LIST OF GOVERNOR'S ADDRESS
by His Excellency, the Governor of Manipur, Shri Chintamani
Panigrahi to the Manipur Legislative Assembly on 24.4.1992
Mr Speaker and Hon’ble Members,
It gives me immense pleasure to welcome all of you to the first
Session of this august House this year. I wish you and the people of
the State a happy and prosperous year ahead.
2. As Hon’ble Members are aware, the State was brought under
President’s Rule on the 7th January 1992. Such measures are
temporary in nature and administration of the State has since been
restored to the elected representatives of the people. During the
spell of President’s Rule, I got the opportunity to acquaint
myself directly with the problems of the State and I would like to
convey my sincere thanks to the people and to all the public leaders
who irrespective of their political affiliations co-operated with me
in the task of running the administration during this period when
the annual Plan 1992-93 with an outlay of Rs. 210 Crores was
approved by the Planning Commission.
3. The new ministry headed by Shri R.K. Dorendra Singh took office
on the 8th of April. The priority areas of the new Government will
be first and foremost, the restoration of public confidence in the
State Administration and instilling in the common man a sense of
security by revamping of the law and order machinery, accelerating
all round economic development, providing productive employment to
the unemployed youth and checking price rise by ensuring easy
availability of essential commodities to the citizens. It will be
the endeavour of my Government to reduce developmental disparities
between different regions and sections of the society so that the
benefits of development are shared by all in an equitable manner.
Keeping in view the national objectives and resources of the State
the main emphasis of the Government will be on certain key sectors
of the economy of which infrastructure development is the most
important. Hon’ble Members would be aware that the economic
thinking and policies have undergone a sea change in the nation and
a command economy is veering towards indicative planning. The
process of change will call for sacrifices by all of us in long-term
interest of the people and I am sure we will come out of the period
of transition with a brighter future.
4. Severe financial constraints have forced us to take stringent
economy measures to reduce unproductive and wasteful Government
expenditure and put a cut on fresh Government employment and
redeployment of existing staff for the execution of new Plan Schemes
5. On the law and order front, while normal crimes were
comparatively less, the State witnessed spurt on insurgency front.
My Government will spare no efforts in controlling insurgency by
modernizing the Police force and make it more effective in tackling
insurgency and restore peace in the State. I will sincerely appeal
to the insurgents to come to the negotiating table through an apex
forum for the talks with the Centre. My Government will play a
mediator’s role between the insurgents and the Union Government.
6. I mentioned earlier that infrastructure development including
roads, electrification of villages, creation and utilisation of
irrigation potential and marketing facilities is important for
economic well being of the State. My Government, therefore, will –
* improve the existing road system and connect all administrative
units with all weather roads;
* start and complete the construction of a flyover at Keishampat
Junction during the 8th Plan period;
* increase the road density from present 25.21 Kms. to 27.33 Kms.
during the same period;
* make efforts to improve and convert the present NH53 into a double
lane road with help from the Union Government so as to utilize the
rail-head facility at Jiribam properly;
* increase the coverage of rural electrification to 1782 villages
during the Annual plan 1992-93 and all villages in the State by
* to strengthen the power transmission system by setting up several
132 KV and 33 KV sub-stations and to give high priority to the
implementation of the Loktak Down Stream Project with generating
capacity of 90 MW.
7. Irrigation is an important component in agricultural development
for a switch over from mono –cropping to multiple cropping systems
with consequent increase in employment and income generation. My
Government is trying to achieve an irrigation potential of 60,900
hectares by the end of 1992-93. Since efforts will be made to
achieve self-sufficiency in food grains production by the end of the
8th Plan, it has become imperative that farmers are educated in
modern cultivation techniques while the government provides packages
of High Yielding Variety seeds, fertilizers, pesticides,
mechanization and irrigation. The objectives here would be to
maximize self-employment opportunities in rural areas through
production oriented schemes and to promote conservation of
environment to arrest the depletion of natural resources.
8. My Government will encourage development of horticulture and food
processing industries. Particular emphasis will be laid on
increasing production of pineapple per unit area. For avoiding
distress sale by the growers, juice extraction centres at suitable
growing Centres will be opened and the capacity of the Departmental
fruit preservation factory shall also be increased to 1000 Mt.
Private entrepreneurs will be encouraged to take up low volume-high
value crops like spices which will boost the economy of the State in
a big way. Jhumming continues to be a big problem in the State.
Government shall be making effort to rehabilitate a large number of
Jhumia families and will also involve non-departmental voluntary
agencies in order to alleviate poverty in the Hill areas.
Alternative agricultural techniques will also be introduced for soil
conservation and maintaining ecological balance. Forest Department
would also be actively involved in this effort. A major thrust area could
be plantation of high value trees and plants like tea, rubber,
spice, coffee plants and good quality timber. A controlled/regulated
felling of trees and better forest management would save the State
from ecological degradation. The Government will devote its
attention to this aspect with all sincerity and commitment.
9. In the field of education, rationalization of the whole system
with greater emphasis on science and computer education by provision
of equipments and redeployment of teachers has assumed great
importance. Hills and the rural areas require particular attention
in this regard. It will be the effort of my Government to achieve
this objective and bring about a qualitative improvement in the
10. Manipur is justly proud of its young sportsmen and women who
have won laurels both at the National and International levels. My
Government shall be making an effort to complete the sports complex
at Khuman Lampak at the earliest and also sports facilities at
district headquarters and extend them eventually to the
sub-divisional level. To give encouragement to sports, the Government
will formulate a proper and well-thought out scheme of
incentive for outstanding sportsmen/women.
