Governor Address - 1983
ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, THE GOVERNOR OF MANIPUR, SHRI SAYED MUZAFFAR HUSAIN BURNEY TO THE MANIPUR LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY ON 21.2.1983
Mananiya Adhyaksha Amasung Ikai Khumnaraba Membershing,
I have great pleasure in addressing you in the opening Session of the Sixth Legislative
Assembly this year.
LAW AND ORDER
2. The Honourable Members would be aware of the marked improvement which has taken place in the law and order situation in the State. As compared to earlier years, we have had an extremely peaceful year barring some stray incidents and normal conditions have, more or less, been restored. The Republic Day Celebrations, with the colourful participation of the I.A.F. this year, were a resounding success and the audience of about 1½ lakhs for the parade at Imphal was truly unprecedented.
3. In the valley, the activities of the Meitei extremists which had been causing immense concern during the year 1981 have decreased now. Even though we have some strength of Army and Para-Military Forces deployed in the State, most of the policing functions are being carried out by the Civil Police. During the past year, my Government sustained its pressure on counter insurgency operations, arresting and detaining 60 insurgents under the N.S.A. During the year, 311 extremists were captured and 32 killed in various operations. Out of the 51 persons, who had escaped from the jail between 1980 & 1982, 14 have been re-arrested, 13 killed and 3 surrendered.
4. In response to appeals made to the extremists on various occasions, 69 of them have surrendered with arms and ammunitions before various authorities. The Government have been taking steps to ensure that the persons who surrendered, are rehabilitated properly, by extending assistance to enable them to take up different vocations. To date, the Government have spent about Rs. 17 lakhs as rehabilitation assistance. The Government's rehabilitation programme was further modified by establishing a Peace Camp at Thenguching, where inmates are provided with boarding and lodging. In the Peace Camp, the inmates are being given vocational training and their potential assessed.
5. The Government also announced a “Home Coming Fortnight” in December 1982, during which the extremists were given an added incentive in the form of 50% hike in surrender rewards for arms. My Government have also decided to reserve 5% of vacancies in Class III and IV posts for extremists who surrender and are found suitable for these jobs. Honourable Members would thus appreciate the efforts which the Government have been making to obtain the surrender of these misguided elements and to rehabilitate them in right jobs, thereby enabling them to join the mainstream of national life.
6. In order to strengthen the manpower of the Police Department, the strength of the Civil Police has been increased suitably. New Police Stations are likely to be opened in the Sub-divisions of Imphal, Bishenpur, Moirang and Thoubal. The Government have also appointed a Superintendent of Police in the Fire Service to streamline the functioning of the Fire Department.
7. The Honourable Members may kindly recall that in my address to this august House last year, I had mentioned the steps which the Jail Department had taken to revitalise Jail Administration and make it more effective to eliminate chances of a jail-break. Further efforts are being made in this direction and due care is taken to ensure that systems and procedures, as laid down in the Jail Manual, are adhered to and also streamlined, wherever necessary. Construction work is being taken up for Jails at Sajiwa, Churachandpur and Ukhrul.
8. The improvement in the law & order situation has helped to usher in a climate congenial to development activities. This has also enabled my Government to concentrate on the formulation of policies and implementation of programmes for the removal of poverty and raising the living standards of the people, which is the touchstone of our performance. Intending to throw focus on the problems of each district, recently the Chief Minister and his Council of Ministers visited all the District Headquarters, where the performance of the local administration was assessed and the progress of development programmes reviewed, on the spot, in a series of Cabinet Meetings.
NEW 20-POINT PROGRAMME
9. With the launching of the Prime Minister's New 20-Point Programme, my Government have been making all efforts to achieve the targets, which have been fixed for 1982-83. During the current year, an amount of Rs. 23 crores was allocated for the programme. Under this programme, it is expected that among other things, 13,000 additional hectares of land would be irrigated, 5,000 tonnes of pulse and over 10 thousand tonnes of oil seeds would be grown; 15,600 families would be benefited under the Integrated Rural Development Programme; 3,37,050 man-days would be generated under the National Rural Employment Programme; drinking water would be supplied to 200 villages; 155 villages would be electrified; 9,200 families would be covered under family welfare and planning scheme; one rural hospital, 3 Primary Health Centres and 78 Primary Health Sub-Centres would be established; 15,000 children in the age-group 6-14 would be enrolled in schools; 23,000 persons would be covered under the Adult Literacy Programme. 54 fair price shops had been set up in the hill areas and 1,000 Village & Small Scale Industries would be established. The implementation of the programme is reviewed periodically at the highest level in the State, with monitoring agencies working at the district and block levels also. Non-officials play a significant role on these Committees. It is expected that with the culmination of the programme for 1982-83, the State would have made a perceptible break-through in its fight against poverty and backwardness.
