LIST OF GOVERNOR'S ADDRESS
BY HIS EXCELLENCY, THE GOVERNOR OF MANIPUR, GENERAL K.V. KRISHNA RAO
(RETD.) TO THE MANIPUR LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY ON 16TH MARCH, 1988.
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 this First Session of the Fourth Legislative Assembly
Last year while addressing this august House, I had the occasion to
request the Hon’ble Members to appreciate their responsibilities and
make sincere endeavors for ensuring justice, social as well as economic
to our people. I am happy that, during the last one year, we have taken
significant steps ahead and succeeded in satisfying the needs and
aspirations of our people and thereby progressed towards the overall
objectives of equality, justice and self-reliance in various spheres of
LAW AND ORDER
During the year 1987, general crime and law and order situation in the State remained well under control.
It is gratifying to note that overall crime showed downward trend
during the year, which was particularly noticeable under crime heads,
viz. dacoity, burglaries and theft. The efforts of my Government in the
direction of revamping and strengthening the State Police force had a
desired impact over the general crime situation.
I am happy to mention that, my Government has successfully contained
the activities of insurgents, operating in Valley area, with the active
support from Security Forces. Some areas of the districts of Ukhrul,
Senapati and Chandel, however, remained affected by the activities of
N.S.C.N. I am sanguine that with the initiation of positive measures,
such as, introduction of Village Police System and thereby
strengthening Village Authority, re-organisation of Intelligence
machinery and seeking mass co-operation by speedy implementation of
various economic and welfare schemes, which have already been
undertaken by my Government, in right earnest, the activities of
N.S.C.N. will also be controlled firmly. I am also hopeful that,
misguided youth who form a microscopic minority will realize follies of
their illegal ways refrain from violence and join National mainstream,
to enable the Government to improve their lot and usher in a new era of
peace and prosperity for the people. Time has come for my Government
not only to curb and contain insurgency but also to put an end within
the framework of the Constitution.
My Government has re-organised the Home Guards set up in Manipur on
National pattern and has improved the service conditions of volunteers,
including enhancement of Duty Allowance and sanctioning food Packet
Allowance at the rates which are one of the best in the country. The
Police Housing Corporation which has been set up to look after the
construction of Police Housing and administrative Police buildings has
started functioning and efforts are being made to provide adequate
finances for speedy execution of works. Further, to reduce dependence
on other Forces and to tackle law and order problem on its own, two
additional Manipur Rifles Bns. have been sanctioned during the year.
Significant measures initiated by my Government also include concerted
efforts made to check the social menace of Drug trafficking and
addiction. I am sanguine that with the implementation of various
schemes, Manipur Police shall occupy a proud place along with the best
of the State Police Forces in the country.
Jail administration has further improved and no untoward incident was
reported during the year under review. Great emphasis was laid to
modernize Jail Administration in accordance with the recommendation of
All India Jail Reforms Committee and the Report of National Expert
Committee on Women Prisoners appointed by the Government of India.
Pending establishment of a Rehabilitation Centre, a special programme
for treatment and rehabilitation of drug addicts under the care and
expertise of trained medical staff is being carried out by my
Government. Adequate facilities were provided to prisoners willing to
pursue their academic career as well as arrangements were made to
provide vocational training to long-term convicts to facilitate their
rehabilitation in the society, after release from Jail.
My Government continued to implement various schemes introduced for
rehabilitation of misguided youths, who come overground and renounce
violence, during the year under review. I am confident that benefit of
these schemes will be availed by increasing number of youths in coming
months, who shall renounce violence, join National mainstream and
thereby help their State in ushering in a new era of peace, prosperity
PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATIVE REFORMS AND VIGILANCE
My Government has initiated suitable measures to regularize the
services of its employees, in right earnest, and updated Recruitment
Rules for various posts. It has established a Pension Cell to ensure
expeditious disposal of payment of pension and other retirement
benefits to its employees. The State Academy of Training conducted
Foundation courses for Civil/Police/Finance/Technical services, besides
conducting State Appreciation Courses for the probationers of All India
Services, Professional Courses for Finance and Accounts Service
Officers and others, as well as Refresher Courses for State government
employees, covering 1230 employees, during the year.
The State Vigilance Commission disposed of 186 complaints during the
year 1987, out of which charges were substantiated in 56 cases. The
Vigilance Police arrested eleven Government employees involved in
various corruption cases. It also recommended institution of
Departmental Proceedings for major penalty against 33 officials,
involved in 22 cases, besides recommending minor penalty proceedings
against 20 officials.
MISCELLANEOUS ADMINISTRATIVE MEASURES
My Government is fully alive to the needs and aspirations of various
sections of the society and taking all possible measures to improve
their lot adequately. These measures include, enhancement of State
pension to the Freedom Fighters from Rs.100/- to Rs. 250/- P.M.,
providing medical facilities to the freedom fighters free of cost and
introduction of a new scheme under which each jobless family of a
Freedom Fighter will be provided one job under the State Government.
The employment opportunities for youths joining NCC have been improved
by reserving 10% of the vacancies in Police Department for candidates
possessing ‘C’ Certificate besides giving preference to ‘B’ Certificate
holders in matters of employment. A Computer Centre has been
established for co-coordinating and promoting Science and Technology
activities and to store and analyse important and valuable data.
My Government is fully committed to maintain communal harmony and has
taken adequate measures for implementation of 15-Point Programme for
welfare of Minorities. The WAKE ACT 1954 has been extended to Manipur
and A WAKE ADVISORY BOARD, with adequate representation, has also been
constituted during the year. District administration has been made more
responsive to the aspirations and needs of rural poor, and Working of
District Councils has further been streamlined to improve its
My Government is implementing various legal and constitutional matters,
keeping in view, promotion and administration of justice, on the basis
of equal opportunities to all segments of our society. The Government
has extended Legal Aid and Advice to deserving candidates under the
Legal Aid and Advice Programme during the year, 1987. Further, with a
view to bringing administration of justice within easy reach of the
weaker and downtrodden sections of our society, as well as to expedite
disposal of various disputes, each of the five hill districts has now
been provided with a Court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate. The
Government of India has also been requested to establish a separate
High Court for Manipur as expeditiously as possible. The functioning of
the Directorate of Prosecution has further been streamlined to improve
The State’s financial position continued to be stable during the year
under review. In spite of further commitments, including revision of
pay scales of the Government employees, extension of bonus facility to
Police personnel and raising of additional Manipur Rifles Bns. during
the current financial year, steps have been taken to contain the
liabilities within the framework of available resources.
