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Enlightening the society

Education – an enlightening experience, so says the experts. In our society mired with deep rooted beliefs and traditions, the one means of lifting the veil of superstition and bringing the public to their senses turns out to be enlightening the common people to the realities of the present world. The role of education cannot be emphasized enough in bringing about a change in the mindset of the people. Yet, and as we have been experiencing it, the critical role of education has been missing, leading to a slow progression and a hindrance to the fast paced race for development in the present world. In a welcome move by the present minister who is in charge of education, various changes have been mooted- and many have been implemented. Yet the fact remains that the system is still in need of a holistic overhaul- not so much for want of regulations as it is for want of an effective implementation of the various policies and programs drawn up to boost the quality of education being dispensed at present in the state. In what can be termed as a mass malpractice of reformation, the present practice of substituting local individuals in connivance with the appointed teachers to take their place in various far flung places is becoming an accepted way of escaping the harsh realities of the actual hardships that comes with the trade. An undeniable fact that has been conveniently overlooked- the end result felt only by the students. Promises have been made to make state run educational institutions an ideal place of study- a brave attempt to challenge the monopoly of private educational institutions. Though the move is a welcome one considering the exorbitant fees being levied by these private educational institutions of which there has been such a hue and cry about, the fact remains that almost every parent or guardian still prefers to enroll their wards in such private schools. Isn’t it then reason enough for the state agencies and concerned authorities to delve deeper into the matter to find out the reason behind all these fiasco? What has the so called “model schools” become? What are the checks and balances that have been put in place to ensure such model schools perform to their optimum? How are the teachers, selected after much hype and controversies performing? Or are those selected teachers really performing their entrusted duties to the best of their abilities? Questions only those in the know of things can give a definitive answer to. Yet the undeniable results showed otherwise. It is time to question the facts and admit the lapses to bring about the desired result. The open secret of the surrogate teachers needs to be busted in time to prevent the decaying rot in the education system in the State. The media is ready- is the Government ready to take the fall?

State government secured building is no more secure; Cracks appear on the third floor

Imphal, Jan 16: Secured office complex building of the state government where offices of eight major government departments are located seems to be not secure at all. Reason “cracks” appeared on the floor of the third floor of the building today morning. The high tech building officially known as ‘secured office complex’ was constructed under the Special Plan Assistance (SPA) of 2012-13 with Manipur Development Society (MDS) as the implementing agency. The office complex is equipped with a metal detector and an x-ray machine attached to the main gate of the office. Moreover, office security aspect would be monitored by over 50 CCTV cameras installed at different corners and floors of the office building having lift facility. Eight government departments such as Loktak Development Authority, Manipur State Power Distribution Company Ltd, Manipur State Rural Road Development Agency, Minority & Other Backward Classes, Information Technology, Manipur Renewable Energy Development Agency, Central Board of Workers Education and Manipur Development Society are located under the same office building.

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Interaction on online public grievance redressal system for Assembly Election

Imphal, Jan. 16, 2017: The DEO Imphal West today organized an interaction programme on SAMADHAN and SUVIDHA software at Kombirei Hall , DC Office, Lamphel with Village Level Entrepreneurs(VLE) of Common Service Centres(CSC)in connection with the ensuing 11th State Legislative Assembly to be held on March 4. SAMADHAN nodal officer PH Bhabananda briefed the participants of todays’ s session on the important tips of using SAMADHAN software through a presentation. He stated that electors should make proper use of this online public grievance redressal system for Assembly Election. Bhabananda explained thoroughly all the basic steps of using the SAMADHAN software stating that during election campaign, the Election Commission is usually flooded with complaints of voters or political parties. “The SAMADHAN software will redress grievances of people. The complaints sent through fax, helpline or in person will be uploaded on the SAMADHAN website. The Election Commission officials can monitor the progress of disposal of complaints. The complainant could also see the status of the complaint after feeding the complaint ID sent on his/her mobile.” he further added. SUVIDHA nodal officer M Kubiheiba Meitei also continued the session with another presentation on using SUVIDHA software . “SUVIDHA software will help political parties in getting permission for rallies, public meetings and vehicles without hassle. Leaders of political parties usually complain that they have to run from pillar to post to seek permission from district administration officials for public meetings”, he said. About 40 trainees participated in the interaction programme.

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Saksham 2017 inaugurated

DIPR Imphal, Jan.16: Governor of Manipur Najma Heptullah today graced the inaugural function of Saksham 2017 as the Chief Guest. Saksham 2017 is a month long observation on the theme “Conservation of Fuel is Responsibility of One and All in Society” and is organized by Public Sector Oil and Gas Companies in the State in association with Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) under the aegis of Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India. During the inauguration Governor Najma Heptullah administered pledge to participants which included students, to conserve petroleum products, endeavour to educate young people to avoid wasteful use of petroleum products and use cleaner fuels for environment protection. Speaking on the function as Chief Guest, Najma Heptullah said the initiative taken up by Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) by involving young children is a good step in safeguarding their future. March of human progress has been extensively linked with the wealth underneath the earth’s surface. Natural resources like petroleum products have been used in the past without consideration for the future generation, she added. She also urged the students to use alternative source of energy whenever it is feasible. In his speech as Guest of Honour, Chief Secretary Shri Oinam Nabakishore Singh urged people to consciously use natural resources like oil and gas. He said the State Government has already started solar energy schemes. The state government is targeting to generate 50 Mega Watt power by 2022 to fulfill all energy needs, he added. Governor Najma Heptullah in connection with Saksham 2017 festival flagged off a “Walk Rally” attended by students. Students from various schools, officials from Indian Oil Corporation, traders, dealers and transporters also attended the function. The month long festival observed across the country will conclude on 15th February. The festival will have events like Saksham Asian Cycling Championship, Saksham Driving Contest, Walkathon at Petrol/LPG outlets, Saksham Quiz Competition, District Level Conservation Concert and Bicycle Day.

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