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Union MHRD cunning game fails to fool Manipur University Community except in-charge registrar; The impasse is likely to resume in an intensified way if fooling games continues

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Imphal, Aug 21,

The notification by the in-charge registrar of Manipur University regarding the intimation of the MHRD on the leave of Prof. AP Pandey, at which it was notified that those agreed in the MOU signed on Aug 16 has been approved is not what the Manipur University Community has been expecting.

“Verbally we have been given many assurance and we will only accept it after an order in the regard has been issued, after all in what basis we can trust the office memorandum by the Registrar in charge of the Manipur University when no official sanction from the MHRD is made officially”, a representative of MUTA while talking to this journalist said.

A press communiqué from the Manipur University community had stated that on the initiative of the Governor of Manipur, the Chief Minister of Manipur chaired an intensive parley for three days – 14, 15, 16 August between the Government of India and Government of Manipur on one side and the representatives of the University Community on the other. Since every clause and every word contained in the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) had been subjected to intense debate for three days and consequent revisions affected, the ultimate cordial signing of the Agreement did arouse positive feelings.

“But the Order issued by the MHRD on 17th August 2018 betrayed the core contents and most extensively debated issues relating to the order of the MHRD” , the press communiqué stated.

The first issue is the absence of the term ‘Independent’ from the Enquiry Committee in contravention of the Agreement reached. Second, the linking of enquiry with the leave to be granted to Prof AP Pandey was the most contentious issue during the three-day parley. The final agreement as entered in the Agreement is “during the period of inquiry and until follow up action on the inquiry report by the competent  authority preferably within a period of 15 days Prof AP Pandey will be on leave.” However in absolute violation of the Agreement, the issue of leave for Prof AP Pandey during the enquiry has been completely left out of the order of enquiry.

The University Community also stated that the blatant violations of the terms of the MOA amount to insulting our Head of the State, the Governor of Manipur and the Head of the people of Manipur, the Honourable Chief Minister and thus the entire population of Manipur. The University Community takes these humiliations as unpardonable.

The MU community demanded to correct the lapses of the order of 17 August 2018 on or before 21 August 2018; and said the University Community may be compelled to withdraw the signatures put in the MOA of 16 August 2018 if fails to correct the lapses of the order by 21 August 2018, which means they will resumed the agitation.

Meanwhile, inc-charge VC of the Manipur University Prof. Vishwanath had yesterday talk with the Manipur University Community including the MUTA, MUSA and MUSA and assured them to write over this matter to the MHRD showing solidarity to them. 

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Fund of Kakching Khunou College amounting Rs. 36,32,952/- withdrawn without permission from Principal in charge

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Imphal, Aug 21,


Fund of Kakching Khunou college which has been recently upgraded as Government college by the state government is likely to be in deep trouble after a Head of Department of the college identified as one Sh. Manitombi Devi withdraw a sum of Rs.  36,32,952/- without getting permission from the Principal in charge of the college.

General Secretary of the Student Union of Kakching Khunou College in a press conference held today at Manipur Press Club said that the huge amount has been withdrawn from The Manipur Rural Bank Kakching Branch on August 18, 2018. He said that Sh. Manitombi Devi is the head of Department of Physics and she has no authority to withdraw the college fund as the present Principal –in-charge is L. Iboyaima Singh , Joint Director of Universities and Higher Education Manipur. L. Iboyaima had been appointed as Principal in charge of Kakching Khunou College by an order of the Commissioner of Higher and Technical Education H. Deleep Singh issued in the name of the Governor of the state.

On the same day the Principal in charge of Kakching Khunou College L. Iboyaima had written to the General Manager of the Manipur Rural Bank Keishampat stating that one Sh. Manitombi Devi , who claims herself to be the Principal of the Kakching Khunou College has transferred Rs. 29,32,952 to some individuals and another Rs. 7 Lakhs to some other individuals without getting proper permission from the competent authority.

By the government order dated 13 July, 2018 Iboyaima is the Principal in Charge of Kakching Khunou College and no one other than him is allow to withdraw fund of the college until the government appointed another Principle .