Revenue collection, both from tax and non-tax sources, improved
substantially during the year. I am sanguine that my Government would
be able to manage its finances well due to strict financial discipline
being enforced by the Department.
My Government has re-organised the Revenue set-up by bifurcating
existing two Sub-Divisions in Imphal District into four with
headquarters at Porompat, Sawombung, Lamphelpat and Wangoi, and created
two new Tehsils with headquarters at Tulihal in Imphal District and
Heirok in Thoubal District, with a view to bringing the administration
closer to the people.
It is re-assuring to note that, my Government has taken positive and
concrete measures to augment our resources. I am happy to note that, my
Government has allotted house sites to 93 persons including 76
Scheduled Tribes, agricultural land to 29 persons including one
Scheduled Tribe and shop sites to 4 persons including one Scheduled
Tribe during the year. My Government will see and take up land reforms
in the State. Steps/measures for extension of MLR/LR Act throughout the
territory of Manipur will be taken up. Reclamation of cultivable lands
will be on the top priority.
PLANNING AND 20-POINT PROGRAMME
It is encouraging to mention that the State economy has achieved
balanced growth and withstood strains caused by drought and floods
successfully. The Members will be happy to learn that, despite
constraints, my Government will be achieving the targets laid down for
implementation of various economic programmes fully. The Annual Plan of
Rs. 105 crores which represented an increase of over 20% over the
Annual Plan outlay for 1986-87 is being adequately implemented with top
priority being accorded to sectors like Irrigation and Flood Control,
Roads and Buildings, Power and Social Services. My Government has also
accorded priority to the agricultural and allied programmes including
poverty alleviations scheme. To ensure rural employment, substantially
enhanced outlay, above the matching share of the Central Government,
has been provided to NREP.
The progress of implementation of various economic schemes being
executed by various departments is being regularly and adequately
monitored by quarterly meetings, presided over by the Chief Minister.
The District Planning and Development Council, with Cabinet Minister
in-charge of the district as the Chairman, acts as co-coordinating
point, besides reviewing implementation of various programmes. Besides,
there is a High Level Committee headed by the Chief Minister, which
supervises and reviews critical programmes including 20-Point
Programme, regularly. It is a matter of satisfaction, that, the
Planning Commission have approved an outlay of Rs. 122.50 crores for
the Annual Plan 1988-89, which represents an increase of over fifteen
percent over the Annual Plan of the current year. My Government will
accord top priority to poverty alleviation programmes, provision for
infrastructure facilities and agriculture and allied sectors during
1988-89. Further, maximum effort will be made to complete ongoing
capital intensive projects, to reduce cost overrun and ensure that
benefits are generated in time. A beginning has already been made on ‘A
Project Approach’ in the management of schemes. I am happy that, my
Government is taking adequate care of safeguarding the interests of
weaker and downtrodden sections of the society as well as of backward
areas. To ensure balanced economic development, specific funds have
been earmarked for these areas. It is proposed to decentralize planning
and delegate enhanced authority to field offices for speedier execution
of schemes. To begin with, two districts, one each in Valley and Hill
areas, have been selected for introducing decentralized planning.
I am happy to mention that, my Government had been endeavouring to
achieve targets, in the field of IRDP, NREP, RLEGP, SSI, PHC,
assistance to SC/ST families, Indira Awas Yojana, Tree Plantation,
electrification of villages and construction of improved chullah and
biogas plant, points 1,8,11,14,16 and 19 of the 20-point programme.
Efforts initiated by my Government, to decentralize the administration
by strengthening Local Bodies, with a view to taking administration
nearer to the people, continued during the year under review. Important
poverty alleviation programmes like IRDP, NREP, RLEGP continued to be
vigorously and adequately implemented through the Community Development
Blocks. Efforts to secure the co-operation from people and Voluntary
Agencies, in implementation of various programmes, are also continuing.
My Government is committed to achieve balanced economic growth of
entire State and, in particular, accord high priority to the
improvement of the lot of socially and economically weaker sections of
our society. With this goal in mind, special programmes have been
implemented for the speedy development of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled
Tribe communities in the field of education as well as improvement in
their socio-economic conditions. The achievements of the Department
include implementation of pipe water schemes to the Tribal villages,
Land Reclamation Programme, Piggery, duckery and Poultry Development
schemes. Other schemes being executed by the Department include setting
up Village and Small Industries, construction of Hostel buildings, one
multipurpose Community Hall and one Rest House. During the same period,
four Roadside Godowns had been constructed under marketing Development
Schemes. Under Housing, 23 Tribal families have been extended financial
assistance. A special Development programme is being executed for the
Maram primitive Tribe. Under the State Plan, various schemes have been
undertaken in the sphere of education, economic upliftment, health and
housing etc. Two Scheduled Tribe Girls' Hostels have been constructed
under Centrally Sponsored Schemes.
My Government has initiated several measures, as a consequence of
which, Manipur has made significant progress in the field of
Agriculture. It is a matter of deep satisfaction that, consumption of
fertilizers per hectare, which stood at 45 kgs. per hectare at the end
of Sixth Plan, has reached the level of around 56 kgs. per hectare
which, besides comparing favourably with National average of 50 kgs. is
the highest among the North Eastern States. In Valley areas consumption
of fertilizers has in fact reached around 92.6 kgs. per hectare.
With the irrigation potential created under Major and Minor Irrigation
Projects, double cropping, that is, crop of paddy and Rabi crops after
main paddy has been introduced in the State covering 17303 hectares,
which represents a increase of about 100% over the last year. Further,
keeping in tune with the 20-Point Programme, the production of
Pulses/Oilseeds has also shown considerable increase during the year.
