Governor Address - 1990-A
ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, THE GOVERNOR OF MANIPUR, SHRI CHINTAMANI PANIGRAHI TO THE MANIPUR LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY ON 22.1.1990
Hon'ble Speaker and distinguished Members of the House,
I am extremely happy to welcome you to this First Session, for 1990, of Fourth Legislative Assembly summoned to ratify the 62nd Constitutional Amendment Bill passed by the Parliament for providing reservation for SC/ST categories.
It is a matter of great personal satisfaction that my Government has taken significant steps aimed at ensuring rapid development of the State and its people as well as to provide social and economic justice to our people.
LAW AND ORDER
During the year 1989-90, law and order situation in the State remained under control. Overall crime situation indicated a stationary trend with marginal decrease in serious crimes particularly murder cases. The District Police succeeded in apprehending 93 active members/sympathizers of various extremist outfits during the year under review besides recovering 16 weapons of different categories.
My Government initiated concrete measures to check drug trafficking and preventing illicit cultivation of cannabis plants in the State. Nearly 10 Kgs. of heroin powder valued at Rs. 12.5 crores in international market and 7076 kgs of contraband ganja worth Rs.21 lakhs were seized during 1980. 14 lakhs cannabis plants valued at Rs. 3 crores approximately were destroyed. 363 cases were registered against 485 drug traffickers including 17 foreign nationals. The courts decided 31 cases under ND & PS Act during the year out of which 28 cases ended in conviction. Two drug-traffickers were sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for a period of 10 years and a fine of Rs. 1 lakh each.
The State Police, Fire Service and the Home Guards did commendable job to save lives and properties of the people during the unprecedented floods in July/August last year and in the peaceful conduct of the recently held General Elections to the Lok Sabha. I shall be failing in my duty if I do not mention, in the context, the signal service rendered by the Security Forces and the Voluntary organizations during the severe floods.
District Jails at Ukhrul and Churachandpur will be opened shortly. This will reduce the problem of over-crowding in Imphal Central jail. One observation home and a special home were established during the year for the custody of juvenile delinquents. A psychiatric ward has become functional for treatment of lunatics lodged in the jail. A portion of the jail building at Sajiwa has been earmarked for treatment of drug addicts.
During the current year, 41 extremists surrendered before the authorities and 20 of them were rehabilitated through sanction of self-employment schemes. The peace camp has been re-opened and 3 months stay in the peace camp is compulsory before grant of financial assistance for self-employment. The amount payable as ex-gratia grant to the families of victims of extremist action has been revised upwards during the year.
My Government took significant steps in promoting the welfare of the weaker and downtrodden sections of our society. Monthly pension of the freedom fighters of Nupilal movement was raised from Rs. 650/- to Rs. 1000/- per month. Six freedom fighters were given monthly pension during the year. The scheme of giving one job to the jobless families of the freedom fighters was also implemented and 59 persons have been recommended for jobs so far.
DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL & ADMINISTRATIVE REFORMS AND VIGILANCE
My Govt. has recently simplified the procedure relating to appointment under die-in-harness scheme. A complete ban on dereservation on recruitment to all categories of Class IV posts and of Class III posts except scientific and technical categories has been imposed. The Govt. has also agreed in principle to the upward revision of the age for direct recruits to the Grade IV and III posts except posts in active services.
The State Vigilance Commission continued to fight against corruption. During the year, 437 cases were disposed of, 355 cases out of these were closed after verification, 27 cases were recommended for imposing major penalty, 43 for imposition of minor penalty, 6 for termination from service, 1 for reversion to lower post and 5 cases were converted to criminal cases.
The Central Government has been requested to issue Presidential Order specifying the 2nd February, 1990 as the date from which the Permanent Bench of the Gauhati High Court will start functioning at Imphal. Three Lok Adalats were held during the year in which 366 cases were settled. The Legal Aid and Advice programme was adequately implemented. The Election Department conducted special, intensive revision of the electoral rolls which were finally published on 15.8.1989. There were12, 19,414 voters for Parliamentary election held recently.
