Thursday, 29 August 2019 - Imphal Times

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Imphal, Aug 29

Works, IPR and Power Minister Th. Bishwajit today calls on the people of the state to learn the live and ideology of Haipou Jadonang on the 88th Death Anniversary of the Freedom fighter.

“Many people may think that Haipou Jadonang had passed away and he is no more with us, but to me he is still among us, that is why we pay tribute to him”, Th. Bishwajit said while speaking at the 88th death anniversary function held at Haipou Jadonang Park, Keishampat.

Amu Kamei, President of Zeliangrong Union, Assam, Manipur and Nagaland, MLA Radhakishore, MLA P. Sharatchandra, Dr. Y. Radheshyam Singh, L. Rameshwor Meetei, Ph. Deban Sharma, President AMUCO and Sunil Karam, President UCM attended the death anniversary function as dignitaries.

Minister Bishwajit further said that it is important for all the people in this region to discuss the spirit of Jadonang.

“We are told that he died at the age of 26 and we have to understand the spirit of the leader”, Bishwajit said.  

“Because of his contribution, his sacrifice for the freedom of the region from the hand of mighty British and his courage to fight the colonial army is what we the people of today need to respect.

He further said that all the people of the state need to stand united to protect the region. People should not leave it to the politician only as it should be all the people that need to stand united for protection of the region.

Talking about religion, Bishwajit said that anybody can choose any religion but should be good for all the people.

Bishwajit said that the state at present need to set up Martyrs’ Memorial Park so that all the martyrs of the state who had sacrificed for the freedom of the region fighting the British empire remain at one place.

Haipou Jadonang Malangmei was born in 1905 to Thiudai Malangmei (father) and Tabonliu (mother) at Kambiron (Puilon) village in Tamenglong district of Manipur. He was the youngest of the three sons. Jadonang was one of the first Naga people who claimed himself to be a ‘Messiah King’ of the Nagas to liberate his people from the clutches of British. And as such, like a God-affected man, he carried out some activities successfully against the British. He also became very popular for his prophecies, healing power, religious and social activities amongst the masses. He organized the Heraka army - separate women battalion and challenged mighty British Empire. He taught his people to be on constant vigil against the traps of British Government and its secret wings and warned his people to be on alert against missionary menace of Church.

Earlier, fitting tribute was paid to the statue of Haipou Jadonang.

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Imphal, Aug 29

The Thadou Students’ Association, General Headquarters shows serious concern to the recent incident at ICFAI University Tripura.

In a statement the students’ body said that they are very disturbed and irritated by the news of students from Manipur being attacked and threatened in their hostels by the local and Bengali students yesterday at ICFAI University, Tripura.

“An incident of pelting stones, storming hostels with sticks and iron bars was also reported in various papers. It is also learnt that the said incident was caused just because of a minor incident of eve-teasing by the senior students”, the statement signed by Paogoulun Chongloi, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Education & Statistics , of TSA said.

The locals should have handled the case wisely and such outbreak of students feeling insecure, leaving behind their campus is uncalled for. This causes just only a disgrace to the entire people of Tripura, nothing more than that. 

The state government should have taken enough precaution as and when the incident was recognized in public. Such negligence of the law enforcing authority is also highly condemned. 

While condemning the action of the locals of Tripura, TSA appealed all stakeholders to put all efforts in reinstating peace and normalcy in the day to day functioning of the university at the earliest possible time. 

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Thursday, 29 August 2019 18:09

Court sentence murderer to Life Imprisonment

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Imphal, Aug 29

41 year old Mayanglambam Khellendro @ Amujao s/o Radhamohan of Kakching Wangma Ningthou Pareng who was earlier convicted for committing crime of Murder under Section 302 IPC on 17 August has been sentenced to undergo rigorous imprisonment of life ( Life imprisonment)

The court announced the sentence order in an open court of Session Judge Thoubal Th Saimon Singh today after the sentence hearing against the convict Mayanglambam Khellendro @ Amujao

It may be mention that victim Keishan Premila Devi charred remain dead body was found on April 2012 at the top of Kakching Mahadev Hill few days after she went out from her house

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Imphal, Aug 29

Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Imphal West ICAR NEH Region today launched ICAR NEH Female farmers project to empower women farmers through income generating agriculture and allied activities at Khurkhul Awang Leikai Community Hall. 

