Wednesday, 10 July 2019 - Imphal Times

Imphal, July 10,
To bring transparency, inclusion and exclusion errors and minimise other issues pertaining to distribution of PDS items in the State, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh launched the Fair Price Shop Automation system at Durbar Hall of Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.
Speaking at the function, Chief Minister stated that such system would bring transparency and streamlining the distribution of PDS items to the beneficiaries. Under this Fair Price Shop (FPS) automation system, fake and bogus ration cards would be easily identified and minimise the leakages in the distribution of PDS items, he added. He mentioned that beneficiaries will get the food grains through ePOS (Electronic Point of Sale) device with proper authentication like Aadhar or OTP.
Chief Minister highlighted that the FPS automation would be made available in 10 FPS for the first phase in the State. He mentioned that there are 2324 Fair Price Shops and 23,87,949 beneficiaries with 5,69,688 ration cards in the State. The monthly allocation of National Food Security Act (NFSA) rice in the State is 131632.45 quintal. He recalled that since the installation of the present government, the government is committed to bring good governance and positive changes at grassroots.
The officials made a demonstration on the usage of the ePOS machine during the function.
Deputy Chief Minister Y. Joykumar, Minister for Art and Culture L. Jayantakumar, Minister for CAF&PD Shri Karam Shyam, Minister for Forest and Environment Th. Shyamkumar, Minister for PHED Losii Dikho, Minister for Agriculture V. Hangkhanlian, MLAs, Chief Secretary, Commissioner, DCs, Director and officials of CAF&PD, Agents of FPS attended the function.

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Imphal July, 10

For the first time in Manipur an Association of only female hawkers named Socialist Women Newspaper Hawkers’ Association has started delivering evening local dailies in the state from yesterday evening with the sole purpose of empowering the women and helping in delivering the news to the masses.

The inaugural function was organised by Socialist Women Association at the office of Imphal Times situated at Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai yesterday evening.

Addressing at the function Editor of Kangleipak Ki Meira Wangkhemcha Samjai stressed the role of women in the state. He said that the work culture in the state has to be built up.

Reminding one lady hawker where her husband was a differently abled person, he said that the lady along with her husband has maintained a livelihood just by selling newspaper and can even send their children to a boarding school.

With this initiative to deliver the newspaper of daily Eveninger Shyamjai said that news and information will be spread far and wide.

Editor of Imphal Times Rinku Khumukcham highlighted the mindset of the people where the people find unattractive the local dailies and preferred the national one. He also said that the media houses were adulterated by big corporate houses.

He further said that there is a rising need for the journalist to write with strong determination for the society regarding its socio, political, economy and added that such news and information needs to be disseminated.

Such dissemination of the news and information will be done by the hawkers, he concluded.

Editor of Paonilkhon Ch. Meghabarna, Editor of Paojel Oinam Ranjit, and Secretary of SWA Sarungbam Bijenti attended the function as dais members.

Later 5 bicycles were also given to women hawkers for delivering the newspaper.

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Imphal July 10,

All Manipur Muslim Students Organization (AMMSO) volunteers today inspected Rahmania High School and found out huge lack of facilities for the School.

Highlighting the various lack of facilities of the school Secretary General of AMMSO Yunush Ali Khullakpam in a press release said that the school doesn’t have any teachers for English, Social Science and Meetei Mayek.

He stated that the school was run by 11 teachers teaching a total of 285 students and also there were no separate toilets for boys and girls.

The school lacks desk, bench, computer, white board, school uniform, mid day meal, drinking water tank and many more for the class room, Yunush added.

Yunush further urged the authority to made Rahmania High School a proper government school as the present school was an aided one.

Clarifying the events that took place yesterday where volunteers of  AMMSO tries to lock down MOBC Boys’ Hostel which is situated at DM College of Commerce Yunush said that they have no relation with the ones using the name of AMMSO who tried to lock the hostel.

He said that the ones using the names of AMMSO and terrifying the hostellers should come to them. And he further warned that strong actions will be taken up against those who terrified the students, if they fail to come to them.

Yunush also said that AMMSO will never do anything which is against the welfare of the students.

He appealed the people to take care of the ones who are using the names of AMMSO.

