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Representatives clarify over the allegation of stealing PDS rice

Imphal, Feb 22: Six MLAs’ representatives of District today clarifies that there is no foul-play while distributing PDS rice meant for the beneficiaries under NFSA for the Bishnupur District and the charge put upon them is baseless.
Speaking to media persons at Manipur Press Club, Oinam Chandrababu Singh, one of the representatives said that the news circulated in today’s morning local daily and ISTV stating PDS rice meant for the beneficiaries under NFSA for Bishnupur District for 8 months has been stolen by staff, agent, nominee and contractor of each constituency of the district is a baseless news, there is no such fault play carried out in each constituencies of Bishnupur district.
Moreover, the MLAs’ representatives haven’t heard or known to them of the so called Demand Committee Against Erratic PDS Supply Under NFSA – 2013, he added.

Chandrababu also said that the representatives and the members of the so called demand committee haven’t met or talk regarding the PDS rice weather it should be dispatch to the beneficiaries or not.
Beneficiaries of six assembly constituencies under Bishnupur District are also getting the same amount of PDS rice under NFSA same as that of the 60 assembly constituencies of Manipur State.
As the representatives have done the clarification, it will be a waste to throw words from each ends in the future, Chandrababu asserts.

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Demand for Shumang Leela Festival

Imphal, Feb 22: Different Shumang Leela artistes association of Manipur today demanded to organised the Shumang Leela competition as Shumang Leela festival from next season as many of the artistes seems to unsatisfied with the results handed out just for the first, second and third position only.

Out of 12 Shumang Leela artistes association 9 will not take part in the event if their demands are not met, said Laishram Boy Singh, Secretary of Lamjingba Artiste Association during a press conference at Manipur Press Club, today.

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Inconveniences faces by SF deploy around State Assembly over lack of toilet

Imphal, Feb 22:  Congress MLA RK MLA today drew the attention of the MAHUD Minister over the problem face by the security forces deployed in and around the State Assembly Chingmeirong over non availability of toilet facilities.

Speaking during the zero hour in today’s session RK Imo said that he found in social networking site about some people uploading the problem of the security forces deployed for assembly session about the problem of toilet. Imo said female police personnel faced more problems in this regard. He urged the MAHUD Minister to built toilet at some of the places around state Assembly

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Understanding peoples in need

Technological advancements are an all-pervading phenomena, one which is impossible to miss. And so, our small and relatively remote state has been engulfed with such changes that are hard to ignore. Though physically and geographically hard to access, technology has made its mark on the public. The virtual world has shrunk and information is now just a click or a swipe away. The state Government is also doing its bit to promote and propagate the integration of technology in every department and systems, albeit in a rather frustrating and for-the-sake-of-it manner. Despite such advancements and progress; or attempts at progress, the plight of a section of the public with disabilities and difficult physical deformities remains almost impossible when it comes to accessing these public facilities and services. The Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 was an Act to give effect to the Proclamation on the Full Participation and Equality of the People with Disabilities in the Asian and Pacific Region. However, almost two decades on, we still have yet to see even the most basic groundwork to implement the recommendations and directions of the laws which is aimed at making all and every public facility accessible to the differently able and physically challenged persons. More surprising is the fact that these recommendations are not something which would put a financial constraint on the Government as it entails very basic changes and alterations or additions to the present infrastructures to make them more accessible. The total absence of such facilities at the public places in the state indicates a total lack of regard and consideration for this section of the society more than anything.  Discounting the weak and infirm will only add to the woes of the Government. It should instead focus on making the most of its citizens by empowering them to contribute to the society. The contributions of outstanding persons like Prof. Stephen Hawkins, a multiple paraplegic in the field of science, or that of Marla Runyard, the first legally blind paralympian to compete in the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, or Ludwig Van Beethoven who composed some of the most famous musical compositions after he became completely deaf cannot be ignored. One would surely admire the achievements of Helen Adams Keller, the deaf and blind American author, political activist and lecturer. All these extraordinary people managed to overcome their physical and mental constraints and outshine everyone in their respective fields because of the support, guidance and understanding provided to them. A government which cannot render even the most basic assistance for its disadvantaged citizens, for all its achievements and advancements, cannot claim itself ideal. Understanding the everyday ordeal of these people can shape the holistic development of a state or a country. It is for all of us to try and make the world that little bit easier for the physically less fortunate citizens, and the Government has a very urgent and important task of living up to its own claims of a fair and considerate setup.    

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