LIST OF GOVERNOR'S ADDRESS
BY HIS EXCELLENCY, THE GOVERNOR OF MANIPUR, SHRI OUDH NARAYAN
SHRIVASTAVA, TO THE MANIPUR LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY ON 19-03-1999.
Hon’ble Mr. Speaker and Hon’ble Members,
I have great pleasure in welcoming you all to this 14th Session of
the 6th Manipur Legislative Assembly. As this is the first Session
in the current year, I take the privilege of wishing you all, and
the people of Manipur, a very happy and prosperous year. During the
past one year I am very happy to see several outstanding
achievements my Government has made.
2.1 My Government has been making serious efforts to improve the
general law and order including the insurgency problems. My
Government believes in solving the problem of insurgency through
peaceful negotiations. I sincerely appeal to the insurgents to come
forward to lay down arms and adopt democratic approach for resolution
of their problems. My Government is committed to maintaining peace.
It shall continue to instil, in the common man, a sense of security
by ensuring normalcy in the law and order situation in the State and
protecting the territorial integrity of Manipur.
2.2 Hon’ble Members, the Kuki-Zomi clashes in Churachandpur
District have been contained and normalcy restored. The ethnic clash
claimed the lives of 352 persons, injured 136 and
reduced 4670 houses to ashes. After the formation of the present Government a
High Level Committee with the Hon’ble Chief Minister as the
Chairman, assisted by a Sub-Committee under the Chairmanship of the
Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister was constituted. At the initiative
of the Committee a final peace accord was signed in October, 1998.
With the signing of the Final Peace Agreement the people of Manipur,
particularly those residing in Churachandpur heaved a sigh of
relief. The long cherished peace was welcomed with open arms. To
enable the State Govt. to follow up relief and rehabilitation
measures the Govt. of India sanctioned a sum of Rs. 123.95 lakhs for
payment of ex-gratia to the affected families. In addition, the
Govt. of India released another Rs. 4.67 crores for construction of
4670 houses to rehabilitate the victims who had been displaced
during the ethnic disturbances. Steps for reconstruction of the
houses have been started.
2.3 The ‘Rapid Action Police force’ has been established
exclusively to deal with counter insurgency. New Commando Units
equipped with sophisticated weapons and new vehicles have been set
up and posted at vulnerable and disturbed areas for continuous
counter insurgency operations. Moreover, two Indian Reserve
Battalions (IRB) have been raised for counter insurgency operations.
The Bomb Disposal Squad has made significant achievement in the
detection and disposal of bombs. During the period from January,
1998 to December 1998 the State Police Force with the aid of the
CRPF, AR and Army arrested 1094 extremists belonging to various UG
outfits, 78 others were killed while a total of 292 number of
assorted weapons like LMGs, M-16s, AK-47/56 Rifles, Rocket
Launchers, and 6648 rounds of ammunition were recovered. Rs.
1,68,000/- (Rupees one lakh sixty eight thousand) was seized from
the extremists during the same period.
3.1 Hon’ble Members, I am happy to mention that not only were the
5th National Games, 1999 held successfully but our sportspersons
convincingly proved that given the opportunity they can do wonders.
The most heartening achievement is the brilliant performance of our
sportspersons surpassing all expectations by winning the Raja
Bhalendra Singh Trophy, the Overall Championship Trophy. My
Government has decided to observe every year the 25th February as
the Players’ Day (Sanaroisingi Numit). Cash Award of over Rs. 62
lakhs were also given to the medal winners from Manipur.
3.2 The construction of Sports Infrastructure at Khuman Lampak
Sports Complex was completed for the Games in a record time which
boast of the following facilities:
- Main Stadium with Synthetic Track.
- Swimming Pool with gallery of 2000 capacity and diving pool with
gallery of 1200 capacity.
- Indoor Stadium with seating capacity of 2200.
- Cycle Velodrome with Gallery of 1200 capacity.
- Boxing Arena with gallery – 2 Nos.
- Kang Hall for Indigenous Game.
- Indoor Shooting range of 50, 25 and 10 m.
- Practice Field for Hockey and Football.
- A 100 bedded Sports Hostel.
- Construction of Rowing Canal, Compound Wall and drains.
- 4500 capacity Hockey Stadium with Astro-Turf
3.3 In addition to the facilities provided in the Khuman Lampak
Sports Complex, the following sports infrastructure at other venues
were also created :
- Improvement and renovation including gallery & lighting for
the Dr.Kamal Indoor Stadium, Manipur University, Canchipur.