The finances of the State continued to be sound and the State did not have to resort to overdraft. During the year, the Manipur State Third Pay Commission submitted its report and their recommendation were partly notified as the Manipur Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 1989. However, in view of persistent demands of its employees, the Government decides to introduce the Central Scales of Pay and allowances with effect from 1-4-90 .
The collections from Sales Tax, Amusement Tax and Professional Tax are expected to be about Rs. 6.90 crores; the State Lotteries are expected to yield Rs. 4.52 crores. Small Savings collections are targeted at Rs. 3.00 crores.
REVENUE ADMINISTRATION AND EXCISE
Unprecedented floods visited the State in July/August last year. All Departments of the administration worked tirelessly to provide relief and succour to the affected people.
In order to strengthen the District Administration machinery, two S.D.C. circles were opened during the year, one each in Churachandpur and Tamenglong districts.
Revenue collection from Excise is expected to yield Rs. 2.60 crores during the year.
We are now in the last year of the 7th Five Year Plan. Hectic preparations are on to prepare the 8th Plan. The current plan started with an allocation of Rs. 430 crores as against Rs. 240 crores during the sixth Plan. However, the actual outlay in the 7th Plan will exceed Rs. 526 crores. During the Seventh Plan, 68% of the outlay was devoted to the Economic Services sectors, 30% to the Social Services sector and 2% to Central Services. The Minimum Needs Programme, which constitutes the core of the Plan, has a share of 19.24% and the Tribal sub-plan accounts for 38.39% of the outlay. The Seventh Plan targets of production of food grains, consumption of fertilizers, social forestry, plantations, generation of employment under NREP, irrigation potential, road construction and water supply to problem villages are expected to be achieved.
There have been consistent efforts to improve the quality of the formulation of plan proposals. The National Institute of Rural Development, North Eastern Centre, has been assigned the task of preparing a district plan for Thoubal. During the current year, untied funds were placed at the disposal of the districts.
AGRICULTURE AND HORTICULTURE
The State has, during the 7th plan period, witnessed impressive strides in the field of agriculture. It is a matter of pride that the per hectare productivity of rice in the State is the highest in the entire northeastern region. 70% of the cropped area has been covered by high yielding varieties of seeds.
During the Seventh Plan period, while the area under double cropping went up from 6,100 hectares to 22,500 hectares, the area under triple cropping went up from 1,500 hectares to 4,500 hectares by 1988-89. Similarly, the consumption of fertilizers has also increased and, in the valley areas, it is today as high as 96 kgs. per hectares.
Considerable progress has also been achieved in the area of seed production, providing cold storage facilities and extension of subsidies for farm mechanization efforts.
Agro-climatic conditions in the State are ideal for a variety of horticultural crops, especially tropical and temperate fruits. A detailed survey has been conducted to identify potential areas and steps taken to ensure availability of quality planting materials. Marketing of fruits produced in the State has been given special emphasis. The Fruit Preservation Factory is expected to produce about 250 MT of finished products. Marketing of fruit drink in paper-pouches has also begun.
A scheme for production and development of pepper and coconut in Jiribam and Moreh areas has been taken up in collaboration with the Spices and Coconut Development Boards. 750 hectares of land is targeted to be prepared for permanent cultivation, benefiting 375 Jhumia-families. Special attention is also being given to encourage soil conservation and development of horticultural and plantation crops in the hill areas.
FOOD AND CIVIL SUPPLIES
To ensure timely and equitable distribution of essential commodities, more than 1.26 lakh Ration Cards have been issued to the general public in the State. Further a network of 19 godowns with a total storage capacity of 19200 MT has been created in the State so far. My Government has been able to sustain supply of essential commodities during the last flood in the State in spite of severe damage to the road communication system. To protect the interests of consumers, District Level Consumers' Advisory Councils have been set up.
