Governor’s address to the Assembly
(The following is the full text of governor Najma Heptulla’s speech in the state Assembly on Friday)
Hon’ble Speaker and Hon’ble Members, I am delighted to welcome you all lo the fourth session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly and the very first session of 2018. The New Year brings with it, renewed hopes and aspirations for the people. As we all gather here today, I am reminded of the “harmonious melange” of the different communities of the State, represented by each and every one of the members present here, shaped and defined by their rich traditions and culture. The vibrant diversity and proud traditions of our State inspire us all, to continuously work towards a shared vision of collective prosperity and inclusive development for the people of Manipur.
Hon’ble Members, it is in keeping with this spirit that my Government has made continuous efforts to remove the emotional and developmental gaps between various communities of the state. My Government will focus on all-round, Inclusive and harmonious development in the State and will leave no stones unturned to realise this objective.
Responsibility and Accountability
With a view to ensure that administration is citizen-centric and corruption-free, we have started the process of regular and structured interaction with the public. “Meeyamgi Numit and “Hill Leaders’ Day is efforts in this direction. In the same spirit of transparency and good governance, the “Vigilance Department” has been reorganised as “Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Department” in order to tackle the cases of corruption. An Anti-Corruption Cell has been set up to monitor and track such cases.
Law and Order and Justice Delivery
Hon’ble Members on the law and order front, there has been qualitative improvement in the security environment of the whole State. The State has been free from the scourge of bandhs and blockades ever since my Government assumed office last year. My Government has given special attention to curbing cross border movement of ¡insurgent groups and illegal migration from across the border. Security along the border areas, especially Moreh and Behiang has been strengthened and Special Forces are also deployed in the border areas.
My Government has kept the doors open for negotiation with insurgent groups with a view to bring them into the mainstream. About 75 (seventy-five) cadres of different insurgent groups surrendered this year. The Government has decided to enhance the allowances of the surrendered militants to help their rehabilitation.
At the same time, my Government has initiated measures to set up the State Human Rights Commission which has been lying dormant for some time.
The Government has established a Fast Track Court to fight against increasing incidents of crimes against women. Three new Family Courts have also been established in Imphal East, Thoubal and Bishnupur.
A Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems project connecting 101 police stations has been set up to facilitate real time monitoring of crimes. During the year 2017, all FIRs were entered online.
Community Liaison Groups at various levels have also been established to build a healthy Police-Community relationship.
We are taking steps to secure assistance (rom the Government of India for modernisation of Police Force.
Finance and Planning
Hon’ble Members, the State’s finances are stabilising slowly after a period of acute resource constraints. We intend to keep the fiscal deficit under 3.5% of the Gross State Domestic Product in 2017-18.
A momentous development has taken place in the form of Goods & Services Tax that was introduced last year. The GST has helped us increase the number of new dealers in the State which will bring greater accountability in tax administration.
In the drive towards greater efficiency, my Government has been making persistent efforts to implement “Direct Benefit Transfer of benefits of all major government schemes. To help speed up this process, new bank branches have been opened in 10 (ten) unbanked blocks. Another 11 (eleven) bank branches are likely to be opened in the financial year 20 18-19.
Tribal Affairs and Minorities Welfare
Hon’ble Speaker, my Government gives equal priority to development of people ¡n hill areas.
On a priority basis, my Government has launched construction of Women Markets at Ukhrul, Chandel, Tamenglong, Churachandpur, Senapati, Kangpokpi and Jiribam. These will be completed and dedicated to women in the hill areas soon. It is also our effort to provide accommodation to doctors and teachers posted in the remote hill areas.
During the year, seventy seven thousand (77,000) pre and post matric scholarships were provided to tribal students. Construction of 5 (five) OBC hostels of 100 bedded capacity each is going on. Construction of additional two Eklavya Model Residential Schools at Kamjong and Churachandpur are being taken up to provide quality residential education to tnbal students. Construction of ST boys and Girls Hostel has also been taken up in Noney, Chandel and Ukhrul.
My Government has specially launched “Chief Minister’s Laiyeng Shen” — a health programme for wklows where Rs. 15,000/- each will be given to selected beneficiaries. Remedial coaching programme - “Chief Minister’s Lairik Yengminnasi” for minority students for English, Maths and Science is also being implemented. During 2017-18, financial and material assistance has been extended under family oriented programmes to three thousand and six hundred (3,600) Schedule Tribe families. 120 tribal women societies and organisations were provided assistance for carrying out various activities. The Autonomous District Councils will start receiving funds from this year for development of Tribal areas under the award of the Finance Commission for Excluded Areas. This Is a major step taken by the new government for the welfare of Schedule Tribes.
