The first state cabinet meeting of 2023 has decided to conduct urban and rural local body elections in the first week of March and April respectively while the autonomous district council (ADC) elections are also likely to be conducted during the same period.
Information and Public Relations Minister Sapam Ranjan told media at his residence located at Lamphel on Tuesday that the first state cabinet meeting of 2023 was held on Monday late evening at state cabinet hall of CM’s secretariat, Babupara, Imphal.
The minister informed that ADC elections will be conducted after the completion of the delimitation process which is likely to be completed in the months of February and March.
He said that till the local body elections are conducted, the concerned district commissioners will be take charge of administrative works.
He said the state cabinet also decided to summon the 3rd session of 12th Manipur Legislative Assembly on February 2. However, the number of sittings for the session will be decided later by the Business Advisory Committee of Manipur Legislative Assembly, he added.
Ranjan said during the state cabinet meeting, they also took the decision for re-engagement of some administrative officers after considering their exemplary performance for a period of one year. The administrative officers include joint secretary revenue, Y Rajen; chief engineer, S Romendro; joint secretary (home) and chief engineer, MOBEDS.
Retired chief engineer (power), H Santikumar will be re-engaged as chief engineer (power) on contractual basis from January 1 to February 28 this year and after that he will be re-engaged as managing director of MSPDCL from March 1 to December 31, said the IPR minister.
The state cabinet also decided recruitment of various contractual posts in various government departments. He said in different categories 62 posts will be recruited in Manipur Aids Control Society; 97 different posts in Paediatric Care Centre, RIMS under Rashtriya Bal Swastthya Karayakam (RBSK); 90 posts as section officer in Public Works Department; 18 different posts for Relief and Disaster Management department; 148 different posts for PHED; 10 drivers on daily wages for GAD; 67 different posts for Forensic Science department, said Ranjan.
It was also approved to hold a vice-voice for the recruitment of head constable, constable and follower in which the recruitment has already started, he added.
The meeting also approved the launch of the Chief Minister Entrepreneurship Support Scheme (CMESS) in order to support the young entrepreneurs with a 30 per cent government subsidy. Ranjan added that the scheme will provide support to the young entrepreneurs who want to start business in coaching class, restaurant, automobile workshop, manufacture of paper bags and others.
The first state cabinet also approved for recruitment of 22 college principals and creation of principal for Jiribam College through Manipur Public Service Commission, he added.