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MPCC talks hard on MEA clarification over Border issue

Questions govt. silence on MU Prolong impasse, Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and 7 pay Burning issues will not be able to discuss threadbare in 2 days Assembly session – O. Ibobi

IT News
Imphal, July 9,

Former Chief Minister of Manipur Okram Ibobi Singh, now the opposition leader of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly, today talks hard on various burning issues of the state and questions the government over its failure to solve it in time. He also questioned the state government for having 2 days sitting only to the upcoming State Assembly session which was summoned by the Governor of Manipur on July 20.  
Clarifying  a confusing statement released by Union Ministry of External Affairs, which stated that State Government of Manipur has been involved in the entire exercise to the survey work of Indo- Myanmar international boundary of Manipur sector, the former Chief Minister screwed the MEA saying that they were invited in a meeting but proposed to put halt the border pillar installation works until the matter has been settled.  
 “ In around 2016 when I was the Chief Minister and when the present Chief Secretary Dr. Suresh Babu was the Additional Chief Secretary (Home) we attended a meeting convened by the MEA. In the meeting we  proposed to put halt to the Border Pillar reinstating work as there were disputed site at Holenphai and Kwatha area”, Ibobi said.
In a press conference held today at Congress Bhavan, Okram Ibobi Singh said that the statement of MEA which stated that there was no dispute in the boundary issue of India and Myanmar is misleading when the spokesperson stated that Manipur govt. was involved in the survey work conducted by authorities of the neighbouring country.
He said he pressured the MEA as there were too many pressure from all sectors about the territory of Manipur being intruded by the Myanmar authority. ( details of the border issue presented by the CLP leader is being published in page 4 of this newspaper)
Senior Congress MLAs and other leaders including Gaikhangam, Govindas Konthoujam, K. Ranjit, Khumukcham Joykishan, RK Anand, Dr. Ng Bijoy among others were present during the press conference held today.
Okram Ibobi further expressed dismay over the present impasse going on the the Manipur University which is affecting the academic affairs of all the students of the state.

“ What is the difficulty of removing the VC and replace by another efficient one if he creating so much problem in the Universities and colleges affiliated to it?, Ibobi asked.
He said that various vacant seats of faculties at both the Manipur University and the RIMS have been still left unfilled and why is the reason for that. If the state government is concerned about the welfare of the state academic atmosphere then there should be any negligence towards this field.
“Now the MU is a central University so as the RIMS , and both are not under the purview of the state government but they can initiate to find a solution, after all the government at the center is also be headed by the same party BJP” , Ibobi said.
Ibobi also said that when states like Ngaland, Meghalaya and Assam can directly stand against the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 why is the Manipur Government can’t give a stand against the passing of the Bill as every knows that the Bill will only affect the people of the state as it will be another dumping ground.
On the issue resgarding the implementation of the 7 pay commission for the government Employees Ibobi said that why the state government cannot announced it before the 15 finance commission as i9t would affect the employees had not it been implemented before that.
“We know lack of resource is the main problem and it will be difficult for state to face the consequences if 7 pay has been implemented, but being a government they should take some risk”, Ibobi said.
He further added that when the state government under congress ruled implanted 6 pay commission the government could not pay salary for 3 months and that time it was NDA government again headed by the BJP at the center.
Ibobi said that he have to urged the center for assistance to the state as the state have no resource.   
If the government is committed enough they should fixed an immediate effective date for implementation of 7th pay by managing the arrear part on instalment payment.

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MU communities begins relay hunger strike; prepares for more intensified protest if fails to remove VC Prof. AP Pandey

IT News
Imphal, July 9,

The Manipur University community – which comprises members of Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU), Manipur University Staffs Association (MUSA) and Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA) begins relay hunger strike from 11 am today at the University complex.
As announced earlier faculty members and  students of Mathematics and Statistic department of the University along with the executive members of MUSU and MUSA started the relay hunger strike. While faculty members of each departments of the University will undergo the protest from 11 am to 4 pm everyday, students of the University under the aegis of the MUSU will continue non-stop till July 21 , President of MUSU M. Dayaman told reporters at the protest site.
Professor of the Mathematics department, M. Ranjit Singh, who is also the spokesperson of MUTA while talking to reporters, said that the MUTA will make no change to the demand for removal of the irresponsible VC Prof. AP Pandey. He said the matter regarding the irregularities committed by the VC has been submitted to all the concern authority including the Union HRD Ministry, Chief Rector as well as to the Chief Minister of the state. He also added that the MUTA representative had met the Chief Rector of the MU, who is also the Governor of the state and also the Chief Minister and presented the grievances of the MU community.

