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PMJAY, CMHT skeptical as RSBY scheme benefitted more to the empanelled private hospitals than the beneficiaries

Some patients still are unaware of the treatment and the amount charged under RSBY

 

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Imphal, Oct .11

Primes Minister Narendra Modi ambitious Health Insurance scheme, launched in September 23, 2018, which was renamed as PM Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) on September 25 of the same year and the similar scheme launched by the Chief Minister of Manipur – Chief Minister Gi Hakshel Tengbang (CMHT) to facilitate free treatment facilities to poor, deprived families of both rural and urban, who are not in the condition to afford treatment facilities fails to delight sections of people who had known how the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna (RSBY) had swindled many beneficiaries by the so called empanelled private hospitals here in the state of Manipur.

Source with the Imphal Times said that a total of Rs. 7,10,96,627/- (Seven crores ten Lakhs ninetysix thousand six hundred and twenty seven) had been spend to patients for undergoing treatments at different empanelled Private Hospitals in Manipur under the RSBY between the year 2013 to 2018.

RSBY was launched in early 2008 by Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India to provide health insurance coverage for Below Poverty Line (BPL) families. The objective of RSBY is to provide protection to BPL households from financial liabilities arising out of health shocks that involve hospitalization. The beneficiaries under RSBY are entitled to hospitalization coverage up to Rs. 30,000/-for most of the diseases that require hospitalization. The coverage extends to five members of the family which includes the head of household, spouse and up to three dependents.

Team Imphal Times, first pick up the nature of facilities provided under the RSBY scheme for the year 2017-18. In this year the Manipur State RSBY Society, which is under the Labour department of the Government of Manipur sanctioned and released an amount of Rs. 30,14,314/- (Thirty lakhs fourteen thousand three hundred and fourteen) for treatment of patients under the RSBY. Interestingly in the year 2017-18, 126 (One hundred and twenty six) patients had undergone treatment at Raj Polyclinic. Of the 126 patients, 15 underwent double treatment. There are no treatment of patients at any of the empanelled RSBY private hospital as per official source received from the Manipur State RSBY Society.

“I thank the government for treating me without spending much money, but I don’t know how much the government gave for my treatment to Raj Polyclinic for my treatment under the RSBY”, a patient from Thoubal district who had hospitalized at Raj Polyclinic North AOC Imphal during October, 2017 when contacted by Imphal Times said.

“ I suspect, my aunty’s family was cheated as they showed nothing about the disease, procedure of treatment as well as the cost of the treatment, taking advantage of their illiteracy and ignorance. But I am happy that she don’t have to spent much money which she can’t afford”, Dhanakumar from Imphal East district told Imphal Times staffs.

Finally, having suspicion of how the public money which were meant for the poor and the deprived people have been swindled by the Manipur State RSBY Society or the Hospital authority, Imphal Times dig more and found that a bigger role is also being played by the New India Assurance Company, the insurance company that has been approved of implementing the RSBY schemes.

Imphal Times staff also contacted the Assistant General Manager of the Raj Polyclinic, North AOC Imphal to inquire about any lapses to the utilisation of the RSBY scheme. He however said that there is no misappropriation of the RSBY scheme and that there are still pending amount yet to be cleared by the Manipur State RSBY Society.

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Yoga can be an effective tool to counter the menace of substance abuse: Dr. Najma Heptulla

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Imphal, Oct. 11

Manipur Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla today said that Yoga education amongst the youth can be an effective tool to counter the menace of substance abuse and drug addiction prevalent widely in the State of Manipur.  She was speaking at the inaugural function of the 24th State Level Yoga Physique Championship, 2019 organised by the Yoga Physique Institute & Studies Manipur (YPISM) at Manipur Dramatic Union hall Yaiskul Police lane, Imphal organised under the theme Yoga for health, wellbeing and sustainable development.
Dr, Heptulla said that the Championship will certainly help the young sportspersons to grow and maintain their physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being.  In addition, this championship is to put together in one event, the overwhelming complexity of the entire Yoga arts and traditions of various ethnic communities of the State, she added. 
Expressing her happiness on NCERT’s publication of Yoga text books for Classes-I to VIII and introduction of it in the CBSE Schools as a compulsory subject, the Chief Guest told that value-based education through Yoga in schools and colleges will help in inculcating discipline, concentration, relaxation and self-achievement, from an early stage of life and thereby empower them to cope up with the stress and strains accompanied with the challenges of modern life. It will also help them in growing up with the values of cleanliness, non-violence, truthfulness, non-greediness, austerity, self-study, self-control and non-possessiveness, she added.
As part of today’s inaugural programme, the YPISM students and intellectual disability Group BB Paul Mental Development Home, Mongshangei presented Yoga Demonstration and Certificates of Honour were also distributed to donors and juries.
More than 250 candidates are participating in this Championship that will continue till tomorrow.

