Centre releases Rs 3.5 Cr for setting up DNA testing Lab in state: CM

TMB Report

IMPHAL: Stating that lack of DNA testing lab in the state has delayed in framing charge sheets and investigation related to rape cases, Chief minister informed the house that Ministry of Home Affairs has released Rs 3.5 Cr for the procurement of equipment of DNA testing Lab under Nirbaya fund.

On December 9, 2019, state government started process to procure equipment. Technical evaluation has been completed and financial bid will open within one or two days, said the Chief Minister while replying to a query raised by Opposition MLA AK Mirabai during the discussion of Appropriation bill.

 Biren said that there is no any question of neglecting the issues off woman and children on the part of the government, citing state budget fully reflects the issue. Woman police stations have been opened in different districts. Government has decided to open two fast tract POCSO courts for speedy trial of rape and crimes against children.

Chief informed that two accused in connection with rape case of a minor girl at Shantipur, Nongda. One accused confessed his offence wile the other denied involvement in the crime.

Expressing serious concern over the increasing crime and rape, Chief minister said that our society has advanced well in material world but mindset is still in dark and barbaric ages.

Stating that internet porn films has also contributed to the increasing rape and crime against woman and children,  Chief minister expressed his desire to urge the Centre ministry to ban such internet porn films in the state. It is ripe time for the state to ban such internet porn films. Culture, Morality, discipline and tradition se once existed in Manipur society seem to have diminishing from present generation. As such, state government recently hosted first indigenous Martial arts workshop to revive the dying Manipuri culture, morality and discipline. The beauty of Manipuri discipline and civilization can be seen in Manipuri Thang-Ta.

Chief minister said that police has taken up around 700/800 cases related to rape cases in the state. However, all the cases, except for a few, are not serious. 330-340 cases have been chargesheeted, which is not an easy task, said the CM.

Regarding the salary of the Government drivers, Chief Minister said that implementation of 7th pay will cover the drivers.

Regarding the plight of the contract staff of the Manipur Bhavan in Delhi and Kolkatta, Chief Minister said that government take the issue seriously. Government will consider regarding enhancement of their allowance. Local staff for the Bhavan is quite necessary for better communication. Two Manipur Bhavans are coming up in Delhi; one at Dwarika and another at Gurgaon. DoNER ministry has agreed to provide fund for the work.

Chief Minister N Biren informed the house that ADC chairman Lhukhosei Zou, who was arrested with drug has surrendered to the court today.

Chief Minister quoting the statement of Zou given to the Court said, Lhukhosei Zou, while he was on bail on medical ground, was picked up by one UG group based in Myanmar to interrogate about the drug case. As such, he could not appear before the Court on time. The accused has been sent to Sajiwa Jail.

Zou was arrested by NAB and Imphal west police on June 2018 along with huge quantity of Heroine and WY tablets worth 27 Cr as well as 57,18,000 in cash. After he went missing, Government declared him wanted.

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