Imphal, Sep 30 (DIPR)
Jana Neta Irawat Day (Irabot Day) was celebrated today at Irawat Square, Lilashing Khongnangkhong, Thangmeiband. The celebration was graced by Chief Minister N Biren Singh, Deputy Chief Minister Y Joykumar Singh and PHED Minister L Dikho as chief guest, president and guest of honour respectively.
Speaking at the occasion, Chief Minister N Biren said, “While celebrating Irabot day, we should remember his dedication and efforts toward maintaining oneness and emotional integrity among people of different communities”.
He urged all to follow the ideals of the great leader, who envisioned a united Manipur.
Biren said that Irabot stood for the unity and love between hill people and valley people and recalled that the inseparable hill-valley unity was his vision for a prosperous Manipur.
He said that Irabot’s statue faces towards Manipur Legislative Assembly Secretariat to remind the legislators of his ideology.
He further said that the incumbent Government does not believe in rhetorical speeches but in visible actions.
The Chief Minister said that since agricultural land is very limited, the Govt has taken up certain measures and in order to preserve the agriculture land, the Government has amended building by-laws by giving approval for construction of building with G+7 which was earlier G+3.
To enable double cropping, thrust is given to irrigation. A project proposal of minor irrigation and rain harvesting scheme has been sent to the Ministry concerned, he added.
He said that paying homage and celebrating Irabot’s birth anniversary would be meaningful only when the present generation follows his ideals and translates his philosophies into action. The Chief Minister appealed the public to participate in the Irabot Day celebration at the particular place in the years to come.
In his presidential speech, Deputy Chief Minister Y Joykumar Singh remembered Irabot as a unique leader, who could win the heart of the masses. He said that his contribution in the fields of literature, sports and social upliftment for the downtrodden are noteworthy. Earlier, Chief Minister N Biren Singh unveiled a statue of Jana Neta Hijam Irawat and also led the gathering in offering floral tribute to the statue which was followed by offering guard of honours by Manipur Rifles jawans.
MLAs, Chief Secretary, DGP, high ranking civil and police officers, students and a large number of people attended the function.