LIST OF GOVERNOR'S ADDRESS
by His Excellency, the Governor of Manipur, Shri Chintamani
Panigrahi to the Manipur Legislative Assembly on 12.3.1993.
Mr. Speaker and Hon’ble Members,
It is my pleasure and privilege to welcome all of you to the First
Session of this august House this year. I take this opportunity to
wish you and the people of the State a happy and prosperous year
2. In my last address, I had mentioned the severe unprecedented
financial crisis faced by the State. This situation is not only
confined to this State but prevails throughout the country. The
State opened the current year with a deficit of Rs. 67.95 crores
causing frequent ways and means problems. The Government of India
has been moved to convert this amount into a one-time grant or a
medium term loan. The Rangarajan Committee on financial problem of
special category States has recommended for additional Central Plan
Assistance to the State. Several fiscal and administrative measures
have also been taken by my Government to contain the deficit and
improve the financial position of the State. Additional resource
mobilization efforts have been initiated by revision of power
tariffs, land revenue rates, introduction of water supply rates and
enhancement of revenue targets. To facilitate prompt collection of
land revenue, the scheme for computerization of land records is
being pursued vigorously. At this difficult time, sacrifices are
required to be made by everyone and I appeal to the people to extend
their co-operation to the Government.
3. My Government believes in solving the problem of insurgency
through peaceful negotiation and I have repeatedly appealed to the
insurgents to come to the negotiating table. The insurgents instead
of responding to the magnanimous gesture of the Government have
embarked upon senseless killing of innocent public. My Government
will not permit such senseless violence to continue and will not
hesitate to take effective action in crushing insurgency in the
State once for all. I appeal to all right thinking people of the
State to extend their whole-hearted co-operation to the Government
in meeting the challenge posed by subversive and anti-national
forces which have eaten into the vitals of the economy and
prosperity of the State and seriously impaired the quality of life
of its people.
4. Hon’ble Members are aware that production and productivity in
the agriculture sector is highly dependent on the supportive
measures like irrigation and flood control, soil conservation,
supply of modern inputs, training and demonstration programmes etc.
In all these areas, my Government has given special emphasis with a
view to increase area and population coverage. Utilisation of
irrigation potential has been increased to 84%. Minor irrigation
projects which have a much shorter gestation period are being
implemented vigorously. Command area development works are being
carried out in full swing in order to achieve optimum benefits from
the on-going medium irrigation schemes. To further augment the
irrigation potential in the State, work on the Dolaithabi Irrigation
Project has been taken up in right earnest. Due stress has also been
given to identification of priority watershed and soil conservation
5. During 1992-93, the State was severely affected by late monsoon
and insufficient rainfall. To fight the drought situation and
provide relief to the affected farmers the State Government
machinery was fully geared up. Water pump sets were deployed,
community nurseries were raised and temporary dams were constructed.
Significant success continues to be achieved by the Rice Research
Centre at Wangbal. The High Yielding Varieties of paddy namely
“Leimaphou” and “Akutphou” has been released. For increasing
production and productivity, stress is given to increase cropping
intensity and utilisation of irrigation potentials, supply of
improved seeds, P.P. Chemicals and fertilizers. Special programme
will be taken up to encourage tribals to take up vegetable
cultivation, fruit cultivation and plantation crop in the hill
areas. Hon’ble Members are aware that the Central Agriculture
University at Iroisemba has been established with effect from 26
January 1993. The University will have seven specialized colleges
spread in six States of the North-Eastern Region. The establishment
of the University will benefit the region in its efforts to achieve
self-reliance in agriculture.
6. Significant strides have been made by my Government in fishery
development programmes. The total fish production has reached 10,000
tonnes and 50 million fish seeds have been produced from the public
and private sectors.
7. The Co-operative movement in Manipur has emerged as one of the
best tools for the betterment of the socio-economic condition of the
rural masses in the State. Farmers are able to avail agricultural
credit and also utilize agricultural implements consisting of
tractors, power tillers, pump sets etc. from the 82 Agro Service
Centres. Under the NCDC Scheme 172 rural godown having a total
storage capacity of 20,200 MT. has been provided. A new co-operative
and Loaning Policy of the co-operative organisation have been
introduced in order to reach the benefits at the grass-root level.
8. Forestry development programme continue to occupy a prominent
place in the development activities of the State. During the current
year, 3025 hectares of land was afforested generating employment of
5.55 lakh mandays. To promote forestry, it is proposed to upgrade
the Forest Guard Training School as a Ranger Training Centre.
Royalty rates on forest produces have been rationalized to raise
9. My Government is continuing to wage a relentless battle for
removal of poverty in the rural areas and towards this end, 1138
families have been benefited under the Integrated Rural Development
Programme. Under the Jawahar Rozgar Yojna 6, 82,511 mandays of
employment has been generated. To uplift the economic condition of
the Scheduled Tribes and Castes 1167 families have been benefited
under various welfare schemes of the Tribal Development Department.
10. In the field of industrial development, my Government lays
maximum emphasis on the development of small scale and village
industries keeping in view their potential for employment generation
particularly in rural areas. In order to gear up production in this
sector term loan to an extent of Rs. 54 lakhs has been disbursed to
S.S.I. Units. Manipur is rich in natural resources and to explore
the feasibility of tapping its geological field investigation have
started for chromite, serpentinite and idocrase.
11. My Government attaches high importance to the development of
handloom, handicrafts and sericulture sectors which provide
opportunities for large-scale employment in the rural sector.
