President of India Pranab Kumar Mukherjee will be coming to Manipur on a two day visit to the state. The state has a lot to expect from his visit. Unlike his predecessors he maintains wonderful relation with the UPA Government at the centre. He makes announcement and the Government shows readiness to translate all his assurances into action. Will he announce lifting of controversial armed forces special powers act from Manipur? Irom Chanu Sharmila is demanding repealing of the act? His visit is connected with the golden jubilee celebration of Adim Jati Shiksha Ashram. The other states in NE region Meghalaya and Mizoram are out to grab every single opportunity and these two states are attempting to drag all the developmental programmes framed for NE region to their states. Manipur cannot waste the visit by the head of the country to the state and it is time the state Government decides what it should demand from the president of the country. We are lagging far behind in telecommunication. Land has been occupied for up gradation of Imphal airport. The union Government cannot delay up gradation of the Imphal airport to the international level. The other day when the union Civil Aviation Minister was asked to declare the date for declaration of Imphal airport as the international airport, he rebuked the scribe, who quizzed him saying where do you want to go? Meghalaya has IIM, Mizorma is also going to get one. Manipur can demand one IIM. The President will hear it, there is no doubt about it. Contribution made by Manipur in the field of sports is enormous. More need to be done for promotion of sports in Manipur. Number one problem facing the state is inability to create jobs for the educated unemployed youths. Fund starved Manipur Government cannot do anything to make the unemployed sections happy. Either we demand private investors to come to the state and start business keeping the unemployed sections in view or the Government creates enough funds to give to the educated youths to start the business of their own. That however will be easier said than done. Our unskilled entrepreneurs will find it handicapped to compete with the giant sized production companies. Solution to unemployment problem lies in starting too many public sector companies in the state. Pranab Kumar Mukherjee when he visits Manipur surely he will be seeing some of the massive constructions that have come up at Chingmeirong side. On seeing these massive constructions he will think Manipur is moving ahead of other states. Yet more need to be done. We do not have income of our own unless it comes from the centre. This must be understood by all the dignitaries visiting Manipur. We are confident President of india after seeing Manipur will advise the Union Government to pay special attention to enable it to survive on their own in the same manner Union Government is considering to give special status to Bihar. Manipur is the most troubled state in the entire NE region. Let him feel it.
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