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Items filtered by date: Monday, 12 March 2018 - Imphal Times - A Daily Eveninger

Congress speaks: Changes expected in the near future

Opposition Congress finally break silence. Former Chief Minister and the present leader of Opposition, Okram Ibobi Singh yesterday comes out with slashing criticism to the N. Biren Singh led government.
In democracy – people expect hot debate between opposition and those ruling the government. The silence of the congress party in the last one year portrayed bad image of the party, making the people think whatever those in the ruling says in public platform as ‘true’. Of course many are true.
Well, the N. Biren Singh led government will complete one year on March 15. Almost all ministers in his government are busied inaugurating newly constructed building since the last couple of days. As per the government planning, they are targeting to inaugurate over 100 such construction which they said are left incomplete by the previous government. The effort is praiseworthy. Every single citizen wants the state march ahead toward development. And for development, establishment of proper infrastructures is a much.  It is not only the infrastructures that people are expecting but also a state free from corruption.
Well and good the N. Biren Singh Administration have done something to fight corruption by establishing a full time police station of the Anti-corruption cell.

When the N. Biren Singh government was young, people have reason to appreciate what he had taken up. There were appreciations from all corners when the spokesperson of his government said that all re-engaged retired officers will be taken out.
Yesterday Congress leader Okram Ibobi threw a word of war saying that the N. Biren Singh Government is fooling the people of the state on the ground that the inauguration spree includes many incomplete structures. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath will be inaugurating the some of the important mega project and hectic preparation is taking up.
According to former speaker of the Manipur Legislative Assembly Th. Lokeshware, the Mapithel Dam which the government is trying inaugurates is only 30% completed. As per his statement to media persons yesterday 70% of the infrastructures of the Dam is yet to be completed. There is reason to believed in what the former speaker had said because inauguration of the project means it should be able to serve the purpose.
On fight against corruption, people across the state know the situation. How contractors spent money to clear their pending bills is in open secret. The only problem is that there are no concrete evidences on how, where ,they paid the money to make their works done.  However, as stated yesterday, in this column the way that things are going on to either in the appointment of Chairperson of the MSPCR or at some other department and also the way some retired officers still continue to hold office is a concrete evidences to show how sincere is the government in tackling the issue of corruption.
Well and good the congress comes up now and is likely to take the role of a perfect opposition. Lets hope the congress continue the kind of work they should do for the people of the state. 

Government will work for welfare of people - N. Biren

Imphal, March 12: Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that the essence of having a government is to work for the welfare of the people and the present government is committed to deliver good governance and ‘quality of life’ to the lives of the people. This was stated by him at the inauguration of Primary Health Centre Building, Kairang Muslim and PHSC Building, Laipham Khunou held at Primary Health Sub-Centre, Laipham Khunou, Imphal East.  
Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Chief Minister said that the State has been experiencing some positive change and the government is focusing to uplift the socio-economic status of the needy and poor people living in the State. Mentioning that after the government launched new welfare and health schemes for disabled persons and needy people of the State, Chief Minister said that the number of grievances/people on Meeyamgi Numit and Hill leaders’ Day has been reduced drastically and it is a sign of positive change in the State. The feedbacks gathered from the Meeyamgi Numit and Hill leaders’ day have contributed a lot in solving the grievances and problems faced by the people. The present government is providing soft loans/financial assistance to the unemployed and needy people of the State, he added.
Appreciating the support of the people and officials of the Heath Department, Chief Minister said that the newly born Heath Care Scheme “Chief Minister-gi Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT) has got excellence National Award recently. Around a population of 15 lakhs would be covered under the new Health Scheme, he said. At the National Level, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi a new National Health Insurance Scheme would be launched soon. Differentiating CMHT from the National Health Insurance Scheme, Chief Minister said that CHMT is committed to provide health ‘assurance’ and not ‘insurance’ to the poor and needy people of the State.  
Chief Minster assured that a new Educational scheme for the children of financially weak families of the state will be launched by March 15, 2018. Under the new scheme, the government will bear all the expenses on books, admission fees and uniform etc. for poor students, he added. The government has already waged ‘war against drugs’ and mass destruction of illegal cultivation of poppy plants has been started. He said that in order to have permanent solution for flash floods during the monsoon season, dredging and cleaning work of river beds have been started. He appreciated the efforts and voluntary participation of the people on the eviction process of all encroachment at river banks.  

Chief Minister said that the government has already begun the month long celebration to commemorate the first anniversary of the BJP led government in the State. The first 15 days would be celebrated as “Inauguration Fortnight” and the government would be laying foundation stones for various projects in the last 15 days of the month.
On the occasion, Minister for Health and Family Welfare L. Jayantakumar Singh appealed the people to think such Health Centres as their own property and to maintain it properly. He maintained that as per the norms, doctors aren’t supposed to be posted at Primary Heath Sub-Centres however the government would try to depute a doctor at the Sub-Centre. As the population of the State is on the rise, Minister said, we need to have more PHCs and Health Care Centres across the State.
Minister mentioned that the government seeks the blessings and support from the people to provide better healthcare in the State. Asking the politicians to stop the childish, baseless and illogical arguments to the government, he said that the government welcomes every creative and positive suggestion from various sections of the society for the development of the State.
Advisor to CM Rajat Sethi, MLA of Wangjing Tentha AC P. Brojen, MLA of Kshetrigao AC N. Indrajit, Adhakshya of Imphal East Zila Parishad P. Bimola, Secretary (Health) Sumant Singh, Director (Health) Dr. K. Rajo, officials of Health Department and others attended the function.

