New facilities, sops galore as CM Biren visits Chandel

STAFF REPORTER/DIPR IMPHAL, 4th Nov: In his first ever visit to Chandel district as the chief minister of Manipur on Saturday, Nongthombam Biren went on an inauguration spree at the district headquarters along with assuring more developmental schemes.

In continuation of the new government’s policy of holding cabinet meetings in the hill district headquarters, the CM also presided over a meeting with his council of ministers at DRDA hall.

Prior to the cabinet session, N Biren, cabinet ministers of the BJP-led government and ruling party MLAs were accorded warm welcome by Maha Area Chiefs’ Association (MACA) at Maha Union Government higher secondary school ground where cultural dances were presented by the district’s cultural troupes while memorandums were submitted by village chiefs.

In his address to the gathering, the chief minister announced that the new government does not belief in political rhetoric but to focus on development politics and deliver justice to the people who brought change in the governance.

While development works executed within six months of the government’s existence were already made public the recent announcement of fresh initiatives to accelerate socio-economic development in the state clearly testify that the government is committed to take along all the communities towards the path of development, he said.

Assuring that top priority will be accorded to mitigate hardships of the economically underprivileged section of the society such as persons living with disabilities and widows, the CM conveyed that welfare schemes for widows and differently abled persons would be launched on the occasion of International Day of the Disabled, on December 3.

Under the said schemes, bedridden persons with physical deformities would be provided monthly assistance of Rs 1500 each at their doorsteps while those capable of making their ends meet would be extended soft loans through the banks, Biren said.

Other sops announced for persons with disabilities include provision of scholarships and fare-less travel in passenger carriers of Manipur State Transport vehicles.

The CM assured to complete construction of a women’s market of the district headquarters and launch Imphal-chandel bus service under the revived MST by January 1, 2018 as New Year’s gift along with announcing sanction of Rs 2 crore for the construction of a Town Hall at Panchai.

Mentioning that management of rainwater is needed to resolve the problem of water scarcity, the CM said that the government would take up rain water harvesting schemes in all the hill districts to resolve the water scarcity issues. The government has sanctioned Rs 4 crore for Chandel district for the said project and PHED would be co-ordinating with other departments to execute the work.

Expressing concern over the drinking water supply in the district, Biren pledged immediate steps and sanctioning of Rs 80 lakh for re-commissioning of the water supply scheme at the district headquarters, which is currently non-functional after damage caused by flood.

Under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) a total length of 171 km of roads would be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 60 crore in the district while under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), 779 houses would be constructed in the district, he assured. The Chief Minister also said that necessary steps would be taken up to develop the sacred site of Ibudhou Wangbren at Anal Khullen.

Highlighting that people would get better healthcare services with the inauguration of the District Hospital, the Chief Minister said that an ambulance would be provided to the hospital as a New Year’s gift to the people of Chandel soon.

The Government would construct transit quarters for Government employees in all the hill districts including Chandel at the earliest, N Biren said.

Mentioning about the memoranda submitted by various CSOs, clubs and other organisations, he promised that his office would scan through all the points mentioned in the memoranda and take up necessary action.

Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Chief Minister Y Joykumar explained that the real meaning of ‘Go to the Hills’ slogan is not to occupy the land of the hill people but to work collectively for the welfare of the people of the hills and to bring emotional integration among the people of both hills and valley of the state. He appealed to all people of the state to share their feelings and exchange thoughts for bringing development and prosperity.

According to works minister Th Biswajit, the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to ensure that each and every household of the country get electricity by 2019.

However, the new BJP-led government in the state has decided to achieve this target by December, 2018, he maintained.

Biswajit further stated that despite financial constraints, the government is trying to address public grievances. A bridge would be constructed over Chakpi River to connect United College, Lambung and ADC Office Complex, Monsang Pantha as per wish of Chandel public, he assured.

Regarding connectivity, Th Biswajit said that people would get to see tangible changes in terms of road connectivity in the state by February/March, 2018.

Mentioning that Chandel is one of the most backward districts in terms of development, minister for YAS and Water Resources Letpao Haokip urged the Chief Minister and other Ministers to give priority to bring progress and development in Chandel district.

Earlier in the day, large number of people comprising men, women, children and students gathered on the road sides to welcome the chief minister and his cabinet colleagues since morning holding placards that read ‘Welcome Hon’ble CM N Biren Singh’ and ‘Long Live N Biren’.

The ministerial team was also felicitated at different places including Thamlakhuren, Damjol, Leishokching, Liwachangning, Purumchumbang, Ziontlang, Chandonpokpi and P Raalrinekhu villages. Giant gates were erected to greet them at various points.

Among others, the Chief Minister inaugurated Liwachangning Girls’ Hostel at Komlathabi, a 50 bedded District Hospital at Chandel Christian, ADC Office Complex at Monsang Pantha, Science Laboratory at United College, Lambung and Maha Union Girls’ Hostel. The Chief Minister also laid the foundation stones for Women Market near SDO office and Town Hall at Panchai.

Booklets on ‘Chief Ministergi Shotharabasingi Tengbang (CMST)’, ‘Hakshelgi Tengbang’ (Manipur Health Protection Scheme) and ‘Highlights of Achievements During 100 Days and Projects and Activities for Completion in 2017-18’ were released at the function.

Mention may be made that the 50-bedded District Hospital at Chandel Christian was constructed by PDA under NLCPR. The Town Hall, Panchai would be constructed under Planning Department. The Science Laboratory at United College was constructed under NEC and the Women’s market of the district would be constructed by Manipur Police Housing Corporation.

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