IMPHAL: On the fourth day of the ongoing 10th Session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh informed the House that for fully operationalisation of Act East Policy, various developmental activities and projects have been taken up by both State and Central Government since 2014.
Replying to a question raised during Question Hour by Surjakumar Okram, MLA, Chief Minister said under the policy Integrated Check Post (ICP), Moreh was constructed and inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 4th January, 2019 and is now fully operational. He said Government of India and Government of Myanmar have agreed to open 9 (nine) Border Haats along the border within a distance of 1640 kms to facilitate free exchange of locally available commodities and services of which 2 (two) Border Haats are included in the list from Manipur. In addition 2 (two) Border Haats are proposed to be opened at Ukhrul and Kamjong Districts. Regarding infrastructure and road development N. Biren Singh said, the construction works of 69 bridges including approach road from Tamu-Kyigone-Kalewa road section on EPC mode started on 29th November, 2017 and scheduled for completion by 23rd of November this year, stalled due to court case.
He further said that agreement on land border crossing with Myanmar was signed on 8th August, 2018 to mark the symbolical commencement of movement of people across the two countries. Major business summits and workshops have been conducted both in Myanmar and India. For commencement of Bus Service within the two countries MoU was signed on 14th February, 2020. Regarding the commencement of regular Imphal-Mandalay flight service, Chief Minister said Ministry of Civil Aviation has included Imphal-Mandalay Sector under the International UDAN Scheme. Process of selection of operator for the Sector through bidding likely to be finalised by March 2020, he added.
Earlier, Surjakumar Okram urged the Government to take steps for full operationalization of the ambitious Act East Policy to facilitate people in terms of trade, business and transportation.
Chief Minister informed the House that 10 cases have been registered in different districts of the state against the protestors for resorting to road blockade as a means of protest during the year 2019-2020 (till 16th February, 2020). He was replying to a question raised by Kh. Joykishan Singh, MLA. He said, road blockade is not permissible as a protest and therefore legal action can be taken up against the protestors under the law. Chief Minister who is also in-charge of Minor Irrigation Department informed the House that work programme of the Department under State Plan have been published since 2017. He said that construction work of Lilong Atoukhong Mini Dam is in progress and an amount of Rs. 70,76,289 have been released for the 1st phase. He was replying to a query raised by Md. Abdul Nasir, MLA regarding completion of ongoing Mini Dam construction before the onset of rainy season.
Replying to another question raised by Kh. Joykishan Singh, MLA, Chief Minister said, construction work of Imphal View Point at Cheiraoching of Thangmeiband is in full swing and will be completed soon. Norms and guidelines have been strictly followed while executing the work and clearance from Environment Ministry has also been obtained, he added.
Agriculture Minister V. Hangkhanlian informed the House that due to drought like situation, the agricultural yield in the State has considerably decreased during the current fiscal year. Replying to questions and supplementary raised by AK. Mirabai Devi, MLA, the Minister said an estimated area of 99,153 hectares cannot be cultivated due to drought this year. He said, this year an estimated area of 95,847 hectares of land were cultivated yielding 2,57,154 MT which is about only 50 per cent of the normal yield. He further said that due to late and scarcity of rainfall, drought like situation prevailed in the State. In view of the situation, State cabinet decided to declare drought and the department declared drought in the State on 31st August, 2019. Accordingly, report was submitted to Relief and Disaster Management Department and as per the report and Inter Ministerial Central Team visited the State during 11th -17th October, 2019 for spot verification. Proposal of the State for Relief Assistance is under consideration in the Ministry. For the drought affected areas, an amount of Rs. 6,02,93,000 were sanctioned for procurement of different Rabi seeds from State fund as per contingency crop plant proposed by the Department, he added.
Replying to another question raised by K. Ranjit Singh, MLA, the Minister said, 100 numbers of water pumps have been procured and distributed to the beneficiaries for use in the drought affected areas. He said, an MoU was signed between the pump beneficiaries and District Agriculture Officer concerned that the pump allotted to them will be returned to the concerned Officer. All District Agriculture Officer have been directed to collect the pumps from the beneficiaries.
Social Welfare Minister Nemcha Kipgen informed the House that construction of 779 Anganwadi Centres were completed during the last 2 (two) years. She was replying to a question raised by Awangbow Newmai, MLA regarding the construction of Anganwadi Centres during the last 2 years. She said, 4 (four) numbers of Anganwadi Centres were constructed in Tamei Assembly Constituency during the last 2 years.
Fisheries Minister N. Kayisii informed the House that steps have been taken up to conserve the indigenous varieties of fish in the State. Replying to a question raised by K. Ranjit Singh, MLA, the Minister said, in view of the nearing extinction of some of indigenous varieties of fishes of the State, 10 Murrel Hatcheries have been opened to conserve and production of indigenous fishes under National Fishery Development Board, Hyderabad. Also with the implementation of BIO FLOC, a new technology of rearing fish, there will be sufficient production of indigenous fishes in the State.