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Financial irregularity in revenue collection of parking fees by IMC reflected in RTI queries

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Imphal, Dec 8,

A total of Rs. 70,05,230/- which is supposed to be collected as revenue for the Imphal Municipal Corporation (IMC) seems to be misappropriated by authority of the IMC.

The misappropriation of the huge amount of public money come to notice after the IMC authority provided information regarding the revenue collected from the vehicle parking fee from 18 authorized agents. The information was provided as reply to information sought by one Khumanthem Dhanachandra Singh of Naoremthong through RTI Act.

As per the information total revenue collected from the 18 agents approved for vehicle parking fees for the year 2016, 2017, and till June 12 of 2018  is Rs. 19,21,700/-. As per the information provided by the Assistant Municipal Commissioner (Revenue) , a total of Rs. 15,800/ has been collected per day from the 18 authorised agents. However, the IMC could collect only for 180 days from all of the agent. In 2017 the IMC collected the revenue for 272 days and for the year 2018, from January till June 12 the revenue collection was for 113 days only. The information also stated that the total revenue collected in 2016-2017 is Rs. 8,90370/- and for 2017-2018 is Rs. 10,31,400/-. Total revenue comes at 19, 21,770/-.

As the IMC has stated that the total amount collected per day from all the 18 authorised agent is Rs. 15,800/- , the total amount that the IMC should have collected was Rs. 28,44,000/- . This is as per calculation from the information of the IMC authority as they had revealed that number of days collected in 2016 was 180 . So Rs. 15,800 x 180 days comes Rs. 28,44,000/-. Similarly the number of days that the IMC stated to have collected revenue from the parking agent was Rs. 272. Then the total amount that the IMC should have collected was Rs. 42,97,600/-. As for the current year 2018, total number of days that parking revenue collected was 113. That means the total amount collected from January to June 12 of 2018 should be Rs. 17,85,400/-. Thus the total revenue collected for the year 2016,2017 and till June 12 of 2018 should be Rs. 89,27,000/-.

But the IMC authority stated that the number of amount collected for the said year is Rs. 19,21,770/-.

As the number days that parking revenue were collected has been recorded and provided, how come such a large discrepancy. A total of Rs. 70,05,230/- has been misappropriated.

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Education Minister inspects earmarked infrastructure development areas of DMU

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Imphal, Dec 8,

Education Minister Thokchom Radheshyam today inspected the Dhanamajuri College campus, upgradated to Dhanamanjuri University (DMU) along with the areas allotted for infrastructure development. The sites assigned for the construction of new library, canteen and academic necessities were inspected by the Ministerial team in accordance to the recommendations of the Government.
The Minister stated that developmental work will begin soon to meet the deadline set under Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) scheme. During the construction of the infrastructure, he stressed that focus will also be made to safeguard the already existing structure of the college. He said that all necessary, precautionary and preventive measures will be taken up avoid disturbance in the academic curriculums.
Th. Radheshyam said that library and canteen are two basic needs for the students. Looking into the existing library building, he added that a library for the University will be developed as per the guidance under the RUSA. He said that the library will be equipped with facilities that would help in meeting the academic and research needs of the students and academicians. He said that canteen is another key area which will be prioritized as cafeterias should maintain hygiene, providing healthy diets to the students.
The Minister highlighted that as per RUSA guidelines a Cluster University must consist of three to five colleges with an exception of two to three colleges in the North East region. However, for Manipur, it was urged to increase the number of cluster colleges from three to five as a special case.
The Manipur Legislative Assembly passed the Dhanamanjuri University Bill, 2017 on August 3, 2017. The Minister said that Dhanamanjuri University comprises of 5 institutions viz, Dhanamanjuri College of Science, Dhanamanjuri College of Arts, Dhanamanjuri College of Commerce, LMS Law College and GP Women’s College, which occupy common, adjoining or neighbouring physical spaces within 10 km range.
Th. Radheshyam said that seat intake of the Manipur University is low in comparison to the number of students graduating from the colleges of Manipur. He stressed that many financially sound students leave the State to pursue higher education. However many are unable to pursue due to financial restraint and limited seat intake in Manipur University.
The introduction of the Dhanamanjuri University, he added has come as an option for the students for admission to higher studies besides the Manipur University. This in return will also increase the number of student’s enrolment in Master’s Degree course in the State, he stated.
The Minister stated that the people of Manipur have huge inclination towards education. He said that the credit for Dhanamanjuri University is due to the commitment and dedication of every stakeholder of the higher education especially the faculties of the five colleges. He added that from the efforts and guidance of the present Government the education sector in Manipur is now moving towards a positive direction. He also appealed to all the concern faculties, students and public to render support and treat the properties of the institution as their own belonging.