VETERINARY AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY
Adequate stress was laid by my Government in implementing various plans/projects in the field of veterinary and animal husbandry with a view to improving livestock and to augmenting production of milk, eggs, etc. during the year. The department has fixed the target of 20,000 breed able cows to be inseminated under Intensive Cattle Development Project which is likely to be achieved fully by March 1990. A Liquid Nitrogen Plant has been installed at Porompat. The Frozen Semen Bank is also likely to be made operational during 1990-91.
Sales depots have been established through formation of Co-operative Marketing Societies for supply of balanced feed, birds, poultry, meat and eggs. The department is planning to supply 1.5 lakhs chicks to the farmers during the year.
In the field of animal health coverage programmes, three new dispensaries were opened during the year. Adequate measures were taken to prevent infections and contagious diseases. 132 persons were given assistance for executing self-employment schemes during the year. The Composite Live Stock Farm, Noney has started functioning in the current year and the Buffalo Breeding Farm will be made functional by March 1990. During the year, 100 persons were assisted financially for purchasing milch-cows. The department is supplying re-constituted pasteurized whole milk in Imphal town in order to supplement shortage of fresh milk.
Promotion of fisheries has always been a thrust area of my Government. Three Fish Farmers' Development Agencies are functioning in the State to extend technical and financial assistance to fish farmers. Four more such agencies are expected to be constituted during the current year itself. About 500 fishermen are expected to be insured during this year. Under the National Welfare fund for Fishermen, about 100 houses and other facilities like Community Hall, Water Tanks etc., are proposed to be provided during this year itself. Under the Inland Fisheries Estate Scheme, a vast expanse of water areas is being developed around the Loktak Lake . The Scheme provides for reclamation of lakes to facilitate piscicultural schemes.
Over exploitation of forest by man for his short-term benefits has caused serious environmental and ecological degradation. Conservation of environment has today become a matter of international concern.
Various schemes were implemented to conserve the delicate environment and preserve the balance in the ecosystem. Economic plantation of industrial and commercial species was taken up in about 2700 hectares. Under Social Forestry Scheme, an area of 4200 hectares has been covered with fast growing and fruit bearing trees and 23 lakhs seedlings were distributed to the public. Plantation of rubber was taken up in 100 hectares in Jiribam District. 3875 hectares of land in the catchment areas of major rivers and the Loktak Lake was taken up for afforestation. In an integrated approach, 45 jhumia families are proposed to be resettled by developing 135 hectares of land.
IRRIGATION AND FLOOD CONTROL
Major and medium irrigation was introduced in the State towards the end of the 4th Five Year Plan. 7 major and medium irrigation projects were taken up in the State. The multipurpose projects at Thoubal, Singda and Khuga are targeted to be completed during the 8th Plan period. The Loktak Lift Irrigation Project which is major and two medium projects, namely, Imphal Barrage Project and Sekmai Barrage Project are expected to be completed during this year. Another medium project, the Khoupum Dam Project, is already completed. These 7 projects, when completed are expected to provide irrigation to more than one hectares and also generate water supply and power components of 19 mgd. and 9 MW respectively. A medium irrigation project at Dolaithabi, to irrigate 7500 hectares is likely to be taken up shortly. Three other projects are also at an advanced stage of investigation. So far a cumulative annual irrigation potential of 58,000 hectares has been provided and an additional 2,700 hectares is targeted during this year. During the Eight Plan period it is also proposed to take up scheme to improve irrigation facilities at Sugnu Hump, Chakpi Diversion and Nambol River .
The Command Area Development Programme aims at raising crop productivity through optimal utilization of created irrigation potential by construction of field channels and introduction of Warabandi system of irrigation as also by adopting suitable double or multiple cropping. A total area of more than 18,000 hectares has already been brought under filed channels and more than 11500 hectares have been brought under Warabandi structures. Besides, adaptive agronomic practices for Kharif and Rabi crops are being conducted.