- Improvement of approach road and providing extra lighting for the
RIMS Gymkhana at Lamphelpat.
- Construction of floating jetti, boat house, change room etc. at
Takmu (Loktak Lake).
- Construction of foot-ball ground with gallery at Kodompokpi,
- Improvement of Centenary Hall, Manipur University, Canchipur,
- Improvement of Indoor Hall, D.M.College,
- Construction of three Tennis Courts, Lamphelpat,
- Improvement of THAU ground,
- 800 houses constructed at the National Games Village, Langol. The
Project cost of the National Games village was Rs. 62.83 crores. The
constructed buildings at the National Games Village will be disposed
of by sale partly to the State Govt. Departments and partly to the
public. Hon’ble Members, with the support of the State Government
and with the full cooperation from various Departments and the
people of Manipur, the improvement of the Mapal Kangjeibung
Pologround including construction of gallery on the western side
etc. was completed and dedicated to the people of Manipur on the
24th November, 1998. The total cost of the project is Rs. 237 lakhs
of which Rs. 55.40 lakhs was one time grant of the State Government
and the rest through public donations.
4.1 Hon’ble Members, I am happy to say that my Government had
agreed to revise the pay scales of the employees on the pattern of
the Central R.O.P., 1997 and accordingly the Manipur Services
(Revised Pay) Rules, 1999 has been notified granting the benefits
w.e.f. 1/1/96. In spite of the acute financial crunch the State is
facing and also the additional burden to be borne on account of
the revisions of pay, my Govt. has also agreed to extend to the
employees the different allowances that the Central Govt. employees
are entitled to. The revision of pay scales implies an additional
expenditure to the tune of Rs. 11.4 crores per month over and above
the average monthly expenditure on salary of Rs. 35.00 crores. With
the revision of pay scales, the monthly expenditure on salary alone
is estimated to total 46.4 crores. Considering the limited resource
position of the State and the additional funds required due to
revision of pay scales, my Govt. has taken up the matter of
streamlining its finances with the Central Govt. and various
measures have been initiated to augment the resources of the State.
The requirement on account of revisions of pay scales has also been
projected to the eleventh Finance Commission for fixing Non Plan
Grants for a deficit State like Manipur.
5.1 Hon’ble Members, my Government has been making every effort to
accelerate the economic growth of the State. Provision of basic
amenities under the short term measures while our effort is to
upgrade the infrastructure facilities in terms of roads, power,
irrigation, etc. as long term measures. Further, my Government have
also been exploring to get various development projects funded
externally. We have been able to complete the installation of
KIOSKS/Ultra Filtration Unit, a water supply project in the Khuman
Lampak with French assistance. Three more projects viz. Improvement
of Imphal-Ukhrul Road, Improvement of Kangchup Water Supply Scheme
and Ground Water Exploration at Potsangbam are also being taken up
with French assistance. In addition to these, up-gradation and
improvement of roads are taken up with World Bank assistance.
Because of the initiative of my Government a 3rd National Highway
has been sanctioned from Jessami to Aizawl via Ukhrul, Imphal
Churachandpur and Tipaimukh. The up gradation and improvement of
NH-53 have been started under non-lapsable Central Resources Pool.
Further, on the request of my Government, Prime Minister’s
“Express Highway” has been extended from Silchar to Imphal via
Jiribam. Under NEC scheme, Tamei-Tenning Road and Tuivai-Bungpilon,
Hanship-Bukpi Road were taken up. NEC has also agreed to accommodate
2 more Road projects viz. Mahadeva-Tolloi-Pfutsero (222km) and
Saitual-Tuivai-Daido-Bukpi (167 kms). A 6-lane bridge was also
constructed at Keishampat by dismantling the old bridge of 5.4 m
width. Further, under BMS, a total road length of 660 kms have been
6.1 On 27th June, 1998, the State Government constituted the Manipur
Human Rights Commission. The Commission is constituted under the
Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993. With the constitution of the
Commission, all matters of violation of human rights can be taken up
by the State Commission within its jurisdiction.
7.1 Hon’ble Members, I am happy to inform you that my Government
has established a College of Technology with disciplines in Civil
Engineering, Electronics Engineering and Computer Engineering.
