IMPHAL, Feb 20 - The 7th session of the Manipur Assembly began today with Governor Dr Najma Heptulla addressing the session. This was followed by obituary reference on the demise of former Minister DP Panmei and presentation of the budget estimates for 2019-20.
In her 50 minute-long address, the Governor highlighted the achievement, other development policies and programmes of the present government. She said that the government bridged the emotional and developmental gaps between hill and valley areas with active participation of various communities under ‘Go to village’ mission.
In the law and order front, she said the government has always kept its door 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,” she said. “Towards this, the Government of India has sanctioned two India Reserve Battalions for Manipur, for which recruitment process has already started.”
She said a new scheme called ‘Hill area development programme’ will be taken up for infrastructure development of Tamenglong and Noney districts. DoNER Ministry has also earmarked Rs 26.80 crore as Central assistance for rebuilding totally washed away or damaged infrastructure during floods in 2017.
Under National Food Security Act, 23,09,435 beneficiaries belonging to AAY and priority households have been registered.
In the power sector, she said all the 2,582 census villages in Manipur have been electrified as on January, 2019. Altogether, 98 un-electrified villages were electrified through solar lighting systems.
Under the Mission Organic Value Chain Development, an area of 2,000 hectare was brought under Organic Cultivation of Black Scented Rice (Chak-Hao). More than 12,000 farmers across Manipur have been registered for organic certification.
In connectivity sector, Helicopter service was launched in September 2018 in Manipur besides reviving the Manipur State Transport to cover six more districts. Under Pradhan Mantri Gram SadakYojana, 419 km of roads have been constructed as on January 31, 2019 connecting 28 eligible habitations. About 6,668 km of road has been constructed so far providing rural connectivity to 522 habitations.
Health & Family Welfare Minister L Jayantakumar moved the motion of thanks to the Governor’s address which was seconded by MLA P Saratchandra. The Governor’s address will be discussed in the floor of the Assembly on February 21.