311 projects inaugurated, foundation stone for 39 projects laid to mark celebration of 4 years of ‘citizen centric governance’ in Manipur

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Imphal: Celebrating completion of four years of BJP led Manipur government a total number of 311 projects with a total cost of Rs 1, 096.05 crore in 28 departments was inaugurated and laid foundation stone for 39 projects with a total cost of Rs 278.77 crore in eight departments.

It was celebrated as ‘Emerging Manipur, 4 years of Citizen Centric Governance in Manipur’ at City Convention Centre, here on Monday.

Chief minister N. Biren Singh said, “Whatever we are today is due to the support and guidance of Centre and the support of Manipur people.”

Showing gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP leaders and people of Manipur the gathering at the city convention centre stood up and clapped together.

“With the completion of four years of Citizen Centric BJP led government the much needed and awaited CCTV surveillance cameras in and around Imphal City have also started functioning from today,” Biren posted on his Facebook wall.

Biren Singh led coalition Government was sworn-in on March 15, 2017.

Video presentation and photo exhibition on government’s achievements and launching of State-focus paper on developmental works to be taken up with the assistance from NABARD during 2021-22 were other highlights of the celebration among others.

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People of Manipur are indebted to the Central Government for implementing Inner Line Permit System in the state, Biren said.

Stating that no government should be anti-people, Biren said the present government had always been trying to connect with the people by understanding their grievances and respecting their sentiment. That was how they could emerge as a citizen-centric government within a short span of time, he added.

He said they could bring governance close to public through monthly interactions of ‘Meeyamgi Numit’ and ‘Hill Leaders’ Day’. In a span of around three years before Covid-19 outbreak he personally met around 40,000 people to attend to their grievances. Out of this, the around 17,000 grievances were disposed, he added.

‘Go to Hills Mission’ could bring various infrastructure developments in the hills bridging the hill-valley gap and bringing emotional integrity. ‘Go to Village’ took the governance to people’s doorsteps covering 2,691 villages less than one year. People to people contact was enhanced with the revival of Manipur State Transport after a gap of 15 years and bus services between Imphal and various hill destinations started, the chief minister said.

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With the setting up of Anti-Corruption Cell, more than 300 corruption-related cases were taken up and more than 30 government officials punished, he informed. ‘War on Drugs’ campaign was initiated towards bringing a drug-free society, and it has now become a people’s campaign with people from all walks of life supporting it. Law and order has also improved considerably and police-people relation is also getting better, he added.

Enrolment of students in government schools had improved with the launch of ‘School Fagathansi’ mission. Chief Minister’s Scholarship Scheme for Civil Services Coaching was launched for poor and meritorious students. Apart from Chief Minister-gi Hakshelgi Tengbang and Chief Ministergi Sotharabasing-gi Tengbang, the government had also hiked pension amount for journalists and launched pension schemes for retired artists and sportspersons. Around 6.75 lakh cards of Ayushman Bharat and CMHT schemes had been issued so far, he said.

Condition of Imphal-Jiribam and Imphal-Dimapur highways, the lifelines of the state, had improved significantly. Construction of Makru, Barak and Irang bridges are also progressing fast. Start-Up scheme had benefitted many entrepreneurs. 2.11 lakh households had been provided functional tap water connection till date against target 4.51 lakhs households, he added.

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Release of Coffee Table Book on government’s achievements, release of district specific e-book, distribution of solar study lanterns to selected students of 16 districts, launching of mobile rural mart and handing over of mobile vans to three Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs), launching of 11 FPOs in command areas of Thoubal Multipurpose Project, launching of Menstrual Hygiene Scheme and distribution of kits to beneficiaries were other highlights of the celebration.

The chief minister also opened a photo exhibition highlighting achievements of different government departments at the ground floor of City Convention Centre.

Deputy chief minister Y. Joykumar Singh, works minister Th. Biswajit, water resources minister Letpao Haokip, public health engineering minister Losii Dikho, forest minister Awangbow Newmai, education minister S. Rajen Singh, tribal affairs and hills minister Vungzagin Valte, agriculture minister O. Lukhoi Singh, MAHUD minister O. Henry, chief secretary Dr Rajesh Kumar and DGP LM Khaute, among others were present at the celebration.

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