LIST OF GOVERNOR'S ADDRESS
by His Excellency, the Governor of Manipur, General K. V. Krishna
Rao (Retd.) to the Manipur Legislative Assembly on 1.3.1989.
Hon’ble Speaker and Distinguished Members of the House,
I am happy to welcome you to the first session of the Fourth
Legislative Assembly in 1989.
Last year, while addressing this august House, I had touched upon
the need for each one of us to contribute our mite in the
country’s endeavour to fulfill the noble goals enshrined in the
Constitution. I am indeed happy to note that during the last one
year, my Government has taken significant and decisive steps in
achieving the objective.
LAW AND ORDER
There were four major incidents of extremist activities leading to
loss of lives of 2 army officers, one AR jawan, 15 CRPF personnel,
one police officer and 2 civilians and substantial amount of cash.
The law and order situation otherwise remained under control during
the year under review. The Security Forces continued to render
valuable assistance to the State Government to contain insurgency in
The number of cases registered under preventive sections of law are
increasing over the years showing greater efforts by the police
machinery. State Police is being effectively used in
counter-insurgency operations. Steps have been initiated to improve
investigation and prosecution of cases involving extremists. 85
extremists belonging to various Underground organizations have been
arrested and arms and ammunition captured. Further, as many as 51
members of various extremist organisations surrendered to the
Government during the year under review. State police has seized
substantial quantities of drugs and arrested a number of persons
responsible for such activities. Special attention has been paid to
the welfare and training needs of police personnel. The Manipur Fire
Service handled 180 fire incidents out of 184 recorded during the
calendar year 1988.
Construction of the Sajiwa Jail near Imphal and 4 District Jails at
Chandel, Churachandpur, Senapati and Ukhrul is likely to be
completed soon. It shall now be possible to deal more effectively
with the problems of overcrowding, jailbreaks etc. Amongst the
inmates of the central jail at Imphal, there are drug addicts and
lunatics who have been provided with medical treatment. Vocational
training is given to the long term convicts so as to enable them to
amalgamate into the society with ease when they are released.
My Government has pursued an active policy of rehabilitation of
surrendered extremists. In some cases, it has been possible to
provide them with Government employment. Self-employment is also
encouraged with necessary assistance. A peace camp to receive
surrendered extremists and look after them till their rehabilitation
has been revived.
My Government shares the anguish of families from which young boys
and girls have gone to the Underground. All right thinking persons
in the State must come forward and help in the task of persuading
the misguided youth to give up their violent ways and join the
national mainstream. My Government is fully prepared to hold
negotiations with the extremist groups within the framework of the
Constitution of India and take positive steps to rehabilitate those
who return to normal life.
DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL
My Government has continued its efforts towards restricting
ad-hoc/irregular appointments with utmost seriousness. Filling up of
vacancies in regular manner has been facilitated by speedy
finalisation of a large number of recruitment rules. A State
Grievances Committee for service related grievances of Government
employees has been set up and it has finalized 75% of the cases
referred to it. Direct recruitment of six MCS officers and eleven
MPS officers as also promotion of fifteen MPS officers has been
During the year under report, the post of Vigilance Commissioner was
348 complaints were received during the calendar year 1988, which
opened with a carry over of 673 cases. 206 complaints were disposed
of during the year. In 12 cases, departmental action was
recommended and in 5 cases termination or dismissal from service was
recommended. Commission also recommended blacklisting of two local
daily newspapers. In 12 cases, departmental action for minor penalty
was recommended. 8 officials of the Government were arrested during
The annual report of the State Vigilance Commission for the year
1987 has been finalized and action taken to cause it to be placed
before the House.
LAW AND LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS
During the year under report, works relating to the Assam Sales Tax
(Manipur Fourth amendment) Act, 1988, the Manipur Town and Country
Planning (Third Amendment) Act, 1988, the Salaries and Allowances of
Members of Legislative Assembly (Manipur) (Seventh Amendment) Act,
1988 and three Appropriation Acts were completed. To bring
administration of justice within the easy reach of the people and to
facilitate quick disposal of cases, new courts and new court
buildings have been made available with the money awarded by the
Eighth Finance Commission. A court of subordinate judge is expected
to be established soon.
My Government, while impressing upon the Government of India, the
need for setting up of a separate High Court within the State, has
also been making arrangements to provide basic infrastructural
facilities for a permanent bench of the Gauhati High Court at
To fulfill the constitutional mandate under Article 39-A of our
Constitution, my Government has been extending all possible
assistance to litigants by way of free legal aid and advice. 92
litigants have so far been assisted under the scheme.
