By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | Sept 22
State government is going to effectively implement the Manipur Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act, 2014 by putting a total ban on sale, purchase and use of agricultural land for commercial purposes, announced chief minister N. Biren Singh.
The chief minister stated this evening during a press conference convened at CM’s secretariat conference hall.
He further informed that anyone found violating the ban would be penalized as per the provisions of the Act.
According to Biren, the move was initiated by the state government in order to uphold the primary objective of the Act to conserve wetland and agriculture land, which came into force on September 10, 2014.
A Cabinet meeting was held with regards to the subject, he said, wherein the gradual diminishing of agricultural land was discussed deliberately.
As per the decision of the Cabinet an order was passed on September 19 and reaffirming to effectively implement the Conservation Act 2014, he asserted.
The chief minister also informed that a data bank would be set up to keep the records of paddy lands by conducting proper identification of the status of the existing paddy land through digitized cadastral maps on the basis of satellite images at the time of the commencement of the Act (in September 10, 2014).
Although no reclamation of paddy land shall take place without the reference to the data-bank, the Act allows conversion or reclamation of paddy land of an area measuring 0.10 acre in urban area and 0.20 in rural area for construction of residential building for the owner of the paddy land for his own purpose if he has none, he further illuminated.
Spelling out the steps taken along the border in the wake of the Rongiyas refugees crisis, chief minister Biren said all possible measure are set into motion to check influx of illegal immigrant.
Terming Assam-Jiribam, as the most vulnerable point citing the influx of Bangladeshi immigrant, he said additional force has been stationed at the border.
It has been informed that besides the existing check post, another police check post will be set up at Jiribam Mukh and also strengthened the foreigner check post.
Moreover, house to house drive have been started by the Jiribam police with help of the paramilitary forces since September 13, added Biren.
In the drive, he claimed that 1,211 houses were covered wherein 265 suspicious immigrant have been rounded up and 107 have been pushed back.
Similarly, drive against illegal immigrant have been strengthen at Indo-Myanmar border at Moreh by deputing officers, he said.
Biren further said that that the Indo-Myanmar border at Beihang in Churachandpur district would be developed as second corridor in the wake of the Act East Policy adding that a permanent police station would soon be established at Beihang.