Addressing the launching ceremony of the project Chief Guest of the function MLA of Sekmai Assembly Constituency and Deputy Chairman of Manipur State Planning Board Heikham Dingo said that the villagers should utilise different loans from the government to earn profit and maintain a comfortable livelihood with it. 

Highlighting the need to increase the economy of the state as it was presently dependent on the funds of the government he said that the economy of the state needs to boost. 

Claiming that the project will make a successful beginning specially for the women of Khurkhul he said that the villagers need to look for other alternative besides farming activities to generate more income. Paddy fields should also be used for planting different other crops and plants after harvesting paddy. 

Worrying about the changing climatic condition and its impact in the state Dingo urged the villagers to reduce deforestation and increase afforestation activities. 

Nodal Officer (TSP & SCSP), ICAR-RC NEHR Meghalaya Dr. S Hajarika said that the main aim of the project was to generate income to the poor women villagers and develop their skills to tackle the changing climatic scenario.

He further said that as a part of the project the farmers will be taught with different technologies to fight climate change along with generating their income.

Deputy General Manager of NABARD, Manipur stressed that the role of women in agriculture is not seen as much as it should be. He further said that they will plan to introduce a dairy farming project in the village to generate their incomes if the villagers were interested.

If the project ICAR- NEH Females Farmers project launched at Khurkhul is successful Managing Director of MSCB Limited said that they will impart the same training to various other different parts of the state. 

Talking about the experience and the benefits of Self Help Group Secretary of SHG of Khurkhul, Heikham Chanbi said that 10 SHGs were established in Khurkhul on 14 September 2017 and added that there were 18 Self Help Group presently working on their own products to support their family by generating income from it. 

She further said that their products were displayed in Sangai Festivals and even in festivals held at Kolkata. 

Chanbi further urged the need to have a community hall in the village for a large gathering.

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Thoubal, Aug.29

A mass tree plantation program under the aegis of the Siksha Vikash Samiti, Manipur was held at Bal Vidya Mandir, Kakching today.

About 100 seedlings of different species were planted in the program. N. Munal Meitei, Vice- President, Siksha Vikash Samiti, Manipur, N. Amuyaima Singh, President, Bal Vidya Mandir Kakching, Y.  Kirankumari Devi, Principal of the School and other teachers and School Management Committee members were present in the program.

Speaking at the function, N. Munal Meitei told that today we are organising the tree plantation program in this school where students are from Nursery and KG classes. Why we are organising here, because we are going to hand over our present environment to these young generation and they will again hand it over to their next generation.

Therefore these small children who are the Pillars of the Nation need to know the importance of our environment. To save the environment and ecology from degradation is their most important priority. They must try to save the environment from all forms of degradation so that they can hand it over a very clean and beautiful environment to their next generation again.

Munal Meitei also lamented that now-a-days, in the media, somebody told that people are more interested for publicity by clicking photographs etc. on such tree plantation program. They claim that they hardly take care of the planted saplings after the event is over.

Regarding this, N. Munal Meitei reminded the slogan of Wangari Muttah Maathai, the recipient of 2004, Nobel peace prize that she once told “Whatever the cause it may be, just dig a pit and plant a tree, then you have sown the seed for peace and hope”. Munal requested to support all forms of plantation activities and to invite more and more people to participate in plantation. We also need to make all the planted trees to survive successfully.

If every citizen of the country took part in such tree plantation movement, then we will surely have such an environment where there are full of greeneries, full of birds and animals and ultimately a very beautiful planet where mankind and all living beings can survive happily and peacefully.