In a “Lok Adalat” organized at Imphal, as many as 110 cases
could be disposed of. The cases included civil, criminal,
matrimonial and motor accident claims. In another Lok Adalat held at
Thoubal, 180 cases were settled and their final disposal by Law
Courts is expected soon. It is also proposed to hold a Lok Adalat at
An intensive revision of electoral rolls in all assembly
constituencies of the State was carried out. Further, consequent
upon the recent Central legislation lowering the voting age from 21
years to 18, a special revision of electoral rolls is under way.
During the year, the financial position of the State continued to be
stable. There was no occasion when the State had to run into
overdrafts, in spite of the financial burden imposed by revision of
pay-scales of Government employees, grant of UGC scales to college
lecturers, etc. Revenue collections from both tax and non-tax
sources improved. My Government has also accorded high priority to
reduction in wasteful expenditure.
My Government appointed the Third Manipur Pay Commission, with Shri
Maheshwar Prasad as its Chairman, to look into the entire question
of pay revision within the resources available to the State.
The Ninth Finance Commission which visited Manipur recently held
useful discussions with the State Government. The State Government
highlighted the need for treating the State on a different footing
as compared to other States in the matter of working out the norms.
The need for higher outlays under sectors like Special Problems and
Upgradation Grants was strongly emphasized.
DISTRICT AND REVENUE ADMINISTRATION
Collection from land revenue and other dues has shown an increasing
trend and the targets fixed for the year are likely to be
substantially exceeded. Resurvey operations aimed at settlement of
land revenue and updating of record of rights have commenced in the
Valley Districts. Survey operations with similar objective have also
started in the Hill areas.
The annual target of collection of excise duties has already been
achieved by December 1988. Against the target of Rs. 150 lacs, it is
now expected that Rs. 197 lacs would be collected during the year.
The planning Department of the State Government plays a unique role
in the matter of identification of plan priorities, preparation of
detailed plans and monitoring of the actual implementation of plan
schemes. Members will be happy to note that during the current year,
plan allocation of Rs.122.50 crores will be utilized in full. Plan
outlay for the next year has been fixed at Rs. 142 crores.
The exercise for preparation of the Draft VIII Plan has already
begun. Experts from the Manipur University have been assigned the
task of preparing perspective papers on some important sectors.
The National Institute of Rural Development, North Eastern Centre,
Guwahati has been engaged to take up a pilot project for preparation
of a model District plan. It is hoped that such an exercise, when
extended to other Districts, will enable the Government to prepare a
State plan which will truly reflect the needs and aspiration of the
common man. Further, it is proposed to place some ‘united funds’
at the disposal of the District Planning and Development Council
during the next year.
RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND PANCHAYATI RAJ
Under Integrated Rural Development Programme, 2758 families have
been assisted up to December last against a target of 5525. Under
National Rural Employment Programme and Rural Landless Employment
Guarantee Programme, nearly 5.5 lacs mandays have been generated up
to the end of December against a target of 6.8 lacs mandays. Under
these two schemes, food grains have been distributed to the workers
as part of their wage component.
The Panchayati Raj institutions have been given special attention by
the Government. Training programmes for official and non-official
functionaries, study tours outside the State, Panchayati Raj
sammelans, workshops and seminars were organized during the year. 53
prizes have been awarded to Gram Panchayats at Block and State
levels. 56 panchayat ghars and 2 nyaya panchayat ghars are under
construction with 50% assistance from the Government. At the State
level, a Panchayati Raj Training Institute is nearing completion.
Under the programme for women and children, administrative grants to
mahila mandals and balwadi centres will be given. For popularisation
of improved and smokeless chullahs, the households have already been
identified. Similarly, for the special component plan, 3 scheduled
caste villages in 3 Blocks have been identified. During the year the
Children’s Day, Quami Ekta Week, National Integration Day,
Minorities Day, Women’s Day and Nupilal Day were celebrated.
DEVELOPMENT OF TRIBALS AND BACKWARD CLASSES
The welfare and development of Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes
have always been accorded a very high priority by my Government.
Funds have been made available by the Government of India for the
Tribal sub-Plan apart from allocation from the State Plan itself.
Under the Tribal Sub-Plan, Rs. 2.83 crores has been provided during
the current year. Schemes for providing water supply to 46 tribal villages
have been taken up. Schemes aimed at generating income for the
tribal families under agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry,
fisheries and cottage industries are being implemented. Outlays have
also been provided for betterment of facilities under education,
medical and public health housing and communication sectors and for
providing storage and marketing facilities in remote areas. It has
also been our endeavour to provide for special schemes for the
vulnerable groups such as women, children and primitive tribes.
