Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh on Friday said that the 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.
He said that the Government is ever ready to accept constructive criticism if they do not disrespect the decency and morality of any individual or organization.
The Chief Minister said that criticism and the Right to Speech are vital components of democracy, however, nobody should ever try to misuse it to discredit or defame anybody or any institution including the Government.
Stating that it would be wrong to assume that the present Government is intolerant to criticism, the Chief Minister clarified that the Government never wants to take action against anybody. However, it is useless 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 the 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 the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) in this regard.
Regarding the apprehension of discontinuation of some sports disciplines in SAI Takyelpat and SAI KhumanLampak, the Chief Minister said that he would talk to Union Sports Minister Mr. 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 constituting 30 percent of the school syllabus with common ancestry, origin, and history of Manipur.
Speaking at the occasion as the guest of honor, Health and Family Welfare Minister Shri L. Jayanta Kumar observed that media should be encouraged to work independently for a thriving democracy. Stating that the State Government had set up Manipur Lokayukta in order to eradicate corruption and bring transparency in governance, the Minister opined that it would certainly help the media in rendering its duties in different aspects.
Speaking on the occasion as the functional president, Information and Public Relations Director Shri Heisnam Balkrisna said that media should be neutral and free from all forms of influences. He then urged the State media to work responsibly on sensitive issues. He said that the media should never encourage unrest and violence. Stating that the Manipur is marching ahead since the past couple of years under the regime of the present Government,
Shri H. Balkrisna also opined that the media also has a big role to play in sustaining it.
Different personalities who have excelled in their fields were also feted at the function. ShriIrungbamPrabinkumar was feted as the Best IPR Person, while Mr. Oinam Niranjan, Ms. Ashangbam Bebita, and Mr. Khumanthem Gentle were felicitated as the Best Reporter (Print Media), Best Female Reporter (Electronic Media) and Best Male Reporter (Electronic Media) respectively.
Renowned singers Ms. ArambamJamuna and Mr. Sh. Nabachandra Sharma (Naba Volcano) were honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards. Guinness World Record Holder ShriYambemGovind and Newspaper Hawkers Shri Ch. Biren and Shri. Guneshwor was also feted at the function.
Kangleipakki Meira Chief Editor ShriWangkhemchaShamjai and former president of All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU) Shri N. Tombiraj were also seated on the dais as dignitaries.