LIST OF GOVERNOR'S ADDRESS
BY HIS EXCELLENCY, THE GOVERNOR OF MANIPUR, GENERAL KOTIKALAPUDI
VENKATA KRISHNA RAO (Retd.) TO THE MANIPUR LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY ON
Hon’ble Speaker and Distinguished Members of the House,
I am very happy to have the privilege of welcoming you to this
Session and addressing the First Session of the Fourth Legislative
Assembly of the State for 1987.
When I addressed you last, I had occasion to refer to the utmost
need to acknowledge the gravity of the responsibility to be
shouldered by us for implementing various schemes for providing
Social Justice and for ensuring welfare of the masses. It is a
matter of deep satisfaction that we have, during the last one year,
progressed towards realisation of our overall objective of Growth,
Self Reliance, Modernisation and, above all, Social Justice.
PLANNING AND 20-POINT PROGRAMME
It is gratifying to note that the State economy has been able to
withstand the strains caused by abnormal drought, followed by
extensive damages due to unprecedented floods. Despite handicaps, my
Government achieved the financial target of over 60% of plan out-lay
of Rs. 87 crores by the end of December 1986. The achievements under
the Annual Plan for 1986-87 which represents an increase of more
than 24% over the year 1985-86 are being effectively monitored by a
Committee headed by the Chief Minister at the State level, and with
the Cabinet Ministers as Chairmen of the District Planning and
Development Councils at District level. As a consequence, Manipur is
one of the few states in the country which has achieved its place
above the National average in the field of implementation of poverty
alleviation programmes. It is a matter of satisfaction that my
Government has almost achieved the targets fixed for distribution of
land to the landless, plantation of quickly growing and economic
species, enrolment of students in classes, rural electrification and
Water supply etc. The employment generated under NREP was 4.6 lakh
man days against the target of 2.3 lakh man days which represents an
increase of 100% over the target besides an increase of over 30% in
the number of families benefited under IRDP.
In keeping with the objective of achieving Self Sufficiency and
Growth, the Planning Commission have approved an outlay of Rs.
105crores for the Annual Plan of 1987-88 which represents an
increase of more than 20% over the Annual Plan of the current year.
The sector-wise allocation of funds under Annual Plan 1987-88 has
been finalised taking into account the National objectives, with top
priority having been accorded to poverty alleviation programmes. I
am hopeful that my Government shall strive for successful attainment
of the 7th Plan objectives of rapid growth in production of food
grains, increased employment opportunities and higher productivity.
The State’s financial position continued to be stable during the
year. Neither Overdrafts were taken nor did the Government resort to
Ways and Means advances from the Reserve Bank of India. Thanks to
the positive opening balance, it is anticipated that the State would
end the current year with a surplus.
Revenue collections in the State, both from tax and non-tax sources,
have shown buoyancy. There has been substantial improvement in
collection of sales tax, interest receipts, public works, state
Lottery and Education also as compared to the last year. From the
trend of revenue collection it is apparent that the targets will be
achieved in full and may even be exceeded in some Sectors. I am
sanguine that my Government would be able to manage its finances
with in the estimated resources.
LAW AND ORDER
During the year 1986, law and order situation remained effectively
under control. It is reassuring to note that efforts of my
Government to strengthen and revamp the State Police Force have
already started yielding results with general crimes showing a
downward trend. I am happy that the State Police, with the help of
Security Forces have successfully contained the activities of the
extremists operating in Valley areas thereby making the environment
congenial for achieving overall growth. My Government has initiated
positive measures to contain NSCN activities effectively in the Hill
Districts. These measures include re-vamping the Intelligence
machinery, strengthening the Village Authority, cultivating the
Teaching and Church communities, organising youth Festivals and
reaching the masses by improving their lot through implementing
various welfare and economic schemes. It is hoped that the day is
not far when a handful of misguided elements realise their follies
and return to join the national mainstream.
While referring to the law and order situation in the State, I may
refer to a number of New Schemes which were implemented during the
year 1986 with a view to strengthening and re-vamping the State
Police set-up so as to make it effective in and capable of tackling
all law and order problems without dependence on outside Forces.
Special mention in this regard may be made of the steps which
include training of State Police Officers and men at the best
available Training Institutions in the Country, organisation of
specialised Intelligence Courses with the help of Intelligence Bureau and National Security
Guards, establishment of Police Motor Transport Workshop and
Modernisation of Police Control Room with a view to improving
mobility of the Force and thereby reduce response time, setting up a
State Forensic Science Laboratory for expeditious investigation of
cases, re-organisation of intelligence set-up including re-vamping
of arrangements connected with VIP security and prevention of smuggling
of drugs and arms, re-vamping of traffic police, establishment of a
Police Housing corporation in order to arrive at National level of
satisfaction in the field of Police Housing. With the implementation
of these schemes, Manipur Police should become one of the best
Police Forces in the Country, capable of tackling any law and order
situation on its own.
Over-crowding in Imphal Central Jail has been one of the serious
problems faced by my Government in the past. The problem has eased
to some extent after the completion of Sajiwa Sub-Jail which has
become functional. The administration of Jails will further improve
once the new Schemes taken by my Government relating to construction
of Central Jail and Juvenile Jails at Sajiwa and District Sub-Jail at
Churachandpur, Senapati, Tamenglong and Ukhrul, with the help of
funds awarded by 8th Finance Commission, are completed. It is a
matter of satisfaction that no untoward incident took place in the
Jails during 1986 due to improved security measures and humane
approach of my Government.
