Saturday, 23 February 2019 - Imphal Times

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Imphal Feb 23,

Questioning whether the differently abled children aren’t the pillar of the future nation. Differently abled students along with their guardians staged sit-in-protest at the gate of Blind School, Takyel demanding various facilities which have been neglected by the government. The protest was organised by Parents and Duardians council of Persons with Disability.

Speaking to media persons President of Parents and Guardians Council of Persons with Disability Thangjam Saratkumar said that the even though a memorandum has already been given to the Chief Minister demanding various facilities for the welfare of the differently abled students, but sadly no initiatives have been taken up by the government till now.

He said that as the differently abled students don’t have a Government higher secondary school their dreams have been shattered as they can’t furnish further education. So he appealed the state government to upgrade the Government Ideal School and Government Deaf and Mute school to a higher secondary level and also to run a state government school for Intellectual and Development Disabilities.

Saratkumar further said that as the schools lack proper staffs and due to the lack of warden and caretaker various crimes have been occurred like missing of students frequently. He also appeal to recruit new teachers and staffs for proper functioning of the schools for the differently abled person. 

Condemning that the Government doesn’t implement properly the Right to Disability Act which was passed already in 2016, he urged the government to implement the act properly in the state also.

He finally appealed to set up a Separate Directorate for Person With Disability to expedite in addressing the issues related to disability including preparation and implementation of schemes, programmes etc. 

Saratkumar concluded that various forms of protest will be initiated if the government doesn’t consider their needful demands. 

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 Imphal, Feb. 23,

Horticulture and Soil Conservation Minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar today said that the farmers across the State are timely given benefits under various schemes of the department. He opined that the collective effort of the stakeholders (the Government and the farmers) will help in raising the income of the farmers and boost the economy of the State. He was speaking at the tractors and power tillers distribution function to the selected beneficiaries (farmers) at the office complex of Horticulture and Soil Conservation Department, Sanjenthong.
Altogether 22 selected farmers from the districts of Imphal East, Imphal West, Kangpokpi, Churachandpur and Senapati were given 9 tractors and 13 power tillers at the subsidised rate in the first phase of farm mechanisation of the Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) scheme (2018-19) under the aegis of the Horticulture and Soil Conservation Department. A subsidy of Rs 1 lakh each on tractors and Rs 75,000 each on power tillers have been given to the selected beneficiaries for buying the machineries by the department. An assistance of Rs 57.50 lakh has been provided by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Government of India for procuring 50 numbers of power tillers and 20 numbers of tractors which will be distributed to the selected beneficiaries in phase wise.
Minister Th. Shyamkumar expressed hope that the help from the Horticulture and Soil Conservation Department will surely boost the confidence of the farmers. Stating that the Government is helping the selected farmers, he advised the selected farmers to lend a helping hand to the needy farmers so that all the farmers can work hard to increase the crop production. JC Ramthanga, Principal Secretary said that the Horticulture and Soil Conservation Department aims to increase the productivity of the agriculturist and horticulturist in the State and to make the State fully organic. Stating that the distribution of tractors and power tillers is one of the components of the annual plan for 2018-19, he said the distribution program will be a milestone as the selected farmers will be able to work and produce more.
K. Kipgen, Director, Horticulture and Soil Conservation Department lauded the MIDH officers and staffs for their effort to provide benefits to the selected beneficiaries. Stating that it is best time for cultivation (kharif season), he said that distribution of the machineries to the selected farmers will surely help them in yielding more crops. N. Premananda Singh, Mission Director, MIDH said that the distribution for the second phase will be done in March and the process of selecting the beneficiaries is underway. He also lauded the district officers for helping in selecting the genuine beneficiaries. Stating that other benefits are also being provided to the farmers under the MIDH scheme, he invited the farmers to visit the nearest office of the department to avail benefits.

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CCpur, Feb 23,

Problems and harassment faced by Diesel Auto service providers in Churachandpur town were highlighted during a General Assembly cum Election meet of the Churachandpur District Diesel Auto Owners Association held today at K Aichin Park near Mata Village  in Churachandpur . The General Assembly began from 11:30 am.

The Association has at least 700 Diesel auto vehicles and is covering more than 23 lines in Churachandpur town .

The association though provided an important services   to the public as conveyance of various destination faced problems of unnecessary halt and frisking by the police while commuting the public and monetary demands from various UG groups, speakers on the occasion said.

The matter was discussed in today’s general assembly but no decision on the matter was taken. 

In the election Seiboi Haokip was elected as President while Khamsuan Ngaihte has been elected the General Secretary.  Doumang Haokip N Khamsiam was elected as Finance Secretary and treasurer.

