likely to be held on December 22.
The decision was taken by the Manipur Cabinet with the Chief Minister
O Ibobi Singh in the chair recently. The seating is likely to last two
For the time being there is no proposal for electing the Speaker of
the Assembly. The Deputy Speaker Kh Lokeshwor has been presently
looking after the post after Speaker Dr Sapam Budhichandra passed away
following prolonged illness.
Meanwhile, even though consumers get power for barely five hours a
day, the Cabinet meeting on Friday also decided to hike the power
charges by 30 per cent.
Spokesperson of the ruling Secular Progressive Front Ministry and
Irrigation and Flood Control Minister N Biren said that the Cabinet
has decided to hike the power charge from the existing rate citing
that the rate had remained un-revised for the last many years.
The Government took the decision taking into account the rate of tax
collected in the neighbouring States of Nagaland, Mizoram and Assam.
As per the Cabinet decision the existing per unit power consumption
charge of Rs 2.60 will be increased to Rs 3.25 with certain relaxation
to heavy power consumers. For them, the rate will be half the normal
charge, he said claiming that Mizoram State had already hiked the rate
from Rs1.45 to Rs1.65.
Considering the present law and order scnario the cabinet also decided
to extend imposition of disturbed area act for a year. The Cabinet
discussed the disturbed area status excluding seven Assembly
constituencies under Imphal Municipal Council where the Act was lifted
in 2004 following a massive public outcry.
The Cabinet also took a decision to compensate the losses of
properties damaged during the protest against the holding of elections
to the Autonomous District Council (ADC)s in the hill districts in May
and June last.