Imphal: Governor of Manipur La. Ganesan addressed the first session of the 12th Manipur Legislative Assembly today and highlighted activities and achievements of the government in the past year.
The Governor started off his speech by welcoming and congratulating the newly elected Members of the House and added “I am hopeful that individually and collectively, you will uphold the values enshrined in the Constitution of India.”
In his address, the Governor also spoke on Covid-19 pandemic and healthcare and said the pandemic continued to present challenges during last year. Nevertheless, the proactive efforts of the Government to accelerate vaccination programme against COVID-19 went a long way to facilitate opening up of economy and in picking up the pace of developmental works, he said.
He said “During the second wave of the pandemic, there was increased demand for medical oxygen. Stock of ‘D’ type oxygen cylinders was increased from just 25 to 6,328 within two months. 24 PSA Oxygen Generation Plants were commissioned in the past one year alone covering all 16 districts. 2 Liquid Medical Oxygen Storage Plants with capacity of 10 KL at JNIMS and 20KL at Veterinary Complex, Porompat were commissioned. A 3rd LMO Plant of 20KL is also ready to be commissioned at COVID Hospital, Kiyamgei. About 480 Ventilators, 3,145 Oxygen Concentrators and 20,000 Pulse Oximeters were used.”
In the past one year, five families of Healthcare Workers who died due to COVID-19 while performing duties were compensated with Rs. 50 Lakh per family under PM Garib Kalyan Package, he said.
The Governor said “During 2021, in counter-insurgency measures, Security Forces arrested 234 Extremists and neutralized 15 Extremists. 14 persons were detained under NSA and 20 UG cadres surrendered. Security Forces also recovered 167 arms, 3,115 assorted ammunition, 253 IEDs, 27 Lathod bombs and 360 numbers of Detonators.”
Under the government’s “War on Drugs”, during 2021, massive seizures were made, including 87 Kilograms of Heroin, 1,320 Kilograms of Brown Sugar, 505 Kilograms and 80 litres of Opium, nearly 10 lakhtablets and over 64 Kg of WY(Amphetamine). 42 cases were registered and 20 disposed under ND &PS Act. 3,424 acres of illicit poppy cultivation were destroyed, he added.
The governor also highlighted various projects taken up with funding from North Eastern Council. Improvement of Bishnupur – Nungba Road and Water supply projects at Ramrei in Ukhrul and Top Dusera in Imphal East have been completed. Water supply project for Tamukhong in Imphal East is nearing completion. Construction of mini-stadium at Parbung has been completed and another at Senapati Public ground is in progress.
The government is committed to the welfare of Minorities, OBC and SC Communities in the State, four hostels for SC students and four hostels for OBC students are being constructed with a total project cost of Rs. 28.00 crore under Babu Jagjivan Ram Chhatrawas Yojana and scheme for Construction of OBC Boys and Girls Hostel.
The Governor also highlighted achievements under the Prime Minister’s Jan Vikas Karyakram (PMJVK).
Under the National Food Security Act, automation of all Fair Price Shops in the State and 100 % Aadhaar seeding of all ration cards in the State was achieved. State Commission and District Consumer Fora are functioning to safeguard the rights of beneficiaries, he said.
“In the wake of restrictions imposed by COVID-19 pandemic, web-based digital platform named Moodle Learning Management System was introduced in 45 Government and Government Aided Colleges of Manipur for teaching and learning interventions.”
He also highlighted Chief Minister’s College Maheiroi’s E-Support Scheme, University and Higher Education Digital Support Scheme, School Fagathansi Mission, etc.
He also said that the Government is committed to ensure quality and reliable power supply in the state.
With commissioning of 400 kV D/C transmission lines between “Silchar – Imphal” and “Imphal – New Kohima – New Mariani” at its rated voltage, the Available Transmission Capacity (ATC) of interstate transmission has been enhanced considerably to about 2,000 MW to cater to the power requirement of the State for the next 10 to 15 years.
In the past year, one 400/132kV Substation at Thoubal and eight 33/11kV sub-stations were operationlised.