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Imphal, Feb 23,

CAF & PD, Revenue Minister, Karam Shyam distributed appointment orders to more than 20 deserving candidates of the Revenue Department of Manipur who have applied in the die-in-harness scheme. He gave away the appointment orders to the candidates in a press conference held today at his Old Secretariat office after clearing 37 out of a total of 101 applicants after proper scrutiny, screening and strict verification.
Mandol, jilladar, stenographer and LDC posts in the Grade III category and process server and peon posts in the Grade IV category were given appointment orders. Amongst such applicants, some have waited for almost 10 years for the much expected appointment.
Speaking at the press meet, Minister Karam Shyam stated that the Government understands the sufferings of such applicants who usually belong to deprived families and constantly face the hurdles of bribe and bargain in different forms in connection with pending file processes.
We will try to clear the pending files of the remaining die-in-harness applicants of the Revenue Department after clearing 37 out of a total of 101, he further added.
The Minister also assured that the Government is trying its best to minimize the difficulties of such candidates and ensure transparency in clearing away their pending files quickly.
During the press briefing, he also highlighted that the successful candidates who got appointment order today should start working honestly and efficiently without corruption in public interest.
Commissioner CAF & PD,Revenue Shri T Ranjit said that its good news for the Revenue department that new staff are  appointed on die-in-harness basis as there is acute shortage of officials in the department at present. He also informed the gathering that as per guidelines of the Department of Personnel(DP), preference is given to those applicants belonging to the differently-abled category.
Joint Secretary Revenue, Y Rajen and Undersecretary Ph Bhavananda Sharma were also present during the conference.

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Imphal Feb23,

Only one transgender is enrolled in the Voter list of Imphal West district. This was stated by Naorem Praveen, DC of Imphal West during press conference conducted in connection with the launching of two days special campaign for the verification and enrolment of eligible voters from today.
Naorem Praveen said the two days campaign will enable to enrol new eligible voters in electoral rolls, to correct their particulars and also to verified voters already enrolled in the electoral roll.  
He appealed to all the eligible voters to enrol during the ongoing campaign.
 He said that number of voters in Imphal West is around 3,60,600 . There is a difference of about 7 percent when compared to census report about the eligible voters residing in Imphal West area, Praveen added.
He further said that main priorities have been given by the CEO to remove the impurities present in the electoral rolls. He added that around 261 repeated Electoral photo identity card (EPIC) have been detected and rectified for Imphal West. And also 76 demographically similar entries has also been detected and rectified.
As the day of election is going to be announced in the next month all the necessary steps have already taken up, he added. He further claimed that every Assembly constituencies will have a model polling station.

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Imphal, Feb. 23,

The joint Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ Day was held at the Durbar Hall of Chief Minister’s Secretariat today. As usual, huge number of people both from different hill and valley districts came to meet Chief Minister N. Biren Singh to bring their plights and grievances to his notice.
The Chief Minister personally attended to around 412 complaints and met nearly 1200 people from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm. Principal Secretary (Health) and Nodal Officer of Meeyamgi Numit Vumlunmang Vualnam, Commissioner (Planning) and OSD to CM Sumant Singh, Secretary to CM N. Geoffrey, DIG (Adm) I.K. Muivah and other senior Government officials assisted the Chief Minister in assessing people’s complaints.
Officials of different Government Departments like Health, Minority, Other Backward Classes and Scheduled Castes, Social Welfare, Education (S), Manipur State Co-operative Bank Ltd. and Police were also present at the CM’s Secretariat complex to resolve people’s grievances instantly.
Many differently-abled persons, widows and people belonging to poor families were instantly enrolled under Government’s noble schemes like Chief Minister-gi Hakshel-gi Tengbang (CMHT) and Chief Minister-gi Sotharabashing-gi Tengbang (CMST) etc. Many educated and skilled youths were also identified to provide soft loans from different banks.

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A word in the floor of the state legislative Assembly, and that too from the leader of the house can and should never be an appeasement or a lei to the people.
The notification of the Union Home Affairs Ministry that empower the Assam Riffle –a similar power to that of the state police in some specific states of North Eastern States, almost triggered a massive agitation. Chief Minister N. Biren Singh having aware of the kind of potential uprising yesterday said that the he has been informed by the Union Home Ministry that the so call order has been kept in abeyance.
Chief Minister can never lei in the floor of the assembly, but what is being apprehending the mind of the people is that has the Union home Minister playing game with our chief minister.
The kind of notification that permit the AR to act more effectively than the state police allowing them to arrest or search at the North Eastern States is something like treating the region as colony.
As per report appeared in various media the notification by the Ministry of Home Affairs says, “Assam Rifles personnel will exercise these powers and discharge their duties “under sub-section(1) of section 41, sections 47, 48, 49, 51, 53, 54, 149, 150, 151 and 152 of the CrPC within the local limits of the area comprised within the border districts of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland and Mizoram”.
Section 41 of the CrPC states that a police officer without a warrant may arrest a person.
Section 47 gives powers for search of place entered by person sought to be arrested.
Section 48 gives the police officer the power to pursue an offender into other jurisdictions.
Section 49 states that the person arrested shall not be subjected to more restraint than is necessary to prevent his escape.
These powers to paramilitary force are no different from that of the draconian act AFSPA which the people of the region have been protesting for repeal. Which mean such a decision would spark another serious uprising in the region as the dust in the wind over the issue of CAB still is not settled.
N. Biren Singh the Chief Minister of Manipur knew and he himself in the floor of the house yesterday said that the so call notification that empowered the AR to act like more than the police has not been consulted with him and latter assured to him that the provision that empowered the AR has been kept in abeyance.
Chief Minister’s concern to the developing issues is appreciating. But the way things that are going on is killing the reputation of the chief minister of Manipur.
N. Biren Singh love for the Manipuri is being mock time and again by his mother party.
If Chief Minister N. Biren is so much in love with the place call Manipur, its time that whether the kind of development like CAB or AFSPA like act suggested that it’s not political party that you were chosen as the chief minister but it is your good service that chose you as our leader.