Earnest endeavour will be given for the rapid growth of those
sectors to generate employment in the rural areas.
12. My Government has been consistently striving to direct the
potential energy of our talented young men and women to various
creative fields of art, culture, games and sports and the sustained
efforts made in this direction are yielding encouraging results. Our
young men and women have won laurels both at the National and
International levels. Modern sports infrastructure facilities are
being provided. Youth welfare activities, National Service Scheme
activities are held throughout the state and Voluntary Youth and
Adventure organizations are extended financial assistance.
13. Hon’ble Members are aware that power development plays a
significant role in the overall economic development of the State.
My Government is, therefore, giving highest priority to schemes in
the Power Sector. Gelnel Hydel Project is expected to be
commissioned during this year. Efforts are being made to complete
three other on-going Hydel Projects and to start the construction of
the Loktak Down Stream Hydro Electric Project during the year
1993-94. Under the Rural Electrification Programme 28 villages have
been electrified during the current year.
14. Internal road communication network is of vital importance for
the socio-economic development of the State. My Government has,
therefore, laid special stress on construction and improvement of
road communication specially linking the administrative centres.
During the current year a road network of 335 kms. has been
completed. The construction of Fly-over at Keishampat will be
started during 1993-94. A number of bridges are being constructed
over different rivers and important State Highways.
15. The major objective of transport planning is to meet the
transport needs of urban and rural areas. The Manipur State Road
Transport Corporation is taking steps to purchase 15 new buses which
will be deployed mainly in the hill areas. For the comfort and
convenience of travelling passengers my Government has permitted a
Travel Agency to operate a Single Window System for purchase of bus,
railway and air tickets and will also take up construction of bus waiting
sheds on important State Highways in the outskirts of Imphal city.
16. It has been the constant endeavour of my Government to provide
improved health and medical care facilities to all sections of the
society specially at the village and community levels. The National
Health Policy for achieving “Health for all by 2000 AD” has been
given special thrust. Under the Universal Immunisation Programme 65%
of the target group of expectant mothers and infants have been
immunized. Efforts are continuing to modernize the Jawaharlal Nehru
Hospital by providing central sterile supply department, mechanized
laundry, neuro-surgery unit and mortuary unit. Sophisticated
diagnostic equipments, ultra-sound, whole body scanner are being
installed. The major transmission of HIV infection in the state is
through injection of drugs. With the assistance from the Government
of India 4 additional drug de-addiction centres will be established.
My Government will continue to make special thrust on information,
education, surveillance and detection to combat the menace of AIDS.
17. The State Government has laid much emphasis on strengthening and
streamlining the Public Distribution System in the State. During the
current year construction of 2 godowns of 200 mts. capacity each at
Paomata and Tengnoupal have been taken up which will raise the
existing storage capacity in the State to 20,600 mts. Under the
Revamped Public Distribution System, 46 new Fair Price Shops have
been added and additional 57,236 Ration Cards have been distributed
in the hill areas. To effectively operate the Public Distribution
System through active participation of the people my Government have
started setting up Fair Price Shop level Vigilance Committees.
18. Tourism today is regarded as one of the most dynamic industries
in the world. To tap the considerable tourism potential of the State my
Government has launched a vigorous drive to develop tourism as an
industry in the State. Construction of Tourism Homes at Jiribam,
Nungba and Tamenglong have been completed. Renovation work for the
Tourist Homes at Sendra and Phubala has been taken up. The Moirang
Tourist Home has been opened. Efforts are being made to develop
tourist facilities along the National Highway at Mao, Maram and
Moreh and to upgrade the Hotel Imphal into a 3-Star Hotel. Towards
the effort to promote Tourism in the State a week long Tourism
Festival was held at Imphal from 1st to 7th November 1992.
19. My Government will continue to take all necessary steps to
improve and augment the supply of treated drinking water supply,
maintain sanitation standards and improve the drainage in urban and
rural areas. The commissioning of the Canchipur Augmentation Scheme
has vastly improved the water supply position within Imphal Municipal area
and Greater Imphal areas. Similarly, work on the 2nd Phase of
Porompat Water Supply Scheme has been taken up for early completion.
Special schemes have been taken up in 30 small town and 46 partially
covered problem villages have been converted into fully covered
villages. Under the Urban and Rural Sanitation Schemes 40 Scheduled
Tribe and Scheduled Caste villages have been covered and 1220 units
of low-cost latrines have been constructed.
20. My Government’s commitment to human resources development is
earnest. The Council of Higher Secondary Education has been set up
and new disciplines have been introduced in 8 colleges. A Task Force
has been appointed for preparing Action Plan for implementing the
recommendation of the State Education Commission and its
recommendation is expected soon. A Polytechnic Institute for women
is being planned for architectural engineering, textile technology
and modern office management courses. To create more employment
opportunities for our youth, a Business Management course has been
introduced in the Manipur University.
21. I am sure that Hon’ble Members will appreciate the steps taken
by my Government on many fronts inspite of the severe financial
constraints. It will be the endeavour of my Government to provide
better quality of life to the younger generation which the earlier
generations were deprived of even if painful decisions and
sacrifices are to be made. In conclusion, I would like to assure the
Hon’ble Members of my Government’s commitment to maintain
communal harmony and peace promote and protect the interest of the
weaker section, women and children to work assiduously for the
development of the State.
I wish your deliberations all success.