My Government has taken up various schemes for the rehabilitation of
misguided youths who have come over ground and joined National
mainstream which include grant of financial assistance for
self-employment as well as appointment to the Grade III & IV
posts under the State Government.
PERNONNEL ADMINISTRATIVE REFORMS AND VIGILANCE
My Government has taken positive steps for regularising ad-hoc
appointments in various Government departments. The Recruitment
Rules for various posts have been notified in consultation with the
M.P.S.C., wherever necessary and working streamlined appropriately.
A State Academy of Training, under the control of the Administrative
Reforms Division, has been set up during the year to co-ordinate,
supervise and conduct various Training Courses. During the period
under Review, the Academy arranged Foundation Courses for 48 S.D.Cs,
besides organising Courses on Developmental Administration in Tribal
The State Vigilance Commission disposed of 91 complaints during the
year 1986. The Vigilance Police arrested 8 persons, involved in
cases of corruption and misconduct during the year under review. The
Commission conducted surprise raids on trading establishments to
check false weights and measures, cinema halls to detect
falsification of accounts relating to Amusement Tax, and several
Government Offices. These measures have made a positive impact in
curbing corruption to a large extent. My Government is fully
committed to provide clean administration to the people of Manipur.
MISC ADMINISTRATION MEASURES
The functioning of General Administration Department has been
adequately strengthened and streamlined to improve the morale of
personnel. The District administration has been made more responsive
to the need and aspirations of the people, more specifically of the
rural poor. The working of Autonomous District Councils has been
made more purposeful and suited to the needs of local people.
Establishment of State Council of Science, Technology and
Environment to act as focal agencies for Planning, Co-ordinating and
Promoting Science and Technology activities will help in developing
a strong Science and Technology base and thereby help in uplifting
the lot of weaker and down-trodden sections of the Society. A
Computer Centre is being opened to enable the important Departments
to store and analyse important and valuable data. It will be the
first State of the North East to adopt such technology for
developmental and other needs. My Government is fully committed to
maintain communal harmony and adequate steps have been taken in this
regard to implement 15-Point Programme formulated by our late Prime
Minster Smt. Indira Gandhi.
Total collection of revenue at the end of December 1986 stood at Rs.
62,14,820.55 Paise. I am happy that, in spite of drought and flood,
my Government has taken positive and concrete measures to augment
During the year, unprecedented floods caused widespread devastation
to standing crops, dwelling houses, cattle etc. Though no life was
lost, thanks to the various concerned Departments of the State
Government, the damage to the public utilities etc. was restricted
to Rs. 119.23 as estimated by the State Government. I am happy that,
with a view to extending immediate relief to the affected people,
the Administration at all levels, swung into action with needed
co-ordination. The Government of India have sanctioned a sum of Rs.
196.38 lakhs for flood relief and another Rs. 76.08 lakhs for
drought relief during the year.
I am happy to note that 243 landless persons, including 153 persons
belonging to weaker sections, have been benefited under the scheme
of allotment of agricultural and Homestead lands to weaker sections
on 22-11-86, during the observance of Weaker Sections’ Day as a
part of Quami Ekta Week Celebrations.
Under Legal Aid and Advice Programme, my Government is proposing to
organise two camps on legal aid and advice before March 1987. The
Department extended legal aid to 55 applicants during the period
under review. For effective supervision over prosecution of cases,
the Directorate of Prosecution has now been re-organised into a
full-fledged Department. The prosecuting machinery, which had
hitherto been under the administrative control of the Secretary
(Law), has been placed under the control of the Directorate. My
Government has moved the Central Government for establishment of a
separate High Court as expeditiously as possible. Further steps have
been taken for establishing a separate Family court for speedy
adjudication of family disputes. Under the 8th Finance Commission
Award, the Government have established another Court of Additional
District and Sessions’ Judge.
Manipur has made significant progress in the field of agriculture.
You will be glad to know that per capita consumption of fertilizers
and production of rice in Manipur is the highest in the whole of
North Eastern Region. In order to arrange supply of fertilizers to
the needy farmers round the year, my Government has made
arrangements for stocking fertilizers in advance. The National Seeds
Corporation has now agreed to supply certified seeds at Imphal with
arrangements for stocking of seeds in advance.
Manipur faced a severe drought during the year. As a result, first
crop of paddy and crops in the jhum areas have been badly affected
due to delay in raising nursery and transplantation of main paddy.
Our State faced an unprecedented flood during last part of the year
when paddy crop was either in booting or in the flowering stage. In
spite of the best efforts made by my Government, the production of
rice will be considerably decreased this year. In order to produce
adequate quantities of seeds within the state, my Government has
proposed to take up two Seed Farms at Kharungpat and Senapati with
assistance from North Eastern Council. The NEC has already
sanctioned an outlay of Rs. 53.83 lakhs for establishment of pulse
and oil seed Farms at Senapati.
For proper planning and effective implementation of agricultural
programmes, the Government has, with a view to collecting accurate
scientific data, started Agricultural Census from the current year.
My Government has taken up a joint programme with the ICAR complex
for evolving suitable varieties for the mid-hills and cold tolerant
varieties for the higher hills. It is further proposed to intensify
research programmes, for evolving suitable cropping patterns under
irrigated conditions and also for rain fed conditions, in
collaboration with the ICAR complex. A joint programme for
production of Breeder and Foundation seeds of the recommended
varieties of paddy has also been initiated.
My Government has established a Manipur Agro-Industries Corporation
to set up and develop marketing and distribution network for
providing varied agricultural inputs and allied pursuits, and also
for undertaking marketing of surplus agricultural products, setting
up of agro-service network and undertaking reclamation of wasteland,
etc. During the year, manufacture of animal-drawn agricultural
implements has been started.
