Imphal: Manipur celebrated the Country’s 74th Republic Day with mass participation from across the State joining the nation-wide celebration. The State Level Republic Day Celebrations, 2023 was held at Kangla with Governor of Manipur Shri La Ganesan unfurling the National flag and taking salute from different march-past contingents.
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, Cabinet Ministers, Lokayukta of
Manipur, Members of Parliament, Members of Legislative Assembly
Constituencies, Chief Secretary, Director General of Police and Senior Civil
and Police Officials also took part in the celebration.
The celebration began with the Governor inspecting the Guard of
Honour accorded by a contingent of 6th Battalion Manipur Rifles (MR)
commanded by Additional Superintendent of Police (Central Motor
Transport Workshop) T. Bishwajit Singh, MPS.
Later, Governor La Ganesan unfurled the Tricolour amidst
playing of the National Anthem by 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles Band and
then took salute from 76 march-past contingents including different band
contingents, commanded by Commandant of 2nd Battalion Manipur Rifles
Smt. Victoria Yengkhom, MPS. Apart from this, 20 different Cultural
Troupes and Tableaux of 14 different Departments also took part in
marching contingents following the march-past.
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that the Centre has included
two personalities from the State, Thounaojam Chaoba Singh (public affairs) and K. Shanathoiba Sharma (sports) from the State for Padmashri which
are awarded to personalities for their distinguished service in any fields.
N. Biren Singh was delivering the Vote of Thanks at the 1st
Manipur Rifles Ground today as part of the 74th Republic Day celebration.
Further highlighting the seriousness of the State government in its
War on Drugs campaign, the Chief Minister said that the five Manipur
Police personnel arrested recently with illegal drugs have been terminated
with immediate effect, said Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today. The
Chief Minister further warned that there will be no compromise against
anyone found involved in illegal drugs and poppy plantation.
The Chief Minister wished the people of the State on the occasion
and further thanked everyone participating including students, civil police,
security forces, ex-servicemen, people from different communities, civil
societies, etc. in the successful celebration of the occasion.
N. Biren Singh recounted his memories of participating in the
Republic Day march past parade during his college days. It is under the
Indian Constitution that the citizens of the country enjoy their rights and
responsibilities, he added.
Further stating that India has assumed the presidency of the G-20
and that Manipur will also be hosting meetings as part of the presidency as
in other parts of the country, the Chief Minister has urged support from the
people for the successful hosting of the meetings.
Today, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,
India has become a leading nation in various fields including defence
production, economy, automobile, he said.
Meanwhile, during the celebration at Kangla, officers and personnel
of Manipur Police, Manipur Central Jail and Manipur Fire Service
Department were decorated by the Governor with the President’s Police
Medal for Distinguished Service, Police Medal for Gallantry on the occasion of Independence Day, 2021, Police Medal for Meritorious Service on the
occasion of Independence Day, 2021, Union Home Minister’s Medal for
Excellence in Police Training, 2020-2021, President Correctional Service
Medal for Distinguished Service, President Correctional Service Medals for
Meritorious Service and Fire Service Medal for Meritorious Service.
Director General of Police (Prison) and Managing Director (Manipur
Police Housing Corporation Limited)Christopher Doungel, IPS received
the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service.
Inspector, CDO/Imphal West Gunachandra Chanam and Head
Constable (HC), 8th Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) Hijam
Eshworchandra were decorated with the Police Medal for Gallantry.
Police Medal for Meritorious Service was accorded to Superintendent
of Police (SP), Vigilance & Anti-Corruption S. Gautam Singh, IPS,
Deputy Superintendent of Police/CID (SB) Shri Th. Gojen Singh, MPS,
Inspector (Vigilance & Anti-Corruption) Shri Konthoujam Bobby, Subedar,
1st MR Akoijam Bhogendro Singh, Subedar, 1st IRB Sanasam Raju
Singh, Jemadar (MPTC) Konjengbam Priyojit Singh, HC/CID (SB)
M. Parpa Chothe and Assistant Sub-Inspector, Imphal West
Sarangthem Joychandra Meetei.
Subedar (MPTC) Maibam Babu Meitei, Subedar (MPTC)
Potsangbam Robert Singh, Jemadar Shri Lukram Lenin Meetei and Rifleman
(MPTC) Kongbrailatpam Premsunder Shrama received the Union Home
Minister’s Medal for Excellence in Police Training.
Retired Deputy Superintendent N. Hemantakumar Singh was
accorded with President Correctional Service Medal for Distinguished
Service, while Chief Head Warder W. Didymus Tangkhul, Head Warder
Jilkhokai Touthang, Warder Khupzalam Neishil, Warder L.
Robindro Singh and Retired Chief Head Warder Thamsel Lamkang
were accorded with President Correctional Service Medals for Meritorious
Apart from this, Fireman M. Romendro Singh and Lanamei
Benjamin of Fire Service Department received the Fire Service Medal for