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William Gurumayum

William Gurumayum

William 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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Assam Rifles Conducted Swachh Bharat Abhiyan at Sehlon

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Imphal Dec. 4

Sehlon Battalion of 28 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) organised a Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in Sehlon village of Khengjoi Sub Division, Chandel District on 03 Dec 2019.  

 The aim of this initiative was to initiate cleanliness drive in the villages.  The Cleanliness Drive/Abhiyan received an overwhelming response from the local population wherein approx 250 villagers participated in the cleanliness drive.  This was followed by a Grand-feast organised by the Sehlon Battalion for the villagers. Simultaneously, a church programme were also organised at the company operating base of Sehlon battalion. 

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities observed; Nemcha Kipgen launches UDID Project in all the Districts of Manipur

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Imphal, Dec 3

As observed in around the globe Department of Social Welfare Government of Manipur today observed the International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2019 at Iboyaima Shumang Leela Shanglen. Minister of Social Welfare and Cooperation Minister Nemcha Kipgen graced the occasion as Chief Guest. This year theme for the celebration is ‘Promoting the participation of persons with disabilities and their leadership: taking action on the 2030 Development Agenda.’

Addressing the gatherings as Nemcha Kipgen announced that Unique Disability ID (UDID) for Persons with Disabilities project is already launched in all the 16 Districts of Manipur. It is a project which is being implemented with a view of creating a National Database for PwDs, and to issue a Unique Disability Identity Card to each person with disabilities. She exclaimed that this project will not only encourage transparency, efficiency and ease of delivering the government benefits to the person with disabilities, but also ensure consistency. It will also help in stream-lining the tracking of physical and financial progress of beneficiary at all levels of hierarchy of implementation i.e. from village level, block level, District level, State level and National level, she added.

Minister Nemcha further stated that Department of Social Welfare, Manipur in collaboration with ALIMCO, Guwahati have conducted various assessment camps to identify the differently-abled people for providing various aids and appliances. She called upon the attention of all concerned people, CSOs and NGOs to bring to the notice of the department who requires these aids and appliances.

Nemcha also expressed that Social Welfare Department, Government of Manipur is continuously striving for the welfare of the differently-abled community by implementing various welfare schemes and programmes namely Chief Minister Gi Shotharaba Singgi Tenbang, scholarship for the students, free transportation allowance, marriage incentive, amongst others.

While speaking on the occasion as Guest of Honour, Director, Social Welfare, Ng. Uttam Singh ardently appealed to all the public to directly bring to the notice of the department if they come across any deserving beneficiaries.

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Hardcore NSCN (R) Insurgent Killed In Changlang

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Imphal, Dec 3

In a major success, Indian Army gunned down a hardcore NSCN (R) insurgent after a firefight on November 30 in general area Shallang of Changlang District of Arunachal Pradesh.
A released by PIB Defence Wing said, “Operating on specific Intelligence about presence of armed cadres in the District, Security forces launched a swift operation in the area.  During  search operations, the troops came under fire from the cadres and  in retaliatory fire, one insurgent was killed who later was identified as Self Styled Major Akham Chang, operational commander of NSCN (R) in Changlang District. One AK series rifle with huge quantity of ammunition and other war like stores were recovered from the slain insurgent”

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Chief Minister launches Matru Vandana Saptah

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Imphal, Dec. 2

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh launched Matru Vandana Saptah, a week-long maternity benefit programme taken up under Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY), at Chief Minister’s Secretariat today. 

Speaking at the occasion, N. Biren Singh said that around 1.2 crore women had been benefited by the scheme launched in 2017 in the country so far. However, there is still need for wide publicity of the scheme because a large number of women are still unaware about the noble programme, he observed. The Chief Minister directed the officials concerned to execute works related to the scheme on mission mode to achieve the intended target, further asking them to create a WhatsApp Group for proper monitoring and effective implementation. Opining that lack of awareness is the primary reason for low rate of registration in hill and interior areas, the Chief Minister also stressed on the need for keeping ADC Members, Village Authorities and Panchayati Raj institutions in loop in this regard. He further instructed the concerned officials to identify and award the best performing district and block.   

Social Welfare Minister Nemcha Kipgen, who also attended the function, said that the scheme is a noble effort of the Government to provide monetary help to pregnant women and lactating mothers to have proper diet and nutritious food. She also observed that apart from Government officials, people also have a great role to play in making the scheme a success.  

Under Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY), Rs. 5000/- is provided to pregnant women and lactating mothers for first living child of the family in three installments. The amount will be transferred directly to their bank accounts or post office accounts. In case of institutional delivery, an additional benefit of Rs. 1000 can also be claimed under Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY).  

In the State, number of beneficiaries enrolled under the scheme till November 30, 2019 is 27,219 and a total amount of Rs. 10,85,29,000 has been disbursed to beneficiaries through direct benefit transfer (DBT) so far. The week-long observation organised under the theme ‘Towards Building a Healthy Nation- Safe Mother, Healthy Nation’ will continue till December 8, 2019. 

The scheme is implemented by the State Social Welfare Department in association with District Administration of different districts, Health and Family Welfare Department, Panchayati Raj institutions, etc. 

Imphal West Adhyaksha RK Taruni; Imphal East Adhyaksha P. Bimola; Principal Secretary (Social Welfare) V. Vumlunmang; Principal Secretary (Finance) Rakesh Ranjan; Imphal East DC Dr. Rangitabali Waikhom; Imphal West DC N. Praveen; Social Welfare Director Ng. Uttam; Health and Family Welfare Services Director Dr. K. Rajo and other officials also attended the function.

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