Out of the State’s Plan outlay, Rs. 1.23 crores has been earmarked
for various programmes under education, health and housing as also
schemes aimed at economic development of the tribals and backward
classes. The Manipur Tribal Development Corporation is being
assisted by share capital contribution and grant-in-aid of Rs. 13
AGRICULTURE AND HORTICULTURE
The State has made impressive strides in the field of agriculture.
The production of rice is expected to be 4,15,000 tonnes against a
target of 4,00,000 tonnes. It is heartening to note that 22,500
hectares have been brought under double cropping and 4,500 hectares
under triple cropping.
However, even today a large portion of our agricultural land is not
being put to optimal use – with only one crop being raised in a
year. It then goes without saying that the economy of the State can
be given a big boost if multiple cropping is taken up in these
areas. My Government is fully aware of the magnitude of the problem
and no effort shall be spared to provide adequate irrigation
facilities to such areas.
In an effort to maximise the production of rice, pulses, oilseeds,
sugarcane and maize, a multipronged strategy has been adopted with
emphasis on introduction of high yielding varieties of seeds,
greater and balanced use of fertilizers and introduction of
appropriate technology for the Jhum areas. Research activities have
also been intensified in collaboration with the Indian Council of
Agricultural Research with emphasis on sugarcane and maize crops to
cater to the needs of sugar mil and glucose factory, now at various
stages of establishment.
The consumption of fertilizer in the State has increased steadily
from 18 kg. per hectare at the end of fifth plan to 56 kg. per
hectare. In the Valley, it is now as high as 90 kg. per hectare. The
State is now self sufficient in good quality paddy seeds. Coverage
under high yielding varieties of seeds in the Valley is as high as
Production of good quality seeds at the foundation seed farm at
Kharungpat and pulses and oilseeds farm at Gamphazol has started
during the year. The construction of a 1000 tonnes capacity cold
storage at Imphal is expected to be completed during the year. Under
the new agricultural policy of the State “Go to the Village”
arrangements to make all the requirements of the farmers available
at their doorsteps have been attempted. The steps include formation
of production committees at State, District, Block and Village
In the field of horticulture, the State has favourable climate and
soil conditions to support many fruits, vegetables and other
economically important crops. To meet the demand of good quality
seedlings, large number of progeny orchards are being maintained and
production of good quality seedlings ensured. During this year 17
lacs seedlings of various tropical, sub-tropical and temperate fruit
plants are expected to be raised against an achievement of 10 lacs
seedlings during 1987-88. A large number of extension programmes are
taken up to ensure that the farmers are fully informed about the
facilities available to them. It is expected that 1605 hectares of
area would be covered under demonstration farms and 500 trainees
benefited under training programmes during the year. The marketing
of horticultural produces, especially from far-flung areas, is being
specially attended to. The fruit processing factory run by the
department is expected to produce 250 MT of processed fruits by the
end of the year.
In the area of soil conservation, 315 jhumia families are expected
to be resettled by converting 630 hectares of jhum land into
Plantation crops, which were taken up on a limited and experimental
basis, have shown encouraging results. Consequently, number of
private entrepreneurs have now shown their keenness in taking up
commercial plantation in the State. My Government is
fully aware that apart from generating sufficient employment and
ensuring economic development, such measures will also go a long way
in making a better use of our fallow lands, especially in areas
where jhooming practices are intensive.
FOOD AND CIVIL SUPPLIES
There are 1592 fair price shops running in the State. During the
year 23,004 MT of rice, 6,485 MT of sugar and 439 tonnes of GCI
sheets were supplied to the public till Dec, 1988. Storage capacity
in the State has been increased by 2000 MT during the year, by
construction of additional capacity at Sangaiprou, Senapati and
Ukhrul. In the area of price control, various statutory orders
issued under the Essential Commodities Act are being enforced
through the agency of District Administration. A State Consumer
Protection Council has been set up under the relevant law and rules
framed there under. Action is being taken to set up District Forums
and appellate body at the State level.
The State Government has also taken steps to build up a buffer stock
of 6000 MT of rice before the onset of the monsoons.
VETERINARY AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY SERVICES
The improvement in production of milk, meat and eggs is important not
only for the better nourishment of the people but also for their
socio-economic development. The cattle population, mostly low milk
producing types, are to be improved by cross breeding. Artificial
insemination programme is being taken up on a large scale through
various centres and sub-centres. Three new sub-centres have been opened
during this year. Milk production in the State has gone up to 80,000
tonnes by December 1988 against a target of 85,100 tonnes for the year.
A frozen semen bank is expected to be commissioned with one bull centre
and 6 semen depots. Similarly, 3 liquid nitrogen plants are being
commissioned shortly with assistance from Government of India.
