Imphal, February 24, 2020 (DIPR): On the seventh day of the ongoing 10th session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh today said the State is concerned over the maintenance of law & order and integrity of Manipur. He was replying to a calling attention motion moved by opposition MLA Shri K. Ranjit Singh regarding the reported arrest of NSCN (IM) cadre by Assam Rifles in Senapati district and subsequent release.
Speaking further, the Leader of the House Shri N. Biren Singh said that as the matter is of judiciary, the State Government could not interfere in the matter. He said that in such cases in future, the Assam Rifles will be apprised to include Manipur Police in conducting operations.
Informing the House that the cadre was arrested by the Assam Rifles and handed over to the State Police without arms, he said that the cadre was released on bail after court order. He assured to the House that the State did not compromise regarding the territorial integrity and there is no question of extension of the ceasefire agreement.
Regarding the allegation that the State security personnel were video recording the actions of bandh supporters in Senapati district instead of performing their duties, he said that investigation will be carried out regarding the matter. He further said that one of the security personnel, J. Khongsai (sepoy) was injured clearing the bandh protestors from the road and added that normally security personnel react or take action accordingly to the situation.
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today said that Census enumeration for 2021 will begin on April 1, 2020 which will also record the religion followed by the individuals. CM was replying to calling attention raised by opposition MLA Kumari AK Mirabai Devi and Shri Kh. Joykisan Singh on the need for inclusion of Sanamahi religion in the upcoming Census 2021.
CM N. Biren Singh said that the House had already taken a resolution over the matter in 2003 and wrote to Registrar General of India regarding the inclusion of Sanamahi religion in the census. He informed the House that around 2 lakh populations in the State are following Sanamahi religion.
Joykisan recalled that the House Committee under the Chairmanship of Dr M. Nara Singh, (former Minister Art & Culture) had presented a report on 25th July 2003 and adopted the resolution in the following lines that the “House resolves to urge the Government of India to record Sanamahi Religion in the Census Report and also allot separate code number of the Religion in the Census Operation.” He further appealed the House to re-affirm the stand.
Leader of the House, Shri N. Biren Singh said that he has taken the suggestion of the MLA Kh. Joykisan Singh positively and necessary action will be initiated regarding the matter.
During the Zero Hour, Education Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam said an alternative arrangement will be made for the girl student of Renant Christian School, who has been undergoing treatment in the Psychiatric Ward of RIMS after she was detained by flying squad team during the second day of the HSLC examination.
The matter was raised by the opposition MLA Kh. Joykisan Singh and ruling MLA S. Rajen Singh during the Zero Hour. Both the MLAs appealed to the Government to make an alternative arrangement for the student so that she can give her remaining examination and to take stern action against those involved in the incident which took place at Praja High School, Lamsang.
Stating that the Director (S) has inquired about the health condition of the student to the concerned doctor, Education Minister said that the health condition of the girl student is improving. He informed the House that the flying squad teams have been performing their duties under tremendous pressures from all sections. Stating that there are many cases of impersonating, he said so far 20 impersonating cases have been reported.
Regarding the detaining of the girl student, he said that the student was questioned by the flying squad members over not wearing glasses in her admit card photograph and wearing one during the exam. Moreover the student looked matured and her signature did not match with the one provided in the admit card. She also gave wrong date of birth when questioned by the team, after which she was detained outside the examination hall, he added.
Appealing to the parents and guardians not to put pressure on their wards to score good marks, Education Minister Radheshyam said they should rather educate them properly. Let us educate the students and let us not make them machines, he added.