The Kakching Khunou College Students’ Union taking the matter seriously has threaten to launch serious form of agitation if the concern government authority fails to take up any appropriate action against Sh. Manitombi Devi. The student body also suspected the Manager of the Manipur Rural Bank , Kakching branch identified as one Amarjit to have been conspire with the fake in-charge Principal while withdrawing the fund.

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Foreign Policy Lecture Series on ‘India’s Asian Relations’ Asia and India connection deliberated by parliamentarian Dr. Sugata Bose

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Imphal, Aug 21,

Dr. Sugata Bose, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha & Gardiner Professor of History, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA today deliberated on Asia and India connection through historical and contemporary perspective.

Speaking as a resource person to the lecture programme on Foreign Policy Series on India and Asian Relationship organized by School of Social Sciences, Manipur University in collaboration with Ananta Centre, New Delhi  at Lamyanba Shanglen here in Imphal Dr. Dr. Sugata Bose dwelled on the nascent churnings in the 20th Century that led to the evolution of the Asian entity, the very idea of Asia beyond geographical boundaries, the values associated with this great continent, and which today has recovered a global position. In the discourse on the idea of Asia and the Indian connection, Dr. Bose deliberated how Rabindranath Tagore occupies an imminent position, and his bagging of the Nobel Prize is a testimony to the ideal. Dr. Bose underscored that modern history can be interpreted as the interplay of multiple universities and identified the roles played by not only Tagore but also by Okakura and Subhaschandra Bose, wherein they presented their views on universalism, patriotism and internationalism. These great personalities agreed to the core value that universalism and patriotism are not contradictory. There can be love for one’s country while being a protagonist of universalism. While Tagore was a pointer in this direction, Bose emphasized on national sovereignty, reciprocity and freedom as an internationalist. These great personalities stood for Asian unity.
Bose also focused on trajectory of anti-colonial struggle in Asia and how the Asian universalism took place with the growth of Islamic nationalism, which ultimately tied with India’s nationalism as a fight against colonialism in Asia in the early 1900s, the birth of Azad Hibd Fauj (INA) during the turbulent times in India and Asia, about choosing an ally, the intersections and a collective vision. Bose concluded that while the ideals of unity bind Asia, nevertheless, there are acrimonies that impede the very procces of unity. Yet, one has to be comforted by the values that defined Asia and its struggle for freedom and reciprocity.
Dr. Amar Yumnam, Professor of Economics, Manipur Central University gave the closing observations and remarks. He remarked that listening to Dr. Bose was an emotional experience which is much more than an academic engagement.
Earlier, Dr. Naorem Lokendra Singh, Professor of History, Manipur Central University, in his introduction of the Keynote Address gave a brief biographical profile of Dr. Sugata Bose, and his association with the nationalist ‘Bose’ family of West Bengal. Dr. Bose has served as Director of Graduate Studies in History at Harvard and was the Founding Director of Harvard’s South Asia Institute. Prior to taking up the Gardiner Chair at Harvard in 2001, Bose was a Fellow of St. Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge, and Professor of History and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Bose was educated at Presidency College, Calcutta, and the University of Cambridge where he obtained his doctoral degree. His scholarship has contributed to a deeper understanding of colonial and post-colonial political economy, the relation between rural and urban domains, inter-regional arenas of travel, trade and imagination across the Indian Ocean, and Indian ethical discourses, political philosophy and economic thought. His published works include the much-acclaimed A Hundred Horizons: the Indian Ocean in the Age of Global Empire and His Majesty’s Opponent: Subhas Chandra Bose and India’s Struggle against Empire.

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Chief Minister greeting on Id-ul-Zuha

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Imphal, Aug 21,

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today greets the people of the state particularly the Muslim community of the state on occasion of Id-ul-Zuha.

“Id-ul-Zuha reminds us of the supreme sacrifice made by Prophet Ibrahim for the sake of mankind. Let this sacrifice inspire us to dedicate ourselves to all causes that are good and noble and work for the betterment of humanity at large. The joy of sharing and charity associated with the festival promotes the feeling of compassion and love to serve the poor and needy”, the Chief Minister said.

