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Government preparing to fight drought like situation in state says CM

 Source : Imphal Free Press.

Governor hands over award during Wildlife week celebration

Governor hands over award during Wildlife week celebration

IMPHAL | Oct 8: Chief minister, N. Biren Singh declared that the state government have taken up preventive measures to control the drought like situation in the state. The declaration was made during the grand finale event of 63rd Wildlife Week Celebration held at Manipur State Film Development Society today, under the theme of ‘Celebrate Rights of Wildlife’. In his presidential speech at the function, Biren stated that in some areas of Imphal East and Bishnupur, the agricultural lands are getting dry due to scanty rainfall. To mitigate the problem, a high level committee was formed headed by commissioner of water resource, H. Deleep Singh, he added. He informed that the committee had decided to adopt river lifting irrigation system if the land of cultivating areas is cracked. So far the state government had identified 51 places of different districts for adoption of this system. “Anyone can complain to water resource commission or chief minister office if she/he comes to know any places where there is possibility of occurring drought. The state government will surely provide an alternative arrangement of irrigation system or any kind of assistance”, the CM assured. Referring to conservation of forest and wildlife, he said that impact of climate change will reach every corner of the world and so protection and conservation of forest and wildlife must be focused very seriously. He expressed his happiness at the large participation of students from hill districts and winning the prizes conducted during the wildlife week. He mentioned that the state is blessed with so many resources but people from other part of the country or foreign countries have not explored its beauty and uniqueness and the main reason would be their consideration of the state as a conflict zone. But fortunately, the number of foreign tourists is increasing every year and this is the positive result of the consistent effort of the present government, he added. Stating about the present Manipur University impasse, he said that the state government is putting maximum effort to restore normalcy in the state. The CM appealed that every stakeholder should be flexible while negotiating on the issue rather than being rigid in their opinions. Also, any section of the society should not use derogatory term like ‘terrorist’ for the students of MU, he added. The chief guest of the function, governor, Najma Heptulla said that every species living in this ecosystem are interdependent on each other. Hence, the extinction of one particular species excessively creates imbalance in ecology. Considering the negative impact, state government should ban the commercial hunting of wild animals completely by implementing effective measures, she urged. While appreciating the scenic beauty of the state, she requested chief minister to protect the wetland located in Bishnupur district where migratory birds visit in large number every year. As a part of the programme, she presented incentive awards of Rs.5000 and a citation each to animal attendant of Manipur Zoological Garden, Angam Komodan, Rainforest Club, Tamenglong and Th. Shamungou Singh of Bishnupur district for their dedicated efforts in the conservation of wildlife. She also presented ‘appreciation certificates’ to 12 Assam Rifles, Khudengthabi, Animal and Husbandry department, The Sangai Express, Imphal Free Press, People’s for Animal and sub-inspector, Y. Motilal of Bishnupur Police for their commendable roles in wildlife conservation. Prizes for the state level photography, quiz and debate competitions held as part of the Wildlife Week celebration were also distributed by the dignitaries at the function. Chief conservator of forests (Wildlife), Anurag Bajpai read out the report of wildlife week 2018. A short documentary based on Shiroy Lily and Sangai were also screened. Other dignitaries who attended the function were Forest and Environment minister, Th. Shyamkumar, CAF and PD minister, Karam Shyam, Tribal Affairs and Hills minister, N. Kayisii, additional chief secretary (Forest and Environment), Suhel Akhtar and principal chief conservator of Forests, K. Angami as guests of honour.