11. My Government will make a serious effort to promote tourism in
the State which has both forward and backward linkages. It holds a
great potential of expanding economic activities and generating
self-employment. My Government will create attractive tourist
facilities and remove the impediments in the inflow of larger number
of domestic and foreign tourists.
12. On the industries front my Government will set up a Fruit
Processing Unit in the Joint Sector. Manitron will be taking up a
Telecommunication Project for producing VHP equipment, digital VHP
radio relay, Cordless telephones and MARR equipment. In order to cater
to increasing demand of acrylic yarn, the Manipur Spinning Mill shall
be adding 9,000 spindles to its existing capacity. My Government will
encourage the small sector in a big way and promote rural industries. A
Centre for Entrepreneurship Development will be set up to identify and
train potential entrepreneurs. The Raw Material Bank shall be selling
yarn to small weavers and weavers Societies at reasonable prices which
will reduce their exploitation. The Government will also be
implementing the Target Group Approach Scheme to help the low-income
weavers and to improve the quality of selected handloom products.
Necessary equipments and accessories shall also be distributed to all
handloom and handicraft trainees during the present annual Plan. A
detailed exploration of limestone deposits in Phungyar area and survey
for chromite deposits shall also be taken up which would help in
setting up cement ferrochromite plants in future. Serious attempts will
be made to establish Bamboo-based industries like paper, pulp and yarn
mills etc. which will create both direct and indirect employment
opportunities besides earning revenues.
13. My Government will set up five Health Sub-Centres, two Primary
Health Centres and one Community Health Centre in 1992-93. It shall
be working towards strengthening the Cold-chain system for vaccines
under Universal Immunization Programme. Attention shall be paid to
leprosy eradication programme. AIDS has assumed frightening
proportions and poses a grave danger to the existence of humanity.
My Government will be making a special thrust on Information,
Education and Communication, besides providing health care
facilities in different hospitals with the help of the Govt. of
India and international agencies. Drug abuse has to be checked and
the Police shall be enforcing the existing law strictly to check
drug trafficking. The State Excise Department would be creating a
task force to detect and destroy cannabis.
14. Urban slums need to be improved by providing basic civic amenities
like construction of drains, roads, sanitary latrines, provision of
markets, Women Vendor sheds, Bus terminals etc. Urban basic services
for the poor and low cost sanitation programmes shall be implemented
by my Government vigorously. Housing loans shall be disbursed to 240
people in the lower income group and 350 people who belong to
economically weaker sections. My Government would also take up
schemes for the integrated development of small and medium towns.
All these efforts, however, will not yield any result unless hygiene
is improved by good quality water supply. The Govt. will be working
towards tapping more sources for water, better supply system and
exploring alternative sources where the original ones are drying up.
15. My Government has identified areas for increase of production of
mulberry and cocoon silk as a major thrust area for development of
sericulture in the State. For achieving this objective, it will be
taking the following steps.
(i) improving the capacity and productivity of Government Seed farms
and make them self supporting;
(ii) making available required inputs and technical know-how to the
(iii) ensuring remunerative returns to the farmers through better
16. When we talk of Manipur its rich art and cultural heritage
immediately comes to mind. Hon’ble Memebers would be happy to know
that my Government would be adopting a State Cultural Policy
during 1992-93 to promote and preserve this heritage. My Government
also plans to improve the State Museum, taking over the Public
Library as a full-fledged Government Library, opening of a site
museum at Sekta, and extending financial help to the local film
producers during the current year.
17. My Government proposes to work towards upliftment of the
socio-economic condition of fishermen and fish farmers thereby
providing more self-employment and income generation through
adoption of modern scientific techniques. New fish seed farms and
hatcheries shall be opened both in the private and public sector
during the year and fish booths shall be opened in Imphal and
various District Headquarters. In the field of Animal Husbandry too,
high yielding breeds shall be made available to the farmers.
18. On the Civil Supplies front while my Government will look
closely into the serious irregularities committed in the past it
would also be working towards improving the public distribution
system by covering the entire population of the State through issue
of ration cards, declaring all sub-divisional headquarters in the
Hills as principal distribution centres and using the rail head at
Jiribam to a great extent. Additional items like tea, pulses, soaps
etc. shall also be brought under the system. An LPG Bottling Plant
is proposed to be set up in Manipur by the Indian Oil Corporation
and my Government shall extend all help.
Loktak Lake is the heart of Manipur and it is being degraded because
of indiscriminate felling of trees and the resultant siltation due
to soil erosion. My Government shall try to implement an integrated
programme of afforestation, management of water along rivers which
drain into it and development of the lake itself by desilting,
removing the weeds and bunding along the periphery of the lake.
Hon’ble Members would appreciate that the policies of my
Government as enunciated above, aim at creating more and more
self-employment opportunities because employment in the Government
Sector has reached a saturation point and any further addition to
the Government workforce can only be made at the cost of reduced
outlays on development works. I sincerely hope that the Hon’ble
Members will realize the gravity of the situation and help the
Government fully in its effort to create employment opportunities
outside the Government Sector. I am also hopeful that our brothers
and sisters who have been misled to become insurgents would also
listen to the appeal of my Government, eschew the path of violence
and come to the negotiating table for peaceful settlement.
19. The purpose for which I have summoned this Assembly is also to
give an opportunity to the new Chief Minister to prove his majority
on the floor of the House. I convey my best wishes to all of you and
now I leave you to your deliberations, which, I am sure, will be