Manipur Assembly passes 3 bills

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, December 21, 2018: Manipur Legislative Assembly today passed the “Manipur Protection from Mob Violence Bill, 2018”, the “Manipur Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Bill”, 2018 and the “Manipur International University Bill, 2018”.

Chief minister (in-charge of Home) N. Biren Singh moved ‘The Manipur Protection from Mob Violence Bill, 2018 and ‘The Manipur Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2018 for consideration.

Pertaining to ‘The Manipur International University Bill, 2018’ returned by the Governor, Speaker communicated to the House the message from the Governor and urged Education Minister Th. Radheshyam to move the bill for reconsideration. After incorporating the Governor’s message, the bill was passed unopposed. The bill was already passed by the Manipur Legislative Assembly on July 23 and returned back by the Governor for reconsideration by the House.

In response to a question raised by MLA Kh. Joykishan Singh, the chief minister who is also informed the House that till date, a total of 653 UGs have surrendered to the government. Facilities given to the surrendered for their rehabilitation  includes, monthly stipend, one time financial assistance, weapons incentives for surrendered weapons/ammunition and training have been provided in  trade/vocation of their liking or befitting their aptitude. Biren stated that the one time financial assistance and monthly stipend has been enhanced to Rs 4 lakh and Rs 6,000 respectively.

In another question raised by MLA S. Bira Singh, forest and environment minister Th. Shyamkumar Singh informed the house that there are 251 (stag-63, doe-134 and calf- 54) Sangai  found at present in Keibul National Park. The government has taken initiatives for preserving the Sangai by opening an anti-poaching camp and check post in coordination with Forest official and local volunteers. The department has also set up rescue centre at Chingmei along with organizing awareness generation/capacity building and skill upgradation programme. To identify the exact boundary of National Park, demarcation process has been started with revenue department, added the minister.

While replying to a question raised by MLA K. Meghachandra Singh, water resources minister Letpao Haokip stated that for the areas Amureijam, Kiyam and Phouden of Thoubal River banks, necessary process has been taken up by preparing a detail project report. Regarding the case of Asem Leikai of Haokha, necessary work will be taken up as per availability of fund as it was not included in the said detail project report.

Works minister Th. Biswajit Singh also informed the house that repairing works of Wangoo Bailey Bridge over Manipur river and retaining wall will be completed by the end of the current financial year. The minister was replying to a question raised by MLA K. Ranjit Singh.

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