Manipur Budget session begins, governor highlights govt. achievements
Imphal, Feb. 14 (EMN): The Budget session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly begun on Friday with the address by the Governor Najma Heptulla.
Addressing the House, the governor pointed out the achievements of the state government in improving the security scenario of the state.
She said over 644 cadres of various insurgent groups have joined the mainstream.
The surrendered cadres of various outfits have received rehabilitation and economic package under the state government initiatives, she said.
Out of 644 cadres who have joined the mainstream, 574 have left the rehabilitation camps after completing three years of the term, she informed.
Highlighting various developments programs of the state government under different agencies, she said the government is committed to development through peace and is open for talks with all insurgent groups.
Informing that women police stations have been opened in all the districts and made functional, she said the government decided to open two fast track special courts for trial of protection of children from sexual offences cases and rape cases in timebound manner.
She also said that the proposal to open crèche and nursery school for the children of the women inmates is under consideration.
In the financial sector, she said that the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) at current prices for 2019-20 is estimated INR 30,131 crore, which is a growth of 16% over 2018-19 and GSDP growth for next financial year is expected at 11% at current prices.
Under the National Food Security Act, 24,31,448 beneficiaries have been registered and fully digitised in the public portal, she said.
In Education, various initiatives such as ‘No School Bag Day’ on every Saturday and promoted extra-curricular activities for children of class 1 to 8, one model school each in all 60 assembly constituencies under ‘School fagat-hansi’ mission are in progress, she informed.
The overall pass percentage of class 10 students has reached 74.69% since the attainment of statehood in 1972.
For improving the water supply, ‘Integrated Water Supply for Imphal Planning Area’ is taken up at cost of INR 1256 crore and this will be implemented in phases, she said.
Under Phase-II, the pipeline network is replaced under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation scheme at cost of INR 176 crore. Prepaid water meters will be installed by March 2020, she informed.
In Healthcare, Manipur got the first rank in Good Governance Index in Public Health among the Northeast and Hill states.
Under CMHT, a health scheme, the government has been providing free hospitalisation up to INR 2 lakh per family per year.
So far, she said 6.8 lakh beneficiaries have been enrolled under the scheme and 22,684 beneficiaries have been provided with free hospitalization worth about INR 30 crore.
Later, MLA P Saratchandra moved the motion of thanks to the governor’s address which was seconded by MLA Awangbow Newmai.