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Imphal Feb 23,

Chanu Creations, Imphal, Manipur has been trained RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) training to 300 weavers in North Garo Hills District, Meghalaya under PMKVY (Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana) on the job role ‘‘Two Shaft Handloom Weaver’’ (QP No: TSC/Q7303, conforming to NSQF Level-4) through National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) as PIA. Training is imparted in accordance with National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF) with strict monitoring guidelines enforced by NSDC.
The assessments of the trainees both theory and practical were conducted by assessment agencies namely India Skills Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, Growwell Fincon Services Pvt Ltd., Hyderabad & Virtual Education Trust (AB), New Delhi assigned by Textile Sector Skill Council (TSC). Now RPL shows them a path to bridge their current knowledge and skill levels to reach a competency level. Altogether 298 candidates were successfully cleared the assessment and certified for RPL certificates. They are also covered Personal Accident Insurance Scheme provided by The New India Assurance Company under Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY) for three years.
Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) is a flagship scheme of the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) implemented through National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). It is India’s largest skill certification scheme and the objective is to enable and mobilize a large number of Indian youth to take up outcome based skill training and become employable and earn their livelihood. It is the first step towards making India the skill capital of the world. It was launched by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on 15th July 2015.Under PMKVY, special focus is given to RPL by recognizing prior competencies of the assessed candidates and provides a certificate and monetary reward on successful completion of assessments. RPL is an important step towards getting formal acceptance and respect for informally acquired knowledge and skills.
Today the 22nd February, 2019 Chanu Creations organizes RPL certificate distribution ceremony at North Garo Hills Rabha Jatio Sewa Sangha Hall in Mendipathar, North Garo Hills District. The event was attended by Shri Jilendra Rabha Gaon Bura Mendipathar, Smt. Chirom Indira a National Awardee, Nari Shakti Puraskar Awardee, Women Transforming India Awardee, DMA All India Women Entrepreneurs Awardee, Vasundhara Hall of Fame Awardee and Proprietor/CEO Chanu Creations, Shri Kshudiram Rabha, Head Master Mendipathar L.P. School, Smt. Kalpona Rabha, President Mendipathar Handloom Cluster, Smt. Bamuni Khanda Rabha Social Worker and Shri W. Joyshankar Luwang Project Manager Chanu Creations were grace the function as Chief Guest, President and Guest of Honours respectively. All the certified trainees are awarded RPL certificates at the event.
Handlooms fosters human bonding and brings positive changes. It brings people belonging to different religions, ethnicities and cultural together. The Northeast States has tremendous potential in promoting handloom sector as a trademark of the ethnicity because the region has been widely praised for their indigenous variety and interesting use of colour play and motifs. When world market is gradually moving more towards ethnicity and tradition with eco-friendly products perhaps this zone can give us a ready answer.

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IMPHAL, Feb 23-Host Manipur enters the quarter finals of the 41st National Junior Boys Handball Championship which is underway at the Indoor Stadium of Khuman Lampak Sports Complex in Imphal.

In their pre quarter finals match played today, Manipur beat Jammu and Kashmir 23-22.Interestingly most of the first seven players of Manipur team was represented by players from other states.

Other teams which entered the quarter finals of the biggest ever national championship are National Handball Academy(NHA), Delhi,Chandigarh,Madhya Pradesh(MP),Haryana, Sports Authority of India and Uttar Pradesh(UP).In their pre-quarter finals,NHA beat Telangana(26-18),Delhi beat Odisha(23-13),Chandigarh beat Maharashtra(23-21),Madhya Pradesh beat Chhatisgarh (27-26),Haryana beat Punjab(29-24),SAI beat Maharashtra(26-19) and UP beat Rajasthan(24-19).

However none of the three north east states namely Assam, Nagaland and Tripura could not enter the quarter finals of the championship which was started from Feb. 20.

It may be mentioned that around 500 boys from 28 states and 2 Sports Academy is participating in the six-day long championship organised by the Manipur Handball Association under the aegis of the Handball Federation of India.

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