Govt making effort to cover interior districts by helicopter service: CM

Chief Minister N Biren informed the house that the State Government was making all possible effort to cover almost all the interior districts of the State by the helicopter service.
Taking part in the discussion on the Motion of Thanks on Governor’s Address on the second day of the 7th Session (Budget Session) of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly today, Chief minister Biren Singh said that the State Government is committed to uplift all the backward districts to bring inclusive development in the State.
Chief minister observed that the Governor’s address presented on the first day of the ongoing Assembly session not only extensively mentioned the developmental works accomplished by the present Government but also put light on future plans and visions.
Being a State having hill and valley areas, the present Government felt the need for a topographical need based budget to bring inclusive development. The State Government proposed the same to the Central Government soon after it came to power, he said. As a result, the Central Government introduced Hill Area Development Fund (HADF) for States like Manipur, the Chief Minister informed.
The Central Government selected 90 backward districts including Tamenglong/Noney district to provide extra funds for development under HADF. Tamenglong/Noney district will receive Rs. 90 crore additional fund for taking up various developmental works under the fund. Newly created districts of the State could not be included in the list as selection of districts under HADF was done based on the India Infrastructure Index, 2009, he added. Informing that HADF is a continuous system, the Chief Minister assured the House that the State Government would recommend other backward districts of the State as well for inclusion in the list of beneficiaries of the fund.
Stating that the ongoing helicopter service is on the trial run, he informed that e-tendering process for a full-fledged helicopter service is in the final stages.
The Chief Minister added that development of sports infrastructure is being taken up in different areas of the State under Khelo India scheme. The Government has also plans to install outdoor gyms in different areas, he added.
Discussion on the Motion of Thanks on Governor’s Address was moved by Health and Family Welfare Minister Shri L. Jayantakumar Singh and seconded by Moirang A/C MLA Shri P. Saratchandra Singh.
Tipaimukh AC MLA Dr Chaltonlien Amo also took part in the discussion. Later, the House unanimously adopted the motion.

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