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By - Leichombam Kullajit

Yes, I agree our roots form a big part of our identity. But does changing name bring in more fortunes, a glorious history, culture and identity? Opinion will be varied for sure. However, one thing is certain that changing name or city has become a fashion in India lately, whether you like it or not.  Most recently was the change of the famous Allahabad city to Prayagraj by Uttar Pradesh government. In Haryana Gurgaon to Gurugram, in Karnataka Bangalore to Bengaluru, in Maharashtra Bombay to Mumbai, in West Bengal Calcutta to Kolkata, in Tamil Nadu Madras to Chennai, in Kerala Cochin to Kochi, Pondicherry to Puducherry, in Andhra Pradesh Waltair to Vishakhapatnam, in Assam Gauhati to Guwahati, in Uttar Pradesh Benaras to Varanasi, in Maharashtra Poona to Pune, in Gujarat Baroda to Vadodara, in Karanataka Mysore to Mysuru and many more. And now there are calls for renaming cities like Shimla to Shyamala in Himachal Pradesh, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Pune in Maharashtra. Jumping one step ahead, West Bengal government took a decision three times to change the name of the state into three names (yes you read it right – three names): Bangla in Bengali, Bangal in Hindi and Bengal in English. Unfortunately, the central government has rejected all the decisions of the state cabinet so far.
Now, coming into our own homestead, Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh announced last week in a social media [Facebook] platform that it would rename the Imphal International Airport to Bir Tikendrajit International airport. (I think the post has been pulled down as I couldn’t get while scanning his page). I truly had a mixed feeling immediately while reading the post and tried to reason myself – why suddenly or was there any historical compulsion or demand or just random judgment by himself after two to three pegs in the dead of night or by the Cabinet. Or maybe not.
There are many compelling and undeniable grounds for changing names for sure. One simple instance: Chief minister of Karnataka, Yediyurappa had changed his name from Yeddyurappa, hours before he took oath as the CM of the state last month. Reason: it brings fortunes for him ?.  Truly, he became chief minister of Karnataka for a third time, although the constitution of the party didn’t allow him to become as he was above 75 years of age. Few cities were renamed as they were coined by colonial master and a small number was changed as they had Islamic names.
From economic point of view, globally or in some countries, people change or retain the city’s name to bring in more investment and to highlight their rich culture. Example: we call it Rome in Italy although locals call it Roma, Germany for outsider, they call it Deutschland. Or shall we call Bir Tikendrajit for outsider and Imphal for us? The choice is yours. But there is one pretty sure that Imphal International airport is one of the dirtiest airports I have ever come across so far.

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Thursday, 29 August 2019 17:59

The changing face of Manipuri Women

All women are strong, even stronger than their male counterpart when it comes to the struggle for survival. In the Manipuri society every knows that women are the army which always march forward to protect the land, identity or for protection of the male folk as well as the children who are the future of tomorrow. However, what is shocking is the series of report about domestic violence, murdered or abetted suicide of young married lady, rape etc. In most of the incident it again was the women who came on the forefront to fight for their rights.
Seem like the women of today’s Manipur had changed as they now had come out of fear of being played as a doll by male folk. A rare incident that happened yesterday showed that women now have become stronger and they are now not going to be easy prey of dirty minded male folk. It was at the Nambul River bank on Paona Keithel side that women who was walking alone bashed up a man who had touched her taking advantage of the darkness. Instead of shouting and beg for help she stopped him and assaulted him with her powerful punch followed by action star Bruce Lee kick. Had there been no one around the man could have sustain serious injury as the lady seems to have cross her limit of anger.
The action of the lady will definitely teach a lesson to that man who seem to bullied or underestimated ladies of Manipuri society who came out from their home to earn for the fielding the stomach of her family. There are thousands women who came out in market place to support their family out of necessities. We have also heard many stories of these women being molested and harassed taking advantage of their weakness. Not only that these women face the trouble at their way to earn money or while returning from the hard day work , they sometime face humiliating words from their family too.
But now women of the kind now are stronger and felt no pity for the male counterpart who disrespects them.
What is more relevant is that, today the state celebrates 88th Birth Anniversary of Haipou Zadonang. The freedom fighter who wage war against the British Empire. If one recalled the history of his time , Haipou Zadonang was the leader who had encouraged Rani Gaidinlui to become a leader.
On the other hand, Manipur is still proud for MC Mary Kom who had shown the world that Manipuri women are undefeated. Like Mary Kom, Sharita, Khumukcham Sanjita, etc. besides there are many Manipuri lady who are in the Indian army and state police at higher rank. These prove that Manipuri lady have now comes out of the groove and shadow of oppression by male folk. If this message can reach to all the other ladies of this region, who are either victims of the domestic violence or those facing trouble from gangster, the power of women to protect themselves will be automatically come to them.
Let’s spread this news that women have the strength to fight for their protection so that no woman falls as a prey of rapists.  