10. Nearly 50 hectares of surplus land has been distributed among 93 landless labourers during the current year.
CRASH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMME
11. As the Honourable Members are fully aware, the root cause of social unrest in the State is unemployment of the educated, which is a chronic problem in Manipur. Since no big industries are located in the State, the Government alone is the main employer. As Government jobs are limited, this alone cannot offer a solution to the problem. My Government have been deliberating on this problem for long and now, a Manipur Development Society has been set up which proposes to take up an ambitious plan, wherein employment-oriented development schemes in the field of minor irrigation, agriculture, horticulture, fisheries, handloom and light engineering goods would be taken up. These schemes are estimated to cost Rs. 16.78 crores. In 3 years' time, they are expected to generate full employment to more than 20,000 educated unemployed persons and another 47 lakhs man-days by way of construction works. Honourable Members will agree that this plan, which has been drawn up in consultation with the Central Government, will mitigate the problem to an appreciable extent. As a further measure, to resolve the problem of unemployment , the Government has extended an invitation to investors from outside the State to engage in entrepreneurial activities in Manipur. My Government would also welcome investors to participate in enquity capital. It is our earnest hope, that with the commissioning of the Loktak Project this year, power, which was the main handicap in setting up major industries till now, would be adequately available for the purpose.
12. Our Plan for 1983-84 has been finalised with an approved outlay of Rs. 52.80 crores as against an outlay of Rs. 48 crores for the current year. In order to make the planning process more meaningful and to ensure formulation of development programmes, in consonance with the needs and potential of each district, the Government have drawn up the development programmes for 1983-84 largely on the basis of district plans. In particular, mention may be made about some of the integrated planning programmes taken up at the district level, namely, Integrated Rural Development Programme, the National Rural Employment Programme, the District Industries Centres, the Special component Plan and the Tribal Sub-Plan.
13. The main emphasis of the Plan in 1983-84 would be on the development of infrastructure. The tertiary sector has also been provided substantially higher allocations.
14. Coming to the individual performance of different departments of the Government in development activities in the current year, we find that in the field of agriculture, despite some natural calamities and incidence of pests and diseases in the kharif season we have been able to attain a substantial percentage of our targeted production.
15. The Agriculture Department has been achieving substantial progress in its efforts to bring increasing area under high yielding varieties of paddy and also under double cropping. It is encouraging to note that our farmers have been using chemical fertilizers on a wide scale, the rate of consumption of fertilizers in the State being 33 kgs/hectares, which is the highest in the entire North-Eastern Region.
16. The Manipur Plantation Crops Corporation has undertaken the plantation of tea and coffee in a big way with a nursery already set up at Jiribam. The Corporation has also started a Tea Project for 425 hectares at Jiribam. The coffee programme is also being finalised in consultation with the Coffee Board.
HORTICULTURE AND SOIL CONSERVATION
17. Honourable Members would agree that our State has tremendous potential for the development of horticulture. In order to exploit this potential, it was imperative to draw up a perspective plan covering all aspects. With this end in view, a scheme has been formulated for conducting a horticultural census on 100% enumeration basis whereby data would be collected relating to soil and climate conditions, variety of fruits and quantity of production, marketability etc. This scheme has been taken up under the auspices of the North Eastern Council.
18. Considering the damage which ‘Jhuming' has been doing to ecology of the State, programmes are being drawn up to control it in a scientific manner. The programme is being recast for implementation on a sub-watershed basis. Efforts are also underway to take up soil conservation measures in the upper reaches of the Loktak Lake in order to check erosion in the catchment area of the Lake and also to check siltation in the Lake .
