So far so good: but many more need to be corrected in the coming days

Written By: / Editorial / Tuesday, 16 March 2021 17:56

Roti, Makan, and kapra today no longer are the only basic human rights. Today’s fast-growing world needs proper drinking water, health care facilities, educations, and a clean environment so that people could breathe fresh and air are also need to be considered as the basic human rights of the common people.
The BJP’s N. Biren Singh-led coalition government in the state today celebrates 4 years of citizen-centric government. Besides, many achievements, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh had spoken about his government's successful implementation of rendering service to the people.
There is nothing to be criticized for the speech of the Chief Minister as everything he had stated is for the people particularly for the poor sections of the community. His government has introduced CMHT to enable the poor in getting free medical service, He talks about the “School Fagathansi Mission”, constructions of over 42 thousands house for the homeless, and financial sport to over thousands of entrepreneurs.
The Chief Minister also stated that potable water connection reached to the household is over 46 % today which was only 7% at the time when his government came to power on March 15, 2017. This if true needs applause and appreciation from all corners. But common people listening to the speech sometimes felt that Is the Chief Minister misguided or misinformed about the water crisis being face by the people.
This is being said so because over 90 percent of the people living under the jurisdiction of the Imphal Municipal Corporation hardly get potable tape water. Saying so sometimes the tape water was released but only for few hours and that too once in every two weeks without any information being provided on which time the tape water will release. Those authorities in the PHED simply answered the shortage of water on being questioned as to the reason for failure to release tap water every day.
The reality is that almost every household under the jurisdiction of IMC spends Rs. 500/- or more for 2000 liters of water (not sure about its safety) and that too any time. This means that the reply from the PHED authority about the unavailability of water is a blatant lie, as those water tanker suppliers on payment of money can fill their tank any moment from the Water Supply unit on payment of a fee.
Today, as people are more concerned about the safety of their health, people prefer package water and spend Rs. 10/- for one liter of drinking water. The Chief Minister’s statement about providing tape water to 46% of the today household turn out to be a blatant lie as people are not getting the water but rather buying it.
Saying so it is a good initiative of the Chief Minister to introduce the CMHT card where poor people can get free medical treatment. There are loopholes in the implementation of the CMHT card but the gestures need to be appreciated all. However, the CMHT card will have no meaning at all if clean and proper water is not provided to the poor who can’t afford package water.
On education, the spirit of the government to make government schools improve by introducing the School Phagathansi Mission is another appreciative move. However, the way the mission is implemented as seen from the observer's lack of commitment for its proper implementation is not to notice.
Easier is said than done. When the APP government of New Delhi can convert into action on the making of the government schools at the top even better than the Private schools, how come the government of Manipur particularly those in the education sector under the leadership of the Minister in Charge took so long in making at least some few schools better than the private-run schools. The education department today have the most qualified teachers who are also well paid and almost all schools (Govt) have also adequate space, but still, after 4 years and after 2 years of promise for improvement of those government school, nothing on practical has been noticed to the change in the school infrastructures.
Maybe many good things have done by the government led by Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, but talking about providing proper tape water and improvement of government schools is hard to believe as no citizens are blind. Saying so there is still time and if the government is committed it may not take even six months to make into reality what the Chief Minister had stated today.

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Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 25+ 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. Rinku can be contacted at [email protected] 

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