CM urges PM ` 2805 cr package, AIIMS in Imphal

IMPHAL, 4th Jan: Chief minister N Biren has reportedly urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the latter’s Imphal visit to provide financial package of Rs 2805 crore and establish AIIMS in Imphal among other proposals.
An informed source said that chief minister N Biren took the opportunity of receiving Modi at Tulihal Airport as well as on their way from the airport to the rally venue at Hapta Kangjeibung on Friday to raise the proposal. It is learnt said that Modi gave positive response to the proposals.
The source further said that Biren also submitted a seven-point memorandum to the Prime Minister just after the public rally. The memorandum also include the financial package of Rs 2805 crore, which is the deficit amount of central tax devolution since the 14th Finance Commission while stating that the deficit has been a hurdle in taking up development initiatives in the state.
The memorandum is also said to have mentioned proposal for transferring the ownership of Old WW-II era airfield at Koirengei, which has been under the defence ministry. Expressing the importance of the area in the urbanisation process and other development initiatives of the state, the memorandum proposed to provide a 100 acre area in Kaingam village adjacent to Army cantonment at Leimakhong in place of the 67 acre area at Koirengei while adding that same proposal had already been forwarded to the ministry.
In the memorandum, the government also urged the Prime Minister to install additional facilities in the ICP Complex at Moreh, which the PM inaugurated on Friday, in order to improve trade and economy of the state.
Maintaining that the state lacks specialised medical treatment facility despite being the gateway to south-east Asia, the government also urged the PM to establish an All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Imphal and help in developing the state as a favourite destination of medical tourism.
The memorandum also include proposal for Guwahati-Silchar-Imphal fuel pipeline, which the government had already proposed to the finance and petroleum ministries, while urging the Prime Minister to expedite the process and sanction the project at the earliest possible. Mentioning about the Manipur Startup scheme, for which the government earmarked Rs 30 crore annual fund, for providing financial assistance to new startups, the memorandum also proposed central assistance of around Rs 100 crore to make the scheme successful and help the youths of the state in taking up new ventures in the field of entrepreneurship.Stressing the importance of improving relationship among ASEAN countries in terms of education, the memorandum also contained proposal for setting up an ASEAN University in the state.

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