Biren encourages officers to identify public problems for new Manipur

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Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh on Friday encouraged Prabhari officers to visit and identify the problems faced by the general public, their grievances, shortages of potable water, food grains, etc in their blocks and report to the State government, so that action may be taken up on priority basis.

The chief minister was addressing an orientation Workshop on Sub-Division Development Monitoring Mission at Hotel Imphal.

He also released a booklet “Sub-Division Development Monitoring Mission” as part of the workshop. Following the launching of the ‘Sub Divisional Monitoring Mission’, a Prabhari was assigned for each of the 68 sub-divisions to identify the shortcomings in the sub-division, such as infrastructure, health, education etc.

“Today, we are just beginning to build a new Manipur, and we have to take risks together.” “We have to ensure success of the mission, we could make a new Manipur within the next five years,” Biren said.

He appealed to the prabharis to take their time, to be patient and not to be hasty.

Biren urged the prabharis to include the need to set up retail shops in interior parts of the state in their proposals, so that villagers may get atleast rice grains. He also highlighted the need to conduct sub-division-wise house to house surveys.

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There will be no discrimination or inconveniences during their services due to irregularity in promotion or political influences, the chief minister assured the officers. Every officer will be where he or she deserves to be, as per the rules and norms, he said, stressing further that the cabinet has also taken a decision for a proper Posting and Transfer policy to be strictly implemented by June.

To root out corruption, the State cabinet has also approved the establishment of a State Staff Selection Board at the earliest, he added.

The Chief minister highlighted the need for proper monitoring of biometrics attendance, improved internet and mobile connectivity in the interior parts, provision of sustainable livelihood, etc.

The government has plans to make up the vehicle shortage for officials, the chief minister said before adding that not only the SDOs and other officers but their staff also need to reach their offices. He said that bus services along different routes have already started and that if required more buses can be added. He further observed the need to take up road construction and repairing works to improve connectivity.

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Regarding marketing for one product in one sub-division, Biren said marketing is not a problem, but co-ordination is needed amongst the different departments.

Chief secretary Dr Rajesh Kumar said the mission is a historic and path-breaking mission and will help eliminate low income in the interiors and in providing jobs to every household.

Additional chief secretary Vunlunmang Vualnam said the sub-division development monitoring mission is an innovative and ambitious mission. He said the key focus areas for the mission include reactivating government offices and public facilities in the sub-divisions, time bound implementation of schemes Like Lairik Tamhalasi, MGNREGA, Har Ghar Jal, etc; One Division, One Product, sustainable livelihood for each households and identification of innovative and sustainable projects to be taken up.

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An interactive session attended by Rajesh Kumar, additional chief secretaries, secretaries, deputy commissioners, district nodal officers, Prabharis of all sub-divisions, local representatives of sub-divisions was also conducted as part of the Orientation Workshop on the mission.

The DCs, Prabharis and the nodal officers shared their on-field experiences, problems faced so far, suggestions and ideas during the session. Major issues highlighted by the officials include the issue of mobility for the officers, due to lack of official vehicles, lack of infrastructure especially for the new districts, need for training for those required to collect datas to ensure data accuracy, need to focus on certain priority sectors, etc. The officials also highlighted one sub-division, one product component of the mission and suggested the feasibility of linking the provision of sustainable livelihood with one sub-division, one product.

Health and family welfare minister Dr Sapam Ranjan Singh, MLA K. Robindro, MLA L. Rameshwor Meetei also attended the workshop.

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