Manipur: Manipur could be a developed state in five years: CM

Imphal, May 20 2022: Chief minister N Biren has advised Prabhari Officers to visit and identify the problems faced by the public, their grievances, shortages of potable water, food grains, etc., in their blocks and report to the government, so that action may be taken up on priority basis.

Addressing an orientation workshop on Sub-Division Development Monitoring Mission at Hotel Imphal on Friday, during which he also released a booklet “Sub-Division Development Monitoring Mission” as part of the workshop, the CM said; “Today, we are just beginning to build a new Manipur, and we have to take risks together”.

Appealing to the prabharis (officials in-charge) to take their time, be patient and not to be hasty, Biren sought contribution of the officials to ensure success of the mission and expressed confidence that through the joint effort Manipur could be transformed to a developed state within the next five years.

The CM further urged the prabharis to include the need to set up retail shops in interior parts of the state in their proposals, so that villagers may get at least rice grains.

He also highlighted the need to conduct sub-division-wise house to house surveys.

“There will be no discrimination or inconveniences during their services due to irregularity in promotion or political influ ences”, the chief minister assured the officers.

Every officer will be where he or she deserves to be, as per the rules and norms, he maintained, stressing further that the cabinet lias also taken a decision for a proper Posting and Transfer policy to be strictly implemented by June.

Further to root out corruption, the state cabinet has approved the establishment of a State Staff Selection Board at the earliest, he added.

CM Biren also highlighted the need for proper monitoring of biometrics attendance, improved internet and mobile connectivity in the interior parts, provision of sustainable livelihood, etc.

The government has plans to make up the vehicle shortage for of facials, he said adding that not only the SDOs and other officers but their staff also need to reach their offices.

He said that bus services along different routes have already started and that if required more buses can be added.

He further observed the need to take up road construction and repair works to improve connectivity.

Regarding marketing for one product in one sub-division, Biren said marketing is not a problem, but we need to co-ordinate amongst the different departments.

In their addresses, chief secretary Dr Rajesh Kumar said the mission is a historic and path-breaking mission and will help eliminate low income in the interiors and in providing jobs to every household while additional chief secretary Vunlunmang Vualnam said that Sub-Division Development Monitoring Mission is an innovative and ambitious mission.

He explained that the key focus areas for the mission include reactivating government offices and public facilities in the sub-divisions, time bound implementation of schemes like Lairik Tamhalasi, MGNREGA, Har Ghar Jal, etc; One Division, One Product, sustainable livelihood for each households and identification of innovative and sustainable projects to be taken up.

An interactive session attended by chief secretary, additional chief secretaries, secretaries, deputy commissioners, district nodal officers, prabharis of all sub-divisions, local representatives of sub-divisions was also conducted as part of the Orientation Workshop on Sub-Division Development Monitoring Mission.

The DCs, prabharis and the nodal officers shared their on-field experiences, problems faced so far, suggestions and ideas during the session.

Major issues highlighted by the officials include problems related to mobility of the officers due to lack of official vehicles, lack of infrastructure especially in the new districts, need for training for those required to collect data to ensure data accuracy, need to focus on certain priority sectors, etc.

The officials also highlighted One Sub-division, one product component of the mission and suggested the feasibility of linking the provision of sustainable livelihood with One Sub-division, one product.

Health & Family Welfare minister Dr Sapam Ranjan Singh, Mayang Imphal MLA K Robindro, Keirao MLA L Rameshwor Meetei also attended the event.

Mention may be made that subsequent to launch of the ‘Sub Divisional Monitoring Mission’, a Prabhari was assigned for each of the 68 Sub-Divisions to identify the shortcomings in the sub-division, such as infrastructure, health, education etc.

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