Government hopes Naga peace talks settle peacefully: Biren

Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh on the second day of 12th session of the Manipur Legislative Assembly on Thursday said the government is hopeful for a peaceful solution between the NSCM-IN and the India Government while clarifying on the Indo-Naga Peace talks matter.

Biren said the government will review the Suspension of Operation (SoO) matter and the militants should be confined at designated camps.

The House passed the motion of thanks on the governor’s address that was delivered at the House on Wednesday.

The discussion on the motion of thanks on the Governor’s address was moved by MLA P. Sharatchandra Singh and seconded by MLA Dr Sapam Ranjan Singh.

Clarifying on the suggestion for amendments on the Governor’s address by different opposition MLAs, leader of the House and chief minister N. Biren Singh stated that the ruling government is not able to accommodate all issues in detail due to the space and time constraints.

Replying to MLA K.Govindas’s query, he stated that about three projects are recommended by Niti Aayog that will be implemented with financial assistance from the Asian Development Bank. The Dolaithabi and the Thoubal Multipurpose projects have been completed while the Civil Secretariat is still pending due to court case but it will also commence after the final judgement, he added.

Biren informed the House that the Anti-Corruption Cell is functioning as expected and opined the public and officials to adhere to the principles of not indulging in corruption in case of Government job recruitments like IRB among others. “We can take appropriate action if we have proof and evidence of any corruption in such recruitments,” he said.

He also expressed that the present government is ready to take adequate measures to repeal AFSPA as the law and order situation of the state has improved considerably.

Biren said there is a committee to seek amendments prior to 2014 and satellite mapping after 2014 in connection with paddy lands. He also clarified on the matter of poppy cultivation raised by MLA K. Meghachandra stating that there are 49 cases at present and the state is facing hurdles in tackling the issue as there are no certain rules for reserve forests. Alternative plan is in the pipeline where poppy cultivation is stopped and there is an urgent need to frame rules and regulate the same for reserve forests, he added.

Biren mentioned that the government’s start up scheme consisting of three types is aimed to generate employment and cater to the needs for around 40,000 to 45,000 returnees due to the Covid-19 pandemic. He also stated that Cabinet has recommended the matter relating to the Autonomous District Council (ADC) election and there are 27 blocks functioning properly at the grassroots level.

Welfare of the people living in the hill areas is one of the top priorities of the government and is included in the Manipur Vision Document 2030. Regarding education sector, he informed the House that more than 4000 teachers have been absorbed last year to take care of the education needs of the state.

Drawing the attention of the House on the vast scope of tourism in Manipur, Biren stated that it is an important, viable option for a sustainable economy and promoting development apart from being a big binding force and income generator for the state. Speaking on delimitation, he stated that delimitation is a constitutional procedure and there is a committee to look into the matter.

Opposition MLAs Govindas Konthoujam, K.Ranjit Singh, K.Meghachandra Singh and Alfred Kangam Arthur expressed lapses on the developmental activities and projects of the ruling government during the discussion on motion of thanks on the governor’s address.

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