Friday, 14 June 2019 - Imphal Times

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Imphal, June 14

Manipur Proletariat Peoples’ Democratic Union (MPPDU), Proletarian Feminist Movement Manipur (POFM), Socialist Students’ Union Manipur (SSUM), Young Communist league (YCL) and Socialist Women Association (SWA) today observed the 91st Birth Anniversary of Che Guevara at Manipur Press Club. Bijenti , President SWA, W. Kameshow , Convenor YCL, Rinku Khumukcham, Editor Imphal Times attended as Presidium members.

Speaking on the occasion Rinku Khumukcham said that Ernesto ”Che” Guevara, a major figure of Cuban revolutionary movement, a doctor by profession, but later radicalized by the poverty, hunger and disease he after personally encountering them, is today a world figure, who inspire youths of today’s generation. He was born on June 14, 1928 to middle class family at Rosario of Argentina, to Ernesto Guevara Lynch and Celia de la Serna y Llosa.

He further said that everyone knows Che Guevara was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author,  guerrilla  leader, diplomat and military theorist. And the rise of his popularity day after another among the youths of today’s generation showed that his ideology of fighting the capitalist group/regime will be considered as the one and the only option of a better world where people will live without disparities.

A Dhananjoy, Assistant Editor of Imphal Free Press, popularly known as Paojel Chaoba also elaborated on the life of “Che” Guevara. He compares today’s leaders of Manipur with Che saying that there is none like Che in the state of Manipur. Che was the Finance Minister in Fidel Castro government of Cuba.

He died in October 9, 1967, but he is still alive to the thousands of people across the world. Many youngster who are conscious of the quality of this left ideology leaned leader, are proud of wearing T-Shirt with his photo printed. The symbolic cap he wore has now become the favorite of many young people across the globe. In Manipur too there is rise of Che Guevara fans.

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Imphal, June 14

Forest and Environment Minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar today opined that bamboo plantation can be an alternative to Jhum cultivation in the State and it can result in socio-economic upliftment of the bamboo growers/farmers and artisans.
He was addressing the gathering as the chief guest at the State level workshop on the theme ‘Bamboo Resource and Product Development’ held at the City Convention Centre, Imphal organised by National Bamboo Mission, Manipur under the aegis of Forest Department.
Stating that bamboo products like bamboo shoot is one the most popular delicacies in the State. Bamboo is also used in making other infrastructures and high quality bamboo plantation will improve the financial condition of the farmers and artisans.
He further lauded the Forest officials for presenting bamboo saplings instead of bouquet in the function and opined that if different types of saplings are presented to the dignitaries at functions then definitely people will inculcate the habit of planting which will help in environment conservation.
He further advised the participants to make note of the key points from resource persons/experts and practically implement for the success of the workshop as well as the mission. He advised the Forest officials to review regarding the trees/plants which were planted in previous years for successful implementation of achieving the goal by the department.
Suhel Akhtar, Additional Chief Secretary observed that although bamboo resource is abundantly available in the State, the quality of bamboo is not commercially viable. Therefore to gain the benefits, he said we need to grow high quality varieties of bamboo. He informed that the National Bamboo Mission, Manipur is working to get quality planting material and special units to process it and ultimately showcase the final products in the country and in foreign countries like Myanmar.
He said to make the products commercially viable we can add value addition to the products which is of high quality, focusing on durability, longevity and maintaining quality standards. If the production of good quality bamboos are produced here and sold then the State and bamboo growers/artisans will benefit, he added.
Dr. DD Haokip, Additional PCCF (NBM & MP), State Mission Director, National Bamboo Mission said that Manipur is one of the most important bamboo growing states in India with bearing area of 10,687 sq km. The State has immense potential for bamboo resource and product development. For activities for bamboo product development activities like treatment, value addition and waste management of bamboo are important, he said.
He said that National Bamboo Mission, Manipur has started establishment of one high tech nursery in Imphal, 10 big nurseries and 5 small nurseries in all the districts of the State to produce quality product material. For product development National Bamboo Mission, Manipur and Forest Department have started work for establishment of primary processing unit in Sawombung (Imphal East), Noney, Churachandpur and Tengnoupal districts which are the maximum bamboo growing districts of the State to facilitate supply of raw materials and benefit bamboo growers and artisans.
Stating that National Bamboo Mission, Manipur has proposed 4 treatment plants and 4 bamboo waste units this year to facilitate these processing units, he said that the bamboo growing districts can benefit from the processing units and common facility centers where growers can sell raw materials and artisans can profit from skill development and training programmes. 
The workshop was also attended by officials and staffs of Forest Department including Kereilhouvi Angami, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Head of Forest Force (PCCF & HoFF), experts, artisans from different districts among others

