Saturday, 03 February 2018 - Imphal Times

Imphal, Feb 3: In response to the Chief Minister’s called for fight against drugs and illegal activities in the state, state police and Narcotic and Border Affairs (NAB) have intensified drive against drugs at various places of the state.
In a joint drive led by K. Meghachandra, SP Thoubal district, Shinghajit, SP Kakching and W. Babu Singh SP, NAB, conducted at Lilong Leishakhong, Lilong haoreibi Awang Leikai and Lilong Yangbi Leikai from around 4.30 am to 9.30 am today, the team recovered 77 Codeine Bottles (psychotropic drugs) from the possession of a person identified as Md. Sheik Safir Ahmad, a resident of Lilong Leihaokhong. On further search operation by the combine team, 2 grams of heroin powders along with one Barrel Gun were also recovered from the possession of another person whose name is yet to be identified.
Surprisingly the joint team also intercepted 3 four wheelers and 8 two wheelers vehicles which do not have proper valid documents from the area.
All the seized vehicles and the drugs along with those persons arrested were paraded before media today at Lilong Police Station.
Talking to reporters, W. Basu, SP NAB said that the anti drug drive was successful due to support and cooperation by the All Lilong Anti Drug Drive Association. He said the police along with the NAB intensified the drive against drug as the present government led by Chief Minister N. Biren Singh had openly declare to make the state free from drugs. 2 separate cases has been registered with the Lilong police station in connection with today’s’ seizures, he added and assured to continue such drive at various places of the state.

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Saturday, 03 February 2018 17:05

33rd SASA Sports Meet-2018 begins at Larong

Chandel,Feb.3: The much awaited Sulam Area Sporting Association 33rd Sports Meet-2018 was opened with a bang by Lhukhosei Zou Chairman ADC Chandel at Larong Khullen Public ground in Chandel District on 3rd February, 2018, in the presence of a 1000 strong audience comprising of clubs, sports officials, sports lovers and residents of the neighbourhood.
The Chief Guest of the 33rd Sports Meet-2018, Lhukhosei Zou also hoisted the flag of SASA.
Th.Joy Lamkang Vice-Chairman ADC Chandel, Ts.Willingson Executive Member PHED ADC Chandel, Nula Warngam Member ADC Chandel, D.Kawar Special Contractor and Ss. Mohring Ex.ADC Member Chandel, were the other dignitaries who graced and spoke the big day of SASA as Guests of Honour, while Ts.Kanlun Anal Executive Member Agri & Horticulture ADC Chandel warmed the event as Function President.
To add to the solemnity and festivity of the auspicious occasion, a cultural programme of Larong Cultural Troops were Present in.
The SASA Meet kick-off involving 12 teams will begin tomorrow, the 4th Feb, 2018. The edgy spectators are itching to see the first goal netted.

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Imphal, Feb3:Social Welfare and Cooperation Minister Nemcha Kipgen today launched the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY), a maternity benefits scheme for all Pregnant Women & Lactating Mothers (PW&LM), through the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) at the Office Chamber of the Minister at New Secretariat, Babupara. It is a centrally sponsored scheme with 10 percent state share.
The Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) for this scheme will be operational through the Public Financial Management System (PFMS), a web-based online software application developed and implemented by the Office of Controller General of Accounts (CGA).    With an aim to timely transfer of benefit to the citizen by bringing efficiency, effectiveness, transparency and accountability in the Government system, Minister Nemcha informed that as the scheme are launched through DBT, it will directly reach the right beneficiaries through individual’s bank accounts electronically, tiers involved in fund flow will be minimised, delay in payment of fund to the beneficiaries will be reduced and will also curb fund misappropriation and duplication.
She further stated that the eligible beneficiaries under PMMVY programme gets a total amount of  Rs. 5,000 in three instalments– Rs. 1000 will be received in the 1st instalment after first anti natal check-up when pregnancy is registered, Rs. 2000 in the 2ndinstalment at the last trimester and in the 3rdinstalment, Rs. 2000 will be received after 1st immunisation.
The PMMVY programme is restricted to only the first born child per woman. In case of miscarriage/ till birth, the beneficiary would be eligible to claim the remaining instalment (s) in event of any future pregnancy.The scheme excludes to any woman in regular employment with the Central Government or State Government or Public Sector Undertaking or those who are in receipt of similar benefits under any law for the time being in force, Nemcha added.
Minister Nemcha further expressed “Social Welfare department have received 5000 forms till date from the Anganwadi workers which is verified by Supervisor and Child Development Project Officer (CDPO) and out of which 1696 beneficiaries are approved. The process is still going on to reach to all the deserving beneficiaries.”
On this occasion, Social Welfare Minister announced that DBT will soon be implemented for various schemes/ programmes given under the Department of Social Welfare mainly to ease the various inconveniences faced by the beneficiaries. She also appeals all the media personnel to take main role in reaching all the information regarding the various schemes launched by the State Government to the masses.
The launch function was also graced by Commissioner, Social Welfare H. Dileep Singh, Director, Social Welfare Smt. Jacintha Lazarus, Joint Director, Social Welfare, Surrender A. Shishak, Deputy Directors and concern officials.

