Special Assembly session will be convened if situation demands: Manipur CM

Correspondent IMPHAL, Nov 15 | Publish Date: 11/15/2019 11:15:01 AM IST

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Friday once again turned down the demand for convening special session of the Manipur Legislative Assembly.

The Coordinating Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI), spearheading people’s movement on Naga peace talks in the state, and  opposition political parties have been pressing the BJP-led government to pass a fresh resolution to protect Manipur’s territorial integrity and object any kind of agreement between Centre and Naga rebel groups hurting Manipur’s interest by convening special session of the state Assembly. 

“If need be arises, the special session of the Manipur Assembly will be convened,” said the chief minister who reiterated that his government had full trust in the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah with regard to the  assurance given for protection of state’s interests and territory. 

He said that the state government was not unwilling to convene a special Assembly session. 

Within the short tenure of the incumbent government, Assembly resolution on protecting state’s territorial integrity had taken place twice and similar resolutions on the same issue had been taken twelve times by earlier governments, he added. 

Singh conveyed this during a press briefing in connection with Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ Day held today at the Durbar Hall of Chief Minister’s Secretariat.

He said that the state government has gathered a rough report collected from various levels consisting of opinions and wishes of people and CSOs of the state with regarding to the burning issue. 

“The same has been shared to the Union home minister Amit Shah this morning,” he informed.

The chief minister stated that the state government would invite the representatives of COCOMI and other stakeholders for thorough discussion before consultations with the Centre on the issue.

The chief minister urged the people and different civil society organisations of the state to trust his government. 

He informed that the Union home minister had also earlier assured them that all stakeholders would be consulted before finalising the peace talks with the Nagas.

Replying to the query about disclosing the contents of the Indo-Naga peace talks, Singh said, “We had asked about the contents of the peace talks, however the Central leaders reiterated that the Indo-Naga deal wouldn’t affect the administrative structure of Manipur and not lead to formation of districts based on ethnic lines etc.”

Responding on the recent ban on financial transactions of the state government, the chief minister who is also holding the finance portfolio said that the ban was just a precautionary measure to overcome the excessive overdraft of the government account so that the Reserve Bank of India would not impose ban on financial transactions of the state. 

He maintained that the Centre’s share of around Rs 168 crores was credited to the state government’s account yesterday which was due to be credited on the first week of every month. 

He assured that the ban would be lifted soon.

During today’s combined Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ Day, the chief minister attended to around 1000 people. 

Many differently-abled persons, widows and people belonging to poor families were instantly enrolled under government’s schemes like Chief Minister-gi Hakshel-gi Tengbang (CMHT) and Chief Minister-gi Sotharabashing-gi Tengbang (CMST) etc. 

Many educated and skilled youths were also identified to provide soft loans from different banks.

Officials of state health department and JNIMS were present to attend to the people who sought medical assistance, reimbursement and health care in government medical hospitals.  

Other departments including Minority, Other Backward Classes and Scheduled Castes, Social Welfare, Education (S), Manipur State Co-operative Bank Ltd. and Manipur Police were also present to help resolve people’s grievances.

Around 1000 tree saplings were also distributed by the Forest Department to the people who turned up to highlight their grievances on joint Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ Day. 

The saplings included Champaka (Leihao), Jackfruit (Theibong), Indian Olive (Chorphon), Yellow Myrobalan (Manahi), Arjuna (Mayokpha), Indian Gooseberry (Heikru) and Tree Bean (Yongchak).

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