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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Imphal, June 8:

The Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) has exploded the series of mismanagement that is being taken up in the name of containment of the Covid-19 pandemic in the state.
In a written speech, circulated to media houses, President of the MPCC, K. Govindas said that the state government led by the BJP fails to learn anything from the first wave and thus left the people unprotected from the 2nd wave. He said, “ The Chief Minister of Manipur has assured to build 200 bedded Emergency Covid Hospital at Langthabal, Imphal on March 30, 2020 in the 1st wave of Covid pandemic. But, it is 2021 now, and we are in the midst of the 2nd wave of the Covid pandemic, there is no such Covid Hospital in the state. Had the hospital been there in the 1st wave itself, many lives could have been saved today”.
The anguished President of the MPCC strikes at the present BJP government asking - Is this not the failure of preparation on the part of the government? Is this not the Covid mismanagement of the government in the state?
“We believe that there could be neither excuse nor forgiveness for the government’s gross failure on Covid in the 2nd wave”.
He said that as the people unitedly fight against the Covid pandemic, the MPCC has donated ambulances, oxygen concentrators, food packets and other relief materials to the people.
He added that the Congress party has been consistently raising questions, giving suggestions to the BJP government in the state. And even written to the Prime Minister, requesting for DRDO to build 1000 bedded exclusive Covid dedicated hospital in the state.
“Is there any harm if the Chief Minister pursues  the Prime Minister’s Office on our request for DRDO’s 1000 bedded Covid hospital in the larger interests of our people to fight the 3rd wave of Covid pandemic?” Govindas asked.
He said that questions raised in the interests of the people of the state by the Congress party  to both the BJP governments in the state and New Delhi, have not been responded positively. 
Govindas further said that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has been advocating vaccination as the only primary solution to fight Covid pandemic in the country. All accepted that it is only through free universal vaccination that the innocent lives of our people can be saved and protected from Covid deadly infections and deaths. But, unfortunately, today, not even 3% of our state’s population has been vaccinated with 2nd dose. Many of those, who are waiting for the 2nd dose, are clueless of their specific dates to get the 2nd dose in the state.
“We, from the Congress, along with our CLP Leader O. Ibobi Singh, have submitted to the Governor of Manipur for the free universal vaccination of all in the state before the third wave of Covid pandemic hits us”, Govindas said.
In connection with the announcement of free vaccination to all by the Prime Minister, Govindas said that the announcement came only after the Supreme Court’s directives and due to people’s sentiments. Had the announcement been made earlier, many lives would have been saved in Manipur and other states of our country, he added.
“Today, in Manipur, vaccination rate is so low, that hardly 3% of its population is inoculated with 2nd dose. Even for 1st dose, Tripura has inoculated more of its population than that in Manipur. Unfortunately, the Chief Minister of the BJP’s state government can’t give a timeline in which the 100% eligible population will be vaccinated”, the Congress President said.
Govindas also added that even though the congress people and common people don’t have the right to know the types of variants of Covid infecting our people in the state, so far, the state government has not released the results of the genomic sequencing of the samples sent from the state. Without knowing the variants or the hybrids of the variants of Covid, how can the state government fight Covid pandemic in the state, Govindas questioned.
Govindas also showed serious concern about the economic condition of the people.
“We demanded for free treatment of all Covid patients in private hospitals too. But, contrary to our demand for our poor and needy people, the BJP government, instead of fixing the maximum total overall treatment of Covid, has fixed the cost in favour of the private hospitals, thereby allowing the rapid commercial profiteering over the daily covid treatments from the people of the state. Why did not the BJP government include the prices of Remdisivir and PPE kits in the costs of treatment fixed by the government? How can the poor, who has been stopped from earning due to curfew and containment restrictions by the government, be expected to buy Remdisivir and PPE kits on their own?”, Govindas said.
 The MPCC president asked the BJP government to release the policy on how the government is going to tackle the 3rd wave of Covid pandemic in Manipur. What is the policy of the Chief Minister to tackle the 3rd wave? Is the Chief Minister prepared for the 3rd wave so that the public can also prepare?

