Details of central forces deployment cannot be laid in the House: Biren

Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh said due to National Security issue, details regarding the deployment of central forces in the Indo-Myanmar border town Moreh cannot be laid in the House.

On the second day of the 5th Session of 12th Manipur Legislative Assembly, leader of the House N. Biren Singh, replying to a question raised by MLA K. Ranjit Singh, informed the House that 198 coys of Central Armed Police Force and 147 to 153 column of Army and Assam Rifles were deployed in the state to curb the present situation. To control the law and order situation, 200 coys of CAPF were deployed from May 2023 till October 2023 and 198 coy were also deployed after replacing two companies of Rapid Action Force since October 2023.

Biren, replying to a query raised by MLA Surjakumar Okram, said a total of 13, 274 structures have been reported to be destroyed and gutted in the ongoing violence that started since May 3, 2023. He informed the House that assessment and identification of structures damaged is still undergoing in various districts of the state.

Regarding compensation, disbursement of partial compensation in the form of permanent housing for those who are ready to move back to their original places after proper verification under the scheme of permanent housing has started. For construction of houses, fifty per cent advance of the compensation has been released to 139 families. Sanction has also been issued for disbursement of the same to another 472 families, he added.

The chief minister informed the House that the government had sanctioned Rs 15 crore for disbursement of twenty-five per cent advance (Rs 25,000) of the interim relief (Rs 1 lakh per family) for those whose home had been completely damaged. Identification of beneficiaries and account verification is going on by the dputy commissioners of the respective districts.

Replying to a query raised by MLA Th. Lokeshwar Singh, the chief minister informed the House that the refabricated temporary houses, in different areas of the state, were built under the Special Package approved by the ministry of Home Affairs. Theprefabricated houses built at Sajiwa and Sawombung cost Rs 9.98 crore in each of the sites for 200 families.

Regarding the structural inconveniences faced by the families in the prefabricated houses, Biren assured the House that the necessary steps to improve the structures of the prefabricated houses and surroundings will be taken up before the monsoon season.

During the Zero Hour, MLA Kh. Joykisan raised the issue of the agitation by Police Commandos and drew the attention of the House to solve the issue considering the present situation prevailing in the state.

Leader of the House laid a detailed statement concerning the prevailing situation that arises out of the conflict, starting from May 3, 2023 in the House. He highlighted the various initiatives taken up by the government to bring peace and harmony in the state. He appreciated the role played by the members of the House in bringing normalcy in the state. He also appreciated the central forces and the state forces for their contribution in protecting and safeguarding the people of the state in this situation. The leader of the House also lauded the people of the state for their contribution in bringing normalcy. He further appealed the public to refrain from activities that can hinder the steps taken up by the government in bringing normalcy in the state.

Later, Biren laid papers on the table of the House on (i) Finance Accounts (Volume I) 2022-23, Government of Manipur (ii) Finance Accounts (Volume II) 2022-23, Government of Manipur (iii) Appropriation Accounts 2022-23, Government of Manipur iv) State Finances Audit Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India for the year ended on 31st March, 2022 (Report No. 1 of 2023) in respect of Government of Manipur v) Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India on General, Economic (other than public Sector Undertakings), Revenue and Social Sector for the year ended 31st March, 2022 (Report No. 2 of 2023) in respect of Government of Manipur vi) Annual Report of State Vigilance Commission for the year 2022-23 vii) 51st Annual Report of the Manipur Public Service Commission 2022-23 viii) The Manipur Waqf Regulations, 2024 and ix) The Manipur Public Demand Recovery Rules, 2023.

H. Dingo Singh, minister (in-charge of Social Welfare, Labour and Employment) also laid papers on the table of the house on i) The Manipur Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Rule, 2023 ii) The Manipur State Commission for Women Rules, 2024 and iii) The Manipur Labour Laws (Exemption from renewal of Registration and License by Establishments) Ordinance, 2023.

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