Opening of immigration offices to be hastened

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IMPHAL, January 4: The state Cabinet today agreed to accelerate the process for setting up of Immigration Centre at Tulihal Airport and a Visa-on-Arrival office at the border town of Moreh.

Providing details of the meeting, government spokesperson Moirangthem Okendro said the staff for the new offices will be drafted in from among the existing employees at the home department. Although, the home department had put up a proposal for creation of 26 posts for the functioning of the two offices, the meeting chaired by chief minister Okram Ibobi arrived at a decision in favour of co-opting them from the department instead after considering the weak financial position of the state, he added.

Okendro stated that the Cabinet also approved the Manipur Protection of Interests of Depositors (in financial establishment) Bill. Once, it becomes an Act after gaining the approval from the Manipur Legislative Assembly, the administration will be sufficiently empowered to take actions against private financial establishments, multi-level marketing companies, chain and network businesses that dupe depositors of large amounts after luring them to make heavy investment with the temptation of heaving interest returns.

The meeting also gave the green signal for establishment of an IIIT in Bishnupur district, he added.

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