COMMAND AREA DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
19. An irrigation potential for nearly 60,000 hectares is being created in the State during the 6th Five Year Plan. For optimum utilisation of the irrigation potential so created, an organisation styled as “Command Area Development Authority' has been set up during the year, 1982 and it has started the contour survey for construction of field channels etc.
IRRIGATION & FLOOD CONTROL
20. Irrigation being given first priority in the Prime Minister's New 20-Point Programme, harnessing the water wealth of the rivers for irrigation and other development purposes, has been given the highest priority by my Government. Investment on irrigation has increased from a meagre amount of Rs. 1.40 crores in the Fourth Plan to Rs. 40.00 crores in the Sixth Plan. One Major, two Multipurpose and four Medium Irrigation projects are presently in progress, which, when completed, will give an annual irrigation potential of about 1 lakh hectares. Besides, the Singda, Thoubal and Khuga projects will augment drinking water supply facilities by 19 MGD. The Thoubal project will provide a power potential of 7.5 MW. Khuga project will also generate power when completed with an installed capacity of 1.5 MW. Annual irrigation potential to the extent of 43,000 hectares is expected to be achieved by the end of the Sixth Plan, out of which 13,000 hectares have been achieved by the end of 1981-82 and additional potential targeted for 1982-83 is 13,000 hectares. Apart from the above on-going projects, a number of Multipurpose and Irrigation Projects are under investigation.
21. The I.F.C. Department has also started taking up Major Flood Control Projects. The first phase of Merakhong Flood Control Projects is in progress which is the first of its kind in Manipur. Flood control Projects of Wangjing river, Arong river, Thoubal river, Turel Ahanbi, etc. are also being taken up. The Sixth Plan allotment for Flood control is Rs. 5.50 crores. The additional area proposed to be protected during the Sixth Plan is 5,000 hectares.
22. The Minor Irrigation Department was set up in 1981. During 1981-82, an amount of Rs. 150 lakhs was spent to bring an additional area of 3,000 hectares under the command of Minor Irrigation. The programme achieves greater significance now, as it forms an important part of the New 20-Point Programme. In the current year, 1,248 hectares have been brought under irrigation till December 1982. It is expected that the target of 2,000 hectares for the current year will be achieved.
VETERINARY AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY
23. With a view to provide adequate animal health coverage in the State by opening new Veterinary Dispensaries, a total number of four dispensaries were opened in the current year. Control of epidemic diseases prevalent in the State was also done by mass vaccination and treatment. Measures were also taken up for control of ‘Rabies' by vaccinating dogs. The Intensive Cattle Development Project has been expanded with the opening of 2 new Sub-centres. One frozen Semen Laboratory has also been set up.
24. The Government have also attempted to increase the production of milk by carrying out a proper survey of milk pocket areas in the State and setting up Dairy Co-operative Societies. Milch animals and dairy equipment are supplied to the societies on 50% subsidy basis. 40 milch animals were purchased and distributed to selected bidders last year. In addition to the above, 4 Rural Dairy Centres are being opened in the current year.
25. Acknowledging the fact that agriculture provides subsistence to 90% of the population, the Government have taken measures to establish Agro-Service Centres with assistance from the National Co-operative Development Corporation. Moreover, the set-up of the Agricultural Credit Co-operative was re-organised in both the valley and the hills. In order to make the people in the rural areas get the essential commodities at reasonable rates, mobile fair price shops have been opened by the Manipur State Wholesale Co-operative Society in collaboration with the Manipur Associated Registrar Rationing Agents Association. With a view to extend the facilities of the Co-operative training to all the Societies both in urban and rural areas the Junior Training Institute of the Co-operative Department has been transferred to the Manipur State Co-operative Union. Apart from the regular training in the headquarters, facilities of mobile training are given to all the Societies.