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By- Soihiamlung Dangmei

Introduction: The Zeliangrong Movement was described in different ways by different writers. For an instance, J.P. Mills described Haipou Jadonang as the ‘Messiah King’, while Robert Reid described the movement as ‘Zeliangrong Uprising’ (Kamei 2009: 1). Ursula Graham Bower referred Jadonang as a religious mystic, while A.Z Phizo, A. Dasgupta, Khuswant Singh, D.P. Stracey, B.B. Ghosh and Hamlet Bareh referred to the movement as a ‘Naga revolt against British colonialism’. Besides, more importantly, some scholars referred to the Zeliangrong Movement as ‘Naga Raj’. The movement gained momentum during the British India because it coincided with the Non Co-operation movement of India. However, with the death of Jadonang, the movement became a socio-religious reform movement. The reformed religion came to be known as Heraka. The followers of Heraka are found mostly in N.C. Hills of Assam, Nagaland and Manipur. Nevertheless, the legacy of the Zeliangrong movement remains to the present generation.
The Zeliangrong Nagas are one of the various groups of Mongoloid race with distinct culture, laws and customs. According to some linguists and anthropologists, the Zeliangrong Nagas belonged to the Tibeto-Burman family and sub-families of the Tibeto-Chinese race. The Zeliangrong Nagas inhabit the compact and contiguous geographical area which has been fragmented into the states of Assam, Manipur and Nagaland in India. In Assam, the Northeast of North Cachar Hills district is the ancestral Zeliangrong homeland. They are also settled in Cachar valley of Assam. In Manipur, Tamenglong district is the ancestral homeland of the Zeliangrong people. They are also settled in western Sadar Hiils, Tadubi sub-division of Senapati district, Loktak Project area of Churachandpur district, certain villages in Bishnupur district, and about seventy villages in Imphal valley of Manipur. In Nagaland, Peren district is the ancestral homeland of the Zeliangrong people. They are also settled in Dimapur district and Kohima district.
The British administration that came in North East India much before the advent of Christian missions was primarily the agency of change among the people in the region. With the British conquest of the region, a new administration began where the North East region came under the British rule and control. In order to strengthen their presence and administration, the British introduced laws and jurisprudence in the region. Various laws were enacted for efficient administration which in turn had an impact on the indigenous social and political structures.
The British had some contact with North Cachar Hills of Assam by 1832, but it was only in 1854 that an administrative sub-divisional headquarters became operational. The British presence in North Cachar Hills was largely a strategic entry point to the region; Christian missionary movements also started making their presence felt. The British annexation of North Cachar was disastrous for the Zeliangrong population.
In Manipur, McCulloch had adduced the oppressive rule of Manipur Kingdom being responsible for the desertion of the villages once inhabited by the Zeliangrong. Another acute reason was the immigration of the Kukis into Manipur especially the southern and western hills occupied by the Zeliangrong and the feuds between the Kukis and the Zeliangrong. The boundary between Manipur and Naga Hills was settled in 1872 after a protracted on-the-spot survey of Thangal Menjor and R. Brown. The demarcation of the boundary along the Dzuko River put many of the Zeliangrong villages south of it in Manipur and North of it in Naga Hills.
Contribution of Rani Gaidinliu
