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Opposition walk out in protest as Manipur Assembly begins

Correspondent IMPHAL, Jul 20 | Publish Date: 7/21/2018 12:23:27 AM IST
 Opposition Congress walked out in protest on the first day of the monsoon session of Manipur Legislative Assembly stating that the session with only two sittings was not enough to discuss the impending issues. 
Three government bills – The Manipur People Bill 2018, The Manipur Liquor Prohibition (Second Amendment) Bills 2018 and The Manipur International University Bill 2018 were introduced on the first day of the session.
As the Speaker refused to entertain their proposal saying the sittings were already allocated and members can share their views on the issues in the next sitting, opposition members walked out of the house.
Earlier, before taking up business of the day, the house took up obituary reference where the members paid tribute to four former members of the house as well as nine persons who lost their lives in the massive landslides triggered by torrential rains in Tamenglong district on July 10. The members also observed two-minute silence as a mark of respect to the departed souls.
The departed souls were former chief minister RK Dorendra, former members of the house -Nongmeikapam Komnon Singh, Soso Lorho and Dr Wakambam Thoiba Singh.
Expressing grief over the lost of nine precious lives in massive landslides in Tamenglong district, leader of the house chief minister N Biren Singh informed that ex-gratia have already been paid to the families of the victims.
He further informed that two cabinet minister had visited the landslide hit areas.
The obituary reference was followed by introduction of government bills, The Manipur People Bill 2018 was introduced by chief minister N Biren Singh while The Manipur Liquor Prohibition (Second Amendment) Bill 2018 by deputy chief minister Y Joykumar. Education minister Th Radheshyam introduced The Manipur International University Bill 2018.
While introducing the Manipur People Bill 2018, the chief minister urged the house to refer it to the Hill Areas Committee of the state Assembly which the Speaker immediately agreed.
The Speaker asked the committee to submit its report by July 23 (Monday) so that the house can discuss and pass if possible.
After the introduction of the bills, the chief minister gave his statement on issues of border pillars and Manipur University crisis.
Reiterating his government’s commitment to protect the interest of the state, the chief minister said that the government has taken up the alleged re-location of border pillar no.81 of the Indo-Myanmar border with the pertinent authorities of the Central government.
On the issue demanding removal of vice-chancellor Prof AP Pandey, the chief minister said that appointment and removal of the VC of the university was beyond the purview of the state government.
However, considering importance of academic careers of the students, a government delegation led by him rushed to New Delhi and directly apprised the Union Human Resource Development minister.  
He informed the house that an enquiry committee headed by retired acting chief justice T Nandakumar Singh of Meghalaya High Court has been constituted to enquire into the allegations leveled against Prof AP Pandey.
“The committee will enquire and submit a report to the ministry (Union HRD ministry). If found guilty, Pandey has to be sacked definitely,” he said.

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