CM sees possibility of political solution to insurgency in state

STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 6th Feb: Maintaining that insurgency is an important factor for the slow progress of peace and development in the state, chief minister N Biren has conveyed his hope of a foreseeable political solution to the armed conflict in the state.

Giving his speech during the discussion of Governor’s address on Tuesday, CM Biren told the state assembly that apart from repeated appeals to the armed groups to come forward for peace dialogue, the government has been reaching out to those groups to chalk out a solution. As the existing rehabilitation policy for surrendered UG cadres is outdated, the state cabinet has approved to review the policy and make necessary amendment.

The cabinet has also discussed increasing the one time grant and monthly incentives for them and a proposal for the same forwarded to the ministry. Subsequently, union home minister Rajnath Singh informed him that the proposal has been approved by the union cabinet and asked him to begin work on translating the policy into action, Biren said.

Asserting that his government was formed at a time when people of hills and valley had mistrust and disregard, Biren maintained that his government has been successful in bringing together the hills and valley while reviving the age old ties and the same is reflected in the address of the Governor on the first day of the ongoing assembly session, he added. Despite the limited resources of the state, around one lakh of the total population of the state are government employees. Around 10,000 employees were recruited by the former government at the end of its term and left behind Rs 500 crore deficit to the new government. The government has no intention of withholding the 7th CPC for its employees. However, it needs a serious study in order to avoid economy failure of the government. Despite this, the government is sorting out the hurdles to implement the 7th CPC as soon as possible, he informed.

The objective of the new government is to walk hand in hand with the public, provide basic amenities and securities and bring development in the state. In terms of infrastructure development, the government is giving more emphasis on public amenities rather than government infrastructure. The regular interaction with the public twice a month is also giving detailed insights of the ground reality, which has enabled the government to act accordingly to address the public grievances effectively. With the introduction of different schemes considering the hardships being faced by the people, the number of visitors is decreasing every month on Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ Day.

The newly launched schemes have already provided benefits to many for medical treatment. Housing schemes are being taken up under AAY and PMAY. Besides, the government is planning to introduce a scheme to provide free education to children of poor families, the CM informed.

On the other hand, the government had introduced a scheme for security and other benefits for state natives who are either studying or working outside. Under the scheme, a website has been launched, where the eligible beneficiaries could register themselves to avail the benefits. The government will send regular update to different state governments on the number of state natives in their states while urging them to take up appropriate measures to ensure their safety. At the same time, the scheme also provides a medical cover of 50,000 for medical treatment and Rs 2 lakh in case of death, he said. Besides, the government has earmarked funds for several tourism projects and improved road connectivity to a great extent. A new project on cage culture for fish farmers is also on the card on so that farmers would not lose their fishes in times of floods, Biren informed the house.

MLA P Sarat moved the Governor’s Speech for discussion and MLA Awangbou Newmai seconded. With no appeal from the opposition to amend the speech, the Speaker approved passing of the speech by the House unanimously.


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