�Flyovers on Govt agenda to ease traffic jam�
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, July 11: Chief Minister O Ibobi today informed the House that the Government is seriously considering the possibility of constructing a fly over each at the Keishampat Power House and at Shamu Makhong to ease the heavy traffic flow and the frequent traffic jam.

Participating in the discussion for passing the demands of three Departments, Commerce and Industries, Weights and Measures and General Economics Service and Planning, the Chief Minister said that the Centre has intimated to the State Government to submit a proposal for constructing the flyovers.

The Centre will bear all the expenses for building the flyovers, further informed the Chief Minister.

O Ibobi added that the North Eastern Council has agreed to bear the RIMS share of each State of the North East region.

Earlier each State of the region had to bear their share for the functioning of RIMS.

He further said the Centre has been approached to take over Manipur University.

Plans are also on to build a complex at the Thangmeiband firing range which will house the Assembly Secretariat, High Court, Civil Secretariat and quarters of Ministers and MLAs, the Chief Minister further said.

Talks have also started with the Assam Rifles authority to shift the firing range to another suitable place.

A project on setting up the complex will be prepared by the State Planning Department soon and the same will be submitted to the Centre, the Chief Minister continued.

The Chief Minister further informed the House that the Government is working on a plan to construct a Police Commando complex which will have school, market and other basic facilities.

This is to provide protection to the police commandos and their family members.

Ibobi said such a complex will go a long way in providing protection to the police commandos who are constantly under threat as they are involved in counter-insurgency operation.

As the Government is not in a position to provide employment avenues to the educated unemployed youths a high level team has been formed to chalk out ways of offering earning avenue to the educated unemployed youth of the State.

This will help the unemployed to earn their livelihood.

The Planning Department is also working on a number of schemes to rehabilitate the militants who have laid down arms, informed O Ibobi.

The demands for the three departments were passed after the Opposition withdrew the Disapproval of Policy Cut Economy Cut and Token Cut.

Civic polls: Election for Nagar Panchayats, Gram Panchayats, Municipal Councils and local bodies will be held on August 30, informed the Chief Minister during the Assembly session today.

Notification of the election will be issued on July 19.The August 30 election will not cover the Hill District Councils, the Chief Minister added.

Parijat comes to the rescue of Maniruddin: FCS Minister Parijat came to the rescue of MoS for Education Maniruddin Sheikh after the latter was caught off guard by a barrage of questions from DPA Legislature Wing leader M Nilachandra in connection with a JNV School at Imphal East.

Moving a call attention motion the DPA leader said that students who have got admission in the first JNV School set up in Imphal East now face the grim prospect of losing precious academic years as the school do not have adequate infrastructure and asked the Minister to give a statement on the condition of the school.

Caught unwary the Minister mumbled that the Government has received representations from the school authority seeking an aid of Rs 2 lakhs for installing infrastructure.

The Minister admitted that he does not know whether land has been allotted to the school or not.

He also said that he does not know other matter concerning the school.

This prompted the FCS Minister P Parijat who is from Lamlai AC in Imphal East to join in the discussion.

Parijat assured the House that a date for inaugurating the school has been fixed and added that students who have passed the entrance examination and got admission there will not face any academic hazards.

Parijat further said that the Centre had only asked the State Government to provide 25 acres of land for the school.

The burden of setting up the school will be borne by the Centre not the State Government.

The Revenue Department has agreed to allot 25 acres of land for the school, continued Parijat.

At the moment the school is being run at Yaralpat at a physical training centre on rent.

The Education Department is also considering sanctioning the needed amount of Rs 2 lakhs for the school to set up its basic infrastructure.