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Items filtered by date: Wednesday, 10 January 2018 - Imphal Times - A Daily Eveninger

Hill leaders’ day, Meeyamgi Numit helpful in understanding people’s woes: CM

Imphal, Jan. 10: Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has said that he has been able to identify the actual grievances of the masses and understand their wishes through his constant interactions with different sections of the public on Hill Leaders’ Day and Meeyamgi Numit.
This has helped the Government in resolving the problems faced by the people and fulfil their needs up to a large extent, he added.
The Chief Minister was speaking to media persons on the sideline of the first Hill Leaders’ Day of this year at the Durbar Hall of Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.
Formulation of different social security schemes and its subsequent implementation were also the outcomes of these two days, he said, while informing the media persons that the Government had extended help to many differently-abled persons, widows, helpless patients, elderly persons, educated youths, poor and needy people, who came to meet him on these two days.
Stating that Hill Leaders’ Day and Meeyamgi Numit had reduced the gap between the people and the Government, N. Biren vowed to continue meeting the public on these two days this year as well.
Regarding the proposed visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in March this year, the Chief Minister said that though official confirmation is yet to be received, Prime Minister’s visit to the State is almost certain as the BJP-led State Government’s first anniversary celebration falls on March 15.
Modi would also open the 105th Indian Science Congress which will begin from March 16, the Chief Minister said, while adding that the Prime Minister is also likely to inaugurate mega projects like Thoubal Dam, Dolaithabi Project, Civil Secretariat Complex and Women’s Markets of hill districts apart from laying the foundation stone of National Sports University during his visit.
Responding to a query, the Chief Minister said that the State Budget for the fiscal year 2018-19 would give thrust to key areas like employment through skill development, connectivity (including internet and media, road, railways and air services), education, health, fisheries, agriculture and horticulture etc.

N. Biren further said that a joint meeting of all the Government Departments regarding the upcoming State Budget had already been conducted a few days back.
He also said that the State Government had also taken up special measures to submit utilization certificates (UCs) on time and remove the problem of last minute rush at financial year end.
Stating that the State would have its own helicopter soon, the Chief Minister informed that it would be procured under 85:25 cost sharing with the Union Home Ministry.
On the first Hill Leaders’ Day of the year today, the Chief Minister looked into 180 complaints and met around 600 people.
N. Biren Singh expressed pleasure that number of differently-abled persons, patients and helpless elderly persons, who came to meet him on Hill Leaders’ Day and Meeyamgi Numit, had come down considerably with the introduction of special social security schemes for them.
Today as well, after hearing the grievances of a group of organic farmers from Singda, the Chief Minister directed the officials concerned to do the needful to construct a market shed at the village as soon as possible.
On the other hand, acting on a request of orange growers from a village in Ukhrul district, the Chief Minister also instructed the officials of Horticulture Department to conduct spot visit to take up steps for large scale orange production and detect possible plant diseases.

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Cooking Gas Set Distributed

Imphal, January 10: Agriculture, Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Minister Shri V. Hangkhanlian distributed cooking gas set and LPG Safety Clinic at RAM School, Pangei,Imphal East, today. The Gas distribution was under Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala Yojana Programme.

The Function was attended by, Former State President, BJP Manipur Pradesh, Shri Sh.Shantikumar Sharma, Manager,FI & IT Manipur Rural Bank Shri Laishram Roshan , President, BJP, Mahila Morcha, Khundrakpam Mandal, Smt Arambam Ngangbi Devi,  State Missions Manager (Skill) Manipur Rural livelihoods Mission(MSRLM) Shri Kh.Bobby Singh,  Executive Member & Vice President President, BJP, Kishan Morcha ,BJP, Manipur Pradesh, Shri Dr, Kala Singh, State Missions Manager (Skill) Manipur Rural Livelihoods Mission(MSRLM) Shri Kh.Bobby Singh, President and Guests of Honour respectively.

Speaking at  the function Minister V.Hangkhanlian said that Ujjwala Programme is a programme under the Prime Minister`s Programmes which was launched to help the weakers and widows who  were financially backward in our society, availing gas connection free of cost through it and would help their firewood smoke  kitchen problems.The Minister  has distributed Cooking gas set to the beneficiaries of Khundrakpam Assembly constituency ,Imphal East.The Gas sets are provided by the Sowombung Indane Gas.