Various categories of Scholarships to 407 students for further
studies have been provided. To encourage younger students of
classes I to V to attend schools the scheme of Mid-Day-Meal is being
implemented in the Government and Govt.Aided Primary Schools. By the
end of December, 1998 a total quantity of 30550.20 quintals of rice
has been distributed to cover 2,54,585 students.
8.1 As livestock continues to play a major role in our economy, my
Government has launched various schemes for the introduction of
improved breed of animals and birds, improvement of animal health
coverage and creation of self-employment through livestock and
poultry activities. My Government has been taking up improvement of
the indigenous Cattle wealth of the State through Cross Breeding
Programme with exotic Germplasm by way of Frozen Semen technology.
With regards to animal health coverage, 3.5 and 5.00 lakhs of
animals and birds respectively were vaccinated during the current
9.1 My Government is fully aware of the problem of availability of
safe drinking water in villages and towns. During the year, 85
villages have been covered with safe drinking water and 500 units of
individual household low cost pour flush latrines were constructed.
There is an approved outlay of Rs. 1253.09 lakhs for Imphal Water
Supply for 1998-99 and expenditure incurred up to the end of
February 1999 is Rs. 723.86 lakhs. Augmentation of Moreh and Jiribam
water supply schemes has been commissioned. Augmentation of Heirok
water supply will be commissioned during the current year. The
Beautification of Kangla Moat at an estimated cost of Rs. 1.45
crores has been taken up as part of beautification of Imphal city.
Fencing all around the moat, with decorative grills, construction of
foot-path, deepening of the northern side portion of the moat has
been carried out for beautification of the city.
10.1 Hon’ble Members, in addition to the 3541 old aged citizens
who were being given old aged pension under Manipur Old Aged Pension
Scheme, another 10400 beneficiaries have been covered under National
Old Aged Pension Scheme. Scholarships have been awarded to 400
disabled students reading in different schools and vocational
training imparted to destitute women and disabled persons.
11.1 Hon’ble Members would be happy to note that a sum of Rs. 270
lakhs have been provided to the Manipur Spinning Mills Ltd. as part
of rehabilitation package. With the infusion of fund, the
Corporation has resumed production. Govt. of India has provided a
sum of Rs. 2 crores for construction of two Trade Centres at Moreh
and Imphal to facilitate the Indo-Myanmar Trade transaction.
Construction of Trade Centre at Moreh has since been completed and
it will be operationalised very soon. Export Promotion Industrial
Park will be set up at Kakching with the Central assistance to the
tune of Rs. 15 crores. To enhance handloom promotion, 14 projects
had been sanctioned under Project Package Scheme and Rs. 69.65 lakhs
has been released by Ministry of Textiles against the total
allocation of Rs. 223.57 lakhs. With a view to take up steps for
development of tourism related sectors, Tourism has been declared as
an industry in the state.
12.1 A Project named “MANIPUR SERICULTURE PROJECT” has been
started with the assistance of Japanese Government. To start the
first phase of the said Project, Govt. of Japan has sanctioned Rs.
116.90 crores for five years commencing from 1998-99. M/S NIPPON
KOEI CO.LTD., Japan has been entrusted the task of implementing the
Project. 1556 farmers have been imparted training and have started
13.1 The State received a sum of Rs. 99.69 lakhs as loan, share
capital and subsidy from NCDC for construction of rural godowns,
share capital to Primary Marketing Cooperation Societies etc.
14.1 To facilitate better administration and to improve input
delivery system, one office of District Agriculture Officer was
opened in June, 1998 in Imphal West District with District Head
Quarter at Lamphelpat. During the year, 377.49 MT of seeds of
different kinds of improved and high yielding crop varieties were
distributed to the farmers at subsidised rate. The level of
consumption of fertilizer recorded an increase of 25% over the last
year, 25 MT of Plant Protection Chemicals (Technical Grade) were
distributed to cover 95,000 ha. In the field of Farm Mechanisation,
110 nos. of Power Tillers and 80 nos. of Sprinklers Sets were
distributed during 1998-99. 52.9 ha of water area have been
developed and brought under fish culture operation benefiting 106
nos. of fish Farmers and 105 nos. of fish Farmers were imparted
training on scientific fish culture. A 25 MT capacity cold storage
for storage of fish has been commissioned at Lamphelpat.
15.1 Hon’ble Members, you are already aware of my Government’s
concern in preservation and protection of environment. During the
year, 22 schemes under Forestry and Wildlife sector were taken up.
