Manipur Assembly adjourned sine die

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Imphal: The 13th session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly was adjourned sine die on Tuesday.

The 5-day long session had three sittings, eight obituary references, 18 starred questions, 16 unstarred questions, one withdrawal, four papers laid, five Calling Attention, 17 Intimation of Government Assent Bill, one motion for Extension of Time For Presentation of Committee Report, four presentation of Committee Report, introduction of seven government Bills and passing seven government Bills.

Tribal affairs and hills minister Vungzagin Valte placing his observation regarding ‘The Manipur (Hill Areas) Autonomous District Councils Bill, 2021’, appealed to all the tribal communities in the hill areas of the state to have faith in the due process of the law and also to the present state government which is committed to provide tribal centric development in all the hill areas of Manipur.

He said that the tribal affairs and hills department has already issued a clarification that it has received an advance copy of draft “The Manipur (Hill Areas) Autonomous District Council Bill, 2021” from the Hill Areas Committee, Manipur Legislative Assembly on August 17, 2021.

He said that the proposed draft bill is a complicated issues even involving the repeal of the Act passed by Parliament namely Manipur (Hill Areas) District Council Act, 1971 (the Principal Act), the department has consulted all stakeholders including the Law department and office of the Advocate General. And they have opined that the Manipur (Hill Areas) Autonomous District Council Bill, 2021 needs a careful examination according to the due process of law and the same has been processed accordingly, even by duly constituting a committee.

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He also expressed that he himself being a tribal and the minister in charge of the department, would like to protect the interest of the tribal communities and take up developmental activities in the hills at all times.

He highlighted that the present BJP led government has already taken up several initiatives like “Go to Hills”, “Hill Leaders Day”. Cabinet meetings in the hill districts were also held to review work progress.

Replying to calling attention motion raised by MLA D.Korungthang on the reported deteriorating condition of the Manipur Guest House at Vellore, Tamil Nadu, leader of the House and chief minister N.Biren Singh said the government has already taken up works to increase number of state Bhawans’ and guest house in other states. He said the government is under process to transfer the present Manipur Guest House at Vellore, Tamil Nadu from social welfare to general administration department (GAD).

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Biren said there are reports of locals showing reluctance to patients coming and staying at the guest house. The guest house which has 11 flats in three different blocks is in a deplorable condition and only four flats are presently used for lodging purpose. He said the government will try to acquire a new site at Vellore and to operate the present guest house properly there by engaging some contractual staff until then.

In reply to a Starred Question raised by MLA Th.Lokeshwar Singh, works minister Thongam Biswajit Singh said process is underway for maintenance of state highways, MDRs, ODRs and IVRs in accordance to the available budget and the work.

In reply to a starred question raised by MLA Surjakumar Okram, finance minister Y.Joykumar said there has been adverse impact on the economy of the state due to Covid-19 lockdown and curfew.

As per the statement laid on the table of the House, regarding the steps taken up to address the impact on economy of the state due to Covid-19 include calibration of lockdown and restrictions, increasing capital expenditure, increasing public administration expenditure, improving state’s resource availability, effective implementation of the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan and providing essentials and support to those in need.

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In reply to a Calling Attention moved by MLA K. Meghachandra, minister in-charge of CAF & PD Thokchom Satyabrata Singh said the first priority task of the department is to maintain the supply chain which is to ensure availability of essential commodities. He said the next is on how to ensure that rice under NFSA, PMGKY are supplied to the beneficiaries. He said the state has around 18,60,159 NFSA beneficiaries. Further stating that ensuring rice for NFSA and PMGKY reaches the beneficiaries every month is not an easy task, he sought cooperation, support and suggestions from all.

He continued that the department regularly checks and monitors the price list of the 19 commodities listed as essential and that state commission and district commissions are also set up so that consumers may file any complaints regarding unusual price hikes.

During Zero Hour, Nambol A/C MLA Nameirakpam Loken Singh, Patsoi A/C MLA AK. Mirabai Devi, Ukhrul (ST) A/C Alfred Kanngam Arthur, Thangmeiband A/C MLA Kh. Joykisan Singh, Khundrakpam A/C MLA Th.Lokeshwar Singh, Kakching MLA M Rameshwar Singh also took part in the Zero Hour discussion.

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