Imphal: Leader of the House and Chief Minister N. Biren Singh informed the Manipur Legislative Assembly Monday that the decision to set up the Sangai Ethnic Heritage Park in the Moirang Khunou area was taken in the larger interest of the people of the State. He was replying to calling attention moved by MLA K. Ranjit Singh, on the reported protest and apprehension of the general public on the government’s decision to shift the site of the park.
Chief Minister said the committee constituted for the project visited Keibul Lamjao repeatedly to study the feasibility of setting up the park. He said as per the recommendation of the committee that the area at Keibul Lamjao where the park is to be set up is not proportionate to accommodate the structures such as 34 different houses of the ethnic tribes, conference hall, parking lot, etc. Also, there are chances of disturbing the natural habitat of Sangai, the decision was taken to set up the park at Moirang Khunou which is not far from Keibul Lamjao National Park. He said that he has already talked with the agitating people and informed them that appropriate arrangements suitable to the Keibul Lamjao area will be made.
Replying to a question raised by MLA K. Ranjit, Chief Minister said that consideration is on to lift the prohibition of foreign liquor in the state. He said once the prohibition is lifted around Rs. 600-700 crores annually will be added to the state’s income. Chief Minister further said that the Manipur Liquor Prohibition (2nd Amendment) Bill 2018 was introduced in the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly to take steps for improving the quality of locally brewed liquor for export purposes. Although the Bill has lapsed, consideration is on to take further steps.
Education Minister Th. Basanta Kumar Singh replying to a question raised by Md. Achab Uddin said that 154 students have enrolled at Lantingkhal High School in Jiribam District. He said 6 (six) teachers have been engaged in the school under Zonal Education Office, Jiribam. Minister Basantakumar Singh while replying to another question raised by L.M. Khaute, said that Education Department is planning to introduce MA, M.Sc, BCA, etc. in Churachandpur College and Lamka College in the near future. He said all 39 government colleges of Manipur have Wi-fi provisions.
Health Minister Dr. S. Ranjan Singh replying to a query raised by Shri Ram Muivah, said that measures have been taken up to fill up the vacant posts in the health department as per the policy decision on recruitment under the State government. He said all the sanctioned posts of doctors and staff in the district hospital and primary health centers in Ukhrul have not been fully filled up. However, with the limited number of human resources, the district hospital and all the primary health centers are functioning normally.
Manipur Legislative Assembly today observed a 2-minute silence as a mark of respect for the demise of Selkai Hrangchal, former Member of the House from 55-Tipaimukh (ST) Assembly Constituency.
Speaker of the House, Thokchom Satyabrata Singh moved a resolution regarding the demise of the former member of the House and expressed his deep and profound sorrow. Leader of the House N. Biren Singh initiating the obituary reference said that the demise of Selkai Hrangchal is a great loss to the State. Born on December 31, 1937, at Rengkhai, Churachandpur District, Selkai Hrangchal was associated with various socio-cultural and economic activities. He was elected to the 5th Manipur Legislative Assembly and inducted as Minister of Health.
Participating in the obituary reference, O. Ibobi Singh, Senior Member of the House said Selkai Hrangchal was a man of reason and a jolly fellow. His demise is a great loss to the state and for the constituency in particular.
Kh. Joykisan, Ngursanglur, and L.M. Khaute also participated in the obituary reference and expressed their deep sorrow on the demise of Selkai Hrangchal.