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Govt. yet to appoint State Information Commissioner; Number of cases filed at Manipur Information Commission drastically reduces

Imphal, Dec 20: Technically citizens of the state are entitled to get information from government or public undertaking institutions under the Right to Information Act 2005. But it remains a puzzle whether this rights of the citizens has been slowly poisoned here in the state of Manipur as the number of case registered in the past two years has been drastically reduced.
Manipur Information Commission is an effective tool to check corruption where the BJP led government in the state has been handling with extreme seriousness.  
When Imphal Times reporters, met and enquired about the present status of the Manipur Information Commission it is learnt that the post of State Information Commissioner is still lying vacant till today since March 31, 2013, after the retirement of Ch. Birendra Singh, retired IAS.
Th. Ibobi Singh, Retd. IFS, has been serving as Chief Information Commissioner of the statutory body since May 4, 2015.
According to information collected, the Commission received 103 complaints in 2015-16. Of this 90 were reported disposed while 13 were indisposed.  During the same period 99 second appellate cases were filed and among this 95 were disposed.

In 2016-17, that is from April, 2017 till March 2017, the Commission received only 42 complaints. Above this 49 cases of the 73 backlog cases has been disposed. During this period 177 second appellate cases were heard and 159 disposed along with 33 backlog cases.
From March, 2017 till date today, the authority of the Manipur Information Commission failed to provide the number of cases received by the commission. Which means that the commission did not maintain proper records of the case filed by complainants.
Some of the staffs are of the opinion that due to the vacancy of the state Information Commissioner, there have been some difficulties in the function of the commission.
The commission members are appointed by a Committee headed by the Chief Minister. Other members include the Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly and one Cabinet Minister nominated by the Chief Minister. The State Information Commission shall consist of State Chief Information Commissioner and state Information Commissioners, not exceeding ten.
Earlier, government had not filled the post on the ground that there was no opposition leader in the house. This time a strong opposition leader is already in the house and it still remain as a surprise to everyone on guessing out why the state government is not appointing the vacant post till today.

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The middlemen business

“Where a society has chosen to accept democracy as its creedal faith, it is elementary that the citizens ought to know what their government is doing.” -Justice P N Bhagwati
Easier is said than done - the saying still stands true. Like the nail float in water with the plank, a rowdy sometimes saves his or her life from being spoiled. Saying so, it is always the wisdom of the captain of the ship that the crew managed to sail their ship to the destiny amidst storms and whirlpools. But then had the crew member lacks discipline Columbus could never have landed in America’s soil to discover the country which becomes the most powerful country in the world today.
The state is more like a ship in the vast stormy ocean. In democratic state like Manipur, Chief Minister is similar to the captain of the ship. It is his wisdom that will sail towards a better direction. It is his command and qualities that will make his crew member follow rules and regulations frame by him. It is only at the time that all the crew members go by their respective assignment that the ship will reached destination. Similar, is with the running of the state, whether it goes upwards or falls, depends on the wisdom of the Chief Minister and his team.
But then, it is the Indian electoral system that stands as a hurdle to decide on which way to chose for a better society. Every elected representative needs a second thought to say no to his electorate. Particularly, the system practice in India showed that without some clique of strong supporters, it will become difficult for one to become Chief Minister as first thing that is important is to get elected as an MLA.   
Good governance is perhaps the single most important factor in eradicating poverty and promoting development. But sometimes the effort to bring good governance remains as a dream with the kind of hurdles from his supporters whom the man in the top post cannot deny as without them it will be difficult to get elected again.

Numbers of middle men including relatives are now the talk every people of the state. What more prove is required than checking the bank balance and the properties of these people in this 8 months? We have seen in the earlier days on how a pharmacist in the state health department became a millionaire just because he was a close relative of the then Chief Minister. Can anyone deny the fact that the pharmacist who became millionaire is a clean person because there is no evidence on how dirty is him?
Good leader falls, not because of his personality but because of those around him.
Coming back to what is going on in the state; everybody knows the amount being asked by these middlemen for the recruitment of Police constable.
On the other hand some of the promises are still yet to be fulfilled as stated by the Chief Minister himself. The more the promises are delayed the more people will criticize.
Well, instead of defending, it is better checking the middlemen so that what has been assured remains true.
Let’s make our state free from corruption.

Court sentence rape convict to life time imprisonment

Imphal, Dec 20: The Fast Track Court, Crime Against Women today sentence life term imprisonment for rape convict of 2014 Heingang rape incident. The court sentenced life imprisonment till his natural death to Khuraijam Bungbung, 30 yeras, son of late  Indrajit from Lamglongei who was found guilty in the three year old rape case. two others Nongthombam Bocha, 43 years, son of Bihari and Khuraijam Khamba Singh, 26 years, son of Guno both from Lamglongei were sentenced 20 years rigorous imprisonment to for abetting the crime.
Mention may be made that the incident occurred in January 2014 near the foothills in Heingang. The three persons were produced before the Additional Session Judge Fast Track Court, Crime Against Women Lamphel today for sentence hearing after they were found guilty.

