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Three days after the government of India had started enforcing the revised guideline for boosting the Covid-19 vaccination drive, the State Health Mission, under the Directorate of Health and Family Welfare, the Government of Manipur finally buys half of the front page of some newspapers calling upon people to get the vaccination and published in the form of display advertisement today.
The efforts need appreciation from all sections of people, as boosting up the vaccination drive is the only means to protect the people from the Covid-19 pandemic. Fighting a war needs various strategies. In a democratic country like India, there are several rules and regulations framed by the government which is mandatory for all government or non-government, or even semi-government institutions while preparing for war. And each government or semi-government or non-government institution have their role in fighting the war. And if any of the heads of each institute subsides government rules and regulations, the person responsible for the violation of the government guideline is liable for punishment. Failure to take action against any government employees for violation of the government rules and regulations indicates total failure in the running of the governance.
Well, there is a regulation called ‘The Manipur State Advertisement Policy,2013’. The policy was published in the Manipur Gazette.
As per clause 9 of the government policy, it is stated that All Government advertisements, both classified and display, shall be released only through the Directorate of Information and Public Relation (DIPR). Interestingly in clause 24 of the Manipur State Advertisement Policy, 2013, it is written crystal clear that ‘if any government advertisement is issued in violation of the provisions of clause 9, that is if the government advertisement is published by skipping the DIPR, the head of the department/office concerned will be personally responsible for payment of the advertisement bill from his or her account.
A half-page advertisement published today at some newspaper here in the state of Manipur in connection for boosting the Covid-19 vaccination drive perhaps is the need of the hour. But the advertisement was reportedly published by the head of the State Health Director without getting in touch with the authority of the DIPR and by violating the Manipur State Advertisement Policy, 2013.
There are rules and regulations framed by the authority to run the state. And if some department like the State health department which is taking the lead role in fighting the Covid-19’pandemic, gives a damn of the state government framed policy showing his ignorance the need to coordinate with all department particularly the DIPR which has always been rendering service reaching out to the people on what the government has been doing, there is nothing wrong in saying that ‘government rules and regulations are just a joke to the head of the department of government institutions.
In a deeper look, is the health department trying to play something else by advertising half-page to some newspaper skipping the DIPR.
Skipping DIPR means, the head of the department, whoever is responsible for the publication of the advertisement can build a good relationship. All know the way the department is dealing on either vaccination programme or Covid testing programme is almost close to flop. Is the motive to violate the government advertisement policy an attempt to appease some of the newspaper for not reporting the wrong committed by them. After all, it has also been reported that the Health Department of Manipur is being headed by a person whose age is over to serve the post after he has been extended.
Imphal Times still remember N. Biren Singh’s government assurance to the public where he stated that his government will not allow engagement or extension of a retired person. The announcement was relaxed however was relaxed for technical posts where there is no efficient person to replace. Is the head of the State Health Department only the best person for the post at State Health Department?

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The Union government is doing all it can to fight the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. Almost every state chocked out plan and had increased the vaccination double times since the introduction of the revised vaccination drive, which started on June 21.
People of the state are ready, CSOs are assuring all assistant to the government in the fight against the Pandemic at their own capacity, and still, then State Health department of the Manipur Government is acting dull for the increase of the vaccination drive, which the government of India believes is the only alternative to protect the people of the country.
At a time, when the State Health Department authority cannot spike the vaccination drive even after the enforcement of the new guideline for vaccination drive, Civil bodies of the state keep on appealing the people to follow the guidelines of the government as well as to jab the Covid vaccine as per the announcement of the government.
One wonder why the state health department is not paying serious intention to the vaccination drive when neighbouring state Tripura gives it as the main priority. The state of Manipur, with an almost similar population, had completed giving vaccines to nearly 24 lakhs people on June 21 while the state of Manipur could administer only around 6 lakhs as per record on June 21.
Poor turnout of the people to get vaccination has always been blamed by the state government when in reality the vaccination center planned and held remain on an average of 100 centers only. While Tripura could hold vaccination at 335 vaccination centers (government) and when Nagaland could increase the vaccination center to 113, why the state government manages to hold at only 99 vaccination canters. Why there has been less vaccination plan on Sunday? And the answer for the failure of the state government to increase the vaccination drive as per the revised guideline of the center lies here. There is no seriousness in the vaccination drive being carried out in the state. Nothing new policy had been put on public domain and the authority have seriously violated the directives of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare by not letting the people the total number of vaccine available in the state.
Civil organization like the KANGLAMEI (Kangleipak Lamjing Apunba Meira Paibi Lup, has even appealed the people to take self-protection to prevent the virus from attacking is, The president of the Kanglamei, Leirik Leima expressed apprehension to the spread of the virus and appealed all the people to stay intake. She also appealed to give cooperation to the government programme of mass testing as well as the mass vaccination. The message of the leader of a civil society indicated the apprehension among the people even as she had no scientific knowledge of the virus that has been attacking us.
Now, what are those people in other words paid professional government employees, who know the virus doing now? Much publicity has been heard, but the reality is known by everyone. 
Vaccination is going in the much slow and steady manners, corruption is at its height in the distribution of essential items provided by the Union government at free of cost and instead of listening to the public woes, top authority is keeping silent to issues which matters with the life of the people.