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Chandel people stage rally demanding compensation for flood and landslide victims

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Chandel, Aug.21,


Flood Victim Demand Committee (FVDC) Chandel in hands with affected Village Chiefs of Chandel today organised a mass rally at Chandel district headquarters on today in protest against the delay in first and final payment of IAY Housing Scheme Special Package Purely Sanction by the Centre Regards to 2015, Affected Floods/ Landslide Occurred in Chandel District.

Large numbers of protesters took out the rally from Indoor Stadium Chandel and proceeded toward the Office of Deputy Commissioner Chandel by holding several placards and raising slogans against the State Government.

Flood Victims Demand Committee Chandel and Affected Village Chiefs of Chandel District has earnestly appeal once again to the Government of Manipur State, against delayed first payment and final bill of lAY housing damage scheme special package in respect of Chandel District, occurred flood/landslide affected in the year of 2015, in between August and September.  

During the rally, a memorandum addressed to N.Biren Singh Chief Minister of the State, Works Minister Th.Bishwarjit, YAS & Water Resources Minister Letpao Haokip, Chief Secretary Suresh Babu and Related Union Home Ministers was handed over through Deputy Commissioner, Chandel Krishna Kumar.

In the Memorandum stated that In this connections under the aegis of flood victims demand committee Chandel and Chakpikarong Block, including beneficiaries were organized sit-in-protest on 18th August, 2018 Wednesday at Chakpikarong Bazar against the delayed payment of final bill for the August and September 2015, flood and landslide affected families in Chandel District. A memorandum addressed to the governor Dr. Najma Heptulla, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, Ministry of Rural Development Krishi Bhavan New Delhi BC Behera Director (RH), YAS and IFC Minister Letpao Haokip, Work Minister, PR & RD Th. Biswajit and Chief Secretary Suresh Babu was submitted through DC Chandel. 

Flood victims demand committee Chandel and affected village Chiefs of Chakpikarong Block were strongly appealed. The government of Manipur and Concern relevant authority to release the first payment and final bill without delay, for the interest of affected victims. But the present government of Manipur does not take UP initiative to release long pending demand for the reliefs in the State of Manipur and including Chandel District till now.

However, surprisingly 20 beneficiaries house holder affected massively arise questions to the government of Manipur? for not availing of first payment. While 226 beneficiaries has been completed full amount payment and 979 beneficiaries claimed final so far. E-Payment banking was done at Imphal Secretariat RD wing.

The memorandum also stated that the beneficiaries of Chandel District IAY Special package housing damage scheme purely sanction by the centre. Regards to 2015 flood/landslide occurred in Chandel District, is being conducting/organize mass rally under the aegis of flood victims demand committee Chandel and Chief of affected villages, in respect of every blocks of Chandel and Tengnoupal District.

A memorandum is submitted to your good office, intervene immediate positive responds to release non-payment of first and final bill. Ultimatum serve within one week stipulated time to the government of Manipur day and date of Memorandum submitted, if fails to take up our demand, agitations will be resume democratic course of actions to the National Highway Moreh and Chandel etc.

Speaking at the sideline of the rally, BD Betha Convenor,Flood Victim Demand Committee (FVDC) Chandel said that the rally was organized in protest against non-payment of relief/compensation to the landslide and flood affected victims of 2015. 

Demanding for early disbursement of the relief fund, Bd.Betha also warned that the people of the Chandel will launch a series of intense agitation if the state government fails to release the relief fund.


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Unfolding the Shrewd game to the impasse at Manipur University

