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“Act Jiribam policy also matters for Manipur”

Shortening the distance between Imphal and Jiri using all means should be top priority.

High tech modern vehicles now can drive more than 100 kilometer per hour. If the driver is highly train the speed can reached beyond 100 Km/per as according the condition of roads.

The distance between Imphal to Jiribam by road is only some 220 kilometers but even the best driver takes not not less than 6 hours to reach Jiribam from Imphal no matter how sophisticatedly designed is the vehicle he drives. For passenger vehicles it takes more hours even the whole day if in case the bridges constructed had to be repaired as it becomes mandatory for every vehicles to wait until the repairing work of the bridge is over.

Saying so it’s no wrong to say that road construction works are being taken up in full swing. The way the construction or say the repairing work is being taken up is appreciating but it is skeptical to believe that the works will be completed before the rainy season.

In late 90s there was hue and cry from various sections of the people demanding construction of the road stretch. It was not only because of the frequent bandh and blockade at Imphal-Dimapur road stretch but because of necessities as Silchar of Assam is likely to be a major business hubs some other days. Above this Jiribam which is also a strategic location for business transaction from the state of Manipur need to be connected with the fastest form of transportation. That time the present Chief Minister of Manipur N. Biren Singh, started a campaign for improvement of the road when he was the Editor of a local Newspaper Naharolgee Thoudang. A meeting held at the residence of Dr. Ibohal at keishampat elected him as the chairman of the committee form to improve the road condition of Imphal-Jiri either by way of pressing to the government or by donating from the people of the state. Even transporters too had even contributed everything they could to improve the road condition of Imphal to Jiribam.

Well there may be scientific reason for the government inability to complete the construction works of Imphal Jiribam road as expected by the people due to the geographical factor. But using any means to make this stretch of road which is just 220 kilometer will boost state revenue.

For example, with the introduction of GST, the state government does get its revenue from goods selling in the state which are being bought from other state. However, people in Jiribam district as well as people from Noney and Tamenglong sometime had to go to Silchar to procure their day today necessities. The SGST definitely went to the Assam Government  this way.

Mr. Nilotpol Choudhury during a short interaction with this writer said that there are around 90 residential schools in Shilchar area. In all these school, 80 to 90 percent of the students are from the state of Manipur.

It is common that parents of the state prefer their children to sent to school outside thestate. But the children were sent to schools at Silchar because  there are no proper infrastructures in both Tamenglong ( now bifurcated as as Noney and Tamenglong) and Jiribam districts. Huge amount of money has been spent for theses students in schools at Silchar and with the introduction of GST the revenue from these people which can be benefited to the state government goes to Assam Government.

Well not every hope is lost. With the coming of the railway here in the state, there is a possibility that the state of  the state of Manipur might change overnight. It will be just 2 hours journey from Jiribam to Imphal once the railway started functioning. May be it would take not even 2 hours if express train are introduced.

Today Jiribam is a full fledged revenue district. But except for a DC office and SP office many government offices which are compulsory are yet to be established. Had not the state government prepared a proper planning most of the opportunity that the state could have enjoy might shift to the neighbouring state.

On the matter of the threat to the local people due to influx of ousiders, it is time that Manipur government learnt some lesson from the Assam government like introduction of NRC. Not necessary that the state prepare legislation which will have differences among various communities of the state.   

Justice Abhilasha Kumari Sworn in as the first woman Chief Justice of the High Court of Manipur

Imphal, Feb. 9: Justice Abhilasha Kumari, Judge of the High Court of Gujarat was today sworn in as the Chief Justice of the High Court of Manipur. Governor of Manipur, Dr. Najma Heptulla administered the oath of office  to Justice Abhilasha Kumari at a ceremony held at the Durbar Hall,  Raj Bhavan, Imphal. She is the first woman  Chief Justice of the High Court of Manipur.

She was appointed as Chief Justice of the High Court of Manipur by the President of India on February 6, 2018. Justice Kumari is a native of Himachal Pradesh. After graduating from Delhi University, she obtained a law degree from Himachal Pradesh University. She joined the Bar in 1984 and practiced in the HP High Court.

The ceremony was attended by Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, Dy. CM Y. Joykumar, Speaker Y. Khemchand, Dy Speaker K. Robindro, Council of ministers, MLA’s, Opposition leader and MLA Okram Ibobi Singh, Former CM Radhabinod Koijam,  Chief Secretary, Director General of Police, and other senior officials of the state government, police and Bar members.

Mention may be made that the swearing–in-ceremony of Justice Abhilasha Kumari as the Chief Justice of the High Court of Manipur was also attended by her father Virbhadra Singh, former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister

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State Human Rights Commission to be revived soon

Imphal, Feb 9: On the day 6 of the ongoing 4th session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly, Law and Legislative Affairs Minister L. Jayantakumar said that Manipur State Human Rights Commission will be revived and made functional very soon.

Answering to a question raised by MLA O. Henry Singh, during question hour, Jayantakumar Singh said that the due process for reviving the Manipur Human Rights Commission has already started. He also maintained that the eligible candidate for the post of Chairman has been intimated. As soon as the present processes are completed, the Commission will be functional, he added.