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Huge quantity of drug seized at Lilong

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Imphal, Oct 11

In yet another drive, a team of Thoubal district Police seized huge quantity of drugs hidden in a hole built beneath the ground using Sintex from Lilong area yesterday evening.
Briefing media persons SP, Thoubal District, Dr.S.Ibomcha said that yesterday at around 7 pm based on a specific input about the presence of drug peddlars, two police team raided the residence of one Md.Abdur [email protected] (32) S/o.(L)Md.Tomba and Md.Momin Khan(27) S/o.(L)Md.Tomba of Lilong Tairenmakhong.
The two teams of Lilong Police Station led by Inspector Oinam Ajit Singh assisted by SI Md.Isha Khan and ASI Laishram Tikendro of Lilong P.S. accompanied by volunteers of All Lilong Anti-Drug Association(ALADA) and ANJUMAN rushed to the said house at Lilong Tairen Makhong.
“ On reaching the house at around 8:30 pm our police team and the volunteers of ALADA and ANJUMAN cordoned the two houses very strictly and the said two houses share one common courtyard”, SP Ibomcha said.
He further said that the police team called out the family members of the house of Md.Momin Khan of Lilong Tairen Makhong. The door of the house was locked from inside and despite of asking several times to open the door the family members did not open the door of the house for about 10 minutes in a very suspicious manner. Later one individual who later identified himself as Md.Momin Khan (27)opened the door. Then the police team started searching the syntax (containing water) inside the kitchen of the house found one yellowish transparent polythene containing some blue colour capsules suspected to be SP capsules and some some suspected N-10 tablets floating inside the syntax. Then the police team picked up the said tablets and on counting the blue colours capsules found 42 nos. of suspected SP capsules and 36 nos. of suspected N-10 tablets (cut off from the strips). The said drugs were seized on the spot and arrested Md.Momin Khan on the spot.
After that the police team move on to the house of Md.Abdur [email protected] Linthoi(32) S/o (L)Md.Tomba of Lilong TairenMakhong, which was previously kept cordoned by the police team and seized huge quantity of  drugs (SP tablets 765 nos.) hidden in an iron box.
At the kitchen a gunny bag containing a transparent polythene plastic containing 5,498(five thousand four hundred and ninety eight) white colour small tablets suspected to be Pseudoephidrine  Cough syrups marked as Bolirex-New were found.
At the front room of the house one Syntex embedded beneath the ground of the bed of the room wherehuge quantity of Cough syrup bottles marked as Bolirex-were hidden. A person identified as Md.Abdur [email protected] (32) S/o.(L)Md.Tomba was arrested in connection with the seizure of the drugs.
On follow up action the police arrested two of his associates namely Md.Nawaz @ Boycha (19) S/o.Md.Sirajur of Lilong Turel Ahanbi Boroi Makhong and Md.Aziz @ Abungo (20) S/o.Md.Abdul Hasim of Lilong Turel Ahanbi Boroi Makhong.
A case has been registered at Lilong Police Station against the accused persons.  

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One rapist sentenced 15 years imprisonment, another convicted

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Imphal, Oct 11

Session Judge Imphal East Maibam Manojkumar today sentenced 70 years old rape convict Kongjenbam Nipamacha to undergo rigorous imprisonment of 15 years along with a fine of 10 thousand rupees for committing crime of rape to a minor victim on August 22, 2015 evening.

Konjengbam Nipamacha of Heinoukhongnembi was convicted by the same court on October 7 under section 6 of POCSO Act for committing penetrative sexual act upon the minor victim

Court also recommended to provide Rs 5 lakhs compensation to the victim under Manipur Victim Compensation Scheme by the concern department.

On the other hand another rape accused Hemam Rajesh (28) S/O Kameshor of Moirang Konjengbam Leikai has been convicted by Session Judge Imphal West RK Memcha today under section 366 and 368 IPC and section 4 of POCSO Act.

The judgment order of the trail against the convict H Rajesh was announced in open court today and the sentence hearing of the convict has been fixed on October 17. The incident reportedly took place on April 6, 2016 evening.

