Manipur CM reviews development works in Ukhrul

Manipur CM reviews development works in Ukhrul
Manipur CM N Biren Singh during his visit in Ukhrul district on Tuesday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Jun 4 | Publish Date: 6/4/2019 12:22:31 PM IST

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh who paid a visit to Ukhrul district headquarters along with his cabinet ministers reviewed the developmental works being implementing in Ukhrul and Kamjong (bifurcated from Ukhrul district) districts on Tuesday.

The chief minister also chaired a cabinet meeting convened at the district headquarters at the concluding part of his visit. 

Not all cabinet ministers attended the first cabinet meeting held in Ukhrul district headquarters after the BJP-led coalition government came to power in the state.

It was the seventh such meeting held outside the state capital after Churachandpur, Chandel, Tamenglong, Senapati, Jiribam and Kangpokpi.

At least six cabinet ministers neither accompanied the chief minister in nor attended the cabinet meeting, sources said.

The cabinet took up around 30 different agendas for discussion and approval, official source added. 

Among others, the cabinet has given its official nod to implementation of ‘School Phagathansi (Lets improve schools)’ mission in the state. 

The mission was introduced with an ambitious objective to give renewed thrust towards improvement of government schools both in terms of physical and manpower infrastructure. 

One government school each in all the 60 Assembly constituencies will be developed as model schools in the first phase under the mission. All these schools would be run and developed in a uniform pattern.

Talking to media after the cabinet meeting, state education minister Th Radheshyam who is also a government spokesperson informed media person that that the cabinet  has also approved creation of different posts for Manipur Lok Ayukta and Manipur Human Rights Commission to ensure smooth running of the two constitutional bodies.

He said that the cabinet gave its approval to enhance retirement age of home guards personnel from 59 years to 60 years and also extension of service of the state VDF personnel for one more year.

The spokesperson further informed the media that the cabinet also decided to hike the amount mentioned in the Manipur Victim Compensation Scheme, 2019 from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 5 lakh. 

Stating that providing safe drinking water to every household of the state within a stipulated period is an objective of the current government, the cabinet also decided to recruit required manpower in order to achieve this target.

Maintaining that serve, connect and sacrifice is the motto of the current government, Radheshyam said cabinet meetings were being conducted in hill district headquarters.

Before the cabinet meeting, the chief minister along with cabinet ministers held a discussion with village authorities regarding this year’s Shirui Lily Festival. 

They further held a meeting with community leaders, CSOs, ADC council members, leading personalities of the district.

During the meeting with members of CSOs, members of Information Centre for Hill Areas Manipur (ICHAM) submitted a memorandum drawing attention of the chief minister regarding the water scarcity being facing by the people of Ukhrul town.

ICHAM claimed that more than 80% of the masses in the town do not have any water supply available to them. 

The CSO further demanded a cabinet berth to one of the MLAs from Ukhrul district asserting that for a long time despite many changes in the power of the government, the district has not been given a seat to the cabinet of Manipur.

Owing to this, “we have lost their voice regarding any issues faced and also hampering our development owing to this factor,” ICHAM stated in the memorandum.

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