Imphal: Replying to a question raised by MLA K Ranjit Singh, Transport Minister Vungzagin Valte informed the House that Manipur had received a total number of 14 (fourteen) Semi Low Floor Buses (SLF) under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNURM) in the year 2012. However, out of the total 14 buses, only one bus is operational. The government has a plan to auction some of the buses to the Tourism Department and LDA, the minister added.
Responding to a question raised by MLA Surjakumar Okram, Chief Minister N Biren Singh said that the total number of doctors, paramedical staff and other officials/staff in Government and empanelled private hospitals that contracted COVID-19 on COVID duty as on date are 974 and the number of such persons that expired as on date is 1 (one), as the interpretation of COVID warriors is limited only to those persons rendering their duty/service to identified institutions including private hospitals. The claim for compensation of Rs 50 lakhs insurance cover under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package (PMGKP) to the family members is under process. Application for a job under Die-in-Harness Scheme will also be processed when required, he added.
In another question raised by MLA K Ranjit Singh, Agriculture Minister O Lukhoi stated that due to the drought situation in the state, the Agriculture Department has provided 130 pumps to the farmers from 2017-2020. So far, concerned District Agriculture Officer has retrieved seven pumps and is in the department’s custody. Out of the seven pumps, six are functioning while one is not serviceable.