26. Honourable Members would be aware of the great demand of fish around the ‘Ningol Chakouba' Festival. In order to take care of this demand, the Fisheries Department organised a Fair/Fish Crop Competition at Bir Tekendrajit Park on 16th November 1982 , on the eve of the festival. More than 5,000 kg of table fish were marketed on the occasion. The Department has also started operating a fish stall in order to make table fish available to the consumers at Government approved rates. In the year, 1982-83, the Department had targeted to produce 8.5 million fish fingerlings. This target has already been achieved and it is expected that an additional 2 million fingerlings will be produced during the remaining part of the year. The Department also expects to attain the target of 4,000 tonnes of table fish for the current year.
27. The Forest Department have been taking up various forests development schemes which would enable intensive utilisation of forestlands, wastelands and marginal lands and generate maximum employment potential in the rural areas. The Department has taken up 22 development Plan schemes under the forestry sector with an outlay of Rs. 85 lakhs. Under soil conservation in forestry areas, the Department implemented 3 schemes with an outlay of Rs. 30 lakhs.
28. The Government have been laying maximum emphasis on social forestry schemes as it serves the purpose of meeting the basic economic needs of the people. Under these schemes, various fast growing tree species, suitable for use as fuel wood and fruit bearing have been planted on waste lands and unclassed forests near villages. This obviates the need for long distance transportation.
29. The scheme of rubber plantation has also been progressing well.
30. In an attempt to implement the New 20-Point Programme, the Forest Department have planted 69.30 lakhs tree seedling during the current year against the target of 66.2 lakhs seedlings under forest plantation schemes. Therefore, the target has been exceeded substantially.
31. As a measure of conservation/preservation of rare forest species, wild life and flora and fauna of the State a new wild life wing within the Forest Department has been established and the Shiroy Hill in the Manipur East District is being declared as a National Park.
ROADS & BUILDING
32. Road transport, being the only means of communication within the State, stress is being laid on its development. During the current year, all Sub-divisional headquarters have been connected by motorable roads and 76 kms of new road will be constructed, bringing the total road kilometerage in the State to 3,462 kms. it is expected that about 1,164 villages in the State will be connected by the end of next year under the Minimum Needs Programme.
33. This year construction of Two-Storied Ministers Flats and Three-Storied MLAs Flats has been completed. A new “Manipur Bhawan” has also been inaugurated in New Delhi. In addition, it is expected that by the end of the year, a few important office, residential and other buildings in Imphal and elsewhere will be completed.
RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
34. In addition to the Community Development Programme which is being implemented by the development blocks, the Government have been attempting to alleviate rural poverty and provide gainful employment through the Integrated Rural Development Programme, which is a Centrally Sponsored Programme, extending over all the blocks of the State. In the current year, it is expected that 15,600 families will be benefited under IRDP schemes, which contemplate formulation of family-based programmes for families living below the poverty line.
35. Another important rural programme is the National Rural Employment Programme which has the dual objective of creation of durable community assets and enlargement of employment opportunities in villages. Thus, while on the one hand, it offers job opportunities to the rural poor; on the other, it develops and strengthens the rural infrastructure.
36. The Applied Nutrition Programme which imparts nutrition education to the vulnerable sections of the rural community though production, consumption and training now extends over 23 blocks of the State. The Rural Training Institute for women has conducted training courses for various crafts like Tailoring & Cutting, Embroidery and Knitting , in addition to the course for Gram Sevikas.
37. Several programmes were initiated by the Government to promote the educational, social and economic standards of the Tribals and Backward Classes in the State. During the current year, a sum of Rs. 60 lakhs was spent for the implementation of development programmes which comprised medical, educational and other schemes. In addition, an amount of Rs. 169 lakhs was earmarked for the implementation of schemes under the Special Central Assistance Programme.
38. I had informed this august House last year about the power which our State was obtaining from the Assam system. The transmission system, which has been drawn up in the State for power from Assam, is also linked with the Loktak Project. This system is now commissioned; as a result 12 MW of power is being drawn from the Assam system for supply to Imphal and surrounding areas. Our hopes are now set on the Loktak Project, which is expected to be commissioned shortly. The development of sub-transmission system in the State is most essential in order to utilise power available from the Loktak Project. A few schemes, which entail construction of 33 KV sub-stations have been framed 6 of the proposed 11 sub-stations have been commissioned and the remaining are under construction. With the availability of power from the Loktak Project and extension of the transmission and distribution systems, our State would be able to set up some industrial complexes. Honourable Members would be aware of the great emphasis we have been laying on Rural Electrification. It also forms an integral part of the Prime Minister's 20-Point Programme. Despite paucity of funds and shortage of power, we have been able to electrify about 200 villages. Rural Electrification also includes energisation of pumps. Pumps are energised for providing water, for either irrigation or drinking purposes. Six such pumps will be energised by the end of this financial year.
