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Manipur CM urges arm licence holders to renew licences in time

Further, N Biren Singh stated that the government has conveyed approval for direct recruitment of 122 different categories of posts, which is under process in the department. 

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Imphal: Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Wednesday urged all arm licence holders in the state to review their licences within the allotted time frame. Otherwise, it would be considered illegal, said the Leader of the House, while replying to a calling attention motion by MLAs Vungzagin Valte and Paolienlal Haokip.

The legislators charged that there was a public notification by the District Magistrate, Churachandpur, which asked all the licence holders to submit arms licences along with their arms.

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The Chief Minister clarified that the notification was not just for Churachandpur district, but for the entire state. Biren informed the House that there are increasing cases of killings using licenced guns. The notification was intended to protect people and prevent the use of illegal weapons. The government is for people and to protect their rights, said Biren. He further instructed district magistrates and police to carefully examine background of any persons before issuance of licence guns. 

On the eighth day of the ensuing 3rd session of the 12th Manipur Legislative Assembly, the Leader of the House further stated that there are a total of 29 fire stations and sub fire stations, out of which 17 fire stations and subfire stations are functional and 12 fire subfire stations are non-functional. 

He stated that efforts are being made to make the 12 non-operational fire stations operational, as well as to establish new fire stations/substations to cover all of Manipur in the future. Further, he stated that the government has conveyed approval for direct recruitment of 122 different categories of posts, which is under process in the department. 

He mentioned that under the Expanding Modernization of the Fire Service under the 15th Finance Commission of Grant-in-Aid, a proposal amounting to Rs. 93,33,86,960 has been proposed for making all the non-functional fire stations functional and improving the infrastructure and equipment. Construction of a temporary garage-cum-dormitory for the opening of new fire stations is underway, as is the procurement of 16 fire tenders, 16 portable fire pumps, and eight Bolero campers for mounting fire pumps, he added. 

Replying to the question raised by MLA Sheikh Noorul Hassan regarding the case of hit-and-run, Biren said that the investigation of the case is in full swing.

Replying to the question raised by MLA Kh. Loken Singh, Water Resources Minister Awangbou Newmai stated that the Civil Work Component, which will involve an amount of Rs.44.56 crore, was given to M/S Keystone Infra PVT. Ltd. on June 24, 2021, and will be completed within 36 months. The hydro-mechanical component for Rs 44.11 crore was also given to M/S OM Metals Infraprojects Ltd., and the target for completion of the works is within 36 months. He further stated that minor repairs of  Canal No. 1 and 2 of the Imphal Barrage had been done in July 2021 and that there was a target to renovate them. 

He informed the House that the Tarang Stream at Kh. Ibohal Mapa, Kakching Khunou, and Tarang River at Tarang Bazar Maning would be repaired. 

Responding to the question raised by MLA Paolienlal Haokip, Tribal Affairs & Hills Minister Letpao Kipgen said the Manipur Tribal Development Corporation (MTDC) is a functional corporation, a state PSUs under the Department of Tribal Affairs & Hills, Government of Manipur.

Replying to the question raised by MLA Th. Lokeshwar Singh, RD & PR Minister Yumnam Khemchand Singh said that there is no special maintenance of roads by Manipur State Road Development Agency (MSRDA).

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