Imphal, Feb 20,
The 7th session of the Eleventh Manipur Legislative Assembly began today with the Governor’s Address. Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla in her address to the first session of 2019 highlighted achievements and developments of the State administration.
Governor said that Government strongly believed in this principle in letter and spirit and doing our best to bring communal harmony with inclusive development to bridge the emotional and developmental gaps between hill and valley area without any discrimination and with the active participation of various communities of the state. Towards achieving this, the Government has launched “Go to Village” programme in a mission mode under which every census village in the State has been covered successfully reaching out to the people.
A “State Level Empowered Committee” was constituted to review and facilitate timely approvals, clearances, implementation and completion of mega projects and flagship programmes within a stipulated time frame. Government has also established an “Investment Facilitation Centre” to enable single window project clearance process for promoting investment in the state.
The governor speech elaborated about the improvement of the law and order conditions.
“State Human Rights Commission which was non-functional for nearly 9 (nine) long years has been re-established and made functional. The government has strengthened the office of public prosecutor by recruiting 7 (seven) more Assistant Public Prosecutors to ensure timely disposal of pending cases. The government has always kept its doors open for negotiations with any insurgent group in order to bring total normalcy in the state. Securing the highways in the State has been the priority of my Government. Government of India has sanctioned 2 (two) India Reserve Battalions for Manipur state, for which recruitment process has already started”, she said.
Pertaining to Finance and Planning the Government is committed to enhancing State’s own resources and ensuring fiscal consolidation so that public investments and growth are not undermined. Implementation of Goods and Services Tax has improved tax collection with increased compliance by taxpayers. She informed the august House that recently Manipur was awarded by the Government of India as the best performing State in e-procurement implementation in the North-East.
Under Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources, the state secured an assistance of Rs 79.15 crore this year for 8 new projects and 10 ongoing projects. The allocation of funds under North-East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme is increased to Rs 194.95 crores. The Government is successful in getting approval for a new scheme called “Hill Area Development Programme” this year, with an outlay of Rs. 90 crore from Ministry of DoNER, for infrastructure development of Tamenglong and Noney Districts.With the support of Ministry of DoNER, 4 projects costing Rs. 69.92 crore under Social and Infrastructure Development Fund have been taken up in the remote hill areas for infrastructure development in Communication and Water Supply sectors.
She further said that “Manipur Start-up scheme” is one of the most ambitious employment generation schemes conceived and launched by the State Government. Its objective is to create a vibrant start-up ecosystem to nurture innovation, encourage entrepreneurship and to create employment opportunities. Under Manipur Startup Scheme - Round 1, 334 startup under different categories have benefitted through disbursement of loan and subsidy component.