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Kolkata, June 8:

Subhakirti Majumdar, ex-principal Secretary, Government of Bihar, and former Director-General, Indian Jute Mills Association, passed away on Sunday, 06 June 2021 after battling cancer for almost two years.  Mr. Majumdar had an illustrious multidisciplinary and unblemished career spanning 34 years with the Indian Administrative Service (Indian Administrative Service, IAS, 1978 batch, Bihar cadre). Over the years, he deftly handled a wide range of assignments in important departments of the State and Central Governments across finance, taxes, trade policy, environment & forests, and public administration. The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Bihar, Shri Nitish Kumar has also expressed his grief on the demise of Shri Majumdar and offered his condolences.
After his training, Mr. Majumdar’s earlier postings included serving as Sub-divisional Officer of Jhanjharpur sub-division in the agricultural belt of Madhubani district in North Bihar and subsequently as Sub-divisional Officer of Chaibasa sub-division in Singhbhum district of the South Bihar, now in Jharkhand State. During his distinguished career, he served in capacities, some of the prominent ones being: In the Department of Industries, Government of Bihar, he was the Principal Secretary & Commissioner, Commercial Taxes; served as the Jute Commissioner under the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India; Member (Finance) of the Bihar State Electricity Board; the Member Secretary in the Pay-Revision committee from 1988-1990, and subsequently posted at North Block as part of the Finance Ministry’s Expenditure Department, Government of India. 
His last assignment before retiring from the IAS was in the capacity of Principal Secretary, Department of Mines and Geology, Government of Bihar.  Considering his experience and contribution towards the Indian jute industry, the designation of Director-General was first conferred on him by the Indian Jute Mills Association (2013 to 2018). Prior to that, the post was designated as Secretary-General.
Mr. Majumdar was born in Munger, Bihar on 18 August 1952, and attended St. Xavier’s High School, Patna. A master’s degree gold medalist in Political Science from Patna University, Mr. Majumdar did his Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) in Political Science in First Division (Economics and English) from Patna College and Master of Business Administration from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. He represented the Government of India at apex forums, including Rome F.A.O. Headquarters, F.A.O. at London, Geneva, International Cocoa Organization at London, International Jute Study Group at Dhaka, and the Textile Summit at Beijing. He is survived by his wife Dr. Dipti Majumdar and two sons, Shudeep and Shamik Majumdar.

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Imphal, June 7:

Information and Public relation (IPR) Minister Th Biswajit has condoled the sudden and untimely demise of Saikhom Shantikumar, Sub-Editor of Ireibak local daily due to covid-19 at PGI Hospital Chandigarh on dated June 5.
“His sudden demise has left a void which is hard to fill among the media fraternity of the state” the IPR Minister said in a condolence message. He also conveyed solidarity to the bereaved family.
All Manipur Working Journalists Union (AMWJU) in a press release deeply mourned the sudden demise of the senior journalist, informing that the Standing Committee and Advisory Committee of the AMWJU held a meeting at Manipur Press Club wherein a two-minute silence was observed as a mark of respect to the departed soul.
AMWJU Members and media fraternity lighted candles at the Journalists’ Memorial Pillar inside Manipur Press Club in the late evening to pay homage to the deceased journalist.
In the meantime All Manipur Kidney Transplant Patients Welfare Association, Imphal also shared the pain and sorrow of the family members.

IT News
Imphal, June 7:

An Incident of vandalism that occurred at JNIMS Covid ward by the patient party over the death of a lady has irked the doctors’ community across the state.
“It is matters of great shame for the state and insults to the whole medical community the manner in which the hospital properties were vandalized and doctor on duty was manhandled at the COVID Ward of JNIMS Hospital on the night of June 5, 2021 following the death of a patient”, a statement by Indian Medical Association said.
While condemning such an act, the IMA said that such a heinous act of violence in hospital when the state is facing the second wave of COVID 19 pandemic is unacceptable.
The perpetrators of the violence should be given exemplary punishment and booked under the ‘Manipur Medicare Service Personnel and Medicare Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage to Property) Act 2015’ and ‘Epidemic Disease (Amendment) Ordinance 2020’, the IMA demanded.
The association however, condole the untimely demise of Okram (O) Gypsy Devi and shares the grief of the bereaved family.
The association further reiterates that the culprits should be booked and befitting punishment be given failing which the association will take up future course of action. If such instances of violence against Medicare personals and institutions continue without any legal actions against those responsible then the whole COVID care may be hindered by these acts of senseless violence.

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