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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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“Bad politics is the root of all the financial crisis of today’s Manipur”, said Economists Chinglen Maisnam. 

IT News
Imphal June 20,

“Bad politics is the root of all the financial crisis of today’s Manipur”, said Economists Chinglen Maisnam.
Speaking in a public discourse on Financial Crisis in Manipur held today at Manipur Press Club Chinglen Maisnam said that the only solution to those is good politics taken up for the welfare of the people. He said that a movement is the need of the hour for good politics to strive in the land and added that the economy of the land is not decided by economist but by the politics of the land.
 Highlighting the reason behind the present financial crisis of the state Chinglen Maisnam said that the reason behind it was because of the Indian government derecognising Planning commission and omitting Special status of the state and the misappropriation, Financial indiscipline and mismanagement of the public funds.
He also stressed that if there is any financial crisis than the authority should look into the area of non planned revenue expenditures where the legislature can manage in whatever way they can.
He added that the financial crisis of the state is a prolonged one and the recent banned by RBI simply add more stress to the financial instability.

He also highlighted that the financial budget of Manipur is lower than Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and many other state.
 “Under the BJP regime, government employees should never dream of implementing 7th Pay Commission”, said CPI State Secretary Sotinkumar in a public discourse on Financial Crisis in Manipur.
Speaking in keynote address Sotinkumar further said that the financial crisis which occurred this year where even RBI banned in transactions of money due to overdraft has never occurred in the history of Manipur.
He said that they believed that more than 274 crores were transacted during the times of Election Code of Conduct. It is the need of the hour that a white paper should be brought and discuss in the lime light, he added.
Sotinkumar further said that many believed that the recent Lok Sabha Election was misappropriated by money, power or even through EVM or by any other unfair means. He questioned whether is it necessary to withdraw money in times of election code of conduct and whether the money can’t be withdrawn after the election. He added that they believed that all the money was dispersed during the election times for their party which is the BJP party.
He concluded that the politicians who hold power loots the public money and added that their is a disease where such politicians and legislators were never checked by the people of the land.
Sotinkumar said that all the people of the land congregated towards BJP during election times even though BJP assured the contentious CAB to pass if they came to power. He added that the people were all swayed using money power which finally led to today’s financial crisis.
“Never in the history of Manipur such crisis has ever happened and to check them thoroughly is the need of the hour”, Sotinkumar concluded.

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Finally Manipur got Lokayukta

Better late than never, the two and half years old N. Biren Singh’s government, amidst political crisis now has Lokayukta – an anti-corruption ombudsman organization yesterday.
Justice (Retd) T Nandakumar Singh was sworn-in as the first Chairperson of the Manipur Lokayukta along with Justice (Retd) Basu Deo Agarwal and Ameising Luikham, IAS (Retd) as Judicial Member and Non Judicial Member respectively. Perhaps, a good news for all the people of the state.  What is more interesting is that chairman and members once appointed, Lokayukta cannot be dismissed nor transferred by the government, and can only be removed by passing an impeachment motion by the state assembly.
Ombudsman, an institution started in Sweden in 1809, is a public officer whose function is to investigate the grievances, raised by citizens regarding maladministration of the authority. Through this institution the citizens have power to lodge complaint against the concerned authority if there are gross lapses in the functioning of the public administration. An Ombudsman can be empowered to investigate the cases of corruption (in any form) not only against the government officers but also against the judges of the highest court and Ministers.
There is an inseparable relation between democracy and ombudsman. Usually, ordinary people are the victim of the negligence of public administration or wrong policy of the government or corruption of the government officials and Ministers. So, there shall be an institution in any democracy whose chief function shall be to oversee whether proper policies are adopted and more important, whether the adopted policy is executed properly. The institution of Ombudsman protects individuals from the injustice done to them by any of the three main organs of the government.  It is independent of the three organs of state as neither of the organs of government has any control over it. Every man has free access to it.