The poultry and piggery development programmes are also being taken
up vigorously. About 1,50,000 chicks are expected to be made
available to the farmers from Government farms. The production
target of 55.7 million eggs is likely to be achieved during the
One Central Pig Breeding Centre and 3 District Farms are being
opened shortly. A pilot project of mithun rearing has already been
started at Tinkhai Khullen.
Feed and fodder of the right type and composition is of utmost
importance especially in the case of improved varieties. My
Government has been paying attention to this aspect and the ‘Grow
More Fodder’ campaign has been launched. 15 M.T. of seedlings of
fodder plants were made available from the Government fodder farms
during the year.
My Government has been placing emphasis on the need to improve
production of fish in the State. During the year, the targeted
production of 7,000 tonnes of fish and 30 million fish seeds are
expected to be achieved. Under the programme of Hypophysation the
Government has extended technical and material help in induced
breeding to 60 private farmers. 3 Fish Farmers Development Agencies
are functioning at Imphal, Bishnupur and Churachandpur for extending
financial and technical assistance to fish farmers. The FFDAs have
imparted training to 1242 fish farmers till December 1988.
My Government has also been paying attention to the introduction of
Group Accident Insurance Scheme for fishermen. 372 fish farmers have
been insured so far and 300 more are likely to be covered during the
FOREST AND SOIL CONSERVATION
Members will agree with me that there is an urgent need to revive,
protect and conserve our forest wealth. The maintenance of a
balanced eco-system has today become an issue of international
concern as the very existence of mankind is threatened and is at
stake. In a state like Manipur with its economy substantially
dependent on the natural factors, this has become an imperative
My Government, fully realizing this obligation, has taken up 24
development schemes under forestry sector with an outlay of Rs. 371
lacs, and 3 schemes with an outlay of Rs. 88 lacs, for soil
conservation. Plantation of industrially and commercially important
species has been taken up and 1950 hectares have already been
covered and advance work for 2760 hectares completed for the next
The concept of social forestry has been successfully implemented and
trees, both fast growing and fruit bearing, have been planted in an
area of 3050 hectares and advance work in an area of 4200 hectares
is nearing completion.
Rubber plantation in an area of 50 hectares has been completed and
rubber-processing unit has started functioning. Tapping of rubber
from 5000 trees has also commenced during the year.
Catchment areas of major rivers have separately been taken up for
afforestation works and 1900 hectares have already been afforested.
It gives me pleasure to note that adequate attention has been paid
to the conservation of wild life. The Keibul Lamjao National Park
has been developed by digging cattle proof trenches and constructing
10 Kms. of ring bund around the park. Other major schemes being
implemented include declaration of Shiroy hill as National Park,
captive breeding of rare species, etc. The resettlement of jhumias
has been emphasized and 75 families have been taken up for
resettlement in 225 hectares of land.
Members will be happy to note that my Government has imposed a ban
on movement of timber outside the State. Such a measure has been
taken in the interest of environment in spite of the fact that there
is a substantial loss of revenue to the State.
IRRIGATION AND FLOOD CONTROL
Construction of major and medium irrigation projects in the State is
of recent origin. The Loktak Lift Irrigation Project was taken up in
1973-74. Three multipurpose projects – Singda, Thoubal and Khuga
were taken up shortly thereafter. Work on a dam on Khoupum river and
barrages on Imphal and Sekmai rivers was also started. On
completion, these 7 projects will cover a total area of 63,750
hectares with an annual irrigation potential of 1, 01,440 hectares
together with water supply and power components of 19 m.g.d. and 9
MW respectively. A medium irrigation project on Iril River at
Dolaithabi, covering an area of 5,500 hectares and with annual
irrigation benefit of 7,900 hectares in Senapati and Imphal
Districts, is being taken up in 1989-90. Annual irrigation potential
to the extent of 56,700 hectares has been created up to the end of
1987-88 and target for 1988-89 is 2,700 hectares. Out of the 7
ongoing projects, the Khoupum Dam has already been completed. Loktak
Lift Irrigation, Imphal Barrage and Sekmai Barrage Projects are
targeted for completion by March, 1989. The barrage component of
Thoubal Multipurpose Project will be completed in all respects by
March, 1989, giving partial irrigation benefit to 4,000 hectares.
The Singda Project is targeted for completion by March, 1990.
During the year, it is expected to cover 1,500 hectares of land
under minor irrigation schemes with a total outlay of Rs. 187 lakhs.
An area of 655 hectares has already been covered by the end of
Besides executing essential flood control measures like construction
of new embankments, strengthening of existing ones, construction and
improvement of drainage channels, the State IFC Department has taken
up 2 flood control projects for Merakhong and Wangjing rivers at a
total cost of Rs. 9.34 crores. Flood Control Projects on other
rivers are also being taken up in phases. The Waishel basin drainage
project is being taken up during the year. An outlay of Rs. 82.53
lakhs has been provided during the current year. The area covered by
flood control up to 1987-88 is 20,122 hectares and target for
1988-89 is 1,500 hectares.