RURAL DEVELOPMENT, PANCHAYATI RAJ AND DEVELOPMENT OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN
Development of rural areas through the institutions of Community Development Blocks has become a mainstay of the Governmental policies since the early fifties. Today, the State has 31 blocks, out of which 22 are in the hills.
Various developmental schemes in the areas of Agriculture, Minor irrigation, Animal husbandry, Education, Industries, Health and Sanitation and communication are implemented in all the blocks in the State.
Under the Jawahar Rojgar Yojana, employment of 8.40 lakh mandays were generated with an outlay of 320 crores upto December 1989 against the target of 10,84 lakh mandays. Further, more than 2600 beneficiaries were selected under the IRDP which is one of the important poverty alleviation programmes implemented through the CD Blocks.
Development of the Tribal areas of the State continued to receive high priority of my Government. 20 villages will get water supply during the year, apart from the coverage under the PHE Department. 1,700 Scheduled Tribe farmers are to be benefited from agricultural schemes. A substantial amount of money has also been earmarked for educational schemes, medical and public health schemes, schemes for women and children and schemes to provide housing and communications. The Government has also taken up schemes for the construction of 6 hostel buildings and buildings for the Tribal Research Centre. The Autonomous District Councils continued to play an important role in the development of the areas placed under their control.
Minor Irrigation schemes being executed by my Government are expected to provide systematic irrigation to an area of about 26,000 hectares by the end of 7th Five year Plan. I am happy to note that the Department will fully achieve both physical and financial targets for the 7th Five Year Plan.
As in the other parts of the country, Manipur has also witnessed a rapid increase in the number of vehicles. This has resulted in more traffic congestion and traffic violations. To reduce the increased dependence on personalized vehicles, short-distance city bus services have been started on three major routes and it is also proposed to extend city bus service facilities to more areas. My Government, being fully aware of the need to conserve the environment, is working towards enforcement of anti-pollution measures. The newly enacted Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 have been enforced with effect from 1st July 1989 .
The Manipur State Road Transport Corporation continues to maintain services to areas not covered by private operators, notwithstanding severe constraints. The Corporation is expected to carry 7.5 lakhs passengers and transport 18.57 lakhs MT of essential commodities. Efforts are on to bring about improvements in specific areas like improvement of urban road signs. Investigations on the railway line from Diphu to Imphal have also begun.
ROADS AND BUILDINGS
I am happy to note that the total length of road network in the State will increase to about 5,500 kms. by the year end and road density will stand at 24.77 kms. per 100 Sq. Kms. as against 23 Kms. on 31.3.1989. During the year, vital city roads were widened and strengthened to cater to the ever-increasing volume of traffic in the Capital. The Government has earmarked about one sixth of the total outlay for improvement of village roads under MNP which is being utilized judiciously.
Construction of major bridges at Karong and Senapati on Barak river and 4 minor bridges was completed during the year. Further, construction of bridges at Lilong and Thoubal is at an advanced stage.
Under the schemes sanctioned by the North Eastern Council, Tadubi-Pfutsero road is completed. Construction of Thanlon-Singwal Khazwal Road has reached an advanced stage and it has been opened to vehicular traffic. Likewise, the construction of Jiri-Tipaimukh Road and Tamenglong-Tousem-Haflong Road is progressing.
Significant progress was made in construction of public administrative buildings during the year. Under the 8th Finance Commission's award, construction of 1,414 school buildings and 99 buildings of other Department was taken up by the Department. The target of construction of 918 quarters by the end of 7th Plan will be fully achieved. Construction of new Ministers' Block, Annexe building of the State Guest House and the second Manipur Bhavan at New Delhi and Calcutta has also been taken up during the year. The building for the State Hospital at Porompat is complete and the hospital has started functioning. The Department also undertook construction of functional buildings on behalf of several other departments.
