Imphal Jan, 2,
Chief Minister N. Biren today stated that an insurance scheme would be rolled out for the hawkers soon so that they get some financial assistance when they met road accidents etc. The government is also discussing for the introduction of a pension scheme for the members of the Association, he added.
Speaking as Chief guest, in the 34th annual function of All Manipur Newspaper Sales’ And Distributors’ Association (AMNSDA) held today at Social standard Club Ground, Khurai Nandeibam Leikai the Chief Minister said that understanding the hurdles and problems being faced by the truck drivers plying along the National Highways, Chief Minister said that CMHT benefits would be provided to the drivers soon..Biren Singh further stated that his government will try to secure the lives of people by focusing primarily on Health, Education and foods.
Stating that the present government’s mission is to root out poverty from the State, Chief Minister said that various ‘human oriented’ schemes have been implemented for the poor and needy people of the State. He believed that there would be a positive and drastic change in the State in the next 10-15 years. Acknowledging the love and support of the people, Chief Minister opined that the responsibility of a government is to serve its people and to work for their welfare. Priority would be given to education sector in the ‘Go to Village’ mission programmes so that we could provide good and quality education to our children, he added.
Under the mission government school will be inspected every month from this year, N Biren added.
Biren further said that his government will propose a 650km long gas pipeline and an International University for higher learning during the visit of Prime Minister.
The function was also attended by President of the All Manipur Newspaper sales’ and Distributors’ Assn Ajit Wangkhemcha, Minister of CAF and P.D. Karam Shyam, Deputy Chairman of Manipur State Planning board Sorokhaibam Rajen and MLA of Khurai Assembly Constituency Leishangthem Sushildro as President and Guests of Honour respectively.
Speaking on the occasion General Secretary of AMNSDA N. Surjit said that the hawkers play an important role in the society, the media houses can’t survive without hawkers. He added that the Association has a total number of around 650 members.Surjit Singh also highlighted the problem faced by the distributors as they met a lot of inconveniences as their works starts at dawn. He appealed for a proper attention of the newspaper distributors to the general public, the media fraternities and the government.
MLA of Khurai Assembly constituency L. Sushildro claimed that the present government did all the works in just two years where the previous government can’t do it in their 15 years term. Sushildro also assured to distribute 500 reflecting jackets to the newspaper distributors
Highlighting the role of hawkers Minister Karam Shyam says that the hawkers are the soul of media. People need to learn a lot from the hawkers in term of punctualities in their duty, he added.
The Chief Minister also announced that all the accredited/recognised Newspaper hawkers and their family would be covered under the Chief Ministergi Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT). He appealed the members of the Association to submit the relevant documents so that they can avail the benefits under CMHT.
Earlier the gathering pay 2-minutes silence as a mark of respect to the departed hawkers.
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.