Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Tuesday said that his government is mulling to prepare a Bill after consultation with the members of the State Assembly to regulate the noise pollution in the State.
Disclosing this while replying to a call attention motion by opposition MLA Kh Joykisan Singh on unchecked noise pollution in the State in the ongoing assembly session on Tuesday, Chief Minister N Biren also said that the government is seriously concerned over unchecked noise pollution.
Chief Minister Biren, who holds the home portfolio, also said that the Traffic Department has been instructed to publish a booklet on the various traffic norms including identifying no horn zones, zebra crossings, school area etc. and to distribute the same to the vehicle operators.
Regarding loudspeakers, there is a provision that loudspeakers cannot be used without permission of the concerned Deputy Commissioners (DCs), the Chief Minister said that the government would ensure strengthening of the implementation of the regulations.
The CM further said that an official notification was already issued on April 2, 2017 to regulate noise pollution by identifying no horn zones, use of loudspeakers, etc.
In reply to another call attention moved by opposition MLA K Ranjit Singh on non-availability of textbooks for the students of the government and government-aided schools, Chief Minister Biren said that availability of text books for the students of government aided schools was affected when the Hindustan Paper Corporation Limited which was the sole supplier of paper for printing of textbooks for the entire State withdrew suddenly.
Biren also said that rectification of certain anomalies like identification of non-existent students whose names were included in students’ lists had also delayed the same.
Earlier, State Education Minister Thokchom Radheshyam in his reply to the call attention motion raised by MLA K Ranjit said, “The target for distribution of textbooks for this academic session is to be completed between March 1 and March 31, 2018.”