Imphal: On the eight day of the ongoing 12th session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly, the House passed seven demands amounting to Rs 3999,23,27,000.
The demands include grants of 2345,79,50,000 for police, Rs 760,98,66,000 for PWD, Rs 5,99,67,000 for vigilance and anti-corruption department, Rs 30,65,96,000 for fire protection and control, Rs 33,43,37,000 for jails, Rs 47,97,20,000 for home guards and Rs 774,38,91,000 for minorities and other backward classes and scheduled castes department.
Suspension of Operation
Chief minister N. Biren Singh who is also the in-charge of the home department informed that the Suspension of Operation (SoO) has been extended for six months and director of Intelligence Bureau has been entrusted by the Centre to wind up the matter at the earliest. Earlier the matter was handled by an interlocutor appointed by the Centre. He also assured the House that he will initiate the next tripartite talk and further said that there is no question of district rollback of the new districts. There is lack of manpower for the newly created districts and the government is putting its best effort to increase manpower. The recruitment process is underway, he added.
Stating that the police department is working 24X7 despite staff shortage, Biren said the performance of the department has been exemplary as they are working under tremendous pressure. He observed that the relationship between police and public have improved considerably over the past few years. Stating that it is the responsibility of a government to make the public feel secure, he gave his assurance that the government will try to strengthen the department. Police outposts have also been opened in far flung areas like Behiang, Moreh, Kasom, Jiribam, Mao, Tamenglong.
Informing the House that the training of 2,747 constables is underway which got delayed due to Covi-19 Pandemic, he said after the completion of the training period the department will get some respite from manpower shortage.
Regarding the transfer and posting, he made an earnest request to the public not to pressurize their elected representatives for selection of their desired place of posting. He appealed to the government officials to stay at their posted area for two years and emphasis on 2 years rotation system regarding transfer and posting.
With regard to construction of Multi Storey Parking to ease out the traffic congestion in the city he informed the House that sites have been selected and discussion is underway with the transport department for site selection for setting up a Traffic Training Centre to train the Traffic personnel.
Regarding the issuance of license to private security agencies, Biren said two private agencies were issued license and three others have completed formalities out of the 17 agencies which had applied for the license.
Informing the House that police commando team who successfully rescued three abducted laboureres from the hands of the suspected insurgent group today will be awarded for their bravery, the chief said the rescue operation lasted for 2 hours.
Regarding the demand discussion on minorities and other backward classes and scheduled castes department, Biren informed the House that the government has spent over Rs 1,000 crore under various heads for the welfare of the minorities both in the hills and the valley.
Stating that the Government is trying to provide safe and secure economy for the minorities, he said the beneficiaries under the department is selected through open notification which is publicized through media. He said for selection of 2,797 beneficiaries for various schemes, 20,000 applicants applied.
Stating that the department is providing various schemes like poultry, pump sets, sprinklers, fishlings, housing for all, embroidery – sewing machine and for Lairik Yengminashi ( free coaching for minority student from Class VI-X and Class X- XII), he said that for Lairik Yengminashi scheme Rs 74 lakh for 2017-18, Rs 74 lakh for 2018-19, Rs 124 lakh for 2019-20 and Rs 38 lakh for 2020-21 funds were allotted.
Four lanes for NH-150
Works minister Thongam Biswajit informed the House that four lanes will be constructed on National Highway -150 taken up by National Highways Infrastructure Development Ltd (NHICDCL). He said the public especially the pedestrians have benefitted a lot after the construction foot-bridge at various locations in the city.
He said Liklang Pareng Project is under the pipeline to connect all the district headquarters. Under the Central Road Fund (CRF), potholes along the stretch of the Sagolmang area in Khundrakpam Assembly Constituency will be mended. Stating that as there is technical issue in constructing RCC bridge in Moirang Thong in Takyel Khongbal in Patsoi A/C, he said instead bailey bridge will be constructed and funds have been allotted for repairing the present Moirang Thong.
Regarding the proposed Imphal Ring Road funded by ADB, he said that there is delay and alignment due to objection from the public of Khabam Lamkhai, Langol Tarung and Kongba Uchekon. He said on priority basis roads in district headquarters will be repaired/constructed.
There is a discussion to construct Multi Parking System as a part of the Smart City Project in Thangmeiband and Keishmapat. He informed the House that North Eastern Council Secretary has appreciated the quality of Irang and Leimatak Bridges. He assured that the department officials will inspect the poor drainage system in the Babupara area which is causing frequent flood like situation.