“We (MUTA) have been invited only once by the Chief Minister to talk over the matter, and that was on July 7 , 4 pm but we have cancelled the meeting due to the police excess to a group of college students who were on their way to submit memorandum for declaration of the semester examination”, Prof. Ranjit said. He further said that the MUTA always waits for talk to the concern authority but the circumstances compelled them to cancel the meeting however, the MUTA got another invitation and some representatives of the MUTA will meet the Chief Minister at 5 pm.
He however said that there will be no turning back to the demand for removal of the VC Prof. AP Pandey.
“We will meet the Chief Minister and urge him to do every needful for removal of the VC AP Pandey”, Ranjit said.
Mayanglambam Dayaman, President Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU) while talking to media persons while condemning the arson of the Dr. Kamal Indoor stadium said that the act seems to a well plan action by some vested interested persons to sabotage the democratic and peaceful protest of the Manipur University Community.
“We the students of the University condemn the silence of the authority concerns over their silence to the 42 days old protest”, Damand said and added that if the authority fails to do the needful than the MUSU will even stage fast unto death protest.

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MSPDCL staffs gets no pay for 4 months , throng to the ED office

IT News
Imphal, July 9,

Employees of Manipur State Power Distribution Company Limited today thronged to the office of the Managing Director demanding clearance of pay for the month of March, April, May and June for this year. The functioning of the office was severely disrupted with the staffs going to meet the Managing Director. At the time of filing this story the assurance provided could not be known but the staffs said that if no positive action has been initiated the employees my go strike even by closing the pre paid meter counter and also by ceasing the work. At the time of Filing this story no final decision is being made as the employees were waiting for response from the concern authority.

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VC Pandey’s press statement is a blatant indulgence in continuing his old habit of telling only lies- MUTA, MUSU, MUSA

IT News
Imphal, July 9,

The Manipur University community which is on agitation for removal of the Vice Chancellor Prof. AP Pandey terms press release by the so called office of the PRO Manipur University –”a blatant indulgence in continuing his old habit of telling only lies”.
A press statement signed by Mayanglambam Dayaman, President Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU), S. Jibon Singh, President Manipur University Staffs Association (MUSA) and Prof. I. Tomba Singh,  President, Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA) stated that the press statement issued by the presence if the with no signature  VC, Professor AP Pandey in the guise of one PRO amounted to showing absolute disrespect to the people and authorities of Manipur, including the Constitutional Heads.

While appealing the VC immediately stop further indulgence in bluff and disrespect to the people of Manipur, the three communities of the University condemn such statement issued in the name of office of the PRO while there is no PRO in Manipur University.
Standing firm to their demand for removal of the VC Professor AP Pandey, the three constituent body of the Manipur University demanded early solution to the Manipur University Crisis.  The three bodies also condemn the audacity to issue an unsigned Statement to the Press warning the University Community.
The statement further said the Press statement by the VC Prof. AP Pandey in the name of the PRO reflects in the most unfortunate manner on how the present VC, Professor AP Pandey, treats the Head of the State (the Honourable Governor) and the Head of the people (the Honourable Chief Minister) of Manipur as his subordinate officers to resolve the crisis in Manipur University rather than his own course correction.
In these circumstances, it would be more prudent for Professor AP Pandey immediately discontinue his disrespect to the people of Manipur and vacate his position, the statement added.