The urgent need for de-weeding and de-siltation of the Loktak Lake
to prevent inundation of the adjacent areas has been recognised and
a comprehensive paper submitted to the Ninth Finance Commission for
The Transport Department will achieve its revenue target in full.
Detection of violations under the Motor Vehicles Act and Rules has
increased to 3022 cases during April to December, 1988 as compared
to 1858 cases in the corresponding period of last year. The
realization of dues for these violations was Rs. 5.30 lakhs as
against Rs. 1.58 lakhs last year. Adoption of M.V. Act, 1988 and
Rules thereunder is under consideration of my Government.
The number of vehicles in the State has doubled in the last 3 years.
To ease the congestion, the Department plans to introduce a pilot
city bus service in Imphal which can form the basis of greater
public transport coverage in urban centres in the State.
The MSRTC had another difficult year aggravated by the fact that the
Corporation did not qualify for Central assistance under the new
guidelines. Economy measures, improvement in fleet-staff ratio, etc.
have enabled the Corporation to continue to provide service on
routes not covered by the private sector.
Targets of construction of 107 kms. of State highways, 89 kms. of
District roads and 192 kms of inter-village roads will be achieved
in the current year. The Government is conscious of the need to
provide better roads in the State. The existing roads are being
strengthened and widened to cope with increased traffic. 9 major
bridges, 68 minor bridges and culverts and 20 suspension bridges
will also be completed during the year at a cost of Rs. 14.50 crores.
38 public administration buildings and as many residential buildings
at a total cost of Rs. 3.70 crores will also be completed. Buildings
for Medical, Revenue, Judicial and Jail Departments, with assistance
from the 8th Finance Commission are making good progress.
Provision of adequate educational facilities to the children of the
State continues to receive due attention of my Government.
With assistance from the 8th Finance Commission, we expect to
provide two pucca rooms each to over 1300 primary schools in the
State in the current year. Under “Operation Black Board”,
Schools in 8 selected Blocks are being provided with a large variety
of reading and learning materials. Efforts are on to identify
schools in each District which will eventually serve as model
schools. Steps are also being taken to reduce the types of schools
presently existing in the State and to have only Primary, Junior
High schools, High Schools and Higher Secondary Schools.
Under the National Policy on Education, UGC scales have been
sanctioned by the State Government. The State Council of Educational
Research and Training has been set up to attend to work relating to
academic planning, curriculum development and teachers’ training.
Steps have been taken to ensure availability of Manipuri text books
of approved quality.
Rules have been framed for conducting a joint entrance examination
for admission to engineering colleges. A scheme for imparting
specialized training to meritorious candidates desirous of appearing
in the Civil Service Examination has already been drawn up. In the
field of adult education, new centres are being opened in areas
where there are a large number of adult illiterates. A Centre of
Manipuri Studies has been set up in the University during the year
In the field of technical education, 69 students were selected for
admission in different engineering colleges of the country besides
training 120 students at the Government Polytechnic. Construction
has been taken up for a Women’s Polytechnic, multi-storeyed
boy’s hostel and other buildings.
Rules relating to juvenile justice have now been notified in the
State. This has paved the way for establishment of observation
homes, remand homes and special homes for juvenile delinquents and
other categories of disturbed and deprived children.
Special emphasis has been laid on conservation and upkeep of
buildings and monuments of historical importance. Cultural troupe of
the State performed in various parts of the country.
SPORTS AND YOUTH AFFAIRS
The importance of sports and games needs no emphasis. 262 schools
have been provided with additional staff for implementation of
compulsory physical education programmes. 12 officials were deputed
to participate in the Bharatiyam programme at the national level and
with their help a Bharatiyam programme at the State level was
organized. 300 participants took part in the National Physical
Fitness Festival. 31 gold medals in individual and team events,
which includes 5 gold medals from international championships, were
awarded to players from the State. 25 boys and girls of the State
were selected at the national level sports talent contest for
admission in schools adopted by Sports Authority of India.
During the year under report, 6 anti-drug campaigns, 6 afforestation
programmes, 8 youth leadership training courses, 10 youth exchange
programmes, 8 district level youth integration camps and 30 career
guidance conferences were organized. A 16-member mountaineering team
sponsored by the Government has recently scaled Mount Koktang in
The construction of Khuman Lampak Sports complex and the Mini Stadia
at Ukhrul, Senapati, Tamenglong, Thoubal and Chandel is making good
progress. 60 playfields all over the State were improved during the
year. A sum of Rs. 150 lacs has been earmarked for the development
of Khuman Lampak Sports Complex during 1989-90.