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One person shot dead; UNLF claims, says he was awarded capital punishment

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Imphal, Dec 8,

A person identified as Soraisam Modhuchandra @ SM Meitei (age about 45) son of S. Dinamani of Thangmeiband Yumnam Leikai , Imphal West was shot dead by unknown  persons today morning near the foothill of Cheiraoching in Thangmeiband. Armed rebel group in a press communiqué claimed the killing saying that the person was awarded capital punishment by the group after he absconded and surrendered to the Chief Minister along with arms on June 19, 2017.
Clarifying the punishment awarded to the deceased, the UNLF statement said that there is nothing wrong when revolutionary discharged due to hardship and live a normal life. Many had left revolutionary organization and live a life of a common man unable to bear the hardship and UNLF has always accepted and considered them as common people. However, if a revolutionary surrendered and started acting against the party and continue committing crimes to malign the image of the revolutionary organization then the party will not tolerate. Modhuchandra was awarded the capital punishment for his anti party activities after surrendering to the government.
The deceased surrendered along with 2 arms of the UNLF and started commiting activities against the UNLF and revolutionary movement. Stating that he had many times committed activities against the revolutionary movement by arranging surrender drama but as his anti revolutionary activities intensified in the last few months, the UNLF statement said and added that as the UNLF is left with no choice he was awarded capital punishment.
The UNLF appealed the people and surrendered revolutionary not to continue activities against the revolutionary movement.  

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“ Kasa Koso  Football Tournament-2018 “ concluded

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Imphal, Dec 8,

After exhilarating over 04 days high voltage  ” Kasa Koso  Football Tournament-2018 “  involving  10 teams of different villages and sports club came to an end today i.e. on 08/12/18. The tournament was kicked off on 05/12/2018 in play ground of  Pudunamei village, Mao .  109 BN CRPF is organizing such event with an objective to extend the hands of friendship and to encourage the youth to honour the diversity of our society and to promote game spirit.  109 Bn CRPF sponsored this football tournament under the aegis of Shri. Rajesh Kumar,IPS, IGP, M&N Sector CRPF  under Civic Action Programme 2018
Vinod Kumar, Commandant, 109 BN, CRPF welcomed the chief guest Mr. L.Daikho honorable minister, PHED, Manipur Govt. and other dignitaries, invitees and spectators. This colorful closing ceremony was attended by police/administrative officials of Mao and huge gathering of people from surrounding villages.
On the occasion, Chief Guest Sh. L.Daikho praised the initiative of 109BN CRPF to promote games by organizing such tournament. He also said that this kind of work will accelerate the feeling of indelible brotherhoodship between CRPF and people of Mao.  Honorable chief guest felicitated with trophies to the winner and runners-up teams. He also gave cash prize of Rs. 10,000/- and Rs. 5,000/- respectively to the Winner & Runner-up team. In this tournament sports dresses and Medals were distributed to all the players of winners and runners up teams by 109 Bn CRPF. The Motto of the tournament was to promote harmony among different community and to encourage sportsmanship.
In the final match, Song Song youth and student organisation clinched the trophy by defeating Fiishufii (Pudunamei) by 4 - 0. The chairman and villagers of surrounding areas appreciated the excellent work done by CRPF for their community in the remote areas of Manipur.

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NEFIS condemns the arrest of Manipur journalist Wangkhem under sedition charges

IT News
Imphal, Dec 8,

North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS) today condemned the recent arrest of Manipur journalist, Kishorechandra Wangkhem.
In a statement the NEFIS terms it a draconian measure aimed at suppressing dissent and instilling fear in those opposed to the ruling dispensation, Wangkhem was arrested on November 27 on charges of sedition under the National Security Act (NSA) and sent to jail.
“It should be known that the day before he was granted bail in the case by a CJM court in West Imphal, which had maintained that the remarks were an “expression of opinion against the Prime Minister of India and Chief Minister of Manipur” and couldn’t be termed as seditious”, the statement said.
NEFIS however said that they did not support the indecent language used by the journalist, NEFIS unequivocally stands by his right to freedom of expression. The detention order used to arrest Wangkhem which stated that he was arrested ‘with a view to prevent him from acting in any matter prejudicial to the security of the state and to the maintenance of the public order’, is unsustainable jurisprudentially. The arrest unambiguously laid it down that dissent of whatsoever nature would not be tolerated by the powers that be and it should be seen against the backdrop of incidents of curbing of dissent by the central and state governments across the country.
NEFIS further demands that the arrested journalist be immediately released and sedition charges under NSA against him be dropped. NEFIS also urges each and every journalist to rise to the occasion to defend the right to speech and dissent.
Meanwhile, candle light protest planed by the MSAD at Western Kangla Gate today evening has been foiled after the district authority prohibited such protest.

