IMPHAL, April 12 MNS NNN: Manipur Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh on Friday discussed 13 different agenda, including the President’s scheduled visit to Manipur on April 15.
The Cabinet decided to recruit seven staff members, including Project Officer of Labour and Employment Department to fully implement the Rastriya Swasthya Bima Yojana under National Health Insurance Scheme and to provide the benefit to the Smart Card Holders in proper manner, Government spokesperson and Education minister M Okendro told reporters after the Cabinet meeting.
Besides, four private hospitals have been selected where the Smart Card Holders may avail the benefit of the scheme, he said. The clinics are Shija Hospitals and Research Institute, Raj Polyclinic, Langol View and Charitable Hospital and Sky Hospital.
It also approved to extend the permissible age limit of recruitment to Manipur Forest Service from 21 to 30 as per the Manipur Forest Service Rule, 1986, he added.
The Cabinet further approved to appoint Thangjam Ritarani Devi, wife of late Thokchom Kiran of Thongju Part II, Koirou Mamang Leikai to the post of a grade-IV in Manipur Government’s Education Department.
The Draft Industrial and Investment Policy of Manipur 2013 was also discussed in the meeting, he said, adding the Cabinet later prorogued the fourth state assembly session.
As a security measurement a combing operation was taken up by the Manipur police in various places of Imphal city ahead of President of India visit on April 15:
Today, Imphal west police commando led by DSP S. Ibomcha conducted a combing operation at Thangmeiband and Chingmeirong area in Imphal west district where they rounded up hundreds of youths for verifications but no arrest was made during the operation.
The President would be arrive at Imphal airport by a special flight in the afternoon of April 15, around 4.30 pm and scheduled to leave Imphal for New Delhi in the morning of next day (April 16).
Announcing a boycott to the visit, Coordination Committee (CorCom) of six rebel groups (KCP, RPF, PREPAK, PREPAK (Pro), UNLF and KYKL) has called a statewide 26-hour general strike which would commence from 6 am of April 15 and to be ended at 8 am of next day.
Frisking and checking operations at sensitive areas, particularly roads leading to the Imphal city and stretch of the roads from Imphal airport to Chingmeirong Adimjati Shiksha Ashram complex have been intensified by opening mobile checking points at various places in Greater Imphal area.
Additional security personnel from state forces IRBns and Manipur Rifles have been called out to assist the police in stepping up security measures.
Meanwhile, authority of the state Public Works Department (PWD) has ordered to clear sand, stone chip etc. that pile up on the roadside on the stretch from Imphal airport to Chingmeirong via Imphal Raj Bhavan, the road which the President would travel.
The order has been issued as per request of the police in connection with security measures being taken up by them in these areas. There was high possibility of planting bombs by rebels taking advantage of these materials piling on the roadsides, an official of the department said as stated by the police.
Apart from remaining piling up sand and stone chips at various places on the roadsides along the stretch from Imphal airport to Chingmeirong via Raj Bhavan by contractors for repairing of roads, many individuals also do the same, he added.
They have been asked to clear immediately before the department takes up action ahead of the scheduled visit of the President.
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