Campaign against drug trafficking not against any community: Biren
Imphal, June 10 (UNI): Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh on Friday said that the government has no intention to single out any community or to act against any community, and further appealed to all against poppy cultivation, deforestation and drug trafficking in the state.
He said Manipur’s uniqueness lies in the fact that such a small state has around 34-35 communities and tribes living together, like a garden where different varieties of flowers bloom together.
Biren was speaking at the Thomas Ground, Kangpokpi district during a felicitation programme by the Thadou Inpii and its constituent bodies. Further, stressing that each community, tribe residing in the State has their own identity, tradition well maintained and preserved, the chief minister further said that the government can assure people that the government will continue to maintain these identities and traditions.
In a strong warning against hate mongers on social media, the Chief Minister said we live in a democratic society and we can express our anger, however let us not forget that the government is monitoring social media for communal comments which can create misunderstandings, rifts between communities.
He appealed to the people against making inflammatory comments which are communal and which could create division amongst the communities, create misunderstanding among communities.
Let us not be negative to development, he said, assuring that the works taken up by the government are for the collective good of the state. He said that the government’s main target is that there should be no poppy plantation, drug trafficking in Manipur and at the same time to preserve forests and encourage afforestation.
Meanwhile, replying to a memorandum submitted the Chief Minister said Rs. 9 crore has already been approved for renovation of the Thomas Ground which will include football ground, retaining wall, multipurpose hall as its component.
The Chief Minister also assured construction of Ema Markets at Saparmeina and Keithelmanbi.
Textiles, Commerce and Industries Minister Nemcha Kipgen called upon all sections of the society and communities to work unitedly for the development of our State, without any differences of caste, creed, colour, etc. She said the present government under Chief Minister N. Biren Singh is a people friendly government and believes in the oneness of the hills and the valley.
Under the present government, not only law and order has improved immensely, but the relation between the valley and the hills have also been strengthened, she said, observing further that the government has brought positive changes in all sectors of the State.
Further highlighting the public support that the government’s ‘War on Drug’ campaign has received, Nemcha also said that the CSOs of the Kangpokpi area have decided to expel any repeated offender of drug trafficking.