‘Saikhom Mirabai Fitness Centre to be set up’
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Imphal : On the ninth day of the ensuing 3rd session of the 12th Manipur Legislative Assembly on Thursday, Water Resource Minister Awangbow Newmai stated that the work programme has been formulated but the constituency work programme has not been taken up so far. He was replying to a question raised by MLA Th.Lokeshwar Singh.

Responding to a question raised by MLA K.Meghachandra Singh, Education Minister Th.Basanta Singh said that the government has provisions for employment of deserving meritorious sportsperson in Class III and IV posts not exceeding 5 percent of the total vacancies as per the Department’s notification
and has been implementing the same.

On a question raised by MLA Th.Lokeshwar Singh, Horticulture and Soil Conservation Minister Letpao Haokip said that under Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH), vegetable seeds and
spices seeds are provided to the people as an alternative to poppy cultivation in hill areas.

Answering to a question raised by MLA Paolienlal Haokip, Forest, Environment & Climate Change Minister Th.Biswajit Singh said that the Forest De- partment is taking up afforestation programmes in degraded
forest lands including the barren lands affected by poppy plantations.

He added that a project proposal ‘Alternate Livelihood for Poppy Farmers with Permanent (Terrace) Cultivation on Jhum Lands through Integrated Approach in the Hill Districts of Manipur’ has been submitted by the Horticulture & Soil Conservation Department which includes plantation of high value crops/fruits over 10,000 acres of poppy affected areas as an alternative livelihood to poppy farmers.

The House acknowledged the achievements of Saikhom Mirabai Chanu on her being awarded ‘the
Sportstar of the Year (Female) Award’ 2022. Leader of the House and Chief Minister N. Biren Singh as-
sured that Saikhom Mirabai Fitness Centre will be constructed at Nongpok Kakching to compliment
her achievements