My Government realizes the fact that the roads and bridges in the hill areas are inadequate. Consequently emphasis has been laid on extending, improving and strengthening this network during the 8th Plan.
EDUCATION, SOCIAL WELFARE AND ARTS AND CULTURE
954 primary schools have so far been brought under the “Operation Blackboard” Scheme wherein teaching and learning materials, good quality furniture as also books and periodicals have been provided. All primary schools are expected to be covered under the scheme by 1991-92.
Exercise books were given free to about 70,000 students from families below poverty line. To universalize primary education and to provide education to school dropouts, 4 new Non-Formal Education Projects with 100 centres each have been taken up. Special efforts have also been made to provide computer facilities in the schools and inclusion of computer education in the curriculum. Emphasis on computer literacy in schools will be given from the first year of the 8th Plan onwards.
The Manipur University has introduced a Master's Degree Course on Computer Applications. Meritorious students desirous of making a career in the Civil Services have been sent to Delhi for pre-examination coaching and 43 students have qualified for the Main Examination.
New courses in Electronics, computer, Architecture and Pharmacy are proposed to be introduced in the Government Polytechnic. A Girl's Wing is being set up in the Polytechnic to encourage girls to pursue technical education.
Adult Education continued to receive the attention of the Government and 163 centres were opened in various parts of the State.
The “Bhagyachandra Festival of Classical Dance” was organized in the State Capital with financial assistance from the East Zone Cultural Centre and the North Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre. Noted exponents of various classical dance forms performed in the programme. The Festival has received high acclaim from eminent critics of the media. The State Government took over the Shri Shri Govinda Nartanalaya and efforts are on to make this Institution a center for excellence in Manipuri dance. The Government also proposes to set up a cultural complex at Imphal. The Manipur Films Development Corporation's production “Koro Kosi” has been selected for screening in the International Film Festival currently being held in Calcutta .
The rate of old age pension has been enhanced from Rs. 60 to Rs. 100 per month. 8,845 beneficiaries have been selected. Payment will be made on a quarterly basis through banks.
Special homes and Observation homes have been set up in the Sajiwa Jail complex to ensure that juvenile delinquents are not kept in the Jail. The diet allowance to boarders of Government Blind School and Deaf and Mute School has been raised to Rs. 300 per month.
To streamline the social welfare activities in the State, the Government has created a new Department of Social Welfare by amalgamating a part of the Directorate of Social Welfare and Arts and Culture and the Directorate of Women and Children's Programme.
YOUTH AFFAIRS AND SPORTS
Development of sports and games has become a necessity in the overall integrated development of the state as also of the individual personality. The Government lays great emphasis on compulsory physical education programme in educational institutions and on encouragement of games, sports and youth welfare activities.
By the end of the year, a large number of schools will be provided with one physical education teacher each. About 2,500 players were given coaching in different games. It is heartening to note that participants from the State have won prizes both at national as well as international competitions. The cyclists and weight lifters who had won awards in international competitions have been given cash awards, besides the allotment of land to three of our international hockey players.
There has been good progress in the construction of the sports complex at Khuman Lampak. The entire Khuman Lampak area has now been exclusively reserved for sports activities. Three mini-stadia are to be completed during this year. Development of sports infrastructure in all the district head quarters is being given special emphasis. The NIS at Imphal has been requested to expedite laying of Astro-turf at Imphal for a hockey field which will be the first of its kind in the entire North East.
HEALTH & FAMILY WELFARE
My Government is committed to provide reponsive health services to the people living in rural and hill areas. The scheme of free in-patient treatment for families living below the poverty line was accorded priority during the year. Under the scheme, 12,186 patients including 8806 patients belonging to Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe categories were provided free medical treatment upto October 1989. The Department organized 38 free health-care camps during the period from May to October 1989. The Department is planning to establish 6 Primary Health Centres including 4 in the hills and 3 Community Health Centres by March 1990. The State Hospital at Porompat has been named as Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital and was inaugurated last month.