HORTICULTURE AND SOIL CONSERVATION
As Hon’ble Members are aware, the state is having favourable
climatic and soil conditions for growing different types of
horticultural crops with pine-apple, orange, lime, lemon and
temperate fruits like plum, peach and pear being most suitable fruit
crops. The Department is maintaining 10 (ten) Progeny Orchards for
production of planning materials, in addition to development Farms
for cashew nut, walnut, citrus, spices and potato, etc. A Coffee
Nursery Farm is also being maintained to meet the demand for coffee
seedlings. The Department conducted 1240 demonstrations in which
3,75,000 seedlings were distributed during the current year, which
represents an increase in activities of over almost 100% as compared
to the previous year. The Fruit Preservation Factory is expected to
achieve its target of 300 tonnes by the end of March 1987.
Under Soil Conservation Programmes, the Department has taken up
concrete steps for creation of permanent cultivable areas in hills
for Jhumias with a total area of about 30,000 hectares by the end of
1986-87. Achievement of the Department in the field of creation of
permanently cultivable areas in hills during 1986-87 was 2000
hectares which represents an increase of over 16% as compared to the
previous year. My Government has, with the approval of the Planning
Commission, proposed to establish soil conservation Demonstration
Farms with a view to motivating Jhumias to give up their traditional
practices and thereby help in maintaining ecological balance.
As the Hon’ble Members are aware, the role of forest in State’s
economy, whether protective, productive, or bio-aesthetic is highly
significant and valuable. The enormous depletion of forest over the
last few decades has played havoc with the primary agency for
environmental conservation and thereby reduced the availability of
timber, firewood and other forest products which have been the basis
of the rural poors’ economy. My Government has, therefore, to cope
with the problem, undertook 24 development schemes under the
Forestry section with an outlay of Rs. 190 lakhs during the current
year. Adequate emphasis is at the same time being laid on
maintenance of environmental stability and ecological balance. The
Department has covered 1600 hectares with plantation of teak, pine
etc., as compared to 1425 hectares during the last year which is
creditable. Under Social forestry, plantation in 2700 hectares has
been completed by December1986. The area under rubber crop has
further been increased by 75 hectares during the period under
review. Steps have been taken to construct one smoke-house and
rubber processing unit in the state. Effective measures for
conservation in Keibul Lamjao National Park have been taken to stop
encroachment and ensure continued conservation of Sangai in its
natural habitat. Under the Afforestation and Soil Conservation
Scheme, afforestation over 1750 hectares has been completed by the
end of December and advance works in 1750 hectares are under
progress. Another scheme of Rehabilitation of Jhumias recommended by
the Task Force for Jhum Control constituted by the Government of
India has been undertaken with a plan to rehabilitate 50 Jhumia
families by the end of March, with special emphasis on Animal
Husbandry, Fisheries, Piggery and Cottage Industries.
IRRIGATION AND FLOOD CONTROL DEPARTMENT
My Government is attaching great importance to the utilisation of
abundant water resources for the benefit of the people as
expeditiously as possible. There are 7 ongoing projects in hand.
Irrigation potential to the extent of 49,700 hectares has so far
been created up to the period ending March, 1986 and 1.5 mgd of
water supplied from Singda from the partial storage created.
Additional irrigation potential for 5,000 hectares is expected to be
created during 1986-87 up to the period ending June, 1987. Besides,
another Medium Irrigation Project on Iril River at Dolaithabi,
having an annual irrigation potential of 8,000 hectares, is being
taken up during the 7th Plan. A Medium Irrigation Project on Iril
River, under NEC programme, at Jiribam for benefiting 8,000 hectares
in Manipur and Assam has also been investigated and is being taken
In the field of Flood control along with taking up of Multipurpose
Reservoir projects on the upper reaches of major rivers, which would
be able to moderate flood to some extent, my Government have also
started formulation of an outlay Master Plan on Flood control and
River wise Flood Control Projects as long term measures. Another
Flood Control Project on Wangjing River has also been cleared by the
State Technical Advisory Committee and State Flood Control Board and
the same is now under scrutiny in Central Water Commission for
obtaining clearance of the Planning Commission. Similarly, Flood
Control Projects for other major rivers are also under preparation
in a phased manner. So far protected area has reached 23,600
hectares by 1985-86 and additional area proposed to be protected
during 1986-87 is 1,500 hectares.
The ultimate irrigation potential to be created under Minor
Irrigation, both from Surface and Ground Water Resources, is
1,05,000 hectares. Upto the end of the 6th Five Year Plan, 40,235
hectares of cultivable land had been covered under Minor Irrigation.
The approved physical target for the 7th Five Plan is 10,000
hectares and upto the end of December, 1986 a potential of 508
hectares has already been created.
I am happy to note that my Government have produced 22 millions fish
seeds during the current year. The Government had distributed 20
lakh fingerlings to the fish farmers by the end of December, 1986
which represents an increase of more than one third over the last
year. The fish seeds are being made available to the farmers and
Co-operative Societies on credit basis, the cost being realised from
the sale proceeds of one third of total production after one year.
Under the Preservation and Development of Natural Water Area’s
Scheme undertaken by the Government, 120 hectares of area infested
with aquatic weeds has been cleared.
Under the Assistance to Pisciculturists Scheme, 1560 families,
including 960 families belonging to ST/SC communities were given
financial assistance and 500 hectares of water area brought under
fish culture. The Government has established three Fish Farmers
Development Agencies under the centrally sponsored scheme at Imphal,
Bishnupur and Churachandpur which are contributing their mite in
improvement of fish production.
