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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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Greed and prejudice

May be of political motives, the office of the Prime Minister of India has finally intervene to the proposed scheduled of the state government for inauguration of the Multi purpose Maphou Dam. Incidentally, a copy of the directives questioning the legitimacy of commissioning such a project was intercepted by Imphal Times staff. And a report base on it was reported on our August 31, 2016 issue. It seems the news report had little impact to the government but for those who are victim of the Mega Dam construction it appears the reported items as a hope of their long standing demand.

At one of our editorial column we had drawn the attention of not only the government but  the people of this region on how the people are taken as mere commodities in the greed and prejudice of the people in power in the name of development. Infrastructural development no matter how it violated the basic human rights of the people, man in power always justify constructing big dams or structures as a work of development. Yes, this write up is about Chadong Village

It is worth mentioning that some of the most beautiful places in Manipur’s Ukhrul district have been submerged under water as an impact of the Maphou Dam constructed in the name of development. Chadong Village under Litan Police Station of Ukhrul district will be now history. The next generation will never know that there was once a peaceful village called Chadong inhabited by some 1000 household in the state of Manipur. After the entire has gone under water, some villagers managed to find alternative villages and started new live from the beginning but some are left with no choice but to fight for their survival along with their little ones who are forced to leave the school (at a time when govt. talk about RTE) as the school they attended no more existed because of the situation created by the Mega Dam. This newspaper reported about some pregnant women being shifted to neighbouring Yangangpokpi area at a time when they are supposed to provide best form of relaxations.

The construction of the Maphou Dam may have been due to the requirement because the process of development cannot remain stagnant. But when the kinds of development are meant to sabotage the lives of common man and extinction of some of the precious place, there is reason to put up this question – Why and for whom the development are meant for?  It is pertinent to note that who is paying the costs and who is receiving the benefits of these sorts of constructions being taken up in the name of development.

The modern definition says that “Development is a process or set of processes characterized by  the consequence of general sustained economic growth, and  sets of natural, human, technological, cultural, financial, and organizational conditions.”

“Development” in a common sense is the systematic use of scientific and technical knowledge to meet specific objectives or requirements. But these are for the benefit of the people. If the so called development works failed to benefit the people then the kind of constructions cannot be counted as developmental works.

Chadong was a small village with a population of not more than 3000 people. It is already known to the planner of this mega Dam that the village will no more exist once the Dam started commissioning. So, why did the government failed to shift this village to some other location where they can make a better living. A mere compensation to please them will not make their live better – this is a common sense. Everyone knows that money is important but it is not everything. When the folks they have been living from a very long time cannot gather to continue the kind of happy life they shared, the so called money provided to them in the name of compensation are valueless.

This senseless government has failed to understand that ‘Development’ is not the construction of costly project but it is to provide better living to the citizens. If the construction is to suffer the people, it is not called developmental project. 

Thanks to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for at least sparing time for the people whose rights has been made a mockery in the recent days.

 

SC asks states, UTs to upload FIRs on websites within 24 hours

(Source PTI)
The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed all states and Union Territories to upload first information reports (FIRs) on their websites within 24 hours of registration at police stations.
A bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and C Nagappan, however, extended the time up to 72 hours for uploading of the FIRs for states that are located in difficult terrains where internet connectivity is poor.
The apex court exempted the state police authorities from uploading the FIRs on sensitive cases pertaining to insurgency and sexual offences against women and children.

The bench also made it clear that the accused cannot take benefit before the courts of law of the fact that FIRs lodged against them have not been uploaded on the website.
The direction came on a PIL filed by the Youth Lawyers Association of India on the issue.
The PIL referred to a decision of the Delhi high court in which the city police was directed to upload FIRs on its website within 24 hours of being registered.
The apex court agreed to the directions of the HC with certain modifications.

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Sapamcha Jadumani says ILPS presently enforce in neighbouring Nagaland and Mizoram can be re-introduced in the state

IT News
Indigenous Peoples Association of Kangleipak (IPAK) today observed its 2nd foundation day at its office located at Waheng Leikai.
Sapamcha Jadumani, President of IPAK said that the association was established to save the indigenous people of the state in 2014 and to also to safeguard the integrity of the state.
On the present movement for ILPS demand in the state Jadumani said that it was an organisation called “Friends”  which had first alerted the danger of the indigenous people due to the influx of outsider some 8 years back.

However after JCILPS comes up with the similar demand FRIENDS was abolished in 2013 inorder to avoid confusion among the people of the state.
Jadumani further said that at the time when FRIENDS launched agitation for re-introduction ILPS in Manipur there was no differences between any communities as the demand was to introduce the similar system that is enforce at Nagaland, Mizoram and other state.
But as the demand is now a demand for ILPS related Bills all sorts of controversy arises leading to the death of 9 people at Churachandpur.
Even as Sapamcha Jadumani is the person who headed the organisation FRIENDS and demanded immediate introduction of ILPS, he have different opinion on the putting up of the demand. He said it is no use demanding new legislation as it would invite chaos in the state but if it is the same ILPS being enforced at neighbouring state then there will be consensus among the various communities of the state.

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Hatta JNIMS road bandh

IT News
All Manipur Madrassa Mordernization Teachers’ Welfare Association today close the Hatta JNIMS road in protest against the government inaction to the demand of the Madrassa teachers.

the Madrassa teachers have been demanding clearance of 30 months pay as well as regularisation of 150 teachers and board members since the last couple of days.
Yesterday too the Madrassa teachers’ association staged a sit-in-protest  at the site.

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