IMPHAL, April 22 (NNN): The Manipur State cabinet on Thursday held its first meeting, after the expansion of its members to full strength, at the chief minister’s Secretariat with chief minister N Biren Singh taking the chair.
During the meeting, the cabinet discussed amendment of Manipur Town and Country Planning Act, 1975 and also on engagement of the School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal for preparation of GIS Based Master Plan for providing urban amenities. The cabinet approved amendment of Imphal Municipal Corporation Building Bye Laws to facilitate orderly development. In order to promote land integrated and sustainable development of urban areas by providing facilities like affordable housing, parks, open spaces, etc., the government approved implementation of the Manipur Urban Area Transferable Development Rights (TDR) Policy, 2022.
To develop the INA headquarter at Moirang as a major tourist heritage site, the cabinet approved the purchase of land for expansion of approach road and other. To serve as a platform for operation and maintenance of assets of the Tourism department, the cabinet discussed selection of Private Partner on PPP mode.
The cabinet also revised the VAT rate of Aviation Turbine Fuel to 1% for a period of 10 years. The cabinet also resolved to carry out Aadhaar linking for all financial assistance schemes implemented in the State to ensure the benefits of schemes reach the targeted beneficiaries. The cabinet also discussed setting up an International Cancer Hospital at Moreh as a part of the state government’s plan to develop Moreh Town as Gateway to South East Asia.
The cabinet decided to open District Transport Offices at Chandel, Tamenglong, Jiribam and Tengnoupal considering the hardship faced by people of the districts. Modernisation of ISBT, Khuman Lampak on PPP model was also discussed. Further, the cabinet resolved to strengthen implementation of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, MGNREGS and NFSA. In order to improve the electric mobility ecosystem and promote use of electric vehicles, the cabinet approved the Manipur Electric Mobility Policy 2022.
To create job opportunities and further develop the IT and ITES sector in Manipur, the cabinet approved the adoption of Manipur Information Technology Policy 2022 and IT SEZ policy 2022.
The cabinet approved the improvement of roads in and around Greater Imphal areas, district headquarters, etc., as part of the 100 Days Action Plan. Further, the cabinet resolved to introduce Additional Performance Security for civil work tenders to ensure that quality of work is not compromised.
To ensure effective, efficient and responsive administration across the state, a new Transfer and Posting Policy was also approved. Further, the cabinet also approved a mandatory biometric attendance system in all government offices, agencies, PSUs, etc., under the state government. A detailed framework and mechanism for implementation of the Sub-division Monitoring Mission was approved. To ensure systematic and sustainable development of districts, the cabinet decided to set up a District Level Committee to be chaired by a senior level officer.
The cabinet approved the launching of the chief minister’s Menstrual Hygiene Scheme with an objective to increase awareness amongst adolescent girls and empower them with special focus in rural areas. Considering the strategic importance and opportunities for the state, as a gateway to ASEAN under India’s Act East Policy, the cabinet approved the Manipur Integrated Logistics Policy, 2022 to broaden and streamline the logistic infrastructure in the state.