Manipur Assembly Session:  Summary of House proceedings on Feb 4

Manipur Assembly Session: Summary of House proceedings on Feb 4

Imphal, February 04 2021:
The Budget session of the Manipur Legislative Assembly today passed the motion of thanks on the Governor’s address that was delivered at the House yesterday.

Thanksgiving for Governor’s address

The discussion on the motion of thanks on the Governor’s address was moved by MLA P Sharatchandra Singh and seconded by MLA Dr Sapam Ranjan Singh.

Moving the motion of thanks, MLA P Sharatchandra said the Governor’s address to the House had clearly mentioned the challenges the Government faced successfully and many innovative and inclusive programmes taken up and planning to take up for welfare of the people.

Dr Sapam Ranjan also mentioned that the Governor’s address had highlighted the Government’s proactive role in fighting the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.

On the other hand, Opposition Member MLA Govindas Konthoujam stated that the Governor’s address to the House was “very decorative” and it lacked budget related information.

The address failed to mention how the Government is going to support many who have returned to the State after leaving their jobs in other cities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Manipur Legislative Assembly and the Civil Secretariat are key components of the Capitol project, however the Civil Secretariat has not been completed yet, said the MLA.

The Governor’s address also failed to mention about the unfinished Ima market at the erstwhile Tombisana High School estate, industrial estate, and District Sports Complexes.

Therefore, the Governor’s address lacks direction and proper vision, he said, suggesting amendment of the address.

Stating that the Armed Special Powers Act may be further removed from some Assembly Segments, MLA K Ranjit questioned why the Governor’s address failed to mention any possible removal of the AFSPA.

The Governor’s address also did not mention key issues related to the Anti-Corruption Cell, Manipur Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act 2014.

Clarifying on the suggestion for amendments of the Governor’s address by different Opposition MLAs, leader of the House and Chief Minister N Biren Singh stated that the Governor’s address couldn’t accommodate all issues in detail due to the space and time constraints.

Accommodating all the details would make the Governor’s address voluminous, however it touched the key themes of all the spheres, he added.

Niti Aayog has recommended Rs 1400 crore to save Loktak Lake

Replying to the queries raised by the Opposition MLAs, Chief Minister N Biren said in line with conserving the environment, the Niti Aayog has recommended Rs 1400 crore to save Loktak Lake under a comprehensive plan.

Further the Niti Aayog has also recommended Rs 600 crore for conserving/developing Lamphelpat and Rs 1,000 crore for Sewerage plant.

These three projects would be funded by the Asian Development Bank, he added.

The Dolaithabi and Thoubal Multipurpose projects have been completed while the Civil Secretariat project is still pending due to a Court case.

The project will commence after the final judgement of the Court, he said.

Anti Corruption Cell

The Chief Minister also informed the House that the Anti-Corruption Cell is functioning smoothly, but this has been replaced by the Vigilance at present.

He stated that the public and officials should work sincerely and avoid indulging in corruption in Government recruitments.

“We can take appropriate action if we have proof and evidence of any corruption in the recruitments,” he said.

Repealing Armed Force Special Power Act (AFSPA)

Further, the Government is taking up measures to repeal AFSPA as the law and order situation has improved considerably.

However, incidents of lobbing hand grenade at the Governor’s residence and other violent activities are hindering the processes to repeal the law, he said.

Manipur Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act 2014

N Biren also said that the Manipur Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act 2014 requires amendment and as such it will be produced in this session.

Poppy Cultivation

He also clarified on the matter of poppy cultivation raised by MLA K Meghachandra stating that there the Government is taking up efforts to replace poppy cultivation in the hill areas.

30-40 percent of the forest areas in the hills have been deforested.

Even as the Government and its agencies are destroying poppy plantations, the owners of these plantations couldn’t be identified as the estates have no pattas (land deed documents), he said, adding that the Government is taking up efforts to increase green cover in the hills.

Manipur Start-Up Scheme

Also, youths who have returned to the State due to pandemic may apply for the Start-Up scheme.

The Start-Up scheme aims to generate employment and cater to the needs for around 40,000 to 45,000 youths.

Rs 47 crore has been earmarked in the budget for the scheme, he said.

ADC Elections

The Cabinet has also given approval to hold the elections to the Autonomous District Councils (ADCs).

There are 27 blocks functioning properly at the grassroots level.

Welfare of the people living in the hill areas is one of the top priorities of the Government and is included in the Manipur Vision Document 2030, he said.

The Committee on delimitation has sent the necessary documents for conducting delimitation.

Naga Peace Process and Peace Talks

On the peace talk between the NSCN (IM) and the Government of India, N Biren said his Government is not a part of the negotiation but it wants the issue to be resolved for peace at the earliest.

The Government’s stand is that the final solution must not harm Manipur, he added.

Review of SoO groups

In addition, the Government will review the Suspension of Operation (SoO) matter and the militants should be confined at their designated camps, he said.

Regarding education, he informed the House that more than 4000 teachers have been absorbed last year to improve the State’s education system.