Centre clears ` 2600 crore water supply project: CM

IMPHAL, 19th Nov: Chief minister N Biren said that the Centre has given clearance to a Rs 2600 crore project for providing drinking water to every household of the state by 2022.
He was speaking as chief guest at the launch of Manipur Cab Services of Imphal Finance Cooperative Thrift and Credit Society Limited held at Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS) hall, Palace Compound, Imphal on Monday.
Biren said that the water supply project is in sync with the vision of Prime Minister Modi to provide safe drinking water supply to every household of the country by 2022. The DPR was prepared after conducting a detailed survey and the same was submitted to the PM office and Union finance minister. Centre has recommended sanction for the project from either NDB or AIB. Besides, Centre has agreed to increase the open market borrowing capacity of the state to Rs 100 crore, he added.
The primary objective of the government is to serve the poor, provide employment to unemployed youths and sustainable livelihood to various people. The present government is trying its level best to maintain transparency and make a corruption free state, he said.
Biren also maintained that people of the state have enormous talent but no space and avenue were provided to them by the previous government. The present government has provided enough space for the people to showcase their talents to the outside world. The government has initiated Manipur Start-up Policy to encourage entrepreneurs and talented people for self-employment and sustainable livelihood. People should become job creator instead of continuing to seek government jobs, he added.
Chief Minister continued that many entrepreneurs have been given soft loans in the first phase while around 4000 entrepreneurs have applied for the second phase of the Start-up Policy. On Meeyamgi Numit, many people are pouring to avail soft loans from banks for self-employment. With the present momentum of the government, Manipur will transform in less than five years, he expressed. Following the implementation of CMHT, number of persons visiting him with request for medical assistance has reduced and most of the visitors are those who need financial assistance for self-employment ventures. Now, the scheme will cover journalists following a cabinet decision. Besides, the government is also considering some initiatives for artistes of the state, he informed.
Regarding a remark of CMHT being modified from NHM made by former deputy chief minister Gaikhangam, Biren said that CMHT is a totally new scheme which the government implemented by investing a corpus fund of Rs 10 crore to a company.
Highlighting various initiatives of the government for the welfare of the people, the CM said that the government has initiated Loktak Livelihood Mission to provide employment opportunities to fishers and youths. Appreciating the love and support of the people to the present government, he continued that the government has been able to regain people’s trust. Unlike past governments, the government has received a sum of around Rs 1 crore as monetary assistance for the Manipur Sangai Festival 2018 from various sectors of the state.
Referring to installation of traffic light system in the Imphal area recently, the CM said that no vehicle is seen parking beyond zebra crossing on the roads after the new system. The Thangal Keithel stretch had been declared pedestrian zone in order to ease traffic congestion, Biren mentioned. He also lauded the cab service being launched while hoping that the service will be able to provide better cab service to the public and at the same time provide employment opportunities to several youths.
While delivering the presidential address, Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly Y Khemchand said that the government has been able to minimise the gap between hills and valley people in such a short period. The government believes in providing humanitarian service to the people, he said.
Appreciating the cab service, he stressed the need for employing drivers, who can talk multiple languages and guide tourists visiting the state.
Retired senior grade lecturer and former head of Modern College commerce department T Gojendra attended the function as guest of honour.

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