Imphal: The Manipur Legislative Assembly passed seven demands amounting to Rs 1486,27,23,000 on 11th day of the ongoing 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly on Thursday.
The demands passed were Rs 15,80,41,000 for information and publicity; Rs 1095,56,00,000 for medical, health and family welfare services; Rs 186,49,61,000 for textiles, commerce and industries; Rs 3,88,17,000 for rehabilitation; Rs 7,46,86,000 for stationery and printing; Rs 146,81,72,000 for panchayat and Rs 30,24,46,000 for economics and statistics.
Priority to health and education
“The government has constituted a Rationalization Committee chaired by the chief secretary to look into the transfer and posting of state government employees,” leader of the House and chief minister N.Biren Singh informed the House.
During the rationalization process main priority will be given to the health and education departments.
Biren, who is also in charge of the medical, health and family welfare services, said at present there are 886 vacant posts of doctors out of sanctioned posts of 2138.
Stating that the Manipur Public Service Commission will soon start functioning, he said that the process for recruitment of 300 doctors will be taken up on priority basis.
Altogether transit accommodations are being set up at 19 locations across the state out of which some have already been inaugurated. The remaining will be inaugurated at the earliest, he said adding that once these buildings are inaugurated and start functioning, state employees can avail the facilities and remain stationed at their place of postings. He said legal actions will be taken up as per service rule against any employee who is found absent from their place of posting, once these buildings start functioning. He added that the transit accommodation buildings have 40-capacity each.
Biren lauded all sections of the public for their support and co-operation in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.
It was a joint effort and the government is thankful to all people. The effort to combat the pandemic is still going on and the government still requires the support and cooperation from all fronts, he said.
He assured prompt action against any government hospitals, community health centres, primary health centres, primary health sub-centres failing to provide generic medicine which are provided free of cost and at cheaper rates by the government.
The chief minister also said on the issue of procurement of low quality face mask specially N-95 mask, the vigilance has taken up a case and the supplies have been seized. As of now, all items procured in connection with the fight against Covid-19 are first examined by an expert committee of several experts including director health services, director JNIMS, director RIMS, and then utilized as per requirement.
He assured to table a white paper before the House on the expenditure incurred while combating the Covid crisis before the end of the ongoing session.
Economics and statistics department faces man-power shortage
Deputy chief minister Y. Joykumar Singh, who is in charge of the department, said the data generated by the economics and statistics department is very important.
The department is facing shortage of man-power, but there is a process for recruitment to fill some posts to strengthen the department. The department will try to bring out at least a half-yearly economic survey, the minister said.
Weavers possessing Yarn Pass Book will avail 20 percent subsidy
Textiles, commerce and industries minister Thongam Biswajit Singh said weavers who possess Yarn Pass Book will avail 20 percent subsidy while procuring yarn and that under the Handloom and Handicraft Delivery Scheme, the department delivers yarn and buys back the finished products from the weavers/artisans.
The department has taken up several welfare schemes for the weavers, artisans, and entrepreneurs of the state. He highlighted several schemes including the Handloom Promotion Scheme, Handloom and Handicraft Delivery Scheme, Weavers Card, Yarn Pass Book.
Beneficiaries for loom distribution are received through online and after proper verification and aptitude test is also conducted. However, preference is given to the weaker section willing to weave but have no financial support. He said the scheme also provides for exchange or repair of faulty parts.
There are three Industrial Estates presently functioning at Takyelpat in Imphal West, Tera Urak in Bishnupur and Kuraopokpi in Kakching. The department is helping by generating employment through the industrial estates, he said adding that the Industrial Estate, Takyelpat has 20 worksheds providing employment to 404 employees, Industrial Estate at Tera Urak has 27 worksheds having 138 employees and 27 workshed at Kuraopokpi with 188 employees.
Three others at Chandel, Kasom and Churachandpur are almost complete, while another three at Imphal East, Senapati and Tamenglong are in the pipeline, he added.
The House has passed the Manipur Industrial Single Window Clearance Bill, 2021 and The Manipur Public Services Delivery Guarantee Bill, 2021, he said.
The Manipur Industrial Estates Rule, 2019 was amended to encourage the entrepreneurs, he said adding that encouraging entrepreneurs will mean more generation of employment. The Minister also explained certain bills including the Manipur Public Service Delivery Guarantee Bill and Manipur Investor and Investment Bill.
Biswajit said the Prime Minister Formalisation of Micro food processing Enterprises Scheme will be launched soon in the state. The scheme will promote the “One District One Product.”
Mega food part coming up
A mega Food Park is coming up at the total cost of Rs.81 crore out of which Rs 50 crore has been sanctioned. The park will also include cold storage. A food testing laboratory will also be established in the state, Biswajit said.
The cold storage was enhanced at the Nilakuthi Food Park which was utilised during the Covid pandemic in storing perishable items in collaboration with the horticulture department, he added.
During the discussion on the various demands, MLAs K. Ranjit Singh, Kh. Lokeshwar Singh and Alfred Kanngam Arthur moved policy cuts, while, MLAs K. Govindas, P. Saratchandra and Surjakumar Okram gave observations.