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Manipur celebrates Statehood Day

By Sobhapati Samom

IMPHAL, Jan 21 - The 47th Statehood Day of Manipur was celebrated in a colourful State-level function at 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles ground here on Sunday.

Addressing the gathering, which was marked by a march past by 59 contingents, Chief Minister N Biren Singh greeted the people on the joyous occasion. He also conveyed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Ministers and Chief Ministers of different States have sent warm wishes to the people of Manipur on the occasion.

Ministers, MLAs and high ranking civil and police officials also attended the function.

Stating that the government had taken serious note of the twin blasts which occurred in Imphal on January 15, the CM said the matter had already been apprised to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh during his last New Delhi visit recently.

Seeking co-operation from the public in retaining the hard earned tranquillity in the State in the last 10 months, he urged the public not to make any criticism on community and religion which may incite enmity among different communities.

Stating that the doors are wide open to all the militant organisations for talks and discussions, he expressed his respect and thankfulness to all those who had contributed in achieving Statehood.

Informing that the government has set up an Anti-Corruption PS and Anti-Corruption Cell and Grievance Redressal Cell, he said the Anti-Corruption Cell of CM�s Secretariat has received more than 500 complaints. Action has been initiated in 165 cases so far, he added.

Health scheme: The much awaited Chief Minister-gi Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT), a health scheme for the poor and needy along with 10 advanced life support ambulances was launched by Chief Minister N Biren Singh as a gift to the people of Manipur on Statehood Day here on Sunday.

The CMHT is a pioneering health assurance scheme to provide cash less treatment to the poor at the empanelled network of hospitals and cover upto Rs 2 lakh per eligible family annually identified from the socio-economic census.

Terming the scheme as his second dream-scheme after Chief Minister-gi Sotharabashing gi Tengbang (CMST), the Chief Minister said the government had been able to gift two social security schemes to its people with the support of the people.

The welfare scheme for the differently abled individuals which includes a scholarship of Rs 3,000 per annum for Class I-V, Rs 4,000 per annum for Class VI-VIII, Rs 6,000 per annum for Class IX-XII, Rs 8,000 per annum for graduate and above, was launched on December 3, 2017.

Singh urged the doctors to prescribe the generic medicines listed in PM�s Jana Aushahi Yojana in order to make healthcare affordable for poor people.

In his speech, Health Minister L Jayantakumar said that the new Government had taken up many people-oriented programmes despite fund constraints.

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