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Imphal , July 10,

 CAF & PD, Revenue Minister Karam Shyam said that, every person even if differently abled , is endowed with a unique potential and ability and we should nurture in them the essence of living by showing humanity, love, compassion and encouragement so that they walk in the society in parallel with others with pride.
He was speaking as Chief Guest at the Teaching Learning Material(TLM) kits distribution programme for persons with intellectual disabilities(Divyangan) at Manipur Press Club today.
The programme was organised by the National Institute for the Empowerment of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (Divyangyan)(NIEPID) in collaboration with the office of the State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Government of Manipur and Relief Centre for the Welfare of Differently Abled Persons, Manipur.
R.K. Kumarjit Singh(MD), State Commissioner for Disabilities, Government of Manipur; Bantee Singh Konthoujam(MCS), Joint Director(ICDS), Social Welfare Department, Government of Manipur; Dr.G.Mary Anurupa, Assistant Professor(Paediatrics), NIEPID,Secunderabad; Mugesh Thulasikanthan, Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, ), NIEPID,Secunderabad and K Romesh Singh, District Social Welfare Officer, Imphal West attended the function as President and Guests of Honour respectively.
Minister Karam Shyam further expressed that we should appreciate persons with disabilities and co-operate with them instead of underestimating them. “Parents should identify the hidden talents and personalities of children with disabilities and hold pride of their calibres. Lets try to flourish them and give them no room for depression or disappointment”, he added.
Dr.G.Mary Anurupa highlighted that firstly, they try to identify children with intellectual disabilities and subsequently, distribute TLM kits to them as part of the overall programme . Such programmes that have been successfully implemented for the last 5 years since 2015 in Manipur are useful in helping them acquire the needed skills, she also stated.
Bantee Singh Konthoujam mentioned that the Government is also seeing to the concerns and grievances of intellectually disabled persons during the monthly Meeyamgi Numit.
Speaking as president of the function, R.K. Kumarjit Singh reiterated on the need of extension of exam duration and doubling of allowances for persons with disabilities. Plan is in the pipeline for carrying out similar programmes in Senapati, Kangpokpi and Bishnupur districts of the state.
 TLM kits were distributed to persons with intellectual disabilities belonging to different kendras of Manipur in 2 phases during the function.

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Imphal July 10,

Popular Front of India Chairman E Abubacker has in a statement called on the Union Home Ministry to abandon the attempt to further amend the draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, instead repeal the law immediately. 
The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill 2019 introduced in Parliament by Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy seeks to empower the governments to designate individuals as terrorists. This law has been so far misused by successive governments to ban opposing organisations after putting terrorist tag on them. Now due to the proposed amendment the scope of this threat has been extended to even on an individual whom the government considers a threat to it.  Such an amendment can lead to all kinds of misuse.
The 2008 amendment of UAPA has already made it highly controversial. It provided the governments ample powers to act against citizen’s fundamental rights. As it was feared by civil right organizations from the very beginning, law was widely misused predominantly to target Minorities, Dalits, Human Rights Activists and People with dissenting voices. Several cases have been reported in recent years that innocents implicated in false cases had to spend years behind bars because of the provisions of UAPA charged on them and to be acquitted later. Thousands are still languishing in jails as under-trials without bail. Amending the law again by adding more draconian provisions will only make it an even more dangerous for a democratic country. He appealed opposition leaders and human rights activists to convince the parliament members and put pressure on the central government to refrain from bringing more draconian amendments.

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Any good or welfare programme initiated by the central government for development of the region often went flop when it reached the state of Manipur. Package sanction for the welfare of the people and for taking up developmental works are often went to the pocket of those who were meant to implement them. In simple word announcement of welfare scheme for the state is more like a harvest season for those in power at the government. These are not just hearsay, but almost everyone in the state knows. There has never been any work including construction or implementing government schemes where 100% released amount have been utilized. An onlooker knows – and hardly 50% have been used for the programme or works and remaining use to be pocketed to those responsible for the implementation of the work. What is more surprising is that the people now have been brain wasted, they are now with the perception that if works or programme are implemented with at least 50% they appreciated without even thinking that 50% of the amount have been pocketed to them. People seems to justify the kind of culture being practice by the people in power without thinking that in addition to the money that they hijacked from the sanction amount for taking up developmental works they are being paid salary to perform the works by the money collected from the public in the form of tax.
Each and every citizen, from poor to rich, pay taxes to government indirectly and directly. Those with huge income pay direct tax and those even with no income and who lives on hand to mount too pay taxes indirectly. The daily essential commodities that each of us buy includes taxes that are to be collected by the government. And it is from these taxes that the government employees are being paid as salaries and developmental works are being taken up.
Misuse of public fund is being legitimized in the state of Manipur. This is being stated as no government authority are heard punished for the kind of offence. This news paper had many times filed report of how contract employees in Horticulture department are being regularized without following proper guidelines. We have also reported news about how the public money are being pocketed by some vested interested people in the fitting of pipeline at Imphal East. We have also reported on how the top official of SCERT is misappropriated the fund sanction for the DIET centres and about a banned firm being awarded 8 PMGSY works. Only few days back this newspaper also highlighted on how the Local Area Development Fund of the Rajya Sabha MP have been misappropriated. Many compliants have been heard since then from the locals however, no action is seen initiating even though the MP himself had said that the DC and the implementing agencies are liable for the misappropriation of the fund.
So, far no officials are heard punished. The government had never constituted any enquiry. And thus , we feel that the harvesting of public money using unfair means is being legitimized in the state of Manipur.   

