Raphei Wungnao felicitates Cabinet Minister Khashim Vashum

Ukhrul: Raphei Wungnao felicitation program for the People’s Representative to the Manipur Legislative Assembly, Khashim Vashum, minister Veterinary and Animal Husbandry and Transport government of Manipur at TTA Hall Hamleikhong on Monday. The program was attended by village authorities, CSOs, pastors, and elders of Raphei villages.

Kaphungkan K Shimray, headman Chaingai, lead the invocation which was followed by presentation and a short speech from Somi Kasomwoshi, chairman Raphei Wungnao.

“It is a moment of jubilation for us to have an entitled member in the cabinet from our constituency. This felicitation is a much-needed program for minister Khashim Vashum to give thanks to the almighty”, said Somi who is also the headman of Ngahui village.

David K. Shimray, president Tangkhul Naga Long (TNL) in his greetings said all the Tangkhul apex bodies, except TMNL, are led by Rapheinao. Everything is a plan from the almighty. “What I want to appeal is that if the all the leadership holding offices are good, Raphei reputation will be good. If the leadership is bad, Raphei reputation will be bad. That is why we should all stay united and work together to keep the best record,” he added.

David also asked the minister to sit together and discuss with the CSOs when there is an important decision to make in the assembly. “We could discuss and decide what is best for us. One decision can break or make the nation. Since there are numerous problems, we should be careful when making a decision,” he added.

TNL president also appealed to everyone to spare time and fast on May 31, 2022, to pray for the peace talks in their own homes.

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Speaking at the felicitation program minister Khashim Vashum said, “The cabinet berth that I have right now is not only because of mine or my family’s effort but with the support and prayers from everyone and I want to appeal to all the people to continue to support me with prayers.” He further said that Pettigrew College needs to be constructed immediately before the inspection from UGC, and for that, he appealed the CSOs that they play a great role in bringing the construction to fruition. “Even though we have support from chief minister N Biren Singh, if the building is not completed, there is a chance for it to be rejected,” Khashim said.

The minister had talks with the headmen about veterinary and instructed them that all the veterinary buildings occupied by the private should be vacated while appealing the CSOs once again to look into it. He informed all the headmen about forms being distributed currently to get their cattle insured.

Four doctors in Ukhrul district and one in Chaingai area are appointed by transfer with posting. The sad thing is there was only one Tangkhul in it, Khashim Vashum lamented.

Clarifying on current political pulse, the minister said there is no division in the party anymore. “The election is over and now I’m the representative of all Tangkhul,”he said.

A proposal for a railway line from Khonsang to New Delhi has been given. Luckily, the department of the railway will come under him. If the proposal for a train service which will connect to Delhi directly is approved, then it will be of great opportunity for the people in need, Khashim Vashum added.

The minister, given the number of illegal vehicles plying in the district, appealed to all to buy vehicle legally. “If a person will be once caught, it will be intractable. These days, vehicle can be tracked down using GPS and that is how motor vehicle lifters are caught,” he said.

The old bus route from Imphal to Hoome via Ukhrul bus has been approved and the order is out. To and fro from Imphal to Somdal has also been approved and soon bus in both the routes will become functional.

Kuirei village troop presented a folk song, while prayer of blessings for the cabinet minister was administered by SA Ramnganing, president TNWL.

The program concluded with a vote of thanks by K. Yangmi, secy. Raphei Wungnao and benediction by Ephriam Shaiza, Pastor HBC.

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