House passes seven demands for grants
IMPHAL | Feb 27
The House today unanimously passed seven Demands for Grants amounting to Rs. 41, 99,87,61,000/-
The demands passed includes, Demand No. 6, amounting to Rs.14,45,36,000/- for Transport Department, Demand No. 10, amounting to Rs., 1747,99,05,000/- for Education Department, Demand No.18, amounting to Rs. 146,76,27,000/- for Animal Husbandry and Veterinary including Dairy Farming, Demand No.20, amounting to Rs. 1869,80,45,000/- for Community and Rural Development, Demand No.30, amounting to Rs. 274,60,16,000 for Planning, Demand No.29 amounting to Rs. 34,17,35,000 for Sericulture and Demand No. 47 amounting to Rs.112,08,97,000/- for Planning Department.
Leader of the House and State chief minister N. Biren Singh today informed the House that process to acquire and introduce smaller buses in the city as public transport is under process.
The chief minister said that the larger older buses have been removed from the city roads.
Replying to a motion of Disapproval of Policy Cut for Demand No.6-Transport in the House, Shri Biren said that the number of vehicles in the State has increased manifold.
Regarding lack of parking spaces in the city, the chief minister said that the entire Thangal Bazar stretch starting from the Ima Market T-junction till Khuyathong traffic has already been declared ‘One way traffic’ and ‘No parking zones.’ The modality is to allow vehicles to drop and pick up customers along the road stretch. Efforts are also on to introduce this modality in other road stretches.
He continued that parking spaces has been allotted at the slab-covered Naga Nullah.
Regarding road congestions due to shop owners parking their vehicles along the roads, the chief minister also added to review the feasibility of MLA K Ranjit’s proposal of making shop owners, in the bazaar areas, to engage drop and pick up facilities so that they can park their vehicles at their home during the day. He also expressed the need to create awareness on the issue to the shop-owners beforehand.
He said that the Smart City project has provision for three multi-storied parking units, but will take some time to complete; however, once it is complete, it will reduce the issue of parking to a great extent.
The chief minister also expressed the need to create mass public awareness to check traffic issues including use of dipper lights by vehicles at night. He also assured to ensure that the traffic checks during nights are tightened.
Meanwhile, joining the discussion on Demand No. 10-Education, the leader of the House, Biren urged all members to provide details of teachers’ utilization from schools in their respective Assembly Constituencies, so that any discrepancies can be sorted out at the earliest.
Regarding shortage of teachers, he said that the government is serious about the issue and will try to engage Teachers Assistants for schools at the earliest as a stop-gate arrangement to provide temporary teachers to schools until regular teachers are employed.
In his reply to motion for Disapproval of Policy Cut for the said Demand, education minister Th.Radheshyam urged all to encourage the teaching and non-teaching staffs of the government schools, and appended by saying that we cannot write off government schools as failures. We are improving, he said.
He added that there were two rank holders in Class XII examination from government schools in the last two years. There are no schools with zero pass percentage, he stated, adding that rather it was the case of no students enrollment in some schools which resulted in the schools not having any students appearing for the exam.
Further explaining the “School FagatHansi’ mission, an initiative under the Government’s popular ‘Go to Village’ mission, the education minister said that under the scheme Rs.25 crore have been allotted to develop 60 schools, one each for all Assembly Constituencies.
He continued that 10 schools were identified as Model Schools in the State in 2009, and some of these schools fared very well in the initial years; however due to lack of proper policy, the schools have failed. However, the department will try to revive these schools, he said, adding that these schools are different from the schools identified under the “School FagatHansi’ mission.
Regarding to delay in issuing textbooks on time, the minister assured that the textbooks will be made available from March 10 to15. He also informed the House that not all textbooks are unavailable and that textbooks for Class IX and above are available.
The delay, he said, has been due to certain changes in school syllabus and curriculum made by the NCERT. He continued that this year there was also an attempt to improve the paper and print quality of the textbooks.
Meanwhile, the Centre has also approved construction of seven purely residential schools in the hills and the remote areas for special category of children at the cost of Rs. 20 crore, he added.
Replying to motion for Disapproval of Policy Cut in regards to Demand No.20- Community and Rural Development, Thongam Biswajit Singh said that the present government is trying to enhance connectivity in the State especially in the hill areas. He said that the present government believes in bringing balanced development in the hills and the valley in the State.
He said that the National Quality Monitoring (NQM) is an independent monitoring body engaged by the National Rural Infrastructure Development Agency for PMGSY roads. He added that quality checking by the NQM is mandatory for any work before issuance of bills to the contractor. Work progress is check through geo-tagging.
Regarding e-payment for MGNREGA and the challenges faced by people from the interior parts of the hill districts due to non-availability of banking facilities in their villages, the minister said that e-payment mode of wages in the hill districts has been introduced only for some blocks as a pilot project including at Chingai Block for Ukhrul, Tamenglong Block for Tamenglong, Tengnoupal Block for Chandel, Tadubi Block for Senapati and Lamka for Churachandpur.
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