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Law & order slumped down: Jagat
Correspondent: IMPHAL, Mar 8:
Published on 9 Mar. 2011 1:13 AM IST
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Manipur Governor Gurbachan Jagat on Tuesday said that the law and order scenario in Manipur has slumped down from 2007 to 2010.
The number of civilians killed and injured has come down from 92 to 117 in 2007 to 20 and 53 respectively in 2010. The number of Police and SP killed has also come down from 41 to 5 in the corresponding period, the governor said at the opening day of the budget session.
On the other hand the number of extremists arrested rose from 1296 to 1397 and detentions under the NSA from 145 to 230, the governor said.
In his 55-minute-speech, the governor has called for support, cooperation and understanding of the legislature in dealing with the challenges and crisis in the state.
Development fronts
Highlighting some of the government’s achievement in various fields, the governor said, “yet my Government is aware that there are numerous challenges and constraints facing us”.
Asserting that government was committed to equitable and inclusive development with secular deals, he said that with this guiding value, the government has pursued equitable development for the people residing in both hills and valley areas.
“I would like to commend the state administration as a whole and the state police, the Army and the Assam Rifles, who worked tirelessly in tandem with government of India to keep control and restore peace through sustained co-ordination”, the governor said.
He complemented the people of the state for their demonstration of high degree of patience and understanding during the tumultuous period of prolonged blockade on the National Highway.
Pointing out that the blockade called by “certain vested elements” in 2010 had seized the state, causing acute suffering to the people and the 60-day long blockade created scarcity of essential commodities, the governor said that with the help of various state and central government agencies, the state government managed to maintain minimum required stock –even resorting to air lifting of commodities.
The budget session which would have 14 sittings will continue till March 24. The chief minister will present the state budget estimate 2011-12 on March 14.
The day’s session concluded after an obituary reference to the renowned writer MK Binodini Devi, who was also the former of the Manipur Electoral College, Keisham Apabi Devi, former member of the fifth Manipur Assembly from Oinam A/C.
Meanwhile, before the session commences K Sharat, newly elected member of the Assembly in the Konthoujam A/C was sworn by the Speaker of the Assembly, I Hemochandra.

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