Hon’ble Members, effective implementation of the National Food Security Act in the State is a major objective of my Government. We are currently giving monthly rations to twenty two lakh forty seven thousand five hundred and forty eight (22,47,548) beneficiaries belonging to AAY and Priority households. Efforts are being made to utilise the available storage capacity with the Food Corporation of India (FCI) to cope with immediate storage issues. Besides, construction of new storage depots and additional godowns is planned to strengthen the PDS network.
Education system is the backbone o any society. With a view to ensure transparency ¡n the educational system, my Government had enacted legislation to regulate the establishment and management of private schools and private coaching centres to bring about good governance in the educational system.
The Government intends to develop model schools in 5 districts at a cost of Rupees twenty crore each in the coming years.
The Government has recently upgraded three Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas at Poi in Ukhrul, Langol in Chandel and New Mandeu in Tamenglong to High Schools. Three 100-bedded Girls’ Hostel in Machi, Tengnoupal and Chakpikarong, have been established. Two more Girls Hostels at New Mandeu and Henglep are being set up. Under Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA), 7 ResidentIal Hostels will be established in existing schools in 6 Districts namely Thoubal, Kakching, Bishnupur, Chandel, Tengnoupal and Jiribam.
My Government has decided to set up two new polytechnics at Ukhrul and Imphal East soon. Recently, a new District Institute for Education and Training Centre, (DIET) at Keikol, Imphal East has started functioning from 201 7-18. Constrction of six Block Institutes of Teacher Education (BITE) at Kasom Khullen, Noney, Kangpokpi, Moreh, Tipaimukh and Heirok is at an advanced stage.
I am happy to inform that the Dhanamanjurl University will be made functional from the academic session 2018-19. Moreover, a Government Engineering College at Heirok, Thoubal District has been approved by the Central Government under Rashtnya Uchhatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA).
Courses for vocational training have been initiated in 40 colleges in 11 trades in collaboration with 13 industrial partners.
Hon’ble Members, ensuring 24X7 electridty supply to all parts of the State is a goal of my Govern m€nt. 4 (four) new 132/33kV sub-stations at Thoubal, Elangkhangpokpi Chandel and Hundung and seven (7) new 33/11kV sub-stations at Henglep, Oinamlong, Ukhrul Khunjao, Gelnel, Chakpikarong, Phungyar and Mao were commissioned and dedicated to the people. In addition, 3 (three) 132/33kV sub-stations at Thanlon, Moreh and Tipaimukh and 3 (three) 33111kV sub-stations at Kasom-Khullen, Nungbi-KhilIen, and Mayangkhang will be completed soon. Work has also been started to upgrade Sub-Station at Imphal and for extending the 400 kV D/C line from Silchar. 23 number of 33/11 kV stations are also going to be installed at various locations in the next year to strengthen the transmission system.
The State Government has launched “Saubhagya” scheme to ensure that one lakh and seventy five thousand (1.75 lakhs) households having no access to power and grid connectivity will be provided free power connection. Two thousand four hundred and fifty seven (2,457) villages out of two thousand five hundred eighty two (2,582) census villages have been electrified so far. Balance 125 will be covered by the end of 2019.
Agriculture, Allied Activities and Natural resources
Hon’b!e Members, doubling the farmers’ income by 2022 is the national goal. Development of orchard farms in hill districts and setting up one cold storage in each dIstrict head quarter is the objective of the Government. Concessional credit supDort for this purpose will be provided. The Government has constructed five (5) Rural Markets and two (2) integrated Pack Houses at Khongampat, Wabagai, Pangaltabi, Kwasiphai, Nambol and Kangmong. Farmer Producers Companies have been established to implement the programme. Two (2) of the companies will receive funding under Equity Grant Scheme. Efforts are also being made under mission Organic Value Chain Development for North East Region” to popularise the “Chak-hao in the national and international markets.
For the effective management of natural resources and forest, the State Government will be implementing a community based project with the help of external funding in the upper catchment areas of Imphal river.
Pisciculture, Veterinary & Animal Husbandry
Attaining self-sufficiency in table fish production is an important objective of our Government. My Government will launch innovative schemes in the next financial year to augment fish production in the State with the use of modem technology such as cage pisciculture.
Efforts are also being made to increase production of milk, poultry and meat by reorganising the poultry, duck and livestock breeding farms and adopting better practices.
