Manipur Appropriation Bill, five demands passed

IMPHAL, 22nd July: Along with passing The Manipur Appropriation Bill (No.3) 2017, members of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly on Saturday approved Rs 502,85,21,000 for five demands relating to state legislature, council of ministers, secretariat, municipal administration housing & urban development (MAHUD), and election. The Manipur Appropriation (No.3) Bill 2017 was placed on the floor of the House for discussion by deputy chief minister and finance in-charge Yumnam Joykumar on Friday.

Responding to cut motions raised by opposition members, MAHUD minister Th Shyamkumar informed that relevant process has been completed to raise the monthly honorarium of ward development committee (WDC) members to Rs 3000 from the earlier ceiling of Rs 1500 with effect from January this year.

On account of MLAs undertaking various development works in their respective assembly constituencies there is strong need for close coordination between an MLA and WDC members for efficient and expeditious execution of projects though there is no provision in the Imphal Municipal Council Act for MLAs and WDC members to work in tandem, the minister said.

Mentioning that drain cleansing activities are underway around the capital city, with specific emphasis on the market places in addition to hectic work to complete the repairing of the earthquake hit Ima keithel (market) building, minister Shyamkumar also disclosed that relevant process has been initiated to probe and penalise though found guilty of withdrawing bill sans execution of work in IMC Ward Number 3 (Thangmeiband).

He further informed that the solid waste management plant at Lamdeng will be formally inaugurated once the power generation component of the project is completed. The cut motions were put up by Ak Mirabai Devi, Kh Joykisan, Okram Henry, RK Imo, K Meghachandra and Abdul Nasir.

Raising the motion on MAHUD, Mirabai sought clarification for what reason Rs 18 crore sanctioned by the previous government to renovate the damaged Ima market building had lapsed. Further stating that Rs 7 crore was already utilised in repairing the said structure, she also opined that the lapsed amount could have been used in other sectors had the new government initiated necessary process in time.

The policy cut motion was moved on issues related to inability to increase honorarium of the WDC members, failure to check work executed by IMC WDCs and misuse of fund, failure to run IMC as corporation, inability to implement PMAY Scheme, absence of proper policy to control flash floods in municipal areas, absence of proper policy for functioning of IMC and for development of municipal areas.

In his presentation, MLA Th Lokeshwar Singh said that vehicles carrying raw materials for constructions are polluting the city and that the waste materials should be collected on time by the authority concerned. He also appealed for reviving the Nambol water supply scheme (Khoriphaba) and sought status report of repairing of Nambol Bazar, which was also damaged by the January 4, 2016 earthquake.

On the other-hand MLA P Sharatchandra Singh said strengthening of local urban bodies is essential to ease the high population density in urban areas. Replying to Joykisan’s posers over low ranking of Imphal in the list of smart cities, minister Shyamkumar explained that departments concerned were unable to send the necessary documents in January, due to election code of conduct. He said, 90 per cent of the works have been streamlined and continuous cleaning is taken up in the core areas of Imphal city after he took over the charge as MAHUD Minister.

The minister expressed hope that Imphal city would become the top city in terms of cleanliness in the coming years. Regarding the Imphal Smart City Mission, Shyamkumar said, Imphal Smart City Limited (ISCL) was incorporated on November 25, 2016 followed by Rs 109 crore released by the Centre and sum of Rs 17 crore earmarked as state’s matching share.

Informing that beneficiaries for PMAY were selected based on Socio-Economic Caste Census, he said 1330 beneficiaries were selected from Nambol AC. He, however, clarified that the scheme is yet to gain momentum as most of the land deeds (patta) are not in the name of women/housewives as is mandatory to avail the scheme benefits. On the other-hand, deputy chief minister Y Joykumar raised a motion for discussion on appointment of seven members each of the state assembly’s committee on public accounts, committee on estimates and committee on public undertakings. He proposed that the motion be deliberated upon on July 26.

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