VETERINARY AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY
Livestock and Poultry development programmes including animal health
coverage and Dairy, play a vital role in upliftment of the
socio-economic conditions of rural poor. My Government is fully
aware of its responsibility in this field and has initiated positive
measures for executing various livestock development and production
programmes. The Government is proposing to introduce a new technique
on artificial insemination by establishing 3 liquid Nitrogen Plants
and one Bull Centre for production of Frozen semen.
Under the Poultry Development programmes launched by my Government,
the Department produced eggs and chicks, besides selling birds for
table purposes. The farm also incubated eggs for the benefit of
private farmers. During the year Broiler Chick production started
under the aegis of NEC with 500 parent stocks, produced and supplied
about 1 lakh chicks to the farmers, besides raising the parent stock
to 1500. A programme for introduction of Khaki Campbell ducks for
increased production of eggs and meat has also been taken up during
the current year.
Under the Animal Health Coverage Programme, 10,40,791 cases were
treated, 12569 vaccinations were given against rinderpest, 2,08,478
animals and birds were vaccinated against other diseases; 1762
castrations were performed besides 221 major operations, 2091 minor
operations and 1811laboratory findings up to the end of December
1986, 49 Veterinary Hospitals, 88 Veterinary Dispensaries, 29
Veterinary Aid Centres, 3 Check Posts, 1 State Level Disease
Investigation Laboratory and 1 State Level Mobile Veterinary Clinic
have so far been opened in the State. Two Dispensaries were upgraded
to Hospitals and 7 new Dispensaries were opened during the year
Under Self-Employment Generation Programmes, 175 persons belonging
to the weaker sections of the Society were provided assistance for
establishing poultry and piggery units. The Fodder Farm at
Lamphelpat produced 4800 MT of fodder crops during the year. The
Department distributed 5610 kgs of fodder seeds under fodder
mini-kit scheme. Under Dairy Development Project, pasteurised milk
was supplied to the public through 12 milk-booths in Imphal town.
The Dairy Plan at Porompat is expected to handle 1000 litres of milk
daily by the end of current year. Under rural Dairy centres, two
milk chilling Plants at Kangpokpi and Moirang have been commissioned
and opening of two additional Centres at Sekmaijin and Litan is
under progress. The Government has taken up three major schemes
under North Eastern Council namely Composite Livestock Farm,
Regional Buffalo Breeding Farm and Regional Pony Breeding Farm for
which construction of functional buildings is being processed. The
Feed Mixing Plant at Porompat produced more than 2500 quintals of
balanced feed during the year. Two similar plants were also
installed at Thenguchingjin and Churachandpur. A Regional Piggery
Farm at Tamenglong has also been established.
I am happy that my Government have taken positive and concrete
measures for rapid industrialisation. The contribution of the
Manufacturing Sector to the Net State Domestic product stood at
7.52% against the All India Average of 15.3% at constant prices. It
is gratifying to note that, with the improvement in law and order
situation, a favourable industrial climate has been created in the
state. It is a matter of satisfaction that my Government has
received encouraging response from the private sector, with
establishment of modern industries like Computer Project,
manufacturing of PVC pipes, electric cables, electrodes, electric
conductors, plastics goods etc. giving boost to the State’s
The National Small Industries Corporation has, at the initiative of
my Government, opened a Regional Office at Imphal and SISI branch as
been up graded to a full-fledged Small Industries Service Institute.
Further transport subsidy applicable to the North Eastern Region has
been increased from 75% to 95% mainly due to the initiative taken
by my Government.
The Government is planning to establish Growth Centres at Imphal and
Churachandpur shortly, with plans to prepare a Master Plan for
Industrial Development on long term basis.
During the current year, 3024 spindles were added to the Manipur
Spinning Mill which produced 3,21,455 kgs of yarn valued at Rs.
91.87 lakhs up to December 1986. The Mechanised Dye House will also
be commissioned and expanded very soon.
A Drug Market Survey has indicated feasibility of establishing some
Pharmaceutical Units and efforts are afoot to start joint ventures
with the help of IDPL in the State. A Company is soon being
A Corporation under the name and style Manipur Electronic
Development Corporation’, (MANITRON) has been established to
facilitate rapid growth of Electronic Industries. The Government of
India have also agreed to open a Centre for Electronic Design and
Technology (CDET) at Akampat which will be one of the four such
centres in the Country.
The Manipur Small Industries Corporation is now functioning as
Industrial Development and Financial Corporation with an authorised
capital of Rs. 200 lakhs. It has sanctioned a sum of Rs. 491.70
lakhs of loan to 426 industrial units. The Mini Cement Plant at
Hundung with a capacity of 50 TPD is making steady progress. The
Hill Areas Handloom Development Project of Woollen/Acrylic
Artificial items in Manipur has already been approved as a
Centrally Sponsored Scheme at a total cost of Rs. 2.12 crores.
2,70,000 DFLs in Tasar were produced along with 19.35 lakh cocoons,
by the Department of Sericulture during the year which yielded 22000
kgs of silk yarn valued at Rs. 88 lakhs. The Department distributed
21,90,600 numbers of mulberry saplings to 2100 private farmers
covering 460 hectares of land. The Department also harvested 44000
kgs of Eri Cocoons.
A Sugar Mill Corporation has been established in Manipur during the
Under the scheme of Self-employment for Educated Unemployed youths,
my Government have selected 1500 persons as targeted, during the
current year. Their cases are being forwarded to the banks for
sanction and release of loans by the end of March, 1987.
