear fruit only when people concentrate on accomplishing their tasks and objectives with a strong sense of patriotism by forgetting all the differences.”
Speaking at the occasion, CM N. Biren observed that people need to march forward together with an objective to achieve progress and development of the State by forgetting all the differences and past mistakes. He urged all concerned to resolve the issues through talks if they have any dissatisfaction with the initiatives being taken up by the present Government.
He also appealed to the public to put in collective effort to make Manipur a peaceful and strong State having egalitarian development. “Though Manipur had also achieved many milestones of development being a part of the vast and strong India in the past 70 years, the State still needs to work hard to enhance the State’s economy and improve connectivity infrastructures, communication and conditions of children and women etc.”
Mentioning the achievements of the newly formed BJP-led coalition Government, the Chief Minister said that the Government had successfully resolved UNC’s economic blockade and the stir of JAC Against Anti-Tribal Bills within a short period of time. He also said that the Government has a firm commitment to bring equal development in all parts of the State to regain emotional integrity between hill and valley.
Admitting that the current financial health of the State is not that good, the Chief Minister informed the gathering that the State Government had started taking up necessary measures to maintain fiscal prudence and improve resource mobilization. Effective implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) is an important step towards this end, he added.
Earlier, the Chief Minister took the salute from 43 march-past contingents of BSF, CRPF, Assam Police, civil police, India Reserve Battalion, Manipur Fire Service, Home Guards and VDF personnel, NCC Cadets, Government Department employees and college and school students.
The Chief Minister later decorated two police officers with President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service and presented Police Medal for Meritorious Service to 20 personnel. The Chief Minister also presented Police Trophy for Community Service and Police Trophy for Anti-Drug Campaign for the first time from this year at the function. The award included a trophy, a cash reward of Rs. 20,000 and a Chief Minister’s Commendation Certificate.