Emphasis has been laid on the plantation schemes such as Economic
Plantation (Plantation of industrial and commercial species) and
Social Forestry. Under Plantation sector Rubber Plantation Scheme is
successful and started production. My Government has also initiated
steps to establish a Forest Development Corporation in the state for
scientific management and better economic return from the forest. A
State Botanical Garden is also being opened in the Langol Hills at
16.1 The Computerised Passenger Railway Reservation System (CPRS)
Counter at Imphal is now linked to PRS of Calcutta, Delhi and
Secundarabad enabling passengers to conveniently book their railway
tickets from Imphal. Tickets worth over Rs. 1.50 cores were sold up
to now during current financial year.
17.1 My Government has accorded high priority to provide the health
needs of the people in general and particularly to those living in
rural and tribal areas of the State through a network of 420 PHSCs,
72 PHCs, 16 CHCs, 7 District Hospitals and 1 State Hospital. The
national norm for establishment of Sub-Centres, PHCs and CHCs has
been achieved. The CHC, Parbung and PHC, Maram were inaugurated
during the year while the CHCs of Thoubal and Bishnupur were up
graded to District Hospitals. Emphasis has been given to consolidate
and strengthen the Health Centres by the addition of diagnostic and
treatment equipments and rational deployment of various categories
of health manpower to optimise the efficiency of their function with
the limited resources. About 42% of the Doctors are now working in
the hill and rural areas of Manipur. This is a significant
achievement when compared with the rest of the country. It is hoped
that with the addition of another 100 beds at J.N.Hospital over and
above the sophisticated diagnostic and treatment facilities of
ultrasonography, C.T. Scanner, Haemodialysis unit and implementation
of cardiac pacemaker etc. the long-standing demand of the people
will be fulfilled. Cases detected, cases discharged and health
education under Leprosy Control Programme are more than 300% of the
targets given by the Govt. of India. The performance of T.B. Control
Programme is very much improved and with the approval of a World
Bank Project for implementation of T.B. Control Programme in Imphal
District, the necessary activities of the programme like drug supply
and diagnostic facilities have been revamped. Under Family Welfare
Programme, my Government could achieve more than cent per cent
coverage of children between zero to five years under Special Pulse
Polio Immunization operation. In addition, Family Welfare Department
has started implementing reproductive Child Health Project
sanctioned by the Government of India for accelerating mother and
child health care programme in the State.
18.1 With a view to improving socio-economic condition of the
SC&ST in the State, my Government has launched various family
oriented and welfare schemes. The primary focus is on implementation
of family oriented schemes, welfare schemes, welfare schemes and
infrastructure development programmes. One of the major programmes
is the extension of post matric scholarship to the students with
100% assistance from the Government of India. Already Rs. 5 crores
have been released by the Government of India. The Manipur Tribal
Development Corporation is a channelising agency for extending
credit facilities to deserving persons with funds from 3 national
level Corporations namely 1) National Scheduled Castes &
Scheduled Tribe Finance & Development Corporation 2) National
Backward Classes Finance & Development Corporation 3) National
Minorities Development & Finance Corporation. The Corporations
had secured over Rs. 10.99 crores for the benefit of the SC, ST, OBC
and other minority communities and thus has provided an avenue for
generating self employment opportunities to the unemployed youth.
Considering the need for added focus to the development of the other
backward classes and minority communities, my Government has
constituted a separate Directorate of Minorities and other Backward
Classes. My Government is also setting up a Residential School for
ST students to be financed 100% by the Government of India. Rs. 100
lakhs has been released by the Government of India as first
instalment out of the approved projects cost of Rs. 2.5 crores.
19.1 To enable the Panchayati Raj Institutions function as vibrant
institutions of local self-government and also to implement and
supervise schemes for economic development and social justice
particularly in rural areas in this State, my Government has
devolved powers and functions to the Panchayati Raj Institutions
relating to the items listed in the 11th Schedule of the
20.1 Hon’ble Members, I am glad to mention that the Government of
India has sanctioned Rs. 10 crores for construction of a Cultural
Complex at Imphal and also for improvement of INA Martyr’s
Memorial out of which a sum of Rs. 447.17 lakhs has been released.
