Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Thursday launched the Permanent Housing Scheme for the displaced persons whose houses had been burnt down and damaged during the recent violence at a solemn programme held at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat.
The chief minister also handed over the financial assistance for construction of permanent houses to some selected beneficiaries from Imphal East, Kakching and Bishnupur District under the scheme.
An amount of Rs 10 lakh, Rs 7 lakh and Rs 5 lakh, for construction of damaged or burned down pucca houses, semi-pucca and kutcha houses respectively, will be provided to more than 4800 beneficiaries across the state.
The financial assistance will be provided in two installments. Beneficiaries can apply for 2nd installment amount through the concerned Deputy Commissioners by submitting the photographs of ongoing construction using the first installment amount.
Speaking on the occasion, Biren Singh stated that the government had spent an amount of Rs. 399.82 crores for providing different types of relief assistance to persons and families who were affected by the violence which broke out from May 3 this year.
He informed that out of the said amount, Rs 11 crore had been for setting up Manipur IT Centre for Exam, Rs 4.5 crore for providing television sets for various relief camps, Rs 150 crore in construction of prefabricated houses, Rs 101 crore in relief camps management for six months and Rs 89.22 crore for providing nutrition and winter preparedness, including breakfast for children in relief camps.
He continued that the state government had already provided financial assistance of Rs 1,000 each to people staying at relief camps for the 2nd round. Labour card holders staying in relief camps had also been provided with Rs 5,000 each as assistance for education of their children, he added. He informed that the government has taken up the process for providing beds for the displaced people, as the winter season has arrived.
The chief minister further informed that an amount Rs 476 crore had also been proposed to the central government various other relief measures including Rs 6 crore for 2nd round of monetary assistance of Rs 1,000 each to people staying at relief camps, Rs 360 crore for Permanent Housing Scheme, Rs 108 crore as second installment for relief camps management and another Rs 2.5 crore for buying cycles for girls staying at relief camps.
He further appreciated the Prime Minister and Union Home Minister for providing timely assistance.
Mentioning that the government is monitoring all activities taking place in the state, he stated the government would not remain as mere spectator to any crimes committed by anyone. He urged the people to refrain from violence and bring up their grievances so that it could be solved through constitutional measures. He also appealed to the public to join hands and cooperate in the government’s effort to restore peace in the state.
Concluding his speech, CM Biren informed the displaced people whose houses had been burnt down and damaged to visit their concerned Deputy Commissioner’s (DC) office and take the financial assistance for construction of their houses under the scheme, adding that DC offices had a verified list of beneficiaries.
He also gave advice that family who does not have manpower for construction works can take assistance from District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) by requesting through their concerned DCs.
Ministers, Members of Legislative Assembly, chief secretary, security advisor, director general of police, senior government officials and beneficiaries also attended the launching programme among others.