It was only after 79 days that the concern government authority including that of the MHRD and State authority agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding as per the demand of the Manipur University Community after three days of marathon talk. The pain and anguish of staying away from its normal duty will only be felt by those who are facing the circumstances and even  journalists feel uncomfortable when away from duty for even 3 days. No wonder those book worm in the Manipur University would have felt the same when they were compelled to stay away from their favorite work for 79 + days now. That was why on August 16, a day after the nation celebrated the Independence Day, Manipur University community particularly those in MUSU, MUSA and MUTA finally found some relief after the representative of the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Govt. of India acknowledge on what the MU community have been demanding for such a long period.
The joy of the gesture from the MHRD representatives and the state government was not only felt to the MU community but to all the people of the state. The long impasse that had been giving a headache to the state government had finally found a way for settling if only the state government authority stopped blind support to any kind of shrewd game played by the MHRD representative.
Well lip service can never be treated as official as per the rules of law of the country. And we have seen many a times on how we the people of the state have been cheated by thousands of assurance by the authority on various issues from time to time. Even memorandums of understanding signed by the authority have many times been dumped in dustbin. This has been reminded as the way the office memorandum notified by the in-charge Registrar of the Manipur University speaks volume on how he had been instigated to play another shrewd game to the community of Manipur University.
The notification of the MHRD which superseded the earlier notification by reconstituting the 3 member fact finding committee by 2 member enquiry committee chaired by a retired acting Chief Justice of Megahalaya High Court with another member from among the retired Vice Chancellors of a University fulfilled only a part of the agreement which was signed between the MU community, representative of the MHRD, Govt. of India and a representative of the state government.
The counter point which comes up from the Manipur University Communities who are demanding removal of the VC AP Pandey is that while welcoming the reconstitution of the earlier fact finding committee, the game being played to mislead the people is easily sighted. As this newspaper had time and again stated that, playing tricks to the MU community will not work. The kind of game can be played with the common people to garner support from them during election time but not with the community which has been researching the human establishment. Yesterday the MUSA, MUTA and MUSU have released a statement which stated why they are not satisfied with the new order from the MHRD (Imphal Times produce the story in today’s edition).
And today major newspapers today carried news items base on the office memorandum notified at the strength of the present Registrar-in-Charge which says that the memorandum of understanding signed between the Joint Secretary of the MHRD, Govt. of India, Commissioner of the State Higher and Technical Education, Manipur University teachers’, Students and staffs bodies in the presence of the Chief Minister has been approved by the Minister of HRD and that the leave of the Prof. AP Pandey has been related with the ongoing enquiry.
It is public now on how the Registrar-in-charge and the in-charge VC Prof. Vishwanath had been intimidated by the Joint Secretary to clarify the matter. It was not at all an official order but a mere email communication which is no difference from a verbal conversation through electronic device. As mentioned earlier, there were many occasion which MoUs signed between the government authority and that of the agitating groups are often landed in the dustbin, there are thousand reasons to ponder on the authencity of the so call “Office Memorandum”. On the other hand lack of sincerity is easily notice and more over it is no difficult to dissects reasons for issuing such ‘order’ which skipped two major points agreed in the Memorandum of Understanding. The memorandum of understanding is shrewdly carpeted and a game which is seen by only the people who have six eye is seen playing with support from “YES SIR” mentality state government.
The way the MHRD is dealing with the ongoing impasse at Manipur University reflected the mindset of those in the Central government towards the people of the state.
Those in the state government including the chief minister as well as those in the Central government particularly those in the MHRD should know that “ you can fool some people for some times, but you can’t fool all the people for all the times”.

Open letter to Minister of Education and Department of Education Govt. of Manipur, India.