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Imphal, June 14,

ACOAM Lup Kangleipak in a statement in connection with the state government’s overdraft said that the consecutive governments which ruled the state after it gained statehood have been promising the people that they will improve the economic condition of the state. In every election the political parties have promised this to the people. The promises include the reform of industrial policy, how the state will help the poor of this state. The time has come to ask whether the consecutive governments are able to deliver the promises they made to people, it added.
The statement urged that people need to ask that how the policies and programs taken up by consecutive governments and leaders have impacted the gross domestic product of the state. Manipur became a full-fledged state in 21st January 1972, since then the state has faced the crisis of over draft. Out of 10 states which were given special status, in the year 1997-1998 Manipur faced overdraft and RBI banned Manipur along with Assam and Mizoram from withdrawing more money as they couldn’t clear the overdraft. Again the state face overdraft and the payments were stopped in the year 1998-1999 along with Nagaland, Assam and Mizoram. The same problem has resurfaced again this year. We need to discuss how the situation is going to impact the people of Manipur and what the government is going to improve the state financially, given the crisis.
The state can borrow money from RBI under Ways and Means Advances (WMA) even while the state waits for receipts and bills for its financial activities. The state can use this credit policy according to RBI Act 1934 Section 17(5). The government must pay the credit it has taken availing WMA within three months. The RBI has written to State Bank of India that all the payments to the government of Manipur must be stopped as the government has breached the understanding it has with RBI. The situation has come up either because the state has failed to collect its revenues and taxes on time or there is a mismatch between the sum collected, it added.
If we observe carefully then we see that many states suffer from overdraft but due to the skilled financial management, they are able to clear the money they borrowed from RBI. Hence, the financial crisis is avoided in other states. Here, we need to ask how the state government of Manipur is managing the finances that the state is faced with such a crisis now and then. We must ask how much the financial condition of the state has improved. The statement asked whether it is the state government’s policies and programs which are actually harming the financial situation of Manipur.   According to data, Gross State Development Income which is an indicator for the financial health of Manipur has decreased. In the tear 2010-2011, it was 10.70 percent, it shot up to 17.70 percent in 2013-2014. However in the year 2015-16, it was 7.70 percent and was 7.90 in 2017-2018. This clearly indicates the failure in state policies.
The state is filled with youths who are well educated. They are now going outside the state to find livelihood working for private companies. 25 percent of Human resource in Information and Technology  sector consists of youths from North East. Instead of looking forward to bring FDI and generate revenue, it is still asking for funds from the centre. The government should create business and jobs where these youths could be employed. Given the financial situation of Manipur, if the government is still announcing  financial policies and programs then it is clear that the government has no financial accountability, according to the statement.

