Biren warns unauthorised officers not to involve in village recognition

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Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh has warned the unauthorised concerned officers not to involve in village registration as issues on registration of revenue villages was made by some corrupt unauthorised concerned officials in the past years.

The Leader of the House informed the House responding the starred question raised by opposition MLA K. Ranjit Singh on the 9th Day of the ongoing second session of 12th Manipur Legislative Assembly on Wednesday.

Biren informed the House that there are 2,743 revenue villages. He appealed to all bureaucrats to strictly implement the rule of law while giving recognition for new revenue villages.

The chief minister informed that 55 applications have been received by the government seeking for registration for revenue village and the criteria for registration of revenue village need land, number of households, recommendation from forest department and if the village is in hill district then recommendation from respective district councils is required.

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Biren said recognition of revenue village is an alarming situation in Manipur. At present there are 1,030 villages waiting to get revenue village recognition. Earlier, without the consent of government, even a principal chief conservator of forest under corrupt practice issued revenue village registration, who is not the authority. He warned the officers including chief secretary not to continue similar practice in future.

He said in order to get revenue village registration the matter has to be brought first at TA and hills department after that it should be passed on to ADC then to state revenue department and last approval has to be given by state Cabinet.

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Biren further informed that a village will not be given recognition as revenue village if it has less than 50 households.

The issue of village registration can be easily solved if Hill Area Committee, ADC, TA and hills department and revenue department work with full coordination, said Biren.

While replying to a starred question raised by MLA Kh. Joykisan Singh, TA and hills minister Letpao Haokip said the Union ministry for development of tribal areas have sanctioned Rs 40750.273 lakh since 2012 till date.

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Social welfare minister Heikham Dingo replying to a starred question raised by Joykisan informed the house that there are 11,510 Anganwadi Centres in Manipur out of which 9,958 are Main AWC and 1552 Mini AWC. The minister mentioned the criteria of establishing Anganwadi Centres — one Anganwadi Centre for Urban/Rural on 400-800 population, Mini Anganwadi Centre on 150-400 population and for tribal/hilly/difficult area, 1 (one) Anganwadi Centre on 300-800 population while for Mini Anganwadi Centre on 150-300 population.

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