Thursday, June 1, 2023

War on drugs on verge of success: Biren

Correspondent

War on drugs is on the verge of success, said Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Saturday as more tribes and hill village chiefs came out in support of the government’s campaign to eliminate drug menace in the state.
Different villages and communities living in the state continued to back state government’s effort to uproot poppy cultivation and eliminate the drug menace.
On Saturday, a delegation consisting of village chiefs of Saikul area of Kangpokpi district led by sitting MLA Kimneo Haokip Hangshing submitted a resolution to chief minister N Biren Singh expressing their support to the government’s war on drugs campaign. The resolution was signed by chiefs of 50 villages, where they deliberated at length about poppy cultivation and resolved to put immediate hold on poppy cultivation in Saikul area.
The resolution further urged the state government to arrange alternative means for livelihood for the villagers.
The resolution further stated that any individuals or groups who defied the resolution should, at their own risk, face any legal action taken by concerned authority.
In the afternoon, another delegation of chiefs of villages in Tengnoupal and Chandel district under the Kuki Chief Association also submitted a declaration to the chief minister highlighting their support to the government’s war on drugs and efforts to eradicate poppy plantation in the state.
Later, talking to the media, the chief minister expressed profound happiness for the support received from village chiefs from across the state. Singh said many communities have come up one after another to extend their support.
“I hope the success is close,” he said while asserting that the people have now understand the ill effects of drugs in the society as well as the impact of poppy cultivation on the environment and future generations of the state.
The chief minister assured that arrangements for alternative livelihood would be taken up soon consulting the horticulture and tribal affairs and hills department.

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