IMPHAL | Jul 16: “Rewards for performing good jobs and punishments for illegal activities is the principle of the present State government,” said chief minister of Manipur, N. Biren Singh today at an Awards Distribution ceremony held in connection with the seizure of drugs by a combined team of Manipur Police and Narcotics and Affairs of Borders (NAB) on June 29.
“We must fight collectively to root out the drug menace from the State; and Police-Public relationship needs to be strengthened and regular interactive programs should also be held,” the CM said in his address as chief guest of the occasion. “Earlier there were places where law enforcement agencies were not in a position to enter; but under the present government, the public have even invited law enforcement agencies to enter those places and have also provided information in the case any illegal activities happening in the areas,” he added.
N. Biren also informed that the government had conducted surveys in different areas to find out the reasons why people were depending on drugs business for their livelihood. “It was found that there were around 2500 families who were forced to join the drug business so that they can take care of their ailing family members,” he said adding that as such, the government have started different schemes such as ‘Chief Minister Gi Hakshelgi Tengbang’ to stop those families dependent on drug business for their survival.
At the initial stages when the present government came to power, Manipur was in a state of unrest with bandhs, blockades, lack of trust between the hills and the valleys, law and order problems and there were many challenges ahead, he continued while asserting that with the present government being a people oriented one, the government has overcome and settled several issues in the State.
While giving credit of the drug seizure to the public who informed the presence of illegal activities, N. Biren also made an appeal to CVOS and the police department to perform their duties without partiality or favouring any individual.
Speaking on the occasion, DGP of the State, L.M Khaute said that the Manipur has been fighting the menace of drugs from the last four decades; and as such Narcotics Affairs and Borders (NAB) was formed in 1984 headed by an inspector which was later upgraded on 1985 and headed by a Superintendent of Police where drug cells were also set up in different districts of the state.
“Though the epicentre of drugs has been the Golden Triangle, there are no adequate police stations along the Indo-Myanmar border besides the lack of severe efforts taken up by neighbouring countries to tackle the drug business,” Khaute said while stating that a proposal has been submitted to the government to increase police stations along the border.
“Since the drug business is a lucrative one with the presence of well organised drug traffickers in the State and across the border along with a readily available market, it is hard to control the business,” Khaute continued adding that the matter had been taken up as a major issue in a zonal DGP conference.
While stating that the increasing poppy plantation in the state as a means of survival for many remains a challenge for the police department, the DGP also assured the police department along with support from public and media will continue sincere efforts in the fight against drugs business. He also mentioned the importance of having a better equipment to control and fight the drug business.
“From April 2017 till June 2019, Manipur Police have been able to seized drugs worth Rs 37 crore, 3 lakh and 39 thousand along with 62,000 currency notes in connection with various NDPS cases,” said Khaute
Speaking to the media on the sidelines of the event, SP- NAB, W. Basu expressed his gratitude to the State government adding that the function, which is the first of its kind, will boost the morale of the police department and inspire personnel to perform better.
Additional superintendent of police NAB, Thounaojam Brinda also told that the award is a great encouragement from the side of the government while dedicating the success to the whole team behind the drug seizure.
As a part of the occasion, the CM also handed over the Chief Minister’s Commendation Certificates and Incentive Awards to 59 Police Officers and Personnel. A short video on the activities and achievements of Manipur Police on “War against Drugs” was also played during the function.