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Assembly session adjourns sine die; Former ADC, Chandel Chairman surrenders, sent to jail: CM

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Imphal, Feb 28
The 10th Session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly has been adjourned Sine Die today.
On the last day of the session, the House reaffirmed a Resolution for establishment of the Manipur Legislative Council. Chief Minister N.Biren Singh who is the leader of the House also laid the Medium Term Fiscal Policy Statement, Fiscal Policy Strategy Statement & Macro Economic Statement and Disclosure” on the table of the House.
During discussion of the Manipur Appropriation (No.2) Bill, Chief Minister N.Biren Singh said that former Autonomous District Council, Chandel Chairman Lhukhosei Zou who was involved in a drug smuggling case and absconding for long has surrendered before the court and has been sent to Sajiwa Central Jail.
The Chief Minister also informed the House that two accused in the Nongda, Shantipur Minor rape case have been arrested of which one has admitted to his crime.
He further observed that the DNA Testing facility will help in fast delivery of justice in rape cases. He added that under the NIRBHAYA Fund, Rs. 3.5 crore has been released for DNA Testing Laboratory in the State. He said that the process for procurement of equipment has been initiated on December 16, 2019, technical evaluation has been completed and financial bid or tender will be opened in a day or two.
The Chief Minister also said that the government is under process to start construction of two Manipur Bhawans in NCR at Dwarka and Gurgaon soon.
He also said that regarding introduction of e-rickshaws in the State, the Centre will provide 40 percent Centre funding and for present Auto drivers who cannot afford e-rickshaws on their own will be provided soft loans by the State government.

Further observing that the Loktak Lake is Manipur’s life, the Chief Minister asserted that the government is putting efforts for a comprehensive plan to protect it.
Stating that the present issue arising out of the SALAI Holdings case is unfortunate, the Chief Minister further appealed to the people of the State to be careful while making financial investments.
He said that the government is trying to segregate the case into two cases so that the NIA can handle the anti-national aspect of the case while the State Police or Home Department can handle the Money laundering aspect of the case.
During discussion of the Manipur Appropriation (No.2) Bill, the Chief Minister expressed before the House that Rs.200 crore as corpus fund is meant for all departments to be utilised especially during urgency as State matching share of centrally sponsored schemes.
 He explained that the Budget has provision for State-shares for all schemes like Rs. 25 crore for MGNREGS, Rs. 33 crore for PMGSY, Rs.9 crore for PMAY, etc.

Regarding funding from NLCPR, the leader of the House also said that there has been no decrease or stoppage of funding under NLCPR; however the NLCPR has been changed to North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme (NESIDS).

Regarding construction of IIIT, Mayangkhang, the Chief Minister said that a Revised DPR has been submitted for a total of Rs. 128 crore which will include a City Campus at IT SEZ Mantripukhri and permanent campus at Mayangkhang. He said that the government has also informed the central Ministry regarding additional acquisition of 10 acres of land for the construction at Mayangkhang. 

He continued for the IIT construction, the Government of Manipur has released Rs. 19.40 crore out of Rs. 44.8 crore to be released by the Centre while the Ministry of Human Resource Development has released Rs. 8.97 crore our of Rs. 73 crore.

Regarding an IT SEZ park at Mantripukhri, the first building with 1.38 lakh sq feet of space will be completed soon and a proposal of Rs. 4.18 crore has been submitted to the 15th Finance Commission. As for this year Rs. 19.5 crore will be provided this year.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister has also assured to constitute a Special Investigation Team to probe irregularities in the SIRD.

Health Minister L.Jayentakumar said that there is no need to deposit money by CMHT card holding patients in any hospitals including private hospitals.

He said there are five licensed Blood Banks in the State including at JNIMS, RIMS, Churachandpur, Thoubal and Shija Hospital and Research Institute. He added another seven blood banks are in the pipeline under budgetary support of the National Rural Health Mission. A Cancer Treatment Centre at JNIMS is also under process.

L.Jayentakumar said that the Arts and Culture department has a fund of Rs. 27 lakhs earmarked for conduct of any cultural festival in the hill districts.

Meanwhile, replying to a Starred Question raised by MLA K.Ranjit Singh, the Chief Minister said that BPL families eligible under the Socio Economic Caste Census (SECC) data can avail Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), National Food Security Act (NFSA), National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP), Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY), Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMJJBY), Atal Pension Yojana (APY), National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM), National Urban Livelihoods Mission (NULM), PMAY (G), PMAY (Urban), Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (ABPM-JAY). 

On the last day of the session, the House passed Manipur Appropriation (No.2) Bill, 2020, Salaries and Allowances of Ministers (Manipur) (Thirteenth Amendment) Bill, 2020 (Bill No. 9 of 2020) and Salaries and Allowances of Members of the Legislative Assembly (Manipur) (Twenty-First Amendment) Bill, 2020 (Bill No. 8 of 2020).

The 10th Session of the 11th Manipur State Assembly which started on 14th till 28th February, 2020 lasted for 15 days with 11 sittings, one Short Notice Question, 104 Starred Questions, 34 Un-starred Questions, 11 papers laid, four Calling attention Motions, two presentation of Committee reports, nine numbers of Bills introduced, nine number of Government Bills passed, one Private Member Resolutions and one Enquiry Committee constituted.

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