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Independence Day celebrated across NE States

Independence Day celebrated across NE States
Manipur chief minister, N. Biren Singh salutes the Tricolour, after hoisting it during the 72nd Independence Day celebration. (NP)
Correspondents Shillong/Imphal, Aug 15 | Publish Date: 8/15/2018 12:16:41 PM IST

The 72nd Independence Day was celebrated across Northeast India along with the rest of the country. Following are the reports from across the Northeast states. 

MEGHALAYA: Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Wednesday urged people of the state and non-governmental organisations to build a society which is inclusive and progressive for one and all.

Thousands of people gathered at the Polo ground witnessed a ceremonial parade. An Indian Air Force helicopter hovered over the sprawling parade ground showering rose petals.

Making his maiden address to the people as the Chief Minister, Sangma said that his government is committed to the ideals of peace and prosperity and all round development of the State.

 “Peace and prosperity can be ensured the only when law and order is maintained.  This fundamental aspect of administration has been given utmost priority by government,” he said.  “One of the focus areas of governance is maximize agriculture and horticulture potentials of the state and bring all round benefits for all state holders. It will generate employment and boost the income of the people,” he told the gathering.Noting that Tourism is another priority area of the government, Sangma said, “There is a huge potential for promoting eco-friendly tourism in Meghalaya. Tourism industry has huge potential to create employment for the youth of our state.”

 MANIPUR: Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh Wednesday called upon to people to stand united in protecting the integrity of the State. 

In his Independence Day speech at the Imphal’s 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles parade ground, Biren urged the people of both hill and valley to join hand in protecting the oneness and integrity of the state and the country, and said that the state government was ready to uphold the people’s will and desire for keeping intact the integrity of the state. 

The day was celebrated under heavy security in view of general strikes and ‘total shut down’ called given by various insurgent outfits. Singh also said that people have now felt the taste of freedom being citizens of being a free nation. 

“This freedom we are enjoying today was not achieved easily. It was achievement after a long struggle and sacrificed made by thousands and it is our bounden duty to uphold and protect the hard earned freedom,” he said. 

The chief minister also asserted that the Manipur Legislative Assembly had renewed its stand to protect the integrity of the state by taking another unanimous decision in July this year. 

The Centre will certainly consult the states before taking any decision to finalize an agreement to end the Naga political problem as a fallout of the protracted peace talk with the NSCN (I-M), he said.

On the ongoing unrest at Manipur University, Singh said that a high ranking official of the Union ministry of human resources development was currently camping in Imphal to address the situation. 

He therefore, expressed hope that an amicable solution would be brought within a few days.

While spelling out remarkable achievements of BJP-led governments both at the Centre and state, he said that the NDA government at the Centre had made outstanding progress in diplomatic relations with different countries apart from bringing many developmental and economic changes.

Passing of OBC Bill 2017 and National Sports University Bill, 2018 were among the latest positive developments of the Central government, he added.

The state government was also putting all its effort to maintain corruption-free and transparent administration in the state, he said. 

The chief minister also said that Manipur government will strive hard to bring about development by fighting corruption and creating employment opportunities for the youth.

 “With the setting up of an Anti-Corruption Cell, 310 corruption related cases has been taken up so far,” he said. 

The chief minister added that 33 officials had been put under suspension while one official had been terminated from service and appointment orders for 11 persons had been cancelled. 

Earlier, the chief minister reviewed and took salute from 50 different march-past contingents with CO of 5th India Reserve Battalion Sh Jugeshore Sharma as parade commander. 

ASSAM: Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal Wednesday said his government will stay vigilant to ensure that name of any foreigner is not included in the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

Hoisting the national flag at the Veterinary College playground here on the 72nd Independence Day, Sonowal said the list published last month was only a draft. “We will keep an eye so that name of any foreigner is not included in the NRC,” he said.

“The government is also committed to ensure that no Indian citizen living in Assam is left out of the NRC,” he added.

The NRC will become an important safeguard for making Assam foreigner-free and the government had assured this after coming to power in 2016, he said.

Sonowal hailed the 70,000 policemen who were deployed in the state to ensure peaceful publication of the final draft of the NRC on July 30 and lauded the hard work of the 55,000 government employees in preparing the document.