It is heartening to note that a number of young boys and girls of
the State have exhibited commendable performances in the field of
Sports and Games, which is obvious from their performance and
achievements, both at the national and international levels. Special
mention may here be made of Shri Thoiba Singh, Shri Nilkamal Singh
and Shri Tiken Singh who continued to represent the country with
distinction in various international hockey competitions. The
emphasis on sports and games, I am sure, will have a positive impact
on the minds of our youngsters to channelise their energies towards
constructive activities. With these in mind, my Government is
committed to provide adequate sports facilities all over the State.
HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE
The need to provide adequate health and medical facilities requires
no emphasis. Against a target of 13 Primary Health Centres to be
established during the year, 4 Centres have already been opened.
Similarly, 12 Sub-Centres have also been set up in various parts of
the State and one Community Health Centre opened at Nungba. The Sub-Centres
which have been upgraded into Primary Health Centres are being
equipped to make them fully functional. My Government is also taking
up implementation of a large number of programmes aimed at
eradication of communicable diseases like leprosy and tuberculosis.
Under the National Programme for Control of Blindness, the
Government organized 13 eye camps wherein 1775 patients were
treated. The Mobile Ophthalmic Unit was also fully utilized during
the year. Under Immunization Programme, the achievements up to
December, 1988 were 92% and 87% of the proportionate targets for DPT
and Polio respectively and 73% of the proportionate target in the
case of TT for pregnant women. The achievement in the case of BCG
and Measles were 166% and 79% of the proportionate targets
In the field of family welfare, the achievement up to the end of
December, 1988 stands at 2694 cases of sterilization and 5157 cases
of IUD insertions, which amount to 59% and 113% of the proportionate
targets. 25.32% of eligible couples as on 31.3.88 have been
protected through various methods of family welfare programmes.
PUBLIC HEALTH ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT
The Porompat Water Supply Scheme was commissioned last month to
augment water supply to Imphal. The Canchipur Water Supply
Augmentation Scheme will be taken up shortly.
In rural sector, out of 1749 problem villages, 1444 villages had
been covered by March, 1988 and 220 villages are targeted during the
current year. The decade target of covering all problem villages by
1991 is within reach.
Projects for drainage and sanitation for Greater Imphal area are
under technical scrutiny by the Central Ministry. Drainage work in
seriously affected areas is being taken up during the current year.
Construction of individual latrines at Nambol, Bishnupur and Thoubal
Municipalities is being taken up with 50% subsidy from the Central
Government. For rural sanitation, the target for the current year is
1800 units, of which 621 units have been completed up to December,
Although sufficient power is generated within Manipur, it has not
been possible to extend the benefit to all consumers due to
inadequacies in our transmission and sub-transmission systems. I am
happy to mention that there is now an all-out effort aimed at making
good this shortfall. Through measures such as providing better
transmission systems and prevention of theft of electrical energy,
it is expected to bring down the transmission and distribution
losses to 22% by the year-end. Members will be happy to note that
Manipur was awarded the first prize amongst the States for achieving
reduction in transmission and distribution losses in the year
1987-88 by the Government of India. It is expected that gross
revenue amounting to over Rs. 11 crores will be collected during the
There has been good progress in the construction of ongoing
projects. The Gelnel Hydel Project is expected to be completed by
the end of the year. New Hydel Projects at Khuga, Kazerilok and
Tuipaki with a total capacity of 3.4 MW have also been taken up.
My Government accords high priority to rural electrification. Out of
the 1949 villages in the State as per the 1971 Census, 50% had
already been electrified. The current year’s target of
electrification of 118 villages has already been achieved. During
this year 50 more villages are likely to be electrified and the
target of the next year has been fixed at 220 villages. These
villages are mostly in the hill areas of the State. I am hopeful
that the Government will be in a position to provide electricity to
all villages in the near future.
One 33/11 KV sub-station has been commissioned during the year.
Construction of 133/33 KV sub-station at Ningthoukhong and 33/11 KV
sub-stations at 5 new locations, augmentation of 11 existing
sub-stations, installation of step-up sub-stations at District and
Sub-Divisional headquarters, are in good progress.
My Government has accorded high priority to setting up industries in
the State. Over 700 new SSI units providing employment to 3,000
people have been established during the year. Work has already
started on the Vanaspati Ghee Plant in the Joint Sector with an
investment of Rs. 6 crores. The Manipur State Drug and
Pharmaceutical Ltd. has also started construction of its formulation
unit, with an investment of Rs. 3 crores. The two units are expected
to be commissioned by next year.
The Manipur Industrial Development Corporation (MANIDCO) sanctioned
loans worth Rs. 2.85 crores till Jan. ’89. Total sanctions by the end
of the year will exceed Rs. 6 crores. The MANIDCO has also started
supplying raw materials to Small Scale Units.
