Thursday, 05 September 2019 - Imphal Times

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Imphal, Sept. 5

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that development cannot be achieved without discipline in any society. This was stated by him at the State Level Teacher’s Day Celebration 2019 held at Manipur State Film Development Society, Palace Compound, Imphal.

Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Chief Minister said that what we are today is because of the teachers. The true essence of celebrating Teacher’s Day is to show gratitude, respect and recognition for their selfless sacrifice to nurture the pillars of the Nation, he added. He appealed the teachers to restrict the influence of unknown people/groups to the students for taking part in agitations/rallies/protests. He maintained that teachers should not encourage their students for agitations as the learning period for students are limited. He said that the government will not hesitate to be at the forefront in dealing with issues which affects the common interest of the State.

Stating that the government is committed to improve government schools and provide quality education to the children, he stated that the present government has initiated ‘School Fagathansi’ and ‘Lairik Tamhanlasi’ mission. This year, government schools have recorded highest pass percentage above 74.6 percent in the Board exam till now. The number of position holders from the government schools is increasing in the last two years. Such result shows the commitment of the government to improve education sector in the State, he added. There are lot of families who cannot afford private schools, that’s why the government is committed to improve the government schools, he added. He maintained that students are under continuous parental and exam pressure so we need to provide more space to foster their creativity and extracurricular activities.

Elaborating the ‘Lairik Tamhanlasi’ mission, he stated that around 1000 drop-out students were readmitted to the government schools till now. Under the School Fagathansi mission, pre-nursery classes will be opened in the identified 60 schools across the State. Hostels, Residential schools etc. would be constructed in various hill areas such as Chingai, Churachandpur, Mao etc, he added. To improve the school infrastructures, a sum of Rs. 17.50 crores has been earmarked in the budget, he added. Around 19 transit accommodation for teachers is being constructed in hill areas of the State.

Chief Minister opined that if we want to serve the people then we need to reach out to the grassroots. Various initiatives and schemes of the present government such as GTV, GTH, CMHT etc. has transformed the lives of the people of the State. To regulate establishment and management of private schools and coaching centres in the state, the government had passed The Manipur Private School (Registration and Regulation) Bill and Manipur Coaching Institute (Control and Regulation) Bill, he added.

Addressing the gathering, Minister for Education Th. Radheshyam said that teachers play a vital role in nation building and fulfilling the dreams and destiny of the students. He maintained that there is no other noble profession than teaching profession. It is due to the hard work of the teachers that we could see positive change in education sector in the State, he added. Minister stated that every school will have No School Bag day every Saturday to ensure that students shall be taught extracurricular activities, games and sports etc. to the students studying in classes I-VIII.

On the occasion, Chief Minister presented State Teacher’s Award to eight teachers. The Awardees are Waikhom Ritabai Chanu, Arambam Rajmata Devi, Smt. Ayekpam Sangeeta Devi, Smt. Aribam Indubala Devi, Longjam Manglembi Devi, Hemam Rajen Singh, Hena Singsit and Mayanglambam Manglem Singh.

Commissioner (SCERT) H. Gyan Prakash, Commissioner (Higher and Technical Education) Kh. Raghumani Singh, Commissioner (School Education) T. Ranjit Singh, Director (Schools) Th. Kirankumar, Director (Higher and Technical) W. Malemnganba, officials of Education Department and students attended the function.

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Thursday, 05 September 2019 18:00

Oppression of expression in Myanmar continues’

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Guwahati, Sept 5

The right to freedom of expression in Myanmar has been declining during the term of present regime, which was otherwise unexpected as Nobel laureate  Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy is leading the Union government in NayPieTaw.

Progressive Voice, participatory rights-based policy research and advocacy organization based in Mae Sot of Thailand alleged in its latest weekly highlights (26 August to 1 September 2019) that in respect of criticisms against the government and security forces of the country, the new quasi-democratic regime has shown intolerances.

“Over the past few days a prominent filmmaker and human rights activist Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi was sentenced to one year in prison for criticizing the Myanmar military in his facebook posts. Meanwhile in Kachin State, a military commander has filed a lawsuit against a Kachin ethnic (Baptist) leader for his comments made to the USA President about persecution of Christians by the military,” said the organization.

Similarly, the NLD government in Karenni State has charged six Karenni youths for calling the Karenni State chief minister a traitor over his attempt to place General Aung San’s statue in its capital Loikaw against the people’s will as they believe it ‘a symbol of the dominant role of Bamar majority, neglecting the leaders and history of Karenni people, added the weekly highlights.