Rani Gaidinliu loved the Zeliangrong as such she was like a mother of the whole population (Nayyar 2002: 13). After the martyrdom of Jadonang, Gaidinliu, the charismatic spiritual and political successor of Jadonang continued the legacy of Jadonang. The arrest, trial and execution of Jadonang stunned his followers with fear and anxiety. Jadonang’s role was the preparatory phase and real action came during the phase of Gaidinliu, his brilliant and determined disciple. The visit to Kambiron (Manipur) around 1926-1927 was the beginning of a master and disciple relationship between Jadonang and Gaidinliu. She realized the spiritual power of Jadonang, and wanted to learn from him, and she became devoted to his master. Though, their association was only for about four years, Gaidinliu could follow the language and teaching of Jadonang. For an instance, Jadonang composed many songs and poems; Gaidinliu could learn them and also added her own in the later years. During the last pilgrimage to Bhubon cave, Lord Bisnu revealed to Jadonang and Gaidinliu, a new reformed religion, which is called Heraka.
Gaidinliu reorganized the movement and challenged the British inspite of the innumerable odds and struggle. By her spiritual strength and skill in organization, she could convince the people and move forward to accomplice the mission of Jadonang. Several attempts to arrest her were failed for sometimes as the troops were allured that she appeared in different places simultaneously but actually she moved from place to place under the protection of her disciples. Troops were sent to Zeliangrong territory from all directions. At last, she was arrested in early 1933, tried and sentenced her to life imprisonment for starting such a heinous  cult and carrying out insurrection against the British government, although it did not wholly succeed in suppressing the ideology on which it was built. She was released from Tura Jail when India became independent in 1947. Whatever might have been her teaching, Gaidinliu’s heroism had moved veteran Indian nationalist Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, who gave her the title of Rani in 1937. Her political programme was the translation of Jadonang’s idea of the establishment of a Naga Raj. She continued to work for the welfare of the Zeliangrong people till her last breath. The important legacy of Gaidinliu was the reforming of the traditional religion which is known as Heraka.
The objective of the Zeliangrong movement under the leadership of Rani Gaidinliu was defense of the political fight for the integration of the Zeliangrong into a common homeland. The Naga national workers in their political campaign took up Christian proselytism as a main function. Many of the Zeliangrong people who followed the indigenous religion were condemned or coerced to convert to Christianity. They formed into the Zeliangrong army and had a force, which in the course of six years of active existence (1960-66) reached a strength of 400 combatants and 1000 non-combatant civil followers. They came to be known as Rani party, parallel to the Federal Government of Nagaland. The Zeliangrong government of Rani Gaidinliu was engaged in the twin objectives of preservation and promotion of the Heraka cult against the Christian preaching and establishment of a Zeliangrong administrative unit, either as a district or union territory. They were not opposed to the Naga independence movement as such, but their clash was more on the religious issue. The Rani party had not only created an army but also a civil government where Rani Gaidinliu was the patron saint chief of the Heraka religion and chief of the government.
Rani Gaidinliu continued the Zeliangrong movement urging the government of India to integrate the Zeliangrong areas into a separate political unit. She was persuaded by the government of Nagaland to press her demand in a peaceful way. She was invited to stay at Kohima. Other Zeliangrong leaders and organizations also endorsed the demand. In 1964, the first memorandum for a separate Zeliangrong administrative unit was submitted to Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri. In 1966, Rani Gaidinliu demanded the integration of the Zeliangrong areas of Assam, Manipur and Nagaland into a political unit. Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India assured special coordinated development programme for the Zeliangrong people. But the government of Manipur, Assam and Nagaland ignored the demands of the Zeliangrong people. Realizing the need for a unified leadership, the Zeliangrong People’s Convention (ZPC) was formed in 1980 under the leadership of Rani Gaidinliu to spearhead a democratic, peaceful and constitutional movement of Zeliangrong Homeland within the Indian Union.