The Lokayukta (meaning “appointed by the people”), constituted under The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, is an anti-corruption ombudsman to enquire into allegations of corruption against public functionaries in the Indian states. Once appointed, Lokayukta cannot be dismissed nor transferred by the government.  He can be removed only by passing impeachment motion by the state assembly. Lokayukta investigates cases of corruption, where substantiated, recommend action. The institution is a great check on corruption, brings about transparency in the system, and makes administrative machinery citizen friendly.
Corruption is internationally recognized a major problem, capable of endangering stability and security of society, threatening social, economic and political development and undermining the values of democracy and morality. It has assumed alarming proportions resultantly public funds going into private hands leading to enrichment of a few. Corruption causes inefficiency, delays and insensitivity to people’s grievances. As a result, citizens bitterly feel the distance that separates them from the decision makers. This distance, makes them feel abandoned or even rejected and they eventually lose interest in public matters and become marginalized. In states like Manipur this is one of the main causes of rampant extremism that is plaguing the society. Corruption does not mean only taking bribe but mal-administration. The short experience of Anti-corruption cell of Manipur government shows that people’s grievances are many and the cell is unable to perform the assigned duty due to its limitations in authority being an organ of the executive machinery of the state.
The commissioning of the Lokayukta under The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 in the state of Manipur will now investigate the citizen grievances of injustice and hardship caused by maladministration, and will also conduct inquiry into allegation of abuse of office, corruption or lack of integrity against public servant.
This will decrease the frustration among the youths of the state. Lets’ hope the first case taken up by the lokayukta Manipur is a sue motto case regarding the malicious practice to the recruitment procedure conducted by the MPSC.     

Manipur’s 1st Lokayukta Chairperson sworn in retired justice T. Nandakumar Singh as Chairperson

DIPR
Imphal, June 19,

 Justice (Retd) T. Nandakumar Singh was today sworn-in as the first Chairperson of the Manipur Lokayukta along with Justice (Retd) Basu Deo Agarwal and Ameising Luikham, IAS (Retd) as Judicial Member and Non Judicial Member respectively. Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptulla administered the oath of office and secrecy to the newly appointed Chairperson and members at the swearing-in-ceremony held at the Darbar hall of  Raj Bhavan, Imphal. The ceremony was attended by Council of Ministers’ led by Th. Biswajit Singh, L. Jayantakumar Singh,  Karam Shyam, Th. Shyamkumar Singh,  V. Hangkhanlian, and MLA Khasim Vashum. Chief Information Commissioner Dr. Soibam Ibocha Singh, State Information Commissioner Oinam Sunil, Acting Chairperson, Manipur State Human Rights Commission, Khaidem Mani were in attendance. Chief Secretary Dr. J. Suresh Babu, Director General of Police L.M. Khaute and other senior officials of civil and police of the state government were also present during the ceremony.
Speaking to media persons, after the swearing-in ceremony, newly appointed Chairperson Justice (Retd) T. Nandakumar Singh said that Lokayukta will take up complaints filed against ministers and senior IAS officers. Every complaint will not be entertained and only those genuine complaints will be taken into consideration after preliminary enquiry. Lokayukta is a quasi judiciary authority for transparent administration of the State Government.  Lokayukta is for the people and it will work for the interest of the public, he added.
Mentioned may be made that appointment of Manipur Lokayukta Chairperson and members was published in Manipur Gazette notification dated,  13th May, 2019.

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Chief Minister N. Biren Singh returns; leaves airport without facing reporters

IT News
Imphal, June 19,

The air is still thick in the N. Biren Singh led government, as the political crisis remain unsolved even after meeting various leaders of the BJP Central leadership.  Suspicious over deepening of the crisis was suspected as Chief Minister N. Biren Singh who arrived here in Imphal today afternoon refused to meet reporters who have been waiting for him at Imphal airport.
As per Imphal Times reporters, the flight where CM came landed around 1.55 pm today. Several media persons waited for him at the Tulihal airport and unfortunately he neither came out from the main exit where everyone came out nor meets the media persons.
Instead he came out from another gate where his vehicle got inside the air field and take him straight away leaving behind all the media persons and their queries.
It is hard to understand on why the Chief Minister didn’t talk to reporters who have been waiting for him at airports for hours curious to know the political development  at this crucial hours. The battle between Minister N. Bishwajit and CM N. Biren is now crystal clear and in addition to source with Imphal Times, Minister Bishwajit had yesterday stated that it is the central leadership that will decide and settle the issue. As the ball is now in the court of the central leadership CM Biren might thought talking to reporters may deepen the crisis more.  

Ajay Jamwal arrives
Meanwhile, North East Zonal General Secretary Organisation of the BJP , Ajay Jamwal also arrived at Imphal today. He arrived at Imphal airport at 11 .45 am. The BJP leader also refuse to give any comment regarding the political crisis in Manipur.

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