CM meets Prime Minister, finance minister to hammer out solutions
IMPHAL | Jun 16
Chief minister of Manipur, N. Biren Singh met Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and finance minister, Nirmala Sitharaman separately yesterday and apprised them of the financial situation of the State, resulting from the ban imposed by the RBI on drawals from the Treasury.
A statement issued by the secretary to the chief minister stated that N. Biren requested them that the state government may be given the flexibility to decide the quantum of borrowings under Open Market Borrowings within the overall ceiling fixed by the Finance ministry.
He further requested to allow additional borrowing within the overall ceiling allowed for the State of Manipur, it said. The release of State Share of Central Taxes is due around June 21, it further said adding the CM requested them to advance the release by few days so as to come out of the overdraft.
The Prime Minister and finance minister assured chief minister that they will look into both these demands of the state government positively, and also urged that the State of Manipur should focus on additional resource mobilisation as well as expenditure cuts, so as to arrive at a sustainable solution to this problem, it said.
CM further apprised the Prime Minister of the state government’s programmes such as Go to Hills, it said adding under the initiative, a Cabinet meeting was held in Ukhrul on June 4. Various schemes implemented in the district were also reviewed exhaustively, it stated. The visiting team led by N. Biren Singh returned back to Imphal the next day after a night halt, it added.
The improvement in law and order situation was apprised, with women vendors in the Ima market opening till late night, it maintained. Peace and harmony have returned to the State, with reduction in bandhs and blockades, which were regular feature in the past, it added.
Chief minister also apprised PM of the Manipur Startup initiatives through which entrepreneurs and unemployed youth were extended assistance for promoting their start-ups through subsidised loans, it said.
The statement further said that Biren also met defence minister, Rajnath Singh the same day, and apprised him that the army is in possession of 66. 91 acres of land at Koirengei Old Airfield. He was briefed that with rapid urbanisation and construction of State Assembly, High Court Complex and Civil Secretariat, the state government desires to restore the Koirengei Old Airfield land for expansion of State Capital Complex on the outskirts of Imphal City and other government facilities, it said. Defense minister assured that he will look into the matter, it added.
It further stated that chief minister also attended the fifth meeting of the governing council of NITI Aayog held at Rashtrapati Bhawan Cultural Centre in Delhi yesterday. In the meeting, chief minister presented a report on the successful coverage of all revenue villages in the State under the Go to Village initiative for delivering public service at people’s doorsteps, it said. The deficit in the pre-monsoon rainfall and initiatives taken for rainwater harvesting in the State were highlighted, including amendments in building bye-laws which has now made provision of rainwater harvesting structures mandatory in all new urban buildings, it added.
With the possibility of drought looming large, chief minister sought enhanced allocation under MGNREGS to provide adequate employment support for rural people. The achievements and challenges in meeting targets in implementation of various schemes in Manipur’s Aspirational District Chandel (Including Tengnoupal district) were exhaustively placed before the governing council. To comprehensively develop these districts, chief minister sought assistance for providing health infrastructure, residential schools, transit hostels for teachers, alternative livelihood measures for rehabilitation of poppy cultivators, road connectivity, mobile network, internet facilities and for enabling border trade between Molcham in India and Bokan in Myanmar, it added.
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