He said under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana (PM KISAN) scheme, 6.19 lakh farmers have been enrolled.
He further highlighted Sub Mission on Agriculture Mechanization, RKVY- RAFTAAR and National Food Security Mission, Soil Health Card and Soil Health Management, etc.
Efforts continue to be made to ensure long term survival of Manipur Brow Antlered Deer (Sangai) and protection of Amur falcon.
With persistent efforts, the production capacity of fish has been increased to 36,000 MT per annum during the past 5 years, thereby helping in reducing imports from outside the State.
The Governor also spoke on Water Resources and Management and said providing assured irrigation is critical for accelerating growth in agriculture sector with about 2.3 lakh hectares of net cultivable area.
For improving Water Supply system in Imphal area, Phase-III of “Integrated Water Supply for Imphal Planning Area” costing Rs. 990.46 crore is being taken up under NDB funding and targeted for completion by December, 2022. Water Supply Scheme for 25 other towns is also being targeted for completion by 2023, he said.
Two works sanctioned under NEC, namely, construction of Inter-State Truck Terminus at Sekmai and improvement of road from Mualdak to Kolhen diversion road via Munlui were completed during the year.
With funding from HUDCO, the completion of the remaining work of Civil Secretariat Complex at Mantripukhri and construction of VVIP State Guest House – “Shanglen” are being taken up.
Under the PM-SVANidhi Scheme, 8,461 street vendors have been provided working capital loan to resume their livelihoods during the pandemic, he said.
He also highlighted Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban), Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) – Housing for All Mission, Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana–National Urban Livelihood Mission (DAY-NULM), Imphal Smart City Mission, development of Kangla Nongpok Torban and Thanga lLambi.
9,716 houses were completed against a target of 9,740 under Phase-I of Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana – Gramin. Under Phase-II, 4,012 have been completed out of a total target of 8,900 houses. For 2020-21, out of a total target of 15,842 beneficiaries, 15,047 beneficiaries have been sanctioned housing units.
He also said that under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana– I and II, construction of road length of 430 km have been completed during the year.
He highlighted “Chief Minister’s Widow Pension Scheme, National Disability Pension Scheme, Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana. He added that the number of beneficiaries under the Manipur Old Age Pension Scheme was increased from 66,738 to 82,738 by providing additional fund of Rs. 3.84 crore for 16,000 additional beneficiaries.
He also highlighted the Chief Ministergi Shotharabasingi Tengbang, ADIP scheme, Rastriya Vayoshree Yojna (RVY), etc.
Considering the hardship faced by the MSME sector due to the Covid- 19 pandemic, rent payable totaling more than Rs. 16 Lakh for work sheds in three industrial Estates were waived, he said and added that construction of Industrial Estate at Ukhrul is completed. Further, establishment of industrial estates in Imphal East and Senapati districts at a total project cost of about Rs. 21.93 crore has also been sanctioned.
Mega Food Park for Manipur State is being set up at Yaithibi Khunou.
To boost the tourism sector, various Tourism Infrastructures were completed during the year. These include Cheiraoching Eco Tourism Project, Integrated Tourists Circuit Imphal- Tamei, Integrated Tourists Destination at Longa Koireng and Longmai, Development of Spiritual Circuit – Shree Govindajee Temple, Shree Kaina Temple – Shree Bangsibudon Temple, Shree Gopinath Temple and Shree Bijoy Govindajee Temple under Swadesh Darshan Scheme.
He highlighted construction of the ‘Manipur Olympian Park’. The park will stand as testimony to Manipur as the ‘Powerhouse of Sports’.
Under Khelo India Scheme, football fields and RCC galleries at Hiyangthang and Hao Ground were completed. Construction of football fields and RCC galleries has been started at 8 blocks.
To nurture, propagate and preserve the cultural heritage of Manipur, various works were taken up during the year. Memorial Complex of Exile Heroes of Anglo- Manipuri War, 1891 at BT Parkwas inaugurated.
The Governor further highlighted the achievement under “Chief Ministergi Artiste Singgi Tengbang.”