Hon’ble Members, my Government will establish Pony Sanctuary at the foothills of Marjing with an area of 24 acres for accommodation of 200 ponies with an endeavour to protect the Manipur ponies and promote the associated cultural and historical value.
Water Resources and Management
Hon’ble Members, Water management is key to economic stability of the State. It will be the effort of this Government to complete the two major ongoing projects at Maphithel and Dolaithabi and dedicate to the people of the State as early as possible.
My Government is taking up five (5) “Rain water harvesting schemes” at Rs. 2 crore each in the Hill districts under one time special assistance central plan scheme 2017-1 8. It is also targeting to create an irrigation potential of twelve thousand nine hundred and four (12,904) hectare by the end of 2017-18.
Flood Control and Anti-Erosion Scheme costing Rupees fifteen crore (Rs. 15.00 Crore) under One-Time Special Central assistance was started this year to repair the damages caused by the recent floods. A major programme for dredging of important rivers like Imphal, Nambul and IriI rivers has also been planned with external funding.
Although wetlands are critical in ecological survival and water management in the State, they are often neglected. My Government intends to put in place comprehensive legislation for protection, management and development of wetlands in the State.
Hon’ble Members, protecting health of the people in the State is priority of my Government. The Government has, therefore, initiated a path-breaking initiative in the form of the chief Minister-gi Hakshelgi Tengbang” Scheme. This is a “Health Protection Scheme” which will reduce the huge out-of-pocket medical expenditure of the poor people. The scheme will provide “cashless medical cover to BPL, AAY card holders and to the poor, disabled and widows for up to Rs. 2 lakh per family per year for 7 critical diseases and for upto Rupees fifty thousand (Rs. 50,000/-) for other identified general ailments. The Scheme has already been launched on the Statehood Day.
To cater to the medical emergencies in the hill areas, ten (10) advanced life support ambulances have been deployed. 50 bedded District Hospitals in Chandol and Tamenglong were inaugurated and my Government approved the establishment of eight (8) new district hospitals, three (3) primary health centres, three (3) primary sub-centres and nine (9) primary health centres. Foundation stones for establishment of three 50-bedded AYUSH hospitals at Moreh, Churachandpur and Keirao have been laid. A dental college was also established at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS), Porompat. The Accident and Trauma Centre at JNIMS is targeted for completion by 31st March, 2018.
Under the Prime Minister’s Jana Aushadhi Programme, 733 varieties of generic medicines are being distributed from 26 Jana Aushadhi outlets. Under free diagnostic programme, 53 diagnostic tests are being done free. Free dialysis for BPL is also available at JNIMS. Intensified Mission Indradhanush has achieved considerable success In this respect. The Central Government has agreed in principle to launch helicopter ambulance-cum-dispensary service in the State. The Government ¡s also taking steps to establish a Cancer Hospital and State Mental Hospital and to address the shortage of specialist doctors.
Hon’ble Members, for improving the water supply system in Imphal area, a project is being implemented under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Rejuvenation Mission (JNURM). This is likely to be completed by March 2018. Second Phase of the project will be taken up under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) to replace pipe network under lmphal municipal area. This is likely to be completed in four years’ time.
Construction of Water Treatment Plant (45m1d) at Chingkheiching with raw water from Thoubal Dam is also going on.
So far, the Government has covered 166 out of 2,977 habitations fully under the Rural Drinking Water Programme. 2,644 habitations are partially covered. The target for the current year is to fully cover 50 habitations.
Under Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin), over three lakh and sixty thousand (3.6 lakh) individual household latrines have been constructed so far. 539 villages have already achieved Open Defecation Free (ODF) status. It is expected that 2 districts will be declared fully ODF by March 2018. 18 towns are also going to be declared ODF by the end of the year.
Hon’ble Members may note that Air connectivity has improved noticeably with the introduction of direct lights between Imphal and Delhi. Government efforts in this direction will continue. Expansion and upgradation of Imphal International Airports taking place. An Air Cargo Terminal will be built very soon.
The Government has targeted completion of 30 Kms of National Highways during the year, 19 Kms have already been completed. Work on procurement and tendering for another over 88 Kms is under progress.
Maintenance and Improvement won’, of Imphal-Jiri Road will be completed by March 2018. DPR for 4 laning and 2 laning is under preparation.
Foundation work has started for construction of Barak and Makru bridges. During the year, the Imphal Airport road was improved and widened; work ¡s almost nearing completion.
