CCPUR Jun 24: Chief minister, N. Biren Singh today inaugurated a police station at Behiang village located under Singat sub division, Churachandpur district.
The CM was accompanied by his cabinet colleagues, Agriculture minister, V Hangkhanlian; Revenue minister, Karam Shyam; Forest minister, Shyam Kumar; PHED minister, Losii Dikho and Education minister, Radheshyam Singh; chairman of MANIREDA and Singhat MLA, Ginsuanhau; chief secretary Dr. J. Suresh Babu; DGP, L.M. Khaute; secretary to CM, Ningthoujam Geoffrey and other high ranking officials of the State government.
Hundreds of villagers clad in traditional attires welcomed the CM upon his arrival in an IAF helicopter at Behiang Football Ground at around 11.30 am today. It was his second visit to the village as CM.
Speaking at the inauguration function, the CM said that the police station at Behiang has been set up understanding the need for security of the people residing at far-flung and interior areas. “The location of the village is strategically important as it can serve as the second corridor to South East Asian nations next to Moreh in the light of Government of India’s Act East Policy,” he said while also mentioning that observing that natural calamity prone states like Manipur always need alternative connecting routes; and for this reason the Imphal-Behiang road (Tiddim road) must be developed as the second route which connects the State with South East Asian countries. The CM also assured that a trade centre would also be developed at Behiang like at Moreh to enhance trade activities with the neighbouring country of Myanmar.
Mentioning that the foundation stone for the police station was laid during his maiden visit to the village on December 19, 2017, N. Biren said that the most delightful moment for any public leader comes after he or she fulfils the promise made to public. While informing that Churachandpur-Singhat section of Churachandpur-Behiang road is already a National Highway, N. Biren further stated that he had requested the Centre to upgrade the remaining section from Singhat to Behiang to a National Highway as well. “And I am hopeful that the said section would also become a National Highway very soon,” he added.
N. Biren further stated that the State Government had submitted a Rs. 100-crore proposal to the Centre to construct a ring road along India-Myanmar border from the last village bordering Mizoram to the last point bordering Nagaland in Ukhrul district. While maintaining that it would ease inconvenience in security management as well, the chief minister expressed hope that the said proposal is likely to get approval as the country now has a proficient Home minister in Amit Shah.
In regard to the requests from the public, the CM said that the State government would consider the upgradation of Singhat High School to Higher Secondary School and Zougal Memorial Junior High School to High school. He assured that a Zoumi Cultural Hall will be constructed at Behiang soon while mentioning that the construction of Churachandpur-Sugnu road is almost complete and the bridge constructed over Tuilak River is 70 percent complete.
The CM also launched Smart Hospital Management System or Technology for Behiang PHC at the function. Later, he led other dignitaries in planting saplings inside the police station complex after which they inspected the building and barracks of the police station which currently has 50 personnel.
DC of Churachandpur, Shyam Lal Poonia and SP of Churachandpur, Amrita Sinha also attended the function.
After the inauguration of Behiang Police Station which was constructed by Manipur Police Housing Corporation; a hall function was also organised during which the CM expressed his happiness on being able to visit Churachandpur amidst the unpredictable weather which had lasted from the past few days. “With your support we had formed a government on March 15 2017, and we were able to do several things for the people,” he said while adding that he had come with five of his cabinet colleagues today as they are of the opinion that policies cannot be dictated from Imphal and there is a need to go to the villages instead.
The CM expressed his happiness that the Police station could be built within 9 months which was made to protect unguarded places in villages while stating that reasons for no reports incidents of illegal immigrants being reported from this borders area could be due to the lack or absence of policing. “The setting up this police station was due to the need to have a second Moreh like trade station to foster trade in the State at large,” he added
N. Biren Singh also told the police personnel that their job was not only to maintain law and order but also to protect lives and property as well. He advised them to go and find out the problems faced by the people. The CM also directed the District Administration to attend to the grievances of the villagers by organising a “People’s Day” or “Meeyamgi Numit” on the 15th of each month while adding that the motto of his government is to ‘Ease out Grievances’.