Governor addresses seventh session of 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly
Imphal, Feburary 20, 2019 (DIPR): The 7th session of the Eleventh Manipur Legislative Assembly began today with the Governor’s Address. Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla in her address to the first session of 2019 highlighted departmental achievements and developments of the State Government. She said the Government strongly believes in this principle in letter and spirit and is doing its best to bring communal harmony with inclusive development.
The Government launched “Go to Village” programme in mission mode to bridge the emotional and developmental gap between hill and valley areas without any discrimination and with the active participation of various communities of the state. The mission reached every census village in the State and has successfully achieved its mission to reach out to the people.
“State Level Empowered Committee” was constituted to review and facilitate timely approvals, clearances, implementation and completion of mega projects and flagship programmes within a stipulated time frame. Government has also established an “Investment Facilitation Centre” to enable single window project clearance process for promoting investment in the state.
The Government is committed to protect the human rights and to prevent any excesses by the security forces. The State Human Rights Commission which was non-functional for nearly 9 (nine) years has been re-established and made functional. The government has strengthened the office of Public Prosecutor by recruiting 7 (seven) more Assistant Public Prosecutors to ensure timely disposal of pending cases. The government has always kept its doors open for negotiations with any insurgent group in order to bring total normalcy in the state. Securing the highways in the State has been the priority of my Government. Government of India has sanctioned 2 (two) India Reserve Battalions for Manipur state, for which recruitment process has already started, she added.
Pertaining to Finance and Planning the Governor said that the Government is committed to enhancing State’s own resources and ensuring fiscal consolidation so that public investments and growth are not undermined. There is improvement in tax collection with the implementation of Goods and Services Tax along with increase in compliance by taxpayers. She informed the august House that recently the Government of India awarded Manipur as the best performing State in e-procurement implementation in the North-East.
Under Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources, the State secured an assistance of Rs 79.15 crore this year for 8 new projects and 10 ongoing projects. The allocation of funds under North-East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme is increased to Rs 194.95 crores. The Government is successful in getting approval for a new scheme called “Hill Area Development Programme” this year, with an outlay of Rs. 90 crore from Ministry of DoNER, for infrastructure development of Tamenglong and Noney Districts. With the support of Ministry of DoNER, 4 projects costing Rs. 69.92 crore under Social and Infrastructure Development Fund have been taken up in the remote hill areas for infrastructure development in Communication and Water Supply sectors.
For the welfare of Tribal affairs, Minorities and SC/OBC, the Government is extending assistance to 2,708 ST families under various development schemes. 2,574 ST families are being provided CGI sheets. Altogether 77,000 ST students are being granted Pre-Matric Scholarship and Post-Matric Scholarship. Government has constructed and inaugurated the Women’s Markets (Ima markets) at Ukhrul, Chandel, Tamenglong, Churachandpur, Senapati, Kangpokpi and Jiribam. Transit accommodation for doctors, teachers, among others is being constructed at 17 locations in the hill districts against a target of 19. To provide medical facilities to tribal people in the interior hill areas, Government has established three Health Centres at Thingpuikol in Churachandpur district, Chamu in Ukhrul district and Impa in Tamenglong district.
Department for Minorities and Other Backward Classes was bi-furcated into Department of Minority Affairs and Department for Welfare of OBC & SC. The government is committed to provide scholarship to a target of 47,000 students belonging to these communities during 2018-19 and 7,000 minority students will be provided Remedial Coaching. Skill trainings will be provided to 1,000 beneficiaries in Bamboo Craft and Silk Yarn Reeling.
Under the National Food Security Act, 23,39,435 beneficiaries belonging to AAY and Priority households have been registered. Online allocation has been achieved for all districts and new genuine beneficiaries are being identified. Food Corporation of India Godown at Sawombung with a capacity of 10,000 MT was recently inaugurated. Construction of additional FCI godowns in Thoubal, Bishnupur, Tamenglong and Churachandpur has already started and on completion of these projects the storage capacity of FCI in Manipur will increase to 56,690 MT.