The Manipur Electronics Development Corporation is expected to more
than double its production of Black & White and Colour TV sets
in the current year. Buildings for the Centre for Electronics Design
and Technology are nearing completion. Diploma courses in
electronics are also being started from the academic session.
The North Eastern Industrial and Technical Consultancy Organisation
which had been given the job of setting up the Hundung Cement Plant
on a turn-key basis by the NEC are likely to finish the
commissioning of the plant within a few months. The plant will,
thereafter, be handed over to the State Government. The extension
centre of the Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and
Technology is now under construction.
To give a boost to the setting up of new industries, the Government
of Manipur will be announcing a new Industrial Policy soon. The
highlights of this policy shall be provision of land at subsidized
rates, State capital investment subsidy, 100 percent State transport
subsidy, subsidy for power and bank interests, sales tax holiday for
five years, reimbursement of stamp duty and registration fees, etc.
Besides these, the procedure for obtaining registration and various
clearances from the Government are also proposed to be simplified.
With the opening of 4 new mulberry farms, extension of area under
mulberry and ‘Eri’ and other extension measures, production of
18 lacs oak tasar cocoons, 1.52 lacs kg. of mulberry cocoons and
1.27 lacs kg. of ‘Eri’ cocoons have been achieved.
My Government has paid special emphasis on strengthening of the
co-operation movement in the State. An amount of Rs. 286.67 lacs was
disbursed as short term credit during the kharif season to the
farmers. Similarly, a sum of Rs. 234 lacs has been sanctioned for
rabi season. The Manipur State Co-operative Bank has recovered Rs.
282.66 lacs against the demand of Rs. 355 lacs.
5 handloom worksheds of 25 loom capacity have been established
during the year and action has been initiated to strengthen the
share capital base of 86 societies through assistance from National
Co-operative Development Corporation. The NCDC has also been moved
to extend assistance for the second Integrated Co-operative
Development Project at Thoubal at an estimated cost of Rs. 310 lacs.
3 new branches of the Manipur State Consumers Co-operative
Federation were opened. 10 agro service centres were established
during the year under 10 societies by equipping each of them with
one tractor, 3 power tillers and 4 pump sets.
TOURISM & PUBLICITY
The Khongjom Tourist Home has been inaugurated. Tourist Homes at
Shiroi and Churachandpur will be completed during this year. Work
has also started on Cafeterias at Mao, Kangpokpi and Litan. There
has been steady increase in the number of domestic tourists visiting
Manipur and till the 30th October, 1988, 68,872 domestic tourists
had visited Manipur, an increase of about 50% over the preceding
year. However there is an urgent need to open the State to foreign
tourists, at least in the Valley areas. Hotel Imphal Ashok has been
fully equipped to cater to the needs of tourists visiting the State.
More than 400 community viewing sets were distributed to various
clubs and associations in an attempt to take the Television to the
masses. Large number of press statements and feature articles were
released to give wide publicity to the Government’s policies and
programmes, besides organizing press tours, films and drama shows to
generate awareness about Manipur and its rich cultural heritage. In
order to make the Government responsive to public opinion, press
cuttings were circulated to concerned departments and brought to
their notice for taking necessary action.
MUNICIPAL ADMINISTRATION, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
Financial assistance has been extended to municipalities and other
local bodies to meet their maintenance as well as developmental
expenditure. A Revised Draft Master Plan for the Greater Imphal
Area, with horizon as 2011 AD has been prepared with the help of
consultants and is under consideration. Plans have also been
prepared for components like traffic and transportation, water
supply, drainage, sewerage, etc. and are being studied. A conceptual
approach plan for setting up a new Capital Complex at Lamphelpat is
Planning and Development Authority is taking up construction of
markets, bus-stand, etc. at Lamlai and Bishnupur. The implementation
of the Integrated Development of Small and Medium Towns Programme is
nearing completion at Jiribam and Kakching.
The Authority is implementing slum improvement schemes at a total
cost of Rs. 10 lacs. 501 houses will be provided to families
belonging to economically weaker sections and low income group in 3
Districts at a total cost of Rs. 80 lacs. A commercial complex at
Chingamacha is nearing completion. The Government is aware of the
need to provide better housing facilities and is contemplating the
setting up of a Housing Board.
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
During the year, 3 Science Centres were opened at Churachandpur,
Chandel and Thoubal. 16 schools/community centres will be opened in
Manipur by the end of the year. A portable planetarium is being set
up as also a tissue culture laboratory and a food testing
laboratory. The remote sensing cell of the department is now fully
functional. The State Computer Centre has computerized the details
of a household survey conducted recently and imparted training to
over 200 persons in the use of computer.