With the assistance from North Eastern Council, the Government have
established two Seed Farms, namely Regional Seed Farm for Major Field
Crops at Kharungpat and Regional Pulses and Oil Seeds Production Farm
at Senapati. Major achievements of the Department include conducting
Agricultural Census Operations for obtaining accurate Scientific data
and undertaking a Joint Programme with the ICAR complex for evolving
suitable varieties for Mid-hills, and cold-tolerant varieties for
higher hills. Programmes for production of Breed and Foundation Seeds
of the recommended varieties of paddy have also been initiated at the
Rice Research Station, Wangbal. Construction of 1000- tonnes capacity
Cold Storage has also been started. Further, to encourage healthy
competition amongst the progressive farmers to increase production the
Government has, by way of incentives, announced State and District
Level prizes, with certificate of honour to the best farmers from
The Command Area Development Authority, which was established in
1982-83 with the objective to properly utilize the potential created by
Irrigation Projects, is confident of meeting the approved Annual Plan
target fixed for 1987-88 by 31-3-88.
The Manipur Agro-Industries Corporation, which has been set up to
develop marketing and distribution network, as well as for providing
varied agricultural inputs and allied pursuits, has commenced
During the year 1987-88, 23 students completed their graduation from Manipur Agricultural College, successfully.
Department of Horticulture and Soil Conservation is implementing
various programmes, to cover larger areas, under important
horticultural crops, including pineapple, orange, lime and lemon, as
well as temperate fruits like plum, peach, pear and vegetables. There
are nine Progeny Orchards all over the State, engaged in production of
plants in addition to Development Farms for Cashew nut, Walnut, Citrus,
Spices and Potato. The Department distributed 1,51,130 plants and
seedlings, covering an area of 1076.21 hectares, during the year under
review and extended benefits to 190 gardeners under various training
The Fruit Preservation Factory, maintained by the Government, is expecting to process 250 Mts. fruits by 31-3-88.
Under the Soil Conservation Programmes, the Department is carrying out
various programmes for creation of permanent cultivable areas in hills
for the jhumias. It has established Soil Conservation Demonstration
farms in hill areas with the objective of motivating jhumias to give up
their traditional practices. The programme for soil conservation has
been slightly modified by including follow up programmes in order to
utilize the terrace fields, constructed by the Department gainfully.
The target of 1000 hectares for creation of permanent cultivable land
in the hills, to settle the jhumias, during the current financial year
will be achieved fully by 31-3-88.
The Manipur Plantation Crops Corporation produced 18364 kgs. of green
tea during the year, besides producing 1,36,600 coffee seedlings out of
which 1,20,000 were distributed to the public. The Corporation has also
established a Coffee Estate at Bukpi in Churachandpur District during
FOOD AND CIVIL SUPPLIES
My Government has been making all endeavours to ensure availability of
essential commodities to the public at reasonable prices. The
Department had procured 38035 Mts. of rice 6004 Mts. of levy sugar and
338 Mts. of GCI sheets for public distribution upto 31.12.87. During
the same period, the Department distributed 38411 Mts. of rice, as
against 20409 Mts. of rice in 1986-87, 4839 Mts. of levy sugar and 299
Mts. of GCI sheets to the public through Fair Price Shops. My
Government has adequate stock of essential commodities to meet any
During the year under review three nos. of godowns of 2500 Mts.
capacity in Churachandpur, Imphal and at Ukhrul were constructed.
Another godown of 500 Mts. capacity is under construction at Senapati.
As on date, 1535 Fair Price Shops are functioning in the State,
covering the entire population, with another 60 Fair Price Shops
proposed to be opened by 31.3.88 in Hill areas.
The State Level Price Fixation Committee has been constituted to help
maintain price stability in the market. Similarly, District Level
Consumers Advisory Councils have also been constituted to protect the
interests of consumers. A Vigilance Cell is functioning in the
Directorate and keeping close watch to ensure that the essential
commodities issued through the Public Distribution System reach the
common people. My Government has also initiated all possible efforts to
enforce regulatory provisions of various enforcement laws. Thanks to
the liberal Central assistance, the fleet of Departmental trucks has
VETERINARY AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY
My Government is actively engaged in drawing up several animal
Husbandry and Dairy Schemes, preparing viable plans and implementing
these fruitfully through willing participation of the people, with a
view to enhancing livestock and poultry production in the State.
Adequate stress is also being laid on health coverage, while
implementing various schemes by the Department. The measures taken by
my Government under Livestock Development Programme include cross
breeding of cattle by introducing exotic germ-plasm.
It is proposed to open one Regional A.I. Centre and three ICDP
Sub-Centres during the current year. Frozen semen scheme will also be
introduced under Central assistance with the proposed establishment of
three Liquid Nitrogen Plants, one Bull center and six Semen Depots.
Under the Poultry Development Programme, launched by my Government, the
Poultry Farm at Mantripukhri produced sufficient eggs and chicks,
besides providing facilities to the private farmers for hatching of
eggs during the year. The Department also supplied cross bred ducklings
produced by use of Khaki campwell ducks.
Under the Animal Health Coverage Programme, domesticated birds and
animals were vaccinated against other diseases, besides vaccinating
animals against Rinderpest.
Measures have been taken to combat zoonotic diseases which are communicable from animal to men and vice versa.
Two new Dispensaries were opened during the current year. Under Fodder Development programme, undertaken by my
Government, measures were taken to introduce improved varieties of fodder.
Four Major Schemes, sanctioned by North Eastern council, viz. the
Composite Livestock Farm, Noney, the Regional Buffalo Breeding Farm,
Wabgai, Regional Pony Breeding Farm, Kanglatongbi and Regional Piggery
Seed Production Farm at Tamenglong are expected to be made functional
The Operation Flood III Project and two milk chilling plants are being
started in the State shortly to augment milk supply scheme. Other
significant activities of the Department include undertaking various
schemes for piggery, goat and mithun development as well as
self-employment generation programmes, to improve economic condition of
poorest of the poor.
