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Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents.

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AIFUCTO stands with AMCTA’s demand for implementation of 7th UGC pay scale

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Imphal, May 20,

Long pending demand by the All Manipur College Teachers’ Association (AMCTA) for implementation of the 7th UGC pay gets support from the All India Federation of University & College Teachers’ Organisations (AIFUCTO). The apex body of associations of teachers of state Universities and colleges of India, which represent more than 6 (six) lakh teachers of the country had submitted memorandum to the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, Education Minister Th Radheshyam and also to the Chief Secretary of Manipur urging the government to fulfill the 10 points charter of demand submitted to the government by the AMCTA.

The AITUCTO memorandums submitted separately appealed the concern to implement the 7th UGC Pay Scales to the College Teachers and equivalent cadres of Manipur and fulfillment of the genuine demands of AMCTA.

The memorandum stated that almost all the respective state governments in India have implemented the revised 7th UGC Pay Scales to university and college teachers and equivalent cadres.  The AIFUCTO expressed strong dissatisfaction to learn that Manipur is the lone state in the entire North East where the revised 7th UGC Pay Scales are not yet implemented till date.

It also stated that the college teachers of the state are denied to enjoy the two allowances  i.e., SCA & TA of the 6th Pay Scales till date due to the violation of the decision of state cabinet mentioning as - “College Teachers presently serving under the Department of Higher Education & Technical Education, Government of Manipur be given Academic Grade Pay (AGP) in place of Grade Pay”. Unfortunately, ROP was issued in form of contradiction to the cabinet decision as - “AGP shall not be equated to Grade Pay provided to other government employees for whatsoever “ laid down in Para 4 of the Govt. orders No. 7(7)/3/2009-HE(Misc)Pt.(1) dated 12.8.2011 (ROP 2011) which has till been hurdle in releasing the two allowances and which have not been mentioned in 6th UGC Pay revision orders of all states of India except Manipur.

The AIFUCTO also expressed strong supports  to the AMCTA’s 10 - point charter of demands submitted to the Government of Manipur on 29th September, 2018 and of which reminder of the same had submitted on 14th February, 2019 and urges the government to fulfill the same without delay.

The apex body of university and college teachers’ organisations in India and pioneer in the upliftment of higher education across the country urged the Government of Manipur to implement the 7th UGC Pay Scales in TOTO to the college teachers of the state as done in other states where the same have been implemented.

The memorandum submitted was signed by Prof. Arun Kumar, General Secretary of AIFUCTO.


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The wrath of Mother Nature: Mercury is rising

A disturbing news appeared in one of the leading Imphal based newspaper is the temperature reaching 40 degree Celsius in Chandel district of Manipur. June / July the summer season is yet to arrive and if the mercury level reached 40 degree Celsius in May, it is likely that people may not be able to go outdoor in June and July.
20 years back, May season’s favourite outfit for the people in the state of Manipur was either a jacket or Jersey. Today, we can’t even wear a full man’s casual shirt or a long pant. Reason – the mercury is rising, by next year the temperature is likely to reach 40 degree Celsius.
In during late 90’s, when people, particularly the environmentalists showed serious concern to the rise in the mercury, the temperature recorded in Manipur On April 14, 1999, was 36 degree Celsius. That was the hottest day people.
April normally was most of the pleasant days during 80s. The climatic condition was excellent. The temperature those days was much lower than 30 degree Celsius. Months with Maximum temperature was during June and July. Everyone who are in the 40s know that the mercury level during the hottest month here in the state did not exceed 35 degree Celsius. Summer in Manipur was equivalent with those of the Indian states close to the Rajasthan cities.
Temperature recorded today here in Imphal is 31 degree Celsius and is expected to rise tomorrow. As of today there are no report of any dead due to the rise of temperature, but for sure news paper of tomorrow will have to reserve space for news story about dead of human by the scorching heat.
Well whom are we going to blame for the kind of happening? Is the drastic change in the climatic condition a natural phenomenon or is it because of the kind of crime committee by the human being? – A matter everyone needs to ponder.

