TAMENGLONG| OCT 30 (IFP): Chief minister, N. Biren Singh inaugurated newly constructed women markets at Tamenglong and Senapati District Headquarters and laid the foundation stones for different projects today.
The Rani Gaidinliu Women’s Market which was constructed by Police Housing Corporation as the work agency with a budget of Rs 10 crore, has a sitting capacity of 200 women vendors along with a ground floor and first floor.
Chief minister, N Biren Singh was accompanied by minister of Agriculture, V. Hangkhanlian; Revenue minister, Karam Shyam; Education minister, Radheshyam; vice chairman, Planning Board and MLA S. Rajen; chief secretary of Manipur, Suresh Babu; DGP of Manipur, LM Khaote; managing director of MPHC, Christopher Doungel; advisor to CM, Rajat Sethi; secretary to the CM, N Geoffrey and personal secretary to CM, S. Rajen Singh.
In his speech as chief guest, N Biren Singh stated that he had come today to hand over the women’s market which he had promised during his last visit on November 15 last year.
While showing appreciation for the warm welcome accorded to him, the CM also said that he was trying to fill up the gap between hills and valley. He also made promises to construct market sheds, provide water schemes and blacktop the Tamenglong- Khongsang road.
Asserting that the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi had sanctioned a huge amount of money to erect Rani Gaidinliu’s statue in Nagaland but the people of Nagaland refused it, the CM added that the prime minister would be happy to hear the news of the successful construction of Rani Gaidinliu Womens’ Market in Tamenglong. “Modi respects and wants to give importance to Rani Gaidinliu, a freedom fighter who fought the British to free India,” he added.
Stating that earlier people used to consider Tamenglong as a remote district and when a person gets sick, he/she usually die on the way for treatment, N. Biren further said that Chopper service was provided so that sick people could avail treatment on time while adding that the MST service was also initiated so that poor people can travel to Imphal or anywhere elsewhere in the State.
He also expressed regret over the incident that took place recently at Kaimai and Kaiphundai where some persons with vested interests has looted the truck drivers despite government initiatives to help the people while urging anybody with weapons, whether they belong to the military or underground groups to come up for talks with the government for solutions to their grievances instead of looting the drivers,
The CM further made an appeal to the people of Tamenglong to come and meet him at Hill days or “Miyam Gee Numit’ at Imphal while adding that the hill and valley should be together.
In his presidential speech, local MLA, Samuel Jendai conveyed his thanks to N Biren Singh saying that “Under his able leadership, the government has initiated many developmental works in Tamenglong.” He also asserted that because of Biren’s endeavours, Rs 90 crore have been sanctioned from the centre as extra fund for Tamenglong under the Hill Area Development fund while stating that Tamenglong is also the first district to receive IFARD scheme.
“We do not bark like mad dogs, but work on what we had promises. The present BJP government led by N Biren Singh is focussed on bringing equal development to Tamenglong district,” Samuel Jendai said.
As a part of the inaugural ceremony, Tamenglong BJP Mandal cultural dance troupe presented a colourful cultural dance and songs performance.
The function also witnessed the attendance of local MLA, Samuel Jendai; DC, Tamenglong, Ravinder Singh; SP Tamenglong, Ningshem Vashum, CEO ADC, Tamenglong, Dinganglung Gangmei and additional chief engineer, Manipur Police Housing Corporation, S. Romendra Singh along with several other civil officers.
Later, the Chief Minister along with Cabinet Ministers, MLAs and high ranking officials of the State Government arrived at Senapati District headquarters at around 11 am by helicopter and inaugurated Apfii Saliki (Mothers’ Market). N. Biren Singh also inaugurated Free Diagnostics Services under NHM and laid the foundation stones of transit accommodation for doctors and teachers for Paomata and Senapati, water supply schemes for Karong and Senapati, 100-bedded hostel and upgradation of eight rooms of Residential School, Bendramai, Model Residential School for Senapati District headquarters and Mini stadium at Senapati, public ground.
Speaking at the function held at Multipurpose Indoor Stadium, Rikhumai Taphou attended by a large number of people, N. Biren Singh said that soon after the present BJP-led State Government was sworn-in on March 15 last year, it decided to construct a women’s market shed each at seven hill district headquarters of the State under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of empowering womenfolk. The Chief Minister recalled that he accordingly announced that construction of the market-shed would begin as soon as possible while speaking at the Barak Festival, 2017. After a little over one a half year, the State Government could deliver what it promised on that day, N. Biren Singh said.
He further stated that the present Government holds people’s trust in high esteem because trust once lost is hard to regain. The Government has set a target to complete all the projects except the water supply schemes before the upcoming Lok Sabha election 2019, N. Biren Singh conveyed. Urging the work agencies and contractors concerned to maintain quality in construction and complete the projects within the stipulated deadline, he then asked them to surrender if they would be not be able to hand over the projects to people on time.
Maintaining that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s slogan, ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’ is the guiding vision of the State Government as well, N. Biren Singh said that the new Government would demonstrate its performance to the public through visible accomplishments instead of indulging in rhetorical speeches.
The Chief Minister informed that around 2.77 lakh families, who come under the Socio Economic Caste Census (SECC) database, would be covered by Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) – Ayushman Bharat in the State while needy families who are not included in the SECC would be benefitted through Chief Minister-gi Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT). In order to enhance connectivity, the State now has helicopter services between Imphal and Jiribam, Tamenglong and Moreh, the Chief Minister said while adding that the State Government is informed by Pawan Hans that they would offer service helicopter to any part of the State if the need arises or anything emergency happens.
Apart from it, after the Manipur State Transport was launched last year, six new routes connecting Imphal with more towns of hill districts had been added to Manipur State Transport passenger bus service a few days back, the Chief Minister said while adding that active consideration is currently underway to reintroduce Imphal-Dimapur MST bus service soon, he added.
The function was attended by Agriculture Minister V. Hangkhanlian, CAF & PD Minister Karam Shyam, PHED Minister Losii Dikho, Minister Tribal Affairs and Hills N. Kayasii, State Planning Board Deputy-Chairman and MLA S. Rajen, MLA Khasim Vashum, Chief Secretary Dr. J. Suresh Babu, DGP L.M. Khaute, Manipur Police Housing Corporation Managing Director Christopher Doungel, Advisor to Chief Minister Rajat Sethi, Secretary to the Chief Minister N. Geoffrey, ADC Senapati Chairperson and Members, Naga People’s Organisation (NPO) members, Government officials and large number of people.