Maheshwar Gurumayum

Maheshwar Gurumayum

Maheshwar Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since 2013. An avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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Monday, 31 August 2020 18:26

CM inaugurates trauma care centre at RIMS

Imphal, Aug. 31:

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh inaugurated Level – I Trauma Care Centre at RIMS, Imphal through video conferencing at Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.
Speaking at the function, Chief Minister stated that the primary objective of such dedicated Trauma Centre is to bring down preventable deaths due to road accidents in the State. He appreciated the RIMS authorities and doctors for developing such Trauma Care Centre in the State. He mentioned that the Trauma Centre would have ICU beds, HCU beds, trolley beds, operation theatres, CT-Scan machines, dialysis unit etc.
The Chief Minister maintained that we have highly qualified and experienced doctors and healthcare workers as compared to other States. He highlighted that the government acknowledges the selfless services rendered by doctors, nurses and paramedical staffs during this pandemic. He expressed his hope that the state would overcome the pandemic with such dedicated services of the healthcare workers. He further emphasized that public awareness campaign would play an important role to combat the disease.
Speaking on the occasion, Director of RIMS Prof. A. Shanta said that the number of ICU beds have been increased to 30 beds and more than 20 ventilators have been installed with a back up of another 30 ventilators in the Trauma Care Centre. Two Operation Theatres are available with two mobile X-Ray machines, he added. He appreciated the Chief Minister and government for the support and co-operation in developing such Trauma Centre at RIMS.
It may be mentioned that the Trauma Care Centre was constructed by Manipur Tribal Development Corporation (MTDC) with an estimated cost of Rs. 11.34 crores sanctioned by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. The Trauma Centre was constructed under Capacity Building for developing Trauma Care Facilities on National Highways.
Chairman of Manipur Tribal Development Corporation (MTDC) Vungzagin Valte, Principal Secretary (Health) V. Vumlunmang, Secretary to Chief Minister N. Geoffrey, Medical Superintendent (RIMS) Prof. Ch. Arunkumar, staffs of RIMS and others were present during the solemn function.

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Imphal, Aug 28

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has laid the foundation stones for 375 Surface Minor Irrigation Schemes, 550 Ground Water Irrigation schemes and 151 infrastructure projects to be taken up in different districts through video conference in a mega function held at City Convention Centre, Imphal today. These projects are to be taken up with the financial assistance from the Union Ministry of Jal Shakti and the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs at a total estimated cost of Rs. 647 crores. Deputy Commissioners of different districts unveiled the plaques of foundation stones on their respective sites on behalf of the Chief Minister.

Deputy Chief Minister Y. Joykumar, CAF and PD Minister Karam Shyam, Water Resources Minister Letpao Haokip, Forest and Environment Minister Awangbow Newmai, MPs R.K. Ranjan and Sanajaoba Leishemba, MLAs and high ranking officials of the State Government also attended the function.

Speaking at the function as chief guest, N. Biren Singh said that the present State Government could take up various key developmental works within a short span of around three years and a half. Go to Village, Go to Hills, Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ Day had enabled the Government to identify the people’s needs and wishes, he said. The Chief Minister said that he had instructed the concerned officials and work agencies to complete all the projects whose foundation stones were laid today by August next year.

Maintaining that there is need for enhancement of irrigation facilities to be self reliant in food production, N. Biren Singh said the State Government had revived 250 defunct lift irrigation schemes when the State faced drought last time. Though the Minor Irrigation Department was a little known department in the past, it has started playing a key role in enhancing irrigation facilities ever since the new Government had come, the Chief Minister said.

N. Biren Singh also said that out of the 151 infrastructure projects for which foundation stones were laid today, many residential schools, working women’s hostels and medical facilities are included. Stating that people spend huge amount of money in children’s education, the Chief Minister expressed hope that people need not to send their children to Imphal or outside the State for education once these residential schools start functioning.

Mentioning about other works, the Chief Minister also said that a Guest House for the Village Chiefs of different districts of Manipur would be constructed at an estimated cost of around Rs. 7 crore inside Royal Palace complex, Imphal. He also informed that Barak and Makru bridges along Imphal-Jiribam highway would be completed by December this year.

Projects which are to be taken up by the Minority Affairs Department, Government of Manipur with the financial assistance from the Union Ministry of Minorities under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram include six model residential schools (worth Rs. 25.26 each) in Chandel, Tengoupal, Pherzawl, Jiribam, Kangpokpi and Kamjong Districts, two PHCs (worth Rs. 142.42 lakh each) in Thoubal and Senapati Districts, 21 PHSCs (worth Rs. 66.53 lakhs each) in Chandel, Churachandpur, Senapati, Thoubal and Tamenglong Districts, nine staff quarters for health professionals, patient waiting rooms, In-Patient Department and medical staff rooms, one gallery and sports complex (worth Rs. 2.79 crore) in Noney District, one natural football ground (worth Rs. 3.29 crore) in Tamenglong District, one public library and information centre (worth Rs. 0.45 crore) in Tamenglong District, 74 school buildings with toilet in minority concentrated districts of the State, two working women’s hostels (worth Rs. 11.30 crore each) in Imphal East, eight working women’s hostels (worth 11.30 crore each) in Chandel, Pherzawl, Jiribam, Senapati, Noney, Tamenglong, Kamjong and Ukhrul Districts, three hostels  (worth Rs. 1.03 crore each) in Thoubal, Churachandpur and Chandel Districts, 15 hostels (worth Rs. 2.50 crore each) in Chandel, Imphal East, Kangpokpi, Thoubal, Ukhrul, Jiribam and Tengnoupal Districts.