The issue of the integration of the Zeliangrong area into a single administrative unit was raised earlier by different Zeliangrong organizations and leaders including Rani Gaidinliu. Though the government of India had rejected the demand for a Zeliangrong district in 1966, Rani Gaidinliu after the fading away of the Naga integration movement pressed Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to consider the Zeliangrong integration issue. Indira Gandhi pleaded her inability and assured that she would consult the chief ministers of the concerned states where the Zeliangrong areas are situated. In 1980, the Zeliangrong People’s Convention (ZPC) was formed, the supreme body of the Zeliangrong people to deal with the integration of the Zeliangrong areas into a political unit, a district, a union territory or a state.
In 1981, the ZPC declared the demand for Zeliangrong homeland within the Indian Union. Several rounds of talks were engaged between the Zeliangrong leaders and New Delhi but availed no solution. New Delhi stated that it was extremely difficult to redraw the existing boundaries of the existing states and persuaded the ZPC to agree to a development structure, preferably a central authority. However, the ZPC pressed for the Zeliangrong homeland; before matters could be solved Rani Gaidinliu passed away in 1993.
Rani Gaidinliu received a number of recognition from government and other organizations. In 1956, she was elected the president of the Freedom Fighters Association of India, and in 1972 she was awarded a Tamrapatra as a freedom fighter. Again in 1982, gaidinliu was conferred Padma Bhushan, and also received ‘award of recognition’ from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kohima, Nagaland. In 1996, the Anthropological Survey of India posthumously awarded her the Birsa Munda Award. In the same year the government of India released a one-rupee postal stamp in her honour.
Besides being a freedom fighter and prophetess, Gaidinliu was a socio-cultural reformer. She was against the Western influences on the culture of the people. It was on this ground that she opposed Christianity as foreign religion that destroyed the traditional religion. She always stood for the preservation of indigenous culture and identity. Basically, it was for this reason that she always appeared on traditional attire. In one instance, while she was in Lucknow in her traditional attire, a Zeliangrong youth saw her and called her apui (mother). Then Gaidinliu told him that ‘today you could recognize me because of my traditional attire, otherwise you would not recognize me, so wear our traditional dresses so that we could recognize one another’. To the present day, the Heraka instructed men to put on bronze earrings, and women to have short hair in the front side, so that they could recognize their fellow Heraka. Heraka means pure, which is not mixing with other evil things. The word Hera-means God and Ka-means fence. It means God fencing out to the evil gods and kept his people inside his fencing. Thos who are inside the fencing, they are called Herakame, which means the pure people (Newme 1991: 1).
Conclusion: The Zeliangrong movement which embarked on fighting against the British colonial rule and subsequently a demand for homeland in post-independent India witnessed radical change in the late 20th century. After the death of Haipou Jadonang and Rani Gaidinliu, the movement was halted, and it became a socio-religious reform movement. Besides, the movement lack proper mobilization among the Zeliangrong people and there was no proper propaganda which resulted in partial participation. Another hindrance to the Zeliangrong movement is the interference from the Naga insurgents on the pretext that it would affect the Naga movement. However, the purpose of the Zeliangrong movement has been the assertion and preservation of the Zeliangrong regional identity within the Naga nationalist landscape. In fact, the Zeliangrong movement does not oppose the Naga national movement. What the Zeliangrong convention maintained was that the special problem of the Zeliangrong people namely the fragmentation of their areas into the political units be recognized by all concerned.

