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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Thursday, 10 July 2014 00:00

Traffic problem

Time and again many newspaper published in the state has been highlighting the problem s being faced by the people due to the unorganised manner of the traffic regulation in the city.  Imphal city in particular has been witnessing a phenomenal increase in the amount of vehicles- an indication of the rising social status of the public and improving economic conditions in the state. While these factors are a welcome sign, the fact remains that the concerned authorities have failed to keep pace with the times and the changing social scenario in the state resulting in heavy traffic jams and delays which needs to be addressed immediately. The short term policies and systems being implemented from time to time in an attempt to ease the congestions and traffic jams have not been able to alleviate the problem in any way, on the contrary these ad-hoc measures have managed to confuse the public and compound the problem the authorities have been trying to solve. The formation of Traffic regulation and parking committee has not been of much help, and one can only wonder if they are functioning at all. Queries put up to the concerned departments have only resulted in more bewildering responses- a classic example of the effectiveness of passing the buck around that has been at work in all government set ups. While formulation of policies and systems to control and regulate traffic may be a beginning in the right direction, the fact remains that the increasing number of vehicles need additional space to accommodate them and juggling acts of the traffic system by the experts, however efficient and experienced they may be, will not bear fruit. Construction of additional parking spaces at strategic locations, bypasses and flyovers, and most importantly providing subways at important and crowded junctions will go a long way in reducing these problems. Construction of public utilities does not automatically guarantee improvement- their proper usage is as important- an obvious example being the use of footpaths by the vendors and shopkeepers to stock and ply their goods forcing the pedestrians to walk on the road. The need to streamline and re-orient the traffic police personnel is also being felt by the public. Turning a blind eye to the irregularities being committed by the drivers of various public and commercial transport vehicles in consideration for a “quick handshake” has been well documented- despite the dangers and inconveniences such greedy acts causes. The present government ministers and high ranking officials may not be feeling the burden such traffic jams causes as they seem to have a prerogative of the right of use of the road over the common public but unless some concrete steps are taken up very soon, the only option that would be available to them would be to use their feet with their retinue of escorts and assistants wading through the impossible traffic- surely a distracting relief for the stranded common public on the road.

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Imphal July 10: A public meeting cum awareness program on Crime against Women and Children was organized today at Khangabok Khullakpam Leikai by Women Action for Development and local Meira Paibees of Khangabok. Later, a public rally was staged to spread the message to stop Crime against Women and Children. Many eminent human rights activists delivered speech on various topics related with Crime against Women and Children.

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Imphal July 10: Principal Secretary (Finance) notified all the implementing departments to take urgent steps to speed up utilization of the grants and submit UCs if they are pending. A source told Imphal Times that Principal Secretary (Finance) of the state made his request to all the implementing departments of the 13th Finance Commission during a high level monitoring committee meetingheld on June 21 as the award period of the 13th Finance Commission would close on the 31st March 2015. He further expressed concern that utilization has been very poor and inability to utilize the grants during the award period would lead to lapse of the grants. Principal Secretary (Finance) further suggested that every implementing department should depute a nodal officer who will pursue with the nodal Ministry Concerned/ Ministry of Finance for expediting release of the grants.Ministry of Finance will release further instalments of Local Bodies grant only when a consolidated UCs for previous releases are received from all the three implementing Local Bodies i.e. PRIs, ULBs and ADCs. Non-submission of UC by a local body will deprive another local body of their grant even if UCs has been submitted.

Thursday, 10 July 2014 00:00

O Joy reacts on Guv’s address

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|Imphal, July 10: While the people of the state is concerned about the territorial integrity the Governor’s address in the assembly did not mention about the territorial disputes of the state other than land recognition and revenue income, said ex-MLA, Langthabal Kendra, O. Joy at a press conference held today at Manipur Press Club.Addressing the press conference, O. Joy further said there are three important things which have to be taken care by the government. Firstly, there is a need of a land law to protect the agricultural land. Secondly, a treaty needs to be signed between the Manipur government, Indian Government and the Myanmar Government about the territorial boundaries.  And lastly, be it Inner Line Permit or any other Permits, the government must impose a law to protect the indigenous people of the state.

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