IFP Bureau | IMPHAL
The state government has shared a report of the worries and concerns of the people of Manipur collected from various levels to Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday, Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren said.
The chief minister gave the statement while briefing the media after the joint Meeyamgi Numit (People’s Day) and Hill Leaders’ Day held Friday at CM secretariat.
Speaking to the media, Biren said that the Union home minister will study the report and invite the stakeholders for consultation. “Before the talks with home minister, the stakeholders mainly Coordinating Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI) would be invited for a thorough discussion with the State government for preparedness for the consultation with the centre,” he stated.
Responding to queries by the media over the demand for convening a special assembly, he continued that the State government has full confidence in the assurance given by the central leaders. So far, the responses of the central leaders have been positive. Besides, as many as 12 resolutions including two during the present government’s term have been adopted by the State assembly for safeguarding the interest of Manipur,” he said and added, “We are not denying the demand of the people. We will convene assembly if the situation demands.”
When asked about disclosing the contents of the Naga peace talks, Biren maintained that the delegate had asked about the contents of the peace talks. However, the central leaders reassured that the Naga solution wouldn’t affect the administrative structure of Manipur and won’t yield formation of districts based on ethnic lines etc. As such, we did not mount further pressure as the response was positive, he reiterated.
The chief minister further clarified that the recent ban on financial transactions of the State government was just a precautionary measure to arrest excessive overdraft of the government account as it was about to cross Rs 200 crore. The ban was imposed so that the Reserve Bank of India would not impose ban on financial transactions of the State. Nevertheless, he informed that the centre’s share of around Rs. 161 crores was credited to the State government’s account yesterday and assured that the ban would be lifted soon.
He went on to say that notification of the ‘Standup Scheme’ under the ‘Startup Scheme’ of Manipur government will very soon be issued. He said bye laws have been framed for implementing the scheme. The scheme is aimed at improving the economic conditions of the minority sections of the society including SC, ST, OBC and differently-abled persons.
Informing of today’s Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ Day, the chief minister said that most came to seek assistances in creating self employment opportunities in starting small businesses.
The chief minister heard around 300 complaints and met around 1000 people from 9:15 am to 12:15 pm. Many differently-abled persons, widows and people belonging to poor families were instantly enrolled under Government’s noble schemes like Chief Minister-gi Hakshel-gi Tengbang (CMHT) and Chief Minister-gi Sotharabashing-gi Tengbang (CMST) etc. Many educated and skilled youths were also identified to provide soft loans from different banks.
Around 1500 tree saplings were also distributed by the Forest Department to the people who turned up to highlight their grievances on the joint Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ Day.