39. For the first time, the Government have taken a positive step towards setting up of an electronic industry in the State. Efforts are afoot to tap the potential of development in the field of electronics, which is suited to the area. The Manipur Electronics Industry has been established at Takyelpat. Under the scheme, in the current year, a project for assembly of 2-Band Radio Receivers in collaboration with KELTRON has been taken up through MSIC. A project sponsored by NEC has also been taken up to produce certain electronic goods.
40. In my address last year, I had mentioned about the Mini Cement Plant, which was being set up in the East District. The civil construction work of this Plant is being started this month. Work is also progressing on the Sugar Factory and Distillery Plant & the Starch & Glucose Factory.
41. For the promotion of the handloom industry, the Manipur Handloom & Handicrafts Development Corporation is restructuring its extension centres and working to switch over 1,000 weavers to the production exportable items. In order to boost up the production and marketing of handloom fabrics, the Department has offered several incentives.
42. In addition to the Industrial Estate at Takyelpat, another Industrial Estate is being set up at Jiribam this year.
43. The Oak Tasar Sector which received a setback in previous years by repeated failures of crops, recovered to some extent. The spring crop recorded a production, which was double of last year. The autumn crop was, however, not up to our expectations; reasons for this are being examined by an expert committee. The Handloom Sector for silk continued to be active in the sphere of spinning and reeling. About 30,000 Kgs. of raw silk was produced by the silk weavers this year.
PUBLIC HEALTH ENGINEERING
44. The Government have been giving due attention to the problem of water supply and sanitation for the urban as well as rural sectors. In respect of water supply, we expect to cover 2/3 of the problem villages by the end of the Sixth Plan. For the exploration of ground water resources, UNICEF has given us a drilling rig. So far, about 80 boreholes have been drilled and in some of them artesian conditions are available, producing water to the extent of 4,000 gallons per hour. The Government have been laying stress on the completion of water supply schemes especially in the District, Sub-Divisional and Circle Headquarters. As regards sanitation, a Master Plan is being prepared, which includes drainage system for Imphal Town.
45. During the current year, the Medical Department have opened 15 new Primary Health Sub-centres and another 78 Sub-Centres, 3 Primary Health Centres and one rural hospital have been sanctioned. The Honourable Members will be pleased to know that the population coverage of a Primary Health Centre has come down from one lakh in the valley and 30,000 in the hills (in 1979-80) to 63,000 and 23,000 respectively.
46. Several measures have been taken for the control of communicable diseases like T.B. and Leprosy. A District T.B. Control Centre was opened at Senapati. For the improvement of epidemiological surveillance and control of communicable diseases, the State Epidemiological Unit has started functioning at Imphal.
47. For the promotion of Family Welfare Programme 1,567 sterilisation operations were performed. 1,517 Community Health Guides and 114 traditional Dais have been trained. Mass-media publicity was taken up to motivate the people to adopt family welfare measures.
48. Honourable Members would recall that I had informed them in my address last year that the State Institute of Education had prepared and produced textbooks for Class I-III and IV during 1981. The Institute had also prepared and produced textbooks for Class II, IV & VII for use in the Schools in 1982-83. Textbooks for Class V and VIII have also been prepared and produced for use in 1983-84. Summer-cum-Correspondence Contact Courses were run by SIE at Imphal, as a Sub-Centre of the Regional College of Education, Bhubaneshwar, for imparting training to about 120 post-graduate and graduate teachers of secondary schools every year. I am happy to inform the Honourable Members that the Manipur University, which was established in 1980, has now been admitted under Section 12-A of the U.G.C. Act. The Government have made a grant of Rs. 40 lakhs to the University for Construction of various buildings in the current year, till now. The Education Department has initiated several measures for universalisation of elementary education for children, in the age group 6 -14, with special emphasis on girls, under the 20-Point Programme. A School Readiness Programme (Early Childhood Programme) has also been implemented to cover 34,000 children below the age of 6 years. Under this programme, 500 centres would be kept as adjuncts to the existing primary schools. One additional centre for B.Ed. (Elementary) training is being opened, in order to clear the backlog of untrained teachers at the elementary stage.
