Notice served to High Court Judges
Source: Manipur Mail

Imphal, March 12: The second day of the Assembly Session was marked with heated debates on the issues of Privilege of the House, integrity debate, Meitei Mayek, Home Guard and PMGSY scheme.

The Speaker informed the House that notices had been served to Justice N Surjamani and Justice BB Deb regarding contempt case of the House on Dec 26, 2002 and the Registrar forwarded the notices to the respective Judges on 17 January 2003.The Opposition members expressed unhappiness over the delay in sending the notices and questioned the functioning of the Privilege Committee.

RK Dorendra raised a discussion on territorial integrity of Manipur.

Participating in the debate Dr Nimaichand, O Joy, L Ibomcha, Hemochahdra, S Ibohal and other members stressed the need of emotional integration and strengthening ties between all sections of the people.

Nimaichand urged all the NGOs to do their duty and he said the 60 MLAs should take the onus of protecting the territorial integrity to the state.

We should not trouble the people again.

Students should be enabled to study freely and peacefully he said.

The Chief Minister said it will be the endeavour of his government to attempt to electrify all the border areas and provide basic amenities and work ensure availability of health and education facilities in the far flung areas so that those living in the hill-areas do not feel that they are neglected.

We are the children of the same parents he added.

He said large numbers of teachers are now posted in schools where there are no students.

He cited the example of the school of Majorkhul where there is not even a single student.

Most of the teachers in the city areas are the family members of politicians and bureacrats he said.

The Chief Minister replying to the call attention motion on home guard raised by Nimaichand Luwang said the CO Ngairappam is kept under suspension.

It was found during investigation by the Addl DG Y Joykumar that there was serious flaw in the management of Home Guards.

Nimaichand said the Home Guards are used as personal properties of the officers and forced to do works at their homes.

Some Home Guards do not do any duty yet draw half the pay whereas half is drawn by the officer Nimaichand said.

They are appointed and released at ease without much proper process he said.

On the issue of Meitei Mayek controversy the Chief Minister said the matter needs to be re-examined.

Everything was done in good faith he said.

MAHUD minister L Nandakumar said he did not know there was a controversy over the Meitei Mayek.

He had simply consulted the authority of Manipuri history and literature Padmashri N Khelchandra over the issue he said.

O Joy expressed unhappiness over the inability of the government to protect the foundation stone laid for construction of the over-bridge.

Joy said the government should use the approved script and he said Tikendrajit himself used the script proposed by 36 script supporters.