To streamline the functioning of schools and optimize use of resources, a major exercise to restructure and rationalize government schools by way of amalgamation has been taken up. To ensure that there is no out of school children in the state, Government has launched a new scheme:“LairikTamhallasi” – No Child Left Behind. ‘School Fagathansi’, an initiative under Go to Village Mission has been launched to garner the lost public trust in government schools.
Manipur achieved its long cherished dream of adopting 400 kV System with the successful charging of the Silchar-Imphal 400 kV D/C transmission line on 25th December 2018. At present 21 new 33/11 kV sub-stations and 2 new 132/33 kV sub-stations under various funding agencies are also being implemented. About 2,000 km wide network of Fiber Optics cable are being laid across the State to gather real time information from the Sub-Stations for real time power supply management. As on January, 2019, all the 2,582 census villages in Manipur have been electrified. Altogether, 98 un-electrified villages were electrified through solar lighting systems.
The State has prepared strategies for doubling the farmers’ income by 2022 under Agriculture, allied activities and Natural resource. Benefits under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana have been extended to all the sub-divisions of the State benefitting 9,465 farmers. Under the Mission Organic Value Chain Development, an area of 2,000 Hectare was brought under Organic Cultivation of Black Scented Rice (Chak-Hao). More than 12,000 farmers across Manipur have been registered for organic certification. Several MoAs and MoUs have been signed with buyers in the last one year to promote Organic commodities under the “Organic Manipur”brand.
A fish feed mill with a production capacity of 170 Kg per hour is being established at Lamphel and fishery loans were disbursed to fish farmers. Loktak Livelihood Mission was launched for attainment of self-sufficiency in fish production by 2020.The Mission also seeks to convert the phumdis in the Loktak Lake into organic fertilizer; and thus doubles up as an income generator and cleansing mechanism for the lake.
The Dolaithabi Barrage project has been completed and commissioned. The Government is committed to early completion of Thoubal Multipurpose Project, which is targeted for completion in all respect by end of this year. Development of Lamphelpat water body, Waithoupat, Irong Nallah upper and Lower has already been started to preserve and protect critical wetlands in the state. Rain water harvesting schemes taken up in Tamenglong, Kangpokpi, Chandel, Kamjong and Churachandpur districts are targeted forcompletion by March 2019.
For improving the water supply system in Imphal area, “Integrated Water Supply for Imphal Planning Area” is being taken up. Phase-I of the project is completed. Phase-II costing Rs. 175.81 Crore under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation for replacement of pipe network under Imphal Municipal area is targeted for completion by March 2020.
In order to attain the target of Water for All by 2022, the Government has submitted three proposals for Externally Aided Funding by New Development Bank amounting to a total of Rs. 2640 crore consisting of Greater Imphal Planning Area Phase III of Rs 990 crore, Water Supply in 28 other towns worth Rs 330 crore and Water Supply in Rural areas of Manipur worth Rs 1310 crore. These projects have been recommended by the Government of India to New Development Bank and are in the process of consideration by NDB. The Imphal Sewerage, Phase-I is now completed. Trial runs are underway and will be commissioned by December, 2019. The state has been declared “Open Defecation Free” status a year ahead on 2nd Oct. 2018.
Health protection by providing “cashless” medical cover to AAY families, disabled and widows for up to Rs. 2 lakh per family per year continue to be provided under the “Chief Minister-gi Hakshelgi Tengbang” Scheme. Newspaper hawkers and journalists have also been included as eligible beneficiaries under CMHT. Under Ayushman Bharat beneficiaries identified through Socio-Economic Caste Census will be provided medical cover upto Rs. 5 lakh per family per year.
