Imphal: The Manipur Legislative Assembly Wednesday unanimously passed the Supplementary Demand for Grant 2022–23, amounting to Rs. 54, 96, 91, and 83,000 for various departments. Earlier, as soon as the house met at 1:00 PM, the speaker took up the question.
The Chief Minister told the House that there are 6498 beneficiaries, or business units, identified for financial support under the Start-Up scheme. He said, of these, 5041 beneficiaries are receiving financial support under the scheme, and 4719 units are running profitably. The Chief Minister was replying to the question asked by MLA Surjakumar Okram.
The Chief Minister also told the house that steps have been taken up to restrict outsiders from purchasing land in the valley areas of Manipur. Land can be purchased after the approval of the concerned Municipality or Gram Sabha, he added. The Chief Minister was replying to a question asked by MLA K. Ranjit.
Transport Minister Khashim Vashum told the House that as per VAHAN data, there are 42,27,53 vehicles in the state till January 2023. Out of these, 11,0674 vehicles are older than 15 years, of which 6965 are diesel-run vehicles and 10,3709 are petrol-run vehicles. He also clarified that the scrapping of vehicles does not depend upon the age of the vehicle but upon the fitness of the vehicle.
Later, the house held a discussion on the Budget Estimates, for 2023-24. Leader of the Opposition O. Ibobi Singh, MLA K. Meghachandra and Th. Lokeshwor participated in the discussion.
Clarifying the general discussion of the Budget Estimates, the Chief Minister, who is also in charge of the Finance department, said that the budget is people-friendly with a focus on the welfare of the people.
The Chief Minister also introduced “The Manipur Appropriation (No. 1) Bill, 2023” in the house.