Hon’ble members will be happy to learn that the Department of fisheries
produced 25.5. millions of fish seeds during the year 1987-88 which
represents an increase of about 15% over the production during the last
financial year. The Department is confident to achieve the target of
production of 6590 tonnes of table fish by 31.3.88. It is distributing
seeds to individual Fish Farmers’ Co-perative Societies and
Piscicultural organisations, on credit basis, under the Fish Seed Bank
Scheme, under which 5 lakh fish seeds were distributed during the year.
The Department supplied 11000 kgs. of table fish to the public at
Government approved rates on 23.10.87 on the occasion of Ningol
The Department has established one mobile Hypophysation Unit, which
extends technical amd material help, in the field of induced breeding
of fish farmers.
Under the Preservation and Development of Natural Fisheries Scheme
undertaken by the Department 150 hectares of acquatic weed infested
area has been cleared. During the year, 881 fish farmers have been
extended financial assistance, with the help of NABARD, having a total
subsidy-component of Rs.11, 99,793 and the loan component being Rs.
99,22,915. Further, 812,68 hectares of water area, representing an
increase of about 60% over the last year, has been brought under Fish
Culture. Suitable policy will be adopted to preserve the lakes in this
The Government has extended the Group Accident Insurance Scheme to the
fish farmers, under which 222 fishermen have so far been insured.
Research work on important local indigenous fish is being undertaken at
Fisheries Research Centre, Khundrakpam.
To cope with the problems connected with depletion of forest resources,
my Government took up 24 Development Schemes, under Forestry Sector,
with an outlay of Rs. 250 lakhs during 1987-88. The Department has also
implemented three schemes under soil Conservation, in which emphasis
was laid to maintain environmental stability and ecological balance.
The important schemes undertaken during the year include economic
plantation of industrial and commercial species to increase the growing
stock per unit area, covering 1725 hectares. Further, advance works for
plantation to the extent of 1950 hectares during 1988-89 will be
completed shortly. Under the Social Forestry, plantation of various
fast growing and fruit bearing tree-species on 2900 hectares has been
completed by 31.12.87.
The scheme for development of Keibul Lamjao National Park, with the
objective of protecting Sangai, in its natural habitat, is being
implemented seriously. During the year, digging of cattle proof
trenches and providing of ring-bund, for a length of 6 kms. along the
periphery of the park, construction of a check post, habitat
improvement over 100 hectares and carrying out of an aerial census was
To prevent soil erosion and further deterioration of land vegetation
resources, plantation over an area of 1790 hectares has been completed
under the Afforestation Schemes, during the year.
IRRIGATION AND FLOOD CONTROL
Major and Medium Irrigation Projects, which were undertaken in Manipur
have made significant progress during the last few years. The
Department is proposing to undertake a Medium Irrigation Project at
Dolaithabi, on Iril River which will have an ultimate irrigation
potential of 7900 hectares.
Annual irrigation potential created by the end of March 1987, which
stood at 52700 hectares, is expected to be increased to 57,900 hectares
The Department is presently conducting investigations for 16 other
projects. It has completed investigation for undertaking a Medium
Irrigation Project on Jiri River under N.E.C. Programme at Jiribam
which will benefit, on completion, about 5800 hectares in Manipur and
In the field of flood control, my Government has been executing besides
undertaking the construction of Multipurpose reservoir Projects on the
upper reaches of major rivers , with a view to moderating floods,
essential flood control measures including construction of new
embankments, strengthening of the existing embankments, construction
and improvement of drainage channels and sluices, etc. The Department
has further commenced formulation of riverwise flood control projects,
as long term measures. Another Major Project on Wangjing river, costing
Rs. 1.18 crores, has been cleared by the Central Water Commission and
is awaiting concurrence from the Planning Commission.
The Manipur Flood Plan Zoning Bill, which was passed by the Assembly,
has been enacted, as the Manipur Flood Plan Zoning Act, 1978. I am
happy to mention that Manipur is the first state in the country to have
enacted such a law. Relevant Rules have also been formulated and
notified in the Gazette
My Government is implementing various schemes, aimed to create adequate
irrigation potential for increasing agricultural production. Estimates
indicate that ultimate irrigation potential which could be created
under Surface Water Resources will be about 1 lakh hectares, together
with Ground Water resources as 5000 hectares, for the State. Another
50,000 hectares could be brought under the Permanent Terraced Paddy
Field Cultivation in hill areas. By the end of December, 1987 the
Department had created irrigation potential for additional 850 hectares
successfully. I am confident that the department shall achieve both
physical and financial targets set for the current financial year fully
With the liberalization of policy and removal of restrictions on the
issue of permits for the convenience of the travelling public, the
number of vehicles plying in the State has gone up to 28360 as on
31.12.87, representing a growth rate of over 20% during the last one
year. The Government has set up a Planning Cell for conducting traffic
surveys. The Government has also set up Road Safety Councils, at State
and district levels, as well as in participating in Central Fund scheme
of the Government of India under which the victims of road accidents in
hit and run cases are suitably compensated. For the convenience of
travelling public as well as Transport operators a central parking
place has also been constructed. Against the target of Rs. 1.52 crores
for revenue collection, the Department had collected Rs.1 crore
approximately by 31.12.87 and hopes to achieve the target fully which
represents an increase of more than 40% over the collection during
The Manipur State Transport Corporation hopes to carry 16 lakhs
commuters, in its buses, by performing 26.40 lakhs effective kms.
during the current year, which represents an increase of about ten
percent over last year. The Corporation transported 12 lakhs Mts. of
goods during 1986-87, which is expected to reach to 15 lakhs Mts.
during the current year. My Government wants to improve communication
within the State and attempts will be made to introduce Night Service.
ROADS AND BUILDINGS
I am happy to mention that road-density of the State, which stood at 21
kms. per 100 square kms. at the end of Sixth Five Year Plan, is
anticipated to reach to about 23 kms. per 100 square kms. by 31.3.88.