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Nemcha Kipgen graces the 1st India Intl. Cooperatives Trade Fair, 2019

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New Delhi, Oct 11

Cooperation Minister Nemcha Kipgen today graces inaugural ceremony of the first ever India International Cooperatives Trade Fair (IICTF), 2019 was held today at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of India, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar graced the occasion as Chief Guest.
Briefing the Media, Minister Nemcha Kipgen highlighted on how the cooperative sector in Manipur have significantly revived under the leadership of Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi whose vision is inclusive development for all through effective cooperative. The government have come up with various new schemes to energise the cooperative sector in the state. At present, there are 10, 916 cooperative societies having 8,06,105 members in all the 16 districts of Manipur, she reaffirmed.
Nemcha also stated that though Manipur belongs to least developed states in cooperative movement, some of the cooperatives categories like handloom & handicraft, transport, dairy, agriculture, horticulture, thrift and credit, fisheries, piggery, poultry, amongst other are working at the best level.
Minister also stated that efforts to implement all important schemes of the government for the benefit of the people of our state are also being taken up so that there are visible impacts in our society.
During the inaugural ceremony of IICTF, Yuva Sahakar, Cooperative Enterprise Support and Innovation Scheme 2019 was also launched. This scheme is in line with the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s focus on programmes like Start-up India and Stand-up India that aims at young entrepreneurs with new and innovative ideas. Minister Nemcha Kipgen is optimistic that once this scheme reaches the youth of Manipur, it will definitely solve the problem of unemployment of youths.
The Renu Handloom Cooperative Society, Mantripukhri of Imphal East District was the only cooperative society from Manipur representing the state amongst those 120 Indian cooperatives and 20 organizations from Centre / States / UTs and as many as 35 countries from six continents.
The function was also attended by Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Parshottam Rupala, Ministers of Cooperation from all participating States, Senior Officials of Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of India, and Senior Officials of Department of Cooperation of all participating States and International delegates. Registrar of Cooperative Societies, Government of Manipur, Ksh Robert Singh and officers of Cooperation Department, Manipur represented the state.
It may be mentioned that IICTF is aimed at taking forward Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government’s vision and goal of promoting cooperative-to-cooperative trade within India and abroad and promoting exports of key agriculture commodities and products leading to enhanced rural and farm prosperity. It also offers a great opportunity for the industry and business organizations from India and abroad to build alliances, business networking, product sourcing and above all, interacting with the primary producers of a wide range of products and service providers.

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SUICIDE – Western docs, Psychogists and the Traditional healers

