STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 11th Jan:
In a move aimed at ensuring safety of women while commuting in public transport facilities in the state, chief minister N Biren has announced that all buses of Manipur State Transport (MST) and those private buses registered under MST will have seats reserved for women passengers very soon.
The chief minister was speaking as chief guest of the Mega Credit Camp organised by Manipur Rural Bank at Sangai Hall of Hotel Imphal here Thursday.
CM Biren further said that all buses plying in the state should have seats reserved for women passengers. The left row of seats should be the reserved for women passengers in all buses. An official notification in this regard would be issued in the next couple of days.
The order would be put into practice from the very next day of its issuance.
Claiming that he has been able to take up various programmes for the welfare women soon after his government assumed power, Biren said that he has encouraged formation of SHGs for women in his assembly constituency for their development. All banks have been instructed to provide necessary loans to the people who are desirous of taking up certain business and it has been already informed that the state government would not open accounts of its departments in any of the banks which fail to help the common people.
The CM exhorted the public to develop better relationship with banks by properly utilising the loan amounts and repaying it on time.
He also directed the authority of Manipur Rural Bank to study together with the officials of Imphal Municipal Corporation (IMC) and find out whether there is any feasibility of extending financial assistance to street vendors of Khwairamband Keithel (Bazar) so that they may start their own business at their own localities and thereby help in reducing congestion in Imphal market.
Once an extensive survey is made, street vendors can also be extended assistance through various schemes introduced by the Government under the supervision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he added.
Biren appealed to the people to bring up to his notice if any of the banks failed to comply with the genuine demand of the public so that necessary actions could be taken up against the said banks.
The Chief Minister also asked the authorities of different banks to devise methods of making the procedures of providing funds to the public easier.
Noting that Manipur has more than 7.5 lakh unemployed youths as per reports gathered from different Employment Exchanges, the Chief Minister said that the present government is seriously trying to find out a means to provide them employment in a time-bound manner. As such, the State Budget for the fiscal year 2018-19 will give thrust to self-employment through skill development. The Government would also help educated youths to start their own business through StartUp project, for which Rs 35 crore had been earmarked.
On the other hand, the chief minister expressed concern that there are some groups of individuals who intentionally try to discredit the present government by uploading fake and fabricated videos on social media.
N Biren Singh conveyed that the state government has taken up necessary measures to make thew process of releasing of funds by the Finance Department simpler and easier for which an office memorandum has already been issued to all concerned.
Forest and Environment minister Th Shyamkumar, who was also present at the occasion as guest of honour, said that it is a matter of delight for the people of Manipur that the present government started providing loans to deserving loanees without any hassle under the strict directive of Chief Minister N Biren. It is a clear testimony that the Chief Minister is concerned about the welfare of the people, he opined.
Manipur Rural Bank Chairman Dr Prasanna Kumar Bal presided over the function.
The Chief Minister and other dignitaries distributed loans amounting to Rs 709.54 lakh to 961 persons and SHGs, out of which 626 (Rs 561 lakh) were Mudra loans.
Manipur Rural Bank was established on May 28, 1981 as a joint undertaking of Government of India, Government of Manipur and United Bank of India by contributing its share capital at the ratio of 50:15:35 under Regional Rural Bank Act, 1976. The bank currently has 22 branches across the State.
During the fiscal year 2017-18 up to December 31, 2017, the bank has disbursed 6201 loans amounting to Rs 3853.51 lakh.