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Making democracy peoples’ participatory: Thank you Mr. CM

The real of taste of democracy is finally felt to the people of the state. Perhaps for the first time in the history of Manipur, people from across the state irrespective of their status can now exchange their views with that of Chief Minister of Manipur. Participatory form of government which was only heard in books now is reality with the kind of Chief Minister’s initiative to get in touch almost every day through social networking site in today’s world of internet.
For almost 15 years, media in the state did not get so much attention from any of the ruling government. Criticisms on the administrations, policy and public services were just another waste writings earlier. Surprisingly, the present government led by Chief Minister N. Biren Singh showed his serious concerns to every news report as well as editorial that criticized his government. The way the Chief Minister’s response is through open platform where every citizen can participate and expressed whatever feeling they have.
Imphal Times editorial, published yesterday did not have any negative intention neither it tried to malign the image of the two extraordinary leaders – Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister N. Biren Singh. What has been expressed in the editorial was to point out the desires of many people of the state. Controversial Act AFSPA , which has been protesting by the people of the region for many years has never been a matter that is being discussed at the Prime Minister’s level, even though it stands as a fact that the act is a legislation imposed by the British colonial ruler to suppress the freedom struggle of the country.
Imphal Times wanted to draw the attention of the Prime Minister on this specific legislation which we in the region considered it as draconian, as we in the Imphal Times sees his virtue of patriotism and his love for the country. The writing was just a reminder to make his dream of making India a strong nation comes true. We, in the Imphal Times believe that India can never become a strong nation if all the people of the nation are not treated equally. Everybody knows imposing AFSPA at some region and opposing its imposition to some places like those Maoist affected region of Northern India is nothing but discrimination towards its own citizens. The editorial is an indirect protest demanding repeal of the Act. If one justifies AFSPA let it be there in all the country. On the matter, regarding Chief Minister of Manipur, Imphal Times’ real motive was to make our vibrant Chief Minister realize that some of the works and promises that he made were not converting into action. Chief Minister’s direct clarification on the non implementation of the packages he announced indeed is appreciable.
What is more interesting is the seriousness of the Chief Minister N, Biren Singh to media report or views expressed in editorial which is seen by the people of the state for the first time in the history of Manipur after merger to Indian Union. To be frank, no chief minister, had ever reacted to any criticism – either constructive or destructive to the citizens of the state. Chief Minister N. Biren Singh is perhaps the first Chief Minister who valued reports and views expressed in mass media besides his hectic scheduled.
In the success of democracy, people’s participation is a much. The definition of people’s participation may be different, but Chief Minister N. Biren Singh’s government is one where people irrespective of their position can take part.
Imphal Times is a small newspaper which completes 6 years yesterday. Its hard copy reached not many people but is trying to reach as much readers as it can by using various medium available today.
The courage of our Chief Minister to say that most of the packages he announced during his visit at the hill districts of Manipur have been implemented needs to be appreciated. But one thing need to remind is that some of the work being implemented does not reach the mark expected.  

Phed Minister kicks off The 1st Conference Cum Sports Meet

Senapati, Jan. 9: L. Dikho, Minister PHED, Printing and Stationery kicked off the 1st Sports Week of Khongdei Circle Youth and Students’ Organisation at Khongdei Khuman village. The Sports cum Conference shall continuetill 11 January. M.L. Markson, Chairman, R.K. Thotrei, EM, Maikho Alex, MDC and P. Veini, MDC of ADC’s Senapati were the Guest of honour of the function. Speaking at the Chief Guest’s Address, Shri L. Dikho stated, Sports is a good avenue for leadership development of the youth. He further appealed the upcoming youths of the area to work hard and compete the contemporaries. He also exhorted the youth to specialize in the particular discipline of sport according to one’s trait and talent. He assured to sponsor financial support upto 5 UPSC aspirant for a year from the Khongdei Circle.
10 unit villages participated in the Conference cum Sports’ week.

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KVK Thoubal Scientific Advisory Committee meeting held

Thoubal, Jan.10: The 13th Scientific Advisory Committee meeting of KVK Thoubal was organized at Conference hall of KVK Thoubal today under the Chairmanship of Director of Agriculture, Manipur.
Ph.Rajendra Singh Director Agriculture, Dr.Arunkumar Principal Scientist ATARI Umiam, Dr.Meghachandra Singh Join Director I/c ICAR Lamphel, Khaidem Mohendra Singh Adl.Director Dept. of Agriculture/ Sr.Scientist and Head KVK Thoubal grace the function as Presidium Members respectively.
Sr. Scientist & Head of Bishnupur, Imphal West, Imphal East District and Officials of various departments of the district including Horticulture, Agriculture, Sericulture, fisheries, veterinary, industry, Social Welfare and Representative from Male & Female Farmers also attended the meeting. The programme started with the welcome address and followed by action taken report based on the recommendation of the last SAC meeting.
The meeting deliberated on various plans and actions to be taken up by the KVK in the district.

