Govt committed to curb influx of illegal migrants: Guv

Along with highlighting the achievements and issues of the state administration, Governor Dr Najma Heptulla, while addressing the 4th session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly which began Friday, said that the priority of the government is to prevent illegal migrants and cross border movements of insurgent groups.

Dr Heptulla, in her address to the first session of 2018 which will go on till January 23, said that the vibrant diversity and proud traditions of the state inspire all to continuously work towards a shared vision of collective prosperity and inclusive development for the people of Manipur. "Continuous efforts are being made to remove the emotional and developmental gaps between various communities of the state," she said.

The Governor stated that the government is committed to all-round, inclusive and harmonious development in the state. Aiming towards a citizen-centric and corruption-free administration, “Meeyamgi Numit” and “Hill Leaders’ Day” were introduced to carry out regular and structured interaction with the public. In the same spirit of transparency and good governance, the “Vigilance Department” has been reorganised as “Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Department” to tackle corruption cases and Anti-Corruption Cell set up to monitor and track such cases, she added.

Maintaining there is improvement in the law and order situation and security environment of the state, the Governor said that the state has been bandh and blockade free since the new government assumed office. Security along the border areas, especially Moreh and Behiang has been strengthened and Special Forces deployed in the border areas to curb cross border movement of insurgent groups and illegal migration from across the border.

The Governor also said that the government is always keeping its door wide open for negotiation with insurgency groups to bring them back into the mainstream. About 75 cadres of different insurgent groups surrendered in recent months and the allowances of the surrendered militants will be enhanced to help in their rehabilitation.

The Governor further stated that the government is giving strong emphasis on development of people in hill areas. Construction of Women Markets at Ukhrul, Chandel, Tamenglong, Churachandpur, Senapati, Kangpokpi and Jiribam has been launched and the same will be completed soon. Efforts are also on to provide accommodation to doctors and teachers posted in the remote hill areas.

During 2017, 77,000 pre and post matric scholarships were provided to tribal students. Construction of five numbers of 100 bedded OBC hostels is going on while additional two Eklavya Model Residential schools at Kamjong and Churachandpur are being taken up for tribal students. Construction of ST boys and Girls Hostel has also been taken up in Noney, Chandel and Ukhrul.

The Governor went on to inform that the government has specially launched welfare schemes for widows wherein Rs 15,000 each will be given to selected beneficiaries. Remedial coaching programme for minority students for English, Maths and Science is also being implemented.

The Governor said that the government has enacted legislation to regulate the establishment and management of private schools and private coaching centres.

To ensure 24X7 electricity supply, four new 132/33kV sub-stations at Thoubal, Elangkhangpokpi, Chandel and Hundung and seven new 33/11kV sub-stations at Henglep, Oinamlong, Ukhrul Khunjao, Gelnel, Chakpikarong, Phungyar and Mao were commissioned and dedicated to the people. In addition, three 132/33kV sub-stations at Thanlon, Moreh and Tipaimukh and three 33/11kV sub-stations at Kasom-Khullen, Nungbi-Khullen and Mayangkhang will be completed soon. Work has begun to upgrade the sub-station at Imphal and for extending the 400 kV D/C line from Silchar.

Twenty three 33/11 kV stations will be installed at various locations in the next year to strengthen the transmission system, she elaborated.

The government is focused towards development of orchard farms in hill districts and setting up of one cold storage in each district headquarters. Five Rural Markets and two Integrated Pack Houses at Khongampat, Wabagai, Pangaltabi, Kwasiphai, Nambol and Kangmong have been constructed. Efforts are also being made under “Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North East Region” to popularise “Chak-hao” in the national and international markets, she added.

Najma Heptulla also said that to curb the increasing rate of crimes against women and children, a fast track court has been set up in addition to establishing family courts in Thoubal and Bishnupur. Online facilities for lodging FIRs have been started from 2017.

The government has initiated a healthcare scheme “Chief Minister-gi Hakshelgi Tengbang” Scheme which was launched on the Statehood Day. The scheme will provide “cashless” medical cover to BPL, AAY card holders and to the poor, disabled and widows for up to Rs 2 lakh per family per year for 7 critical diseases and up to Rs 50,000 for other identified general ailments, the Governor added.

Continuing its efforts to improve Air connectivity, direct flights between Imphal and Delhi has been introduced, the Governor said and added that expansion and upgradation of Imphal International Airport is being taken up along with setting up Air Cargo Terminal. During the year, the Imphal Airport road was improved and widened; work is almost nearing completion.

The government has already completed construction of 19 Kms of National Highways of the set target of 30 Kms and work on procurement and tendering for another 88 Kms is under progress. Maintenance and Improvement work of Imphal-Jiri Road will be completed by March 2018. DPR for 4-laning and 2-laning is also under preparation. Foundation work has started for construction of Barak and Makru bridges, she said.

While recalling that the Manipur State Transport (MST) was revived after a gap of 15 years, the Governor also stated that free travel for the disabled has been provided in all public transports. For convenience and safety of women passengers, reserved seating arrangements have been made on MST buses.

The Government has decided to make the “Core Area of Imphal City” garbage free. Laxmi Market and New Market at Khwairamband Bazar have been made functional after repairing the damages caused by earthquake. "Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana” scheme is being implemented in 24 towns of Manipur and over 26,000 families selected for assistance under the scheme. The Government has exempted Stamp duty, registration fee and tax on registration of deeds for transfer of land to the female head of the household under the Scheme.

The government has implemented the “Chief Minister-gi Shotharabasingi Tengbang” scheme which will provide the much needed care, assistance and dignity to the persons with disabilities, the aged homeless persons and their care-givers. A total of 2,150 persons with disabilities have already been registered under the scheme, Dr Heptulla informed.

For the first time, a “North-East Business Summit” was held in Manipur which was attended by President of India as Chief Guest and as many as 39 MoUs were signed. The government has come up with a new Industrial and Investment Policy, 2017 envisaging setting up of a “Single Window Agency” for approvals. For creating industrial infrastructure, the government is constructing one more industrial estate, at Salemthar in Chandel district besides the four existing ones.

The National Sports University has commenced its operations and first two courses in the areas of Sports coaching and the Physical Education and Sports were launched this year. Efforts are on to complete the work on District Sports Complexes in Ukhrul, Chandel, Churachandpur and Tamenglong this year as well completing the Cricket Sport complex at Luwangsangbam. A total of 4 Artificial football grounds at Imphal East, Imphal West, Bishnupur and Thoubal will be taken up, besides one Artificial Hockey Ground at Imphal East, Mini Sports Stadium at Akampat SEYO Club Ground, MMA Training Hall, and Flood Lighting at Khuman Lampak. There is also a proposal for setting up a regional football academy in the state to encourage young talents, she maintained.

Government has initiated measures to provide Manipuri local dishes in all Manipur Bhawans in order to make the visitors from the state feel at home. Manipur Bhawan, Guwahati will be made functional within March 2018. For the welfare of the journalists’ community Manipur State Journalists’ Welfare Scheme has been introduced in the State. The State Information and Public Relations Department organised a 2-Day Media Interaction Programme between India and Myanmar recently.

The Governor said: "We must looked forward to a future which will unlock the full potential of the people and resources of Manipur that requires a strong sense of participation, collaboration and common purpose amongst all stakeholders in order to realise collective goals and attain shared prosperity."

Later, in continuation of the session, MLA P Saratchandra moved the motion of thanks to the Governor's address which was seconded by MLA Awangbow Newmai. The Governor’s address will be discussed in the Assembly on February 6.

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