Following is the unofficial translation of the message sent by Agga Maha Thare Sithu Agga Maha Thiri Thudhamma U Thein Sein, President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, on the occasion of the 68th Anniversary Chin National Day (20th February 2016).—Ed
To the esteemed nationals and brethren residing in Chin State, It is my honour to send you this message on the occasion of the 68th anniversary of Chin National Day on 20th February today.
After gaining independence an agreement was reached at the people’s conference held in Falam, Chin State, on 20 February 1948, to substitute the rule of chieftains with the democratic administration. Later on 9th October 1950, there was a motion tabled at the conference of the Chin Affairs Council to designate Chin National Day. At the conference, an approval was sought from the Chin parliamentarians to designate the 20th February, the day on which the people’s conference was held in Falam, as “the Chin National Day”. Therefore, counting from the year 1948, in which the Chin National Day which was started to designate this year marks the 68th year.
Chin State lies on the western range of the country which runs from the north to the south, and the Kaladan River empties itself into the Bay of Bengal after passing through Chin State. The famous Natma Mountain situated in Chin State is home to rare species of plants and creatures. The Kennedy Peak famous for being a battlefield during World War II, is one of the historical values of Chin State. Under-ground and above-ground natural resources like beautiful Reed Lake, Manipur River, Bwenu River, Bontalar Falls, etc, lie within Chin State.
The Union government has been making all out efforts to supply electricity from the National Grid to the areas across Chin State, and focusing on better transportation. The Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project and Paletwa Jetty Construction which will help Chin people to gain access to foreign countries through the water way are the proofs of these efforts. The government spares no efforts to promote education, health and other sectors in Chin State.
Torrential rains, flash floods and landslides in 2015 caused loss and damages in Chin State. Prompt actions have been taken by the Union and the State governments to reconstruct the roads and rebuild houses by allotting satellite towns.
The Union Government is striving to ensure internal peace and as a result, the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement was signed by eight ethnic armed groups on 15 October 2015. Based on the agreement, the Union Peace Conference was held from 12 to 16 January 2016 at Myanmar International Convention Centre II in Nay Pyi Taw. As stability and the rule of law play a pivotal role in the national development of a country, all the indigenous peoples need to maintain the stability already achieved if they are to strive for national development in unity with the government.
I send this message to the brethren living in Chin State to urge all of you to take part in marching toward the goal of a developed democratic country through the stability of the nation, unity among our brethren and a good foundation of development.