STAFF REPORTER/DIPR IMPHAL, 7th Mar: Chief Minister N Biren Wednesday announced that an education scheme for the children of financially weak families of the state will be launched by March 15. Under the new scheme, the government will bear all the expenses on books, admission fees and uniform for poor students reading in Class IX and X.
He was speaking as chief guest at the inauguration of a Primary Health Centre (PHC) with staff quarters and a Rural Market Shed at Tumukhong Moirangpurel in Imphal East district under Andro AC.
The two projects were inaugurated as part of the ‘Inauguration Fortnight’ being held in connection with the first anniversary celebration of the BJP-led government in Manipur.
Noting that many students drop out of school before completion of class 10 due to poverty, the CM said that the objective of the new scheme is to help children of financially unsound families to complete matriculation. He said that since the minimum qualification of government employment in the state is Class X passed, the government has decided to help the poor students to complete matriculation.
Acknowledging the hardships faced by sand quarry workers of Tumukhong, Itham, Moirangpurel and nearby villages due to construction of Thoubal Dam, Biren said that the government is considering to rehabilitate them.
In this regard, he asked the DC Imphal East to prepare a list of such workers in these villages in consultation with local MLA so that they might be provided support to start an alternative livelihood in the form of soft loans through Self Help Groups or other schemes.
Biren further informed the gathering that Rs 7 crore had already been sanctioned to construct Itham Moirangpurel bridge for which construction works would begin soon.
He also assured that he would put in all possible efforts to upgrade Moirangpurel Government High School to a higher secondary school after assessing feasibilities. He assured that necessary staff and doctors would be deputed to the newly inaugurated PHC as soon as possible.
The CM further informed that Rs 6 crore had already been earmarked in the state budget to revamp the road from Napet Palli to Thoubal Dam site. Adequate funds would be included in the next budget for double-lanning of the road, he added.
Considering poor mobile network in the area, Biren said that he would talk with the top officials of BSNL for introducing 3G network in the area.
Speaking on the occasion, Andro MLA and MAHUD minister Th Shyamkumar informed that the newly inaugurated PHC is a long-standing demand of the people of nearby villages, which fall under Saikul, Phungyar and Andro ACs. It was upgraded to PHC from PHSC in November 2015, he recalled and added that union ministry of minority affairs approved funds for construction of a new building in December 2015.
Informing that a water supply scheme is being constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 6 crore with funds from North Eastern Council (NEC) at a site located between Moirangpurel and Tumukhong, Shyamkumar said that the scheme would be commissioned within this year.
Deputy speaker K Robindro, Thanga MLA and PDA chairman T Robindro, MLAs O Lukhoi, Y Surchandra, P Brojen, L Rameshwor, H Dingo, Th Satyabrata, N Indrajit, additional chief secretary (Home) Dr J Suresh Babu and DC Imphal East DC Th Chitra also attended the function.
The PHC along with staff quarters was constructed by District Rural Development Agency (DRDA), Imphal East, department of minorities and other backward classes (MOBC) under Multi Sectoral Development Programme (MSDP).
The rural market shed was constructed by the state horticulture and soil conservation department under Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH).