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Chief Minister Inaugurates DIO and DSWO at Kangpokpi

Imphal, April 26: Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh today inaugurated District Information Office and District Social Welfare Office at Kangpokpi during his visit to the newly created district.
Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries, MLAs, ADC Chairman, ADC Members, top bureaucrats and police officers were present at the inauguration ceremonies.
Kangpokpi is the first district among the newly created districts having a District Information Office under Directorate of Information and Public Relations. Now, the general public of the district will get all kinds of Government-related information from this office.
The DIO’s office will also publicize all kinds of Government-related information of the district through the mass media.
In order to facilitate smooth running of the newly opened office, one District Information Officer, an Information Assistant, an Office Assistant and a Grade-IV staff had been deputed at DIO Kangpokpi.
DIPR now has District Information Offices in Kangpokpi, Senapati, Ukhrul, Chandel, Churachandpur, Tamenglong, Thoubal and Bishnupur districts and a Manipur Information Centre at New Delhi. The State Government is yet to open District Information Offices at Jiribam, Kakching, Tengnoupal, Kamjong, Pherzawl and Noney districts.

The new coalition Government led by BJP was installed in Manipur on March 15, 2017. The prime task of the new Government is to bring transparency, good governance and corruption-free environment in the State with overall development in both hills and plains. All these commitments would not be fulfilled unless the full support of the public has been extended to the Government.
With the creation of seven new districts namely Jiribam, Kangpokpi, Kakching, Tengnoupal, Kamjong, Pherzawl and Noney there is a need to open District Information Offices in all these newly created districts as well in order to function the district administration more effectively with the full support of the general masses in the district.
On the other hand, Kangpokpi district now has a district ICDS Cell as well along with District Social Welfare Office under the State Social Welfare Department.
Social Welfare Officer, Saitu Gamphazol has been deputed as DSWO, Kangpokpi by merging Social Welfare Office, Saitu Gamphazol with DSWO, Kangpokpi. On the other hand, CDPO, Kangpokpi has given additional charge of District Programme Officer, Kangpokpi. There are three ICDS projects in Kangpokpi district and 656 Anganwadi centres and 65 Mini-Anganwadi centres are being run under these projects.  3538 old-aged persons are being benefitted under Manipur Old Age Pension Scheme and 4011 persons under Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme in the district.
Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme and Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme have 206 and 59 beneficiaries respectively.
After the inauguration of District Information Office and District Social Welfare Office at DC Office complex, Kangpokpi, a 24-minute documentary film entitled, ‘Go to the Hills’ produced by DIPR Manipur was also released by Chief Minister Shri N. Biren, Works and IPR Minister Shri Th. Biswajit, IFCD Minister Letpao Haokip, Social Welfare Minister Smt. Nemcha Kipgen and Parliamentary Secretaries Shri K. Robindro and Dr Sapam Ranjan.

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A matter need to be pondered