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Saturday, 03 February 2018 17:03

Minister Letpao Haokip provide relief materials

Imphal, Feb. 3: Minister (IFCD & YAS) Letpao Haokip today visited Ms. Mangngaiching  w/o (L) Lam En Thang of Sugnu Zoveng whose house was gutted  in an unfortunate incident on the midnight of February 1, 2018.
The minister handed over relief materials consisting of 3 bags of rice, 1 bag each of potato and dal, 1 water container, Blankets and utensils to the victims family.
Letpao  empathetically stated that the victim will be compensated from Disaster Management fund of the district and one housing scheme from PMAY-G.
The minister was accompanied by DC, Chandel, Krishna Kumar, SDO Khengjoi, N. Shokhongam Baite, SDO, Chakpikarong, David Rangkung and SDPO, Sugnu, Romendro.

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Imphal, Feb. 3: Directorate of Handlooms & Textiles is inviting applications on plain paper from interested Craftsperson of the Border villages located in the outlying border of Manipur to participate in the 7-Days Crafts Exhibition of Border Villages of Manipur from 13-19 March, 2018. In a press release issued by Director, Handloom & Textiles, Government of Manipur says that the Exhibition to be held at Urban Haat, Nilakuthi, Imphal East, Manipur, is organise under the aegis of Manipur Handloom & Handicrafts Development Corporation (MHHDC) Limited.
Participants will be provided free Stall, TA and free Accommodation with maximum participants per stall. The stalls will be allotted on first come first serve basis and the last date of submission of application is February 20, 2018.

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Saturday, 03 February 2018 17:02

Educating the educators

In a move that promises to alleviate the quality of education in the State, the training program of untrained elementary teachers was formally launched with the Chief Minister lighting the auspicious lamp to commemorate the occasion. Various initiatives and incentives taken up by the ministry of education such as the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rastriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) under the Right to Education Act (RTE) 2009 have not achieved its objectives despite four years of concerted efforts.
It has also been reported that a large number of elementary teachers all over the country (more than 7,000 in Manipur alone) have yet to receive the requisite training or the expertise to impart education to the students at the elementary level. The training program is taken up to address this lacuna, with the Chief Minister prominently stating that untrained elementary teachers will not be employed after 2015. It may be mentioned that the Constitution (Eighty-sixth Amendment) Act, 2002 inserted Article 21-A in the Constitution of India to provide free and compulsory education of all children in the age group of six to fourteen years as a Fundamental Right in such a manner as the State may, by law, determine.
The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009, which represents the consequential legislation envisaged under Article 21-A, means that every child has a right to full time elementary education of satisfactory and equitable quality in a formal school which satisfies certain essential norms and standards. Article 21-A and the RTE Act came into effect on 1 April 2010. The title of the RTE Act incorporates the words ‘free and compulsory’. ‘Free education’ means that no child, other than a child who has been admitted by his or her parents to a school which is not supported by the appropriate Government, shall be liable to pay any kind of fee or charges or expenses which may prevent him or her from pursuing and completing elementary education.
‘Compulsory education’ casts an obligation on the appropriate Government and local authorities to provide and ensure admission, attendance and completion of elementary education by all children in the 6-14 age group. With this, India has moved forward to a rights based framework that casts a legal obligation on the Central and State Governments to implement this fundamental child right as enshrined in the Article 21A of the Constitution, in accordance with the provisions of the RTE Act which provides for, among others, Right of children to free and compulsory education till completion of elementary education in a neighbourhood school, making provisions for a non-admitted child to be admitted to an age appropriate class. It also lays down the norms and standards relating inter alia to Pupil Teacher Ratios (PTRs), buildings and infrastructure, school-working days, teacher-working hours. And, most importantly, the Act provides for appointment of appropriately trained teachers, i.e. teachers with the requisite entry and academic qualifications and prohibits (a) physical punishment and mental harassment; (b) screening procedures for admission of children; (c) capitation fee; (d) private tuition by teachers and (e) running of schools without recognition.
Now that one can safely conclude that the groundwork is coming to a satisfactory conclusion, what remains to be seen is how actively and keenly is the Government looking into the implementation of the schemes, for no amount of planning and financial support or investment will reap result unless the teachers deliver, and in time.