The Manipur State Transport was revived after a gap of 15 years. Free travel for the disabled has been provided in all public transport. For convenience and safety of women passengers, reserved Seating arrangements have been made on Manipur State Transport (MST) buses.
New buses were procured and bus services between Imphal and Moreh, Pherzwal, Noney, Chandel, Kakchlng, Yairipok and Moirang have started. Steps are being taken up to introduce new routes between Imphal and Tamei, Tamenglong and Nungba. Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT) was commissioned.
Urban planning and development
As regards to urban management, Hon’ble Members may be aware that my Government has decided to make the “Core Area of Imphal City” Garbage free. Laxmi Market and New Market at Khwairamband Bazar have been made functional after repair of the damages caused by earthquake.
“Upradhan Mantri Awas Yojana” scheme is being implemented in 24 towns of Manipur. Over twenty six thousand (26,000) houses have been selected for assistance under the scheme and more will follow. The Government has exempted Stamp duty, registration fee and tax on registration of deeds for transfer of land to the female head of the household under the Scheme.
Similarly, a major programme for rural housing is being implemented under which ten thousand five hundred and forty one (10,541) beneficiaries have been assisted so far. Fifteen thousand three hundred and ninety eight (15,398) households are targeted for next year.
Manipur State Rural Livelihood Mission has been launched to provide self-employment to rural poor through self-help groups.
“Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Generation Scheme” has benefitted five lakh and thirty nine thousand (5.39 lakh) families till mid-January 2018 and forty three lakh and thirty one thousand (43.31 lakh) person mandays of employment has been generated. The Government will be constructing 15 new Panchayat Ghars soon to help the Panchayats.
Providing rural connectivity is a major objective of our development schemes. The Government has connected six hundred and eighty three (683) habitatIons and constructed five thousand four hundred and ninety eight (5.498) kms of road under the “Pradhan Mantri Sadak Yojana”.
Hon’ble Members, under Social Welfare in the spirit of providing human face to governance, my Government has especially implemented the “Chief Minister-gi Shotharabasingi Tengbang” scheme. The Scheme will provide the much needed care, assistance and dignity to the persons with disabilities, the aged homeless persons and their care-givers. 2,150 persons with disabilities have already been registered under the Scheme.
Labour Welfare and Employment Generation
For employment generation, my Government is committed to give priority to self-employment creation through various schemes of the Government. During 2017-18, twelve thousand six hundred and forty six (12,646) persons were given assistance of about Rs. 115 crore under Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency(MUDRA) scheme.
The State Government has a plan to train and place thirty two thousand four hundred and seventy two (32,472) self-employed persons by 2020 under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana. Five thousand three hundred and seventy nine (5,379) beneficiaries are targeted for assistance this year under the Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP). There are 11 ITIs in the state. The Government intends to add one more at Kangpokpi.
My Government proposes to implement a Start-Up Policy to enable the youths in the State to take up new ventures with new and creative ideas.
The Government also intends to strengthen the flow of credit to cooperative institutions through the Manipur State Cooperative Bank. The capital base of the MSCB will be reviewed for this purpose and necessary measures for improving its financial health will be taken.
Commerce and Industries
Under Commerce and Industries, the Hon’ble members are aware that, for the first time, a “North-East Business Summit” was held in Manipur during November last year. This was addressed by none other than the Hon’ble President himself in which as many as 39 MoUs were signed. This indicates the trust and confidence of investors in the industrial potential of Manipur.
To facilitate this process, the Government has come up with a new Industrial and Investment Policy, 2017. The Policy envisages setting up of a “Single Window Agency” for approvals. For creating industrial infrastructure, the Government is constructing one more industrial estate, at Salemthar of Chandal district besides the four existing ones. The Government of Manipur has established a new mission recently called Mission for Economic Empowerment of Traditional Artisans and Craftsmen (MEETAC) to give a boost to the economic empowerment of Traditional Artisans and Craftsmen. This mission aims at identification, design development, standardisation, branding and marketing of traditional crafts and arts of Manipur and also training of artisans and craftsmen. It will fill the gaps in the supply chain for marketing the traditional crafts and arts of the State.
Hon’ble Members, Manipur offers huge potential for growth in tourism sector.The Manipur Sangal Festival, 2017 was addressed by the Hon’ble President of India, Shi Ram Nath Kovind. The festival commenced with a Curtain Raiser event ¡n the vicinity of the Keibul Lamjao National Park, highlighting the importance of conservation of the Sangai.