Jayantakumar, who is also Health and Family Welfare Minister, informed the House that the physical progress of the work for the expansion of JNIMS Gynaecology Ward is 45% complete and Rs 600 lakhs has been released against the estimated cost of Rs. 1860.54 lakh. Replying to the question raised by MLA Shri O. Surjakumar Singh, the Minister also said that Planning Department has been requested to allocate fund for the remaining balance of Rs. 1260.54 lakh which is needed for the completion of the project.

Answering to a question raised by MLA O. Henry regarding the physical progress for the construction of 45 MLD Water Reservoir at Chingkhei Ching at Imphal East, PHED Minister Shri Losii Dikho said that the work for hill cutting/leveling of site has been completed. Excavation of earth work for foundation of clear water reservoir is also completed. The Minister said that the total project cost is Rs. 153.17 crores out of which budget provision for the year 2017-18 is Rs. 20.00 crores. The project is targeted to complete by March, 2019, he added.

Supplementing to the reply of the Minister, O. Henry urged for timely completion of the project in the interest of the people especially residing in an around Imphal.

Replying to a question asked by MLA Dr Chaltolian Amo, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that the number of vehicles detailed at Delhi Manipur Bhavan is 15, 6 at Kolkata Manipur Bhavan and 5 at Guwahati Manipur Bhavan.

The Chief Minister also replied to a question raised by O. Surjakumar regarding the total budget provision of MoBC and its different schemes. He informed that the total budget provision (RE) of the Department for the year 2017-18 as allocated by the Planning Department is Rs. 7871.00 lakh including Rs. 4684.00 lakh Central Share of MsDP and Rs. 1412.00 lakh Central Share of SC Scholarships. Skill development programmed like reed making/bamboo crafts, banana/pineapple fibre crafts, tailoring/embroidery, computer training, health (Chief Minister’s Laiyeng Shen), Remedial Coaching (CM’s Lairik Yengminnashi), fishery, etc. are the trades on which the department is taking care, Chief Minister added.

MLA K. Ranjit Singh raised a call attention during the zero hour regarding the location of kakching District Headquarter. Replying to the query, Revenue Minister Karam Shyam said that the Government will take decision after thorough assessment as the matter is delicate in nature. He also said that the decision will be taken in the maximum interest of the public so that the sentiments of the people are not hurt in the process.

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State Human Rights Commission to be revived soon

Imphal, Feb 9: On the day 6 of the ongoing 4th session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly, Law and Legislative Affairs Minister L. Jayantakumar said that Manipur State Human Rights Commission will be revived and made functional very soon.

Answering to a question raised by MLA O. Henry Singh, during question hour, Jayantakumar Singh said that the due process for reviving the Manipur Human Rights Commission has already started. He also maintained that the eligible candidate for the post of Chairman has been intimated. As soon as the present processes are completed, the Commission will be functional, he added.

Jayantakumar, who is also Health and Family Welfare Minister, informed the House that the physical progress of the work for the expansion of JNIMS Gynaecology Ward is 45% complete and Rs 600 lakhs has been released against the estimated cost of Rs. 1860.54 lakh. Replying to the question raised by MLA Shri O. Surjakumar Singh, the Minister also said that Planning Department has been requested to allocate fund for the remaining balance of Rs. 1260.54 lakh which is needed for the completion of the project.

Answering to a question raised by MLA O. Henry regarding the physical progress for the construction of 45 MLD Water Reservoir at Chingkhei Ching at Imphal East, PHED Minister Shri Losii Dikho said that the work for hill cutting/leveling of site has been completed. Excavation of earth work for foundation of clear water reservoir is also completed. The Minister said that the total project cost is Rs. 153.17 crores out of which budget provision for the year 2017-18 is Rs. 20.00 crores. The project is targeted to complete by March, 2019, he added.

Supplementing to the reply of the Minister, O. Henry urged for timely completion of the project in the interest of the people especially residing in an around Imphal.

Replying to a question asked by MLA Dr Chaltolian Amo, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that the number of vehicles detailed at Delhi Manipur Bhavan is 15, 6 at Kolkata Manipur Bhavan and 5 at Guwahati Manipur Bhavan.

The Chief Minister also replied to a question raised by O. Surjakumar regarding the total budget provision of MoBC and its different schemes. He informed that the total budget provision (RE) of the Department for the year 2017-18 as allocated by the Planning Department is Rs. 7871.00 lakh including Rs. 4684.00 lakh Central Share of MsDP and Rs. 1412.00 lakh Central Share of SC Scholarships. Skill development programmed like reed making/bamboo crafts, banana/pineapple fibre crafts, tailoring/embroidery, computer training, health (Chief Minister’s Laiyeng Shen), Remedial Coaching (CM’s Lairik Yengminnashi), fishery, etc. are the trades on which the department is taking care, Chief Minister added.

MLA K. Ranjit Singh raised a call attention during the zero hour regarding the location of kakching District Headquarter. Replying to the query, Revenue Minister Karam Shyam said that the Government will take decision after thorough assessment as the matter is delicate in nature. He also said that the decision will be taken in the maximum interest of the public so that the sentiments of the people are not hurt in the process.

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