IMPHAL: On the 2nd Day of the 10th session of the Eleventh Manipur Legislative Assembly, House unanimously approved Supplementary Grants 2019-2020 amounting to Rs. 218,09,293,881.
The Supplementary Grants for State Legislature is Rs. 7,81, 64,000, Secretariat Rs. 24, 32,65,000; Land Revenue, Stamps & Registration and District Administration Rs. 2,60,23,000; Finance Department Rs. 58,48,24,000; Transport Rs. 20,57,95,000; Police Rs. 43,07,44,881; Public Works Department Rs. 69,23,76,000; Education Rs. 268,92,07,000; Health and Family Welfare Rs. 98,77,16,000; Municipal Administration Housing And Urban Development Rs. 101,02,62,000; Department Of Tribal Affairs And Hills Development Rs. 208,62,51,000; Consumer Affairs Food And Public Distribution Rs. 1,14,85,000; Agriculture Rs. 15,39,00,000; Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Including Dairy farming Rs. 22,96,53,000; Environment and Forest Rs. 432,06,08,000; Commerce and Industries Rs. 2,69,12,000; PHE Rs. 164, 97,72,000; YAS Rs. 12,06,68,000; Administration of Justice Rs. 3,19,55,000; State Excise Rs. 3,35,11,000; Fire Protection and Control Rs. 74,14,000; Jails Rs. 1,48,00,000; MI Rs. 107,73,59,000; Fisheries Rs. 33,43,000; Pachayat Rs. 75,84,50,000; Water Resources Department Rs. 37,74,77,000; Art & Culture Rs. 5,75,54,000; Horticulture and Soil Conservation Rs. 1,04,36,000; Social Welfare Department Rs. 124, 29, 23,000; MOBC Rs. 163,90,38,000; Relief and Disaster Management Rs. 82,14,08,000 and IT Rs. 18,60,00,000.
During the Question Hour, Leader of the House, N. Biren Singh stated that the Government have issued 17 uniform items to 1,13, 957 personnel of Manipur Police/MR/IRB from April, 2017 to January, 2020. The uniform items includes Ankle Boot Black, Beret Cap (OG), Combat Coat, Drab Angola Shirt, Ground Sheet, Leather Shoe Brown (ASI), Mosquito net Khaki, Terry Cotton (Khaki),Terry Cotton (OG), Jungle Boot (OG), Woolen Socks (OG), Woolen Socks (Khaki), Woolen Blanket, Web Belt (OG), Waterproof Rain Coat Khaki, Leather Belt Black and Leather Shoe Black WPC.
Biren Singh who is also in charge of Finance, stated that the total amount recommended by the 14th Finance Commission as post-devolution revenue deficit grant for the award period 2015 – 2020 for the state is Rs. 10,227 crore, out of which 10066 crore was already transferred by Government of India. He added that the remaining Rs. 161 crore is expected to be transferred by March 2020. He further informed for the 15th Finance Commission, the State has proposed a total Pre-devolution revenue deficit of Rs. 83, 205 crore. As per the year-wise projections of the state government, the proposal for the first year (2020-21) is Rs. 13, 968 crore.
Biren stated that total number of registration under the Start-up scheme since its inception is 5682. Tabling the year-wise detailed report of the fund sanctioned, allotted and utilized for the start-up scheme, he explained that in the year 2017-18, out of Rs. 3000 lakh allotted, Rs. 3000 lakh was sanctioned and Rs.1009.94 lakh was utilized against amount sanctioned; in 2018-19, out of Rs. 3000 lakh allotted, Rs. 3000 lakh was sanctioned and Rs.319.07 lakh was utilized against amount sanctioned. For the year 2019-20, Rs. 2500 lakh is allotted. Chief Minister N. Biren Singh also highlighted that for the year 2017-18, out of 338 target set, 312 was achieved; in 2018-19, out of 798 target set, 709 was achieved and for the current year 2019-20, a target 774 is set.
Minister, MAHUD, Th. Shyamkumar, on the question raised by MLA, 19 Patsoi AC, AK Mirabai Devi regarding Street Vendors Act, he informed the house that the Manipur Urban Development Agency (MUDA) under MAHUD, Government of Manipur has been implementing the Support to Urban Street Vendors (SUSV) a component of National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM) since 2014. He also stated that the Street Vendors Act has come into force since 1st May, 2014. To provide legal protection to street vendors and hawkers, the Government has framed the Manipur Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Rules, 2016 and the Manipur Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Schemes 2018, he asserted.
Minister Shyamkumar said that the direction to conduct survey in 5 (five) most populous towns of Imphal, Thoubal, Kakching, Mayang Imphal and Nambol have been given and funds for the purpose have been released. Thoubal and Andro have completed street vendors survey under SUSV of NULM. Town Vending Committee (TVCs) has been constituted in Thoubal, Kakching, Nambol, Bishnupur, Andro and Jiribam, he added.
On the question raised about the suspension of registration of sale and purchase of land, The Revenue Minister, Karam Shyam informed the House that on 10th January, 2020, an office memorandum was issued.
The 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly adopted the Motion of Thanks on Governor’s Address on the second day of its 10th Session on Monday. The Discussion on the Motion of Thanks on the Governor’s Address was moved by MLA P. Saratchandra Singh and seconded by MLA Awangbow Newmai.
Meanwhile, during General discussion on Budget Estimates, Chief Minister N.Biren Singh said that the government has created a corpus fund of Rs.200 crore to be utilized by all departments for state matching share of Centrally Sponsored Schemes on priority basis.
Biren who is also in charge of Finance, said the government is aware that the budget 2020-21 is a deficit budget; however, it is an innovative as well as an inclusive budget. The budget is for all public in the State regardless of gender, region, among others.
The leader of the House said that the budget has been prepared keeping in mind the requirements of the various government departments. He said that the budget is not anti-women as the government has been taking up certain steps towards women empowerment and has already opened a Fast Track Court for speedy disposal of Crime against Women cases. He said the government is also in the process to set additional fast track courts.
He continued that most developmental works implemented in the State are through Centrally Sponsored Schemes with a defined State matching share. Now, the State government has created a corpus fund through which the government will provide its matching shares of these schemes on priority basis.
The Chief Minister also placed before the House that the State’s Ways and Means Borrowing capacity of the State has been increased.
The Leader of the House also introduced the Manipur Appropriation (No.1) Bill, 2020. Before introduction of the bill, he also inserted an errata stating “In the Manipur Appropriation (No.1) Bill, 2020, the figure in page 4 of Demand No 40 of Water Resources Department may be read as Rs.37,74,77,000 instead of Rs.34,74,77,000.”