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Imphal, Feb 3: Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla highlighted achievements and issues of the State administration on the first day of the 4th session of the Eleventh Manipur Legislative Assembly.
Dr. Najma Heptulla said that the vibrant diversity and proud traditions of the State inspires all, to continuously work towards a shared vision of collective prosperity and inclusive development for the people of Manipur. Continuous efforts are made to remove the emotional and developmental gaps between various communities of the state.
 She stated that the Government is committed for an all-round, inclusive and harmonious development in the State. Aiming towards a citizen-centric and corruption-free administration, “Meeyamgi Numit” and “Hill Leaders’ Day” were introduced to carry out regular and structured interaction with the public. In the same spirit of transparency and good governance.,  The “Vigilance Department” has been reorganized as “Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Department” to tackle corruption cases and Anti-Corruption Cell set up to monitor and track such cases, she added.
Stating improvement in the law and order situation and security environment of the whole State, she said that the State has been bandh and blockade free since the new government assumed office. Security along the border areas, especially Moreh and Behiang has been strengthened and Special Forces deployed in the border areas to curb cross border movement of insurgent groups and illegal migration from across the border.
The Governor also said that the government has kept its door open for negotiation with insurgency groups to bring them back into the mainstream. About 75 (seventy-five) cadres of different insurgent groups surrendered this year and the allowances of the surrendered militants will be enhanced to help in their rehabilitation.
In her address, the Governor stated that the govt. is giving strong emphasis for development of people in hill areas. Construction of Women Markets at Ukhrul, Chandel, Tamenglong, Churachandpur, Senapati, Kangpokpi and Jiribam has been launched which will be completed soon. Efforts are also on to provide accommodation to doctors and teachers posted in the remote hill areas.
During the year, seventy seven thousand (77,000)pre and post matric scholarships were provided to tribal students. Construction of 5 (five) 100 bedded OBC hostels is going on with additional two Eklavya Model Residential Schools at Kamjong and Churachandpur being taken up for tribal students. Construction of ST boys and Girls Hostel has also been taken up in Noney, Chandel and Ukhrul.
The Governor further stated that the government has specially launched “Chief Minister’s Laiyeng Shen” – a health programme for widows where Rs. 15,000/- each will be given to selected beneficiaries. Remedial coaching programme – “Chief Minister’s Lairik Yengminnasi” for minority students for English, Maths and Science is also being implemented.
The Governor also stated that the Govt. has enacted legislation to regulate the establishment and management of private schools and private coaching centres. Three Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas at Poi in Ukhrul; Langol in Chandel and New Mandeu in Tamenglong to High Schools  were recently upgraded and will develop Model schools in 5 districts at a cost of Rupees twenty crore each in the coming years.
To ensure 24X7 electricity supply, 4 (four) new 132/33kV sub-stations at Thoubal, Elangkhangpokpi, Chandel and Hundung and seven (7) new 33/11kV sub-stations at Henglep, Oinamlong, Ukhrul Khunjao, Gelnel, Chakpikarong, Phungyar and Mao were commissioned and dedicated to the people. In addition, 3 (three) 132/33kV sub-stations at Thanlon, Moreh and Tipaimukh and 3 (three) 33/11kV sub-stations at Kasom-Khullen, Nungbi-Khullen, and Mayangkhang will be completed soon. Work has begun to upgrade Sub-Station at Imphal and for extending the 400 kV D/C line from Silchar. 23 number of 33/11 kV stations will be installed at various locations in the next year to strengthen the transmission system.
The Govt. is focused towards development of orchard farms in hill districts and setting up of one cold storage in each district head quarter. Five (5) Rural Markets and two (2) Integrated Pack Houses at Khongampat, Wabagai, Pangaltabi, Kwasiphai, Nambol and Kangmong were constructed. Efforts are also being made under “Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North East Region” to popularise the “Chak-hao” in the national and international markets.