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 Manipur is strategically located in India’s northeast. It is the gate way to the economies of Southeast Asia. Manipur is multi-ethnic, multi-linguistic and multi-religious, comprising of the Meiteis (the majority ethnic group),Kukis,Pangals(Manipuri Muslims) and Nagas. The Meiteis& Meitei Pangalare mainly concentrated in the Imphalvalley, theKukis and Nagas in the hills. Manipur may be classified into two distinct physical regions-an outer rings of rugged hills and narrow valleys and the inner area of flat plains, with all associated land forms. These two areas are not only distinct in respect of physical features but also in terms of development and employment, wherein the valley area is much better off in both these contexts.
According to the 2011 census, Manipur has a total population of 27, 21,756lakhs, with 26.18% in urban areas and remainder 73.82% in rural areas. The literacy rate stands at 79.85% ,higher than the national average of 74.04%,of that ,male literacy stands at 86.49% and female literacy at 73.17%.However,despite the high literacy rate, Manipur as compared to the rest of the country, remains a socio-economically backward state. The economy of Manipur is characterized by high rate of unemployment and poverty, low capital formation, inadequate infrastructural facilities, geographically isolation, communication bottlenecks and practically no industrialization. Agriculture continues to be the mainstay of the economy with more than 70% of the population dependent on it for livelihood. The employment situation in Manipur is a matter of concern, with most of it being a rural phenomenon. The number of persons on the live register of the employment exchange rose from 2.28 lakh as on 30thJune 1993 to 7.14 lakhs as on 30th June 2012, which could be much more than this because many are still not registered in the employment exchange. The high rate of unemployment, particularly among educated youth is due to the lack of industrial base, the absence of private enterprise and limited employment opportunity in the government sector. It is open-secrete that every government job has a price tag. Those boys and girls whose parents cannot afford large amounts to be paid as bribe are disillusioned and become susceptible to anti-national propaganda. Geographical isolation, political hopelessness, lack of infrastructure development, lack of incentive for private enterprises participation and poor trade opportunities could be the reason why educated youth seek financial security by joining in many illegal activities like drug trafficking, sex rackets, imposter as insurgent and imposed financial demands to many. In fact, considering the large number of educated unemployed, such unlawful, illegal and immoral practices/activities are fast emerging as an alternate and lucrative means of unemployment.
Such is the demand of government jobs in Manipur that in2011, when the state government employed some 1000 men to form an armed Village Defense Force(VDF),it had received application from some 17,000 people who were either graduates or postgraduates whereas state was looking to hire who had not even completed school. Lack of access to quality and affordable education as well as vocational training institute outside the capital city of Imphal has often led to students from other parts of the state dropping out before acquiring any meaningful educational qualification. The report of the Higher Education Commission has noted this glaring disparity between Imphal valley and the rest of the state. The education infrastructure is primitive and quality education is almost non-existent in areas outside Imphal. This disparity has affected higher education adversely, particularly in the hills where even the basic infrastructure and minimum teaching staff are found lacking. There is also a serious deficiency of Math and science teachers in schools, especially those located in tribal areas. Hence local students are unable to compete in state and national level competitive exams. There is an urgent need to strengthen the educational infrastructure in Manipur to provide quality and inclusive education. The graduates’courses currently available in various colleges within Manipur are of the traditional nature, which is about learning basic science or arts or commerce. Such degree do not throw open many employment avenues outside or within the state, adding to the already high rate of educated unemployment. The course content, therefore need restructuring to refocus efforts at application oriented learning, resulting in skilled manpower for employment in emerging industries. Therefore effective implementation of skill development and training programs also need to be prioritized. There is also the need to create avenues for absorbing trained and skilled manpower in suitable jobs without which it would be difficult to wean the youth away from the lure of earning easy income through many illegal and immoral activities.