My Government have utmost concern for education in Manipur. A
decision has been taken to implement the New Education Policy,
formulated by the Central Government, in Manipur from the Academic
year 1988 and introduce the + 2 stage of the 10 + 2 + 3 system of
Education in the Schools in a phased manner and + 3 stage in the
Colleges. With a view to implementing the New Policy, 20 existing
High Schools, ten each in Valley and Hills are being up-graded as
Higher Secondary Schools for teaching of Intermediate classes of +2
stage. The preparations for implementation of New Policy on
Education in Manipur are on full swing.
In order to provide better quality education to the meritorious
children as well as to solve the present critical situation arising
from the mushroom growth of educational institutions, emphasis is
being laid on quality education drive and three Navodaya Vidyalayas,
envisaged as a specific scheme of Education, are being opened where
minimum requirements of infrastructure are available.
My Government have strengthened the supervisory level with a view to
improving the standard of Schools in hill areas. The computer
literacy programmes are now available in 16 schools.
A sum of Rs. 65 lakhs was provided under the Plan for development of
Manipur University, besides another sum of Rs. 58 lakhs under
non-Plan head, during the year 1986-87. The Government deputed 63
college teachers for conducting Research under Faculty Improvement
Programme of UGC. Merit scholarships were sanctioned for pursuing
higher studies to deserving students. Various student welfare
programmes are also being implemented. Construction of one Boy’s
Hostel for Imphal College has been undertaken with the assistance
from University Grants Commission.
SOCIAL WELFARE AND ARTS AND CULTURE
The Schemes under Applied Nutrition Programme are being implemented
through the Community Development Blocks to improve nutritional
standards of vulnerable segments of the population. During 1986-87, 277
kitchen Gardens, 112 Backyard Piggery units and 46 Backyard Poultry
units are to be established.
Under the scheme for Development of Women and Children in Rural
Areas (DWCRA) as a sub-scheme of IRDP, construction of 25 Community
Halls and 25 nos. of toilets during 1986-87 have been completed. The
Government have selected 100 deserving Mahila Mandals and 16 Balwadi
Centres for grants during the year. The Government is evincing keen
interest in implementing other social welfare schemes of ICDS, Old
Age Pensions, and Scholarship to Handicapped Students, Maintenance
of Orphanages and Home for Destitute Women.
My Government is keen on taking Culture to the common people all
over the state. Manipur State Kala Academy is sanctioning grants to
various Arts and Culture Organisations in the field of dance,
Theatre and Classical Music, Manipur Film Development Corporation is
also playing a vital role in preserving the art and culture of the
HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE
My Government has been making constant endeavour to streamline and
improve the standards of Medicare in the State with the motto
“Health Care for All”. The State has achieved notable success in
the Health Sector in providing better facilities to the Rural Poor
by establishing basic infrastructure with willing community
participation. The Government have adopted Primary Health Care
Approach for meaningful translation of the goal of ‘Health for
All’ by 2000 AD into action.
An outlay of Rs. 92.30 lakhs, which constitutes over 35% of the
total Plan outlay has been earmarked for the Minimum Needs Programme.
Under the programme, 18 sub-centres, against the target of sub-centres,
have already been opened. The State Government have sanctioned
7(seven) Primary Health Centres at Ningthoukhong, Borobekra, Mekola,
Kakching Khunou, Moreh, Lambui and Noneh by upgrading 7 PHSCs.
Another Primary Health Centre was opened at Sinzawl in December
The Public Health Centre at Sagolmang will be upgraded to a
Community Health Centre during 1986-87.
The Department detected 82 new cases of leprosy by the end of
December, 1986 which have been brought under treatment. During the
same period 103 patients were discharged as cured. Under NTPC, 1441
new TB cases were detected and brought under treatment besides
strengthening of 100-bedded T.B Hospital at Chingmeirong.
Under NMEP, a total of 1635 positive cases were detected out of 1.70
lakhs slides examined. The Department arranged two rounds of DDT
spray as scheduled. Four Eye Camps were organised in which 1016
patients were examined under National Programme for Control of
Implementation of the Universal Immunization Programme has been
started in Imphal District with a plan to cover 100% pregnant
mothers and 85% of the Children. The achievement of vaccination of
DPT during the same period was 118% against the target. In other
cases too, the target was fully achieved.
PUBLIC HEALTH ENGINEERING
My Government is laying paramount emphasis on supply of pure
drinking water to both urban and rural population of the State. The
State is facing acute problem in supplying adequate quantity of
water to Imphal town due partly to non-completion of Singda Dam and
partly due to depletion of water source. As on date, against the
demand of 12 mgd the installed capacity, including Singda Pumping,
is around 7.20 mgd against which average supply after losses ranges
from 4.50 mgd to 5 mdg during dry season. Erratic water supply and
voltage drops complicate the problem further. As a result, level of
supply could not be maintained.
In order to bridge the gap, the Government has taken up augmentation
schemes at Porompat and Kanchipur plants which have altogether a
total capacity of 2.50 mgd. Investigation work for a new water
supply scheme of about 3 mgd capacities with impounding reservoir
across Chirang and Maklang rivers has been started. The schemes will
be completed by the end of 7th Five Year Plan if found feasible.
Further, as a long term measure, Thoubal Dam water Supply Scheme with
a capacity of 10 mgd has been incorporated in the Thoubal Project.