In the field of family welfare, concerted efforts was made to achieve the couple protection rate of 60% which is the national target to be achieved by the turn of the century. The death-rate in the state has already come down to 6.9 per thousand against the national target of 10.4 per thousand for 1990
The annual birth rate in Manipur is among the lowest in the country. The infant mortality rate is lower than the national target set for the year 1990. The Department will fully achieve the targets in the fields of sterilization, I.U.D. insertion, use of oral pills and conventional contraceptives by March 1990.
PUBLIC HEALTH ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT
Supply of adequate quantities of clean drinking water has been an area of prime concern of my Government. In the rural sector, the target for the decade of providing water supply to all the 1,749 problem villages is now well within reach. Upto the end of December last, 1676 villages have already been provided with drinking water and in the remaining 73 villages, there has been very good progress in the ongoing works.
The Greater Imphal area, however, continues to suffer from inadequacy of drinking water. To overcome this shortage, temporary pumping of water from the Singda dam has commenced. Augmentation of the plant at Porompat has been completed and the proposed augmentation of the plant at Canchipur is expected to provide an additional 2.5 mgd. of water supply. With all these measures as also schemes to harness ground water potential in these areas, I am confident that the situation will improve in the near future. Completion of the Thoubal Multipurpose Project during the 8th Plan is expected to provide an additional 10 mgd. of water. Other exclusive water supply schemes included in the 8th Plan are expected to ease the situation further.
Project for drainage and sanitation in Greater Imphal areas has already been prepared and the work in the seriously affected areas of Imphal city is likely to be taken up during this year. Sanitation units have been taken up in the municipal areas of Nambol, Thoubal and Bishnupur. Similarly in the rural areas 1,614 sanitary units, out of the targeted 1,900 units have already been completed by December 1989.
Manipur has sufficient power to meet all its requirements. However, due to deficiencies in the transmission and sub-transmission systems, it has not been possible to extend the benefit of electricity to all. Emphasis is, therefore, given to improvement of transmission and distribution systems.
The State Government has done commendable work in bringing down the transmission and distribution losses to 21.6%. During the current year, the loss is expected to come down to 20% as a result of large number of corrective measures.
The peak demand of power in the State during 88-89 was 42.8 MW and it is expected to reach 53 MW by the year-end. The total energy consumption by the year-end is expected to be around 171.70 MU and the per capita consumption around 75 Units.
The State has an installed capacity of 2.8 MW of hydel power. The Gelnel Hydel Project and Leimakhong Hydel Project, which are expected to be completed during this year, will provide 1.4 MW Diesel generation capacity. Two diesel generators of 1 MW each are expected to be commissioned during this year at Imphal.
250 villages are targeted for electrification during this year. The State Government is taking steps to ensure electrification of all villages by the year 1993. The “Kutir Jyoti” programme, under which single light point connection is given to households of rural poor below poverty line, has already benefited more than 5,300 families and the programme is to continue.
I am happy to note that there is a noticeable change in the industrial environment of the state. A mini cement plant at Ukhrul has started production. The Manipur Electronic Development Corporation produced 471 colour and black & white TVs valued at Rs. 28.87 lakhs during the year indicating an increase of over 100% over production during 1988-89. The Manipur Industrial Development Corporation sanctioned loans worth Rs. 43.19 lakhs. The construction of the building of Centre for Electronics Design & Technology is nearing completion and a diploma Course in Electronics has been started. The Drug Formulation Unit and the Vanaspati Ghee Project are expected to start production shortly. With this ancilliarisation shall receive a tremendous impetus. Already one tin-making unit is coming up to cater to the needs of the vanaspati factory. The Government is committed to encouraging entrepreneurs to open more avenues of employment thereby improving the revenues of the State.
223 small-scale Industrial units were registered since April 89. 750 educated unemployed youth received financial assistance. 516 entrepreneurs were deputed for training in various industrial trades.