It is gratifying that my Government has initiated serious measures to
undertake mechanized construction so essential for achieving
good-riding quality and proper surfacing. The Department is laying
adequate emphasis on completion of on going projects to reduce cost
escalation. During 1987-88, an additional length of 122 kms. is likely
to be completed, as compared to 94 kms. added during the last year,
apart from improvement of Low-grade sections of the State Highway
system, strengthening of weak and damaged portion of State Highways,
The Department has undertaken several improvement works, to improve the
riding–quality of the surface and cross drainage at several reaches on
National Highways. Out of 4 Major bridges under construction, bridges
at Karong and Senapati are targeted for completion by March, 1988.
Under N.E.C. programmes, 28 kms of formation-cutting was completed,
besides undertaking metalling and premix carpeting of 65 kms. and 25
kms. respectively which are being completed shortly.
The Department has made significant progress in the field of
construction of both Public Administration and rental buildings during
the year. Important Public Administration buildings completed during
the year included Banquet Hall at Raj Bhavan, Secretariat Building,
Phase II and Mini secretariat at Senapati. Construction of Medical
Directorate buildings at Lamphelpat, District Hospital complex at
Porompat and DMO’s Offices at Thoubal and Bishnupur are in advanced
stage of completion. Construction of Rural Welfare Centres at Moirang,
Wangoi and Nungba, Urban Family Welfare Centre at Porompat, Deaf and
Mute School, Remand House and Working Ladies Hostel are in good
progress. Construction of Tourist Home at Khongjom is targeted for
completion during the year.
The Department has completed construction of Grain-Godown and Office
building for the Directorate of Food and Civil Supplies in record time
which is creditable. It has also completed construction of 23 Primary
School buildings under 8th Finance Commission award. Similarly
construction of Jail buildings at Sajiwa, Senapati and Chandel, and
Naga Nullah Project, are also in good progress.
I am happy that my Government has implemented the National Policy on
Education from the current Academic Session, in right earnest, by
re-structuring the existing pattern of education into 10+2+3 system.
The Government has also finalized the Operation Black Board Project
with a proposal to cover 54 Primary Schools in first phase.
With a view to successfully implementing New Education policy, the
Department has delinked Pre-University course in science in 5 colleges
and in Arts in 12 colleges, besides opening Three Year Degree Course in
16 colleges, which has received approval from the Manipur University.
Further, Bridge Courses have been opened in 18 colleges from the
Academic Session 1987-88.
Government is committed to provide better and quality education to the
meritorious children of +2 stage. With this end in view, it has opened
four Navodaya Vidyalayas from the current Academic Session. Further,
approval of the Government of India has also been obtained for opening
three Navodaya Vidyalayas during the next Academic Session. Activities
of the Government in the field of Education also include opening of 284
Schools in villages where there were no schools and upgrading sixty
single-teacher schools as two-teacher schools during the year.
SOCIAL WELFARE, ARTS AND CULTURE
My Government is implementing various Social Welfare Programmes, aimed
at providing social care to the poor, destitute, neglected, mentally
and physically handicapped persons, including women and children, with
a view to rehabilitating them in society. These programmes include
grant-in-aid to Balwadis, undertaking five child Welfare projects,
which provide supplementary feeding, Referral Services and Health
Education, construction of Museum-cum-Doll House-cum-Library at Khuman
Lampak, financial assistance to the destitute children,etc. For the
welfare of handicapped, the Government is running Ideal Blind School
and Deaf and Mute School. The Department, besides extending financial
assistance to 502 handicapped persons, during the year, is also running
one Infirm-Aged House-cum-Clinic. In the field of Women’s Welfare, one
Working Ladies’ Hostel at Takyel Welfare Complex has, started, besides
a Training-cum- Production Centre for widows, divorced and destitute
My Government has introduced the scheme of old age pension to the needy
people, besides arranging supplementary nutrition to pre-school
children, pregnant and nursing mothers under the Minimum Needs
programme, which covers 16 ICDS Projects, Balwadies and 36 Family and
Child Welfare Centres. My Government is evincing keen interest in
implementation of various Social Welfare programmes.
My Government is committed to preserve Manipuri culture and achieve
integration, in real terms, between Hills and Plains, through the
medium of arts. It is encouraging to note that popularity of our
traditional martial arts has now crossed the national boundaries.
Significant activities of the Department include organisation of an
Exhibition of Traditional Costumes at G.M. Hall, repairing of the
Thangal General Temple and holding of Joint workshops in the field of
dance, drama, painting and folk song during the year. The Government of
Uttar Pradesh has sanctioned a sum of Rs. 2 lakhs for renovation of the
Samadhi to Thangal General at Radhkund in Mathura district. I extend my
thanks to the Government of Uttar Pradesh for this gesture. Members
will be happy to learn that the permission to excavate the ruins of the
old palace site of Maharaja Gambhir Singh at Canchipur has been
accorded by the Archaeological Survey of India and the work is going to
be started shortly.
SPORTS AND YOUTH SERVICES
I am happy to mention that my Government has successfully implemented
compulsory Physical Education Programmes in Middle/Secondary Schools,
and imparted Refresher and orientation training to 326 Physical
Education and Primary Teachers. It is further gratifying to note that
National Physical Fitness Programme has been implemented, and the
National Physical Fitness Festival has been observed. The Members will
be happy to know that, in the National Inter-School Winter Games Meet
held at Durg (Madhya Pradesh) State Team bagged 3 (three) bronze medals
in Judo and 13 sportsmen were selected for admission to Sports
Authority of India adopted Schools. Similarly, three boys from Manipur
bagged Gold/Bronze medals in All India Rural Sports Group II Meet held
at Gumla (Bihar).
The Department of Sports and Youth Services organized
residential/non-residential coaching programmes at State/District level
during the year 1987. It organized a residential coaching programme in
nine disciplines at Imphal, in which 400 boys/girls were given training.
During the year, about 3000 youths have derived benefits from different
Youth Welfare programmes like Anti-Drug Camps, Youth Leadership
Training camp, Youth Exchange Programmes as well as
conferences/workshops and seminars, etc. In the State Level Youth Folk
Festival, 200 youths from all over the State participated in Imphal.