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Imphal, June 14,  

ATRPFM is convening a State level Village Chief under Six Autonomous District Manipur meeting on 17th June 2019 at Nagaram Community Hall, Opposite to Khuman Lampak, Imphal for discussion an issue pertaining to Creation of Districts, Sub-divisions, Tehsils, Villages Recognition and alteration of boundaries which are allocated to Revenue Dept. Govt of Manipur.
A statement said that the Principal Secretary (Revenue), Government of Manipur issued an Office Memorandum (O.M.) dated 26.08.2008 vide No. 16/2/MISC/2008-Com(Rev.) where all matters relating to the creation of Districts, Sub-Divisions, Tehsils, Villages Recognition and alteration of boundaries are allocated to the Revenue Department in violation of Article 371C of the Constitution. It was further mentioned in the said O.M. that any order issued under the provisions of the Manipur (Village Authorities in Hill Areas) Act, 1956 in regard to recognition of hill villages be void ab-initio which is illegal, arbitrary, bias, unconstitutional and discriminatory against the Hill people.  
All matters relating to recognition of villages in valley areas are to be deal by the Revenue Department but not the hill villages as the Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms Act, 1960 are not extended to hill areas of the State. The operation of the said Act is confined to valley areas only as per Section 2 of the Act, 1960. All matters relating to hill areas are to be deal with by the Hill Areas Committee of the Manipur Legislative Assembly, and the Revenue Department has no jurisdiction at all. The matter in question have been dealing with by the Tribal Affairs and Hills, Government of Manipur for all the past years but to the surprised of all, the Revenue Department issued the said impugned O.M. which is not sustainable in the eyes of law. It is only a means to exploit and suppress the peaceful living of tribal people under their own governance. That, the impugned O.M. has to be set aside and revoke in the interest of justice, failing which the tribal hill people would be deprived of their right to life and equality under Article 21 and 14 of the Constitution of India.  The tribal people have their own governance under their respective customary laws and their lands, which are absolutely, belong to them and Revenue Department shall have no right to interfere in recognition and creation of new villages in hill areas. In this regard ATRPFM has sought justice from the Govt. by way of submitting a representation with a personal interview with the Hon’ble Governor of Manipur, TA&Hills Minister, HAC Chairman and its Members several times so as to revoke the impugned Order. In spite of our repeated approached the State Govt. has fail to fulfil our demand.
he HAC said that all matters related to hills are within the purview of HAC. As being a representative of the people it’s your duty to revoke the order, despite keep on postponing the HAC meeting which Scheduled on 14 June 2019 just for political gain and vested interest is not a wish of Hill people.
The statement also expressed shock and surprise to hear from the “HAC Chairman’s statement that HAC have nothing power, nothing to do with in this regard, it’s useless and baseless” when we meet him personally at his quarter.
It said Such statement really hurts the interest of the Tribal people. As being a people representative how he claimed such undemocratic statement, if he fails and reluctant to do his duty why not he resign voluntarily from HAC chairman? So such immature and selfish politician should be avoided marked in the future and appeal the public that such politician should be restrained and aware in the future, if he refuses to perform his duty and work for the people interest as people representative. Again, taking advantage of the prevailing internal political conflict within the ruling coalition government, the HAC meeting which was scheduled on 14-06-2019 has been postponed indefinitely which clearly reveals the incapable and irresponsible representative who habitually attempts to escape his responsibilities and constitutional duties towards the Hills peoples. Such immature statement given by the Chairman of HAC is shameful and unbecoming.  The callous and insensitive response of the HAC Chairman without application of mind and his willful denial to take up the relevant issue  of the hills people  and further delaying the HAC meeting has gravely hurts the sentiment of all the tribal.

