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Wed, 14 Nov 2018

Northeast Today

Many Skip I-Day Celebration in Manipur’s Kpi District Owing to Non Empowerment Of District

Many Skip I-Day Celebration in Manipur’s Kpi District Owing to Non Empowerment Of District
August 16
19:06 2018

- NET Bureau, Kaybie Chongloi

Many people including various civil society organizations leaders in a newly created Kangpokpi District in Manipur skipped the auspicious occasion of 72nd India Independence Day celebration due to non-empowerment of the district wholly despite its creation almost 2 years back.

Kangpokpi had witnessed one of the grandest Independence Day celebrations last year with the massive enthusiastic participation of the people and its leaders as it marked the first Independence Day after attaining districthood in 2016 December.

Even if there is no restriction for partaking in the celebration, many people, apart from its leaders also skipped voluntarily the Independence Day celebration to exhibit discontentment over the non-devolution of complete powers to DC and SP Kangpokpi despite of being DC and SP in a full-fledged district.

“There is no restriction to anyone but the people themselves have already been considerably hurt over the repeated disloyalty displayed by the state BJP Government in spite of its promises to empowered Kangpokpi District wholly which is why they voluntarily skipped the celebration”, said a CSO leader.

Many residents of the District Headquarters were reported to remain at home during the celebration program held at M. Thomas Ground, Kangpokpi rather than coming out to celebrate the momentous occasion.

“I don’t find meaningful and worthy to participate in the event where freedom has been celebrated when we are yet to set completely free from the district where we are bifurcated in terms of powers and functioning”, said a visibly displeased resident of Kpi DHQs who skipped the celebration.

The celebration began at around 9:15 am when Joel G. Haokip, MCS, Deputy Commissioner, who graced the sparkling occasion as Chief Guest have the Guard of Honour and inspection of parade accompanied by M. Hemant Pandey, IPS, SP Kangpokpi and set the mood by hoisting the tricolor amidst cheers and applauds from the crowd accompanied by the National Anthem by JNV students and impressive music by the band party.

Lead in a classy manner by Sony S.G. Sang, MPS, SDPO Kangpokpi, the lively march pass contingents including personnel of Kangpokpi police, VDF, school students, ASHA Workers and ICDS, who were at their best, marched pleasingly past the podium and saluted the Chief Guest who honestly received the salutation under the fluttering tri-colour standing by the podium amidst the impressive musical performance of St. Francis De School, Daili Band party.

Addressing the gathering, Joel G. Haokip, MCS, DC Kangpokpi extend his warmest greeting to the people of Kangpokpi on the auspicious occasion and also offered heartfelt gratitude and honour to the freedom fighters and unsung heroes, men, women and children who made it possible for the birth of this great nation while urging the people of Kangpokpi to recommit themselves to peace, unity and communal harmony as a mark of honour to those who sacrifice for the nation.

While highlighting the various significant initiatives, achievements, functions, trainings, etc. made and conducted by the District Administration Kangpokpi District, the Deputy Commissioner also said that Kangpokpi being a new district, a well-balanced, inclusive approach from grass root level is vital for the development of the district.

“Let us pledge ourselves to setting priorities, proper resource allocation to meet expressed needs and most importantly to finding out unexpressed needs by ensuring the successful implementation of Government programs such as Go to Village and Gram Swaraj Abhiyan”, he asserted.

The MCS officer also said that despite making great progress after India got Independence in 1947, there are still many issues we can improve stating that we have to be independent poverty, illiteracy, social evil and communal mentality and most importantly we need to be inter-dependent.

A Souvenir christened, ‘Kangpokpi Today’ special issue edited by Laishram Roshan, District Information Officer (DIPR), Kangpokpi and published by Department of Information and Public Relations, Govt. of Manipur in connection with the 72nd India Independence Day was also released on the momentous occasion.

SFS Daili Band Party and Maohing Youth Club mesmerized the gathering including the dignitaries with their innovative band display and talents which was highly appreciated while the dignitaries and crowd applaud to the young band party.

Apart from distribution of appreciation, outstanding, participation, etc. certificate, red blankets, sports materials to various DLOs, employees, police personnel, village chiefs/chairman, youth club, Pratik Dahal (7), s/o Tiken Dahal of Leimakhong, who won gold and bronze medal in the All India Independence Cup Karate Championship, 2018 at New Delhi is also recognized at the national event for his outstanding achievements.

The momentous celebration was also attended by Haokholal Hangshing, Chairman ADC Sadar Hills, Thangjakam Misao, Vice Chairman, ADC Sadar Hills and other members of ADC Sadar Hills, CEO-SHADC, Kpi, DLOs of Kangpokpi District; Post Commander, 38 AR Kangpokpi Post, KWWO, KYU, village chiefs, students and parents.

The sleepless efforts of the District Administration, the appreciable 24 x 7 alertness of the security forces and the huge contribution of Kpi local bodies lead to the successful celebration of the Independence Day.

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