Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Monday sought the cooperation of the Emas (mothers) of the state to bring the armed insurgents to the negotiating table.
He made this appeal during a reception function hosted by vendors of the iconic all-women-run market in Imphal.
Nupi Keithel Sinpham Amadi Saktam Kanba Lup, Khwairamband Bazar, a body of the vendors of the iconic all-women-run market in Imphal extended a reception to the chief minister, his cabinet colleagues and MLAs of the BJP government.
Addressing the gathering, the chief minister reiterated his government’s commitment towards working for the prevalent of long lasting peace in the state.
While seeking cooperation of the public, Singh urged upon the Emas to take a big role in bringing back the insurgents to the negotiating table.
“Do come out for peace talk. Let’s bring a political solution to bring peace in the state,” he said.
Singh further called for a concerted effort to press the Centre for lifting the AFSPA from the whole of the state while reminding the recent lifting of the Act from parts of the state by the Centre.
“If peace is there, the Centre will certainly lift the Act from the whole of the state. A concerted effort is needed for the peace in the state,” Singh said.
Hospitalization benefits under CMHT increased to Rs five lakh
The chief minister on Monday announced increasing free hospitalization benefit under the state sponsored Chief Ministergi Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT) Scheme from Rs two lakh to Rs five lakh per family per year.
Addressing the media at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat, Singh said that the state cabinet had recently decided to increase the benefit considering the success of CMHT in the past four years and its benefit to poor and vulnerable families of the state.
He added that the Health for All Scheme, which was launched to provide door-to-door health screening for primary health care and chronic disease management, had covered around 300 villages so far.
“All villages of the state would be covered soon,” he said. He claimed that 5.24 lakh poor beneficiaries had been enrolled under CMHT and more than 83000 families had received the benefits of free hospitalizations of upto Rs 2 lakh per family per year in private or government hospitals in the last four years.
The chief minister further informed that the state cabinet had approved to increase the corpus fund for Manipur StartUp from earlier Rs 30 crores to Rs 100 crores.