IMPHAL, Jan 22 - Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh said the north-eastern hilly state was lagging behind other states in terms of development.
The Chief Minister was addressing a gathering during the celebration of the 47th statehood day at the Manipur Rifles parade ground.
Biren Singh said as a result of the state being a Union Territory and class �C� for a long time, it remained under developed.
He said that his government which came to power last year on March 15 has made considerable headway in stamping out corruption.
The government has suspended several officials for corrupt practices.
While urging those who protest and impose blockades to hold talks with the government before taking such steps, the Chief Minister said that any problem can be solved at the negotiating table.
He also said that his government welcomes �constructive criticism� and the state has been trying to involve the people in all developmental work. � IANS