Assembly Session concludes; Cabinet memo manipulated
Source: Manipur Mail

Imphal, March 17: The weeklong Assembly session concluded today.

The Appropriation Bills and Vote on Accounts were passed.

The government will be in a position to use the money for the next four months as the approval has been given by the House.

Today Ningthoujam Biren raised a privilege motion in the House.

He said he was not allowed to enter the Assembly complex by the security personnel even though he identified himself as an MLA.

The matter has been referred to the Privilege Committee.

During the calling attention motion I Hemochandra revealed that there are serious internal problems and financial mismanagement in the Remote Sensing Application Centre.

Even the Cabinet decision regarding the formation of the Centre was changed by some officials Hemochandra charged.

S Natum Minister Science and Technology said the centre is quite useful and it is supposed to be self reliant however the government has allotted some money so that the centre may survive.

Replying to the members who spoke today the Chief Minister said the government is looking for a new Chairman of the Manipur Human Rights Commission and the Commission will be strengthened he assured.

The foundation stone for the Loktak downstream project will be done on April 7 he revealed and the Tipaimukh dam will be taken up.

About 1500 people will be employed mostly in Cadre C and D from the state he said and out of the 1500 MW power to be produced Manipur will get about 10 percent.

The Manipur Bhawan at Sardar Patel Marg,New Delhi is now under renovation and the newly constructed Bir Tikendrajit Bhawan at Chanakyapuri is having some problem as quality control was not checked.

The Shillong Bhawan will also be protected he said.

For Loktak lake Rs 15 lakhs has been alloted to prepare project report and the central government will implement the project whatever be the cost to protect Loktak he said.

During the next three years about Rs 3 crores will be used to remove the hyacinth.

The 11th Finance Commission did not give even a single rupee as the Rs 30 crore meant for Loktak development in the 10th plan was misused he revealed.

The transfer policy of teachers will be done properly he assured.

There are some graduate teachers at the Education (S) Directorate but they are legal experts he said whose services are required at the head office.

He had given instructions to appoint a full time Secretary if the Board of Secondary Education as per rules he said.

Participating in the lively discussion today O Joy said the MHRC should be strengthened.

The public distribution system has failed he said.

There is utter confusion in the selection of Anganwadi centres he said.

What are the criteria for selection, he questioned.

BD Behring said the Secretariat is not properly managed and even the Secretariat has become quite dirty.

He said he wants the government to divert the fund for urban development in the hill areas.

The Chief Minister said a huge sum has been earmarked for water supply projects and the government is planning to take up steps to make the hill areas come under urban development.

The Chief Minister said he has asked the MAHUD minister to find a place where those who come from the hill areas for commercial purposed may put their materials.

Even Tombisana HS may be demolished for construction of the market place he said.

S Chandro said the water supply schemes are not properly taken up and large numbers of staff are posted at defunct water supply centres he said.

Even when there is water the staffs do not supply water regularly he said.

Dr Nimaichand Luwang said during the last few years there is a trend of RBI ban culture which has led to improper planning and taking up of projects in the state thus affecting the whole developmental projects taken up.

He said the entire money of collection of registration fee and other fees to the tune of about Rs 21 lakhs were diverted by some officials and when the matter was taken up by the PAC two grade IV officials were suspended.

He said the Social Welfare minister has made a mockery of the MLAs by giving contradictory orders undermining the role of the representatives.

N Biren said water tanks were supplied at Rs 6790 when the market rate was just Rs 2240.He demanded an enquiry into the matter.

I Hemochandra expressed unhappiness for the failure of the officials to attend the session.