STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 4th Jan:
Chief Minister N Biren Thursday said that Imphal-Delhi direct flight service has begun from January 2 this year as assured by union minister of civil aviation Jayanta Sinha during the inaugural function of the North East Development Summit in Novembe, 2017.
Informing this to media persons, Biren said that the BJP government has been translating its assurance given to the people into action. In the latest initiative, the Imphal-Delhi direct flight service has been introduced from January 2 and there will be flight service on every Saturday and Sunday for starter.
Mention may be made here that the state government had pressed union minister Jayanta Sinha for introducing direct flight service between Imphal and Delhi in November last year. Subsequently, CM Biren made the announcement for the same service during the inaugural function of Manipur Sangai Festival. In the past, there were Imphal-Delhi flight services. However, companies providing the service had stopped due to certain reasons.
Biren further informed that following his letter to increase number of flights to and fro Imphal, Air Asia CEO Jagdish Saini came to Imphal recently and expressed his desire to bring daily flight in Imphal-Delhi route.
However, he conveyed that parking space in Delhi airport has been a major hindrance in introducing daily flight and requested the state government to pursue the matter with the Centre and Airports Authority of India (AAI), the CM said.
Subsequently, he met AAI CEO Prabhakar Rao recently and discussed the matter.
The CEO also gave his assurance to make the necessary arrangement after February. In the latest development, daily direct flight in the Imphal-Delhi route will begin from April by Air Asia, Biren disclosed, while adding that the state government is pressing the Centre to introduce Imphal-Chennai and Imphal-Bengaluru direct flights as well.
The government has received the enquiry report regarding supply of sub-standard belts to state police department in 2013-14 and an FIR has been filed against the supplier. Further investigation is going on. Unfortunately, the blacklist order issued against the supplier was revoked by the court due to procedural flaws. However, a fresh show cause-notice has been served against the firm, the CM informed.
Biren further said that acting on the enquiry report, an IPS officer and an MPS officer were suspended for their involvement in the case. Retirement benefits of a retired IGP has been put on hold.
Though the suspension order of the two officers have been revoked later on, necessary actions would be initiated to recover the lost amount under the Manipur Public Servant Personnel Liability Act. The state government has also sent a communique to MHA for taking up disciplinary procedures against the retired IGP, he added.