To encourage use of non-conventional sources of energy, 50 biogas
plants are being constructed. Besides these, 100 numbers of solar
photo voltaic street lighting systems will be installed. Two wind
generators have been commissioned, and 3 more are being installed.
Improved variety of Chulhas is being distributed to over 4,000
An Environment Protection Council has been set up. The State
Pollution Control Board is also being set up shortly. Workshops and
seminars to popularize the concept of conservation of environment
were held. An Ecology Park at Churachandpur and an environment
monitoring laboratory are being set up.
DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR, EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING
23,521 job seekers including 6,539 females registered their names in
the employment exchanges in the State till November last year. The
number of registrants is 2, 51,936 including 58,217 women. Names of
20,235 persons were sponsored against 2,710 notified vacancies and
1,519 persons got placement.
There are six industrial training institutes in the State imparting
training in 17 engineering and non-engineering trades. Efforts are
on to modernize equipments and introduce new trades and audio-visual
aids for training.
Unemployment is one of the most serious problems facing the country.
My Government has accorded a high priority to this while formulating
all its socio-economic and development programmes. It is, with this
objective in mind that activities like plantation, industrial
development, creation of agricultural potential and implementation
of poverty alleviation programmes are taken up. I am confident that
my Government will be able to find a meaningful solution to this
problem in the near future.
MANIPUR PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
During the year, the Commission conducted competitive examinations
for recruitment to Manipur Judicial Service and posts of Rangers.
The commission also recommended candidates for recruitment to the
post of Higher Secondary Lecturers, Budget Analysts, Junior Class I
Medical Officers and Assistant Curator. The Commission also
conducted 10 UPSC and 8 Staff Selection Commission examinations at
Imphal Centre. 62 proposals for promotion and confirmation from
various departments were received out of which 16 cases were
disposed of. Similarly, 23 cases pertaining to extension of ad-hoc
appointments were disposed of by the Commission. The Commission
also examined 44 cases of recruitment rules out of which 24 cases
Under the Chief Minister’s welfare programme, six new welfare
schemes have been introduced, from 31st March 1988, for the benefit
of families living below the poverty line. Under the Free Medical
Scheme free in-patient treatment is being provided to all cases of
hospitalization of families below the poverty line up to a period of
15 days. 745 patients have benefited under this scheme till Dec.88.
Under the scheme of supply of uniforms to the Scheduled Caste and
Scheduled Tribe girls, uniforms are being supplied to girls from
families below the poverty line studying in Government schools in
classes VIII to X. 1491 girls have been provided with such uniforms
till Dec.88. Under the scheme of supply of note books to students,
note books are being supplied to students from families below the
poverty line studying in classes I to VII in Government
schools. 1540 students have so far been covered. Under the Kutir
Jyoti Scheme, families below poverty line in electrified villages
are being given free electric connection up to one point. This has
benefited 531 families till Dec.88. Under the scheme for supply of
Minimum Monthly Ration, a minimum monthly ration of 20 kg. of rice,
2 kg. of sugar, 1 kg. of iodised salt, 1 kg. of edible oil and 2
litres of kerosene oil is proposed to be provided. 1, 33,690 ration
cards have been prepared for this purpose. Under another scheme,
stipend for inmates of Government schools for blind, deaf and dumb
has been enhanced to Rs. 10 per head per day.
During the current year, work relating to the 44th round of National
Sample survey is being taken up. Work on bringing out brochures on
consumer expenditure and calorie intake levels have been completed.
Various publications like ‘Meteorological data of Manipur for the
years 1972-1987’, “Manipur-Economic Progress in figures,
1987”, “Chandel District at a glance, 1987” and “Manipur at
a glance, 1987” are released or being released within this year.
Various steps have been initiated for the welfare of the employees.
Prompt attention to complaints from employees has been ensured by
installation of one complaint box in the State Secretariat. The
office timings have been changed so as to ensure more working hours
and provide a lunch break to the employees. The 4th Saturday of each
month has also been declared as holiday to enable the Government
employees to attend to personal work or pursue leisure activities.
I am extremely happy to say that during the year under report my
Government has been able to take positive steps in regulatory and
developmental administration with the result thereof, the
administration has been rendered more responsive to the needs of the
people. The significant achievements of the Government have already
been highlighted. I appeal to each one of you to fully and
whole-heartedly participate in and support the cause of Nation
building. The task of Nation building assumes an added significance
in this year of Nehru Centenary. I am confident that with the
devotion and sense of purpose of the administration and the
co-operation that each one of you extend, this task will become so
During this session a large number of issues which will have far
reaching implications for the State will come up for deliberations.
I wish you all success in your deliberations.