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Sonia highlights Congress’ achievements
Correspondent IMPHAL, Nov 12:
Published on 13 Nov. 2010 12:21 AM IST
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AICC president Sonia Gandhi who was greeted by bandhs and boycott Friday has said that she was conscious of hardship faced by the people of the state inflicted by various forms of violence and disturbances.
Addressing a public meeting held at Kangla, Imphal here Sonia said, “I am conscious of hardship of the people of the state reeling under frequent bandhs, blockades and violence. I know the sentiments of the people as well.” She said peace was the key to development and that there was no question of neglecting Manipur by the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre. Congress has revived the lost spirit of the people of the state, she said recalling the handing of Kangla fort to the people in 2004 by prime minister, Dr Manmohan Singh.
Many projects which could not be completed by earlier governments had been completed, she said referring to the inaugurations of Khuga Dam which remained incomplete for the last around three decades and multi-storeyed women’s market in Imphal.
Though it was late, the UPA government included the Khuga Multi-purpose projects in the Prime Minister’s Package and released Rs 381 crore to complete the project. For the completion of the multi-storey market-sheds, Rs 72 crore was provided by New Delhi.
Today’s itself, Centre has cleared for release of another Rs 72 crore for construction of another women market in Imphal which would be the fourth, Sonia said.
The UPA chairperson whose speech mostly confined to party’s achievements and policy programme further said that Congress party was firmly committed to the development of the state despite the odd ahead of the government in taking various schemes and projects for the welfare of the people.
“Development must reach to each and every section of the society, is the motto of the party,” she said.
The UPA termed the successful conduct of the election to the six Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) in hill districts of Manipur as another great achievement of the Congress led governments at the Centre as well as in the state.
It was another initiative of the governments to ensure outreach of government developmental activities and welfare activities to every nook and corner of the state. “I am grateful to the successful conduct of election to the local bodies,” she said.
Gandhi also acknowledged the laurels brought about by the sportspersons of the state in various national and international events particularly in the recently concluded Common Wealth Game in New Delhi.
Asserting that education was the key factor to bring peace in the region, she said that Centre has given clearance to the state’s request for opening of Manipur regional campus of the Indira Gandhi Tribal University which she laid the foundation stone today.
Earlier also the state government had set up a medical college (Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences) and National Institute of Technology (NIT) in the state, she said.
Clarifying on the chief minister, O Ibobi’s observation of hardship faced by him in availing projects from different ministries in New Delhi, Sonia said that he need not to go from post to pillar to convince them.
“Prime Minister and she are there, you (Ibobi) come to me or to prime minister. We are in Delhi to help you and all,” she said.
Earlier, in his address at the public meeting, chief minister O Ibobi Singh said that he has to stay many days visiting ministry to ministry for sanctioning funds for projects and schemes implementing in the state with Central fund and getting new projects.
The public meeting organised by the MPCC as part of celebration of 125 year of existence of Congress party was also attended by three union ministers of state, Kumari Selja for housing and urban poverty alleviation and tourism, Daggubati Purandeswari, human resource development, Mallipudi Mangapathi Pallam Raju, defense and AICC NE in-charge Luizihno Falerio.

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