Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Friday distributed financial assistance to the displaced people staying in relief camps under “Special Scheme for Education of Children at Relief Camps for Labour Card Holders.”
The assistance distribution function held at chief minister’s secretariat was organized by Manipur Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board.
Singh handed over reconstructed labour cards and financial assistance of Rs 5,000 to the beneficiaries of the scheme to the labour card holders staying in different relief camps.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said that many people had been facing hardship due to the present conflict in the state, adding that the present conflict was like a wake-up call for the people of Manipur.
He claimed that many displaced people whose houses had not been burnt down, but fled their homes out of fear in the early days of the conflict, have now returned to their original places of settlement.
He continued that experts from departments like agriculture, horticulture, industries and others had been made to interact and assist the displaced people, so that the latter could take up suitable activities for earning their livelihood.
Singh said that the government would start providing blankets to relief camps very soon, as winter season is arriving.
Stating that around 2,500 personnel of security forces had been provided for safeguarding farmers while taking up agricultural activities, he informed that compensation would be provided to those farmers, whose agricultural land could not be cultivated due to the present conflict.
The Union home ministry has sanctioned an amount of Rs 38.6 crore for the same, he added.
He added that concerned deputy commissioners of each district would do the survey on whose agricultural farms had not been cultivated and what would be their earning from the agricultural land if cultivated.
Singh also claimed that 98 percent of students staying at relief camps set up in valley areas had been admitted to nearest schools. However, it was less for students staying at relief camps set up at Churachandpur, Kangpokpi and Tengnoupal districts.
Asserting that around 3,000 families had been relocated from relief camps to newly constructed prefabricated houses, he informed that the Central government would provide financial assistance for construction of new houses, for those whose houses had been burnt down.
The financial assistance would be given in two to three installments through concerned deputy commissioners, the chief minister said, adding that the government had started taking up the process for the same.
Ministers, MLAs, chairman of Manipur Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board, state chief secretary, government officials and labour card holders staying at different relief camps were among others who attended the event.