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Fight against corruption; we still need Lokayukta

Ombudsman, an institution started in Sweden in 1809, is a public officer whose function is to investigate the grievances, raised by citizens regarding maladministration of the authority. Through this institution the citizens have power to lodge complaint against the concerned authority if there are gross lapses in the functioning of the public administration. An Ombudsman can be empowered to investigate the cases of corruption (in any form) not only against the government officers but also against the judges of the highest court and Ministers.
There is an inseparable relation between democracy and ombudsman. Usually, ordinary people are the victim of the negligence of public administration or wrong policy of the government or corruption of the government officials and Ministers. So, there shall be an institution in any democracy whose chief function shall be to oversee whether proper policies are adopted and more important, whether the adopted policy is executed properly. The institution of Ombudsman protects individuals from the injustice done to them by any of the three main organs of the government.  It is independent of the three organs of state as neither of the organs of government has any control over it. Every man has free access to it.
The Lokayukta (meaning “appointed by the people”), constituted under The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, is an anti-corruption ombudsman to enquire into allegations of corruption against public functionaries in the Indian states. Once appointed, Lokayukta cannot be dismissed nor transferred by the government.  He can be removed only by passing impeachment motion by the state assembly. Lokayukta investigates cases of corruption, where substantiated, recommend action. The institution is a great check on corruption, brings about transparency in the system, and makes administrative machinery citizen friendly.
Corruption is internationally recognized a major problem, capable of endangering stability and security of society, threatening social, economic and political development and undermining the values of democracy and morality. It has assumed alarming proportions resultantly public funds going into private hands leading to enrichment of a few. Corruption causes inefficiency, delays and insensitivity to people’s grievances. As a result, citizens bitterly feel the distance that separates them from the decision makers. This distance, makes them feel abandoned or even rejected and they eventually lose interest in public matters and become marginalized. In states like Manipur this is one of the main causes of rampant extremism that is plaguing the society. Corruption does not mean only taking bribe but mal-administration. The short experience of Anti-corruption cell of Manipur government shows that people’s grievances are many and the cell is unable to perform the assigned duty due to its limitations in authority being an organ of the executive machinery of the state.

So there is an urgent need of constituting Lokayukta under The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 in the state of Manipur with the following functions:-
1) Investigation into citizen grievances of injustice and hardship caused by maladministration, and
2) Inquiry into allegation of abuse of office, corruption or lack of integrity against public servant.    

Loktak Waterbird census- 2018 and Motivation Camp commenced

Imphal, Jan. 16: The two-day Programme is being organised by Wildlife wing- Department of Forest Govt. Of Manipur in association with India Bird Conservation Network (IBCN) Manipur with the support of Social Reformation and Sangai Protection Forum (SRSPF), Pole Star Guardian Association, Toubul Youth Development Association, Unique Wildlife Protection Committee, Global Science Club, Kumam Youth Club and Gandhi Memorial Club. K. Jugeshwor Singh- Principal of Kumbi College and Honorary Wildlife warden Bishunpur, Chief Conservator of Forest IFS Wildlife Anurag Bajpai and in-charge Deputy Chief Conservator of Forest park and sanctuary E. Nirmala were present as presidium members at the opening function today. More than 100 people from different parts of the periphery of Loktak are participating in the two-day Motivation Camp being held at keibul lamjao National Park 2nd IB hall from today.

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Assam Rifles conducts security meet

Imphal, Jan. 16: 6 Assam Rifles of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (South) conducted a security meet at Canchipur Company Operating Base, Imphal West District on 15 Jan 2018. The forum was attended by 22 representatives including Pradhans, Meira Paibis, Ward members and members from various youth clubs of the area. The aim of the meet was to discuss on issues of safety & security in the area especially with respect to the upcoming Republic Day. The Company Commander also briefed regarding the IED threats and maintenance of peace and harmony. The response of the Pradhans, Meira Paibis, Ward members and members of the youth clubs was positive and forthcoming and has assured to extend their support for the purpose stated a press release signed by the PRO, HQ IGAR (South)

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ABVP to organize 3rd State Conference

Imphal, Jan 16: Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) (All Indian Student Council) will be organizing its 3rd State Conference from 2-4 February 2018 at the Indoor Stadium Bal Bhavan, Khuman Lampak Imphal. Altogether around 500 student leaders from various nook and corner of Manipur are expected to participate in the said 3 days residential program. According to a press release signed by Narendra Sapam, Secretary ABVP Manipur, arrangements for fooding and lodging are to be made at the venue itself. The release further said that N Biren Singh, Chief Minister of Manipur, Prof Joykumar Laishram (President ABVP Manipur, KN Raghunanda (National Joint Org Secy ABVP), Shri Narendra Sapam (National Secy ABVP) will grace the inaugural function as Chief Guest, President and Guest of Honour respectively. There will be discussion on various topics including Science, and technology, youth employment, sports, education, skill development, arts and culture etcetera besides special talks on present scenario of Manipur, India in 21st century and ABVP vision, mission, action.

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