HOUSE PASSED FOUR DEMANDS FOR GRANTS OF Rs.7,670,878,000/-

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Imphal, August 2 (DIPR): The House of day 12th of the Manipur Legislative Assembly unanimously passed four Demands for Grant ammounting to Rs. 7,670,878,000/- after thorough discussion and voting.

The demand passed today, after a brief discussion were Demand no.17-Agriculture (Rs.215,96,89,000/-), Demand no. 26- Administration of Justice (Rs.98,78,06,000/-), Demand no.30-Planning (Rs.426,93,08,000/-) and Demand no.39-Sericulture (Rs.25,40,75,000/-) respectively.

Replying to a motion for disaproval of policy cut raised by MLA Khundrakpam A/c Shri Th. Lokeshwar Singh, MLA Wangkhem A/C Shri K. Meghachandra Singh, MLA Sugnu A/C Shri K. Ranjit Singh, MLA Tipaimukh A/C Dr. Chaltonlien Amo and MLA Khangabok A/C Shri Surjakumar Okram on Demand no.17-Agriculture, Agricuture Minister Shri V. Hangkhanlian clarified that the Agricultural land is still protected by the Manipur Conservation of Paddy land and Wetland Act, 2014. He also said that in order to protect the agricultural land that coordination between Revenue Department and Agriculture department is a must. On the inability of the Government to ensure availlability of phoudi and louhon to flood affected farmers, the Agriculture minister further clarified that Government has already been taken up steps to distribute high yeilding varieties of paddy to the recent flood affected farmers. He assured the house that an alterantive measure will be taken up if the inundated areas of the recent flood does not dry by August. He also assured to adopt a seperate policy of the agrilultural land of the hill areas at the earliest. The minister further said that the Rice Research Station at Wangbal will be looked into for improvement of infrastructure and staff strength. While clarifying to a policy cut raised by MLA Wangkhem A/c Shri K. Meghachandra Singh, the Agriculture minister said that the Government is considering to implement a suitable policy to start double cropping method. On the other hand, the minister clarified that formation of a House Committee may be considered only after thorough investigation to a querry raised by MLA Lilong A/C Md. Abdul Nasir. To a querry raised by MLA Khangabok A/C Shri Surjakumar Okram, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh assured the house that Cold Storage project will be taken up to check wastage of agricultural products.

During the demand discussion on Demand No. 39 Sericulture, the Chief Minister said that small schemes and projects have been implemented to developed sericulture in the state.

On the other hand, the Chief Minister clarified that the constitutional obligation will be looked into especially for equal developments of hills and the valley to a querry raised by MLA Ukhrul A/C Shri Alfred Kanngam Arthur.

While discussing on Demand no. 26 – Administration of Justice, Law & Legislative Affairs Minister Shri L. Jayantakumar Singh clarified that at present there are altogether 12 vacant judicial post and all the courts in the state are computerized except for the newly established four courts in Thoubal, Bishnupur, Imphal East amd Impphal West districts to a policy cut raised by MLA Sugnu A/C Shri K. Ranjit Singh. (DIPR)

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