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3 persons arrested with contraband drugs

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Imphal, Dec 8,

Kakching district commando comprising Jem Ksh. Prakash Singh and Insp N. Tikendra, CDO in-charge, led by Addl SP (Ops), N. Netrajit, MPS under the supervision of SP, Victoria Yengkhom, MPS arrested 3 persons from Pallel area at around 4 PM yesterday with contraband items number 4 (Heroin) contained in 10 soap cases and Burmese currency 500 kyats. As per their disclosure, the contraband items were brought from Moreh to be delivered at Sora. The arrested persons are identified as M. Martha Nengeikim Haokip (33), D/O M. Janglet Haokip of Moreh Ward number 9, M Chinneilhing Haokip (31), D/O M. Janglet Haokip of Moreh Ward number 9, and Md. Najir (40), S/O Md.  Gaffar of Sora Karanchi Leikai.
The arrested persons and the heroin number 4 contraband items have been handed over to Kakching PS after registering a case.

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Fixing the broken window

Consider a building with a few broken windows. If the windows are not repaired, the tendency is for vandals to break a few more windows. Eventually, they may even break into the building, and if it’s unoccupied, perhaps become squatters or light fires inside. Or consider a pavement. Some litter accumulates. Soon, more litter accumulates. Eventually, people even start leaving bags of refuse from take-out restaurants there or even break into cars. If the concept is to be applied to the law and order situation in our society with special emphasis to the prevailing system of administration and governance, one would find the same psychological response to the prevailing situation. This very social phenomena is termed the Broken Window Theory - introduced by James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling in an article titled Broken Windows, in the March 1982 The Atlantic Monthly following an experiment by Philip Zimbardo, a Stanford psychologist who tested the theory in 1969. Unsurprisingly for many, the test concluded that vandalism, or for that matter, most forms of social disturbances occurs much more quickly as the community generally seems apathetic. Similar events can occur in any civilized community when communal barriers – the sense of mutual regard and obligations of civility – are lowered by actions that suggest apathy. In other words, the theory posits that the prevalence of disorder creates fear in the minds of citizens who are convinced that the area is unsafe.
This withdrawal from the community weakens social controls that previously kept criminals in check. Once this process begins, it feeds itself. Disorder causes crime, and crime causes further disorder and crime.
A lot of social discrepancies- between the accepted social norms and the ground reality can be explained based on this theory. The snowballing effect of corruption, favoritism, unrest and elitism being increasingly experienced by the general public in the state can be understood more clearly and objectively when one understands the psychology behind the cause of such undesirable social occurrences.
But understanding the cause is not the panacea to the festering problem, it is rather the beginning of a long and tedious process of reforms and redressals which should be pursued relentlessly. But the task at hand is easier said than done. The present system of administration and governance which has been consciously shaped and engineered to comply and conform to the interests of a precious few having access to power and connections, with the added bonus of having in place various mechanisms to protect and cover the nefarious activities and conniving characteristics of those fortunate few, needs to be pulled down and a radical system to administration and governance has to be drawn up be implemented without further ado.
In short, an overhauling of the deep rooted social evils and malpractices that has been inextricably intertwined with the present system is the need of the hour. If the present government does not have the gumption to own up and make the much delayed changes, the general public will be forced to act on their behalf. Time to fix the broken window is running out for the government.    

