Imphal, June 21: In order to ensure sustainable development to the people and maintaining ecological balance, Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has promised to protect agricultural lands and wetlands.
Addressing the one-day interaction programme of local and district-level monitoring committees, CM N. Biren Singh expressed serious concern over reduction of paddy lands and wetlands at a distressing rate. He directed the officials concerned to review the performance of local, district and State level committees constituted under the Act and induce competent officials and social-minded locals into the committee.
The program constituted under the Manipur State Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act, 2014 and was organized by Department of Revenue at Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS) Auditorium, Palace Compound on Tuesday.
Manipur CM said, “the new State Government would do whatever possible to effectively implement the Act”. Noting Manipur being a land-locked State it is essential to make Manipur a self-reliant State in food production, the Chief Minister preached that it can’t be achieved without protecting agricultural lands and wetlands.
Biren Singh informed, “I am in constant touch with the Agriculture Minister to find ways and means to introduce the widespread practice of double-cropping in the State”. He further added saying “planning are also being made to construct small dams in the riverbeds of Imphal, Kongba and Thoubal rivers to harvest water for irrigation and water supply purposes”.
Observing the present disappointing situation of Lamphelpat, CM directed the Imphal West DC (Deputy Commissioner) to take up immediate steps to curb onslaught on paddy lands and wetlands there. He even requested the DC to evict unauthorized structures and affect immediate step to stop unnecessary gaining and infringement on agricultural land at Lamphelpat.
Biren asked Bishnupur DC to constitute a committee comprising MLAs, DC, LDA officials and elected leaders of Panchayats in this connection at the earliest, noting that protection of Loktak Lake is another task which the present Government takes seriously.
that the interaction programme was organized under the supervision of the Chief Minister considering the significance of the Manipur State Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act, 2014. The Minister observed that people should be imparted awareness about the Act in order to get co-operation from them towards its effective implementation, informed Revenue Minister Karam Shyam while speaking at the programme.
Karam Shyam educated that Manipur requires 25 lakh tonnes of rice annually and the State has the capacity of producing the only 1/5th of the total requirement. He further informed that as per the official records, the State has 2,34,000 hectares of agricultural land but this total area is lessening fast due to extensive constructions and urbanization. Agriculture Minister V. Hangkhanlian said, “the State Government is putting in serious effort to double State’s agricultural produces by 2020”.