Imphal, July 21, 2018 (DIPR): The Fifth Session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly began yesterday. During the two day Monsoon Session, the House will discuss and pass important Legislations including “The Manipur People Bill, 2018” and “The Manipur Liquor Prohibition (Second Amendment) Bill, 2018” besides discussion on issues pertaining to the interest of the State. The session began with the Obituary Reference wherein Members of the House paid tribute to four former members of the House as well as the nine persons who tragically lost their lives due to a landslide at Tamenglong on 10th July, 2018. A two minute silence was also observed in remembrance of the departed souls.
Speaking during the Obituary Reference, Leader of the House Shri N. Biren remembered Shri RK Dorendra Singh as a champion for the cause of not only Manipur but for the entire North Eastern region. Recalling that RK Dorendra raised his voice and worked in the interest of North East India as a whole, Chief Minister said that his political and social footprints will be remembered in the entire region. Chief Minister also acknowledged the contribution of the former CM, Speaker, Rajya Sabha Member and MLA from 14 Yaiskul AC, in the field of journalism as Editor of Khongjel.
Leader of the House also mourned the demise of Shri Nongmeikapam Komnon Singh, former Minister and MLA from 33 Heirok AC by highlighting his contributions for the development of the state. Also deeply mourning the untimely demise of Shri Soso Lorho, former Minister and MLA from 48 Mao AC, the Chief Minister said that Lorho was a liberal Naga leader who wholeheartedly work for the development of Manipur with the same zeal that he had devoted for development of the Naga community. While mourning the demise of Dr. Wakambam Thoiba Singh, Chief Minister mentioned that the former Minister and MLA from 2 Heingang AC was one of the founding members of NEROCA.
Expressing immense grief over the tragic loss of nine precious lives due to landslide at Tamenglong on July 10, 2018, Chief Minister mentioned that ex-gratia were given to the families of the landslide victims while two Ministers visited the spot to console and instill confidence with the families and the people.
Leader of the opposition Shri O. Ibobi Singh also remembered RK Dorendra as a prominent political figure for the whole NE India for his contribution specifically on foreigner’s issue. Expressing immense grief over his demise, Ibobi expressed that his demise has left a huge vacuum which will be difficult to fill up soon.
Deputy Chief Minister Shri Y. Joykumar Singh and Speaker of the House Shri Y. Khemchand Singh too expressed their profound sorrow over the demise of the former House members and the landslide victims. In his speech, Deputy CM said that RK Dorendro was a simple yet values-oriented politician of the state.
After the Obituary Reference, three bills were introduced in the House. Leader of the House and Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh introduced “The Manipur People Bill, 2018”, Deputy Chief Minister (in-charge of Excise) introduced “The Manipur Liquor Prohibition (Second Amendment) Bill,2018” and Minister of Education, Shri Th. Radheshyam Singh introduced “The Manipur International University Bill, 2018”.
Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh while giving statement on issues of border pillar and Manipur University reiterated to the House that the government is committed to protect the interest of the State. He said government is willing to work and protect the interest of the State by consulting the stakeholders from time to time.
On the border pillar issue, Chief Minister said, it is an emotional and sentimental subject of the State. He said, the State government while taking the issue seriously, wrote a letter to the Ministry of External Affairs on 13thof this month urging to conduct verification of the border pillar no.81 at the earliest. On 16th of this month, the Ministry had informed the government that a joint team comprising representatives of Ministry of External Affairs and Survey of India will conduct verification survey of border pillar No. 81 on 25 of this month. He said the team will reach Imphal on 24 of this month and appealed to all political parties, civil society organisations and all stakeholders to co-operate with the verification survey. Shri Biren Singh urged the opposition members to extend their support to the survey.
On the demand for removal of Vice Chancellor of Manipur University, Chief Minister said, although removal of the Vice Chancellor is beyond the purview of State Government, Government has been urging the Centre to constitute a fresh enquiry committee and to send Prof. A.P. Pandey on leave. Shri Biren Singh said, the academic life of the students is very important and therefore, a joint delegation rushed to Delhi and met Union Human Resource Development Minister on 17 of this month and apprised him about the issue. He informed the House that an enquiry committee headed by Justice (Retd.) Nandakumar Singh has been constituted to enquire into the allegations labelled against Prof. A.P. Pandey. The committee will enquire and submit its report to the Ministry. If found guilty, A.P. Pandey would definitely be sacked, he added.
Opposition Members Shri Gaikhangam, Shri Kh. Joykishan Singh and Shri N. Loken proposed to review the Sixth Report of the Business Advisory Committee, 2018 to extend sittings of the ongoing session to discuss various issues. They urged the Speaker that two day sessions is not enough time to discuss various impending issues.
Speaker Shri Y. Khemchand Singh informed the House that the number of sittings were already allocated and therefore members can share their views on the issues in the next sitting and if required the sitting can be extended. Opposition members denied the proposal and walked out of the House.