Manipur CM N Biren Singh

Imphal: Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Monday informed the House that ceasefire with the NSCN (I-M) does not extend in the state, despite the armed insurgent group claiming to cover all Naga territories, including the Naga-inhabited areas of Manipur.

While replying to the question raised by MLA Alfred Kanngam Arthur on the last day of the ongoing 12th session of the Manipur Legislative Assembly, Singh said that there is no further proposal or consideration for the extension of ceasefire in the state.

Appreciating the MLA for raising the prolonged issue in the House, the CM further stated that the ongoing Naga peace talks are one the chronic issues and people have suffered enough while coping with the situation.

“Manipur government wishes to conclude and bring an amicable solution to the ongoing Naga peace talks,” Singh said.

“We will consult with the stakeholders, including civil society, to understand the desire of the people in bringing a peaceful solution and the government will look into the matter,” Singh told the House.

He said that people from different communities in the state have slowly accepted each other and co-exist peacefully for the welfare of society over the years. “And civil society has played a huge role in bringing both the hills and valley together,” he added.

Earlier, the Manipur government had sought clarification from the Central government on the issue of the Naga group camps mushrooming in the state.

Replying to a starred question raised by MLA K Ranjit Singh, the CM said there are no cinema halls in Manipur that have a digital cinema projector. However, the palace auditorium of the Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS) has a digital cinema projector for film promotional activities.

“The government is seriously considering a Cine policy and looking into the memorandum submitted by the four film groups of Manipur. The state is trying to revive the film industry of Manipur and trying to implement the memorandum by March of the financial year 2021,” he stated.

MLA Alfred Kanngam Arthur

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CAF & PD minister Th Satyabrata Singh, replying to starred question raised by MLA AK Mirabai Devi, stated that the price of LPG is fixed at rates as directed by the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India. He also said the subsidy is not discontinued. There may be issues pending since December 2020 but the government is trying to expedite as quickly as possible, he assured.

Social Welfare and Cooperation minister Okram Henry, replying to starred question raised by MLA K Ranjit Singh, said there is a plan to upgrade the post of the co-operative inspector to the post of Group “B” (Class-II) Gazetted officer like other similar-pay scale inspectors of other departments of the state. The Cooperative societies department has put up the matter of modifying and updating the recruitment rules of the post of the inspector of co-operative societies that will be further examined by the Department of Personnel & Administrative Reforms (Personnel Division), he added.

Environment and Forests minister Awangbou Newmai, in response to calling attention motion moved by MLA Kh Joykishan, mentioned that the Forest Department is taking action on the reported encroachment and excavation of earth from the Chingkhei Ching Reserved Forests Areas. Drawing the attention of the House, he clarified that the forest officials have arrested people involved in the illegal digging and collected fines amounting to Rs 1,18,630 from the arrested people for the period between September 2020 to January 2021.

The forest minister further stated that the department is working despite facing lots of pressure and hardships due to lack of manpower of staff. Manipur has just one forest guard per 24 sq km as against three forest guards per 24 sq km in other states. He also stated that there is a plan to provide forest guards with single barrel guns for effective functioning.

The CM tabled the “White Paper on Tackling COVID-19 Pandemic” while deputy chief minister Y Joykumar Singh laid the “Medium Term Fiscal Policy Statement, Fiscal Policy Strategy Statement & Macro Economic Statement and Disclosures” on the table of the House today.

The Manipur State Planning Authority Bill, 2021(Bill No.17 of 2021) and the Manipur Appropriation (No.2) (Bill No.11 of 2021) were also unanimously passed by the House.

Leader of the Opposition Okram Ibobi Singh and MLA TN Haokip gave observation regarding the above two bills.

Drawing the attention of the House, Leader of the Opposition O Ibobi Singh expressed that if the Government carries out proper and effective implementation of the Go to Hills mission and MGNREGS scheme, it will be a good, meaningful step for the people of Manipur.

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