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William Gurumayum

William Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since 2013. An avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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Cross Country Race for mass awareness held

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Thoubal, Sept. 22

To make various programs of the government a resounding success in the district,  District  Administration, Thoubal organised today a Cross Country Race at Wangjing Sports Complex as an  awareness campaign for various programs like Poshan  Maah, Swachata Hi Seva, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Electors Verification Program, 7th Economic Census and Ayushman Bharat Pakwada.
The programme was graced by MLA P.Brojen Singh, Thoubal Zilla Parishad Adhyaksha Hasina Begum, S.P Thoubal Dr.S.Ibomcha  Singh and Deputy  Commissioner,  Thoubal N.Bandana Devi as the chief guest, the guests of honour and the President respectively.
In his speech MLA, P. Brojen thanked the District Administration for organizing such mass awareness campaign. He said organizing such campaigns will help the masses to know about the various welfare schemes taken up by the Government.
Speaking on the occasion DC N. Bandana stressed on the need to make people aware of the various schemes given to the citizens by the Government. She appealed the elected representatives and Government officials to give awareness to the public about such schemes. She said schemes like Ayushman Bharat which give benefits to the economically backward family needs to give awareness as the number of beneficiaries is still low in the District. Regarding Swachata hi Seva, DC said nation would ban the use of single use plastic from 2nd October. She appealed the people to use reusable plastic and paper made items.
Earlier the race was flagged off by the chief guest on the occasion.
The programme was attended by Pradhans, elected members, SDOs, BDOs and DLOs of the district. Prize where distributed to the winners of  the race.

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Assam Rifles conducts village Chiefs conclave

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Imphal, Sept 22

The Chandel Battalion of 26 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) organized a village Chiefs Conclave at Chandel on 21 September 2019. Chiefs, Secretaries and members from different villages of Chandel district participated in the event.    
The event was conducted by Chandel Battalion, wherein the Commandant enlightened them about the various schemes being undertaken by the Assam Rifles. Commandant apprised them about the establishment of various skill training centres at Battalion HQ location under the aegis of National Development Scheme Corporation. He also briefed them regarding the pre-recruitment training, BADP projects, Op Sadbhavana and Assam Rifles Civic Action Projects.  Promotion of various games and sports were also stressed upon and Chiefs were requested to engage the youth in various nation building activities. They were also informed regarding Chandel being declared as an aspirational district of India wherein a number of development projects are being undertaken by the civil administration in the district. Details of the Jal Shakti Abhyan, National bamboo mission initiatives and environment conservation were also shared with the village chiefs and secretaries. This gathering was in continuation of the policy of reaching out to the people and spreading awareness regarding Government schemes and welfare projects so that the commoners can be benefitted. This effort was appreciated by the attendees and they requested to conduct such informative gathering frequently.   

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Rifles Ex-Servicemen Rally

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Imphal, Sept. 21

A mega Assam Rifles Ex-servicemen Rally for ex-servicemen of Manipur was conducted under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) at Khuman Lampak Stadium yesterday. The rally elicited participation by more than 1000 ex-servicemen from all the districts of the State including World War-II veterans, Veer Naris, widows and their dependents.
The aim of the rally, organised under the theme ‘We Connect - We Care’, was to connect with the veterans, strengthen bonds with them and also acknowledge their contribution made for the country during the prime of their lives. The occasion was graced by Lieutenant General Sukhdeep Sangwan, SM**, DG Assam Rifles as the Chief Guest. Brig DS Shishodia, Deputy IGAR (South), Brig Amit Kabthiyal, SM and other Assam Rifles officials were also in attendance.
Speaking on the occasion, Lieutenant General Sukhdeep Sangwan, SM**, DG Assam Rifles at the outset welcomed the august gathering and encouraged all the stakeholders to render maximum support to the veterans who have dedicated the prime of their lives to protect the nation.
Addressing the ex servicemen during the rally, DG Assam Rifles highlighted the contribution of Assam Rifles and various achievements of the oldest paramilitary force. The DG further highlighted about the year 2019 dedicated as ‘Year of NOK’ and various new initiatives under the theme of ‘We Connect-We Care’ undertaken by the Assam Rifles for the welfare of its veterans. The DG lauded the contribution of the veterans and the serving soldiers of Manipur who have immensely contributed as Assam Rifles soldiers for the security and prosperity of India.
The DG enlightened the veterans about various beneficiary schemes including the recruitment rallies, sports quota for recruitment  in Assam Rifles, reservation in various educational institutes/hostels and extension of Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) to Assam Rifles veterans. The DG informed all veterans about conception of an Ex-servicemen (ESM) Cell at every Unit level, adoption of Veer Naris and disabled veterans and outreach programme as part of which the Assam Rifles is identifying its Veer Naris and veterans Pan - India. The DG also used the platform to thank all the media persons, State Government and civil officials for their cooperation and attendance at the event.    
As part of the event, a felicitation ceremony was organised in which the DG Assam Rifles felicitated Veer Naris, World War II veterans and other ex-servicemen. An Open Adalat was also conducted by the representatives of HQ DGAR, Shillong to provide a platform for registration of grievances and their immediate redressal. Online as well as on the spot solutions of various problems and grievances were rendered to the ex-servicemen during the rally.
As part of the rally, a medical cum dental camp was also organised. 10 doctors from Assam Rifles along with 16 specialist doctors from RIMS, Imphal, 12 specialist doctors from Shija Hospital, Imphal and over 10 specialist doctors from the State Government Medical Department provided consultation and free medicines to the veterans and their dependants. The needy veterans were also distributed various medical aids like wheel chairs, spectacles, walking sticks and hearing aids at the venue.
A number of stalls were also setup during the rally to provide facilities including CSD, banking, Aadhar and PAN card registration etc to the veterans and their dependants.
The event was followed by lunch for all participants. The band of Assam Rifles, which was in attendance certainly brought back the memories of old times. The ex-servicemen expressed their heartfelt gratitude to the DG Assam Rifles for organising the event.