The Department extended financial assistance to two adventure clubs,
one Flying club, two Hang-gliding clubs and Ten Voluntary organizations
for implementation of various youth programmes. 4950 youths belonging
to 25 colleges participated in the National Service Scheme (NSS) during
With the establishment of NIS Centre for North Eastern Region at
Imphal, the Standard of sports of our youth is expected to improve
further. My Government has established a State Youth Hostel, where a
sports Hostel has been opened by NIS Centre, in which 70 boys and girls
are attending regular coaching in various sports disciplines. I am
happy to mention that the Department sponsored a cultural troupe and a
Mukna team for participating in the Festival of India held in the USSR.
HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE
I am happy to mention that, my Government is making concerted efforts
to make health services responsive to the needs of the people in the
State. The achievements of the Department in building vast
infrastructure of health services in rural and hill areas, under the
Minimum Needs programme (MNP) have been creditable.
Achievements of the Department, under the Programme, include
establishment of 28 Medical Institutions, bringing the number of Health
Institutions, in the State, to 471 with 1727 beds, providing 23 Primary
Health Sub-Centres which has reduced the population coverage to 3100
per Sub-Centre in the Hills and 5100 per sub-Centre in Valley areas.
The Department had established 5 new Primary Health centres by
31.12.87. It is proposed to bring down the population coverage per
Health Centre to 20,000 in Hills and 30,000 in Valley by the end of 7th
During the year, construction of four Community Health Centres was
started and expected to be completed by 87-88. The Government has also
started implementation of Multipurpose Workers Scheme (MPW) by
introducing in two PHCS initially. It is proposed to cover all hill
districts by introducing the Scheme by 1990.
During the year, 1246 Leprosy patients were discharged as cured. Under
NTBC, 1578 T.B. cases were detected and brought under treatment. Under
NMEP, 1084 Malaria cases were reported which represents substantial
decline in Malaria cases over last year. There was no case of death due
The Department organized 13 Eye-camps and treated 1029 patients for various diseases besides examining 2638 patients.
Implementation of Universal Immunization Programme to cover 100%
pregnant mothers and 85% of children has been started by the
Department. It is expected to achieve all targets, fixed for
vaccinations, by 31.3.88. fully.
Major achievements of the Department, during the year under review,
include establishment of two School Health Units for Thoubal and
Bishnupur, organisation of School Health Camps, and Orientation
Training of School Teachers.
In the field of Family Welfare, significant achievements have been made
in various fields through mass communication and motivational
activities of my Government. It is a matter of satisfaction that by the
end of December,1987, couples-protection level has reached over 40%
which is much higher than All India Level. The Annual Birth Rate of
27.5 per thousand, for the State, is among the lowest in the country.
The State has, already, achieved the Death Rate of 6.9 per thousand,
against the National target of 10.4 per thousand fixed for 1990. The
preliminary investigation conducted into Infant Mortality Rate
indicates the State average to be much below the National target of 87
per thousand, set for the year 1990.
PUBLIC HEALTH ENGINEERING
Members will be happy to know that my Government is laying adequate
stress on supply of pure and safe drinking water to the people, living
in both urban and rural areas of the State. The problem of inadequate
supply of water, which is being faced by the people of Imphal, with a
shortfall of around 4.5 Mgd. against the existing level of demand, is
being solved gradually. The measures taken by my Government, to bridge
this gap, include undertaking augmentation schemes at Porompat and
Canchipur, with the capacity of 2.5 Mgd. which are expected to be
commissioned by 31.3.89. Efforts are also being made for exploring
ground sources leading to successful energization of 8 tube wells which
are presently yielding around 2.5 lakh gallons of water per day. The
problem of overflow of gas, while digging the tube wells, has been
successfully eliminated with the help of suitable advanced technology.
In rural areas, 700 tube wells are now being operated successfully
yielding 1,200 gallons per hour on the average. I am happy to mention
that the Government have covered 27 out of 31 Small Towns, by water
supply system and work is in progress in the remaining four Small Towns.
It is encouraging to note that, number of villages covered by Rural
Water Supply scheme, which stood at 1,229 as on 31.3.87 has gone up to
1,325 villages as on 31.12.87. The Department is planning to cover 117
additional villages by the end of financial year. I am sanguine that,
my Government shall implement the target of covering all problem
villages by the end of 7th Five-year plan.
In the field of sanitation, 24 demonstrative units have been completed
in Urban areas, which include feasibility study conducted by UNDP for
rural sanitation. Further, project reports for construction of
household latrines in five small towns are under preparation. Under
MNP, the Department has constructed 1,000 household latrines in 55
villages. Another 104 units have been completed under Central Schemes
in six villages.
Although sufficient power is now available from Loktak Project, the
benefit could not yet reach the consumer, due to problems in
Transmission and Distribution system. The total Sub-Station capacity,
at present, continues to be below the All India norm. My Government
has, therefore, laid maximum stress on the transmission and
distribution system. It is gratifying to note, that by initiating
serious measures, the Transmission and Distribution losses, which stood
at the level of 60% at the end of 1984-85, could be reduced to 37% by
31.3.87. The Hon’ble Members will be happy to learn that measures have
been initiated to reduce the losses to 22% by 31.3.89.
The commercial operation of Lokchao Micro Hydel Project (2 x 0.2MW) has
been started. Similarly, the construction of Booning Micro Hydel
Project (2 x 0.5 MW), Gelnel Micro Hydel Project (2 x 0.2 MW) and
Leimakhong stage III Micro Hydel Project ( 2 x 0.5 MW) are in progress.
Over and above, the Department has also undertaken Maklang (0.8 KW) and
Khuga (1.5 MW) Micro Hydel Projects.
Against the total installed capacity of Diesel Generating sets of 14.39
MW, the effective firm capacity was around 5 MW only. The installation
of two 1 MW Diesel Generating sets at Imphal Power House is in progress
and sets are scheduled to be commissioned shortly. The capacity of
Tamenglong Diesel Power House has been augmented by installing two 248
KW Diesel Generating sets during the year under review.