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Unfair Game

Allegations and the clarifications over the issue of the Border Pillar Number 81 reinstated at Indo-Myanmar border of Manipur sector finally is turning to an unfair game which will definitely do no good either to the people of the state as well as for the country.
The issue of border dispute along the Manipur sector of Indo-Myanmar international boundary is not a new one. Since the time that India and Myanmar had reached an agreement for fencing of the International boundary villagers who had been guarding the territory of Manipur  has been making hue and cry over the loss of land after Myanmar authority allegedly encroached to Indian territory by shifting some of the border pillars towards Indian side. In addition to the claim made by the Indian villagers from the border area, civil societies of the state including UCM, AMUCO, ICHAM etc. joined the voice of the villagers of border areas of Indian side and the joint
movement finally urged the then congress government to urge central authority to put halt of the construction of border fencing.
A meeting was held between the authorities of India Government and that of Myanmar in 2016, from September 6 to 7 at Dehradun and discussed to settle the border dispute. Representatives of the Manipur Government too attended the meeting as per invitation from the Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India. That was a time when the Congress was in power in the state while the BJP led NDA is at the centre there was no specific report of the resolution adopted in that meeting. But the then Chief Minister Okram Ibobi had stated that he along with the then Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Dr. Suresh Babu had objected the continuation of the construction of border pillars until it was properly surveyed and demarcated.
Well recently, District Administration of the Tengnoupal District had once more hatched the matter about the intrusion of the Indian Territory by the Myanmar Authority while reinstating the Border Pillar No. 81. He declared it through media. Following that almost all political parties and members of civil society organisations had visited and took stock of the alleged encroachment by the Myanmar Authority near Kwatha Village.
Even the BJP Manipur Pradesh team which had taken stock of the situation agreed that the border pillar has been reinstated inside the territory of the country. Hours after the BJP Manipur Pradesh team accepted that Myanmar authority had intruded to the Indian Territory. The Union Ministry of External Affairs had issued an official press statement saying that there is no dispute along the Manipur Sector of Indo-Myanmar Border.
Days before BJP Manipur Pradesh went to inspect the site, a high Level Committee constituted by the Government of Manipur chaired by CAF& PD Minister Karam Shyam visited and poured his anger to the villagers asking them if any of them had seen the border constructed by the
Myanmar Authority. He stood firm with a statement that there was no encroachment by the Myanmar Authority to the Indian side. It was in contradiction to the report of the District Administrator of his government.

Well Chief Minister N. Biren Singh of the BJP who is leading the coalition government had stated that the issue needs to be relooked and a procedure is necessary  to find out the truth as the matter is between two countries which may spark serious crisis. And Karam Shyam, a minister in his government from LJP and he flatly denied the villagers and peoples’ allegation about the border pillar being built inside the territory of the state.
Now what seems to be ironical is the statement of the BJP Manipur Pradesh which agreed that the villagers of Kwatha are right.
 The new contradiction between the Convenor of the High Level Committee of the state Government and BJP Manipur Pradesh speaks volume. Is there an unfair game being played as talks about reshuffling of Ministers is major topics among the BJP MLAs? Is Karam Shyam going to be made a scapegoat? This is being assumed as Minister KaramShyam of the LJP has been directed to speak which may face music of the people’s wrath.
The Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC)’s revelations on the sequence of event regarding the border dispute issue make the matter a clearer picture of what is happening to the border crisis.
Well the MEA statement regarding the border dispute will not be able to convince not only to the people of the state but also to the people across the nation.
The state BJP which is heading both at the center and also in the state make it clear that there is dispute in border pillar No. 81.
In the wake of the recent development over the issue of the international boundary, the statement issued yesterday seems to be an unfair game to the fate of the erstwhile nation (Manipur). And the same unfair game seems to be loomed large by the BJP Manipur Pradesh which is also heading the alliance government here in the state.