Special Public prosecutor Sushila Devi pleaded for rigorous sentence for the convicts in the case and the defence counsel pleaded for lenient sentencing of the convicts. After hearing both the sides, the judge pronounced the sentence stating that raping a woman is like murdering her.

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Ragailong observes the 125th Quasquicentennial Celebration

Imphal, Dec. 20: Congratulating the villagers on the occasion of 125th Quasquicentennial Celebration of Ragailong Pei (Village), Education and Labour & Employment Minister Shri Thokchom Radheshyam Singh said the sense of oneness to thrive together harmoniously abiding the laws of land, respecting the religion and valuing the elderly of the pei is the key for a compatible society.
Commemorating the forefathers who had stood for the being of the village, the minister said that todays young generations should be made aware of the contributions so that the youths and the generations to come could realise their responsibility towards the community and village and safeguard the legacy passed down on them from the elders.
Releasing the Souvenir Th. Radheshyam said that the sacrifices and courage the forefathers had shown had all been inscribed in the souvenir, making it one of the best gift to the youths on this special occasion of Quasquicentennial.

Hon’ble MLA Wangkhei A/C Shri Okram Henry Singh assured that the foremost necessity of the village for drinking water and drainage system will be tried to carry out. The MLA also unveils the Memorial Column Erected in the memory of the construction of the culvert over the rellak Duithok (Rivulet) for the village approach road.
Established in the year 1891 at Khuman Lampak the Ragailong village was founded by the earliest seven families who lived at the Bajanam (Band Party colony). The village facing certain natural calamities was shifted at the present location after the great flood of 1928. Though faced with numerous disputes and affected by the war and other man made calamities the villages has now flourished to one of the most beautiful and promising village of the Rongmei community.
The two day 125th Quasquicentennial Celebration is being observed under the theme “Passing on the Legacy of Oneness” with great enthusiast resolving to march ahead to realise the objective of united, prosperous and peaceful Ragailong as envisioned by the ancestor. The living and the departed leaders and villagers who had rendered commendable contribution and who had struggle for the development of the village were also honoured at the occasion. The observance was organised by the Organising Committee of the Ragailong Quasquicentennial Celebration.
The celebration was attended by Hon’ble MLA Nungba A/C Shri Gaikhangam, Hon’ble MLA Tamenglong A/C Samuel Jendai, and the locals of the Ragailong village.

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Winter session of the Manipur Legislative Assembly begins

Imphal, Dec 20: Winter Session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly begins today with the speaker of the house Yumnam Khemchand taking up the obituary reference of 4 former members of the house including the 1st and the last MP from the state, who also served the state as chief Minister for  5 times, Rishang Keishing. Other members that the house honoured and pay respect are Khundongbam Jugeshwar Singh, former member of the 2nd Manipur legislative Assembly from 17th Lamshang Assembly Constituency, Salam Damudor, former member of the 4th Manipur Legislative Assembly and Th. Krishna, former member of the 3rd and 5th Manipur Legislative Assembly.
Leader of the house N. Biren Singh, Opposition leader Okram Ibobi and other members of the house joined the obituary reference calling upon the sincerity, integrity and sacrificed of the four member of the house.
Later the secretary of the Manipur Legislative Assembly intimated the house on the bills assented by the governor. The Bills that the governor had given assent are The Manipur Appropriation (No 3) Bill, 2017, The Manipur Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (Amendment) Bill, 2017, The Manipur Appropriation (No 4) Bill, 2017, The Manipur Private School (Registration and regulation ) Bill, 2017, The Manipur Coaching Institute (Control and Regulation) Bill, 2017 and the Dhanamanjuri University Bill, 2017

The leader of the house than move the 4th report of the Business Advisory Committee, 2017 and the house agreed with the allocation of the time recommended by the committee. The winter session of the Manipur Legislative Assembly will be concluded on December 23.
On the first day Minister n charge for Tribal Affairs and Hills, N. Kaysii also tabled the The Manipur (Hill Area) District Councils (Fourth Amendment ) Bill 2017.
With no business left for today, the speaker adjourned the house till 11 am tomorrow.

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CSOs met Sitaram Yetchuri and Sangma; submits memorandum

Imphal, Dec 20: Leaders of the Civil Society organization presently camping at New Delhi continue its campaign by meeting various leaders of different political parties at New Delhi. The CSO team which comprise of Elangbam Johnson, President, United Committee Manipur (UCM), Ph. Deven, President, All Manipur United Club Organisation (AMUCO), Jeetendra Ningomba Vice President of the CCSK, YK Dhiren General Secy UCM and Sunil Karam of NIPCO today met National General Secretary of the CPI (M) Sitaram Yetchuri and President of the National People’s Party K Sangma. The CSO team submitted memorandum regarding the apprehension among the people of the state due to the ongoing peace talk and the Framework Agreement signed between the NSCN-IM and the Government of India.
The team had earlier met AICC President Rahul Gandhi, LoK Jan Shakti Party Chief Ram Villas Paswan and the AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal who is also the chief Minister if Delhi.

The team is expecting appointment of the Prime Minister and Home Minister of the country after December 20.
Both the leader of the National party met today also supported the demand of the CSOs of Manipur and assured all possible support to them.

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