Imphal: Chief minister N. Biren Singh on Friday presided Cabinet meeting at Kamjong district and inaugurated different developmental projects and laid foundation stones for many other projects.
The Cabinet meeting was the ninth such meeting held in hill district headquarters under Go to Hills Mission.
It reviewed the arrangements for upcoming Statehood Day observation and decided to celebrate it with restrictions in view of the Covid pandemic. Amongst other decisions, it was also decided to reopen schools and colleges for students studying in Class 9 and above by observing relevant SOP. It was also agreed to conduct elections to the Autonomous District Council and Urban Local Bodies. The Cabinet further approved rules governing Manipur Private Security Services for providing private security to cash transportation activities, rules for banning unregulated deposits schemes, and the Manipur Human Rights Commission Services Rules. It was also approved to strengthen manpower of MHRC.
Biren made his maiden visit to Kamjong district headquarters along with his Cabinet ministers in continuation of the ‘Go to Hills’ mission.
He landed to a warm welcome at the newly created district in a Bell-412 helicopter at around 10:30 am. A colourful reception function was organized in his honour at Kamjong public ground.
Biren inaugurated 33/11 KV sub-stations of Nambashi, Nampisha and Gamnom villages, temporary office of SP, School Fagathansi of Kamjong High School, Augmentation of Water Supply at Lairam Khullen and Khongjal under Jal Jeevan Mission, Kamjong Forest Division Office Complex, Works under BADP (Model Village) at Nampisha, Rain Water Harvesting at Ramrei, Rehabilitation Houses of Chassad village, Barrack Type Quarter and Health and Wellness Centre at Phungyar PHC, One Stop Centre (Sakhi), Institutional Building and Health and Wellness Centre at PHC Kasom Khullen and Model Residential School at Kamjong under PMJVK.
Biren laid the foundation stones for Ima Market at Kamjong, Khambi to Nongman road, Bailey Bridge over Changkhongriver, Bailey Bridge over Tuyungbi river on Hongbai to Kangoi road, Bailey Bridge over Sandok river, Steel Truss Bridge over Maklang River on Chatru Khullen to Gambal road, Kambi to Nongman Road and Bailey Bridge over Maklang River on Leiting to Hangkau road.
He also distributed CMHT, CMST, PMJAY and Old Age Pension cards and wheel chairs to selected beneficiaries.
‘Go to Hills’ Mission was introduced to achieve equal development in all parts of the state, provide equal opportunity to all the people and retain mutual respect among them, he said.
The mission was announced in his maiden speech as a Chief Minister on March 15, 2017.
Since then, he along with Cabinet ministers and officials of the state government have been visiting different hill districts to realize people’s needs and understand their inconveniences, Biren added.
He said that his visit to Kamjong district, earlier scheduled for December 16 last was postponed due to a state function. For this, he requested the people of Kamjong to pardon him for the last minute postponement.
He said although he could not visit Kamjong in the first round of Go to Hills mission, developmental activities continued in the district in consultation with Hill Areas Committee chairman and representative of the area, K. Leishiyo.
Centre introduced the Hill Area Development Programme (HADP) at his plea, Biren said. Stating that Tamenglong and Noney districts had received Rs. 90 crore under the programme last year, the chief minister said that he had written to the Centre to implement the programme in other hill districts of the state as well.
Lauding the public health engineering department for providing tap water to all the households of the district headquarters, Biren announced that the executive engineer concerned would be befittingly rewarded for this commendable work. He also directed the officials concerned to complete ongoing construction works in the district before the onset of rainy season.
Biren also announced that Kamjong High School would be upgraded to Higher Secondary apart from setting up a college at the earliest. He said upgradation of Kamjong CHC to district hospital had already been included in the proposal for funding under North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme. Opening of PHSCs at Nambisha, Tangkhul Hundung and Ningthi had also been approved, the chief minister said and added that Samphung PHSC would also be upgraded to PHC under the funds from Multi Sectoral Development Programme. Under the same programme, a working women hostel having 31 rooms would also be constructed at district headquarters, he added.
Informing that branches of Central Bank of India and Punjab and Sind Bank would be opened at district headquarters, Biren requested the villagers to extend cooperation to the bank staff, who would come there to serve them.
Stating that Kamjong shares around 103 km of border with Myanmar, the state government would submit a proposal to the North East Council for opening of Border Haats at Skipe and Pilong.
Directing the concerned officials to complete construction of women’s market of the district by March this year, the chief minister urged the people to inform him if quality is not maintained in construction works.