Imphal: Chief Minister N Biren Singh has said that the Government fully understands the grievances of VDF personnel and it would be looked into in due course of time taking the financial position of the State into account. He was speaking as the chief guest at the 12th State Level Raising Day celebration of the force held at the auditorium of Manipur State Film Development Society, Palace Compound.
N Biren Singh said that the Government had already hiked the honorarium of VDF personnel to Rs 8500 and ration money to Rs 2000 understanding their nature of duty and acknowledging their contribution towards maintaining law and order in the state. Stating that there is perhaps a tendency among some organisations in Manipur to hold the Government to ransom to meet their demands, the Chief Minister observed that such practice should be avoided as nothing good can be achieved by ceasing work in protest or to fulfil a demand.
The Chief Minister asked high-ranking officers of the Manipur Police Department not to use VDF personnel for their personal works and not to indulge in activities that may hurt their dignity because every man has self-esteem. He also asserted that the present government always fulfills valid demands, and the VDF personnel is no exception. Their grievances would be definitely looked into in due course of time taking the financial position of the state into account, he added. The Chief Minister also urged the VDF personnel to join hands in checking the wrongdoers.
MAHUD Minister O Henery, MP Dr RK Ranjan, DGP LM Khaute, ADGP C. Doungel, All Manipur VDF Welfare Association Chief Advisor Wangkhemcha Shamjai and The Morning Bell Publisher L Bashanta Sharma also attended the celebration as dignitaries.
The Chief Minister also feted diligent VDF personnel by presenting mementos.