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Territorial boundary and integrity of State will remain intact: Manipur CM

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IMPHAL: Manipur Chief Minister, N Biren Singh today affirmed that the territorial boundary and integrity of the State will remain intact.

Speaking at the 186th Death Anniversary of Maharaj Gambhir Singh observed at the Samadhi of the Maharaj here at Langthabal, Imphal West on Thursday, he also appealed the people to request the "rebel groups" to find an "amicable political solution" with the Centre.  

He also called for the 'collective effort' to uphold the integrity of the nation and the state.

"Let us forget and forgive our past mistakes and put our collective efforts to uphold the integrity of the nation as well as the State.”

 The Chief Minister further maintained that there will be peace and prosperity in the State only when "we commit ourselves" to build unity and integrity among the communities living in the State.

Stating that there were absence of collective thought and unity among the communities in the past, the Chief Minister lamented that "identity politics" had affected in the growth and development of the State.

He further highlighted that the long time demand for the implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) system has been fulfilled by the Centre and its implementation will protect the indigenous people of the State.

 Lauding the sacrifice and courage of Maharaj Gambhir Singh, Nara Singh, Heerachandra and other "unsung heroes" of the State, he said, "What we are today is because of the selfless sacrifices made by our forefathers.”

Patriotic and nationalistic feeling are inborn traits and should run high in our blood, he added.

Singh further maintained that the "supreme sacrifices made by our forefathers towards protecting the integrity of our land should also be included in the school syllabus.”

 On shifting of AR post from University campus
Highlighting the demand of Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU) to shift the Assam Rifles (AR) post from Manipur University campus, the Chief Minister said that the request is genuine and will urge the Central government to shift the AR post from University campus.

He also appealed the civil society organisations, student organizations, and local clubs etc. to encourage groups to indulge in agricultural and horticultural farming for self sustained and self sufficient production so that the state would not need to depend on imported products.

 "For such movement, the government will open a Special Cell to provide financial and technical support to the groups,” he added.

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