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Items filtered by date: Wednesday, 14 March 2018 - Imphal Times - A Daily Eveninger

Quality over quantity

The frenzy activities and frenetic rushes of the state machinery in its preparation to welcome the prime minister is nothing short of a spectacle. The number of inaugurations of projects and schemes being held during the last few days by the state government has not been witnessed before, both in terms of scale and diversity, so much so that some have termed it a ‘festival of inaugurations’ not without reason. While the objectives of these inaugurations are commendable, many have started questioning the viability and sustainability of such a decision in the long run.
While the new BJP-led state government has promised change with the present chief minister expressing his intent to bring about physical and emotional unity and inclusive development in the state and is clearly making efforts to put his promises into action, past experiences and examples bears a grim testimony to the less than unfortunate end to a huge number of such schemes and projects purportedly devised to bring development and progress for the benefit of the public. The ground reality is that the common man has yet to feel or enjoy the benefits as the bureaucratic hurdles, red-tapeism and corruption in public offices still makes life difficult. While the claim of the present government of improved governance has some degree of credibility, yet the pace and degree of change the people of the state voted the party for is still frustratingly slow and sluggish.

The biggest challenge of the state government is not the initiation of development activities, but the ensuring of continuity and efficacy of such activities for the public. Without a proper mechanism for implementation and regular appraisal of these schemes and projects such undertakings become bad investment and wastage of precious public resources. Taking into consideration the scarcity of resources and funds as well as state income, it is always a prudent exercise to prioritise quality over quantity. Haphazard decisions and whimsical announcements just to make up the numbers will eventually prove to be a burden sooner or later. Feedback from the public must form an important and integral part of the decision process and the chief minister is doing an exemplary job at present. His “Meeyamgee Numit” is a radical move to keep his fingers on the pulse of the public of the state.
While it may seem too early and unfair to draw comparisons with the previous government given that three consecutive terms were entrusted by the public to perform their duties, the past should be used as a lesson by the present government so that it does not repeat the blunder of institutionalizing cronyism and alienating from the public which put it power. Ensuring proper and timely implementation of activities and following up on the functioning to make sure that the intended targets reap the benefits of the schemes and projects will strengthen the faith of the public and earn it the much needed goodwill.

CM greets people on the first anniversary of the BJP-led government

‘State collected revenue of Rs 831 crores within a year’

Imphal, March 14: Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that the State government has collected total revenue of Rs. 831 crores for the year 2017-18 which is a steep Rs 245 crore increase over Rs 586 crore in the last financial year 2016-17. Moreover the government has set a revenue target of Rs 948 crores to be collected in the next fiscal year.
This was stated by him today while giving warm greetings and wishes to the people of Manipur on the occasion of the first anniversary of the BJP led government in the State. Chief Minister expressed his happiness that the new government has been able to make Manipur a blockade and bandh-free state since the BJP led government came into power on 15th March, 2017. He said such success was able to achieve with the love, support and trust of the people to the new government.
Stating that the Government has made continuous efforts to remove the emotional and developmental gaps between various communities of the state, Chief Minister said that the Government is focusing on all-round, inclusive and harmonious development in the State. Since day one, the government adopted citizen-centric and corruption-free approach, thus the process of regular and structured interaction with the public such as “Meeyamgi Numit” and “Hill Leaders’ Day” was initiated and has been successful to reduce the grievances and problems faced by the people of the State. The government is committed to maintain transparency and good governance in the State.
The government has launched various pro-people welfare schemes such as Chief Minister gi Sotharabasing-gi Tengbang (CMST), Chief Ministergi Hakshelgi Tengbang(CMHT) for the poor, needy and disabled people of the State. The Government has especially launched “Chief Minister’s LaiyengShen” – 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. He mentioned that Chief Minister-gi Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT) got the prestigious award in the category of ‘the most efficiently run Public Health Programme by a State Government’ in the Health Summit organised by Indian Express Group recently held in Pune.
Chief Minister mentioned that there has been a qualitative improvement in the security environment of the whole State. The Government has given special attention to curbing cross border movement of insurgent groups and illegal migration from across the border. Security along the border areas, especially Moreh and Behiang has been strengthened and Special Forces are also deployed in the border areas, he added. A Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems project connecting 101 police stations  has been set up to facilitate real time monitoring of crimes. Community Liaison Groups at various levels have also been established to build a healthy Police-Community relationship, he added.
He continued that the Government has established a Fast Track Court to fight against increasing incidents of crimes against women. Around 12-13 criminals has been convicted by the FTC so far, he added.
In health Sector, Chief Minister said that to cater to the medical emergencies in the hill areas, 10 Advanced Life Support Ambulances have been deployed. 50 bedded District Hospitals in Chandel and Tamenglong were inaugurated. Foundation stones for establishment of three 50-bedded AYUSH hospitals at Moreh, Churachandpur and Keirao have been laid. A dental college was also established at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS), Porompat. The Accident and Trauma Centre at JNIMS is targeted for completion by this month. Under free diagnostic programme, 57 diagnostic tests are being done free. Free dialysis for BPL patient is also available at JNIMS. The Central Government has agreed to launch helicopter service in the state. The Government is also taking steps to establish a Cancer Hospital and State Mental Hospital.  
In the Education sector, the government is trying its best to ensure transparency in the educational system. The Government has enacted legislation to regulate the establishment and management of private schools and private coaching centres to bring about good governance in the educational system. The Dhanamanjuri University will be made functional from the academic session 2018-19. Courses for vocational training have been initiated in 40 colleges in 11 trades in collaboration with 13 industrial partners.