Woken Youth Clubs in the season of 2018 FIFA World Cup

By: Takhenchangbam Shadishkanta

Manipur has been known for its culture which is being preserved by the various ethnics’ communities for the last many centuries, however, there are also external influences from various actors to suppress the indigenous people from getting developed and also to vanish the indigenous people inhabited in the area as many of the natural resources are being protected by the indigenous people which are eyed by many multinational extractive industries. Responding to the external forces many local Youth’s Club and Local Meira Paibis Groups earlier had taken a tremendous role, however, the distressing area is that forgetting the role which they took earlier many of the Youth Clubs and Meira Paibi Groups are now appeared to be in existence to organize only Youshang Sports, Housie, Mela, Lottery and other entertainment activities.   
It could be seen that since the 2018 FIFA World Cup starts many clubs are awake and seen opening after been closed since the end of the Yaoshang. It’s been interpreted that screening of the 2018 FIFA World Cup at office of many of the Local Club is to inspire the football lovers and the young players while many of the office bearers and members of the clubs get along to watch the football matches till late mid night under the influence of alcohols and other intoxicated substances and sometimes the office of many of the clubs looks like a local alcohol vendors. Many have not realized that in the name of watching football matches they are also contributing to destroy the society at large. On the other hand there are many fights and unwanted incident which occurred among the spectators and to the neighbors as there was an incident on the 18th of June, 2018 wherein a married women was attempted to rape inside her bedroom by a married man while her husband was out to watch a late night football match between Portugal and Spain. We can also be sure that many hospitals whether private or government will be excited enough to diagnose many of the patients of post 2018 FIFA World Cup.
It further could be observed that many of the Youth Clubs are opened during the festive season and have failed to monitor what actually the members of the locality are facing in reality like failure in access to governmental schemes, educations, health, water, housing, or other basic necessary needs. If such monitoring and intervention were done as a responsible Youth Club of a locality it would have been much advanced. Instead of such intervention it could be experienced that when an incident occurs or a crime has been committed many of the Local Clubs and the Meira Paibis Groups tried to resolve the matter by taking the law into their hand. It will be interesting to highlight a case which occurred in April, 2018 wherein two boys who went out for “Thabal Chongba” at some area of Imphal East wherein one had received a call from his girl friend asking him to visit her. As a result they went and met them at around 8:30 pm near a Thabal area. The girl came out with one of her friend, unfortunately soon after they met they were surrounded by some boys of the locality and took them to a local club wherein they were beaten up and insist them to say that they were doing some unwanted activities. As two of them had not done anything wrong which is socially unaccepted, their stands were firmed, therefore, the local Meira Paibis, members of the Youths Club and member of the Village authorities were called to solve the matter which was created by the boys of the locality. After their intervention it could be found that both the girls happened to be a minor and another concept was created by them and was imposed upon the two boys that they will be charged and booked under the POCSO Act, 2012. Both the boys were detained for the whole night after their mobile phones were ceased by those local people. The next day the family members of the boys were called and tried to settle the matter wherein the two boys reacted that they have done nothing wrong and are ready to go to the police to find out the truth, however, the local leaders of the area tried their level best to resolve the matter at their level but have failed. Therefore, they were taken to the police station of the area which later was transferred to the Imphal East Women Police Station, Porompat as the matter was to be handled by the WPS. After thorough inquiry by the Women Police officers, it was found that the case has no merit to be accepted or filed and asked both the parties to settle the matter at their level. As a result the secretary of the Village authority, president of Meira Paibi and Secretary of Local Youth Club of the girl’s side had insisted the family members of the boys to pay a sum of Rs. 1,20,000/- as a compensation and to settle the matter once and for all. Due to heavy pressure from the secretary of the local youth club they were compelled to pay the amount and later it was learned that those local leaders had charged Rs. 50,000/- for assisting the case which actually was a fake case.
Beside such bad experiences there are also experiences of good role being played by many Youths Clubs and Meira Paibis groups by taking a major role to intervene on the issue of selling and using drugs and other intoxic substances locally. Here the question arises on how sustainable these interventions would be? As there are no mechanisms or techniques seen being adopted to provide counseling and rehabilitate those user friends so as to mitigate, transform and inspire them to leave their habits after being tied up Government Institutions, NGOs and other experts on these fields. On the other hand it could be a role of many of the Youth Club to establish a monitoring mechanism under them in collaboration with various related institutions to provide alternative livelihood means for those who sell drugs and alcohols. Forgetting the facts of the role which they could play, it could be observed that vandalizing the shops, vandalizing houses, beaten up inside the club’s office, settling a crime related incident and ostracizing the families which sell drugs and alcohols are the common activities of many of the Youth Clubs in the state.
We also cannot deny that organizing Yaoshang Sports by many of the local youth club also gives an opportunity for many community elders, young people, and members of the locality to get together and celebrate the beautiful Yaoshang Festival. As a part of Yaoshang Sports various activities are carried out in which many talented young people and members of the community took part and shows their expertise, however, it seems many of the local Youths Clubs are not interested to identify those talented people and provide career counseling, providing training on their interested fields, etc with the help of experts from various field. It can also be identified and found that the family members of those identified people happened to be economically backward then the particular Youth Club can also provide training or other inputs for their sustainable livelihood processes and also can lead them to get access to various Government’s schemes, loans, etc, if such practices are adopted then there is a high possibility that this could be one of the area which will contribute to develop a locality and societies at large.
There are many area where many of the Youth Clubs can also think about their role on a critical juncture of issues like the large scale influx of illegal migrant, coming in of many multinational natural resources extractive companies, territorial boundary issues, framework agreements of Nagas, unemployment for youths, crime against  women and children, drug and alcohol issues, child marriage, etc which many of the local Youth Club need to be awake, diagnose and initiates some work so as to bring some development at least at their respective control areas. It is high time to avoid waking up only when the festive season approaches. The initiatives of each youth club could be to bring together the energetic young generation and facilitate some activities after a thorough need analysis and make way forward for them with the help of experts from different fields and one most important thing is to avoid the older generation those who are of no use and uncontrollable. We should understand that outsiders who came to Manipur in search of job are earning not less than 500-1000 per day, therefore, at least the local youth club could identify those interested people of the locality and allot some task by providing proper training on their interested field and also to make way to encourage them instead of washing off hands. If this could be practiced well by many of the youth club then we cannot deny that the clubs are taking tremendous role to fight back the influx of illegal migrants and their domination in the market could be slowly overcome by our own people and also believe that work culture will also increase which will definitely contribute to safe the future generation of our motherland Manipur.