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One Day Awareness Programme on POCSO Act and JJ Act

Thoubal, Jan.10: Thoubal,Jan.10: The Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MCPCR) today organized a one day block level awareness programme on POCSO Act, JJ Act and RTE Act  at Sugnu Makha Leikai Community hall in Kakching District.
Sunitibala Ningthoujam Chairperson  Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MCPCR), M.Nanao Councillor Sugnu Municipal Council Ward no.2, Kh.Rajlakshmi Member MCPCR, Athokpam Romendro SDPO Sugnu Police Station and Social Worker Kh.Sarat graced the program as chief guest, president and guest of honour respectively.
Programme officer of MCPCR Sumel Yumnam, Members of MCPCR Gabriela Golmei, K.Predip Kumar, Ch.Nabachandra and Montu Ahanthem  attended as the resource person of the Technical Session. Topics like “Overview on POCSO Act”, “Role of media in the implementation of child rights acts and law”, “Overview on JJ Act”, “Roles and responsibilities of MCPCR” and “overview on RTE Act were  deliberated by the resource person.
The programme was participated by club members, women and students of Sugnu areas.

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Drying up of Yongchak hits farmers

Senapati, Jan 10: Drying up of Yongchak (Tree beans) on a large scale at Ngamju and neighbouring villages in Senapati has worried hundreds of farmers.
Yongchak farmers told The Herald Today that premature death of tree beans has been happening since 2010 and getting worst since 2014 creating fear among farmers and lose of family income.
T.Shangpo from Ngamju village pointed out that Yongchak, a cash crop has now become the main source of family income. With suitable climatic condition and fertility of land, Yongchak from Ngamju are healthier with better taste and has high market demand at Imphal, Kachai in Ukhrul and Senapati. Almost all the villagers now grow not less than 30 to 40 Yongchak trees as it helps them support their children’s education and meet other daily requirements.
He further said he has planted about 500 trees and expecting a good harvest this year valuing not less than Rs. Lakhs. However, 70 percent of fruits bearing trees have already dried up. Beside, other farmers doing Yongchak plantation on a large scale have also been badly affected, he said.
On being asked whether the villagers are getting any support from the government on Yongchak plantation, K.V.Longni, a retired Govt teacher and Yongchak farmer, said villagers took up plantation, without any assistance from Government, be it supply of saplings, training or financial help. He also said that trees started drying up from the top with leaves turning yellow during flowering season from the month of September till December when fruits are too young to be reaped. Villagers couldn’t ascertain the cause of death of trees. As every household cultivates Yongchak, the villagers have decided to organise Yongchak festival in the near future but failed due to wide-spread withering of trees, he lamented.
He therefore wished the concerned department take up a proper survey and find out the cause of withering of Yongchak tree and assist the villagers for a sustainable livelihood through Yongchak.
Robinson, another farmer also shared how Yongchak sale has made some farmers rich apart from supporting their children’s education and family basic needs. As climatic condition is suitable at Ngamju, Yongchak trees bear plenty of fruits. 5 years ago, L.Paul has bought a plot of land at Senapati District Headquarter with the money he got from sale of fruits from two big trees planted in front of his house. While, D.Lah has also bought another plot of land at Senapati town with the help of four fruits bearing trees yielding him Rs.80,000 some years back, Robinson added.
Ngamju village with 346 households under Purul Block is 64 Kms away from Senapati District headquarter.

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Awareness on protection of Wild Life held

Imphal, Jan. 10: A one day awareness workshop on the topic “Manipur police on conservation of Sangai (Recurvus Eldi Eldi) in Manipur” was held at the 1st IB guest house hall at Keibul Lamjao Nationl Park today.
The programme was jointly organised by Wild Life Distrust of India and Manipur Forest Department. Around 30 prominent personnel of Keibul Lamjao Police Station attended the workshop.
Nirmala Chanu, ACF (Park and sanctuary), P. Sanker, DSP and W. Ibomcha OC Keibul lamjao PS  were the chief guest, guest of honour respectively at the function. Resource persons at the workshop namely Dr. Chongloi Tuboi,     project Scientist of WII’ and Nirmala Chanu used slide shows and other props to explain to the participant the peril of wild life, particularly Sangai which inhabitate at Keibul Lamjao and also the threat posed on wild life from humans.
Nirmala Chanu said police personal had been contributing in the conservation of wild life in addition to the effort of staff forest department. The personal of Keibul Lamjao PS which is located in the vicinity of the national park is playing a big part in the conservation of wild life in an around the park.  

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