KUKI CHIEFTAINSHIP IN DEMOCRATIC INDIA

By : Dr. George T Haokip
Courtesy -Beyond the Horizon

Kukis from North East India continue to practise a traditional chieftainship system, in sharp contrast to the democratic systems in the rest of the country. This has resulted in the impairment of democracy and development in Kuki areas. There is a need to rethink the relationship between the two systems and their prospects within the scope of India’s democracy.
The Kukis live in Manipur, Nagaland, Assam, Mizoram and Tripura. The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order, 1950 categorised them under the generic nomenclature “Any Kuki Tribes.” In Manipur they live in all the five hill districts and in certain  areas in the Imphal Valley.
They constitute the second largest population in Manipur. In Nagaland, they are found living in the three districts, namely, Kohima, Dimapur and Phek. Some live in Meghalaya. In Tripura they are known by different names. In Assam they live in Karbi Anglong, N C Hills (now Dima Hasao), Kachar, and other parts.
Generally, Kuki tribes continue to harbour a certain nostalgia for inherited traditional governance.
Chieftainship is considered inalienable for the 22 tribes that constitute the Kukis. In Mizoram the system was abolished by the Assam–Lushai District (Acquisition of Chief’s Rights) Act, 1954. Tripura had replaced it with the panchayat system functioning under the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council. Chieftainship has been functioning among the Kukis despite the introduction of the representative system. The two systems are considered to be in opposition to each other. Their coexistence, however, had an impact on certain aspects of chieftainship.
The chief is patriarchal and feudal.
He retains absolute authority over village land and the villagers. The relationship between him and the villagers is symmetrical to feudal relations seen between landlords and tenants. His words are law. Villagers could settle in the village so long as they please the chief. This system is considered antithetical to the practice of democracy. In short, villagers have
no freedom. Their fate is decided by the chief. At the same time chieftainship is an institution that is considered an
inalienable custom practised by the Kuki tribes since time immemorial. A debate, therefore, emerges on whether
to continue with chieftainship. The debate goes on without any resolution.
Historically, in the context of Manipur, the post-independence Manipur State Constitution Act, 1947 was enacted which did not apply in matters where specific reservations of powers were made to any authority in the hill under the provisions of the Manipur State Hill Peoples (Administration) Regulation Act, 1947.
However, the government was in a hurry to enact in the same year, the Manipur State Hill Peoples (Administration) Regulation Act, 1947 and later the Manipur (Village Authority in Hill Areas) Act, 1956, the Manipur Hill Areas (Acquisition of Chief Rights) Act, 1967, the Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms Act, 1960, the Manipur Land Revenue and Reforms (Amendment) Act, 1975. The regulation of these legislative acts are a direct attempt to end the continuation of traditional authority within the democratic system. While a democracy constraint is one aspect, the
introduction of new administration has changed not only their traditional system but also their relationship with
land, forest, and natural resources.
Therefore, there was strong opposition from the Kukis, particular the chiefs, which leads to freezing of the government regulations.
Chieftainship Debate
Despite the attempts by governments to either wish away traditional leadership or to actually attack it through various reform measures with a view to abolish it, Kuki chieftainship remained the centre of authority in Kuki inhabited areas in
India’s North East and in Myanmar. The post-independence dualism of political authority still continued without any
major changes in the structure. There are modern state structures on the one hand, and indigenous political institutions on the other. This reality has sparked intense and ongoing debate among policymakers, politicians, and academicians. The debate focuses on the relevance, role and place of these indigenous institutions of governance in political systems.
Debates on chieftainship in modernity focus on the role and place of traditional authority in Indian democracy. How could the chieftainship system coexist with elected local authorities? How is this relationship mediated so that the two structures can work in harmony rather than in competition? These questions have generated intense debate between “traditionalists” and “modernists” in both academic and policy circles. The gist of this debate revolved around three positions. One which considers traditional Kuki chieftainship institutions as outdated forms of authority, an affront to democratic rule, and one that has no valuable role to play under Indian democracy. Such a position believes that they should not be accorded any recognition by the modern state, and must be abolished.
A pragmatic counter position asserts that these institutions are still relevant and legitimate, particularly in rural
areas where the majority of the people reside. Consequently, they should not be abolished. The third group believes
in both traditional authority and the democratic system, and that chieftainship system should evolve
with democracy to remain relevant.
The reality is that among various Kuki tribes this indigenous institution exists

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Assam Rifles Celebrates Armed Forces Flag Day