49. The Integrated Child Development Services have been extended in the State with the opening of two new projects at Thoubal and Nungba. With this, the number of projects in the State has risen to 7.
ARTS AND CULTURE
50. Several measures were taken up by the Government for promoting the standards of arts and culture in the State. During the current year, a sum of Rs. 14.53 lakhs was sanctioned under Non-Plan to the Manipur State Kala Academi as grant- in-aid for the implementation of several projects and programmes relating to preservation and promotion of Arts and Culture. In addition, the Government opened an Archives Department under the Directorate of Social Welfare, Arts and Culture. A State cultural troupe consisting of 100 Rash dancers and 100 Poong players was also sent for participation in the opening ceremony of the Asian Games 1982 at New Delhi. Besides, financial assistance was given to many scholars and cultural troupes for Inter-State-Cultural Exchanges.
LOCAL SELF GOVERNMENT
51. Elections to three Municipal Boards and ten Small Town Committees have been held this year. In addition, elections to another two Municipal Boards and nine Small Town Committees will also be held.
52. The Khwai Bazar, in Imphal, which has unique characteristics, is to be improved under a Plan scheme. Some houses, a Super Market and shopping-cum-residential buildings will be constructed with the assistance of the Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO). Financial assistance is also being provided to economically weaker sections in the form of loans.
LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT
53. In view of the New 20-Point Programme, the Manipur Minimum Wages Advisory Board met this year and gave its recommendations to the Government regarding revision of minimum rate of wages for agricultural labourers and industrial workers. The recommendations have been accepted by my Government and the minimum wages has been increased from Rs. 8/- to Rs. 10/- per day per head.
54. In an effort to promote employment opportunities one Coaching –cum-guidance Centre at Imphal and two Vocational guidance Units at District Employment Exchanges , Ukhrul and Churachandpur are being set up for the benefit of SC/ST candidates.
55. Recruitment rallies were held in different parts of the State by the Army, Assam Rifles, BSF, CRPF &CISF, which provided a rare opportunity to the people of the State to get enrolled in these organisations. Most of the rallies evoked encouraging response from the people. Nearly 1030 persons were recruited during these rallies. More such rallies are expected to be organised in near future.
FOOD & CIVIL SUPPLIES
56. The FCS Department has been extending its network to the remote areas of the State to ensure distribution of essential supplies to the people. The public distribution system was strengthened by opening more fair price shops and appointment of rationing agents in the valley as well as in the hills. In order to meet the situation of food scarcity in the hills my Government is opening more fair price shops in the hill areas. The Hon'ble Members would be glad to note that the number of fair price shops/rationing agents in the valley is higher than the All India pattern for shops per unit of population. In order to raise the number in the hill areas, the Department targeted to establish 50 shops during the current year. To date, 54 shops have been set up or rationing agents appointed, thus exceeding the target as fixed.
57. During the year, the Department has distributed 20,767 metric tonnes of rice to the public. In addition substantial quantities of sugar, GCI sheets , RBD palm oil, refined rape seed oil, cement etc. have also been procured and distributed through Government nominated stockists/dealers.
INFORMATION & PUBLIC RELATIONS
58. In a democratic set-up, it was very important to disseminate information relating to the activities to the Government to the people regularly. The Department of Information and Public Relations endeavoured to perform this task by organising conducted tours for the press and arranging “Meet the Press” programmes. In order to enable the general public, particularly, the youth, to view the Asian Games on TV, four sets were installed at different points in Imphal. These TV sets attracted considerable audiences for the duration of the Asiad.
59. We are, in fact, grateful to the Union Ministry of Information & Broadcasting for selecting Imphal as a centre for locating one of its Low Power TV transmitters. Consequently, people within a radius of 10-12 Kms. of the TV station could receive programmes on their sets-a scheme which coincided with IX Asian Games.
