We need not be over apprehensive of Citizenship Amendment Bill: Biren

IMPHAL, Jan 28 (IFP): Chief minister, N. Biren Singh has urged the people of the State not to be over worried about Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 while speaking as the chief guest in the ‘Credit Linkage Programme’ under NABARD’s Area Based Schemes at the auditorium of Manipur State Film Development Society, palace gate today. Speaking at the program organised by Manipur State Co-operative Bank (MSCB) Limited, the chief minister said that the State Government had sought a written assurance from the Centre that no one would be given Indian citizenship without the state government’s recommendation as there are apprehensions among people after the passing of the Citizenship Amendment Bill by the Lok Sabha. Biren said that the state government has also been pressing the Centre to give Presidential assent to the Manipur People Bill, 2018 to ensure protection of the indigenous people of the State and also said that the influx of immigrants was already huge in the past as some individuals used the migrants to build their vote banks. While saying that every human has its own wrongdoings, Biren said “I am ready to accept my mistakes but I will not tolerate any wrong charges against me.”. Saying that he himself had faced problems of getting loans before stepping into politics, the chief minister also said that that people would repay loans on their own if they are not given trouble at the time of getting it. The present state government is trying to find out common people’s miseries and find out ways to solve all these problems unlike the previous government who hardly had any interactions with the people unless election approaches. He said that people are now able to receive treatment free of cost under Chief Ministergi Hakshel-gi Tengbang (CMHT) and Ayushman Bharat schemes. ‘Go to Village’ mission of the state government has been able to deliver benefits of various schemes at people’s doorsteps and seeing the grievances faced by the people. The number of bandhs and blockades has reduced in the state nowadays as people have adapted to the lifestyle of working and earning though there are still many people still trying to create problem in the state. As people generally spend major portion of their earnings in children’s education after spending huge amount in private schools, the state government will also start pre nursery and nursery schools even in the government schools to provide good education to students in government schools under the recently launched ‘School Fagathansi’ mission, he added. Speaking as the functional president, minister of Social Welfare and Co-operation, Nemcha Kipgen said that Manipur State Corporative Bank Limited, which has 11 branches in the State, has been successfully functioning in uplifting the economy of the State by providing loans and credit facilities to numerous educated unemployed youths and lower section people. While saying that the cooperative section has a major role to play in developing the economy of the State, the minister also suggested the bank authority to properly verify and conduct field visits in order to select the right persons for loans. Speaking as the guest of honor, chairman of Manipur Handloom and Handicrafts Development Corporation, S. Rajensaid that the cooperative bank was neglected for any years but the status has been improving under the present state government. He also appealed the people to maintain the habit of repaying loans so that both the bank and the people survive together. During the function, the chief minister distributed a total loan amount of Rs. 4.15 crore to 2965 persons in the form of Self HelpGroup Credit Linkage, Piggery, Dairy, Duckery and Poultry loans under NABARD’s Area Based Schemes as well as loans to individuals who have applied for assistance on Meeyamgi Numit.
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