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Technology needs to be strengthened to put the one nation one card scheme into reality: Ram Vilas Paswan

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Imphal, Sept. 21

We are taking a revolutionary step whether it be in the interest of the consumers of the country or the Food Department. This was stated by Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Ram Vilas Paswan during the inauguration ceremony of the Food Storage Depot at Old Cachar Road, Bishnupur today.

The Food Storage Depot has a storage capacity of 4600 MT, the foundation stone of which was also laid by Paswan in 2015.

Karam Shyam,  CAF & PD Minister of Manipur; Ravikant, IAS, Secretary(F&PD), Government of India,  Ministry of Food, CAF&PD; D.V.Prasad,IAS, Chairman & Managing Director, Food Corporation of India; Anurag Gupta, Executive Director, FCI, North East Zone shared the dais with the Union Minister at the function.

Appreciating the Manipur Government for doing a great job, Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan

thanked the FCI officials for their work and team effort in bringing a full-fledged regional office of FCI here in Imphal by January 2020.Highlighting that 2 godowns have been inaugurated by the Prime Minister, he said that the Government will further try to open FCI godowns in almost all the districts of the North East.

He also said that he had discussed in detail NFSA issues, drought related problems and other related matters with the General Managers, ED & Secretaries of the North Eastern  States yesterday.

Paswan also mentioned that post machines have been implemented in 14 states of the country  in connection with the one nation one card scheme. While Tripura and Imphal have completed almost 100% and 86% targets respectively, Assam and Mizoram have comparatively achieved lesser targets, he added.

He also pointed  out  that the people of Manipur should try to get the benefits of Prime Minister’s Ayushman Yojana that gives 5 lakhs financial assistance per family in a year.

Giving clarification on the issue of black marketing of  essential commodities, Minister Karam Shyam   said that NFSA rice allocation is provided to the public every month through NFSA fair price  agents after getting certification from local organizations and elected members’ nominees. The process has been carried out transparently in collaboration with the DCs , DSOs  and local representatives and rice given on a second term basis only after proper certification, he assured.

Minister Shyam   also informed that the total monthly  rice allocation under NFSA for the state is 13, 380.740 metric tonnes out of which around 5,79,870 is reserved for the households. The number of beneficiaries is around 24,32,702 while the total number of fair price shop agents is 2,324, he also added.

He also stated that the land has already been furnished for constructing 6 more new godowns in Manipur.

It is really very unfortunate that for the first time in the history of Manipur, the price of rice per kg shoots up to more than Rs.50, he also said. He also assured that the current problem will be minimized  if we  get the 10,000 metric tonnes of rice from the Ministry that is supposed to be allocated in times of natural calamities.

Minister Shyam also clarified that the policy is now changed regarding allocation of SK oil . It has to be distributed per quarter to only those beneficiaries without proper electricity and gas.

In his vote of thanks, Anurag Gupta announced that construction of new godown at Churachandpur is in the pipeline and also mentioned that additional food grains are available under the open sales scheme in times of drought.

The Ministry of CAF& PD  has advised the state Governments to accelerate the process of computerization of PDS operations and integrate the software of FCI and State Governments at the earliest  to ensure end to end computerization of the process of procurement, storage and distribution of food grains and bring all round development to the North Eastern states.

It may be mentioned that FCI has implemented depot online system in most of its owned depots in the North East Zone. In 2019, more than 17,000 MT has been created in 3 locations of Manipur viz. Thoubal, Imphal East and Bishnupur.

Food Secretaries of the North Eastern States, related officials and staff of FCI Manipur and Food & Civil Supplies Department attended the function amongst others.

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