Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju has called upon all concerned in the northeast to shun bomb and gun culture and usher in an era of peace in the region.
Rijiju was speaking at the launching ceremony of one-day Digi Dhan Mela for spreading awareness on the digital payment and cashless transaction among the people at the City Convention Centre at Palace Compound in Imphal. The event was organised by the Department of Information Technology.
Apart from Rijiju, Chief Minister of Manipur Nongthombam Biren, Minister of Railways Rajen Gohain, Deputy Chief Minister Y Joykumar, Parliamentary Secretary Finance Th Seityabarta, Parliamentary Secretary Information Technology, De Sapam Ranjan, Rajya Sabha MP MC Mary Kom, Chief Secretary O Nabakishore and Commissioner PK Singh graced the occasion as the main guests.
Representatives of different banks and officials of IT related departments took part in the inaugural ceremony of the mela. A lottery for those present at the event was also held.
Rijiju speaking during the event said, "Government of India has introduced the digital India scheme for the people, enabling them to communicate with each other without much problem. On the other hand, God has created the north eastern region in a unique manner which makes us all proud. However, people of the region have made themselves face untold sufferings with their own doings." We have destroyed our own societies, he said, adding that peace doesn't exist in the region by using bombs and guns.
"Government is trying to bring those misguided brethren back to the main stream," Kiren Rijiju said and appealed all the concerned to stop terror acts to create fear in the minds of the people and obstruction in development.
On the other hand, Chief Minister N Biren said that after the new government took over, the state representatives have visited Prime Minister Narendra Modi at many instances and urged him to take up various developmental works in the state.
"Centre has approved to set up a 100-bed cancer hospital at JNIMS, Porompat considering the fact that there are lots of cancer patient in the state. Besides, the Centre has approved to set up a 60-bed mental hospital too. Moreover, there is approval for construction of a women's market building in each of the hill districts similar to that of Khwairamband Ima Keithel. A total of Rs 150 crore has been released by the Centre to construct the market buildings and for other developmental works. Efforts will be made to install flood lights at the Main Stadium and the Hockey Stadium at Khuman Lampak by using part of the said fund. Even though the Centre is helping the state government to lead Manipur in the path of development, the state government alone cannot make it a success without the co-operation of the people. One must correct oneself first in order to bring about a positive change in the society," the chief minister added.
(With inputs from Jit Ningomba in Imphal, Manipur)