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Governor addresses seventh session of 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly

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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.

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Has the MCPCR Chairperson appoints her husband as consultant?

IT News

Imphal, Feb 20,

Rumours are spreading around about the appointment of the husband of the Chairperson of the Manipur Commission for protection of Child Rights, Sumatibala as consultant (without mentioning specific subject).

Source said that Ibomcha Ningthoujam has been appointed as the consultant of the commission by an official order issued by his wife Sumatibala, Chairperson, MPCCR on April 26, 2018.

An RTI query regarding the matter, sought by one Thoudam Akashkumar Singh remained unanswered even after one month. In the RTI, Akashkumar sought information about the official expenditures for travel and others by the consultant till January 22 since his appointment.

It was also questioned whether appointment of a spouse as consultant by the Chairperson of the MPCCR is legal, ethical and appropriate as per the Commission for Protection of Child Rights Act, 2005.

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BJP councillors and ex candidates join Congress

IT News

Imphal Feb. 20

Four BJP Imphal Municipal Corporators and three ex candidates of other parties, two ADC members and nine social workers have newly joined into the Indian National Congress today.

In a reception function of the newly joined members which was organised by Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee held at Congress Bhawan B.T road Imphal, Ex MLA O. Joy said that the BJP led government has made India into panic stricken and a state of turmoil. He added that the government led by PM Narendra Modi has made India into a dictatorial government silencing every voice which is against the government leading to a Hitler like government. He concluded that if the people want to save Manipur and India and to safeguard secularism, Constitution and democracy of India then BJP needs to be wipe out from India.

The reception function was attended by CLP Leader O. Ibobi Singh, President of Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee Gaikhangam and Former President of Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee as the Chief Guest, President and Guest of Honours of the function respectively.

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Employees of IMC staged sit-in-protest

IT News

Imphal Feb.20,

Putting pressure to discuss the issue of the employees of Imphal Municipal Corporation over their demand in the ongoing Budget session which begins today, employees  of the IMC staged sit-in-protest at the gate of IMC office and banned the Mayor Municipal Commissioner and Asst Municipal Commissioner of the municipal corporation from entering the office.

Speaking to media person Vice president of Imphal Municipal Employees’ Union N. Nimaichand said that the cease work strike begin since January 24, 2019 demanding to clear pending salary and arrears of 8 months which the government has already given the issued orders to clear it.

He further said that the employees urged the concerned MAHUD minister and other officials to put up the issues of implementing the 6th pay commission and clearing of their salaries. 

But sadly the issues of the IMC failed to put up at the cabinet session happening today. 

Angered with the failing of putting up the issues of IMC, the employees not only staged sit-in-protest but also banned the mayor Commissioner and assistant Commissioner from entering the office.

Placards ‘Go back Mayor’ ‘Go back Commissioner’ and ‘Go back Asst Commissioner were also pasted by the angered employees.

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