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Manipur Govt urges Centre to allow fresh enrolment


IMPHAL, Dec 15 - Manipur Government has urged the Centre to allow fresh enrolment of genuine families in the Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) database and discard all the wrongful entries/beneficiaries.

This was disclosed by State Chief Minister N Biren Singh on the sidelines of the combined Meeyamgi Numit (People�s Day) and Hill Leaders� Day held at the Durbar Hall of CM�s Secretariat here on Saturday.

Stating that the State Government has taken steps for Assembly Constituency-wise re-survey of households to enrol them in the SECC, he said that many needy people and deserving households were found left out while many well-to-do families were included in the SECC database compiled in 2011. Due to this irregularity, many genuine families are not able to avail benefits and opportunities under various Government schemes.

Stating that he is extremely concerned about this gaffe, N Biren Singh said that he would not spare the officials involved in the wrongdoing because about 37 per cent of the total population of the State are still under Below Poverty Line despite huge funds invested to uplift them.

Reacting to a question on a Public Interest Litigation against holding of Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders� Day, he said that it is embarrassing for the State to witness such an instance. Elected leaders ought to meet and interact with common people to attend to their grievances, he said.

He informed that the State Government has submitted a Rs 260 crore proposal to the Centre for establishment of more Fire Stations in different districts and recruitment of manpower.

In the day�s joint Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders� Day, the CM attended to over 400 complaints and met around 1,200 people.

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