By M.Devanand Sharma
Imphal ( Manipur), Sept 23 : At a press conference at CM Secretariat here today, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said the state government have requested the Centre to suspend the Free Movement Rigime (FMR) in Myanmar border to curb the entry of illegal immigrants. The government also requested the Union Home Ministry to start fencing the international border, he said.
Biren also announced that the ban on internet, imposed as a precautionary measure, will be lifted for the public immediately.
People from Torbung, Serou, Koutruk who were displaced due to the ongoing crisis prevailing in the state since May 03 have started re-settlement in their respective hometown, the Chief Minister said. The construction work of prefabricated houses in different sites were also completed, he said.
The state also set up a committee, jointly with Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and Narcotics & Affairs of Border (NAB), to surveillance the poppy plantation in the state. It will use Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and drone to survey and destroy the poppy plantation, he said.
Security forces have also started entering Churachandpur on top of those already there with the support and cooperation of the people of the town, he said, adding that 25 persons have been arrested so far by the police in the district. Altogether 7 cases have been charge-sheeted.
Another serious issue is the missing of youth below 30 years from the society, the chief minister said highlighting the report of “Magnitude of Substance use in India 2019” published by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India.
Stating that the finding highlighted in the report regarding prevalence of alcohol use, ganja use, opiods and others in the state is quite alarming and concerning, Biren expressed the need to strengthen the War on Drugs campaign in the state.
The chief minister said a joint committee of the Narcotics Control Bureau and Narcotics and Affairs of Border has been formed to survey and destroy poppy plantations.
We should be very clear that we are fighting against forces which are trying to disintegrate and break Manipur,” he said lamenting that certain organisations formed in localities seem to be dictating unrest.
Steps are being taken up to ensure that there is rule of law in all districts of the state with cooperation of the people, he said.
Airtel’s alleged leakage of internet service in Churachandpur has been found to be true and two employees have been subsequently suspended, he added. The chief minister appeals all to join hands and stand unitedly including all indigenous communities including the indigenous Kukis brothers and sisters to rebuild the old peaceful Manipur and resettling the displaced families.