CM warns striking doctors, vows SECC remedy

IMPHAL, 15th Dec: Chief minister N Biren has said that the State Government has requested the Centre to allow fresh enrolment of genuine families in the Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) database and discard all the wrongful entries/beneficiaries.
He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the combined Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ Day held on Saturday at the Durbar Hall of CM Secretariat.
Pointing out that the government is not able to ensure benefit to the genuine and deserving beneficiaries and needy people under welfare schemes taken up by the government because of errors in the database of SECC compiled in 2011, the chief minister conveyed that the State Government has started taking up necessary steps for Assembly Constituency-wise re-survey of genuine households to enrol them in SECC.
Biren affirmed that he would not spare the officials involved in the wrongdoing because about 37 per cent of the state's total population are still under Below Poverty Line (BPL) despite huge funds invested to uplift the needy people.
The chief minister also expressed that filing of PIL against holding ‘people’s day’ and ‘hill leaders’ day’, which are being organised to listen to the grievances of the people and to solve their problems is very unfortunate and is a sign of narrow-minded politics.
Biren further said, "There are many persons including myself who feel ashamed of disclosing that we are from Manipur. It is unheard of anywhere that some people went to the high court against the extension of benefits to needy people. Does it mean that these people do not want the state government to extend benefits and services to the people?"
When queried about the ongoing strike by senior residents of JNIMS, Biren said that the state government is always ready to fulfil any demand which is permissible under rules and regulations.
He, however, cautioned that the government might deal with the striking doctors under the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA.
Senior residents of JNIMS, a state government-run medical college in Manipur, have been protesting against recruitment rules. Some senior residents said that because of the defective rules other junior residents, who have even been former students of the senior doctors, may get appointed.
Though the resident doctors have been demanding justice, there has been no positive response.
The CM suggested that it will be better if the matter is settled over the negotiating table. "The services of the doctors come under the ESMA."
He added, "If the rule permits the doctors have their democratic right to agitate. If the rules do not permit there is nothing the government could do."
Biren further pointed out that medical service is one of the essential services and doctors are honoured by the people as their duty is for saving human lives.
He maintained that employees whose duty is to provide essential services should not resort to cease work strike as a form of agitation. The matter has been discussed between the government and JNIMS governing council in a number of meetings, he said and appealed to the agitating senior residents to withdraw their cease work strike.
The chief minister also revealed that the state government has made a Rs 260 crore proposal to the central government for opening fire service stations in districts, which are yet to have the stations.
During the joint Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ Day which was also attended by physically challenged persons, the chief minister attended to over 400 complaints and met around 1200 people personally.

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