375 Surface Minor Irrigation Schemes and 550 Ground Water Irrigation schemes will be implemented by the Department of Minor Irrigation, Government of Manipur under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana - Har Khet Ko Pani (PMKSY- HKKP) with the financial assistance from the Union Ministry of Jal Shakti.

Earlier in the morning, the Chief Minister also laid the foundation stones for River Lift Irrigation Scheme with Lined Canal and a Working Women’s Hostel at Kyamgei Mamang Leikai in Imphal East District.

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Imphal, Aug 27:

Textiles, Commerce and Industry Minister  Thongam Biswajit Singh, today distributed Financial Assistance to National/State Awardees under the Scheme of Modernisation of Handicrafts for 2019-20.

The Financial Assistance distribution ceremony, organised by the Directorate of Handlooms & Textiles, Manipur was held at the Conference Hall of the Minister’s Manipur Secretariat North Block office.

Altogether 77 outstanding crafts-persons and artisans were selected for the assistance for the year 2019-20. The 77 selected crafts-persons and artisans including 7 National Awardees, 3 National Merit Awardees and 67 State Awardees.

Speaking as the chief guest, Biswajit said that today we are witnessing a lot of changes around us and we also have to act accordingly.

He appreciated and congratulated the Awardees of the assistance scheme and said that they are being recognised for their tireless efforts.

Today, we live in a competitive world and we need to improve quality of our products for value addition of our finished products.

Biswajit also spoke at length about MEETAC, which he said is an initiative of the present Governor of the State. He continued that under the scheme, the government is trying to provide standardisation of finished products and at the same time provide a platform to market them.

He further explained the importance of handloom and handicraft in our society and said that we should encourage our youth including young entrepreneurs to enter the handloom and handicraft sector. Stating that handloom and handicraft sector can help in employment generation, he said that an increase in the number entrepreneurs will eventually help in the fight against unemployment.

Further encouraging artisans and crafts-persons, the Minister also said that there are several opportunities which they can enjoy with hardwork. He said that under the Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI), the directorate has already submitted four projects.

Observing that there is no substitute for hard work, he said National and State Awards are recognisation of one’s hard work.

He further said that although there is a lockdown in the State due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have to sustain our livelihood by properly following the protocols and guidelines issued from time to time by the government. We have to enhance our economic activities in order to minimise unemployment.

Commission, Devesh Deval said that the status of handloom and handicraft is an indication of our strong culture and tradition. The directorate has made rapid improvement over the years.

He further said that young entrepreneurs should apply for the Start Up schemes so that they can avail both subsidy as well as loan facilities. He further expressed the need to increase spaces in e-market.

In his welcome address, Director K Lamlee Kamei stated that Manipur has 22 National Handicrafts Awardees which is the highest number in the entire NE region of the country. It is instituted by the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. In addition, Department of Textiles, Commerce & Industry, Government of Manipur has conferred State Handicrafts Award to 257 outstanding handicrafts artisans till date. Thus, Manipur has conferred highest number of State Award to handicraft artisans in the North East State.

While proposing the vote of thanks, Joint Director of Handlooms & Textiles, Manipur E.Jiten stated that only National Awardees were invited in this formal function for receiving the financial assistance as there are restrictions for mass gathering due to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic. He said with this formal distribution, the financial assistance of 77 artisans will now be transferred to their respective bank account.

Under the scheme, financial assistance at Rs. 2 lakh will be provided to National Awardee and Rs. 1 lakh to National Merit and State Awardee. A total of Rs. 84 lakh will be provided to 77 outstanding craftsperson for 2019-20.

Thursday, 27 August 2020 15:32

CM inspects Condition of Nambul River

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Imphal, August 27:
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today inspected the Nambul river stretch from Keishampat to historic Thong Nambonbi and planted tree saplings along the Nambul river bank from Wahengbam Leikai to Keishampat Junction today.

Speaking to media persons, N Biren Singh said that the Rejuvenation and Conservation of Nambul River project with estimated costs of around Rs 95 crore being taken up along the polluted stretch of the river from Iroisemba to Heirangoithong area is quite a success. Under the project, sewage pipeline would be constructed along both sides of the river from Iroishemba to Mongsangei in order to prevent sewerage falling into the river directly, he added.  The Chief Minister maintained that the urban waste would be treated by using latest technology at the Water Treatment Plant located at Mongsangei area.

Highlighting the importance and peculiarity of Nambul river, N. Biren said that the tree sapling plantation of Bougainvillea along the river banks of Nambul river from Thong Nambonbi to Keishampat is being taken up so as to attract tourists and beautify the landscape.

Minister of Forest and Environment Awangbow Newmai, Deputy Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly K. Robindro, Deputy Chairman of State Planning Board S. Rajen, MLAs, Chief Secretary, DGP and others were present during the program.

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