Imphal: The Joint Tribe Council (JTC) and Joint Tribe Students’ Association (JTSA) on behalf of the four related tribes of Inpui, Liangmai, Rongmei and Zeme submitted a statement to Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Thursday, in support of the state government. “War on Drugs” campaign by declaring “Drug and Poppy Free Zone”.
The statement reads: “The four kindred native tribes of Inpui, Laingmai, Rongmei and Zeme had never practiced poppy planting or been involved in any kind of illegal drug since time immemorial.”
The statement further states that “Following in the sincere and righteous footsteps of our ancestors, the four kindred tribes of Input, Liangmai, Rongmei and Zeme reiterate our stand against illegal drugs and poppy planting.”
“The joint tribes also decide to continue to preserve, keep the forests intact, its resources and give life a precious life.”
Speaking to the media, CM Biren Singh appreciated the Joint Tribe Council and the Joint Tribe Students’ Association (JTSA) for supporting the government at all times, especially in its fight against drugs, for the greater good of the people.
Highlighting the detrimental effects of poppy cultivation on the environment, including deforestation, degradation of soil fertility and water pollution, the CM called on all those carrying out drug-related activities to cease and to demonstrate their support for the “war on drugs”. country.
He added that mass campaigns have been launched by meeting the people of different villages and sensitizing the population on the harmful effects of poppy planting.
The CM also briefed a meeting of relevant officials from different departments, including forestry and police, on land encroachment in reserved forest and protected forest areas of the state. He said District Forest Officers (DFOs) have been instructed to ensure that no deforestation activities are carried out in the reserved and protected forest. Further, DPOs are advised to take action against anyone involved in poppy planting by registering FIRs and also to start carrying out reforestation activities.
On reports of subletting of government housing by some employees who had received housing on their behalf, the CM demanded an immediate halt to such activities while warning of strict measures against government employees who sublet their accommodations. He also warned officials against the misuse of flag post vehicles in the conduct of illegal activities.
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