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Imphal, May 13 : A seminar on ‘Changing Contours of Manipur and way Ahead’ was held at Leimakhong by the Red Shield Division today. The seminar was attended by the CM of Manipur O Ibobi Singh, President MPCC, Deputy CM, Minister of Home, Tribal affairs and Hills, Horticulture and Science, Gaikhangam, Ministers and MLA from various constituencies of Manipur, DGP Manipur, S Y Joykumar, Additional Chief Secretary, S Lawmkunga and prominent personalities from the fields of education, administration and leaders of various socio political and youth organisations. The seminar exchanged views on the shift occurring in the society due to the opportunities, economic progress and prosperity in Manipur and suggested ways of ushering in enduring peace and economic progress of the State. The uniqueness of the seminar was that it was organised by the Red Shield Division that is combating insurgency in the State and has become an inseparable part in the ongoing conflict. Lt Gen AK Sahni, SM, VSM, GOC Spear Corps welcomed Chief Minister of Manipur, Shri O Ibobi Singh and officials of State administration, services representatives from Army, Para Military and CPOs, representatives of socio political organisations, HR Organisations, NGOs and all others in attendance.
Addressing the inaugural function of the seminar, Chief Minister Ibobi stated that discussion as such these are very important in the present situation.
The Chief Minister said that insurgency in the state has been curbed significantly adding that the Army, paramilitary forces and the police take major roles in fighting militancy.
“Different communities in the state maintain peace and harmony respecting each other’s differences for a long time. But, individuals who want to sacrifice and work hard with sincerity for the betterment of the society are rare in the state,” he remarked.
Ibobi said that the state Government is focusing more on electricity and transportation and for this, it is taking up necessary steps.
At the same time, the Government is giving special impetus to education sector, the Chief Minister said and admitted that a good Government always pay special attention to such areas.
Ibobi added that his Government is also focusing on bringing equal development both in the valley and hill.
The one-day event was held in two separate sessions. In the morning session Chief Justice (Retd) WA Shishak was the Chairperson in which prominent resource persons Prof Ch Priyoranjan Singh, Prof W Nabhakumar, Prof Amar Yumnam and Prof (Mrs) Salam Irene delivered their views and opinions on the changing contours of Manipur. The way ahead for Manipur was discussed in the second session by Shri PC Lawmkunga, Additional Chief Secretary, Prof L Sadananda, Shri Y Joykumar, DGP Manipur and Prof Amar Yumnam under the chairmanship of Prof N Mohendro Singh, Director College Development Council, Manipur.
The seminar was concluded with a vote of thanks by Maj Gen KK Sinha, SM, GOC, Red Shield Division. In his address, the GOC expressed that the seminar was organised to have a free exchange of views which would help to ensure a peaceful, progressive and vibrant Manipur. While thanking the participants and the audience he further added that although the Army has taken the initiative to organise this Seminar, the idea is not to advocate ‘set-piece’ solutions but rather for all of us to benefit from positive and innovative contributions of the esteemed speakers.
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