CM announces ` 112 cr Lilong spruce-up package

IMPHAL, 28th Dec: Apart from inaugurating some projects and laying foundation stones for many others at Lilong in Thoubal district, chief minister N Biren announced development/welfare package worth Rs 112 crore for Lilong area alone.
The chief minister laid the foundation stone for Meitei Pangal Ima market shed, which is to be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 433.90 lakh and then inaugurated Primary Health Centre at Lilong Bazar. Later at Lilong Haoreibi college ground, he also opened skill development training for ITI, Lilong and also inaugurated a 100-bedded hostel each for boys and girls. He also laid the foundation stones for Atoukhong Mini Dam, 100-bedded hostel at Residential School, Lilong and upgrade of Residential School, Lilong.
Addressing a huge gathering at Lilong Haoreibi college ground, N Biren declared that inauguration and foundation stone laying of different projects at Lilong was the beginning of various other developmental works to be executed in other Meitei Pangal dominated areas of the state.
Stating that the present government never works on the basis of community or religion, the chief minister declared that all those involved in the alleged custodial death of Md Abdul Gaffar would not be spared under the law of the land no matter they belong to Manipur police department or Assam Rifles.
Regarding the development/welfare package worth Rs 112 crore for Lilong area, the chief minister said fund for schemes/projects had already been sanctioned and 2203 houses would be constructed under PMAY in Lilong area. He also said that health cards under Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (Ayushman Bharat) will be issued to 465 families of Lilong and declared that Primary Health Centre, Lilong would be upgraded to the status of Sub-Divisional Health Centre soon.
The chief minister also declared that the ‘Go to Village’ mission of the government would be completed within January 2019 and the same mission will concentrate on education sector.
Regarding complaints from some sections of Muslim population over alleged deduction of quota in the declaration of results for Manipur Police Constable (Male 2013 batch), the chief minister said that Muslim candidates were never discriminated in the said recruitment process. He clarified that the total vacant seat of the said recruitment examination should be counted as 1526 only and not 2000 because 474 seats were deducted to fill up backlog vacancies of ST candidates. As such, 4 per cent of 1526 is 61 seats for Meitei Pangal, he clarified. CAF and PD minister Karam Shyam, who also attended the function, said that the BJP-led government has a firm commitment to bring equal development in all parts of the state. He said that there would be no differentiation between opposition and ruling MLAs in development works and questioned reason behind absence of local MLA at the function.
He also urged the people of Lilong AC to take leading role in bringing development and maintaining unity and integrity of the state.
The function was also attended by works minister Th Biswajit, health minister L Jayantakumar, education minister Th Radheshyam, State Planning Board chairman S Rajen, MIDA vice-chairman Oinam Lukhoi, MANIDCO chairman Dr Radheshyam Yumnam, Thoubal Zilla Parishad Adhyaksha Hasina Begum and various local leaders and social workers.

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