Governor's address to the State Assembly
Timely steps taken by Govt to fight COVID-19 opens address to House
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, February 03 2021: Welcoming the Members of the Assembly to the 12th session of the 11 th Manipur Legislative Assembly today, Governor DrNajma Heptulla today briefly recalled the activities of the State Government in 2020 and started it off with the Covid pandemic, the preparations taken by the State Government to take the fight to the virus and the emerging need for self reliance.

In her address to the Assembly on the first day of the Budget session, the Governor briefly talked on the COVID-19 pandemic, law and order and justice delivery, finance and planning, tribal affairs, minorities and SC and OBC welfare, food security, education, power sector, agriculture and allied activities and natural resources, pisciculture and animal husbandry, water resources and management, water supply, healthcare, connectivity (works and transport), urban planning and development, rural development, social welfare, labour welfare, employment generation and entrepreneurship, textiles, commerce and industries, tourism, information technology and science and technology, sports, art and culture, election, GAD, relief and disaster management.

Asserting that the Government has been working continuously for the welfare and inclusive development of the State, the Governor recalled that three days before the Nationwide lockdown was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 24, the State Government closed down the Ima markets and temporary market on March 21, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Elaborating on the steps taken up the State Government to take the battle to the virus, the Governor said that shortly after World Health Organisation announced the outbreak of Covid on January 9, 2020, the State Government started screening passengers at Imphal Airport on January 18, even though there are no international flights.

After WHO issued a global health emergency, the sixth time in history on January 31, the screening of incoming passengers started at Mao and Jiribam on the same day.

The border gates at Moreh, Tusom, Nambisha and Behiang were closed on March 10 just one day before WHO declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, the Governor recalled.

All schools and hostels were ordered to close on March 12, said the Governor and added classes in all Government and private institutions including universities were closed on March 13.After Manipur recorded her first positive case on March 23, one day before the Nationwide lockdown, the State Consultative Committee on COVID-19 headed by the Chief Minister was formed.

A COVID-19 Task Force headed by the Chief Secretary was set up.

Concerted efforts were undertaken by the Government with the setting up of Isolation Wards, Quarantine Centres, Covid Care Centres and Dedicated COVID-19 Treatment Blocks, Institutional (Government) Quarantine Centres, Community Quarantine Centres, Paid Quarantine Centres and Home Quarantine.

The Government made all out efforts to ensure that there was no shortage of essential supplies.

Under the Prime Minister Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana, dal and additional rice were provided free of cost to beneficiaries under AAY and PHH households during the pandemic, said the Governor.

Altogether, about 4.77 lakh COVID tests were conducted and a total of about 5.23 lakh persons were screened.

SoP for new variant of SARCOV-II has already been published.

All individuals arriving were made to undergo mandatory quarantine.

Massive IEC/Media campaign was taken up.

to disseminate relevant information on COVID-19 among the public.

As on January 25, Manipur had recorded a total of 28,997 positive cases, 28,442 recoveries & 369 deaths and recovery rate of 98.08%.Chief Minister's COVID-19 Relief Fund was also launched which received a total donation of over Rs 24 crore, said the Governor and added that Government employees donated one day's salary to the Relief Fund.

Rs 25 lakh under MLA-LAD Scheme were earmarked for COVID-19 related activities in each Assembly Constituency.

The Government evacuated over 23,000 stranded people through 24 Shramik Trains.

Incentives at the rate of Rs 1000 and Rs 500 each and free ration were provided to Drivers and Handymen of trucks bringing various goods, oil tankers and LPG bullets.

During lockdown, 52,605 labour card holders were given financial assistance of Rs 1000/- each through DBT.

Over Rs 9 crore was released from State Disaster Relief Fund to combat the situation in the wake of the pandemic.

To help street vendors affected by the pandemic, under the Prime Minister's Street Vendor's Atma Nirbhar Nidhi Scheme, loans were disbursed to 3,799 street vendors which have earned the State No 1 ranking among Hilly Region and North Eastern States category for highest number of loans disbursed till date under the scheme.

Corpus fund of Rs 3 crore was created under "Market Intervention Scheme" for procuring surplus marketable produces to reduce distress sale during the pandemic.

As necessitated by the school lockdown due to COVID pandemic, digital and e-learning platforms were adopted.