The government has initiated a healthcare scheme “Chief Minister-gi Hakshelgi Tengbang” Scheme which was launched on the Statehood Day. The scheme will provide “cashless” medical cover to BPL, AAY card holders and to the poor, disabled and widows for up to Rs. 2 lakh per family per year for 7 critical diseases and for upto Rupees fifty thousand (Rs. 50,000/-) for other identified general ailments.
Continuing its efforts to improve Air connectivity, direct flights between Imphal and Delhi has been introduced. Expansion and upgradation of Imphal International Airport is taking place along with setting up Air Cargo Terminal. During the year, the Imphal Airport road was improved and widened; work is almost nearing completion.
The government has already completed 19 Kms of National Highways of the set target of 30 Kms and work on procurement and tendering for another over 88 Kms is under progress.  Maintenance and Improvement work of Imphal-Jiri Road will be completed by March 2018. DPR for 4 laning and 2 laning is under preparation. Foundation work has started for construction of Barak and Makru bridges.
The Manipur State Transport was revived after a gap of 15 years. Free travel for the disabled has been provided in all public transport. For convenience and safety of women passengers, reserved Seating arrangements have been made on Manipur State Transport (MST) buses.
The Government has decided to make the “Core Area of Imphal City” Garbage free. Laxmi Market and New Market at Khwairamband Bazar have been made functional after repairing the earthquake damages. “Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana” scheme is implemented in 24 towns of Manipur and over twenty six thousand (26,000) houses selected for assistance under the scheme. The Government has exempted Stamp duty, registration fee and tax on registration of deeds for transfer of land to the female head of the household under the Scheme.
The government has implemented the “Chief Minister-gi  Shotharabasingi Tengbang”scheme which will provide the much needed care, assistance and dignity to the persons with disabilities, the aged homeless persons and their care-givers.  2,150 persons with disabilities have already been registered under the Scheme.
For the first time, a “North-East Business Summit” was held in Manipur which was attended by Hon’ble President of India as the Chief Guest and as many as 39 MoUs were signed. The government has come up with a new Industrial and Investment Policy, 2017 envisaging setting up of a “Single Window Agency” for approvals. For creating industrial infrastructure, the government is constructing one more industrial estate, at Salemthar of Chandel district besides the four existing ones.
The National Sports University has commenced its operations and first two courses in the areas of Sports coaching and the Physical Education and Sports were launched this year. Efforts are on to complete the work on District Sports Complexes in Ukhrul, Chandel, Churachandpur and Tamenglong this year as well completing the Cricket Sport complex at Luwangsangbam. 4 (four) Artificial football grounds at Imphal East, Imphal West, Bishnupur and Thoubal will be taken up, besides  one Artificial Hockey Ground at Imphal East, Mini Sports Stadium at Akampat SEYO Club Ground, MMA Training Hall, and  Flood Lighting at Khuman Lampak. There is also a proposal to set up a regional football academy in the state to encourage young talents.
Government has initiated measures to provide Manipuri local dishes in all Manipur Bhawans in order to make the visitors from the State feel at home. Manipur Bhawan, Guwahati will be made functional within March 2018. For the welfare of the journalist community Manipur State Journalists’ Welfare Scheme was introduced in the State. The State Information and Public Relations Department organized a 2-Day Media Interaction Programme between India and Myanmar recently.
The Governor said that we must looked forward to a future which will unlock the full potential of the people and resources of Manipur that requires a strong sense of participation, collaboration and common purpose amongst all stakeholders in order to realise  collective goals and attain shared prosperity.
Later, in  continuation of the session, MLA Shri P. Saratchandra  moved the motion of thanks to the Governor address which was seconded by MLA Shri Awangbow Newmai. The Governor address will be discuss in the floor of the Assembly on February 6, 2018.

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