Manipur, with its salubrious climate, topographical mystique, cultural heritage and sublime natural beauty has an enormous tourism potential. The state has immense tourism and commercial potential and is destined to become a commercial hub and a tourist hotspot in South-East Asia. Thus, developing Manipur’s tremendous tourism potential could help generate a range of employment opportunities for the local people. However to attract the attention of national and international tourist, it is imperative to ensure a safe and secure environment along with necessary investment in building a modern hospitality infrastructure. The socio-economic development of Manipur will also largely depend on the promotion of small and medium scale industries and encouragement to local entrepreneurs. The scope for large scale industries too exists in the agro-horticulture, bamboo, cement, green marble and power sectors. Investment in these sectors could help generate direct and indirect employment in setting up various forward and backward linkages to support service sector units. At present, the role of the private sector in the state is minimal. Most of the private participants choose to stay out of Manipur due to lack of infrastructure support and security concerns. The government needs to focus on developing local skills and capacities as part of the self-employment program (SEP) to harness the potential of the youths in Manipur. One area that certainly needs to be tapped into is the ability of the youth to communicate in good English, hence developing BPO or front office or air hostess kind of skills. Manipur is known for its sporting talents especially in the fields of boxing, football, archery, mixed martial arts etc.Many young sportspersons find it easier to prove their sporting talent by representing another state at national and international levels due to lack of adequate training and sporting facilities in the state. The creation of sports facilities at villages, block and district levels will help in keeping the youth engaged in sports, a constructive and positive activity thus weaning them away from alcoholism, drug addiction and juvenile delinquency. Similarly, the cultural talents in the field of music, dance, art and cinema is unique to the state. If this culture is preserved and given the exposure that it deserves, many youth could benefit from it by the employment opportunities arising out of it. Manipur is blessed with a climate suitable for producing a variety of agricultural produce and that is the reason why farmers grow cash crops, fruits and vegetables in large quantities. Hilly areas are conducive for the farming of vegetables and fruits, organic farming has already commenced in many hill areas of the state. Many agro-horticultural crops are potential export commodities. The agro-based industry includes fruits preparations, juice concentrate plants, herbal plants, processing of spices and so on. These farm produce along with bamboo shoots are used for commercial purpose. Since the cultivated land is under 10% of the total land area in Manipur, optimizing the use of the balance 90% land and newer/ innovative methods to increase production in the wake of expansion of the residential areas would help in addressing the unemployment issue indirectly. Unlike other states, Manipur has restricted publicity mechanism and as a result even the daily newspapers reach a day later in the remote interiors and hills districts. This has caused many youths to lose opportunities of getting a job due to lack of awareness of recruitment/ interview/selection program. There is an urgent requirement of setting up job fairs and job melaetc at such areas.
Unemployment, especially among the educated youth of Manipur is a problem both of the individual as well as the society around that person. It psychologically, financially,emotionally and materially affects the youths and their families. It brings in a sense of dejection, inferiority and hopelessness among the youths. Due to frustration, anger and disenchantment, youth often succumb to other alternatives including alcoholism, drug addiction, robbery, murder and suicide as well as joining other illegal and immoral activities for easy money. There is an urgent need to take concrete steps to address the issue before it goes out of hand. In fact, it should force us to think what ails the education system and employment avenues in Manipur? The problem of educated unemployment is mainly two folds, firstly scarcity of government jobs and secondly the virtual lack of any other employer in Manipur. Improving infrastructure in general and promoting human resource development with effective and people-oriented governance, is thus critical to ushering peace in Manipur and other parts of Northeast India. Creating additional employment opportunities to help the immense human and natural potential could go a long way in addressing the aspirations of the unemployed youth of the region in general.