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Health Minister Jayantakumar dedicates GNM school, Thoubal to the public

Imphal, March 12: As a part of the series of Inaugurations of the New Government of the state Health and Family welfare Minister L. Jayantakumar Singh handed over the newly constructed GNM School, Thoubal today along with a Hostel for the Nursing students to the people of Manipur.
Speaking as Chief Guest at the inaugural function of GNM School, Thoubal which was held at the District Hospital Campus Thoubal Jayantakumar expressed his happiness for such a milestone achievement. Minister also assured for the required staff and equipments for successfully running the Nursing School. The academic session of the newly inaugurated school will be started from June/July of this Year. Highlighting the importance of quality nurses of the state minister said that there have been demands of state nurses by not only neighbouring states but also from abroad. Establishing such Nursing schools will benefit the aspirant students who are willing to undergo nursing courses. Nurses of the state have also become an asset of the nation, he added. Minister also assured for creating a good infrastructure facilities for Nursing Schools in the state so to make this industry one of the best. Minister further appealed the public to cooperate with the Government on such initiatives.
The inaugural function was attended by N. Indrajit Singh, MLA Keirao A/C as Guest of Honour and Dr. K Rajo Singh, Director Health Services, Manipur as functional President. Chief Medical Officer Thoubal, Health Services Staff, Doctors and Staff of District Hospital Thoubal also attended the function.

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Manipur Maoist suspects Dalai Lama Visits; says India is using the spiritual leader

Imphal, March 12: Maoist Communist Party of Manipur  (MPCM) in a statement has called on the people of the state on why the Tibetan Spiritual leader Dalai Lama has been invited in the inaugural session of the 105th Indian Science Congress which is scheduled to hold at Manipur University from March 16 to March 20. In a statement the rebel group said that the Indian authority had ordered restriction to the participation of the Dalai Lama’s 60th anniversary in India under the title “Thank you India” which is scheduled to hold from March 31 to April 1 Thyagaraj Sports Complex and Rajghat Ghat , New Delhi.
The anniversary was prepared in a grand way. Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Former Home Minister LK Advani and Union Minister of state for Home Kiren Rijiju have consented to attend the celebration. However in view of the souring Indo-china relationships , both the center and state government had ordered not to take part in the celebration, the Maoist statement said. The matter has been published at many Indian newspapers and leaving such an issue by the University authority is unfortunate, said the Maoist statement. The statement further said that the spokesperson of Dalai Lama Sonam Dagpo had also stated that there have been major changes in the 60th anniversary of Dalai Lama’s stayed in India. It also quoted the Indian Foreign Secy. Vijay Gokhle statement to Cabinet Secy PK Sinha which said that – The propose period will be a very sensitive time in the context of India’s relations with China. Participation by senior leaders of government functionaries, either from the state government or central government is not desirable, and should be discouraged.
Now the question is why the Dalai Lama has been invited in the inaugural function of the Indian Science Congress at Manipur, Maoist said. The rebel called the visit of the Dalai Lama as a conspiracy. Maoist further said that the if Dalai Lama real struggle is for liberation of Tibet then the outfit will support the leader. But the recent development showed that Dalai Lama has been utilised by the Indian authority as a mere puppet for political purposes. And Maoist seriously note the plan and will have a keen watch to the Manipur University authority.

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Security beefs up ahead of the Prime Minister’s visit

Imphal, March 12: Security measures has been beefed up in all districts of the state particularly in Imphal East and Imphal West district to ensure full proof security ahead of the prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath visit in the state.
A source said that state Home department had instructed all police stations to remain alert and conduct search operation in Imphal East and Imphal West district. More security measures have been taken up in and around Manipur University where the Prime Minister is scheduled to inaugurate 105th Indian Science Congress at Manipur University.
Today too, a team of Imphal East police commando led by DSP and OC Imphal East Police station conducted cordon and search operation at Friend’s colony, Muslim colony and Loubuk leikai, Mantripukhri at around 5 am. Police source said that a total of 350 male and 190 female were verified during the search operation. The police team also entered some of the suspicious houses of the area. 13 suspected persons were picked up and handed over to Heingang Police Station for further verification.
Another team of Nambol police station also conducted search operation near Bir Tikendrajit International Airport at Changangei today morning. The police team led by OC Nambol Police cordon Malom Tulihal Makha Leikai western side of Airport fencing and conducted the search operation . Police source said that 350 males and 150 females were verified during the operation. 2 suspected individuals were picked up for further verification.

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