Imphal: On the ninth day of the ensuing 3rd session of the 12th Manipur Legislative Assembly, replying to a question raised by MLA Th.Lokeshwar Singh, Water Resource Minister Awangbow Newmai stated that the work programme has been formulated but the constituency work programme has not been taken up so far.
Responding to the question raised by MLA K. Meghachandra Singh, Education Minister Th.Basanta Singh said that government has provisions for the employment of deserving meritorious sportspersons in class III and IV posts not exceeding 5% of the total vacancies as per the Department’s notification and has been implementing the same.
On the question raised by MLA Th. Lokeshwar Singh, Horticulture and Soil Conservation Minister Letpao Haokip said that under the Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH), vegetable seeds and spices seeds are provided to the people as an alternative to Poppy cultivation in hill areas.
Replying to the question raised by MLA Paolienlal Haokip, Forest, Environment & Climate Change Minister Th. Biswajit Singh said that Forest Department, Manipur is taking up afforestation programmes in degraded forest lands including the barren lands affected by the Poppy plantations.
He added that a project proposal ‘Alternate Livelihood for Poppy farmers with permanent (Terrace) cultivation on Jhum lands through Integrated Approach in the Hill Districts of Manipur’ has been submitted by the Horticulture & Soil Conservation Department which includes plantation of high value crops/fruits over 10,000 acres of poppy affected areas as an alternative livelihood to Poppy farmers.