60. The accommodation problem faced by tourists in the State will be eased to some extent, as the II phase of the Imphal Tourist Lodge is nearing completion and the Central Department of Tourism is to start construction of a Youth Hostel shortly. Work has also been initiated to set up Tourist Homes at Churachandpur and Ukhrul.
GAMES & SPORTS
61. My Government made endeavours for the promotion of sports and games in the State and ensuring maximum involvement of youths and students in sports activities. Sports competition of various levels were organised at 20 different centres in the State involving about 14,500 students including 500 girls. Contingents were sent to different parts of India for participation in several competitions at the national level like the National School Games, National Women's Sports Festivals and All India Rural Sports Meet during the current year. Boys and girls won laurels in different events.
62. Manipur won the National School Championship held on October 1982 at Akaluz, Maharastra. The Manipur football team also won the National Championship for women. Our attempts at catching the talented young ones also proved successful at the Mini National School Games held at Obra, UP in December 1982. Manipur won the Championship in Hockey, Football, Table Tennis, Kabadi and Kho-Kho in the Mini National Meet.
63. The construction of 5 Mini Stadia at different District Headquarters is in progress and one indoor stadium at Imphal and one Community Hall-cum-indoor stadium at Ukhrul will be constructed during this year. One swimming pool has already been constructed at Jiribam. The construction of sports complex at Khuman Lampak is well in progress. Financial assistance was extended to State Level Sports Association to enable them to send observers to the Asiad 82 at New Delhi.
64. The Government have taken up the task of survey of land in the Hill Districts, in a phased manner, after due extension of the MLR & LR Act & Rules in the Hill Districts. Meanwhile, survey work has been taken up, wherever the village Chiefs/Khullakpas have not raise objections.
65. In order to earn more revenue, the Excise Department has opened 31 liquor shops including one Bonded Ware House during the current year. The income of the Excise Department for the current year, up to December 1982, is Rs. 40 lakhs and it is expected that it would cross Rs. 50 lakhs by the end of the year, against a sum of Rs. 36,07,175.74 during last year. The Government have taken steps to increase revenue of the department by introducing a scheme for distillation and sale of country liquor under proper licensing system, as is done in the case of Indian made foreign liquor.
66. I would now like to briefly touch upon the general financial position of the State. Honourable Members are aware that the Central Government had magnanimously converted the outstanding overdraft of Rs. 66.29 crores against the State Government as on 30th June 1982, into a medium term loan. My Government have since then been managing its finances prudently and exercising maximum economy of expenditure, consistent with the objectives of planned development and administrative efficiency. The main thrust of this effort is at minimising Non-Plan expenditure. Creation of posts on the Non-plan side has been kept in abeyance and measures have been taken to ensure that Government departments do not place indents with the DGS & D without obtaining clearance from the Finance Department. Moreover, purchases of vehicles and office equipment are being permitted only in extremely rare cases.
67. A severe strain on the cash out flow is caused due to liability on account of payment of DA & ADA. The Government have, therefore, made out a case to the Finance Commission, for making provision enabling the State to meet this burden.
68. Various steps have been taken to minimise the handling of cash in Government Offices and institutions, which include the disbursement of salaries through banks for officers in Imphal.
69. An Institutional Finance Cell has been set up within the Finance Department, which will act as an agency to liaise between the banks and the State Government or public sector undertakings. The Manipur Rural Bank has opened 3 more branches.
70. The Manipur Services Revision of Pay Rules, 1982 was issued in December 1982. These will take effect from 31.3.82. The revision would cover 44,000 State Government employees and entail an annual expenditure of about Rs. 2.50 crores. The revision has raised the minimum of pay from Rs.190/- to Rs. 390/- and the maximum from Rs. 2,100/- to Rs. 2,750/-.
71. Honourable Members, I have attempted to place before you the policies, programmes and achievements of my Government in the current year. As you would have observed, our main objectives have been to consolidate our position in respect of peaceful conditions, which prevail in the State, and to accelerate the pace of development activities. We will be able to succeed in our endeavours, if we have the whole-hearted co-operation of the Hon'ble Members and the people.
72. I extend my best wishes to you in your deliberations.