No discrimination among districts: Biren

Imphal, February 23, 2018 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Sigh said that the present Government is giving equal attention to all the districts in terms of enhancing education system and setting up of educational institutions.

He made the statement while making clarifications to the arguments raised by Opposition MLAs during the discussion of the Manipur Appropriation (No.2) Bill, 2018 in the State Legislative Assembly today.

Acknowledging the fact that hill areas usually face extreme scarcity of drinking water during dry seasons, the Chief Minister said that the Government is focussing on taking up rain water harvesting projects in hill districts to tackle this problem.

Stating that poor connectivity is another major problem that has been causing huge inconvenience to the people of hill areas, the Chief Minister said that roads of all the districts would be revamped at the earliest.

Further making his clarifications, Shri N. Biren said that official records of the schools run under ADCs had been sought from the authority concerned to streamline the system. Salaries for ADC employees could not be released for the past 3-4 months due to some past discrepancies, he said while adding that these pending salaries would soon be sanctioned once the ongoing assessment of these irregularities is over.

Regarding financial irregularities at DRDA Chandel, the Chief Minister informed the House that over Rs. 7 crore has been found misappropriated. Stating that the Government has taken the matter seriously, Shri N. Biren said that two persons involved in the case have been identified.

The Chief Minister also assured that necessary steps would be put into effect to release the pending funds of MGNREGS and ADCs at the earliest.

Regarding development of sports, the Chief Minister said that Central sponsored Khelo India programme has many components which are to be implemented at Sub-Divisional levels as well. He further stated that the Government is putting in effort to complete the mini-sports complexes being constructed in different hill districts. Laying of artificial football turfs at selected playgrounds of valley districts is also in active consideration, he added.

With the sanctioning of required funds, strengthening of river banks at vulnerable areas and dredging of Imphal River are currently underway before the onset of the rainy season, he added.

Stating that dredging would be done in other major rivers as well, the Chief Minister said that a meeting of MLAs would be convened within a week to discuss issues related to flash floods.

Informing that the strength of security personnel provided to any VIP is based on the threat perception suggested by the authority concerned of the Home Department, the Chief Minister said that there is no differentiation between Opposition and Ruling parties in allotting security escorts to MLAs.

He said that rationalisation process of Manipur police is currently going on and a new transfer policy would be put into effect from April this year.

Informing that the Centre had recently permitted establishment of two IRB Battalions in the State, the Chief Minister said that it would be publicly announced by Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh during his visit to the State in mid-March.

MLAs Dr. Chaltonlien Amo, Shri D. Korungthang, Shri Th. Lokeshwar, Shri K. Meghachandra, Km. AK Mirabai, Shri Md. Abdul Nasir, Shri Kh. Joykisan, Shri S. Bira, Shri Md. Fajur Rahim, Shri Alfred Kanngam Arthur and Shri RK Imo also gave their observations during the discussion of the Bill.

Later, the House unanimously passed the Manipur Appropriation (No.2) Bill, 2018.

The House also passed four other Bills viz. the Manipur Parliamentary Secretary (Appointment, Salary and Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions) Repealing Bill, 2018, the Manipur Public Service Commission (Additional Functions) Second Amendment Bill, 2018, the Manipur (Hill Areas) district Councils (Fifth Amendment) Bill, 2018 and the Manipur Agriculture Produce and Livestock Marketing (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2018.

Later, Speaker Shri Y. Khemchand adjourned the fourth session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly sine die.

The Assembly session that began from February 2, 2018 had 15 sittings. One Obituary Reference, 125 Starred Questions, 22 Unstarred Questions, three Committee Reports and six Calling Attention Motions were witnessed during the session. Six Government Bills were passed and two papers also were tabled in the House.

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