The e-content is now available in a newly developed App called "Lairik".

COVID-19 vaccination for Manipur was taken up at 10 session sites, targeting over 9600 healthcare workers for the first day.

This vaccine had undergone the required 3 levels of human trials and has been proven in terms of both its efficacy and immunogenicity.

The vaccine has been declared safe, immunogenic and efficacious by the Drugs Controller General of India.

A total of 1,02,000 doses of Covishield vaccine has reached the State.

Manipur has already prepared 246 session sites spread out across all the 16 districts for the Covid vaccination.

All sites have been checked through Dry Runs and the facilities for online & offline submission of data has been made.

The Governor added that 14 Basic Life Support Ambulances were procured during the year 2020-21.Trauma Centre and Blood Bank at District Hospital, Senapati was completed.

Establishment of a New Medical College at Churachandpur under Centrally Sponsored Scheme was approved at the cost of Rs 325 crore.

On Law and Order and Justice Delivery, the Governor said Government has been constantly working to improve the overall security scenario of the State.

The State was recently awarded as the most improved small State under the category for 'overall' and 'law and order' by a reputed media organization.

Manipur is the most innovative State amongst North Eastern States as per India Innovation Index, 2020, released by NITI Aayog.

Nongpok Sekmai Police Station was awarded the "Best Police Station" by the Ministry of Home AffaiRs Construction of a 100 bedded barrack at MPTC and Model Police Station Grade-Ill at Porompat were completed.

Construction of a 40 bedded barrack each for Tengnoupal and Kakching district police are in progress.

New State Police Headquarters building will be constructed at a cost of Rs 50 crore.

With State Budget, 15 Toyota Innova Crysta for patrol duties were procured.

Under Nirbhaya Fund, a Control Room for Emergency Response Support System was established.

Under the Government's initiative on "War against Drugs", 258 drug-related cases were registered during the year and 357 persons arrested.

Large quantities of drugs like heroin and WY tablets were seized and over 2,800 acres of poppy plantation destroyed.

During the year, 184 sensitive cases against women and children and another 90 cases under POCSO Act were registered.

14 new Fire Sub-Stations are being established at an estimated cost of over Rs 279 Crore.

Various projects with funding from North Eastern Council are being taken up.

Improvement of Bishnupur-Nungba Road and Inter-State Truck Terminus at Sekmai will be completed soon, said the Governor.

Under North East Special Infrastructure Development Schemes, 9 projects worth over Rs 203 crore were sanctioned.

Out of these, Water Supply Distribution Network project for Churachandpur was completed.

District Hospital, Imphal West at Mayang Imphal at an estimated cost of Rs 65 crore was approved for sanction during the current year.

Out of six projects worth about Rs 125 crore sanctioned under Social and Infrastructure Development Fund to bridge infrastructure gaps in border areas, four projects, including construction of a bridge across Tuilak River, have been completed.

Speaking on education sector, Dr Najma Heptulla said ever since the State started "School Faghathanshi Mission", there has been a marked increase in student enrolment in the selected schools, besides improvement in physical infrastructures.

To motivate Government School Students, incentive awards were given to those who excelled in Class 10 and 12 examinations conducted by BOSEM and COHSEM.

A "Task Force" had also been constituted to frame a realistic roadmap for implementation of National Education Policy, 2020.Highlighting on the Power Sector, Governor said Government is committed to ensure 24x7 quality and reliable electric supply to all.

With the charging of the 400 KV Silchar-Imphal D/C transmission line, the Available Transmission Capacity of the interstate transmission line has been enhanced to cater to the power requirement of the State for the next 10 to 15 years.

As a step towards self-reliance in the generation sector, the State has been trying to implement the 66 MW Loktak Downstream Hydro Electric Project through joint venture mode with NHPC Ltd.

Out of 5.50 lakh consumers, around 3.5 lakh consumers are prepaid metered.

Prepaid meter for the balance 2 lakh consumers is being procured through a loan of Rs 200 Cr from Rural Electrification Corporation Limited.

Rs 54.70 Cr from Rural Electrification Corporation Limited is also being received for system strengthening.

