IMPHAL, July 16: Manipur Chief Minister, N Biren Singh on Sunday informed that the government has sanctioned 'a sum of Rs. 10 crore' to the corpus fund of the Manipur State Journalists Welfare Scheme.
This was stated by him at the 35th Journalist award ceremony organised by “The Kangleipakki Meira”, an evening daily newspaper, held at Eclipse Community Hall, Konjeng Leikai in Imphal on Sunday.
The Chief Minister said that the need of the hour is to work collectively and to share our knowledge towards development of the State. He said that people are free to give suggestion, talk openly and criticise the government policies and programmes but should not give false allegation or backbite the government. After the Assembly session, the government would give its priority to infrastructure development, drinking water and cleaning of river beds, he added.
Citing that certain measures have been taken up by the government to maintain transparency in administration, the Chief Minister mentioned that there should a system of check and balance in the government.
Highlighting that the new government has introduced a new ‘system’ that could hear the problems and grievances of the people, the Chief Minister said that the purpose of organising People's Day or ‘Meeyamgi Numit’ and Hill Leaders’ Day is to identify the wishes and aspirations of the common people who are at the grass-roots level, to hear their grievances so that government could know the living standard of the people in our society.
With these three months of the new government, N. Biren Singh said that the government has been conducting intensified mass drives against drugs and other intoxicants. He mentioned that the menace of drugs addiction is alarming and the government is trying its best to ensure for a healthy mind and body for the people of the State by taking certain measures such as proper counselling and rehabilitation of victims of drug abuse.
The Chief Minister conferred various awards to five journalists for their immense contribution in the field of journalism. In the print media section, the best male journalist award was conferred to Th. Premchand of Poknapham, best female journalist award to Baby Serin of Ichel Express. The best journalist electronic media was given to N. Sanajaoba of ISTV, best appreciated DIPR personnel was awarded to P. Romesh Singh and best hawker to Chirom Biren. On the occasion, six veteran journalists were also conferred special mentioned awards.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister for IPR and PWD Th. Biswajit Singh said that the objective of the media is not only to provide news but also to provide Information, to communicate and to impart Education to the people of the State. He mentioned that people have the perception that whatever publish in the media are true, so my sincere appeal to the media persons is to publish the concrete truth and to act as a bridge the gap between the people and the State. So, he also urged the media houses to publish the authentic and credible news after doing proper research. He appealed the media houses to write and discuss the importance of the newly introduced welfare schemes so that the needy and poor people could be benefited from those schemes.
(Newmai News Network)