Imphal (DIPR): Chief Minister N. Biren Singh informed the House that due to Covid-19 pandemic, the population census which was supposed to be conducted in the year 2021 remains postponed and the particular date and month of conducting census is yet to be finalized.
Biren who is also the leader of the House was replying to a question raised by MLA K. Ranjit Singh regarding the population census in the morning session of the last day of the 12th Manipur State Legislative Assembly on Friday.
He further informed that a D.O letter has been submitted to the Union Home Minister regarding the modalities of the conduct of census in respect of the State of Manipur. The Central Government has also been requested to conduct a census of the State based on biometric data collection technology. No decision has been taken regarding linking Aadhaar with the census. Previous paper mode along with electronically generated mobile apps may be used this time, he conveyed.
Answering to MLA Paolienlal Haokip regarding the issuance of patta and jamabandis in hill areas, the Chief Minister said that it is not true that huge areas of land in the hills have been subjected to revenue settlement under the MLR & LR Act, 1960. Revenue records of parts of the hill area are properly maintained, he added.
Responding to MLA Kh. Joykisan, Biren said that there is restriction in sale and purchase of land in the State. He said that an office memorandum dated July 7, 2021 and order CNCL-203/1/2021-Cabinet-Confidential & Cabinet dated September 10, 2021 have been served in this regard.
TA&Hills Minister Letpao Haokip said that it is not true that TA & Hills office in Ukhrul has been defunct as it is still functioning even though it is an old building. Replying to a query raised by MLA Ram Muivah during the question hour, the Minister said that there is no existing plan to renovate the office and staff quarter. He said that there are three working staff out of 12 sanctioned posts with nine posts lying vacant. TA & Hills Department is preparing to fill up the vacant post, he added.
Replying to a question raised by MLA Joykisan, Forest Minister Th. Biswajit Singh said that the total amount sanctioned by the Union Ministry and the State Government for development of forest from 2017-2018 to 2020-2023 (till June 2022) are Rs. 10818.15 lakh and Rs 13045.08 lakh respectively.