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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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State govt. bears Rs. 6,07,5000/- per month onVDF salary

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Imphal, June 11: Total number of sanctioned post for the Village Defence Force popularly called VDF by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs is only 1500 for the state of Manipur. The remuneration for one VDF per month approved by the MHA is only 1500 per month.  Interestingly, total number of VDF in the state recruited by the state Home Department is 10500 and the monthly remuneration for each VDF is Rs. 5000/- per month plus ration money of Rs. 1,000/-, which means the state government is spending a sum of rupees 6,000/- per VDF personnel per month.
A highly reliable source said that the Union Ministry of Home affairs reimbursed a sum of Rs. 22,50,000/- every month as remuneration for the VDF to the state Home department, which means the state government is bearing a total of Rs. 6,07,5000/- every month for payment of monthly remuneration plus ration money from the state ex chequer.
The source further added the Union Ministry of Home Affairs is yet to release the reimbursement for 6 months of the 1500 approved post. A proposal for reimbursement of the approved remuneration for 6 months that is from the month of October, 2015 till March 2016 has been sent only in this month after the Ministry of Home Affairs had not released the approved amount.

Sanctioned Post of VDF by MHA is only 1500 ,why absorbed more?

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Imphal, June 11: In a sting operation conducted by the Imphal Times reporters in May last year this paper had highlighted how the VDF turned as a gold mine for some of the police personnel supervising them. On further study by Imphal Times it is now found that spending the huge amount of money on VDF is also another political strategy for the ruling government.

10,500 persons is significant when it comes to election where number counts.
In Thoubal district alone, it has been learnt that a total of 2480 VDF personnel are being deployed at 74 separate locations of the district. Of these, 79 VDF personnel are deployed at Athokpam Makha Post, 50 at Babu Bazaar Post, 50 at Chingkham Post, 50 at CDO Thoubal (post runner), 50 at Thoubal Congress office, 50 at Wabagai Congress Post, 298 at 6 posts in Heirok, 81 at Khongjom IB and 81 at Waithou post.
Most of these VDF are from Thoubal, Heirok and Khangabok Assembly constituencies.
During the sting operation conducted last year and published in this paper May 16, 2015 issue under the heading “VDF now turns as a gold mine for police personnel supervising them”, Imphal Times had reported on how some of the VDF had been enjoying half pay without even attending the office or joining duty. It is logical that some officers in the police department who were controlling the VDF too are happy on the advantage taken by those people. 

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Polling held in 7 states to elect 27 RS members

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New Delhi, June 11: Polling was held in seven states to elect 27 Rajya Sabha members. These include 11 seats from Uttar Pradesh, four each from Karnataka and Rajasthan, three from Madhya Pradesh, two each from Haryana and Jharkhand and one from Uttarakhand. Voting, which started at 9 AM and concluded at 4 PM.
Out of 57 Rajya Sabha seats falling vacant, voting is taking place 27 seats today as 30 candidates were declared elected unopposed at the end of withdrawal of nominations on June 3.
Prominent among them are Union Ministers - Suresh Prabhu and Piyush Goyal, eminent lawyer Ram Jethmalani, Lalu Prasad’s daughter Misa Bharati and former JD(U) president Sharad Yadav.
In Uttar Pradesh, 12 candidates are vying for 11 seats. While Samajwadi Party has fielded seven candidates, BSP is contesting two seats and BJP and Congress one each. The BJP is also backing Independent candidate Preeti Mahapatra which will affect the Congress candidate Kapil Sibal the most. Mr Sibal is now looking to Mayawati’s BSP and Ajit Singh’s RLD for help.
In Rajasthan, Five candidates are in the fray including Union Minister M. Venkaia Naidu and BJP’s national Vice President Om Prakash Mathur. 199 MLAs out of 200 will cast their votes to elect the four members. The High Court has debarred one BSP MLA, who is in jail in a murder case, from exercising his vote.

In Madhya Pradesh, victory of BJP’s two candidates is certain as the party has the required numbers but there will be a contest between BJP and Congress for the third seat.
In Jharkhand, voting is taking place for two seats. While BJP’s Muqtar Abbas Naqvi will win the first, there is a contest between the party’s nominee Mahesh Poddar and Congress-backed Jharkhand Mukti Morcha candidate, Basant Soren, who is short of six votes to win the second seat.
In Uttarakhand, three candidates are in the fray for lone seat. They are Congress’ Pradeep Tamta and two independents. BSP MLAs support will be a deciding factor for the victory in the hill state.
In Karnataka, polling is being held after Election Commission refused to cancel the voting following a sting operation showing some MLAs demanding money for their votes. BJP, Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) have fielded their candidates for the four seats in the state.
In Haryana, of the two seats, BJP will win one and there will be a contest between a BJP-backed Independent and an INLD backed one for the second. The Congress has no direct stake but its support will decide the winner.
Congress’s local unit is dead against voting for the INLD backed candidate but if it backs BJP’s candidate it will help increase the rival’s numbers in the Rajya Sabha. Counting of votes will be taken up at 5 PM today.

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MCI directs all medical colleges to send details on faculty

IT News Imphal, June 11: With an aim to check the practice of “ghost” faculties and bring in more transparency, Medical Council of India has directed all medical colleges to send details about their faculty within two days so as to upload these on its website. MCI officials said that the decision to this effect was taken following directions of the Oversight Committee constituted by the Supreme Court. The move comes after many cases were found where medical colleges had fraudulently claimed they had the required number of faculty.

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Thoubal College students stage protest

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Thoubal,June 11:  Students of Thoubal College today begin sit-in-protest inside the college complex decrying government failure to fulfil the demand of the students. The students of Thoubal college has been demanding repairing of the college infrastructure and regarding that memorandums has been submitted to the concern department time and again.
Speaking to reporters, General Secretary of Thoubal College Students’ Union, O Arjun said that the Dr. RK Yaikul, Director of Higher Education had assured to repair the college main gate, separate toilets for male and female students and fencing of the college compound on March 9 this year while meeting the Union along with the Principal of the College O Chaoba. As the government authority had assured the students’ body had called off the class boycott agitation. As the commitments were not converted into action the student Union had served another ultimatum on May 28 to the concern department to convert the assurances into action within 10 of this month. As no step has been taken up the student union resume the protest from today said the general secretary.

Students of Thoubal College today begin sit-in-protest inside the college complex decrying government failure to fulfil the demand of the students. The students of Thoubal college has been demanding repairing of the college infrastructure and regarding that memorandums has been submitted to the concern department time and again.
Speaking to reporters, General Secretary of Thoubal College Students’ Union, O Arjun said that the Dr. RK Yaikul, Director of Higher Education had assured to repair the college main gate, separate toilets for male and female students and fencing of the college compound on March 9 this year while meeting the Union along with the Principal of the College O Chaoba. As the government authority had assured the students’ body had called off the class boycott agitation. As the commitments were not converted into action the student Union had served another ultimatum on May 28 to the concern department to convert the assurances into action within 10 of this month. As no step has been taken up the student union resume the protest from today said the general secretary.

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