Imphal, Feb 21: Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today said that the State Government is committed to uplift all the backward districts to bring inclusive development in the State.
He made the statement while taking part in the discussion on the Motion of Thanks on Governor’s Address on the second day of the 7th Session (Budget Session) of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly.
N. Biren Singh observed that the Governor’s address presented on the first day of the ongoing Assembly session not only extensively mentioned the developmental works accomplished by the present Government but also put light on future plans and visions.
Being a State having hill and valley areas, the present Government felt the need for a topographical need based budget to bring inclusive development. The State Government proposed the same to the Central Government soon after it came to power, he said. As a result, the Central Government introduced Hill Area Development Fund (HADF) for States like Manipur, the Chief Minister informed.
The Central Government selected 90 backward districts including Tamenglong/Noney district to provide extra funds for development under HADF. Tamenglong/Noney district will receive Rs. 90 crore additional fund for taking up various developmental works under the fund. Newly created districts of the State could not be included in the list as selection of districts under HADF was done based on the India Infrastructure Index, 2009, he added.
Informing that HADF is a continuous system, the Chief Minister assured the House that the State Government would recommend other backward districts of the State as well for inclusion in the list of beneficiaries of the fund.
Stating that the ongoing helicopter service is on the trial run, he informed that e-tendering process for a full-fledged helicopter service is in the final stages. Shri N. Biren Singh further said that the State Government would put in all possible effort to cover almost all the interior districts of the State by the helicopter service.
The Chief Minister added that development of sports infrastructure is being taken up in different areas of the State under Khelo India scheme. The Government has also plans to install outdoor gyms in different areas, he added.
The House also passed a total of Rs. 23,900,451,000 as Supplementary Grants (2018-19), Rs. 1,55,000 for Excess Grants (2014-15) and Rs. 510,658,000 as Excess Grants( 2015-16).
Finance Minister ,Y Joykumar Singh informed the house that the GST Revenue projection for next year is Rs.754.78 crore. He was replying to a starred question raised by Surjakumar Okram, Joykumar pegged the total GST revenue collected from July 2017 to January 2019 at Rs.857.89 crore.
Forest and Environment Minister Th.Shyamkumar said sites for sand mining and stone quart along the Thoubal River are Kekru, Heitroipokpi, Ingourok, Heirok Chingjin, Chandrakhong, Inganglok, Khoirom, Changamdabi, Leirongthel, Moirangpurel, Itham and Tumukhong.
Replying to a starred question regarding details of tender for allocation of the sites/locations for sand mining and stone quarry along the river, Shyamkumar said that no lease has been granted at present.
He continued that steps taken up to check/stop illegal mining along the river are patrolling of quarry sites, prosecution of offenders, imposing penalty under Manipur Forest Rules, 1971 and Indian Forest Act, 1927, involvement of volunteers for overall protection, seeking assistance of district administration, obtaining environmental clearance for declaration of sand/stone quarry for working legally.
Deputy Chief Minister Shri Y Joykumar Singh (in-charge Finance) introduced The Manipur Appropriation (No.1) Bill, 2019, The Manipur Appropriation (No.3) Bill, 2019, The Manipur Appropriation (No.4) Bill, 2019 and The Manipur Appropriation (No.5) Bill, 2019. (UNI)