Manipur governor Najma Heptulla addressed the House on Friday

Imphal: The Budget session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly begun on Friday with governor Najma Heptulla addressing the House after the Guard of Honour ceremony held outside the Assembly house in Imphal.

The session, which began at 11 am with governor’s address, was attended by elected legislators from the ruling government, including chief minister N Biren Singh. But the House granted leave to two legislators.

Addressing the House, governor Heptulla poineds out the achievements of the state government in improving the security scenario of the state.

Heptulla also expressed satisfaction as 644 cadres of various militant organisations have already joined the mainstream. The surrendered cadres and leaders of various outfits have received rehabilitation and economic package under the state government initiatives, she said.

So far, out of 644 cadres who have joined the mainstream, 574 have left the rehabilitation camps after completing three years of term, she informed.

Under the assistance of the Union ministry of DoNER’s North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme (NESIDS), the state has a total of nine projects worth Rs 204 crore, as per official information.

The Manipur governor also said that under the Border Area Development Programme, various infrastructure projects have been taken up in villages located within 10 km from the India-Myanmar border and so far, six villages have been developed as a model village.

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As per the governor’s House address, a comprehensive proposal for Manipuri language to declare it as a classical language is being prepared by the state government.

Focusing on the safety of women and children in the state, the government has already inaugurated women police stations in all districts and made them functional.

The state has also decided to open two fast track special courts for trail of POCSO cases and rape cases in a time-bound manner.

Moreover, the women inmates in various state jails would likely to avail an open crèche and nursery school for their children as the proposal is under consideration, she said.

Chief minister N Biren Singh, who is also the state finance in-charge presented the budget estimates for the fiscal year 2020-2021.

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