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CM Biren visits Sangai Ethnic Park, inspects development work

He went on to say that a memorial site would be built for the 185 brave soldiers who joined the then-Indian National Army to liberate India from the British

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Imphal: Chief Minister N. Biren Singh visited the Sangai Ethnic Park at Moirang Khunou on Saturday and also inspected the development works taken up there prior to the G20 event, which will be held in the state from February 16–18, 2023. 

He later visited the INA Memorial Complex being developed at Moirang.

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Briefing the media at the INA Memorial Complex, N. Biren Singh informed about the likely visit of Union Home Minister Amit Shah to the state in January next year. The state government had requested that the union home minister hoist the 165-foot-high Indian National Flag, which is being installed inside the INA Memorial Complex.

He went on to say that a memorial site would be built for the 185 brave soldiers who joined the then-Indian National Army to liberate India from the British. He added that the memorial site would also be inaugurated by the Union Home Minister during his visit.

Mentioning his visit to the Sangai Ethnic Park, the Chief Minister further informed that a session of the G20 Summit, 2023 would also be held in the state. As such, representatives of participating counties will also visit different places in the state, including Loktak Lake, Sangai Ethnic Park, and others, during their visit to the state for the session, he added. 

He also informed that the grand finale of Femina Miss India would be held at the Sangai Ethnic Park in the first week of April 2023. He continued that he had visited the park to see the progress of the development and to ensure its completion before the G20 session.

Biren reiterated Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah’s appreciation of the state government’s War on Drugs Campaign and the alternative crop plantation initiatives taken up by the government. He mentioned that the state government has been providing awareness to different villages in hill areas regarding the ill effects of poppy plantations and the alternative livelihood measures taken up by the government. 

The state government came to know about the cultivation of poppy under pressure and the collection of tax by some militant outfits under suspension of operations, as revealed by two village chiefs arrested by the police, he added.

The Chief Minister stated that drone surveys are being conducted to check poppy plantations in some interior regions, and that steps have been taken to destroy the poppy plantations by deploying a combined team consisting of Manipur Police and Narcotics and Affairs of Border (NAB) personnel.

He appealed to those poppy planters to immediately stop such activities, adding that the government does not want to take harsh action against them. He also highlighted that under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, the government can confiscate even the property of drug dealers and poppy planters, expressing that the government does not want to go that far.

During the inspection, the Chief Minister was accompanied by his cabinet colleagues and officials. 

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