Media should play the role of a bridge between Government and people: Manipur CM

Newmai News Network

Imphal | January 24


Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh said that media should play the role of a bridge between the Government and the people. He was speaking at the 38th Foundation Day of evening newspaper ‘Kangleipakki Meira’ at Pillow Ground, Mongshangei in Imphal West district on Friday.


He said that the Government is ever ready to accept "constructive criticisms if they do not disrespect decency and morality of any individual or organization.” The Chief Minister also said that criticism and the Right to Speech are vital components of the democracy. "However, nobody should ever try to misuse it to discredit or defame anybody or any institution including the Government," he added. Stating that it would be wrong to assume that the present Government is intolerant to criticism, the Chief Minister clarified that the Government never wanted to take action against anybody. "However, it is helpless if anybody repeatedly violates the law", he added.


Regarding the economy of the State, the Chief Minister said that Manipur cannot become a progressive State until and unless State’s rural economy does not prosper. For this, he said, the State Government has been focusing on Agriculture and Horticulture sectors. The Chief Minister also announced that the State Government is planning to organize an Entrepreneurship Conference in association with Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) in this regard.


Regarding apprehension of discontinuation of some sports disciplines in SAI Takyelpat and SAI Khuman Lampak, the Chief Minister said that he would talk to Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on the matter. Stating that bonding among people of different communities is becoming weak due to non-inclusion of age-old stories and legends of brotherhood and unity in the school syllabus, the Chief Minister said that the State Government is considering on constituting 30 per cent of the school syllabus with common ancestry, origin and history of Manipur.


Different personalities who have excelled in their respective fields were also feted at the function.


Irungbam Prabinkumar was feted as the "Best IPR Person", while Oinam Niranjan, Km. Ashangbam Bebita and Khumanthem Gentle were felicitated as the Best Reporter (print media), Best Female Reporter (electronic media) and Best Male Reporter (Electronic Media) respectively.


Renowned singers Arambam Jamuna and Sh. Nabachandra Sharma (Naba Volcano) were honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards. Guinness World Record Holder Yambem Govind and Newspaper Hawkers Ch. Biren and S. Guneshwor were also feted at the function.


Kangleipakki Meira Chief Editor Wangkhemcha Shamjai and former president of All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU) N. Tombiraj were also seated on the dais as dignitaries.