The 6.3 MVA Sub-Station at Jiribam was commissioned during 1987-88. The
Department is planning to augment 40 MVA Yurembam Sub-Station to 60
MVA. The level of rural electrification which stood at 39.3% as on
31.3.87 has improved to 42.5% by 31.12.87. During the first 9 months of
the current financial year, 65 villages have been electrified.
Investigation for six projects was completed by 31.2.87 and work for
another 3 sites is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
Under the Centally Sponsored Schemes, restringing of 33km. long send
circuit of 132 KV line from Leimatak to Yurembam has been completed.
Under the NEC Scheme, investigation of Irang (90 MW) is on the verge of
completion. NEC has also approved investigation of Sanalok and Maklang.
Manipur, an industrially backward State, has seen a perceptible change
in its industrial environment during the year. My Government has
undertaken preparation of feasibility reports with the help of the
National Industrial Development Corporation Ltd. for deciding the
strategy to be adopted for the industrial development of the State and
prepared project profiles of a number of identified feasible industries
that may be set up in the State.
The Khandsari Sugar Factory is expected to achieve the production
target of 1,200 quintals which represents an increase of almost cent
percent over the last year. It is contemplated to establish a seed
Multiplication-cum-Production Farm at Haosouching in Heirok area
shortly. The Manipur Sugar Mill Ltd. has been incorporated. Substantial
progress has been made in implementation of the Project. About 1884
hectares of land are so far under sugarcane cultivation. Systematic
thrust to increase areas under sugarcane cultivation is being made to
meet the entire requirement in a phased manner. The requirement of term
loan for implementation of the project amounting to Rs. 605.00 lakhs is
expected to be sanctioned by the Industrial Development Bank of India
My Government has selected two sites for establishment of Industrial
Growth Centres to be developed at the cost of Rs. 4 crores, one each in
Imphal and Churachandpur Districts. Project report for the proposed
Growth Centre at Imphal district has been completed and the Central
Government and the IDBI have been approached to sanction their share of
fund for the project. The preparation of the Project Report for the
other selected Growth Centre will be completed shortly.
Realising the potential in increasing importance of plastic industries,
my Government has actively encouraged and assisted setting up of units
in this Sector. It is gratifying to note that the Government of India
have approved setting up of an Extension Centre of Central Institute of
Plastic Engineering and Tools (CIPET) at Imphal, with a matching
contribution by the State Government to cater to the needs of the
I am also happy to note that the Central Government has taken concrete
steps for setting up of Drug formulation unit in the State of Manipur
which will have far-reaching effect toward development of industries in
The 50 MT Cement Plant at Hundung is under trial-run and is expected to be commissioned shortly.
The Manipur Industrial Development Corporation Ltd. (MANIDCO) extended
financial assistance to 1064 Industrial Units during the year and
sanctioned loans amounting to Rs. 1126.39 lakhs. The Corporation is
planning to expand its activities to the raw-material tradings by
lifting cement ,coal polyester yarn ,plastic granules, T.V. components,
etc. for the benefit of industrial units in the State.
The implementation of Bamboo Chipping Plant has made steady progress
with the assistance of the Hindustan Paper Corporation Ltd. on turn-key
basis. The Project which is at Jiribam is expected to be completed
within the scheduled time.
In order to meet the increasing demand of acrylic yarn in the region my
Government has taken necessary steps to set up an acrylic yarn
manufacturing unit to be attached to the Manipur Spinning Mills Ltd.
with the assistance of the Indian Petro-Chemicals Ltd. My Government
has also encouraged other chemical and Petro-Chemical based industries
in the State with active guidance and assistance from the Central
The Department undertook geological investigations for minerals with
the successful discovery of idocrase and serpentinite. The North
Eastern Council has agreed to sponsor exploration of serpentinite and
idocrase at a project cost of Rs. 40 lakhs. Establishment of a Chromite
Grinding Unit is also being taken up.
In the field of Village and Small Industries, the Department extended
financial assistance to 328 units during the year besides undertaking
construction of more industrial sheds at Takyel Industrial Estate and
stressing the role of Entrepreneurial Development Programmes covering
250 entrepreneurs including 50 women.
The Department of Sericulture distributed 1,80,958 DFLs and produced
37,95,869 nos of cocoons valued at Rs. 3,79,586/- during the year
besides supplying 4,17,000 mulbery DFLs producing cocoons valued at
Rs.37,61,250/- by December, 1987. Similarly 3,68,000 Eri DFLs were
distributed which produced cocoons valued at Rs. 32,05,000/- during the
A project for the development of Mulberry and Eri sector for the State
with an outlay of Rs. 33.48 crores has been approved in principle by
the Central Silk Board and is awaiting final decision from the
Government of India.
Realising the increasing prospect and importance of Electronics
Industry my Government has made comprehensive plan for development of
Electronics Industries in the State of Manipur. The Manipur Electronics
Development Corporation Ltd. has been formed and the same has been
smoothly functioning having perspective plan for implementing various
projects. The Corporation expected to achieve assembling of 543 Black
& White T.V. Sets, 1025 Colour T.V. Sets and 6342 Black & White
portable T.V. Sets by the end of current financial year. The
Corporation has taken concrete steps to set up Electronic Complex. With
the assistance of Central Electronics Ltd., UPTRON Ltd. Deptt. of
Electronics, Government of India, the Corporation has taken up various
projects including communication equipments , training, computer,
software, servicing of Electro-Medical equipments and trading.
It is gratifying to note again that the Deptt. of Electronics,
Government of India, has sanctioned and started taking necessary action
for establishment of Centre for Electronics Design & Technology at
Akampat, Imphal, to cater to the needs of Eastern and North-Eastern
States of India. Some infrastructural development works are in progress
at the 30 acres of land allotted by the State Government at Akampat.
The Project costing Rs. 12.70 crores including Rs. 4.50 crores for the
first phase will contribute to the faster development of Electronics
Industries in the State.
