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Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents. Rinku can be contacted at [email protected] 

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Cracks between NPP and BJP stitched; Deputy CM Yumnam Joykumar re-allocated with Finance portfolio

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Imphal, July 6:

The crack between the state BJP and the state NPP seems to be finally stitched with Chief Minister N. Biren Singh government re-allocating the stripped off portfolios to NPP legislature wing leader Yumnam Joykumar Singh, who is also the Deputy Chief Minister under BJP led coalition government of Manipur.

On June 13, 2019, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh government stripped off the Finance portfolio from the Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar igniting souring relationship between the BJP and its ally partner NPP. Later on April 10, 2020, the crack between the ally came to limelight after all portfolios allotted to Yumnam Joykumar has been stripped off. Yumnam Joykumar Singh, the Deputy Chief Minister without any portfolio in the N. Biren Singh government finally revolted following which all the 4 (four) NPP MLAs who are ministers in the government tendering resignation ahead of the Rajya Sabha Election held on June 19. The drama then continued to haunt the state political theatre for quite some times until the matter was settled with the interference of Central leadership of both BJP and NPP.

The four NPP Ministers including Deputy CM Y. Joykumar, who had tendered resignation on June 17 from the ministers, were however not accepted by the government. And hence, they continue to be the ministers in the government and no change of portfolio has been made, as per source.

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Sub standard protective mask procured at Rs. 25 per piece for distribution to MGNREGA workers

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Imphal, July 6:

Rural Development and Panchayati Raj department has procured large number of sub standard protective mask and sanitizers for distribution to the MGNREGA workers.

As per official source, 2 lakhs piece of protective masks has been unloaded for Imphal East district today afternoon. Interestingly the face masks that have been unloaded at the office of the Imphal East Zilla Parishad turns out to be sub standard one which has no trademark,to ensure protection from COVID-19. What is more surprising is that the price of each mask is tagged as Rs. 25/-. The so call mask is half the size of a common handkerchief sold at ordinary shops.

The source further said that the total amount for the procured mask, sanitizers and other protective gears for MGNREGA workers is around Rs. 2 Crore and 32 lakhs. As for the mask unloaded at Imphal East today payment should be made to one M/S Romabati Handloom and Handicraft Production centre, Kongba Kshetri leikai.

The amount for procurement of the face masks and other protective gears is to be spent from the Administrative cost of MGNREGA.

The source further added that no tender notice has been issued for procurement of such a huge quantity of products that cost over Rs. 2 crores.

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COVID 19 pandemic and Nambul River

Many people who are critiques of crime against nature, the COVID 19 pandemic indeed is a blessing in disguise. For some time, when the pandemic first emerges, the world witnessed the worst panicky life. Almost all major countries take up immediate measures to fight the spread of the virus. Some countries imposed total lockdown crippling all forms of normalcy. Forget about the multinational companies, even those living on daily wages were forced to stop live. Television, newspaper, social media, traditional media – all discuss and relay issues related to COVID 19 pandemic. A new word call ‘social distancing’ which perhaps is an antithesis to sociology has been made mandatory by many governments running different countries across the world. The majority of the world was put too near standstill. When human activities were put to hold for a few months, an air of freedom seems to be blowing on the lap of the mother earth. Environmentalists say they had never seen River Ganga as clean as they see during the lockdown. It was just around thirty days that such comments were heard. Imagine the condition of the river had the lockdown been a little longer.
Back here in Imphal, the most polluted river or perhaps the dirtiest in the entire country, sees clean water flowing these days. Time and again some concern ministers or bureaucrats or social workers had initiated several work programmes or campaigns to keep the Nambul river clean and free from pollution. None of the efforts has so far been succeeded in making the River that runs through the middle of the Imphal city pollution free river. The dream about making Nambul another river Thames of the United Kingdom never comes true besides all effort.
For over sixty days, Manipur has been put into partial lockdown without allowing the Manipur’s commercial hubs Khwairamband keithel, Paona, and Thangal market to open. Almost all commercial activities in these commercial hubs have been put to halt for around three months by now and because of this the one time most crowded commercial hubs that gave headache to municipality workers in cleaning the garbage have been somehow relieved. Because, people have stopped visiting the commercial zone, garbage products from this section of the area have been reduced to almost zero levels. The Nambul river that flows next to the commercial hubs has been a dumping zone of the garbage produced from Khwairamband area and that is perhaps the reason for the failure in every effort to make Nambul – free from pollution. Maybe those concerned departments especially assigned to use all their skill and wisdom by paying huge amounts of salary are not efficient enough to find a solution to deliver what they have been assigned for. But then nature is not so cruel, when some concern humans were left helpless in rendering their service to the environment, it showed some form of extra natural phenomenon that sometimes took the entire human race to surprise. The COVID pandemic may be term as another phenomenon leaving aside the scientific theory.
Perhaps it is because of the COVID 19 pandemic that the long-cherished desires of Imphalites to see Nambul river clean comes true. Part and partial credit should be given to the state Environmental department. The enthusiasm of the environmental department to show their credentials in rendering their services is well noted when the department organized a boat rally for media persons at the Nambul river. It was not merely a boat ride rally but was a rally to create awareness to the people on the importance of keeping the Nambul river clean and tidy.
Nature had done its part, it is now up to the people particularly those working in the environment sector to formulate a lasting mechanism of keeping Nambul river another Thames of the United Kingdom.

Delimitation exercise to begin based on 2001 census data

Delimitation Commission directed Deputy Commissioners to submit details of revenue villages in Manipur by July 7, 2020

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Imphal, July 4:

The demand for the delimitation process based on the fresh census data by various civil society bodies and the political parties of the state turns deaf ear to the Delimitation Commission of India.

In an urgent communication to all the Deputy Commissioners of the 16 (sixteen) revenue districts of the state, the Joint Election Officer of Manipur, Ramananda Nongmeikapam has written an urgent letter to complete the delimitation of both parliamentary and assembly constituencies based on 2001 census data.

“ I am directed to state that the Delimitation Commission has proposed to complete the work of delimitation of Parliamentary and Assembly constituencies on the basis of 2001 census data as required by Delimitation Act 2002 as expeditiously as possible”, the Joint CEO Manipur in an urgent letter addressed to all the Deputy Commissioners of the 16 revenue districts of Manipur wrote as per directives of the delimitation Commission.

The urgent communication sent on July 2, 2020, to the Deputy Commissioners of Bishnupur, Chandel, Churachandpur, Imphal West , Imphal East, Jiribam, Kakching, Kamjong, Kangpokpi, Noney, Pherzwal, Senapati Tamenglong, Tengnoupal, Thoubal, and Ukhrul district further stated that -though the delimitation exercise is to be based on 2001 census, the positions of the districts, sub-divisions Blocks, Gram Panchayats, Municipal Corporation /Council, villages etc. are to be adjusted as on June 15, 2020.

The Deputy Commissioners have further been directed to submit the list of the recognised revenue villages under their respective jurisdiction latest by July 7, 2020.

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