A state cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Friday decided to recommend the summoning of 5th session of 12th Manipur Legislative from February 28, though the number of days of the sitting will be decided after the business advisory meeting.
Information and Public Relation minister S Ranjan told the media at his residence located at Lamphel Sanakeithel, Imphal West that 11 agenda including seven listed and four unlisted agenda were placed and discussed during the cabinet meeting.
As it will be the first session of 2024, the Governor’s address will be given and the meeting discussed it thoroughly, he added. From the listed agendas, the state cabinet has passed Manipur State Commission for Women’s Rule 2024, he mentioned.
Considering the activities of state forces, the state cabinet has approved to provide monthly allowances which are Rs 5,000 for commandos and Rs 3,000 to those who are serving at vulnerable areas during the crisis, he further said. The monthly compensatory amount will be reflected in the respective service bank accounts; however, it is yet to be decided when the allowance will be updated, he added.
He said that the meeting also resolved to include non-residential central forces including CAPF, Army and Assam Rifles while providing ex-gratia in connection with the prevailing situation in the state.
In the last few months, the state has encountered incidents of changing the official addresses and names of places. To prevent the renaming of places without the consent of authority concerned, the state cabinet has approved to place the Manipur Names of Places Bill in the upcoming state assembly session, he added.
If the Manipur Names of Places Bill is enacted, then misusing of names of places will become a punishable offence, and the offending person shall, on conviction, be punishable with imprisonment of one to three years. The Land Resources department shall be the nodal department for implementation of the Act.
S Ranjan further said that engineers or revenue officers of any panchayat will be appointed by the government only according to Manipur Municipalities Act for bringing a systematic recruitment health officer, he informed.
Among the unlisted agendas, the cabinet approved to appoint Chingtham Andrey as assistant sub-inspector as a compensatory appointment along with a liberalised pension. Chingtham Andrey is the son of late Chingtham Anandakumar, SDPO Moreh, he added.
For the farmers, the state cabinet has approved to sanction a sum of Rs 18.91 crore for 3,483 verified affected farmers due to the ongoing crisis for phase I. He said the compensation amount will be given 80 percent and 20 percent to the tenant and owner respectively.
The state cabinet meeting also resolved to extend the engagement of village defence forces (VDFs) service for one more year which is from April 1, 2024 to March 31, 2025.
The cabinet further approved to appoint 742 teaching staff of different categories on contractual basis through Samagra Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) with a funding of 90:10, he added.