No shortage of funds for developing hill areas, says Manipur CM Ibobi

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Imphal, April 15: While inaugurated a 33/11 kv Power Sub-Station, police station and an integrated infrastructure complex in Chandel district on Monday, Chief Minister of Manipur Okram Ibobi said that there was a palpable gap in equal allotment of basis amenities in the valley and hills when the present government came to power while adding that development in the hills is one of the top priorities of the government.

Ibobi said that the government had already launched ‘Inclusive Infrastructure Development in Hill Areas’ programme in hill areas under sub-divisional Headquarters to reach out to the people residing in the areas which are saturated from the District Headquarters.

He also stated that according to reports of the government, there are 27 Blocks in far flung hill areas where there is no bank facility for which the government is trying to avail the facility including all the basic amenities.

Asserting that there is a plan to invest Rs 12 crore in each of the 27 Blocks under Special Plan Assistance to avail integrated infrastructure in the areas, he informed that that the government has already earmarked a sum of Rs 300 crores for implementing the plan.

In his speech he voved that the earmarked fund will not be allowed to divert and there will be no shortage of fund for developing far flung areas in the hills.

He assured that the government will provide full-proof security, uninterrupted power supply and required infrastructure in all the banks to be set up in the 27 Blocks.

Referring to a memorandum submitted urging to upgrade Machi Primary Health Centre to the level of CHC; he said that upgradation of the health centre to CHC level could take few years as there is shortage of doctors being faced by the state at present.

Dy CM who presided over the function asserted that there has been notable development in the hills which is due to the sincere efforts put in by the Ibobi-led government.

He said that equal growth in the valley and hills is the top priority of the government and added that people in both the hills and valley have been availed with basis amenities though there is much need to be done in health and education sector.

Appealing the people to regard the infrastructures set up by the government as their own assets, the Dy CM called upon the government employees not to show reluctance when it comes to posting in the hills.Gaikhangam further said that various notable developmental programmes taken up in the hills during the last 13 years have proven commitment of the government towards growth and development in the hills.

The inauguration function was attended by Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam; IFCD Minister Ngamthang Haokip; MLA Tengnoupal Constituency D Korungthang; MLA Kakching Constituency Y Surchandra; MLA Kumbi Constituency S Bira; MLA Hiyanglam Constituency E Dwijamani; MLA Wabagai Constituency Md Fazur Rahim; DGP Shahid Ahmed; IG Zone III S Manglemjao; DC Chandel Robert Singh Khestrimayum and officials of MSPDC Limited and government departments.

The main inauguration function was organized by District Administration, Chandel at the playground of Machi High School.

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