Under North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme (NESIDS), the work of upgradation of Moirang Sendra Road upto Sendra Hillock and road from Moirang Sendra Road to Omba Hillock and Keina bazar on Moirang Khunou to Thanga Keibul Road was sanctioned at a cost of Rs 21.65 Cr during 2019-20 and is targeted for completion soon.

The construction of two ADB assisted roads namely, Tupul to Bishnupur measuring .51 Kms and Thoubal to Kasom Khulen measuring 47 Kms at cost of Rs 475.68 Cr was completed and opened to traffic.

Imphal-Kangchup-Tamenglong Road of 103 Kms under implementation with assistance of ADB for the cost of Rs 1400 Crore is targeted for completion in 2022.Later in the session, a Motion of Thanks to the Governor's address was moved by P Sharatchandra Singh MLA which was seconded by Sapam Ranjan Singh MLA.

The Governor's address will be discussed on February 4, 2021 .

* Comments posted by users in this discussion thread and other parts of this site are opinions of the individuals posting them (whose user ID is displayed alongside) and not the views of We strongly recommend that users exercise responsibility, sensitivity and caution over language while writing your opinions which will be seen and read by other users. Please read a complete Guideline on using comments on this website.

  • Guru Leimapokpam Lakpati: Nata Sankritan
  • COVID-19 Status 22 Sep : Govt of Manipur
  • Vanijya Utsav @Imphal #1 : Gallery
  • Truth should prevail over ethnic politics
  • COVID-19 : Impact in Manipur :: News Timeline
  • Projects for Tamenglong & Noney
  • Changes :: Poem
  • Good road must to reap fruit of Act East
  • Rio, Sarma taken on board?
  • Discussion: Merger Agreement 1949 : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 21 Sep : Govt of Manipur
  • Safe maternal and newborn care
  • Mourns demise of Naba Chakthekpi
  • Admin & Business Support @ R-Square
  • International Peace Day on Sept 21 2021
  • Customer Service Reps @ Amber & Arthur
  • Prioritising election, ignoring Covid-19
  • Not the time to let the guard down
  • Mova Cave, Hunpung, Ukhrul #3 : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 20 Sep : Govt of Manipur
  • Irawat the Legend #1
  • Leishangthem Dhanachandra ..rears Sareng
  • Economic devpt & climate deterioration?
  • Detachment without Resentment
  • Wishful thinking for end to election-money
  • Drugs & manufacturing units within State
  • Kanglasha Kaba Khanba removal #2: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 19 Sep : Govt of Manipur
  • Sep 20, a crucial week for Nagaland
  • Lord's echo :: Poem
  • Jobs opening at Changerline, Imphal
  • In search of roots
  • Opposition cosy up as poll date nears
  • The end of RN Ravi's saga
  • 27th August 1965 : Birth of students force
  • COVID-19 Status 18 Sep : Govt of Manipur
  • World's largest adult vaccination program
  • 2nd State Level Yogasana Sports C'ship
  • Just survival is enough :: Poem
  • Add oats to your beauty regime
  • Thri Kappi Sanaba @Andro #1 : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 17 Sep : Govt of Manipur
  • Legal Campaign [17 Sep] : Gallery
  • Demise of Padma Shri Thongram Haridas
  • Legal Awareness & Outreach Campaign
  • Changes that the time brings :: Poem
  • AMWJU Foundation Day [16 Sep] : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 16 Sep : Govt of Manipur
  • Mapping the Changemakers of NE India
  • Will inclusion centrestage at Equality Forum
  • World ozone day & the living beings
  • Understanding CAT
  • Eternally struggling Manipuri women
  • Posers on the Interlocutor
  • Zeilad Lake, Tamenglong #2 : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 15 Sep : Govt of Manipur
  • Report on 54th Engineers Day 2021
  • Social Media & Political Campaigning
  • What if ? :: Poem
  • Condolence prayer for Oscar Fernandes
  • Virus threat not over yet
  • The virus is still out there!
