Biren presents projects

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, December 28, 2018: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh today inaugurated a number of projects and laid the foundation stone for various other projects at Lilong in Thoubal district.

The chief minister laid the foundation stone for Meitei Pangal Ima market-shed, which is to be constructed at an estimated cost of 433.90 lakh apart from inaugurating Primary Health Centre at Lilong Bazaar. Later at Lilong Haoreibi College ground, he opened skill development training for ITI, Lilong and inaugurated a 100-bedded hostel each for boys and girls and laid the foundation stones for Atoukhong Mini Dam, Lilong, 100-bedded hostel at Residential School, Lilong and upgradation of the school.

Addressing a huge gathering at Lilong Haoreibi College ground, Biren declared that inauguration and foundation stone laying of different projects at Lilong was the beginning of various other developmental works to be executed in other Meitei Pangal dominated areas of the state.

He announced that the state government would take up various developmental works and welfare schemes worth Rs. 112 crore in Lilong Assembly constituency alone. Stating that the present state government never works on the basis of community or religion, Biren said all those involved in the alleged custodial death of Md. Abdul Gaffar would be booked under the law of the land no matter they belong to Manipur Police department or Assam Rifles.

Regarding complaints coming from some sections of Muslim population regarding alleged deduction of quota in the declaration of results for Manipur Police Constable (Male 2013 batch), the chief minister said Muslim candidates were never discriminated in the result. He clarified that the total vacant seat of the said recruitment examination should be counted as 1526 only but not as 2000 because 474 seats were deducted to fill up backlog vacancies of ST candidates. As such, 4 per cent of 1526 is 61 seats for Meitei Pangal, he clarified.

Biren Singh said the popular ‘Go to Village’ mission would focus on education sector from the next year. He said that a detailed survey is going on to assess the sector.

Speaking on various developmental works and welfare schemes to be implemented in Lilong AC, the Chief Minister said that 2203 houses would be constructed under PMAY apart from issuing health cards under Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (Ayushman Bharat) to 465 families. He also said Primary Health Centre, Lilong would be upgraded to the status of Sub-Divisional Health Centre soon. A Sadbhavna Mandap would also be constructed in Lilong for the convenience of people as soon as possible, he announced.

Works Minister Th. Biswajit, consumer affairs, food and public distribution minister Karam Shyam education minister Th. Radheshyam health minister L. Jayantakumar, forest and environment minister Th. Shyamkumar were present among others.

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