To address the shortage of specialist in the State Health service, the retirement age of specialist doctors was increased to 65 years. Generic medicines are made available in 26 health institutions. 53 diagnostic tests have been made free at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences and Regional Institute of Medical Sciences hospitals. Free dialysis for BPL families is also made available at JNIMS. To further expand Diagnostic facilities at the level of Primary Health Centres, 85 motorcycles based mobile laboratory systems are being procured to cover remote and inaccessible villages. Government is trying to introduce air ambulance service in the state, to establish a 100 bedded Cancer Hospital at JNIMS and a 60 bedded State Mental Hospital in Imphal West district.
Helicopter service was launched on 19th September 2018 in Manipur under the MHA subsidy scheme connecting Imphal to Moreh, Tamenglong and Jiribam. After reviving the Manipur State Transport, its services were further expanded so as to cover six more districts with the induction of additional eight buses. “Loktak Inland Water Transport Project- II” has been approved by the Ministry of Shipping and construction has already started.Project profile for “Barak Inland Water Transport Project” for development of 65 km Barak Extension stretch has been submitted.
Important junctions in the Imphal City are being remodeled and foot over bridges is being constructed to minimise conflict of vehicles and pedestrian as immediate interim solution at a cost of Rs. 18.48 crore. Proposals for construction of Imphal ring road and elevated highways within the Imphal city at a projected cost of Rs. 1148.00 crore and Rs. 2350.00 crore under Externally Aided Projects to provide a permanent and sustainable solution have been agreed in principle by the Union Government. Proposal for reconstruction and improvement of important state roads at a cost of Rs. 2810.00 crore with assistance from ADB have also been proposed. 184.92 Km of National Highway under the state PWD are being improved at the cost of Rs. 894.74 crore and improvement of 37 Nos. of state roads under Central Road Fund at the cost of Rs. 260 crore is also being taken up.
Under NEC, due importance has also been accorded to all round development and reducing regional imbalance between hill and valley. A number of important projects have been taken up which include Tamenglong –Tamei road, Kangpokp-Tamei road, Improvement of Bishnupur – Nungba road, Improvement of NH-202 to Chadong, Improvement of road from Mualdok to Khollen diversion road, Construction of Inter-State Truck Terminus at Imphal (Sekmai). One road work in Ukhrul under NEC funding is targeted for completion by 2019-20.
Under Pradhan Mantri Gram SadakYojana, 419 km of roads have been constructed as on 31st January 2019 connecting 28 eligible habitations. 6,668 km of road has been constructed so far providing rural connectivity to 522 habitations. During 2018-19, Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India had sanctioned 109 roads and 27 bridges at a cost of Rs. 971.52 crore as Batch-I.
Govt. has established “Citizen Facilitation Centre” at Imphal to provide various documents and services. “Visa application centre” is proposed at Citizen Facilitation Centre, whereby people can submit their visa applications online from Imphal itself. The Citizen Facilitation Centre is completed and will be inaugurated soon. The existing Solid Waste Treatment Plant was upgraded to “Waste to Energy Plant”. The plant will start producing electricity by end of this month. Under NLCPR, total cost of Rs. 13.52 crore was sanctioned for Cluster B Solid Waste Management Project. Under “Smart City Project” the designs for improvement of Thangal Bazar, Paona Bazar and development of cycle track along Imphal river from Sanjenthong to Minuthong is completed. All 27 Urban Local Bodies were declared as ODF. Kakching Municipal Council was awarded as Cleanliest Town in North East India. “Pradhan MantriAwasYojana” scheme is being implemented in the urban areas to provide housing for all.
While under Rural Development department, construction of houses under the Pradhan MantriAwaasYojana (Gramin) is in good progress. An additional target of 31,000 houses under the scheme has been allotted to the State. “Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Generation Scheme” has benefitted 5.60 lakh families till January 2019 and during the current financial year 51.20 lakh person mandays were generated to provide employment to rural poor.