IT News
Imphal, Dec. 8

All the Battalions of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (South) celebrated the Indian Armed Forces Flag Day on 07 December 2018 with full zeal and enthusiasm along with the students of various schools in Imphal valley.
Keithelmanbi Battalion celebrated the day with school students at Canchipur and Lilong Company Operating Base as well as Assam Rifles Public School (ARPS)  Keithelmanbi. The Lilong and Canchipur Company Operating Bases organised lectures and distributed sweets to the students of Arapati Primary School and GT Memorial Academy. The Battalion organised a special assembly at Assam Rifles Public School  Keithelmanbi with a two minute silence in the honour of the soldiers of our country, a lecture giving out the significance of the day, patriotic songs, signing of graffiti board and screening of a video on “Know and Love Our Armed Forces” which was special for the students as the video was made by the teachers of the school.
Sawombung Company Operating Base of Mantripukhari Battalion celebrated the Day with the students of Leishamba English School and Thoubal Battalion with students of Haokhongching Primary School, Chandrakhong and Assam Rifles Junior High School, Thoubal.
Tulihal Battalion celebrated the day with the students of Recent Higher Secondary School, Sagoltomba and Yurembam High School, Imphal West District with an inspirational lecture narrating the valour of the Indian Amred Forces along with Weapon Display for the students at the Patsoi Operating Base. Nambol Company celebrated the day with students of Nambol High School in which students were familiarised with various ways to join the Indian Armed Forces as well as the vast potential of the North Eastern India in contribution towards the Nation building.
The Day witnessed participation by students and teachers from various schools all across the area of responsibility of the Sector. Everyone appreciated the efforts of the Assam Rifles and expressed their earnest gratitude for having celebrated the event with them and making them aware of the sacrifices made by the Indian Armed forces.

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CM Chairs Review Meeting Of Water Resources And Minor Irrigation Departments

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Imphal, Dec 8
As part of the series of review meetings planned for all Government Departments, Chief Minister  N. Biren Singh chaired a joint review meeting for Water Resources and Minor Irrigation Departments at the Cabinet Hall of Chief Minister Secretariat yesterday.Secretary (Water Resources and Minor Irrigation) Jacintha Lazarus made detailed presentations on the works, achievements and issues of the two Departments at the meeting.
As a long term measure to check frequent occurrence of floods in the State, the Department put up a proposal to construct dams/reservoirs for retention of water on Imphal River at Kangpokpi, Iril River at Yangnoi (near Saikul), Kongba River at Eshingthenbi in order to regulate water volume and check breaching of river banks and flash floods in the State during rainy season. Another important suggestion brought up during the meeting was diversion of Chakpi River to Manipur River near Serou to check back flow of flood water of Chakpi River.  
The Chief Minister asked the officials of the Department to prepare a DPR for the construction of a tunnel under the molehill located between the two rivers. He also directed the officials concerned to convene another meeting to be attended by the officials of National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) Ltd., Loktak Development Authority (LDA) and Water Resources Department to jointly determine flood prevention measures at the earliest.  
Other long term measures suggested by the Department were development of water bodies, reservoirs, community ponds, de-siltation of Loktak Lake, Ikop Pat, Kharung Pat, Pumlen Pat, Irum Pat and Utra Part to increase the volume of flood water absorbing capacity. The Chief Minister directed the officials concerned to prepare a comprehensive project within a month to check flood in the State permanently.On the other hand, short term measures suggested by the Department included scientific assessment of flood prone areas followed by vulnerability mapping, stabilising/ strengthening of river bund by raising and widening and river bund protection works like retaining walls and bored piling etc. Status reports of works/schemes taken up under the funding of North Eastern Council (NEC), Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF), Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme (AIBP), Special Development Fund (SDF) and Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) etc. were also presented at the meeting.
Regarding Dolaithabi Barrage Project, it was informed to the Chief Minister that a trial run for releasing canal water up to 7.54 km of common canal and left main canal was done on October 20, 2018. Water for the remaining 7.54 km to 17.30 km will be done within this month. However, the gates of Dolaithabi project is now closed from October 22 to store water for regular irrigation to the fields for Rabi crops.
In the meantime, works on water transmission system and right main canal of Thoubal Multipurpose Project are in good progress and the contractors/agencies have been advised to complete all the works by March 2019.
 Jacintha Lazarus also made a presentation on the works, achievements and issues of Minor Irrigation Department as well. Under AIBP (now known as Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana), the Department has completed 843 schemes during the financial year 2012-13 at a cost of Rs. 303.43 crores and 43,692 hectares of cultivable land has been brought under its command. Moreover, five schemes under NLCPR funding and around 100 schemes mainly repairing and renovation of old schemes under NABARD funding were also taken up. The Department also took up 102 MI schemes under PMKSY during 2014-15 and 2015-16 fiscal years.
The Chief Minister asked the officials of Command Area Development Authority (CADA) and Minor Irrigation Department to form a dedicated team to co-ordinate works to effectively provide irrigation facilities for Rabi crops at Konthoujam, Keirao, Kakching, Bishnupur and Sekmai etc.
Chief Engineers of CADA, Water Resources and Minor Irrigation Departments and Project Director of Loktak Development Authority and other high ranking officials of these Departments were also present at the meeting.

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