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Imphal July 9,

Education Minister Thokchom Radheshyam and officials of Directorate of Education (S) today inspected the Tamphasana Girls Higher Secondary School, Imphal; Hindi Teachers Training College and Dhanamanjuri College of Teachers Education at D. M. College Campus.
At Tamphasana Girls Higher Secondary School, Imphal, the Minister said that the students performed exceedingly well in the Higher Secondary Examination (HSE)-2019 with pass percentage of 92.36% compared to 54.9% in 2018. With the high performance in the HSE, there has been an increase in demand for admission to the school, he added.
Th. Radheshyam also stated that maintaining proper infrastructure of the school is essential towards bringing a quality education. He said that the increase in student intake capacity has also increased the pressure on existing infrastructure and added that four additional classrooms will soon be constructed.
The Minister was also highlighted on the need of a proper toilet facility for the hostel students. He assured that a temporary toilet will be set up within one or two months at the ground floor of the hostel building. The school has been playing an important role in imparting girls’ education in the State. It is one of the best government schools of Manipur and for the country as well, he added.
The Principal of Tamphasana Girls Higher Secondary School, Smt. A. Sangeeta Devi stated that the student intake capacity for the current academic year has increased by 100 students and overall total student capacity is around 1700. She also said that each class has student strength of 100 each. The Minister also suggested that there is a need to increase the number of section from four sections to five sections.
The Minister later inspected the Hindi Teachers Training College and Dhanamanjuri College of Teachers Education both located at D. M. College Campus. He said that teachers are one of the important constituent of education system. They play a major role in imparting education to the young minds. He said that it is important that the quality of training is improved at teachers’ education center, which is also one of the main priorities of the government for the teachers. With regard to the visit at the Hindi Teachers Training College, he said that Hindi is used as a common language for communication across the country. He said it will be beneficial to impart the basic knowledge of hindi which will be helpful for those who travel outside the State in communicating with others. And therefore the importance for the quality training of the trainers at the colleges is important to prove better education for Hindi to the people. He also sought the support of every stakeholder in any developmental steps being taken up for the betterment of education sector.

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By a correspondent
New Delhi, July 10,

Manish Kaushik beat four-time Asian Championships medallist Shiva Thapa to find a berth in the eight-member squad led by Asian Games champion Amit Panghal that will represent India at the AIBA Men’s World Championships to be held in Ekaterinburg, Russia from September 7-21.
While Panghal (52kg) was directly given a place in the squad for winning a gold at the Asian Championships which was the original criterion for selection, Kavinder Singh Bisht (57kg), Manish Kaushik (63kg), Duryodhan Singh Negi (69kg), Ashish Kumar (75kg), Brijesh Yadav (81kg), Sanjeet (91kg), and Satish Kumar (+91kg) joined him through trials held at NIS Patiala last weekend.
Only the top two boxers from each of the categories were eligible for the trials with their recent performances being the criteria for selecting the faceoff names.  Kaushik’s win by split decision over former World Championships bronze medallist Shiva Thapa in 63kg was undoubtedly the most notable result from the trials. Thapa had avenged his 2018 India Open loss to Kaushik at this year’s India Open in Guwahati to claim the gold but failed to repeat those heroics this time.
“This was a huge confidence-boosting win for me after losing to Shiva in the India Open final. I had been working hard on my stance and footwork since the loss and I am glad it paid off. I am looking forward to giving my best at the World Championships,” said the 2018 Commonwealth Games silver medallist.
In an absorbing clash in 57kg, Asian Championships silver medallist Kavinder Singh Bisht edged GeeBee Boxing silver medallist Mohammed Hussamuddin in a split verdict to claim his place. Kavinder had made a splash in his maiden appearance at the last World Championships in 2017 when he upset the two-time World Championships medallist Mohamed Flissi of Algeria to advance to the quarter-finals.
“I lost out on a golden opportunity to win a medal the last time. This time I would like to make amends and am targeting nothing less than a gold,” said Bisht, brimming with confidence.
In 75kg, Ashish Kumar faced no problem and thoroughly outpunched Prayag Chauhan to claim a unanimous victory. Duryodhan Singh Negi put up a commendable display in 69kg against Ashish Kulhari. Even though two judges did not rule in his favour, he still managed to grab a win on a split verdict going in his favour.
Brijesh Yadav re-asserted his supremacy in 81kg by beating Harsh Lakra while Sanjeet dominated CWG bronze medallist, Naman Tanwar in the 91kg category. Satish Kumar did not have to enter the ring for the +91kg bout with his opponent, Naveen suffering an injury and being in rehab.
The Indian men’s boxing contingent put up encouraging displays at the Asian Championships and the India Open this year and will be eager to improve upon their performance from the last World Championships where they won a bronze. This will be the perfect platform to gauge themselves against the world’s best before the 2020 Olympic qualifiers begin.

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