Manipur Governor Anusuiya Uikey said that Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) living in relief camps need to be sent to their homes. She stressed the need to immediately give relief amount/interim relief amount to those whose properties have been damaged.
The governor was speaking during the interaction session of the 71st Plenary of the North Eastern Council (NEC) at the State Convention Centre, Shillong, Meghalaya on Friday.
The meeting was chaired by Union Home minister Amit Shah and also had the presence and participation of Union Minister of DoNER G Kishan Reddy, Minister of State, DoNER BL Verma, governors and chief ministers of Northeastern states and senior officers of the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of DoNER, Government of India, stated a release. Chief Minister N Biren Singh was represented by Health Minister Dr S Ranjan in the NEC meeting.
During the interaction session, Anusuiya Uikey extended her warm greetings to the chairman of the North-East Council Amit Shah and expressed gratitude to the Central government for continuous support and guidance in the socio-economic development of the Northeast region, it added.
“In view of the prevailing situation of the state, the Governor informed that many people are presently living in relief camps and they need to be sent to their homes. She stressed the need to immediately give relief amount/interim relief amount to those whose properties have been damaged. She suggested providing self-employment and housing to the victims on priority. She also stated that highways will have to be secured to increase trade and business. Tea gardens can be developed in the state as an alternative to poppy cultivation as it will provide alternative business to those who cultivate poppy,” it said.
For Northeastern states, she suggested that for the implementation of government schemes, a situation arises to pay salaries to the employees from the amount of development works, it mentioned. To avoid this, a lump sum amount should be given to the state as a grant so that it can be used for paying salaries as per requirement, it added.
Considering that Manipur is known as the powerhouse of sports in the country, she urged that training, encouragement and sports facilities to the players should be increased as there is innate sports talent in the state, it mentioned.
She mentioned that Manipur is a naturally and environmentally rich state and therefore, Tourism can be promoted there. Manipur’s art, culture and handicrafts are of high quality which can be used to increase employment, trade and business. With the cooperation of Union leaders, she expressed hope that the state will be back on the path of development and peace in the near future,” it added.