IMPHAL, June 30: The government will initiate steps at the earliest to bring an amicable solution to the present issue of Chadong Village, Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh told the House today replying to motions for disapproval of policy cuts raised by Opposition MLAs during the Discussion and Voting on Demands for grants, 2015-16.
He said with the approval of the Government of India, resettlement package of Rs 15 lakhs each has already been handed over to more than 500 houses affected by the Mapithel Dam and there are now around 100 houses which didn`™t take this resettlement package amount.
Now, there is a demand for an increase of Rs 5 lakhs each for all houses including those which had already accepted the resettlement amount, Ibobi continued.
And if this is to be accepted, then the government would need an additional fund of Rs 20-25 crores, he told the House.
There are also two churches in the area which will be soon submerged by the water from the dam, he observed.
The government has already provided Rs 45 lakhs and Rs 27 lakhs for new constructions of the two churches, however, it is learnt that no new constructions were erected with the provided amounts, he added.
Nevertheless, the government will initiate steps to discuss and bring an amicable solution to the issue at the earliest, the leader of the House informed the House.