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Anomaly in State Veterinary dept.; 170 employees benefited with forged ACP OM

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170 employees of the state Veterinary and Animals Husbandry Dept. have been benefited Assured Career Progression (ACP) scheme using forged Office Memorandum. Besides, the department is being alleged of paying grade –III scale to 5 demoted officers and promoting 4 non recommended Vety. employees to Grade III officers.
The matter has been put to the notice of the Chief Minister of Manipur and the office of the Chief Minister has directed the Principal Secretary, Vety. & A. H. to initiate prompt necessary action against the officers concerned for the cause of the anomaly.

A source with the Imphal Times said that the then director of Vety. Manipur, Dr. S. Joute had granted ACP Scheme to 170 employees of the Vety. department using forged Office Memorandum issued by the Finance Department, Govt. of Manipur. The source added that the 170 employees were benefitted the ACP Schemes as according to the Office Memorandum No. 16/6/2000-FD(PIC) dated 25/6/2007. But as according to a official letter No. 32/1/2012-FD9PIC) dated 16/4/2013 of the Under Secretary, Finance (PIC-II), Govt. of Manipur it has come to light that the said Office Memorandum used to benefit the employees was forged one.
The Department also allowed withdrawing Grade III scales to five demoted Vety. Officers for a period from February 25, 2012 till their retirement and put under suspension an employee for more than 90 days without framing any charge sheet for complaining against the gross violation of the government rules and regulations.
The source also reveals various irregularities and misappropriation of public fund by the authority of the department. It said that during 2012-13, the department procured vaccines and appliances worth Rs. 136.72 Lakh under ASCARD but the said vaccines and appliances were not distributed to the Vety. Institutions. In 2013-14, vaccine worth Rs. 280.52 lakhs were procured but distributed only 3 items. Relevant records for distribution of the procured vaccines and the appliances are not available with the department depicting that there has been mass misappropriation of fund by the functionary of the State Veterinary and Animals Husbandry Dept. Govt. of Manipur.

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Mera Haochongba festival celebrated

Mera Haochongba festival was celebrated today in the state at different place, since morning.
“Mera Haochongba” a traditional festival of Manipur which endeavors to build up brotherhood and unity among the indigenous people settling in hill and valley of Manipur was celebrated today at Sana Konung, Imphal with titular King of Manipur Leishemba Sanajaoba as the main host.
Sana Konung, which used to give a deserted look all the times, was filled with a riot of colours as hundreds of people both from the hills and the valley attired in their respective traditional colourful dresses .
Exchange of gifts such as traditional fabrics, vegetables and fruits among the hill and the valley people including showcase of cultural dances marked the festival.
During the celebration of Mera Houchongba, various tribal communities - Mao, Maram, Maring, Tangkhul, Kabui, Zeme, Liangmei, Tarao, Chiru, Kom, Kharam, Haokip, Gangte and Paite and officials of Sana Konung adorned the dais as guests.
Speaking at the function, Titular King of Manipur, Leishemba Sanajaoba said that Mera Houchongba festival has been celebrating in the state since time immemorial. The festival is observed with the presence of hill and valley people to strengthen the emotional ties and the unity between the two indigenous groups settling in Manipur.
‘Mera Hauchongba festival’ of Manipur was also celebrated at Kangla Uttra organized by Kangla Religious Committee, Kangla Fort Board, Imphal.
Dy. CM Gaikhangam, MLA Dr I Ibohalbi Singh, CS O Nabakishor also attended the function.

While speaking at the occasion, Gaikhangam said that Mera Haochongba festival continues to maintain the unity among the hill and valley since the time immemorial and it is our duty to follow the path and keep unity among us. We need to understand the history of the state very carefully. If we know and learn the history, automatically the unity will come into reality, he said.
Mera Haochongba festival was also celebrated at Lainingthou Sanamahi Temple, Haying Khongbal, Tolong Yumpham, Imphal organized by the Lainingthou Sanamahi Temple Board.
During the function, men and women in their colorful attire performed traditional dance, thang-ta (martial arts), mukna, pou chingnaba (both indigenous game) were shown mesmerizing the guests and the audiences.
ACOAM-Lup, Kangleipak in association with MMRC Khangabok jointly organizes Mera-Haochongba Festival at MMRC Unity Park Kangabok in Thoubal District.
To mark the occasion, the traditional Mera Wa (Bamboo) was erected to signify the bondage of brotherhood between Hills and plain people at the Traditional Manipuri Home at MMRC Park.
The month is being observe under the theme following the path of our ancestors. Social Welfare Minister AK Mirabai, Parliamentary Secretary for IPR & MI, K. Meghachandra and Social Worker of Khangabok O. Surjakanta attended as Chief Guest, President and Guest of honours respectively.
Speaking on the occasion Secretary General of ACOAM-Lup, Telheiba Mangang said that celebrating the day is the need of the hour to strengthen the bondage of brotherhood among the Hill and Plain people.
“Celebrating the Mera Haochongba we once more reminded that the Hill and Plain people had been living peacefully since time immemorial”, Telheiba said. 