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Imphal, Aug 29

Works Minister Thongam Biswajit, said that connectivity is vital in bringing development to a society and assured improvement works for the approach road to Sinakeithei after the moonson season.
Addressing the public of Sinakeithei in Ukhrul District at the village playground yesterday morning, Biswajit encouraged the young students of the area to work hard stating that they are the future human resource of our State. He explained that human resource is the best resource available to the humans. Parents and guardians should also mould their wards to their best level and help them become successful persons in their live.
Biswajit also observed that the ecological imbalance we are witnessing today has brought droughts and floods to us. He encouraged the villagers to plant trees in the surrounding area. He said plantation of fruit bearing trees in the area will only act as a beautification of the area.
Stating that development should begin from oneself, the Minister said that no one will come and work for the development of our area until we start ourselves. He said development has been neglected for long, but we should also remember that the best time to start acting is now. He continued we should start from now to develop good thoughts and improve relations among ourselves.
Meanwhile, in reply to memorandum submitted by the villagers, the Minister expressed the need to construct a multi-purpose hall for sporting purpose and a separate community hall in the village. Regarding upgradation of the local school to a higher secondary school, the Minister said it has a certain set of criteria and as such, he will discuss the issue with the concerned Minister at the earliest.
Biswajit also announced that tender process for construction of a Power Sub-Station in the area has been completed and will commence soon.
Explaining the Mission for Economic Empowerment of Traditional Artisans and Craftsmen, Biswajit who is also the Industries Minister said that trainings are provided for certain crafts under MEETAC to develop crafts, and financial assistance are also provided to provide alternative livelihoods.
Biswajit also encouraged the use of solar roofing lights in the village. He further explained the UJALA scheme.
PHED Minister L Dikho who was also present at the function announced the construction of a Water Supply Scheme in the village.
The function was also attended by MLA K Leishiyo.

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Delhi ,Aug,29

In the 7th National Community Radio Sammelan ,organised by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting ,India ,Salaam Namaste Community Radio [A Unit of IMS NOIDA ] won the National Award in Thematic Category for their initiative for Women Entrepreneurship titled “Salaam Shakti “
There were a total of 30 Awards presented for the year 2018 and 2019 .Station head Barsha Chabaria received the award from Prakash Javadekar ,Minister of Information and Broadcasting ,& Minister Environment ,Forest and Climate Change ,India .
 Salaam Shakti is a Radio Program brings such women on board who work from their home on a small scale and are trying to shape their business or work skills .Such women many a times do not get the deserved leverage they are meant for . Here not only Radio acts as a platform to showcase their skills but also to popularise them and also connect them with new clientele ù Thus effortising to bring in a new economic identity for skillful women ,This Radio Program intends to empower women who are home based and do creative work from home.The motto is to give a platform to their work which they do entirely being home based ,promote through the medium of Radio ,add value to their clientel and have more people know about their creativity thus empowering them with their identity .Salaam Shakti shall also brings in legal know how for any sort of business of any scale and knowledge of women rights and all what should interest all women.All women who were a part of the program share their inside stories ,challenges ,their winning formulas about their work and also share how listners can get in touch with them. Free air time is given to such women to promote their work.Helping them to create a brand name, Radio Volunteers also promote their work in residential areas and market places .At regular intervals trainings and workshops are organized to train and shape their skills ù In seminars and meetings Shakties are made aware of and given word to word knowledge about Social media platforms and the power of digitisation to make them learn -How they can bring their work on board and Bring in their entrepreneurship with real economic value . The Radio station also organizes Fairs and Shakti Haats to bring them to exhibit their work and gain direct selling
Barsha Chabaria ,Stationhead ,Salaam Namaste shares that this award is dedicated to all Shakti who are a part of Salaam Shakti and the initiative will keep on effortising to bring in the slient art Women do at home and are unheard and unseen .It brings women from all backgrounds ,a dabba seller or a Woman ,snacks provider at a tea stall or women doing best out waste ,basically an initaive to cultivate their identity and making them go ahead towards Women Empowerment .

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