Imphal, Dec 3(ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, today said that though Manipur has been witness to bouts of violent incidents in the past, he is happy to note that they have declined considerably in the last few years.
"I am hopeful that we will continue to move ahead with eliminating violence and strengthening the roots of democracy, which are so very essential for unhindered economic growth of the state," Dr. Singh said in a speech at a public meeting at Imphal.
He further congratulated the state government for the bold step to hold elections to the six tribal Autonomous District Councils.
"I urge the state government to ensure adequate devolution of funds to these Councils and help them build their capacity for execution of various development programmes. I would urge all of you to support the elected District Councils and allow them to function from their respective headquarters. This is a historic opportunity that should not be allowed to be dissipated," he added.
The Prime Minister also said that the Centre is aware that the recent road blockades by some groups caused immense hardships to the common people of Manipur.
"While the Central government did extend all possible support to the state government for meeting the crisis and making essential commodities available to the people, the blockades were painful for the people of the state and harmful to its economy. Though the economic blockades have now ended, it is incumbent upon all of us to deliberate about the efficacy of such acts," he said.
"To my mind, there are no winners in such disruptive activities, there are only losers. It is my hope that we will not see a repeat of such actions in the future. Despite their diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, the people of Manipur have lived peacefully in the past and it should be our collective endeavour to see that this legacy is carried forward."
"It is my hope that Manipur will emerge as one of the best states of the country. Our government at the Centre, in partnership with the state government, will do everything possible to make this happen. I would like to end by wishing all of you and the state of Manipur all the very best for the future. ]May God bless your path," he added. (ANI)
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