The Co-operative Movement was established from roots in Manipur. My
Government has been laying adequate emphasis towards the goal of
increased agricultural production, through stimulating Agricultural
Co-operative and Credit Institutions. It is gratifying to note that, my
Government had initiated serious measures to improve the recovery of
over-due loans which has resulted to the lowering down of percentage of
over-due loans to 19.5% of the demand. With the improvement in recovery
of loans, a sum of Rs. 130 lakhs was sanctioned by NABARD for kharif
crop during 1987-88 and another sum of Rs. 120 lakhs for Rabi crop
during the same period. Apart from sanctioning loans to the farmers for
seasonal agricultural operation, the Manipur State Co-operative Bank
took up handloom finance under Refinance scheme of the NABARD under
which the Bank sanctioned loans, amounting to Rs. 26.82 lakhs to
Primary Handloom Weavers Co-operative Societies during 1987-88.
As on date, 28 Agro Service Centres are operating in the Co-operative
sector with an investment of Rs. 92.55 lakhs. My Government is
proposing to establish 20 additional centres by 31.3.89 covering the
The Manipur Apex Co-operative Marketing Society, through its State wide
net-work of 69 Co-operative sub-agents and 327 individual sub-agents,
is hoping to distribute 16,000 Mts. of chemical fertilizers by 31.3.88,
which represents an increase of over 25 percent from last year.
In the field of Handloom Industry, Handloom Weavers Co-operative
Societies, having 667 branches all over the State, and with one State
level Society, are playing a significant role for its development.
These societies are being given financial assistance in the shape of
share capital contribution and managerial subsidy. The Government had
sanctioned a sum of Rs. 3.50 lakhs per Society, under NCDC Scheme, for
constructing a common Workshop. Further, with the financial assistance
from NCDC, a new scheme designated as Integrated Co-operative
Development Project (ICDP) has been launched in Bishnupur District with
an outlay of Rs. 201 lakhs. The scheme envisages intensive development
of Co-operative in the field of Agriculture, Handloom, Fishery and
Dairy. A similar project is being taken up in Thoubal district for
which project report is under preparation.
During the year under review, two Sericulture Co-operative Societies,
located in the hill districts, were given financial assistance for
construction of Rearing House at a block cost of Rs. 2 lakhs per
PUBLICITY AND TOURISM
The Department of Information and Public Relations continued to play
key role, as the mouth-piece of the Government in publishing its
policies and programmes as well as its achievements in various fields
of its activities. The Department also continued to play a significant
role in the field of keeping the State Government fully informed about
the needs and aspirations of the people. During the year the Department
organized Mobile Photo Out Poster Exhibition on developmental works at
Imphal besides attending to various other activities.
The Department of Tourism has initiated several measures for
development of tourist infrastructure for promotion of tourism by
providing facilities including accommodation, way-side amenities,
adventure and leisure facilities and Holiday Resorts, throughout the
State. Significant activities of the Department, during the year,
include construction of 50-bed capacity in Hotel Imphal Ashok, which is
nearing completion, construction of Tourist Houses at Khongjom, Siroi
and Churachandpur, which are at various stages of completion,
organizing conducted tours, which have become very popular and opening
of proposed Tourist Centre at Imphal Airport. I am confident that,
construction of Tourist Home at Moirang, watchtower fitted with
powerful telescope at Keibul Lamjao, provision of Water Sports
facilities in Loktak lake and construction of way-side amenities at
Mao, Kangpokpi, Santing and Litan will further promote tourism in the
LOCAL SELF GOVERNMENT
The Directorate of Municipal Administration, Housing and Urban
Development continued to function as regulatory and supervisory organ
of my Government in respect of various Urban Local Bodies, including
the Planning and Development Authority, for implementing housing
schemes and development of urban areas effectively during the year. In
the field of housing, a sum of Rs. 16,36,607/- was released for
construction of 100 houses, under the IYSH Scheme, at Lamdeng Indira
Gandhi Housing colony. The Government is further proposing to construct
houses for Economically Weaker Sections and persons belonging to Low
Income Group under Composite Housing Colony Scheme which will be
executed through PDA.
The construction works in respect of development of Naga Nallah are in
full swing. A sum of Rs. 7,09,120/- has been provided for
implementation of EIUS Scheme for development of slum areas in
Koirengkhul, Dimdaijangkhul,Tellipati and Ningthoukhong. I am happy to
mention, that, my Government has initiated several measures, in right
earnest, for beautification of Imphal town, including development of
Kangla Park and moat, provision of street lighting, installation of
Bronze Statue of Kangla Sha at the Shahid Minar, improvement of
drainage in the market areas, etc.
As a part of Integrated Development of Small and Medium Towns Scheme
(IDSMT), a sum of Rs. 12 lakhs has been sanctioned for executing
various development works in Jiribam Town. The Government of India have
agreed to release a sum of Rs. 17 lakhs as Central share for taking up
Low-Cost Sanitation Scheme at Kakching and Jiribam Towns.
MANIPUR DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY
Manipur Development Society, which has been established to undertake
employment oriented development programmes in the Valley districts
extended its activities to the five Hill districts during the current
year on the recommendation of the Central Steering Committee. The
Society has created employment for 31,34,953 man-days under various
schemes so far, besides providing indirect employment to weavers and
educated unemployed females.
To promote light engineering industries, the society has floated a
public limited company, under the name and style of Manipur Cycle
Corporation Ltd., which has established its factory and started
While briefly outlining significant achievements of my Government in
this august House, I intend to draw the attention of Hon’ble Members
towards the tasks ahead, which remain unfulfilled for one reason or the
other, and fervently request the Hon’ble Members to sincerely
contribute their mite towards the fulfilment of noble goals enshrined
in our Constitution, including Equality and Justice, and thereby make
our country one of the foremost in the world. I am confident that, with
my Government being whole-heartedly committed to achieving the
aforesaid goals, our State shall continue to emerge stronger and
stronger, in the days to come.
During this Session, you will be deliberating on a number of
Legislations and also examine and consider other Issues and Measures.
I wish all of you success in your deliberations.