Despite handicaps including lack of reliable hydrological data,
efforts have been made to harness ground water resources. Under the
scheme, 7 tube wells have already been energised yielding 2.50 lakh
gallons of water per day. Further two tube wells, will be energised
within March 1987.
Under Rural water supply, safe drinking water supply has been
extended to 1057 villages by the end of 1985-86. In the beginning of
1986-87, there were 692 problem villages and 333 non-problem
villages. The Government has planned to cover 160 villages during
1986-87, out of which water supply schemes in respect of 98 villages
has been completed by the end of December 1986. By the end of 7th
Five Year Plan, it has been planned to cover all problem villages in
the State. The Department has commissioned two additional drilling
rigs ((light) during the year. The yield from 450 successful bore
holes is presently 500 to 2000 gallons per hour.
The Department has taken up drainage works in certain important
areas in Imphal town. 205 low cost latrines have been constructed in
15 rural villages. The Department has planned to construct 600 units
under the State Plan during the period under review. Another
centrally sponsored scheme is being introduced from current year
which will go a long way in easing the problem of sanitation.
The Power scenario in Manipur has shown marked improvement since the
recommissioning of the Loktak Hydro Electric Project in August 1984.
My Government is now laying proper emphasis towards utilisation of
Loktak power to the maximum extent possible as well as to curtail
uneconomic generation of power from D.G. sets. The existing load
demand has reached upto 30 MW at peak hours which is expected to
reach 60 MW by the end of 7th Five Year Plan. The energy consumption
which was 102.533 MU during 1985-86 is expected to reach around 160
MU by the end of 7th Plan.
The Department is proposing to install two standby D.G. sets of 1 MW
capacity each at Imphal in order to meet emergency demand of Imphal
town. Steps have been taken to install small D.G. sets at towns not
yet connected with Loktak Grid by shifting the D.G. sets from Imphal
and Leimakhong Power Houses. 400 KW Lokchao Micro Hydel Project is
being commissioned before the end of March, 1987. The construction work
for Booning Hydel Project (2 X 0.5 MW) and Leimakhong stage III (2 X
0.5 MW) are under progress. 1.5 MW Khuga Hydel Project has also been
cleared and work will be taken up shortly. The Department has
completed investigation at 5 places during the year under review and
has also taken up investigation of another 4 Hydel-Electric Project
sites under NEC financing. The Department has taken up extensive
Transmission and Distribution Programme. The 25 MVA Yurembam
Sub-Station has been augmented to 40 MVA with the second circuit 132
KV Transmission line from Leimatak to Yurembam being charged from
Yurembam side. Another 6.3 MVA 132/33 KV sub-station at Jiribam is
nearing completion and work for the 25 MVA Ningthoukhong Sub-Station
will be started during this year. At present there are 11 numbers of
33 KV Sub-Stations under operation, with all District Headquarters
except Tamenglong having been connected to the State Power Grid. 720
villages have been electrified upto December 1986 by my Government.
By the end of 7th Plan, 1315 villages are planned to be electrified.
All the 85 targeted villages were electrified during the current
My Government is committed to decentralisation of administration by
strengthening local Bodies with a view to taking the administration
nearer to the people. The Government has accordingly bifurcated the
erstwhile Imphal East Development Block into independent Blocks with
headquarters at Sawombung and Keirao Bitra. The Government has
further constituted Panchayat Samiti for each of the 2 Blocks.
Important poverty alleviation programmes, like IRDP, NREP, RLEGP
continued to be vigorously and adequately implemented through the
Community Development Blocks with full and willing participation of
the people. My Government has taken positive measures to ensure that
the identification of beneficiaries under IRDP to cover the poorest
of the poor in rural areas is done at grassroot levels.
MANIPUR DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY
With the approval of the Central Government, Manipur Development
Society has taken up employment-oriented development programmes in
the fields of Minor Irrigation, Agriculture, Handlooms and Light
engineering Industries, apart from taking up schemes for
beautification of towns. The Society is contributing its mite,
towards upliftment of the lot of rural poor, in right earnest.
Upliftment of the weaker and downtrodden sections of our Society has
been a cherished goal of my Government and is being accorded a high
priority. The Directorate of Tribal Development and Backward classes
is playing vital role in this regard by way of supplementing the
overall efforts of various development Departments. The achievements
of the Government include construction of 6 nos of school buildings,
3 nos of Community Halls and financial assistance to 11 villages
under Education Scheme, improvement of 6 Km length of road under
Economic Upliftment Scheme, financial assistance to 96 scheduled
caste families for taking up various self-employment schemes and
assistance for medical treatment to 587 patients under Health and
Housing Scheme, with 18 families being granted one housing scheme
each. Special coaching in science and Mathematics, scholarships for
pursuing post-matric and higher studies, financial assistance in the
field of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, Village
Industries and Marketing Development Programme were other major
activities of the Department during the period under review.
FOOD AND CIVIL SUPPLIES
During the year, the Food and Civil Supplies Department procured
1615 MT of Rice, 4877 MT of levy sugar and 700 MT of GCI sheets for
public distribution. During the same period, the Department
distributed 20408 MT of rice and 4482 MT of sugar to the public
which represents an increase of over 30% in distribution of Rice
over the last year and was creditable. The Government has
established ten additional Principal Distribution Centres in hill
areas as nerve centres of Public Distribution System under the new
scheme for distribution of food grains at specially subsidised
rates. A number of mobile fair price shops were opened during the
recent floods in affected areas. As on date, 1477 Fair Price shops
are functioning in the State with 50 additional shops being opened
during this year in hill areas. My Government has taken special
measures and constituted District Level Consumers Advisory Councils
with State Level Price Fixation Committee to protect consumers’
interest and to maintain price stability. A Vigilance cell has been
created in the Directorate for keeping close watch over its
activities and maintain high standards of administration.