Speaking about corruption in the state, Sonowal claimed it had come down drastically in the last two years and said 52 officials had already been arrested in the cash-for-job scam in the Assam Public Service Commission. The commission’s dismissed chairman has also been arrested.

He said since his government assumed office, it has appointed over 45,000 people in various government jobs in permanent and contractual positions.

For making Assam a pollution-free state, the state government set a target to plant 10 crore saplings, out of which 4.5 crore have already been planted, the chief minister said.He said 170 poachers have been arrested in the last two years and 10 fast track courts set up for their trial.

TRIPURA : Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, in his maiden Independence Day address Wednesday, assured people that he would strive to provide an “unbiased and corruption-free government”.

The CM, after unfurling the Tricolour at Assam Rifles ground here, called for effective coordination between the state administration, neighbouring countries and the Centre.

Tripura shares 156-km-long border with Bangladesh. “We are committed to fulfill the hopes and aspirations of the people of this state. Tripura will develop through effective coordination with the Centre and the neighbouring countries,” he said.The state government will not entertain any form of bias or partiality, Deb asserted.

“There is no space for bias or partiality in our policies. The administration shall work for the development of everyone,” he said.

Talking about the key achievements of the BJP-IPFT coalition government in the past five months, the CM said a “fair and transparent employment policy was introduced in the state with focus on accountability and merit”. He stressed the need to curb drug abuse among youth.

Lauding the women achievers who made it big in the national and international games, including ace gymnast Dipa Karmakar and kickboxer Nistha Chakraborty, Deb said, “God resides in the country where women are worshipped.” 

Around 40 police officers from Mizoram, along with personnel of Border Security Force, Central Reserve Police Force, Assam Rifles, Tripura State Rifles, Tripura Police and National Cadet Corps, took part in the Independence Day parade this morning at Assam Rifles ground.

Sikkim: Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling Wednesday said the state has excelled in reducing poverty levels during the last 24 years and is now aiming to become India’s first poverty-free state.

In his Independence Day speech at the packed Paljor stadium here today, Chamling said Sikkim has also emerged as an abode of peace where there is no discord or animosity among people on the basis of caste and religion.

“There has been not a single case of desecration of religious centre like mandirs, gumpas or churches and not a single life was lost due to religious differences and riots owing to people’s faiths and beliefs,” Chamling said. Governor Shriniwas Patil was also present on the occasion.

Chamling said that despite having three international borders, Sikkim has seen an unprecedented people-friendly policies and interventions that has left an indelible imprint on the national and international socio-political canvas. 

“According to the United Nations, there is no other country or state in the world after World War II to record the steepest fall in poverty level as quickly as Sikkim has done,” the chief minister said.

Sikkim’s poverty levels came down from 30.9 per cent in 2004-05 to 8.19 per cent in 2011-12, a decline of 22 percentage points, due to the state’s “inclusive and equitable development programmes”, he said.

“Having freed Sikkim from extreme poverty, we are working to achieve our goal of becoming the first poverty-free state of India,” he said. He added that the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) growth of Sikkim has been very positive touching an impressive 22.8 per cent in 2013-14. He further said that in terms of improvement in quality of life, Sikkim is number one in India.

Mizoram: Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla today said successful implementation of the New Land Use Policy (NLUP) and introduction of the New Economic Development Policy (NEDP) have significant impact on the state’s socio-economic scenario.

Addressing the people after unfurling the Tricolour  here, Lal Thanhawla said Mizoram was one of the highest growing economies among the states today along with Gujarat, Jarkhand and Tripura, that recorded more than 8 per cent growth rate during the last four years.

“Mizoram ranks first among the small states, and second among all the states in Health Index prepared by World Bank Group and NITI Aayog,” he said, adding that the state has the second highest literacy percentage in the country.

He said implementation of the NLUP, the flagship program of the present government since 2011, and the NEDP resulted in the decline of ‘jhum’ (slash and burn way of shifting cultivation) by 31.37 per cent in six years. He also mentioned as an achievement of the government the inking of peace agreement with the erstwhile Hmar People’s Convention (Democratic) militants on April 2 that led to laying down of arms by its cadres on April 13.

 

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