The annual event calendar of Manipur Tourism is getting enriched. It has begun with the Statehood Day Women’s Polo Tournament in January and will encompass several other festivals in the State, such as Shiroy Festival, Barak Festival and Orange Festival during the course of the year. Mao flower and cherry blossom Festival will now become an integral part of the annual Sangai Festival.
For further development of Tourism Infrastructure in the State, a watch tower at Cheiraoching in Imphal West and a cave tourism development project at Khangkhui, in Ukhrul district are being taken up.
Information and Technology
Hon’ble Members, various projects are being implemented under National e-Governance Plan to improve our digital society. “Jeevan Praman” has been implemented to provide digital life certificate to the government pensioners. We have provided “Free Wi-Fi” in five public places in Imphal. and set up “CM’s Dashboard” - to monitor key programmes and activities. “Biometric Attendance” has been introduced in Manipur Secretariat as well as the Manipur Rifles and Indian Reserve Battalions to monitor attendance and ensure transparency.
The performances of the Common Service Centres (CSC) are also being monitored. The number of CSCs has increased from 677 to 702 during the current financial year.
A 50-Seat Digital Planetarium ¡s completed and an innovation Hub at Manipur Science Centre will be inaugurated soon. NEC has also sanctioned 2 (two) District Science & Planetarium centres at Ukhrul & Churachandpur Districts and released Rs. 250.00 lakh each for starting the civil works.
Manipur is a powerhouse of sports .n the country. The Hon’ble President himself declared Manipur to be the sports capital of the country which is reaffirmed by many achievements by our sports persons. The spectacular success of our 8 young football players from Manipur In the Indian Under-17 Football World Cup-2017 and Saikhom Mirabai Chanu at 2017 World Weightlifting Championship are notable. In the 63rd National School Games, the State Teams were the overall team champions In Archery, Wushu and runners-up in Sepaktakraw. Recently, the matches of Indian I-league and National Hockey matches were held in Imphal. The Manipur Women’s football team recently visited Myanmar to play exhibition matches with their counterparts in Mandalay and Sagaing division.
The Hon’ble Members of the House will be happy to know that the National Sports University has commenced its operations in Manipur. First two courses in the areas of Sports coaching and the Physical Education and Sports were launched this year.
It will be the effort of my Government to complete the work on District Sports Complexes in Ukhrul, Chandel, Churachandpur and Tamenglong this year. The Cricket Sport complex, Luwangsangbam, will also be completed. 4 (four) Artificial football grounds at Imphal East, Imphal West, Bishnupur and Thoubal will be taken up, besides one Artificial Hockey Ground at Imphal East, Mini Sports Stadium at Akampat SEYO Club Ground, MMA Training Hall, and Flood Lighting at Khuman Lampak.
Considering the popularity of football as sports, my Government proposes to set up a Regional Football Academy In the State to encourage young talents
Arts & Culture
My Government is keen to nurture, and preserve the Cultural Heritage of Manipur with special emphasis on the Folk & Tribal Art forms. The Government recently laid the foundation stone for construction of Maharaj Chandrakirti Memorial Park at Chibu, Tongjang Village. Churachandpur District. At Kangla, environment friendly Battery Operated Vehicles (BOV) have been introduced for the ease of visitors, especially the elders.
During the Republic Day Celebration 2018 in New Delhi, our Tableau - KHAMBA THOIBI” was showcased.
Hon’b!e Members, under land reforms, efforts for computerization and digitisation of Land records are in full swing. Steps have been taken to strictly implement the Manipur Conservation of Paddy land and Wet land Act, 2014 by creating a data bank of agricultural land with the help of satellite images collected from Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) by Manipur Remote Sensing Applications Centre (MARSAC).
General Administration Department
My Government has initiated measures to provide Manipuri local dishes ¡n all Manipur Bhawans in order to make the visitors from the State feel at home. Manipur Bhawan, Guwahati will be made functional within March 2018.
Information and Public Relations
An effective and vigilant media is crucial for our democracy. The Government has introduced Manipur State Journalists’ Welfare Scheme for the welfare of the journalist community. The State Information and Public Relations Department organized a 2-Day Media Interaction Programme between India and Myanmar recently.
Hon’ble Members, to conclude, growth must be inclusive if it is to be socially and economically sustainable. I look forward to a future which will unlock the full potential of the people and resources of Manipur. This requires a strong sense of participation, collaboration and common purpose amongst all stakeholders so that we can realise our collective goals and attain shared prosperity.
In our endeavour to achieve the common goal of a prosperous and harmonious Manipur, I look forward to the whole hearted support and commitment of all the Hon’ble Members. Thank you and Jai hind.
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