Imphal, Sept. 8,
The State Government has signed MoU with VFS Global to introduce Citizen Centric Service Delivery System by establishing Citizen Facilitation Centre under MAHUD Department in the State. Chief Secretary Dr. J. Suresh Babu and Shri Debkumar Bandyopadhyay, Head of Business, South Asia Region, VFS Global exchanged the MoU in the presence of Chief Minister N. Biren Singh at a press conference held at the Cabinet Hall of Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.
The Chief Minister said that more than 50 services would be made accessible to the public under Single Window System with the commencement of services of the Centre to be implemented under PPP model.
People need not go to different offices for getting documents or delivery services like birth certificate, income certificate, caste certificate, ration card, Aadhar card, marriage certificate, driving license and education enrolment etc as all these services would be made available at the Facilitation Centre to be opened at ISBT, Khuman Lampak in Imphal East.
In addition, Visa facility for many predetermined countries like France, Italy, Germany, Singapore, Switzerland, UK, Thailand and Schengen countries etc. will also be made available to the public, he added.
N. Biren also said that VFS Global was selected through open tender in a transparent manner. He added that the VFS Global is the world largest technology services specialist company with 2709 centres operating in 139 countries.
On the other hand, the Chief Minister informed that the State Government had been awarded with three different awards on a single day yesterday by the Government of India for its excellent performance in various fields. The awards were Award for Manipur for Implementation of 100 per cent DBT through PFMS for Old Age Pension (Social Welfare Department), National Award for Implementation of Extended Gram Swaraj Abhiyaan (Chandel District) and Award for Best Performing SIRD (RD&PR Department) and Award for Best Performing SIRD (RD&PR Department).
Responding to a query regarding Manipur University issue, the Chief Minister said that the tripartite Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) signed among the Central Government, MU community and the State Government is binding on all the parties, and there should not be any doubt on it. Maintaining that the MoU was inked in his presence, the Chief Minister said that regarding the recent development, the State Government would pursue the Central Government as per the terms of the MoU.
Regarding Nungba incident, the Chief Minister said that sometimes it is not feasible to immediately nab anti-social elements/suspects in some areas especially in hill districts due to difficult terrains. However, the State Government is exploring all possible means including taking assistance from the Army to arrest the miscreants, he said while urging AMSU to revoke their decision to clamp highway bandh on the issue.
MLAs H. Dingo and Th. Satyabrata, Secretary (MAHUD) M. Joy and MAHUD Director N. Gitkumar were also present at the present conference.
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