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State Govt. now adopt direct purchase policy instead of acquisitions of land for government uses

The State Government has now adopted direct purchase policy instead of acquisition of land for government uses as the later often faced strong opposition from public. Mass agitation, Bandh, Blockade and sit-in-protest are the common scenario to any move by the government for acquisition of land for taking up developmental process. In  view of the emerging situation the government now has adopted the direct purchase policy for land that is needed for taking up developmental works.
An official source said that under the new policy, the Health and Family Welfare dept. of the state government is all set to buy land at Bishnupur district through negotiation for construction of the GNM School in the district.  In the similar way the state Home Department is looking forward for purchase of land at Andro, Khangabok and Athokpam Makha Leikai for extension of Police station and VDF post. Even the state PWD department has decided to purchase land for construction of Bridges at Barak and Makru River  along NH -53. The decision for purchase of land instead of acquiring it under the ML and LR Act will be discussed in the state cabinet that is scheduled tomorrow.

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CM attended Niti-Ayoga meeting

Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh today leaves for New Delhi to attend the meeting of the Niti-Ayoga to be chaired by the Prime Minister of India. The Chief Minister will return Imphal tomorrow to attend the state cabinet meeting which is scheduled at 2 pm tomorrow. The cabinet meet will discuss for prorogation of the 11th Session of the 10th Manipur Legislative Assembly and also will discuss on the proposal for holding general election for 18 Municipal Council and 8 Nagar Panchayat. The meeting will also discuss for creation of Junior MSC/SDC post for the newly created sub divisions. 

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Life Savers Manipur celebrates 1st Foundation Day

Babina Diagnostic Centre offers concession to voluntary blood donors of Life Savers Manipur in any health investigation at the centre.
The statement was made by Dr Th Dhabali, Chairman & Managing Director Babina group today while speaking at the 1st Foundation Day Celebration Life Savers held today at Manipur Press Club.
Attending the function as Chief Guest, Dr Dhabali encouraged voluntary blood donors for their selfless contribution in saving lives. While describing on the technical parts of the components of blood and blood transfusion, he said blood transfusion should be given only at the life saving stage of a patient.
Laishram Daneshwori, a B.Sc 5th Semester student in Birmangol College and a resident of Waiton Mamang Leikai, Imphal East was conferred the Certificate of Honour in connection to the function.
She was honoured for her consecutive 5 times blood donation in the blood donation camps organised by Life Savers Manipur since 2013. 

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ZEOs violate RTE - AMPSWA

All Manipur Private School Welfare Association (AMPSWA) today said that ZEO of state education department are collecting Rs. 50 each as registration fee from the student of class VIII in violation to the provision of the RTE.
Speaking to the media person secretary of AMPSWA L. Joy Khuman said that after the implementation of Right to Education (RTE) every child under class 8 has the right to free and compulsory education. The Board of Secondary Education Manipur had stop taking registration fees of class 8 from 2015 after the matter has been insisted by AMPSWA.  Central board of secondary education (CBSE) and other state Board also exempt the registration fee as according to the provision of the RTE.
The AMPSWA general secretary further said that the association was taken by surprise after the ZEO announced Registration fee for class 8 students without fine on or before October 15. “This is a complete violation of the RTE and the matter has been put to the notice of the Union Human Resource Ministry”, JoyKhuman said.
He said, “Every year AMPSWA conducts Pre Board Exam for the student of class 10 as preparation for their matric examination  during the month of November. For 2015 the Pre Board Exam is going to be held from November 20 to November 30”.
He appealed CSOs and other organization not to call bandh or strike during the examination day.

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