  • RIMS, Imphal #1 : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 14 Sep : Govt of Manipur
  • Nagaland CM Rio calls Ravi 'genuine' man
  • Role of media in combating Covid
  • One day business shut-down in Dimapur
  • The warning bell is ringing loud & clear
  • Anxiety over arrival of train service
  • Choosing candidate the first step
  • Raghu Leishangthem : Manipuri Poet Biodata
  • COVID-19 Status 13 Sep : Govt of Manipur
  • Memo to CM : Inclusion of Meetei in ST
  • Without you :: Poem
  • Lessons from the pandemic
  • ICS (IAS) viva voce of Khushwant Singh
  • Blaming predecessor till near end of term
  • Questioning truce pacts with others
  • ILP & COVID checking @Jirighat : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 12 Sep : Govt of Manipur
  • Webinar: Higher Edn & Career in USA & UK
  • Prostate Cancer: Know its warning signals
  • Naga Peace Process :: News Timeline
  • Hope heals crisis :: Poem
  • AFSPA in NE amid peace accords
  • TSE completes 22 years : 1999 to 2021
  • Pathetic Road @Imphal-Jiri : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 11 Sep : Govt of Manipur
  • National Lok Adalat in High Court of Manipur
  • On tourism in the Northeast
  • The Dement Corona Avoids :: Poem
  • The prism of relationships
  • Reappraisal of early Meitei settlement
  • COVID-19 Status 10 Sep : Govt of Manipur
  • Royal Charter Day celebrated
  • Poshan Abhiyaan : A people's movement
  • MTech in Defence Tech at Amrita Univ
  • Ethno-Veterinary medicine in livestock
  • Power dept employees eyeing soft target
  • Taking a look at issues in 2012, 2017
  • Meetei Leikai @, Silchar, Assam #1: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 09 Sep : Govt of Manipur
  • The uncle conundrum
  • Himalayan Day : Science & Knowledge
  • Pandemic : changing dynamics of preschool
  • Common factors that enhance beauty
  • Another peace deal sans solution..
  • Rolling up sleeves ahead of Assembly polls
  • Development, Ethnicity & Gender : Book Rvw
  • COVID-19 Status 08 Sep : Govt of Manipur
  • World Suicide Prevention Day 2021
  • 'bob World' : Mobile application launched
  • Glimpses of Love :: Poem
  • How much more ordeal can Afghans take?
  • Tall claims on reforming agriculture sector
  • The commandments from WHO
  • Burma refugees yes or no ?
  • COVID-19 Status 07 Sep : Govt of Manipur
  • Biotechnology Grant (BIG) for startups
  • Teaching as a career in India
  • Epitome of impeccable humanity & humility
  • Role of CSOs vital in preventing virus
  • Disturbing high TPR in some hill districts
  • Fine Arts Exhibition MU #3: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 06 Sep : Govt of Manipur
  • Immune boosting for lactating women
  • Give up on fear not dreams !
  • Stop plantation of Palm Oil Trees in NE
  • Another Perspective of Life :: Poem
  • ..right recipe for bitter electioneering
  • Debate over ST status for Meiteis
  • Jadonang in History :: Part 2
  • COVID-19 Status 05 Sep : Govt of Manipur
  • Athokpam Kholchandra : Dr Kamal Kabiratna
  • Remembering Lord Krishna appearance day
  • Sustainable livestock farming
  • After 9 years, thirst to serve unchanged
  • Disturbing TPR in some districts
  • Saikhom Mirabai: Olympics #2: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 04 Sep : Govt of Manipur
  • World Sexual Health Day in Manipur
  • Save The Peace : Conf on Indo-Naga peace
  • Teachers, I salute thee !
  • The Art of Living :: Poem
  • Bongbal Kholen, Kangpokpi #2 : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 03 Sep : Govt of Manipur
  • Manipur Art Festival 2021 canceled
  • Towards a new Manipur Budget 2022-23
  • Inauguration of NPF Manipur Head Office
  • Natural facial at home for glowing skin
  • School yearning to resume normal class
  • The uproar over Urea 'shortage'
  • Chaklam Khongchat Numit #2 : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 02 Sep : Govt of Manipur
  • Pundit Raja Atombapu : Doyen of journalism
  • Friends :: Poem
