Ceasefire of Naga peace talk not extended in Manipur: Biren

Imphal: The ceasefire of Indo-Naga Peace Talk is not extended in Manipur, chief minister N. Biren Singh informed the House of the ongoing 12th session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly on Monday.

There is no further proposal or consideration for extension of ceasefire in the state, Biren said.

The chief minister was replying to a starred question raised by MLA Alfred Kanngam Arthur.

Stepping forward to revive Manipur film industry

Chief minister Biren, replying to a starred question raised by MLA K.Ranjt Singh, informed the House that there are no cinema halls in Manipur having digital cinema projector. However, the palace auditorium of the Manipur State Film Development Society has a digital cinema projector for film promotional activities. The government is seriously considering the Cine policy and looking into the memorandum submitted by the four film groups of Manipur.

The state is trying to revive the film industry of Manipur and trying to implement the memorandum by March of financial year 2021, Biren said.

LPG price, subsidy

The price of LPG is fixed at the rate as directed by the ministry of petroleum and natural gas, CAF and PD minister Th.Satyabrata Singh said in reply to a starred question raised by MLA A.K.Mirabai Devi.

The subsidy is not discontinued. There may be pending since December 2020 but the government is trying to expedite as quickly as possible, the minister said.

Plan to upgrade co-operative inspector post

Social welfare and cooperation minister O.Henry, replying to MLA K.Ranjit Singh, informed that there is plan to upgrade the post of co-operative inspector to the post of Group “B” (Class-II) gazetted officer like other similar-pay scale inspectors of other departments of the state.

The cooperative societies department has put up the matter of modifying and updating the recruitment rules(RR) of the post of the inspector of co-operative societies that will be further examined by the department of personnel and administrative reforms (personnel division), he added.

Action against encroachment, illegal excavation of earth

Environment and forests minister Awangbou Newmai, in response to calling attention motion moved by MLA Kh.Joykishan, mentioned that the forest department is taking action on the reported encroachment and excavation of earth from the Chingkhei Ching reserved forests areas.

Drawing the attention of the House, he clarified that the forest officials have arrested people involved in the illegal digging and collected fines amounting to Rs 1,18,630 from the arrested people for the period between September 2020 to January 2021.

The department is working despite facing lots of pressure and hardships due to lack of manpower of staff. Manipur has just one forest guard per 24 sq.km as against three forest guards per 24 sq.km in other states, the minister said.

He said there is a plan to provide forest guards with single barrel guns for effective functioning.

White paper on tackling Covid-19 tabled

Chief minister Biren tabled the “White Paper on Tackling Covid-19 Pandemic” while deputy chief minister Y. Joykumar Singh laid the “Medium Term Fiscal Policy Statement, Fiscal Policy Strategy Statement and Macro Economic Statement and Disclosures” on the table of the House.

Two bills passed

The Manipur State Planning Authority Bill, 2021 and the Manipur Appropriation (No.2) were also unanimously passed by the House.

Opposition leader O.Ibobi Singh and MLA T.N.Haokip gave observation regarding the above two bills.

Drawing the attention of the House, Ibobi expressed that if the government carries out proper and effective implementation of the Go to Hills mission and MGNREGS scheme, it will be a good and meaningful step for the people of Manipur.

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