Manipur CM inaugurates 30 projects in Tamenglong; convenes cabinet meeting

Correspondent IMPHAL, Jan 29 | Publish Date: 1/29/2021 1:26:56 PM IST
Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Friday inaugurated 30 developmental projects constructed in Tamenglong district and also laid foundation stones for nine other projects to be taken up at the district.
The chief minister who visited the district headquarters as a part of his government’s “Go to Hills” mission also convened a cabinet meeting there.
The chief minister inaugurated the phase-I of the water supply scheme at Hangoipat by water conservation taken up under Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources at a total estimated cost of Rs 59.68 crore. 
The project taken up under Jal Jeevan Mission has a target to provide connection to around 2,547 households. 
The chief minister laid the foundation stone of the project during his maiden visit to the district on November 15, 2017. 
The phase-II of the water supply scheme was being developed at Joulen in Gadai Range and it is likely to be inaugurated before the onset of monsoon.
The chief minister further inaugurated 29 other projects at a public function held at Tamenglong Mini-Secretariat. 
Addressing a function after inauguration of the projects implemented in the district, the chief minister reminded that the “Go to Hills” mission was announced in his maiden speech as a chief minister on March 15, 2017, the day on which a new government was formed in the state. 
The mission was introduced to bridge the gap between hill and valley regions and bring balanced development in the state, Singh claimed.
The chief minister said that the water supply scheme inaugurated today was constructed under Prime Minister’s Jal Jeevan Mission which aims to provide safe and adequate drinking water to every household in the country by 2024. 
He added that his government would try to inaugurate the water supply scheme at Joulen in Gadai Range by April this year after which every household in Tamenglong district would get access to safe drinking water. 
He further expressed thankfulness to the people of the district for their support and contributions in the government’s efforts to complete the projects.
He assured that the government would construct an Astroturf or natural grass football ground at district headquarters.
He stated that Tamenglong was no longer an underdeveloped district. 
“It is now being developed at par with other districts in different sectors including education sector, women markets and water supply schemes among others and many other projects have also been taken up under MOBC,” he said. 
He also stressed on the importance of HADP to bring equal development in hill and valley regions and the need for topographically based allocation of budget considering requirements of more capitals for projects taken up in hill areas as compared to that of valley areas. 
He lauded the officials of Tamenglong district administration for being practical and work oriented.
Earlier, the chief minister reviewed the status of different projects and schemes being implemented in the district through a PowerPoint presentation shown by Deputy Commissioner Armstrong Pame. 
The chief minister also released a video on Tamenglong tourism.
Later in the afternoon, the chief minister chaired a state cabinet meeting. 
With a view to give relief to power consumers and in consideration of availing infrastructure grant of Rs 40.68 crores from government of India, the cabinet approved for reduction in tariff for Loktak Downstream Hydroelectric Project from Rs 4.38 to Rs. 4.14 per unit.
The cabinet further also approved compassionate appointment of Laishram Biyapati Chanu wife of late N Binoy Meetei, ASI, NDRF who had recently died on duty at Dzuko forest fire. 
Proposal for relaxing eligibility for availing pension scheme membership from 45 to 65 years as a one-time measure under Manipur Working Journalists’ Pension (Amendment) Rules, 2014 was also approved.
The cabinet further considered and approved for introduction of various bills in the ensuing session of the Manipur Legislative Assembly covering areas such as public service delivery, industrial single window clearance system and taxation matters, amongst others. 
It also approved manpower strengthening for land records modernization in the revenue department.
It may be mentioned that today’s cabinet meeting was the second held in Tamenglong district under the state government’s “Go to Hills” mission.

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