STAFF REPORTER/DIPR IMPHAL, 10th Jan:
Along with informing that the state government is focusing on eight different sectors including skill development of youths considering the unemployment problems in Manipur, chief minister N Biren has said that he has been able to identify the actual grievances of the masses and understand their wishes through his constant interactions with different sections of the public on Hill Leaders’ Day and Meeyamgi Numit.
The chief minister was speaking to media persons on the sidelines of the first Hill Leaders’ Day of this year at the Durbar Hall of CM Secretariat on Wednesday.
Biren stated that Hill Leaders’ Day and Meeyamgi Numit have helped the government in resolving the problems faced by the people and fulfil their needs up to a large extent.
He went on to state that in addition to taking up measures to provide employment opportunities to the educated youths by providing skill development programmes, the State Budget for the fiscal year 2018-19 would give thrust to key areas like employment through skill development, connectivity (including internet and media, road, railways and air services), education, health, fisheries, agriculture and horticulture, etc.
Biren disclosed that a joint meeting of all the government departments regarding the upcoming state budget had already been conducted few days back.
Formulation of different social security schemes and its subsequent implementation were also the outcomes of Hill Leaders’ Day and Meeyamgi Numit, he said, while adding that government had extended help to many differently-abled persons, widows, helpless patients, elderly persons, educated youths, poor and needy people, who came to meet him on these two days.
Stating that Hill Leaders’ Day and Meeyamgi Numit have reduced the gap between the people and the government, Biren vowed to continue meeting the public on these two days.
Regarding the proposed visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in March, the chief minister said that though official confirmation is yet to be received, the Prime Minister’s visit to Manipur is almost certain as the BJP-led state government’s first anniversary celebration also falls on March 15.
PM Modi would also open the 105th Indian Science Congress which will begin from March 16, the Chief Minister said, while adding that the Prime Minister is also likely to inaugurate mega projects like Thoubal Dam, Dolaithabi Project, Civil Secretariat Complex and Women’s Markets of hill districts apart from laying the foundation stone of National Sports University during his visit.
He further said that the state government had also taken up special measures to submit utilization certificates (UCs) on time and remove the problem of last minute rush at financial year end.
Stating that the state would have its own helicopter soon, the chief minister disclosed that it would be procured under 75:25 cost sharing with the Union Home Ministry.
On the first Hill Leaders’ Day of the year on Wednesday, the Chief Minister looked into 180 complaints and met around 600 people.
N Biren also expressed delight over the fact that the number of differently-abled persons, patients and helpless elderly persons, who came to meet him on Hill Leaders’ Day and Meeyamgi Numit, had come down considerably with the introduction of special social security schemes for them.
During the Hill Leaders’ Day Wednesday, after hearing the grievances of a group of organic farmers from Singda, the Chief Minister directed the officials concerned to do the needful for constructing a market shed at the village as soon as possible.
On the other hand, acting on a request of orange growers from a village in Ukhrul district, the Chief Minister instructed the officials of Horticulture Department to conduct spot visit for taking up steps for large scale orange production and detect possible plant diseases.