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Patil calls for integrity of NE states
Correspondent IMPHAL, MAR 11 (NPN):
Published on 12 Mar. 2011 1:25 AM IST
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Regional integration among states coupled with cooperation with South-East Asian countries will not only help in promoting India’s Look East Policy, but benefit the region, including Manipur, said President Pratibha Devi Singh Friday addressing a public function here.
The President said “I believe that Manipur along with other North-Eastern States has great potential for development of the region as well as the country.”
Patil was addressing a public function held after she laid the foundation stone of an IT (Information Technology) Park at Mantripuhkri, Imphal. She also launched a State Wide Area Network (SWAN). Both the projects related with the use of ICT commitment of the state to harness the benefits of technologies for development and improved governance.
Further speaking on the occasion, she urged the people to reject discredited groups from disturbing age old harmony and co-existence among different communities and tribes asserting that development can take place only if there was peace and tranquility.
She said, “Manipur is a land of great diversity where many different communities and tribes with their vibrant cultures’ co-existed for generations.”
While asserting peace and tranquility should be maintained, Patil also urged the people to uphold harmony, reject violence and join the national mainstream for development and progress of the country.
“When people work together in unity, there is much that can be achieved,” she said and reminded the government that development should be directed towards enhancing the quality of people’s life including their social and political empowerment.
Her speech which mostly concentrated on development aspects also recognized the state was dependent on agriculture and its allied activities, by stating that she was eager to find a comprehensive way to increase agricultural productivity through better cropping patterns.
Patil also advocated for quality education reminding that building productive and creative human resources requires strong education system.
Spouse of the president, Dr. Devisingh Shekawat, Manipur Governor, Gurbachan Jagat, Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh, Cabinet ministers, Speaker of Manipur Assembly, I Hemochandra and top civil and police officers of the state government attended the function.
Concluding her three day visit to Manipur and Nagaland, President Pratibha Devisingh Patil left Imphal by a special Air India flight Friday afternoon.
Before concluding her visit, Patil also met with the chairpersons of the state social welfare board, Manipur state commission for women, Manipur women’s development corporation, leaders of women’s self help groups and held discussions on various issues confronting the women of the state.

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