How CM Nongthombam Biren Singh Transformed Manipur, Ushering the State towards Modernisation and Peace?

In 2017, the BJP stunned the Congress, which ruled for 15 years in Manipur as it emerged as the largest party winning 21 seats in the 60-member state Assembly. 2017 was the first time there was a BJP Chief Minister in Manipur, N. Biren Singh. Riding on development wave and improved connectivity in the state in the last five years, the Bharatiya Janata Party under N. Biren Singh has retained power in Manipur after today’s result.

We’ve read about numerous politicians and their achievements. However, the unsung hero of the BJP, N. Biren Singh’s journey and his accomplishments have not been mentioned in the mainstream media. Let’s explore.

Nongthombam Biren Singh (born on 1st January, 1961) is an Indian politician, an integral part of BSF, former footballer and journalist. 

He began his career as a footballer and got recruited in the Border Security Force (BSF), playing for its team in domestic competitions. He resigned from the BSF and turned to journalism. Despite having had no formal training and experience, he began the vernacular daily Naharolgi Thoudang in 1992 and worked as the editor till 2001.

Turning to politics in 2002, he was named the 12th Chief Minister of Manipur. He won the floor test on the floor of the Assembly with the support of 33 MLAs of BJP and its allies. He sheered his party to the victory again today. 

Manipur under N. Biren Singh

Education and Water

N. Biren Singh introduced School Fagathansi Mission and covered 60 schools under the mission, which increased 25 percent students’ enrollment in Government schools. Two hundred and thirty-seven schools spread across the state have been amalgamated to nearby schools having better infrastructure better connectivity under the mission for widespread improvement. The household drinking water coverage has increased from 5.7 percent to 51 percent under the BJP Government in Manipur. 5.7 percent to 51 percent: The world’s Greatest changeover in less than five years, right?

Law and Order

Taking positive steps towards ending the insurgency, the law and order situation has witnessed a massive improvement in the past five years, making progress on development works in Manipur possible. 

Health

Biren Singh, under Chief Minister’s Health for All Scheme, launched door-to-door health screening for Primary Health Care and Chronic Disease Management. Foundation stone ofa ‘State of the Art Cancer Hospital’ in Imphal worth around Rs. 160 crore on a PPP basis has been recently laid.

Agriculture

Manipur has conferred the prestigious Krishi Karman Award for the highest food grain production in 2017-18. Around 5.82 lakhs farmers are getting six thousand rupees per annum under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme (PMKSNY).

Under Biren Singh, 37,500 hectares had been brought under organic cultivation. During 2014-15, there were only 345 hectares of area under organic farming in Manipur. Moreover, over rupees, 67 crores worth of organic products under the brand “Organic Manipur” had been exported outside the state. Manipur government backs, aids, and finances the organic cultivation of land to help the planet sustain. 

Technology, Development and Connectivity

Under the current Manipur Government, 2,387 mobile towers have been built at the cost of around Rs 1100 crores. This is a significant step in further boosting the mobile connectivity of the state.

Manipur Government has also launched an Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC)’, ‘Development of Western Riverfront on Imphal River (Phase I)’ and ‘Development of Mall Road at Thangal Bazar (Phase I)’. The Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC) will provide a variety of technology-based services in the city, including traffic management, solid waste management, and city surveillance. Other development projects under the mission will boost tourism & the local economy and provide employment opportunities.

Indeed an impressive work by Biren Singh and his team in 5 years. Biren Singh has transformed Manipur into an eco-friendly yet development-oriented 21st Century ready playground. I hope to hear more about him in mainstream media in the coming years. 

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