Under the “Chief Minister-gi Shotharabasingi Tengbang” scheme, about 4,000 differently abled persons are being provided benefit in the form of care giver allowance, scholarship and free travel concession. 1,15,974 beneficiaries are being provided Old Age Pensions under National Social Assistance Programme and Manipur Old Age Pension Scheme. Aim is to cover another 30,000 in the coming financial year under “Go to Village Mission”. Under Pradhan MantriMatruVandanaYojana, cash incentive has already been provided to 7,000 women.
Recently around 150 women and 30 men were rescued from trafficking. 15 more One Stop Centres in each district of the State are being established. To deal with the menace of drug addiction in the State, a State Drug policy is being prepared. “Nisha Chadaba Manipur Oihansi” scheme has been launched to create awareness among the students and masses for a drug free society.
“Manipur Start-up scheme” is one of the most ambitious employment generation schemes conceived and launched by the State Government. Its objective is to create a vibrant start-up ecosystem to nurture innovation, encourage entrepreneurship and to create employment opportunities. Under Manipur Startup Scheme – Round 1, 334 startup under different categories have benefitted through disbursement of loan and subsidy component.
Manipur is the “Gateway” of India to South-East Asia and to boost border management and trade infrastructure, the Integrated Check Post at Moreh, constructed at a cost of Rs.136 crore, was recently inaugurated by Prime Minister on 4th Jan, 2019. Moreh has been notified as Immigration point for entry and exit with valid documents.
Under the “Mission for Economic Empowerment of Traditional Artisans and Draftsmen” (MEETAC), entrepreneurs and artisans engaged in traditional arts and crafts of the State are being groomed and empowered with e-Marketing facilities to fill the gaps in the supply chain for marketing the traditional arts and crafts of the State.
The Governor also highlighted the successful hosting of the 3rd World Bamboo Workshop at Imphal, for the first time in Asia, where delegates from 34 countries participated with demonstration, workshop and interactive sessions on the latest technologies, products and information on Bamboo were showcased.
The State also witnessed improvement in tourism sector. Tourist inflow increased by 13.15% in 2017-18 over that in 2016-17. The Manipur Sangai Festival, 2018 was organized on a much larger scale and at multiple venues. The Cherry Blossom Festival at Mao was included as part of the festival. The age-old traditions, culture and the hospitality of Ukhrul district was showcased as part of the 2nd State level Shirui Lilly festival. Other festivals like Orange festival, Barak festival, Kut, Lui-Ngai-Ni, Mera Hou Chongba, Lemon festival, Pineapple festival, Amur Falcon festival, etc. were also supported by my Government.
To strengthen sports infrastructure, installation work for flood lighting the main stadium and hockey stadium of the Khumanlampak Sports Complex, Imphal and construction of Artificial Football Turf at Imphal West is being taken up. In the 63rd National Inter School tournament, the State team won 60 Gold, 46 Silver and 57 Bronze medals. In the recently concluded Rural Sports under “Khelo India Youth Games”, the State team participated in 9 different sports disciplines and won 32 medals. Under Art & Culture two newly constructed bronze statues of Maharaj Nara Singh and Herachandra were unveiled. Cultural troupes from the State has participated in the “5th Silk Road International Arts Festival” in China, “Surin International Cultural Exchange Programme” in Thailand.
The government continues to provide financial assistance under Manipur State Journalists Welfare Scheme. Monthly pension is being provided to retired journalists and widows of journalists. Maintenance grant are provided annually to Manipur Press Club, All Manipur Working Journalist’s Union and Manipur Hill Journalists’ Union.
For better mobility to ensure effective functioning of field officials, sixty-one new vehicles were handed over to SPs, SDOs and OCs. Syllabus for Manipur Civil Services Combined Competition Examination was modified to harmonize with the Civil Services Examination of UPSC.
Later, in continuation of the session, Health & Family Welfare Minister Shri L. Jayantakumar moved the Motion of Thanks to the Governor address which was seconded by MLA Shri P. Saratchandra. The Governor address will be discussed in the floor of the Assembly on February 21, 2019.
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