State proposes 7th CPC, 25 projects to 15th FC

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 30th Nov: Manipur government submitted a memorandum enumerating proposals for extension of 7th central pay commission provisions to its employees as well as taking up 25 other developmental projects to the 15th Finance Commission.
Meanwhile, chairman of 15th Finance Commission NK Singh has expressed that he believes economy of the state is likely to improve in the next five years.
The government representatives including ministers, MLAs and government officials led by chief minister N Biren had a meeting with the Commission team from 9 am Friday.
Addressing a press conference after the meeting, NK Singh said that starting from Thursday, the commission discussed issues related to development of various sectors of the state with all the stake holders including political parties, urban and rural local bodies, trade and business fraternity, etc.
He informed that the commission is putting main emphasis on developing human resources and social infrastructure of the state while observing that if medical, engineering and paramedical institutions were set up in Manipur, the state would be able to ensure the resources required by people all over the world and will create job opportunities for the youth.
NK Singh, who pointed out that power and financial devolution have not been provided to ADCs and Zilla Parishads, assured to work out a solution for the same. The commission also planned to reduce the fiscal deficit faced by the state for a long time within a definite time, he assured.
The chairman continued that the memorandum submitted by the government which includes 25 proposals stressed on developing infrastructure to reduce regional imbalance, to develop social infrastructure and employment of youths by putting main emphasis on education.
Stating that Manipur government has also given importance on promotion of Act East Policy to develop the economy of the state, skill development of youths, doubling the income of the farmers, etc, NK Singh expressed belief that the government will start utilising potentials of the youths in order to improve economy of the state in the next five years so as to reduce poverty. When asked if the proposals submitted to the 15th Finance Commission are lesser than the proposals submitted to the previous commission, the chairman pointed out that the demands have been increased by 50 per cent. Opining that various steps need to be taken up to reduce fiscal deficit faced by the state for a long time, NK Singh informed that a committee has been instituted by Manipur government to provide provisions of 7th central pay commission to its employees. However, things need to be worked out only after the state attained financial stability, he added. He also observed that GDP, human capital have to be improved to improve economy of the state and potentials of solar and wind energy in Manipur need to be harnessed. The 15th Finance Commission team left Imphal for Delhi on Friday afternoon.


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