In the power sector too, the State Government has launched “Saubhagya” scheme to ensure that 1.75 lakhs households having no access to power and grid connectivity will be provided free power connection. 2,457 villages out of 2,582 census villages have been electrified so far. Balance 125 villages will be covered by the end of 2019. The Government has also distributed about 1.5 lakh LED bulb/tubelights under UJALA Scheme. Four new 132/33kV sub-stations at Thoubal, Elangkhangpokpi, Chandel and Hundung and ten new 33/11kV sub-stations at Henglep, Oinamlong, Ukhrul Khunjao, Gelnel, Chakpikarong, Phungyar, Mao, Kasom Khullen, Nungbu Khullen and Mayangkhang have been commissioned and dedicated to the people. In addition to these, three 132/33kV sub-stations at Thanlon, Moreh and Tipaimukh are being completed within March.
Mentioning some of the achievements of PHE department, he said that to avoid the acute shortage of drinking water in the hill districts of the State, the Government is taking up five “Rain Water Harvesting Schemes” at Rs. 2 crore each in the hill districts under one time special assistance Central Plan Scheme 2017-18. For improving the water supply system in Imphal and other areas, the Water Supply Scheme at Minuthong (1.14 MLD), Khuman Lampak (4.54 MLD), Chinga (1.14 MLD), Langthabal Phuramakhong, Langthabal Phuramakhong (NLCPR), Konthoujam (NLCPR), Ngairangbam, Leimaching, Waiton, Luwangsangbam, Kakching Water Supply Scheme (UIDSSMT) and construction of Water Treatment Plant (45mld) at Chingkheiching with raw water from Thoubal Dam is also going on.
 Air connectivity has improved noticeably with the introduction of direct flights between Imphal and Delhi. The Air Asia would begin daily direct flights between Imphal and Delhi from April 7, 2018. Imphal-Jiri road had been improved considerably and maintenance and improvement work of Imphal-Jiri Road will be completed soon. The Manipur State Transport was revived after a gap of 15 years. Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT) at Deulahland was commissioned.
Mentioning about the Prime Minister’s visit in the State on 16th March, 2018, Chief Minister said that the Foundation Stone of the new National Sports University complex would be laid by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and among others.
The Government would formally launch a Start-Up Policy to enable the youths in the State to take up new ventures with new and creative ideas. Under this scheme, a sum of Rs.30 crore is available during the year 2017-18 and 2018-19, upto Rs. 3 crore is available to individual Start-Ups.

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SSUM celebrates 2nd Foundation Day by giving Looms to widows of fake encounter victims; donates blood at JNIMS

Imphal, March 14: Socialist Students’ Union of Manipur (SSUM) today celebrated its 2nd Foundation Day by presenting Looms to 2 widows of Fake encounter victims. Volunteers of the students’ body also donated bloods at JNIMS blood bank.
Tears rolls down from the eyes of Khumbongmayum Ongbi Ibemcha @ Ingellei, when the volunteers of SSUM handed over the loom at her parental home at Waiton Mamang Leikai in Imphal East district. Her husband Khumbongmayum Ibungo of Thamnapokpi Mayai Leikai was killed in alleged fake encounter with security force in 2007. She was left with four children with tremendous hardship as no assistance or help was provided by the government as her husband was recorded as a member of rebel group by security force. With no means left to support her children she is staying in her parental home to get support from her brother and parents.
“I don’t know how to thank the SSUM, this is perhaps the first time I get support from someone or groups”, Ingellei told with tears rolling from her eyes. The student body then went at Mongsangei and presented another loom to another widow of a fake encounter victim. Loitongbam Ongbi Ranjita’s husband Loitongbam Sanjit was killed in alleged fake encounter in May 2009. She was left with a son.
Both the widow now joined Extrajudicial Execution Victims Families Association (EEVAM), Manipur. The body of widows of fake encounter victims are presenting fighting for justice at Supreme Court.
Tonaranjan, Publicity Secy. of SSUM said that their organisation will give 3 more looms to more widows who are struggling for survival.

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Governor Najma Heptulla flagged off Vigyan Jyoti Rally

Imphal,  March  14 :    The Governor  Dr. Najma Heptulla flagged off  Vigyan Jyoti rally from Raj Bhavan today. The rally which was flagged off from Raj Bhavan was proceed to Manipur University.
Dr. Najma  Heptulla said that we as a students of science  should not separate science from our daily lives, the only thing is we should understand where  the sciences are involved, the food we eat, the bounty of nature are all connected to science,  students must have scientific temper. This Science Congress is very good specially for the students, it has Children and Women’s congress. There is no age bar in learning of knowledge. Saying  that  she has been involved  in Science Congress since her student’s days and also is  a member of Women’s Scientists Association, while expressing her happiness  that the 105th Indian Science Congress  is happening in Manipur University . She stress on the importance  of  maintaining the biodiversity and the nature of the state as it is while using them for the betterment of the people, she encourage to plant  more  trees and continues  to take care of our nature  and not exploit it and to keep ourselves and our surrounding clean and that is the message our Prime Minister wants to convey, added the Governor.
Further stating that since its inception Prime Ministers have always been inaugurating Science Congresses.  She is very happy that the Prime Minister has kept the tradition and has accepted to inaugurate the Science Congress inspite of the fact that it was not schedule to be held at Manipur University but in Osmania University, Hyderabad.
Today’s rally was organized in connection with the 105th Indian Science Congress under the theme “ Reaching the unreach through Science and Technology” to be held at Manipur University from 16th to 17th March, 2018 at Manipur University, Imphal.  

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