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On day one of the implementations of the revised Covid vaccination programme the nation achieved the highest single-day vaccination. The first day of the revised vaccination turns out to be blockbuster vaccination days as the country administered 85,96,807 jabs on a single day.
Five BJP ruled states contributed to over 50% of the total vaccination administered on the first day of the implementation of the revised vaccine policy. However, the state of Manipur, which is also ruled by the BJP led government fails to impress as it could not gear up the vaccination programme. When there is an increase in the vaccinations in other states, Manipur’s vaccination administered stands at just 6506. Since May 1, if one count the number of vaccination administered in the state it is around 6000 per day. The new vaccine policy to boost the vaccination drive seems to have no use in the state of Manipur.
On the 1st day of the new policy, when states and union territories across the state had targeted maximum vaccination to people, the vaccination planned and held in the 16 districts of the state was just 99. The motive to boost the vaccination among the people who are 18 years above and below 44 years was a total flop with just 5066 getting the jab. In the Jiribam district, only two sessions were planned and just 16 people between ages 18 to 44 were vaccinated. The total number of people of this age group who got the 1st dose jab in the Jiribam district is just 2677.
Interestingly there were only 4 sessions planned in the Kakching district and the number of achievements 708. While in Bishnupur district vaccination session planned was 9 and the achievement was just 463.
According to a source from the state health department, the failure to increase the vaccination drive in the state of Manipur is due to the interference of powerful politicians and other influential people. And the ‘yes man’ attitude of the officers in the health department is another factor that hurdle them in planning the vaccination session. Source said that some of the experts in the State Health Department after thorough deliberation planned the session where they expect more people to come out but sometimes the session which was to held have to change at another location by informal orders from the influential people compelling the higher authority to follow it.
Sometimes vaccinations site are held at the close proximity of the area that they had organised earlier just because some powerful influential people wanted them to hold it to the site that desire.
Five BJP ruled states – Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Utter Pradesh and Haryana – contributed to over 50 % of the total jabs administered on June 21 – the day the revised vaccination guideline began. But the BJP led government ruled Manipur could not climb the number, even though the number of Covid-19 positive cases still goes up with the number still at 3 digits. The number of death however is reduced to single-digit i.e. (8) eight. 
Chief Minister of Manipur is working hard to make sure that people are provided the world-class facility in treatment by increasing ICU beds, producing more oxygen plant and by even preparing to set up Covid-19 hospital. However, it seems like the Chief Minister is not giving stringent order to the Health department authority to hike the vaccination which perhaps is the only means left to protect the people from the attack of the coronavirus.
Now the center is giving the Covid vaccine free of cost and as per the guideline, it has also been mention that more vaccines will be provided to states or union territories as per the progress in the vaccination programme.

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Watermelon farmers in the Kakching district say they were paid Rs. 8 per kg by Manipur Organic Mission Agency (MOMA).
Some of the Watermelon farmers in Sugnu Assembly Constituency of Kakching district said that the second time when MOMA procured Watermelon from them they were paid only Rs. 8 per kg.
Some middle man hire trucks and took it by telling them they were supposed to buy the water melon at Rs. 10 however the Rs. 2 has been deducted for the transportation fee. Besides, those middle man procured only around 200 kg from each farmer, when the total stock remaining with each farmer is around 5000 kg per Sangam, a farmer produces around 500 kg of watermelon and the total expenditure spent is around Rs. 35,000 approximately.
“Now I will not sell Watermelon to MOMA as they didn’t buy all the products besides being paid just Rs. 8 per kg”, a frustrated farmer told Imphal Times.
When one logs on to the MOMA marketing application strawberries are not available at MOMA market application when there are dozens of strawberries farmers. The strawberry farmers are left with no means of selling it due to the restriction in movement imposed by the district administration for containment of the pandemic.
“Except giving it to some friends and relatives, the rest are wasted as we are helpless.
There are reports that the MOMA now procures only those vegetables and fruits that are in huge demand. The MOMA even procured Mango and other fruit from outside the state as there is great demand said an inside source.
After the launching of the MOMA App on May 11, Chief Minister N Biren Singh wrote: “I have learned about the hardships being faced by vegetable growers in different parts of Manipur through the media, wherein their produce is unable to reach the market due to the ongoing curfew in the State. To ensure the farmers could sell their produce, I have instructed Manipur Organic Mission Agency (MOMA) to procure the vegetables from these farmers. A team led by Project Director, MOMA had visited the fields of Kabowakching, Khuijuman, and Kwaksiphai and procured 4.7 MT of fresh vegetables. The vegetables have now been stored in the cold storage and the same will be home delivered to consumers through marketing agencies working with MOMA. I thank the media fraternity for highlighting the grievances of the public in these challenging times.”
But the way things are being implemented by MOMA is contrary to the vision of the Chief Minister.
Is the MOMA market system trying to malign the good image of Chief Minister N Biren Singh – a question asked by some farmers.

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