IMPHAL, October 8: Any developmental work undertaken in Senapati whether by the BJP led Central government or the State government in Senapati district should be in the name of freedom fighter Rani Gaidinliu, BJP ST Morcha president Faggan Singh Kulaste who is also the chairman of the Parliamentary Steering Committee on SC and ST said today.
He was speaking as the chief guest at the inaugural function of the month long birth centenary celebration of Rani Gaidinliu at the Mini Stadium, Senapati district Headquarter today.
He said Rani Gaidinliu was one of tribal people who took a vital role in the freedom struggle against the British.
We must not forget her contribution and sacrifices for her motherland, he said.
Being the national president of the party`™s ST morcha, he said he will ask the Centre and the State government to honour her by naming an educational institute or scheme.
Only the BJP led NDA government focuses on the development of tribal unlike the other political parties of the past, he claimed.
Under the BJP, a separate Ministry of Tribal Affairs has been set up in the country to promote the tribal culture and for development of the tribal, he said
Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the month long birth centenary of Rani Gaidinliu has been inaugurated from Senapati district today, he said.
Minister of State Rural Development, Sudarshan Bhagat said the month long nationwide celebration will help people remember the freedom fighter more.
He said it is a great opportunity to meet Rani Gaidinliu`™s grandson today in Senapati.
Achem Pamei who is the grandson of Rani Ma Gaidinliu was also present at the celebration.
The MoS said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has instructed them to visit Manipur along with other national leaders and attend the inaugural programme of the freedom fighter.
The NDA government considers the North East important, he added.
BJP Manipur Pradesh president Th Chaoba said Rani Gaidinliu was born on January 26, 1915 and as such the celebration should be continued till January 25, 2016.
Chaoba also said that the BJP Manipur Pradesh has been demanding the NDA government to erect a statue of Rani Gaidinliu in the Parliament complex.
Others present on the occasion include BS Mathur, national general secretary, national organizer, BJP-SC Morcha; Rameshchand Meenaji, national vice president, BJP, ST Morcha; Johny G Rengmaji, national vice president, ST-Morcha; elected ADC members of the district; BJP workers and well-wishers attended the celebration.
Meanwhile, leader of the ADC Senapati, N Benjamin Tao submitted a memorandum to the visiting MoS to include National Rural Livelihood Mission for Senapati district like in other hill districts of the State to boost the economic condition, to include BRGF (Backward Region Grant Fund) projects or alternative projects for Senapati as special case in view of the primitive tribe and other backward classes of the district for speedy development and be equal with other districts, decentralization of fund to the district such as `“ NREGS, scholarship for students and 100% central sponsored schemes and immediate devolution of legislative, financial and judiciary powers to the ADCs for grass root level development of the district.
Karong Senapati Town Committee also submitted a memorandum urging the MoS to provide better drinking water facilities in the town and its surrounding areas which have been suffering from acute drinking water shortage and lack of water reservoir every year with the ever increasing number of population in the DHQ and for a permanent marketing complex for women folks and local entrepreneurs of the district for better development of the district.
The Naga People`™s Organization (NPO) represented by the five units of the Mao, Poumai, Maram, Thangal and Zeliangrong tribes presidents submitted a memorandum on the matters for an honourable resolution of the Indo-Naga peace Accord, non-assessment and revocation of the 3 infamous controversial anti-tribal bills passed by the Manipur legislative Assembly on August 31, 2015 and implementation of MNREGA/S in the original guideline.