IMPHAL | Feb 21
The Manipur Assembly has unanimously adopted the developmental plans included in the speech of governor, Najma Heptula made during the first day of the 7th Session (Budget Session) of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly today.
State government also gave its commitment to bring development in all backward districts.
Chief minister, N. Biren gave the commitment today while taking part in the discussion on motion of thanks of governor’s address made on the first day of the on-going session.
Biren said the governor’s address was presented for some developmental works of the present government. Though some future plans were not mentioned but the government will include the developmental works for hills also.
He said the State has both hills and valleys and in order to bring equal development the State will need a topographical need based budget to bring development in hill districts. The State has made a proposal to Centre, in order to bring development, the Centre has introduced Hill Area Development Fund (HADF) for the state, he added.
In order to provide additional funds, central government has selected 90 backward districts for the country under HADF which includes Tamenglong districts. The district will get Rs. 90 crores as additional fund to bring more development, he added. HADF will not cover for the newly created districts of Manipur as the fund is to be done based on India Infrastructure Index 2009, said Biren.
He further said the fund is a continuous system and the government will recommend other backward districts to include in the list of beneficiaries of HADF.
Replying on a suggestion of Tipaimukh assembly constituency MLA, Dr. Chaltonlien Amo, chief minister said the helicopter services were started on trial basis but e-tender for a full-fledged helicopter service is under process, the service will be provided for almost all the hill districts at the earliest.
He also said in order to bring development in sports, government is planning to set up outdoor gyms at various parts of the hill districts. Under central scheme ‘Khelo India’ infrastructure will also be made to bring development in sports, Biren asserted.
Discussion on the Motion of Thanks on governor’s address was moved by health and family welfare minister, L. Jayantakumar Singh and seconded by Moirang constituency MLA, P. Saratchandra Singh.