House adopts motion of thanks on Governor’s address

Imphal, February 17, 2020 (DIPR): The 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly adopted the Motion of Thanks on Governor’s Address on the second day of its 10th Session today. The Discussion on the Motion of Thanks on the Governor’s Address was moved by Shri MLA P. Saratchandra Singh and seconded by MLA Shri Awangbow Newmai.

Meanwhile, during General discussion on Budget Estimates, Chief Minister Shri N.Biren Singh said that the government has created a corpus fund of Rs.200 crore to be utilized by all departments for state matching share of Centrally Sponsored Schemes on priority basis.

Biren who is also in charge of Finance, said the government is aware that the budget 2020-21 is a deficit budget; however, it is an innovative as well as an inclusive budget. The budget is for all public in the State regardless of gender, region, among others.

The leader of the House said that the budget has been prepared keeping in mind the requirements of the various government departments. He said that the budget is not anti-women as the government has been taking up certain steps towards women empowerment and has already opened a Fast Track Court for speedy disposal of Crime against Women cases. He said the government is also in the process to set additional fast track courts.

He continued that most developmental works implemented in the State are through Centrally Sponsored Schemes with a defined State matching share. Now, the State government has created a corpus fund through which the government will provide its matching shares of these schemes on priority basis.

The Chief Minister also placed before the House that the State’s Ways and Means Borrowing capacity of the State has been increased.

The Leader of the House also introduced the Manipur Appropriation (No.1) Bill, 2020. Before introduction of the bill, he also inserted an errata stating “In the Manipur Appropriation (No.1) Bill, 2020, the figure in page 4 of Demand No 40 of Water Resources Department may be read as Rs.37,74,77,000 instead of Rs.34,74,77,000.”

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