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Friday, 14 June 2019 17:15

Taming the traffic

One of the most prominent albeit inconvenient indications of development and economic progress in the state would have to be the increasing congestions on the streets. And now, things have come to such a state that it has become impossible for the public to find proper parking space anywhere in the city. The problem has been felt for quite some time now, and the irresponsible nature of parking by many of the vehicle owners and drivers have added to the woes. On the other hand, we have yet to see any positive changes by way of development of dedicated parking spaces in strategic points in the city, as every and all measures to regulate traffic and parking has been evidently temporary in nature. The recent measures taken up by the state traffic police have yet again evoked mixed response from the public.
Setting aside the perceived inconveniences and drawbacks, the traffic control authority must have to be applauded for its efforts to streamline and ease the increasing problem. It is true that a lot needs to be done and adjustments made to make the system as perfect as humanly possible, given the not so insignificant limitations in terms of space and resources being faced by the department, but the enthusiasm and professionalism with which the personnel are going about their duties cannot be mistaken.
But streamlining and regulating the flow of traffic and parking norms is just a part of the larger problem plaguing the state. With the manifold increase in vehicular traffic, accidents and injuries due to distractions resulting from use of mobile phones while driving is another concern that needs to be addressed at the earliest. Using hands free accessories or pulling up by the side to attend to important calls, while enforcing strict observation of the law against using phones while driving with fines and other applicable penalties could reduce the danger significantly. Another aspect that could improve the scenario is the strict regulation and enforcement of emission rules. The state Pollution Control Board at present exists only on paper as emission checks have all but become redundant. It would be an understatement to say that the small capital has already began to be chocked by the grime and toxic fumes from the vehicles, some of which have posed serious pollution problems while nothing has been done so far in this regard. Reintroducing the use of signal lights instead of deploying traffic personnel amongst the speeding traffic could definitely help in improving the regulation of traffic and would go a long way in educating and familiarizing the hereto ignorant public to the universally accepted traffic norms and rules.
The problem of traffic congestion and pressure on parking spaces is bound to increase with time. The state government should waste no time to set up dedicated parking spaces and make provisions to provide an enduring solution to the problem. For now, the most positive outcome is perhaps the unexpected opportunity for the public to take that much needed walk.

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Friday, 14 June 2019 17:14

AR Conducts Security Meet

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Imphal June 14,

Chandel Battalion of 26 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (South) conducted a security meet at Pallel Company Operating Base. The security forum was attended by the Pradhans, Ward Councilors along with representatives of local youth clubs.
During the meet the locals were sanitised and updated on current situation existing in the area of responsibility. There was also an interaction carried out on necessary measures required to be undertaken by locals in synergy with Assam Rifles for maintaining a strict vigil against illicit activities in the area.  In addition to the security issues, future action plan in respect of civic action projects like medical camps, recruitment in Assam Rifles and Army, NSDCL and career counseling for youth were also discussed during the meet.
The locals expressed their gratitude and appreciated the efforts of Assam Rifles for conduct of such security meetings and ensuring peace in the area and assured their commitment and assistance in maintaining the same. The security meet concluded with tea and refreshments for all the attendees.

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Imphal, June 14,

 With the support from Manipur State Film Development Society, Film Society of Manipur will screen the Italian film-Cinema Paradiso (1988) directed by Giuseppe Tornatore on June 16, 2019 Sunday at 5 pm at MSFDS Auditorium here, under the monthly film screening programme with interaction session towards the promotion of good film movement in Manipur..
Cinema Paradiso is the beautiful, enchanting story of a young boy’s lifelong love affair with the movies. Set in an Italian village, Salvatore finds himself enchanted by the flickering images at the Cinema Paradiso, yearning for the secret of the cinema’s magic. When the projectionist, Alfredo, agrees to reveal the mysteries of moviemaking, a deep friendship is born. The day comes for Salvatore to leave the village and pursue his dream of making movies of his own. Thirty years later he receives a message that beckons him back home to a secret and beautiful discovery that awaits him.
The film won  Grand Prix du Jury in Cannes Film Festival 1989, Best Foreign Language film in Golden Globe Awards 1989 and Best Foreign Language Film in 62nd Academy Awards 1989.
 Eminent personalities from the Critics Forum, Manipur will share the space of the interaction session to be conducted after screening of the film. P. Biprachand aka B.C.Khuman, Associate Professor in English Literature, Manipur College will be the main speaker of the interaction session on the film. All the members of the Film Society of Manipur and Critics Forum, Manipur are informed to attend the screening and to take part in the interaction session.

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