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, May 13:

Interview for engagement of nurse on a temporary basis for Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, scheduled to begin 10 a.m today, (May 13, 2021), through video conferencing using zoom application, has been postponed without giving next scheduled for the interview giving a reason for the postponement as technical issues.

The order of the postponement of the interview has been issued by the Administrative Officer of RIMS today. The order does not mention any details of the so-called technical issue being faced in conducting the interview. Even a common person without any technical knowledge of software knows to handle zoom applications and in an institution like RIMS, lack of internet facilities is out of the question.

Interestingly, the order also fails to mention the next scheduled for the interview. It only said that the next scheduled interview will be notified later. This means the authority of the RIMS may even cancel the engagement of nurses on a temporary basis.

The source said that the postponement of the interview for engagement of staff nurses on a temporary basis has been postponed due to fund exhaustion of the institute. It has been informed to this newspaper that around 39 junior residents who have rendering service during this hard time have not been paid their 3 months salaries.

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Imphal, May 11:

The Central Information Commission has directed the Deputy Secretary& CPIO, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India to collectinformation from 4 NGOs of Manipur in connection with Scheme of Assistance for Construction of Hostel Building for Working Women with Day Care Centre for Children.
Information Commissioner Vanaja N Sarna directed the Ministry of Women & Child Development to collect desired information from 4 NGOs of Manipur namely 1. Loyalam Foundations, Yairipok2.Environment and Economic Management Association ,Haobam Leirak ChingthamLeikai, 3. Rural Development Women Organisation, Thoubal Wangbal and 4. Women Agency for Development Activities, Bishnupur Ward No. 4 and whatever information supplied by them should be given to RTI Activist Khumanthem Dhanachandra Singh.
Khumanthem Dhanachadra Singh of Naoremthong LaishramLeirak filed an RTI application on 24thSeptember, 2018 to the Ministry of Women & Child Developmentto provide all documentsin connection with the Construction of Hostel Building for Working Women with Day Care Centre for Childrenby the above mentioned 4 NGOs of Manipur.
As both the CPIO &FAA refused to provide the information stating that the information sought is a third party information andall the 4 NGOs have objected to the disclosure of the their documents, the activist filed 2nd appeal on 18th March, 2019 before the Central Information Commission, New Delhi as a last resort. Recently, the CIClisted the appeal for hearing on 5th May, 2021 at 11:00 AM.
During the hearing, the CIC noted that the reply of the CPIO is incomplete as no exemption under the RTI Act was claimed by the CPIO. Further, the documents sought by the appellant pertain to different organisations for construction of Hostel building for working women with day care facilities. Such information can in no way be termed to be personal information of any third party. It is pertinent to mention here that since all the organisations listed by the appellant in his RTI application are NGOs, they are not covered u/s 2(h) of the RTI Act. However, it may be noted by the CPIO that as per Section 2(f) of the RTI Act the definition of the term ‘information’ includes such information relating to any private body which can be accessed by a public authority under any prevalent law in force; it follows then that if information on the said paras is available with the Respondent office or can be accessed from them, it should be parted with.
The CIC further enquired from the CPIO as to whether the above listed NGOs give or provide any data to the Ministry or they can access the information sought by the appellant, to which he submitted that they do submit some data to them. He also submitted that he will abide by the order of the Commission. The CIC , therefore directed the CPIO to collect the desired information from these NGOs and whatever information is supplied by them, the same should be given to the appellant.
Furthermore, the CPIO is directed to provide a revised reply to the appellant as per the discussions held during the hearing within a period of 30 days from the date of issue of this order under intimation to the Commission.

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Imphal, April 29:
150 AgVa ICU ventilators sent by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for use in tackling COVID-19 pandemic have arrived Imphal. The life-saving equipments were formally received by Chief Minister N. Biren Singh in a simple function held at the Durbar Hall of Chief Minister’s Secretariat today. The ventilators were provided under Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM-CARE Fund).

Speaking at the occasion, the Chief Minister said that these ventilators can be functional both invasive and non-invasive with inbuilt battery backup of two hours. The Chief Minister said that 90 such ventilators provided earlier by the Centre are also currently functional in JNIMS.

Apart from it, the Central Government had also provided 400 oxygen concentrators and 500 D-Type oxygen cylinders, he said and added that the State now has around 3000 D-Type cylinders. N. Biren Singh further added that the State had also received two RT-CPR machines from UNICEF, and one each had been given to JNIMS and RIMS.

In order to have adequate oxygen supply, the Chief Minister disclosed, oxygen generating plants would be opened in Thoubal and Churachandpur districts within 10-15 days, he informed. Stating that prevention is the only means to get rid of this dreaded pandemic, the Chief Minister said that the State Government had started taking greater penalties against SoP violators.

Stating that people should follow SoPs strictly in every occasion including pilgrimage and religious ceremonies, the Chief Minister said that all the violators including hosts would be arrested. He also said that the State Government would welcome suggestions and opinions from the public regarding effective tackling of the pandemic. Advisor to Chief Minister (Health) Dr. S. Ranjan, Additional Chief Secretary M.H. Khan and Director (Health) Dr. K. Rajo were also present at the occasion.

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Imphal, April 29:
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was inked among the State Government, M/S Shija Hospitals and Research Institute Private Limited and Manipur Pollution Control Board for the development of a Common Bio-Medical Waste Treatment and Disposal Facility and a Hazardous Waste Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facility at Lamdeng in Imphal West District.

The MoU was signed in the presence of Chief Minister N. Biren Singh at Chief Minister’s Secretariat today. The State Government was represented by Additional Chief Secretary (Forest and Environment) M.H. Khan, Shija Hospitals Pvt. Ltd. was represented by its Managing Director Dr. Kh. Palin and Manipur Pollution Control Board by its Member Secretary T. Mangi.

The facilities will be set up under the provisions of the Bio-medical Waste Management Rules, 2016 (as amended) and the Hazardous and Other Wastes (Management and Transboundary Movement) Rules, 2016 (as amended) respectively.

For setting up of the facilities, the State Government will bear 25 percent of the total project cost and M/S Shija Hospitals and Research Institute Private Limited as project proponent will bear 25 percent of the project cost against the budget of project sanctioned by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India as per the terms and conditions of the Ministry.

M/S Shija Hospitals and Research Institute Private Limited will be solely responsible for the operation and maintenance of the two facilities. The operation and maintenance of the facilities will be closely monitored by the Manipur Pollution Control Board for compliance of the provisions of the Bio-medical Waste Management Rules, 2016 (as amended) and the Hazardous and Other Wastes (Management and Transboundary Movement) Rules, 2016 (as amended).

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