Imphal, Feb 23:
Forest Environment and Climate change Minister Th.Biswajit Singh has informed the Manipur Legislative Assembly today that steps have been taken up to stop illegal burning of forest in the hills. Replying to a question raised by K.Ranjit Singh MLA, the Minister said, 14,699.04 hectare of reserved forest were burnt down during 2019 to January this year. 6 persons have been arrested and trial is on.
Replying to another question raised by Ngursanglur Sanate MLA, the Minister said department is trying to open forest beat office in Pherzawl to check illegal hunting and poaching activities. Forest personnel will be deployed especially during October to December to check hunting of Amur Falcon- a migratory bird coming to the District.
Replying to another question raised by Shri K.Ranjit MLA, Agriculture Minister Th.Biswajit Singh said under Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North Eastern Region, organic farming has been practicing in 11,500 Hectare of land in the state. Under the mission, financial assistance for procuring organic inputs has been given to the farmers. Replying to another question raised by Ram Muivah MLA Ukhrul, Th.Biswajit Singh, who is in-charge of Power, said 5 villages namely Ronshak, Sahamphung, Roni, Khayang and Phungtha have been electrified through off grid mode by photo voltaic module by MANIREDA since 2017-2018. He said this villages are being planned to be electrified through Grid mode once the planned 33/11 kv Sahamphung sub station is taken up.
CAF&PD Minister L.Sushindro Meitei has informed the House that steps have been taken up to start procuring locally produced rice for distribution under NFSA.
Replying to a question raised by Surjakumar Okram MLA, Minister said the Ministry of Consumer Affairs Food and Public Distribution has intimated for developing required procurement and the milling infrastructure including development of online procurement portal. He said two rice mills will be imported from Germany and required land has been developed for installation at Sangaiprou. Government is planning to procure 30,000 metric tonnes of rice once the required infrastructure and equipment are ready. The Minister, who is also in charge of PHED, said that steps have been taken up for full functioning of Ramrei Water Supply Scheme. He was replying to a question raised by Ram Muivah MLA