One most important area which we must not neglect is that a question will arise on “how a Youth Club and Mera Paibi group will function without having a fund?” and the most interesting reply would be “without organizing Yaoshang Sports, Lottery, Housie, Mela, other Donation how will be collect fund and operate?”. Receiving such reply will be very unfortunate as “why the clubs are dependent fund only from the donation and fund raising activities?” “Why not provide trainings on skill development, animal husbandry, poultry, organic farming, fishery, production of bio-fertilizer and local indigenous products, etc?”, under the initiative of the club in collaboration with different government sponsored programs or schemes and many other NGOs working on the field. These programs could be under a strict monitoring of the respective youth clubs and meira paibi groups as a result it will contribute for the development of the state at large and will have enough funds to donate for the needy people and dependency on the others will be decreased.   
Not only the issue of the locality need to be observed by the youths club but also need to understand that large number of cheap labours from outside are employed at many of the developmental projects being implemented in the state unfortunately it could be observed that large number of them are continued to settled at our land, then why not the state has taken up any steps to avoid such settlement by producing more local skilled people and experts which is required at the earliest before getting dominated by the outsiders. This could be seen in the oil exploration side where the oil companies like Asian Oilfield Service Ltd are conducting 3D seismic survey wherein not a single expert from the state could be seen and it is very unfortunate to experiences that who will be benefitting and who will be lost from it is still in dilemma. Also it will be important for many of the youth clubs to know about the defunct Dams in Manipur like Khuga, Loktak, Singda, Mapithel etc which had assured of youth employment prior to the project is still a dream since the 1980s and also have destroyed large number of agricultural field and have failed to generate the capacity of powers to be produced as planned after the investment of crores of Rupees which could have been invested for the education of the young people by establishing reputed educational institution in the state.               
Lastly it is good to know that during the election season most of the Clubs seems to be active after been split from the earlier club and one could also observe large number of groups of meira paibi functioning in the localities by opening number of meira shang during those time, however, none of those groups or clubs could be seen when one goes to meet them after the election.
Here the humble appeal is kindly stop operating the clubs during the festive season  and stop teaching such culture or double role to your younger generation instead stand as neutral bodies and raise voice to those depriving the rights of the civilians by looting the daily basic needs which are meant for the needy people.     
Note: Many of the playground control by many of the Youth Clubs are converted into community halls as a result hardly any players could be produced as compared to the earlier time but many of the clubs do not consider the fact instead they pretend to promote young players for the future which is completely baseless. It is highly suspicious that most of the contract work to construct the community halls are taken by some of the office bearers of the particulars youth clubs.


