By - Chingkhei Luwang
Government promises for better health care facilities to all the people of the state turned another flop show in interior villages of the state as most Health care Service center of the government runs with flagstaff and inadequate infrastructures.
Nungleiband Primary Health Sub Centre of Pinjang Village in Noney district, which was inaugurated in 2005 still stand more like a monument as it never open or provides health care facilities to anyone as no staffs or doctors attended a day after its inauguration.
Chief Minister’s auspicious Health care scheme –CMHT is being mocked by the condition of the Nungleiband Primary Health Sub Centre.
Pinjang, a village under Khoupum Sub division of Noney district having a population of about 400 peoples residing near the river bank of Leimatak River. Even though the village is about only 60 kilometres from Imphal, it doesn’t even have mobile network facilities around the place in today’s era of information technology.
The villagers went to Bishnupur which is 30 km from their village to check up even for basic health problems thereby facing a lot of hardships to the villagers.
Even though the state government initiated various schemes and plans for the underprivileged and economically backward people of the state, the villagers of Pinjang still didn’t get any schemes of health, housing, sanitary or old aged etc. Such schemes are a dream for the poor villagers who need it the most. Though Chief Minister’s ‘Go to hills’ arrived at their place also, collecting various documents still no benefits from the government was there for them.
And also now the government started to change its focus from ‘Go to village’ to ‘Go to school’, the only school which is a lower primary school of the area gives about 2/3 mid-day meal programs once a year which is a complete violation of norms of SSA. The teachers are also hired to make the school functional.
The main occupation of the village is plantation of Banana and Chillies. Even though the amount of income gathered through the harvest of Banana plantation differs on being seasonal or not, but on an average a family gathers around only 50,000 rupees a year through it.
Speaking to media person village authority Member Dominic Kamei said that the village has been lacking lot of facilities. He urged the government to make the health centre functional as the villagers face a lot of difficulties travelling up to Bishnupur even for minor problems. He also appealed the government to build a veterinary hospital as the livestock died a lot because of various problems and the villagers also felt helpless on it.
Finally Dominic concluded that the villagers would be very obliged if the government could sponsor to organise a banana festival which will facilitate the economy of the farmers and also motivate them to plant even more as banana not only has many nutritious value but also interconnected with the people socially and ritually.
William Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since beginning. A avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue.