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Jeet Akoijam

Jeet Akoijam

Jeet Akoijam, Resident Editor of Imphal Times hails from Singjamei Liwa Road. Has been with Imphal Times since its start. A regular Trekker and Nature Lover, loves spending time in lap of Mother Nature. Jeet is the father of two lovely kids.

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VDF utilized for digging of 1000 pits inside Kangla

IT News

Imphal, June 15,

Village Defence Force popularly known as the VDF, who are currently utilized to assist police in conducting various operation for maintenance of law and order situation with a mere remuneration of around Rs. 6000 has been now utilized for digging 1000 pit inside the Kangla fort.

“We are ordered to dig 1000 pits inside various areas of Kangla Fort without any extra payment “, a VDF personnel who did not want to disclose his identity said to Imphal Times Reporter.

He said that it has been 3 months that we haven’t received our remuneration and we are now treated as labour instead of utilizing for maintenance of law and order situation.

The VDF personnel who were engaged for digging of the pit have no idea of why they have been utilized for the labour work.

“We started digging the pit since today, around 50/60 pits have been completed”, the VDF said and added that they are ordered to continue their work till the completion of 1000 pits.

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Overdraft is due to the failure of State government’s policies: ACOAM LUP

IT News
Imphal, June 14,

ACOAM Lup Kangleipak in a statement in connection with the state government’s overdraft said that the consecutive governments which ruled the state after it gained statehood have been promising the people that they will improve the economic condition of the state. In every election the political parties have promised this to the people. The promises include the reform of industrial policy, how the state will help the poor of this state. The time has come to ask whether the consecutive governments are able to deliver the promises they made to people, it added.

The statement urged that people need to ask that how the policies and programs taken up by consecutive governments and leaders have impacted the gross domestic product of the state. Manipur became a full-fledged state in 21st January 1972, since then the state has faced the crisis of over draft. Out of 10 states which were given special status, in the year 1997-1998 Manipur faced overdraft and RBI banned Manipur along with Assam and Mizoram from withdrawing more money as they couldn’t clear the overdraft. Again the state face overdraft and the payments were stopped in the year 1998-1999 along with Nagaland, Assam and Mizoram. The same problem has resurfaced again this year. We need to discuss how the situation is going to impact the people of Manipur and what the government is going to improve the state financially, given the crisis.
The state can borrow money from RBI under Ways and Means Advances (WMA) even while the state waits for receipts and bills for its financial activities. The state can use this credit policy according to RBI Act 1934 Section 17(5). The government must pay the credit it has taken availing WMA within three months. The RBI has written to State Bank of India that all the payments to the government of Manipur must be stopped as the government has breached the understanding it has with RBI. The situation has come up either because the state has failed to collect its revenues and taxes on time or there is a mismatch between the sum collected, it added.
If we observe carefully then we see that many states suffer from overdraft but due to the skilled financial management, they are able to clear the money they borrowed from RBI. Hence, the financial crisis is avoided in other states. Here, we need to ask how the state government of Manipur is managing the finances that the state is faced with such a crisis now and then. We must ask how much the financial condition of the state has improved. The statement asked whether it is the state government’s policies and programs which are actually harming the financial situation of Manipur.   According to data, Gross State Development Income which is an indicator for the financial health of Manipur has decreased. In the tear 2010-2011, it was 10.70 percent, it shot up to 17.70 percent in 2013-2014. However in the year 2015-16, it was 7.70 percent and was 7.90 in 2017-2018. This clearly indicates the failure in state policies.
The state is filled with youths who are well educated. They are now going outside the state to find livelihood working for private companies. 25 percent of Human resource in Information and Technology  sector consists of youths from North East. Instead of looking forward to bring FDI and generate revenue, it is still asking for funds from the centre. The government should create business and jobs where these youths could be employed. Given the financial situation of Manipur, if the government is still announcing  financial policies and programs then it is clear that the government has no financial accountability, according to the statement.

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Daniel Chabungbam of Poknapham among the 7 best NE Journalist chosen by Guwahati based organization

IT News
Imphal, June 13,

Daniel Chabungbam, Sub-editor of Poknapham daily newspaper, is among the 7 best journalists from the North East India who was conferred award by a socio cultural organization ‘Anuperno’ for the year 2019.  Among the seven, four journalists are from Assam, one from Nagaland, one from Arunachal Pradesh, one is from Meghalaya Besides the journalists, a doctor, a sports person, a fashion designer, a beautician, a noted educationist, and an entrepreneur were also honoured for their dedicated service to the society on the occasion.
The award was conferred on June 12, 2019 at a function held at the Conference Hall of Guwahati Planetarium.
The award was conferred to Daniel for his ground report of more than 300 villages of Manipur. The reports covers history, demography, economy, people and their living conditions. The report is published in Poknapham every Saturday since 2013.
He has received Manipur State Journalist Award 2017 (rural reporting) & RK Maipaksana Journalist Fellowship 2015.

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Myanmar Delegates visit SKY Hospital

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Imphal, June 10,
Ahead of the Imphal Conference (India-Myanmar) to be held on 11th June 2019, the visiting 10 – member Myanmar delegates led by H.E Dr Aung Moe Nyo, Honourable Chief Minister of Magway Region Government of Myanmar along with Shri V. Vumlunmang, Principal Secretary, Manipur visited SKY Hospital on 10th June at 12:15 p.m. to inspect the infrastructure available at the super specialility Cardiac Hospital where world class facilities for Interventional Cardiology and Cardio Thoracic Vascular Surgery (open heart surgeries) are available. The visiting team inspected the Cath-lab, CTVS Operation Theatre, Post OP ITU,ICCU and other facilities available in the Hospital. Dr Nyo expressed his satisfaction on the equipments and man power available in the hospital and further expressed his willingness to send cardiac patients from his country to SKY Hospital, Imphal which is conveniently located very close in the neighbouring India with low travel and treatment costs to the patient with high quality treatment as compared to other neighbouring countries like Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.
 The visiting Chief Minister appreciated the services of the Chief Cardiologist Dr L. Shyamkishore Singh who had more than 15 years of cardiology experience from London, UK. Dr Shyamkishore, Chairman of the hospital expressed that it was a pround moment not only for SKY Hospital but also for the state of Manipur when the visiting Myanmar delegates recognised the hospital as a leading Cardiac care centre of this region and assured the delegates to accommodate cardiac patients from Myanmar for treatment as per British Standard where he had practised.

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