Leaving aside the environmentalists, it now becomes a fashion for the ministers and bureaucrats to talk about environment. A selfie while planting trees in their best outfit seem to be pride for them.
As according to environmentalists, the geographical character of the state is perhaps a boon. The climate of Imphal and other valley districts are maintained by the hills surrounding the valley. As for the Imphal Valley, it the Langol Hill Range and the number of trees on it that has been controlling the carbon emission. The Khoubru Hill range, the Baruni etc. too are also important factor that control the climate of the state. Saying so it was the number of wild trees that grows on those hills that actually controlled the climate. When there is no trees in the mentioned Hill range they are too helpless in maintaining the climatic condition of the state.
Is it the common men that has to be blamed for cutting of the trees? Wel common man always struggle for live and they do whatever available to feed themselves as well as their family. Those in the village are left with no choice but to cut down the trees for earning their livelihood. As for holding top job in the government and those ruling the state, they know that trees should be saved. Crore and crore of rupees have been spent to make plant grows at barren land of the state. They also know that until a proper planning is taken up by framing a policy for those who are depending on the forest product, the hills of the state which had been controlling the Imphal valley will look barren. So, it is definitely the government that is responsible for the kind of destruction of forest that has been taking place in the state.
Seizure of truck loads of woods is also a means to help in protecting the forest, but if it is done for photo session and publicity matters, then Manipur may perhaps become a desert like state someday.
Government authority’s commitment is reminded as the recent plantation of saplings by volunteer of Manipuri Students’ Federation at the peak of the Koubru Hill will make no sense.
Villagers of Koubru should be rehabilitated so that they themselves started protecting trees in the hill range. On how to change the mindset of the villagers, it is left upto the bureaucrats to think on it, or what is the use spending so much public money for each of them in the form of paying salary and allowances.

Dr. Heptulla lauds the nurses of Manipur; says they are highly demanded outside the state

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Imphal, May 16,

“I feel proud of the fact that nurses of Manipur are very popular for their mild mannered and behavior and skill”, Dr. Najma Heptulla, Governor of Manipur lauded the nurses of Manipur while speaking on the International Nurses Day observance at Jubilee Hall, RIMS here in Imphal.

This year’s theme for the International Nurses Day is “Nurses: A voice to lead – Health for all”. The Train Nurses Association of India has been observing the day commemorating the service of the Florence Nightingale popularly known as ‘the lady with a lamp’, to mark her birth anniversary on every May 12. Train Nurses Association of India Manipur state branch observed the day today to remember the day.

Dr. Najma Heptulla, who attended as the Chief Guest of the observance said that nurses from the state are very much in demand in other state and even abroad. The governor also expressed acknowledgment to the present state of health care service which needed to be improved.

“The service delivery role of nurse practitioners in primary healthcare has not improved as much as many originally envisage”, Dr. Heptulla said and added that the reason for that were many and for that the government is making serious efforts to address them.

She however said that improving the health service with greater numbers of more widely qualified nurses is not the whole answer. To focus properly on safe, quality care and spend the maximum time caring for patients, rather than messaging keyboards and endless paperwork, she said and added that better service can be provided to the patients with a stronger emphasis on quality and improving patient contact time.

On the occasion rich tribute was paid to the Florence Nightingale. The observance was also attended by Vumlunmang Vualnam, Principal Secretary ( Health & Family Welfare), Dr. K. Rajo Singh, Director ( health & Family Welfare) and Dr. A Shanta, Director RIMS as dignitaries on the dais. 

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Kumbi BJYM President threatened by State Veterinary dept. staffs

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Imphal, May 16,

Staff of the State Veterinary Department allegedly threatens the President of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) Kumbi Branch for complaining about the death of nearly 12 cattle in Wangoo area following the spread of an unknown disease.

Speaking to media person Sh. Bangkimchandra , President of the BJYM, Kumbi Assembly Constituency said that his attempt to meet the Joint Director of the State Veterinary department was foiled by a staff of the department for around five times saying that he was not in the office.

He said that one Field Assistant identified as Biren called him to meet the Joint Director. But when he went to meet him the said person threatened of dire consequences if he did not say that no cattle are dead due to epidemic in the area. Bangkimchandra however said that he stand by his word as there had been cases where around 12 cattle died due to a mysterious disease at Wangoo area of Kumbi Assembly constituency.

He further said that he can prove that there are cases of cattle dying of the mysterious disease. The BJYM President while demanding an enquiry on the incident urged the Veterinary Minister to head the enquiry committee as he and the villagers have lost faith in the department authority.

He also stated that the Veterinary offices located at Terakhong , Borayangbi and Wangoo are not functioning.

“We can show the proof that these Veterinary offices are not functioning properly. 


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