The State has now 3,701 registered co-operative societies with a total membership of 3.60 lakhs. The Manipur State Co-operative Bank advanced a sum of Rs. 7 crores for agricultural purposes to the farmers in 1989-90. The department has so far established 66 agro-custom hiring centers in 66 co-operative societies with a total block cost of Rs.225.36 lakhs.
My Government has constructed 34 handloom work shed having capacity of 25 looms each. Polyester weaving has been taken up in 30 primary weavers' co-operative societies. The share capital base of 92 such societies has been strengthened by giving financial assistance of Rs. 25,000/- each.
The Manipur State Co-operative Consumer Federation with 11 retail outlets and other primary consumer co-operatives is expected to record a turnover of Rs. 9 crores in consumer goods during the year 1989-90. The Manipur Apex Marketing Co-operative societies and 90 Primary co-operatives were actively involved in the distribution of chemical fertilizers in the State.
PUBLICITY AND TOURISM
The Department of Information and Public Relations continued to perform its role of publicizing policies, programmes, activities and achievements of the Government in various fields satisfactorily. The Department also participated in the ‘Nehru-O-Mela' organized by the Government of Tripura at Agartala.
The Directorate of Tourism took up several schemes to provide suitable accommodation facilities for tourists. The Tourist Home at Churachandpur was inaugurated during the year. A Tourist Centre has started functioning at Tulihal Airport. Construction of Tourist Home at Shiroy will be completed by March 1990. The construction for Tourist Guest House at Moirang, Cafeteria at Mao, way side amenities at Kangpokpi, Litan and Santing Tourist Homes at Jiribam, Moreh, Tamenglong and Nungba for which a sum of Rs. 75.08 lakhs has been sanctioned by the Central Government is expected to be completed shortly. Nearly 79,000 tourists including 41 foreign nationals visited Manipur during April to November 1989. Tourism has been declared as an industry and a high priority is being accorded to development of tourist infrastructure.
MUNICIPAL ADMINISTRATION, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
My Government has recently approved a long term structural plan for Greater Imphal, covering critical areas such as drainage, sewerage, water supply, sanitation, roads traffic and transportation system, improvement of electrification and development of the State Capital complex. The project is expected to cost about Rs. 482 crores.
During the year under report, there has been good progress in the implementation of the Naga Nullah and Waishel Basin Drainage projects. The State Government is also extending financial assistance to 7 Municipalities and 21 Small Town committees for various schemes. Construction of markets at Kakching and Jiribam has already been completed. Emphasis is also being given on the construction of shopping complexes so as to reduce pressure on the existing built-up areas. The Government is also taking steps to resettle encroachers from road sides so as to facilitate widening of urban roads. 800 low cost sanitary units are proposed to be constructed during this year.
The State Government has also sanctioned 342 houses for low income group and 325 houses for economically weaker sections. Further, well over 1,200 employees of the Government are being given house building loans totalling Rs. 5 crores.
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENT
Programmes aimed at propagation of science and technology taken up during the year included opening of 15 school/community level, 3 district-level and one state-level science centre, organising National Science Month and National Science Day, science quiz competitions, district-level science exhibitions, workshops, symposia and training programmes. Entrepreneurship and human resource development programmes were organised as also special programmes for women and members of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Backward Classes.
An environmental park has been set up at Churachandpur. Adequate funds are also being provided to set up a State Pollution Control Board during the current year.
Use of non-conventional sources of energy has been given priority. 200 biogas plants, 280 solar photovoltaic street lighting systems, 26 solar water heaters of various capacities and 4 wind electric generators are to be installed during the year.
During this Session, the 62nd Constitutional Amendment Bill passed by the Parliament will be considered for ratification. I am confident that my Government will continue to strive for achievement of the noble goals set in front of us by the Constitution. With a sense of direction and devotion, these goals, I am sure, will be translated into reality in the near future.
I wish you all success in your deliberations during the course of this Session.