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Statement presented by MPCC on Indo-Myanmar Boundary Crisis

1.    Boundary Agreement between Government of India and Union of Burma at Rangoon (Yangoon), 10 March 1967 signed by K. Kannamplly on behalf of Government of India and Kyi Maung on behalf of Government of Burma (both Plenipotentiary).
2.    The Agreement was basically emphasized on ‘traditional’ boundary. The contracting parties agreed to demarcate the boundary beginning from the southern extremely (Mizoram sector) ending to the northern extremity (Arunachal Sector).
3.    Total length of Indo-Myanmar boundary is 1643 Kms. Out of which undemarcated portion of Kabaw Valley sector of Manipur was 35 kms. (Source: Cabinet Memo No. 31 of 1999).
4.    Breakup of Kabaw Valley sector of Manipur: 1) Tulvai-Moichom Area – Between border pillar Nos. 62 to 68. II) Tamu-Moreh Area - Between border pillar Nos. 75 to 79. III) Choro Khunnou Area – Between border pillar Nos. 88 to 95. (Source : Cabinet Memo No. 31 of 1999)
5.    Now in view of present crisis at Haolenphai and Kwatha Khunnou, it is clear that controversies over boundary pillars have cropped up at other places too due to delay on the part of Government of India to resolve the issue.

6.    Letters on Indo-Myanmar Boundary on Manipur sector were corresponded from time to time, latest being Memorandum submitted in 2013 by the all political party delegation led by the then Chief Minister of Manipur, Shri Okram Ibobi Singh and Dy. Chief Minister Shri Gaikhangam to the then Prime Minister of India, Shri Manmohan Singh. A Memorandum was also submitted by the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) on 2nd July 2018 to the Hon’ble President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, Hon’ble PM of India Shri Narendra Modi and Hob’ble Home Minister of India Shri Rajnath Singh, reiterating the earlier Memorandum of all political party delegation and highlighting the present crisis at Kwatha Khunnou.
7.    In the memorandum submitted by all political parties, almost all the issues pertaining to boundary on the Indo-Myanmar sector was addressed including the present impasse at Kwatha Khunnou and Haolenphai.
8.    The issue at Kwatha Khunnou seems to be of two category, I) Shifting of original pillar No. 81 deep into Indian Territory and II) Fixation of subsidiary pillars between original pillar number 81 and 82 and at other places of Kwatha Khunnou area.
9.    As the villagers living on the border area are the custodians of our boundary, what they say cannot be ignored without proper consideration.
10.    The present boundary issue can be resolved only after conducting a re-survey and re-demarcation of the whole Manipur sector, on the basis of Agreement signed on 10th March 1967 between Government of India and Myanmar, the traditional boundary demarcation and field verification by involving all stake holders including the state Government and the people living on the border.

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PLA ambushes AR; 1 Killed 3 injured; AR Apprehended SS leader

IT News
Imphal, July 9,

One Assam Rifle Jawan was reported killed in fierce attack carried out by suspected cadres of PLA near Kangpat village under Kamjong PS in Kamjong dist at around 5 am today morning. A report identified  the deceased rifled man as one Subash Singh of C/31  coy of Assam rifle. It added at least 3 personnel of the Ar were injured in the attack carried out by planting IED.
Meanwhile 38 AR Battallion apprehended TPLA Self Style chairman C in C Nekholean Lhouvum along with four cadres from general area Songbem and Gunphaibung. The recovered weapon included AK rifles and other ammunitions.

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Donation to Chief Minister’s Relief Fund

IT News
Imphal, July 09,

Several organisations have continued to extend monetary donations to Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) to help flood victims in the recent spates of flood occurred in different parts of the State.
Today as well, Salai Holding Private Limited, Manipur has donated Rs. 1,00,000 to the CMRF. The amounts were handed over to Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh at a simple ceremony held at Chief Minister’s Secretariat.
The Chief Minister expressed gratitude to all the organisations and individuals who had contributed generous donations to the CM Relief Fund so far.

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