My Government has liberalised its policy and removed restrictions on
the issue of permits for taxis, public carriers, national permits
and regular stage carriage permits for the convenience of the
travelling public. The number of permits issued during the year
include 10 (ten) each of National permits and All India Tourist
permits. 127 E/Z permits, 368 bus permits, 74 minibus permits, 56
taxi permits and 158 A/rikshaw permits. The Manipur State Transport
Corporation is operating 5 inter-State, 39 inter-District and 10
City services as on date. By the end of current year, it plans to
carry 16 lakhs of passengers and 19221 MTs of goods. It is proposed
to introduce two additional Inter-State services between Imphal and
Guwahati and Imphal and Shillong during 1987-88.
With a view to benefiting both the M.S.R.T.C. and the Food and Civil
Supplies Department, my Government is negotiating a long term
contract and a loan with the Food Corporation of India.
The target of revenue collection is expected to be exceeded by at
least 15% during the year under review.
The thrust of the 7th Plan has been towards increased agricultural
production and therefore adequate stress has been laid on
agricultural co-operatives and agricultural credit institutions.
As a result of sustained efforts made by the Government, the Manipur
State Co-operative Bank Ltd. is now eligible for fresh Short Term
Credit from NABARD. A credit limit of Rs. 50 lakhs has been already
sanctioned by NABARD. In order to optimise utilisation of fresh
credit limit sanctioned by NABARD, 58 Primary Agricultural Credit
Co-operative Societies have been brought under a programme of re-vitalisation
by giving them assistance in the form of share capital and
An integrated approach has been adopted by utilising Gram Panchayat
Level Multipurpose Co-operative Societies as agents for distribution
of chemical fertiliser, essential commodities and for increased
agricultural production. 36 (thirty six) additional Co-operative
Retail outlets were opened for sale of chemical fertiliser during
the year to enable the farmers to purchase fertiliser in time and at
Government controlled rates. As a result, a record quantity of
11,522 MT of chemical fertilizer worth Rs. 243 lakhs was sold during
the Kharif season of 1986 by the Co-operative Societies. Action for
improvement of these Societies, as suggested by the Societies to
strengthen the democratic functioning of the Co-operative Societies
in matter of policy formulation, implementation of scheme and
management of Societies, is being taken.
The Manipur State Consumers Co-operative Federation, which has been
under the programme of rehabilitation, has started producing
encouraging result. The sale proceeds from July to December 1986
have alone exceeded Rs. 46.78 lakhs. It is expected that annual
turnover exceeding Rs. 1 crore will be achieved by the end of
Co-operative year against the turnover of Rs. 20.06 lakhs during the
Up to the end of December, 1986, the Department utilised an amount
of Rs. 47.00 lakhs out of the total net outlay of Rs. 64.00 lakhs.
It is expected that the Department will be able to achieve cent per
cent target during the current financial year.
Apart from the State Plan provision, the Department is implementing
various schemes under NCDC, CSS and CPS. The schemes include opening
of Agro-Service Centres, Rural Consumer Projects, Purchase of
Vehicles and the launching of an integrated Co-operative Development
Project in Bishnupur District during the current year. The NCDC has
so far made a blanket sanction of Rs. 110.614 lakhs.
PUBLICITY AND TOURISM
As an agency involved in highlighting the progress of implementation
of development schemes undertaken by my Government as well as to
read the pulse of the people and their aspirations, the Department
of Information and Public Relations has been playing a significant
role in the over-all administration of the State. The Department
organised Press Tours and arranged Press visits to acquaint the
Press community with the developmental activities of the State. It
organised a Mobile Photo and Cut Poster Exhibition on Development
works at Ukhrul in December 1986 to acquaint the people of the area
with the States’ welfare activities.
The State Government has set up a Tourism Advisory Board for
undertaking constant review. It is gratifying to note that Tourism
has been declared as an Industry in the State. Noteworthy activities
of Manipur Tourism during the year include construction of 50-bed
capacity, of IIIrd phase, in the campus of the Hotel Imphal Ashok
which is under progress; Tourist Home at Khongjom which is likely to
be completed by the end of financial year; Tourist Guest House at
INA Memorial Moirang with Cafeteria and other facilities;
construction of a Cafeteria at Mao gate and implementation of a new
Scheme under central sector to set up Jatri-Niwas at Churachandpur.
There is also a proposal for preparation of a Techno-Economic
Project Report for development of Water Sports and marine facilities
in the Loktak Lake. A high power Telescope is being installed at
Keibul Lamjao National Park. By the end of December 1986, 29014
tourists visited Manipur as against 24,457 in the year 1985-86.
ROADS AND BUILDINGS
During 1986-87, an additional length of 94 kms is being added,
against 80 kms during 1985-86, to achieve a total length of 3860 kms
out of which surfaced portion will cover length of 2153 kms with
1707 kms being un-surfaced. An additional length of 5 kms of State
Highways, 23 kms of other District Roads of Inter-Village Roads
(under Minimum Needs Programme) and 6 kms of village Roads have been
added. It is anticipated that by the end of March, 1987, only 132
kms of State Highways will have low grade section. During this
period, 7 nos. of major bridges, 14 nos of suspension Bridges and 65
nos. minor Bridges and culverts are expected to be completed.
