Imphal: The Manipur Legislative Assembly, Thursday, passed six demands amounting to Rs 7057, 03, 47, 000. The demands are Rs 82,16,82,000 for Consumers Affairs, Food and Public Distribution; Rs 377,60,72,000 for Agriculture; Rs 236,49,59,000 for Animal Husbandry and Veterinary; Rs 5088,73,71,000 for Community and Rural Development; Rs 890,28,27,000 for Planning; and Rs 381,74,36,00 for Tourism.
During the Discussion of Demand on Agriculture, leader of the House N Biren Singh stated that the Manipur Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act 2014 is currently being implemented successfully and the state government has serious concern for saving agricultural lands. So far, notices have been served to those who violated the Act and even 79 arrests have been made so far. However, they had been warned and released on PR bond. The Chief Minister further added that such exemplary actions will enable the public to adhere to this Act in a better way. He also appealed all the members of the House that a mass awareness campaign should be initiated in the respective constituencies so that the Act can be implemented successfully.
CM Biren Singh was supplementing the response of Agriculture Minister O Lukhoi Singh. Clarifying the cut motion from the Opposition, Lukhoi said that even though the implementation of the Act comes under the Revenue department, the Agriculture has also set up a three-tier committee to monitor the current situation of how the agricultural lands can be conserved. So, the department is going hand-in-hand with the Revenue department to save the diminishing agricultural areas in the larger interest of the public.
On the other hand, MLAs K Ranjit Singh, K Meghachandra Singh, Alfred Kaangam Arthur and Surjakumar Okram raised cut motions on the Demand Discussion of Tourism. Clarifying these cut motions., Tourism minister O Lukhoi said that the Khongjom War Memorial Complex has recently become a tourist hotspot. Knowing this potential, the state government had been developing the site with utmost priority. Necessary features such as better security and fencing will be set up as required.
CAF & PD Minister T Satyabrata, during the Demand Discussion on Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, clarified that the price level of goods between Guwahati and Imphal is bound to have some marginal differences due the transportation and other charges involved. However, the government is trying its best to check unreasonable price rise in essential commodities in the state. For the purpose, a State Level Price Fixation committee will be constituted to regulate the actual price of commodities, and the rate will be officially published.
Responding to the cut motions raised from the Opposition bench during Demand Discussion on Community and Rural Development, the minister concerned Th Biswajit said that various vacant posts lying in the department will fill up at the earliest in order to ensure smooth functioning of the department. Repairing of roads under the PMGSY in the innermost areas of the state has been going on with proper vigil. However, due to COVID-19 pandemic and other unseen factors, most of the projects have been delayed. He added that the current government is very much concerned about bringing developmental infrastructures in the remote areas.