Although no written document about the history of Nagaland exists, medival documents of the neighbouring Ahom in present Assam State mentioned that in 1816 Assam was invaded by the Burmese (ava) after which they controlled the place (1819-1826). After 1826, the British annexed the region and started ruling over it. By 1892, the entire Naga region excepting Tuensang came under the British rule thus bringing to an end the massive bloodshed and inter-regional conflict. Post independence, the district of Assam called Naga Hills and Tuensang were made to represent a single unit under Indian administration. At the Naga Peoples Convention in 1960, it was finally decided that Nagaland will be considered a full-fledged state of India and in 1963, Nagaland was finally declared a separate state. But political and factional conflicts continued all these while and even presidential rule was declared after which many anti-government leaders agreed to accept the administration of the Indian Government. This is the simplest version of the so called unique history of the Nagas. Cut to the present- the demand for an “alternative arrangement”, according to the Committee on Alternative Arrangement, the proposed regions will have a political system independent of the Manipur Government- meaning-in simpler terms- freedom to do anything they like and wish without any government intervention (extortion, collection of illegal taxes from vehicles plying through the regions, looting and vandalizing of goods, battering of drivers to death, molesting women): otherwise why has the committee still adamant on sticking to their point of a separate region by disintegrating the state of Manipur, even when the Government has promised to review the working of the various development projects in all the hill districts of the State and to expedite ongoing ones. The contention of being neglected for decades is also one based on misinformation and lack of understanding of the past history of the state. It would bode well for the committee to ponder over the questions- how many decades in total has Mr. Rishang Keishing- the most prominent Tangkhul in the state, been the Chief Minister of the state and what were his achievements regarding development works in the hill districts of Manipur during his tenure? How many of the candidates from the NPF won the Manipur state assembly election? What was the message conveyed by that result? Which system will be more rational-allotment of constituencies according to the area covered or according to the density of population? Has the representatives of these group ever expressed concerns of inequalities or misappropriation over allocation of resources and benefits meant for their people? Before declaring their intention of handing over the decision for the course of action after the tripartite talks which is nothing but a veiled threat of inciting communal riot and mob laws, the matter should be looked at in an impartial and different perspective. Threats of resorting to violence and disruptions as a means to achieve their end will only result in regression of development in their region and alienation by the neighbouring states. The flagbearers of this non-issue should instead draw up a pragmatic plan of action to bring development and prosperity for their people if they are genuinely interested in their welfare and advancement instead of pushing the unwary people to conflicts and confrontations. Rest assured that every group, whether minority or majority, will extend their helping hand in their endeavour. One cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.

CM accorded warm welcome at Gangiphai and Kalapahar

Imphal, April 26: Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh was warmly received by a large number of people at Gangiphai and Kalapahar on his way to Kangpokpi district headquarters today.
He was heading to the newly created district to attend a felicitation cum blessing function organised in his honour by the people of Kangpokpi.
Despite incessant rain, large number of people comprising men, women, children and students gathered on road sides to welcome the Chief Minister since morning holding placards that read ‘Welcome Hon’ble CM N. Biren Singh’ and ‘Long Live N. Biren’.
On his arrival at Gangiphai village located on NH-2 (Imphal-Dimapur road), representatives of Sadar Hills Chiefs’ Association presented a traditional shawl to the Chief Minister on behalf of the villagers. Later, they also submitted a memorandum highlighting their grievances to Shri N. Biren.
The Chief Minister was accorded warm welcome at Kalapahar as well. He was received by a large number of people at the village mostly inhabited by Gorkha people where a brief reception was organised by Sadar Hills Gorkha Union.
Union leaders presented Gorkha traditional Khukri, Topi and shawl to the Chief Minister before he left the village for Kangpokpi.
Giant gates embossed as ‘Welcome Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh’ were erected to greet the Chief Minister at both the villages.
Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries, MLAs, top bureaucrats and police officers accompanied the Chief Minister during the visit.

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Children Should Be Nurtured With Optimism For Better Future: Th. Radheshyam

Imphal, 26th April: Emphasizing to bring out the fullest of the students by utilizing the best of the available resources, Education, Labour & Employment Minister Th. Radheshyam said children must be brought up with positive thoughts and ideas as they are like mud/blank papers that could be mould/drew in whatever/whichever way one wants. Thus, to imbibe with positive thoughts it is a must to make them an optimist so that they can be encourage going after their goals in their life without any reluctance. He was speaking as a Chief Guest on the 6th Foundation Day of the Smart Universal Academy, Sekmaijin Khunou, Kakching.
When the school can make the weak students better and not discard them because of their weakness, then only the schools are considered to be a good school, the Minister added. Thus, stressing on the need to understand the students by both the parents and teacher, the Minister said there could be good relation only through interaction. He further said education, is not just to get a job, but a means to make them capable of facing any challenges in their life successfully. Poverty or being rich he added should not be an excuse for any failure or success because what is important for success is the determination. To nourish the children for better future and the present, the Minister said parents should not be very demanding but caring with love, affection and support to lead them towards the right path.
In the celebration Dr. Yumnam Radheshyam Singh, MLA Hiyanglam A/C & also Chairman, (MANIDCO & MANITRON), Sapam Kunjakishwor (Keba) vice-president NEIDP and retired officers of education were also present. (DIPR)

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