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We all should work together for a change: CM

DIPR
Imphal, Feb. 24: Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that if we want a positive change in the society then we all should get involved to bring the change rather relying only on the Government. The change should begin within ourselves. This was stated by him at the inauguration of College Week Celebration, 2018 of D.M. College of Science held at D.M. College of Science campus, Imphal today.
Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Chief Minister said that the new government is working towards bringing emotional integration, rebuilding the trust among the different communities living in the State. With such objective, the government has started a mission “Go to the Hills” to root out the misunderstandings and mistrust among the communities and to bring equal/inclusive development in the State. Selfish desires and corrupted minds have ruined the State, he added.
Chief Minister said that with the advent of the new government, we are fortunate to have a paradigm shift in the education sector. There is an improvement towards building a strong and positive relationship between the teachers and students in the State. Number of students enrolled in schools have increased manifold, he added.
Mentioning the initiatives of the new government in the education sector, Chief Minister said that the government is providing free education to the students upto class VIII in the State. He maintained that the government has streamlined the process of providing scholarships to the eligible students of the State. Mentioning that formal education is fixed and limited to a period, he called to the students to concentrate on their studies rather diverting their minds on something else. He assured that the government would open its doors 24X7 for any grievance and problems faced by the students. Chief Minister announced that under RUSA the colleges of the State would get a sum of Rs. 50 crores to improve the infrastructures, laboratories, library and classroom of the College. The State government would also share of a sum of Rs 5 crores in this regard, he added.

Chief Minister said that in the last 11 months, the new government has waged a war against drugs to stop the negative impacts of drug abuse in the society. The government has already started new policies for drug abusers such as rehabilitation programmes, imparting vocational training to them etc. The government is conducting mass drives to destroy the illegal plantation of poppy plants in various parts of the State. It is shame for the State to learn from the reports from Delhi and Uttar Pradesh that illegal drugs are being smuggled from Myanmar through Manipur. Chief Minister appealed that it is our collective responsibility of the people of the State to uphold and promote the positive image of the State to the outside world. Taking the opportunity of the function, he thanked the people of the Senapati District especially the youths, students and civil societies of the area for extending co-operation and support to the government for destroying the poppy plants in the area. He said that such initiatives are a sign of change in the State.
Stressing on the negative effects of prolonged celebration of Yaoshang, Lai Haraoba in the State, Chief Minister said that various civil societies have appealed the people of the State to lessen the number of days of Yaoshang celebration. It is indeed good to hear that around 36 local clubs from the Kongba area have decided to reduce the number of days of Yaoshang celebration to 3 days, he added. He also said that Umanglai Kanba Lup(UKAL) has also appealed the public to refrain from using loud speakers during the Lai Haraoba celebration in the State.
Minister for Education Th. Radheshyam said that such College week is being celebrated after 20 years so it is a sign of change in the education system. He stressed that such celebration would develop and promote health and wellness of the students through participation in game and sports activities. It would also develop self-belongingness, good citizenship, spirituality and general awareness among the students, he added.
The College Week Celebration includes Annual Sports Meet, Book Fair, Science Exhibition and Food Court.
Principal Secretary (Planning and School Education) Vineet Joshi, Commissioner (Higher and technical Education) H. Deleep Singh, Principal of D.M College of Science Dr. N. Ibotombi Singh, Retired Principal of D.M College of Science Dr. D.S. Sharma, teaching and non-teaching staffs and students of the College attended the function.

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Separate treatment for widows of rebels and that of Security Forces – Is it justified?

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Imphal, Feb 24: Chief Minister N. Biren Singh new initiative to stop all kind of mob violence which some even term it as mob justice is one of the most appreciating effort . He had rightly pointed out that no good is brought by mob violence as it would tantamount the existing law of the land as well as image of a good governance.
Before, N. Biren Singh led government came to power, people in the state have been experiencing the souring and intolerable mob violence at many part of the state.
A house being burnt, a family being thrown out and even mothers, sisters, and father being thrown out of the locality for a crime committed by a person.
Showing his concern the Chief Minister had time and again stated that why should the members of the family of those criminal be punished for the crime committed by a member of the family.
This is a common understanding and everyone of us knows that the Chief Minister is right and almost all people support any such measures to counter mob violence.
Well, when Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that no family member should be punished for a crime committed by a family member, he meant to say that not everyone of his family is criminal. The Chief Minister is right. One family member’s criminal act cannot make all the members as criminal.

Well there is government scheme for financial assistance to widows and children of victims of conflict. If a person, civilian died in cross firing between security force and armed insurgence they are entitled to get some amount of financial assistance from the government. This scheme does not cover widows of alleged rebels or say terrorist in the language of the government.
Widows and children of insurgences or say terrorist suffer the same like those of the security forces or civilian. Of course the civilian victim if happen to be a government employee or the security force somewhat were left with certain facilities. But when it comes to the widows and Children of the rebels then they are left with no choice. These children and widow of insurgence even though have no connection with what their father had done, were treated discriminately with other women. They are left on their own to survive.
Something seriously is wrong the way that financial assistances are provided to victims of conflict.
On one hand if the widows and children of rebels are left with such attitude than there is a possibility that they felt discriminatory and are being punished for the crime that they have not committed.
What difference does it make for a mob punishing the family of a criminal and for the state government treating widows and children of rebels who were killed in encounter or alleged encounter as two separate categories? Widows are widow, no matter her husband was a civilian, security forces or armed rebel group.
The financial assistance provided by the government to widow should not be discriminated. The system need to be changed.
Its time to ponder in this specific issue as reducing crime rate is now priority of the government running the state.

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Kangla entry notification for Yaoshang


DIPR Imphal, Feb. 24:  To enable the NGOs from different parts of the State coming to Kangla to lit their torch in connection with Yaoshang Sports Festival, all 3 (three) gates of Kangla will remain open from 1st to 3rd March, 2018.
A notification issued by Superintendent, State Archaeology, Government of Manipur, states that only 10 representatives of any party will be allowed to enter Kangla without Microphone/Loudspeaker and vehicle. They should follow traffic regulation i.e., to go on the left side of the road. The entry inside Kangla will be allowed for the said purpose from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Hardship faced by widows of armed conflict victims narrated

Imphal, Feb. 24:  Various hardships faced by widows and children of armed conflict victims was highlighted today in a round table conference organised by the Centre for Manipur Studies on the topic “Conflict (armed/Ethnic) Affected Manipur and Peace Efforts with Women in Centre Stage at Manipur University today.
Renu Takhellambam of the Extra Judicial Execution Victim Families Association (EEVFAM), narrated her experience on how she struggled along with other like minded victims families to get justice. She said that she being a widow of alleged UG have been denied any government scheme which other normal widow use to get. The stigma, and discrimination that they faced after the dead of her husband was no difference from other widow but she has been denied of any facilitated because her husband was a rebel. Renu Takhellambam at present is a law abiding citizen of this land. Hutchin Haokip , a woman activist also narrated on how the widows in Hill area are suffering while trying to get the benefit provided for the widow under various schemes of the government of India. he said that as the government offices sometime remain close for reason best known to them they have to return empty hand. She also shared her experience on the problems faced by women of hill areas.

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