Construction of Nupilal Memorial Complex has been taken up. Out of
the total cost of Rs. 72 lakhs, it is my pleasure to mention that my
State Government very kindly encouraged the construction by making a
contribution of Rs. 35 lakhs. The remaining amount has been raised
by public donations. The Memorial is being dedicated to the
‘Imas’ of Manipur very shortly. I and my State Government feel
privileged in having been associated with this very noble venture.
21.1 My Government is committed to ensure the smooth working of the
Public Distribution System. I am happy to inform the Hon’ble
Members that the working of the Public Distribution System has been
substantially improved. At present FCI has stored 60,000 qtls of
rice at Imphal and hence the stock position is comfortable. The
State have made arrangement for building buffer stocks of rice to
store in the hilly centres at Tousem, Tamenglong, Kasomkhullen,
Tipaimukh and Henglep which are difficult areas during the monsoon
season, when roads are frequently disrupted.
22.1 Hon’ble Members may be aware that the power requirement is
met by purchasing from Central Sector Generating Stations of this
region. The maximum power available in the rainy season and the lean
season are 80 MW and 52 MW, respectively. Heavy Fuel Based Power
Project of 36 MW capacity under the Non-lapsable Central Resource
fund has been taken up at Leimakhong. At the initiative of my
Government, the Government of India has sanctioned Loktak Down
Stream H.E. Project (3 X 30 MW Capacity) and NHPC has been entrusted
for implementation. As an interim arrangement to improve the power
supply position in the state, Electricity Department purchased 20 MW
of power from the Meghalaya State Electricity Board for a period of
one year. 132 KV transmission line from Kakching to Churachandpur
will be completed this year. The construction of 33 KV double
circuit line from Yurembam to Khuman Lampak via Iroisemba have been
completed. The construction of 33 KV line from Hundung to Kamjong
has also been completed. Construction works for installation of
33/11 KV sub-station at Saikul, Moreh and Nambol are in progress.
23.1 Hon’ble Members, the State produced 2,850 MT of fruits
against the target of 3,000 MT and 2,500 MT of vegetables against
the target of 2,780 MT. The regional Potato farm at Mao also
produced 200 MT of foundation seed potatoes. During the year
Magfruit factory produced 100 MT of finished products. The State
aimed to increase production and productivity of horticultural
commodities in the coming years. To contain the practice of jhuming
in the hills, my Government, with Central Government’s assistance,
is implementing 24 Watershed Development Project one in each
Administrative Block in the hill districts. Another 10(ten)
Micro-watershed projects are also being implemented under National
Watershed Development Project for Rain-fed Areas.
24.1 Hon’ble Members, recently an Inter-State-Agreement between
Assam and Manipur was signed for construction of “Jiri Irrigation
Project”. Once completed, the Project will irrigate 2010 ha in
Manipur and 3740 ha in Assam respectively. It will also supply 1.2
MGD of drinking water. The left canal system will be executed by the
Government of Manipur and the right canal system will be executed by
the Government of Assam. The Khuga Multi-purpose Project, which is
targeted to be completed by 2001, is now in good progress and 60% of
the work has since been completed. To accelerate the progress of
work, Central Loan Assistance under Accelerated Irrigation Benefit
Programme has been obtained. Further, flood control schemes are
being implemented for Imphal River, Thoubal River, Sekmai River,
Iril River, Nambul River, Merakhong and Waishel River. The
construction of the Thoubal Multi-purpose Project and the Dolaithabi
Project are also in good progress.
25.1 Hon’ble Members, for administrative convenience the office of
SDO/Moreh has been upgraded to ADC. It has also been decided to
create a new Sub-Division cum Block office called the
Saitu-Gamphajol with Headquarters at Gamnom-Sapermeina. Further, for
maintenance of law and order, it has been decided to upgrade the
Wangoi and Porompat Police Outposts to Police Stations.
26.1 Hon’ble Members, I have presented before you, in brief, some
areas of concern and the policy perspectives and programmes that my
Government has implemented and will be implementing. I once again
reiterate that my Government is committed to maintaining peace and
social harmony in the State. I am sure that my Government will
receive unequivocal co-operation of all Hon’ble members and the
people of Manipur in its efforts aimed at solving the problems
confronting our State and in its socio-economic development.
27.1 The purpose for which I have summoned this session of the State
Assembly is to provide an opportunity to the Hon’ble members to
participate in and deliberate upon the business of the House and the
budget. I am sure the deliberations will be in the best interest of
the people of Manipur. I now, with all my best wishes, leave you to