Imphal: Chief Minister N Biren Singh assured the House that his government will put up its share of 2.49 crores for the Wangban Rice Research Station from the corpus fund so that it can start functioning.
He was intervening on the insistence of MLA K Ranjit who wanted a firm commitment for the government.
Replying to a query from the MLA, Agriculture Minister O Lukhoi informed the House that the Wangban Rice Research Centre could not become functional even though the physical infrastructure is in place for lack of any budgetary allocations as the state share. This share was to take care of furniture, vehicles and other requirements, as also for other upkeep of the Centre.
Replying to a question from Surjakumar Okram, MLA, Chief Minister said, providing health care facilities to the people is one of the top priority areas of which the government is committed.
The Chief Minister said with an aim to provide better health care to the people, proposals for opening of three new Medical Colleges at Churachandpur District Hospital, Thoubal District Hospital and Chandel District Hospital have been submitted already to the Central Government of which approval for up-gradation of Churachandpur District Hospital to Medical College has been granted. He said this is the second state-owned Medical College after JNIMS. Under the funding pattern of 90:10, a total of Rs 325 crore has been sanctioned by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. Biren Singh said the state government is constantly urging the Ministry for up-gradation of Thoubal District Hospital to a new Medical College.
Replying to another question and supplementary raised by Surjakumar Okram, MLA, the Chief Minister informed the House that as per reports, there are no cases of serious health complications with respect to those who have recovered from COVID-19. He said the state government has constituted an Expert Committee for inspection, supervision and guidance of government and other hospitals. Post-COVID complications Management Committees of RIMS and JNIMS were constituted and dedicated Post-COVID wards will also be opened if required. He also assured the House that the government is fully committed to providing super-speciality services wherever necessary.
Chief Minister N Biren Singh informed the House that new policy for recruitment of Group C & D post has been implemented from March 28, 2017 as per the norms of Central Government except for recruitment of state security personnel. He was replying to a query raised by K Ranjit Singh, MLA. He said as of now new norms for recruitment of Group B post has not been implemented in the state.
While replying to another question raised by Th Lokeshwar Singh, MLA, Biren Singh said that under the PMKSY-HKKP (GW), 50 numbers of irrigation tube-wells have been executed. He said altogether 550 numbers of such wells will be executed with an estimated cost of Rs. 61.68 crores. The power supply line to the feasible areas and solar power terminals will also be made available to the wells for their functioning.