Imphal, May 12 - The O Ibobi Singh ministry in Manipur will introduce an ordinance as a bill in the assembly after Governor Gurbachan Jagat returned it for reconsideration.
The ordinance seeks to appoint parliamentary secretaries in the rank of a minister to accommodate Congress MLAs who could not get ministerial berths.
Official sources said Jagat returned 'The Manipur Parliamentary Secretary (Allowances, Appointment, Salary and Miscellaneous Provision) Ordinance, 2012,' to the cabinet for reconsideration after it was sent to him for assent.
The ordinance was reconsidered at a state cabinet meeting chaired by the Chief Minister late last evening where it was decided to introduce it as a bill in the next state assembly session in June-July.
The bill would be made an Act, the sources said.
Congress sources said at least six to seven MLAs were to be made parliamentary secretaries who would be given the charge to run certain government departments.
Manipur with 60-member state assembly can have only 12 ministers following a constitutional amendment which limits the size of the cabinet to 15 per cent of its total seats of the house. The ruling Congress has 42 MLAs.