Dear Sir,
    We are group of educators living and working abroad. We compare the education policy and system abroad and back home in Manipur. We believe it is possible to do better with you, your team as well as we, the people at the grass-root level to get ready our youths in job market to get benefit to the individuals as well as to our state. We would like to propose the following points in education system to bring changes and upgrade our human resource sector.
1. Adopt No Fail Policy
    This will benefit in the long run. Literally speaking we do not let students fail in Thailand. If fail because of ill, accident or whatever reasons students can come and take test as special case on the following day. We thought fail means we remove unqualified candidate and maintains quality. However failing system in exam brings more harm than benefit. It will bring a tremendous psychological effect for the whole life to the individuals. This makes high drop out rate from school. A bad taste of failure is the main cause of emotional torture, depression, diverting attention to drug, crime etc, and sometimes leads to suicide. Instead, please introduce a grading system that those who cannot achieve a particular grade-score, just put them into compulsory vocational training course. Whether good or bad, keeping students without failing for 10-12 years at school will make them at least able to read, write, do some basic maths which is necessary for a common men. Weaker students might not able to become a doctor or engineer, but they must have something for survival and it is important right as a citizen which is very important for nation building. If students cannot become a doctor or an engineer, that is no problem. Let us send our children to suitable disciplines such as carpentry skill, farming skill, mechanic, animal rearing skill, dress making, repairing different things etc. This is what developed countries are doing. Doctors, engineers or lawyers constitute only a fraction of population in a society. Let us stop education system supporting for only a few students who will become doctor or engineer, and also an education system that makes them believe that they will work in government sector. Let us open doors of opportunities in many fields for academically weaker students and they might even be smarter in other skills. The present education system causes some individual schools adopt a policy that they jump over some of the class IX subjects neglecting the value of learning of that particular subjects in order to see the good result only in matriculation. This sacrifice and short term vision will harm in long run and that will bring serious effect in nation building. We should not focus learning only for the result of exams. A student who failed in academic field might excel in sports, business or other fields. There are numerous examples of individuals who could not achieve well academically but they become leaders in the world of business, such as Apple’s former boss Steve Jobs, Microsoft’s former boss Bill Gates, and Facebook’s boss Mark Zuckerberg. Please consider to remove the mistakes existing currently in our education system in Manipur. Let us plan for long term education policy. You took right step by introducing a system that there would not be common class 10 exam under the board, however it seems you reverted your decision to our original common exam system. Board is doing excellent job, but board exams also become carrier stopper to individuals. Here in Thailand, they do not have board exam for class X and XII.
2. Mass Education
    We need mass education. We cannot sacrifice huge population of students knocking out them from school in the name of maintaining quality. What we are seeing here abroad is very different from India. Almost everyone except some disable people can read, write, do basic maths for their daily business. This can be achieved because of education policy as literally they do not have failing system in their education. They support students and giving training is more important. In our system, exams and evaluation is more important. They put students at suitable field if they do not achieve particular grade score. We need this in our system too. Also, please do not detain kids at the same level more than one year. There is wrong belief of the people that promoting all the students will bring down the quality of education. Detaining kids more years at the same class underestimate individuals’ self confidence and ability when they are grown up. Mental strength, psychological health of individual is equally important as physical strength. Marking students fail will lose the individuals’ confidence. Better and more capable students will be absorbed in a more intellectually capable field of study, and lower able students will be engaged in low skill area with proper education in any specific area.
3. Strong Foundation of Primary Education
    We need special attention to primary education. Children who did very good primary level is more likely to go to better middle/high school. Those students who do very well in high school again are more likely to go to better college and university. So, we need to pay more attention to primary education that lays foundation which is seemingly given less important in our country than other countries from parents or authority’s side. Healthy nursery and primary education will shape better strength of our youths.
4. Focus on Opening More Vocational Schools
    Let us focus on opening different vocational schools. This is what people do in more developed countries. Support the students up to 12th standard, no matter what they are- good or bad. At the end of 12th standard, send them to different vocational schools rather than tagged them failed and useless individuals even if students cannot achieve particular grade-score. This policy will keep them move on their education. By the time they are 18 or 19 years old, they will start thinking for their future career. But in our present education policy, weaker students are removed from school system before they are able to think of their own future career. Make any vocational skill importance, meaningful and give their place, and employ them at the right place. What we are trying to say here is- For example, a student studies a vocational training about electricity and power management. If there is a job vacation in electricity department, employ this right candidate rather than recruiting someone who has studied biology.  It is time to stop employing wrong candidates but putting right person at the right place.
5. Teaching a Competitive Job
    Make teaching a competitive job. Competitive jobs means pay good salary and make it rewarding job to teacher. Doctors, engineers, MBAs, civil servants and whoever must go through school system and are under the guidance of teachers on top of the students’ personality. There is huge contribution of teacher than any other authorities to produce good citizen tut for now teaching is not good and respectable like doctors, engineers, and civil servants. We request you to bring some changes on this perspective.
6. Pay Based on Qualifications, Skill and Position
    Salary is a sign of credit, respect, encouragement and social status. Pay salary based on the position as well as the qualification of the candidate. Personally we have seen many Ph.D holders who work at primary school in other countries. They are paid well, respected well not less than a professor. In our culture we neglect this and we are willing to pay more respect to more well paid job, but less respect to individuals who are paid less even though he/she holds high qualification. We do not need knowledge of rocket science from doctorate holder at primary school but we do need experience and expertise of management from these resourceful persons even at primary education where no Ph.D might apply job for primary school in our state because of low salary and low status. 7. Avoid Teacher Recruitment on Mark Basis
    Different schools, states, or countries have different marking system. Percentage of marks cannot decide the overall quality of the candidate all the time even though it is customary to decide the quality of the student on percentage of marks which is very deceptive in practical world. Real capability of the individual cannot be decided by the exam’s marks only. Marks in the exam is just to evaluate the outcome of students’ learning on particular subjects, not the personality. If we know our student who is who, we even do not need any test. Let us stop recruitment system on mark basis. In some countries there is open book policy during exam. This does not mean copying word by word, sentence by sentence like the one what we are facing currently in our society. And, those countries’ education quality is much higher than that of Indian education. We need practical knowledge in human resource sector. It is a norm in India that employers look for people who hold nice certificate rather than who can do the job. But in more developed countries employers look for someone who can perform the task. Let us bring some changes to rectify the mistakes existing in the present system.
8. Speaking and Listening in Language Syllabus
    We learn English as compulsory subject. We learn reading and writing, rules of grammar. However we never include Speaking and Listening as part of syllabus which is taken very serious everywhere in foreign countries. There are lots of people who can read and write but do not speak the language. As a language teacher in Thailand and Cambodia, with personal experience with other teachers from different native English speaking countries we strongly feel that language is after all to communicate with others. Please try to include Listening and Speaking in our syllabus too. This will increase the chance of our youths in the world of job market.
Thanking you.
Yours sincerely,
Chingakham Dina,
Arambam Karamjit ,
Khwairakpam Sunita,
Arjun Kumar Dhungel,

