Manipur government and the people of Manipur paid tribute to the great revolutionary freedom fighter Jana Neta Irabot on September 30.
Chief minister N Biren Singh unveiled a statue of Irabot at Irawat Square, Lilashing Khongnangkhong, Thangmeiband, Imphal during a state function held to observe the 123rd birth anniversary of Hijam Irabot (Irawat).
Mass cleanliness campaigns, marathon race, blood donation camps were also taken out to observe the day. Every road was decorated with lights to observe the birth anniversary.
The CM said while celebrating Irabot day, “we should remember his dedication and efforts toward maintaining oneness and emotional integrity among people of different communities”. He urged all to follow the ideals of the great leader, who envisioned a united Manipur.
N Biren Singh said that Irabot stood for the unity and love between hill people and valley people and recalled that the inseparable hill-valley unity was his vision for a prosperous Manipur. He said that Irabot’s statue is being faced towards Manipur legislative assembly secretariat, to remind the legislators of his ideology.
He further said that the current government does not believe in rhetorical speeches but invisible actions, the CM said that since the agricultural land is very limited, the government has taken up certain measures and in order to preserve the agriculture land, the government has amended building by-laws by giving approval of construction of building with G+7 which was earlier G+3. To enable double cropping, the thrust was given to irrigation. A project proposal of minor irrigation and rain harvesting scheme has been sent to the concerned ministry, he added.
He said that paying homage and celebrating Irabot’s birth anniversary would be meaningful only when the current generation follows his ideals and translate his philosophies into action. The CM appealed the general public to participate in this place for the celebration of Irabot day in the years to come.
Deputy CM Y Joykumar Singh remembered Irabot as a unique leader, who could win the heart of the masses. He said that his contribution in the fields of literature, sports and social uplift for the downtrodden are noteworthy.