  • Meeting report at Cachar, Assam
  • Indigenous peoples & a new social contract
  • Pseudo-indigene permanent threat to native
  • Heavy rush for admission to Class XI
  • Jadonang in History :: Part 1
  • Memorial Stone & Shaheed Minar : Gallery
  • An officer and a gentleman
  • Mass production of biofertilisers
  • Kannappa Naayanaar - World 1st Eye Donor
  • Will election ruin gains made in virus fight
  • Signing off August with lowest TPR
  • Keidoubagi Kidoino on COVID #3: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 31 Aug : Govt of Manipur
  • September Calendar for Year 2021 : Tools
  • Revisiting all alphabets of Article 371
  • Abdication :: Poem
  • Need a softer approach to language issue
  • 2022 polls: Tough task for Congress
  • Party hopping antics before the election
  • Death Anniv: Shimreingam Shaiza: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 30 Aug : Govt of Manipur
  • Khangminashi Lecture VIII : Electric Vehicle
  • Ardent Gardener :: Poem
  • Vision Correction doesn't need a doctor
  • No place for Meetei in Heritage Museum?
  • Ordinary testing rate can't beat the virus
  • Why not make it a poll call
  • 90th Martyr Day- Haipou Jadonang : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 29 Aug : Govt of Manipur
  • Cycle Rally- Natl Sports Day, MU : Gallery
  • Do prayers have the power to heal!
  • Observance of National Sports Day
  • Freedom fighter's mail
  • Frauds feasting on pandemic situation
  • From 'corona' to rousing welcome
  • Meitei ancestors lived in Koubru hills
  • COVID-19 Status 28 Aug : Govt of Manipur
  • Senior Fellowship @ICAR-NEH, Imphal
  • What ails the hill tribals of Manipur
  • Why ? I wonder :: Poem
  • Establishment of Natl Police Univ in Manipur
  • Olympics : Games and Beyond
  • Chaklam Khongchat Numit #1 : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 27 Aug : Govt of Manipur
  • Manipur Post-COVID: need to emerge strong
  • Abstract :: Poem
  • Seminar on Yogic Science
  • Milk make up
  • Visit of central team amid urea shortage
  • Looking beyond the next 4 months
  • Laonii Fest of Poumai #2 : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 26 Aug : Govt of Manipur
  • Governor-designate La Ganesan : Gallery
  • Phuba Khuman, Senapati #2 : Gallery
  • Insects @ Charoi Pandongba, Saitu : Gallery
  • 13th August @BT Park #2 : Gallery
  • Manipur Olympians reception : Gallery
  • Mary Kom reception- Aug 20: Gallery
  • Hijam Gourashyam : Manipur Sahitya
  • 13th August @BT Park #1 : Gallery
  • Sushila Likmabam reception- Aug 18: Gallery
  • S Nilakanta / P Sushila [Aug 11] #2 : Gallery
  • 13th August by CSOs : Gallery
  • 13th August @Thangal Complex : Gallery
  • 13th August @Hicham Yaicham Pat : Gallery
  • RK Sanayaima on 13th August : Gallery
  • S Nilakanta / P Sushila [Aug 11] #1 : Gallery
  • Road from Imphal to Willong #2 : Gallery
  • COVID-19 vaccination @ Tamei : Gallery
  • Mirabai felicitated truck drivers: Gallery
  • Saikhom Mirabai @Imphal #3: Gallery
  • Saikhom Mirabai @Imphal #2: Gallery
  • HSLC 2021 Result: Statistics Abstract
  • HSLC 2021 Result: 1st Division
  • HSLC 2021 Result: 2nd Division
  • HSLC 2021 Result: 3rd Division
  • HSLC 2021 : Pass % : Govt Schools
  • HSLC 2021 : Pass % : Private Schools
  • HSLC 2021 : Pass % : Aided Schools
  • Saikhom Mirabai @ Kakching: Gallery
  • HSE 2021 Result: Statistics Abstract
  • HSE 2021 Result: Subject Pass Percentage
  • HSE 2021 Result: District-Wise Pass %
  • HSE 2021 Result: Science Stream
  • HSE 2021 Result: Arts Stream
  • HSE 2021 Result: Commerce Stream
  • Shanglakpam Nilakanta: Olympics #2: Gallery
  • Featured Front Page Photo 2021 #3: Gallery
  • Sushila Pukhrambam :: Olympics : Gallery
  • Saikhom Mirabai : Tokyo Olympics 2020
  • Pukhrambam Sushila : Tokyo Olympics Dream
  • Sushila Likmabam: Olympics Dream: Gallery
  • Lalginsei, Radamchui, Ngaworpei: eMing
  • Downloadable Manipuri Calendar :: 2021