Campaign on e-waste disposal held

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Imphal, Aug 21,

Clean to Green Imphal Chapters 2nd  Awareness Workshop on Environmental Hazards of E-Waste was held yesterday at Free Progress Academy, Konthoujam Imphal West yesterday. The programme was organized by Ajad English School, Meitram under the initiative of Digital India power to Empower, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology Government of India. As a part of the programme painting, ex-tempore speech and One act play competition was held for students of class V to Class Viii.
Slogans of the competition are – “Always dispose of electronic device at designated professional collection points” and “Spread awareness and educate on the importance of responsible E-Waste disposal”.
Doorstep collection of E-Waste contact Clean to Green toll free: 18001028489.
Clean to Green Imphal Team Coordinators Wahengbam Premchand, Wangkhem Jotin and Khoinaijam Daniel Meitei appreciated the schools Principals, teaching & non teaching staffs for a grand successful Awareness Workshop on Environmental Hazards of Electronic Waste.

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Orientation workshop on Ayushman Bharat held

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Imphal, Aug 21,
An orientation workshop on Ayushman Bharat in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Department was held today at the Auditorium of, ROB, Imphal.
Ayushman Bharat is National Health Protection Scheme, which will cover over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries) providing coverage upto 5 lakh rupees per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization. Ayushman Bharat – National Health Protection Mission will subsume the on-going centrally sponsored schemes – Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) and the Senior Citizen Health Insurance Scheme (SCHIS).
Ayushman Bharat – National Health Protection Mission will target about 10.74 crore poor, deprived rural families and identified occupational category of urban workers’ families as per the latest Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) data covering both rural and urban.

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President of Thoubal District Congress Committee passes away

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Thoubal, Aug 21,

President of the Thoubal District Congress Committee Sanjenbam Achou passed away yesterday afternoon at Shija Hospital. Late Sanjenbam Achou served as the President of the Thoubal District Congress Committee for 13 years. Before that he was also the founder member of the District Youth Congress Thoubal and Seva Dal of Congress.

Fitting tribute was paid today to the mortal remain of the district president at the Congress office located at Thoubal Athokpam . A two minutes silence was also observed as a mark to respect to the departed soul.

Former Chief Minister and present leader of the CLP Okram Ibobi who also attended today recall the sacrifice of Achou for the cause of the Congress Party. MLA O. Surjakumar and other district congress leaders were also attended in the tribute paying function.

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