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Manipur Assembly: House passes seven demands amounting to over 3.9k crore

SoO extended for six months; IB Director entrusted by Centre to wind up the matter at the earliest

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Imphal: On the eight day of the ongoing 12th session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly Friday, the House passed seven demands amounting to Rs 3999,23,27,000 during the afternoon session. 

The passed demands are Demand No. 7 – Police for Rs 2345,79,50,000; Demand No. 8 – Public Works Department for Rs 760,98,66,000; Demand No. 24 – Vigilance & Anti-Corruption Department for Rs 5,99,67,000; Demand No. 31 – Fire Protection and Control for Rs 30,65,96,000; Demand No. 32 – Jails for Rs 33,43,37,000; Demand No. 33 Home Guards for Rs 47,97,20,000 and Demand No. 47 – Minorities and Other Backward Classes and Scheduled Castes Department for Rs 774,38,91,000.  

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During the discussion on Demand No. 7 – Police, Leader of the House and 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 6 months and Director of Intelligence Bureau has been entrusted by the Centre to wind up the matter at the earliest. 

Works Minister Th Biswajit

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 a lack of manpower for the newly created districts, and the government is putting its best effort to increase the workforce. The recruitment process is underway, he added.

Stating that the Police department is working 24X7 despite staff shortage, he said that the performance of the department has been exemplary as they are working under tremendous pressure. He observed that the relationship between police and the 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 COVID-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 a 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, the Chief Minister said two private agencies were issued licenses and three others have completed formalities out of the 17 agencies which had applied for the license.

Informing the House that the police commando team who successfully rescued three abducted labourers from the hands of the suspected insurgent group Friday will be awarded for their bravery, Biren said that the rescue operation lasted for 2 hours.

Regarding the demand discussion on Demand No.47 –Minorities and Other Backward Classes and Scheduled Castes Department, the Chief Minister informed 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 a safe and secure economy for the minorities, he said the beneficiaries under the department are selected through open notification which is publicized through the 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.

Thongam Biswajit during the demand discussion for Demand No. 8 – Public Works Department informed 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 benefited a lot after the construction of foot-bridges at various locations in the city. He said the 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 (A/C) 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 objections 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 a Multi Parking System as a part of the Smart City Project in Thangmeiband and Keishmapat. He informed the House that the 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.

MLA AK Mirabai

Later in the House, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh introduced the Manipur Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland (Amendment) Bill, 2012 (Bill No. 16 of 2021), Deputy Chief Minister Y. Joykumar Singh, (in-charge of Finance) introduced The Manipur Liquor Prohibition (Third Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Bill No. 3 of 2021); Th. Biswajit Singh Minister (in-charge of Textiles, Commerce and Industries) introduced The Manipur Industrial Single Window Clearance Bill, 2021 (Bill No. 7 of 2021) and The Manipur Public Services Delivery Guarantee Bill, 2021 (Bill No. 6 of 2021); S. Rajen Singh (in-charge of Education) introduced The Manipur Official Language (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Bill No. 8 of 2021); O. Lukhoi Singh, Minister (in-charge of Agriculture) introduced The Manipur Oil Palm (Regulation of Production and Processing) Bill, 2021 (Bill No. 15 of 2021) and Th. Satyabrata Singh (in-charge of Law & Legislative Affairs) introduced The Manipur Legislature (Removal of Disqualifications) (Fifth Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Bill No.4 of 2021) and The Court Fees (Manipur Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Bill No. 9 of 2021). 

Policy Cut was raised by opposition leaders AK. Mirabai Devi, Kh. Joykisan Singh, Alfred Kanngam Arthur, Surjakumar Okram, K. Govindas, Th. Lokeshwor, K. Meghachandra and Md Fajur Rahim. On the other hand, by M. Rameshwor of the treasury bench gave an Observation on Demand No. 47 – Minorities and Other Backward Classes and Scheduled Castes Department.

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