Experts talk a lot about the issues of mental health. Government organised many programs to create awareness about the problem and issues of mental health. National or local television channels, newspapers, periodical discuss the issue of mental health. And only yesterday, the state of Manipur joined the world in celebrating the World Mental Health Day. The theme was wisely picked, Suicide Prevention. There are many reported case of suicide happening in the state of Manipur. The latest, as reported, was the incident of a CRPF Constable committing suicide by shooting himself using his own service weapon at a battalion post located in Churachandpur district. In May this year, a student pursuing fourth semester graduation in Tourism and Hospitality management under Bachelor of Vocational Degree at Centre for Entrepreneurship and Skill Development at Manipur University, was found death hanging from a ceiling fan inside his hostel room. He was only 22 years old. Just few months back a married lady was found hung to death inside her room. These are few cases of suicide, to remind our readers that ‘Suicide is becoming a serious issue of our present society’. The phenomenon is no exception for the state of Manipur, but for all underdeveloped and un-developed nations across the globe. This is perhaps the reason that the WHO this time focus – Suicide Prevention as the theme of celebrating World Mental Health Day.
The history of suicide is almost as old as human society itself. The act of suicide is illegal in India under section 309 and 306 IPC, though in the historical times some states (including Manipur) approved of suicide under certain circumstances e.g.: Sati and Johar etc.
Suicidal death is emerging as major health problem worldwide and is attracting increasing attention from the medical profession and the public health agencies as well. Suicide is a leading cause of premature death especially among the young adults. For prevention of crimes and maintenance of law and order, the Law Enforcement Agencies require the data of various crime incidences, common nature of death prevalent in the community etc. Suicide being a criminal act as well as an indirect indicator of Mental Health of a community.
According to WHO statistics, the annual worldwide incidence of suicidal deaths was 16 per lakhs persons in 1995. In India, the prevalence is10 per lakhs contributing 0.5% to 1 % of all deaths as per National Crime Records Bureau, 1993.Besides being an indirect indicator of mental health of a community, it may be committed with an ulterior motive e.g. to avenge someone by planning his own death in a manner that resembles homicide.
According to researchers’ finding the sex incidence of male predominance over female in all modes of suicide is in agreement with the findings of other workers.The highest number of suicidal deaths was seen in the age groups of 21-30 years (36.48%)followed by 30-41 years (27.36%). This particular age group is the most active and explosive group. Instead of facing defeat, they might have preferred to end their life. Hanging was the commonest method of choice in the state of Manipur, but some preferred consuming poison. Researchers also finds that the common causes of suicide are alcohol and drug addiction, failure in career, unemployment, disappointed love, marital problems, family quarrels and poverty etc.
Now, Medical Sciences experts has research the cause of suicide which is based on fact findings, but the conservative Manipuri society still remain as an obstacle to find cure to the suicidal tendency culminated with the mentioned findings by experts. The experts did know the cause of suicide but have never find a way to solve it when it comes to the state of Manipur.
Before, western medical Sciences is popular to the state of Manipur, the Manipuri Society had traditional healers which acted as consultant to people who are suffering with mental problem. The structure of the society those days was even more complex and conservative that when presumed the mental state of women who had newly married would have suffered many kind of mental problems. There are still families in the state where there are many ‘DOs and DON’Ts’ to newly married woman. Change of environment and failure to adapt with the family that she had shifted still makes many filled their mind with frustrations and anger, which a women is never permitted in our male dominated family.
Outside the family, women were and are praised for their courage but in family they live a life of extreme hardship which finally affects their mental stability. Since those days, traditional healers have been playing a vital role in solving such matters.
Some 6 years back, while interacting with Clinical Physiologist Mayengbam AskhayKumar (now retired) had stated that traditional healers still play a tremendous role in the treatment of mentally distracted patients. This was flatly countered by Psychiatrists Dr. Lenin and Dr. Heramani (now retired) saying that there was no scientific judgment for engaging traditional healers to mentally disturbed patients. They even called them ‘quacks’ which is not fit to use it to the traditional healers of Manipur. Well it was the Psychiatrists views but for the Clinical Physiologist, they still preferred utilization of at least 2 traditional healers while curing mental related diseases.
Mental disturbance is the root of suicide and it is time that those who are in the profession of reducing the suicide incident think about using all means.
Revive the traditional healers, engage them for treatment at Mental Hospital in addition to the professional medical practitioners and the Psychologists for they are gifted with talents which understand real problems of conservative Manipuri society. This will perhaps help in fulfilling the gowl to reduce suicide problems in the state.

Left parties launch Nationwide Movement in Manipur

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Imphal, Oct 11

As a part of the Nationwide Movement by the Left parties a Hall meeting was held at Irawat Bhawan , Imphal yesterday. The meeting was attended by the cadres of the four Left parties viz. CPI (M), CPI, RSP and AIFB.

Addressing the opening meeting of the nationwide movement in Manipur Kshetrimayum Santa, Secretary of CPI(M) Manipur State unit said that the decision of the five left parties to launch a movement in the interest of the country and the nation was taken to mobilise the people against the onslaught by the NDA regime led by BJP. The Left parties in Manipur added three points to the charter of demands prepared by the National Convention of the Left parties which was held on 20th September at New Delhi. The points are # universalisation of food security, No to CAB  and  Naga Framework Agreement and its solution should not affect the interest of the neighbouring states. He appealed to the cadres of the Left parties to actively participate and organise in their respective areas to reach the wider section of the people.

Secretary of the CPI Manipur State Laishram Sotin addressing the gathering said that only the Left parties are the alternative in the country and the state because the bourgeoisie parties and their stooges are changing their political and ideological colours after elections. They don’t believe in democracy and democratic movements.

Khomdram Gyaneshwar , Secretary of AIFB opined that the nationwide movement should be expanded to the rural areas . Addressing the meeting RSP state secretariat member appealed to the cadres of the sponsoring parties to actively participate in the movement.

Dr. Nara Singh, CPI national executive committee member, warned the ruling parties in the country and the state particularly the BJP that the people are now realising the misdeeds of the NDA government and the government won’t be able to continue with misinformation. 

Sarat Salam, in his presidential address, said that a new era of people’s movement is coming in the country particularly in Manipur with this nationwide programme

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