The Department completed urban bypass near Langol and approach road
of link road to the housing complex at Langol. Widening of Tinsid
Road, construction of Traffic Islands and other safety measures have
also been taken up. It is planned to modernise and mechanise the
road construction system by 1987-88.
Thanlon-Khawzawl Road has been opened upto Tuivai river bordering
Mizoram. Works on Jiribam-Tipaimukh Road upto Barak River are in
progress. The pavement works on Tamenglong-Haflong, Jiri-Tipaimukh
and Thanlon-Khawzawl roads are in progress.
Considerable achievement has been made in the construction of Public
Administration Building and other department buildings. Completion
600 nos of quarters at Langol complex in a short period of about 7
months will raise the housing satisfaction from 15 to 25% in the
field of rental housing. Another 90 quarters are being completed
expeditiously. Construction of Imphal District Hospital, which is
expected to be commissioned by April, 1987, will add another feather
in the cap of the Works Department. Construction of 10-cabin Special
Ward at Lamphelpat, 30-bedded Rural Hospital at Tamenglong and 9 nos
of PHCs are in good progress. Rural Family Welfare Centres at six
places, 255 nos of Primary School buildings out of which 105 have
already been completed, 116 nos of Higher Secondary School
buildings, Seed cutting Houses at Noneh and Dollang, Deaf and Mute
School, Remand Home and Working Ladies’ Hostel, extension of
Tourism buildings at Imphal, Grain Godown at Sangaiprou and buildings
belonging to Veterinary, Manipur University, Archives, RMC and
Police in District Headquarters have also been undertaken with
SPORTS AND YOUTH SERVICES
The implementation of compulsory Physical Education Programmes in
Educational Institutions, the promotion of sports and games and the
organisation of Youth Welfare programmes constitute the main
activities of the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports.
In the field of Physical Education, the Department has not only
implemented the compulsory Physical Education programme in 1962
Educational Institutions but has also provided in-service training
to teachers so as to enable them to impart physical education in
their schools. The compulsory Physical Education programme is also
proposed to be extended to an additional 100 schools by the end of
the current financial year. In addition, the National Physical
Fitness Programmes and the National Physical Fitness Festival have
also been implemented/observed.
The Department has extended maximum possible financial assistance to
44 State Level Associations for participation of the State teams in
various competitions. The State Government has also extended Rs.
3.31 lakhs as Incentive Awards to 77 outstanding players at
International and National level. The Organisation of the Festival
of Indigenous Games and Martial Arts of the North Eastern Region and
also the First Sports Festival of the North Eastern region in
collaboration with Sports Authority of India and Netaji Subhas
National Institute of Sports respectively, have been the highlights
of the year. In addition, the Department has also assisted in the
organisation of National Championships in several fields like
Boxing, Arm Wrestling, etc. These have been over and above the
organisation of usual annual events.
In the field of Youth Welfare, institution of a State Youth Award
for the first time has been a highlight of the year.
The Department also organised anti-Drug Camps, Youth Leadership
Training Camps, National Youth Day/Week Camps, Youth Folk Festival
and Integration Camp, and NSS camping programmes at different
levels, involving more than 5000 youths.
LOCAL SELF GOVERNMENT
As the Hon’ble Members are aware, the Government of India have
allocated a sum of Rs. 5 crores for 7th Plan under the Urban
Development sector, for undertaking Capital Development project. An
expert team, led by Chief Planner, Town and Country Planning
Organisation, Government of India which visited Imphal recently has
made certain recommendations on the basis of which estimates
amounting to Rs. 271 lakhs have been prepared and sanctioned for
development of Naga Nullah as a part of the scheme. The Government
has further undertaken a project at Lamdeng under the scheme for
International Year of Shelter for Homeless.
During the year 1986-87, Master Plans for Bishnupr, Tamenglong,
Kakching and Nambol have been prepared. Similarly Master Plans for
Churachandpur and Chandel towns have already been published in the
Gazette. The Department will take steps for preparation of Master
Plans for Thoubal, Moirang and Senapati towns during 1987-88.
I am happy that the Government of India has agreed to take up two
more Towns under Integrated Development of Small and Medium Towns
Scheme for Bishnupur and Lamlai, for which Project Reports have
already been prepared by the Department. Environmental Improvement
Urban Slum Scheme was continued during the year. Under the Scheme
three tribal habituated areas in Imphal town were covered during the
year 1986-87. The Government has provided a sum of Rs. 63.00 lakhs
under the Social Housing Scheme for implementation of Low Income
Group Housing and Economically Weaker Sections Schemes. The
Government is also planning to implement Urban Basic Services
programme in the State during the 7th Plan.
During the year, elections for two Municipalities and 5 Small Town
Committees have so far been held. It is proposed to hold elections
for 5 Municipalities and two Small Town Committees in March, 1987.
Other major activities of the department include Beautification of
Imphal Town, installation of street lights which is already taking
place, improvement of the Drainage System in the market area and
streamlining of administration to improve its overall performance.
In briefly outlining the multifarious activities of my Government in
this august House, my fervent intention is to request the Hon’ble
Members to appreciate the responsibilities which lie on us for
ensuring Justice, social as well as economic, to our People. If we
fail to fulfill our cherished and avowed goals of Growth, Self
Reliance, Modernisation and Social Justice, we shall, no doubt, be
answerable to the posterity. With my Government being fully
committed to achieving the aforesaid goals, our State shall continue
to emerge stronger and thereby contribute towards making our Country
strong, prosperous and one of the foremost in the world.
During this Session, you will be deliberating on a number of
Legislations and also consider other Issue and Measures.
I wish all of you success in your deliberations.