Even though the Myanmar military is known for its decades-long oppression against the civilians and violations of the human rights of Myanmar people, especially ethnic and religious minorities, it was expected to get changed once the NLD government took charge after 2015 elections with the promise of democratic transitions.

“Though the first term of NLD government is slowly coming to an end, improved protection of the right to freedom of expression, alongside the right to freedom of assembly is yet to be seen. On the contrary, the military and government have increasingly become intolerant of any

criticism against them”, asserted Progressive Voice.

Mentionable is that Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi has been charged under 505(a) of the Penal Code for his facebook posts criticizing the military which could have been avoided ‘if Myanmar protects the people’s right to freedom of expression’.

Moreover, he is suffering from liver cancer and according to his lawyer Robert San Aung, he continues it be deprived of proper treatments during the detention period. Despite his concerning health condition, the court on 28 August sentenced him to one year in prison

with hard labor.  Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi did not bow down and commented that ‘the military should leave politics and that the 2008 Constitution should be amended’.

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Imphal, Sept 5,

JAC formed against the mysterious death of Ningthoujam Babysana still does not believe in media report including this newspaper regarding acceptance by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to handle the case on the request of the state government. The JAC today said that they will continue their protest until they see documents about the handling of the case by CBI.

Police on the other hand is being blamed for hunting of the JAC members and the family members. For reason best known to the police too seem skeptical of the news report published in this paper which says that the CBI is handling the case of Babysana who was found dead in mysterious condition as they continue to hunt for the father of late Babysana. The Police however had earlier said that they only wanted to take statement of Babysana’s father Ningthoujam Tomchou.

However, due to fear Tomchou and members of Babysana have to change location for meeting with the media persons thrice today. They even appealed to not disclose the place to media person while meeting with the press.

Ningthoujam Tomchou father of late Babysana talking to media persons plead the government authority to arrest him along with his wife in place of the members of the JAC currently detained in jail.   

Regarding the statement he said that he is ready to give his statement on the ground that they come through a link magistrate and that his statement be recorded in the presence of a Magistrate. He appealed to release all those detained in jail in connection with the agitation demanding justice for Babysana.

Both JAC members and the family said that they will continue the agitation until the case is handed over to CBI.

This newspaper had yesterday reported that the CBI had accepted to handle the case of Babysana on public interest. Special Crime Branch of CBI Kolkata is likely to take up the case. However, the state government is yet to announce the CBI’s approval as the matter is still yet to be received officially by the state government. Imphal Times source said that handling of case by the CBI takes some time as they have to complete some procedure. The matter will be officially announced in the coming few days if there are no political hindrance, the source added.   

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Imphal, Sept. 5

Social Welfare Educational and Cultural Association has expressed that residents of Saman Village of Keirao A/C, Imphal East, are deprived of clean drinking water as Waithoupat Water Supply has stopped distributing water. Chanam Sanayaima, Secretary, Social Welfare Educational and Cultural Association, said that the then government of Okram Ibobi, who inaugurated the construction of the water supply in 2006, promised that this water supply would provide water to the people of Waithou, Waithou Chiru, Saijin Palak, Saman Tangkhul, Thiyam Konjin, and other places of Thoubal district. The villagers had requested for construction of proper canals since the water reservoir blocking the water supply would hinder the farming process. It was agreed upon, but was not done so. 

After the completion of its construction in 2010-2011, the water supply started distributing water for 1 year as trial only to some areas of Thoubal district, but skipped the neighbouring villages. When the villagers complained, the then government responded that they did not have pipes and the water distribution will start once they had the pipes. He further said that the current Chief Minister, N. Biren, has also inaugurated the construction of another water supply in Tangjeng, Thoubal District, on August 19, 2019, using the water from Waithoupat Water Supply Scheme. 

The poor conditions of the canals has caused flood every year, damaging the neighbouring paddy fields. The villagers have requested the concerned department to fix the canals and provide clean drinking water, but never been heard. Sanayaima added that if this water supply is not opened to all and the pipeline is not constructed properly before September 30, the villagers will ban the drawing of water and other related activities from phase 2 and 3 of the water reservoir from October 1, 2019. He appealed for the concerned departments and the government to look into the matter as soon as possible.

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Thursday, 05 September 2019 17:53

Victims of greed

It would be wrong to blame the merger of this erstwhile Asiatic nation to the Indian Union in October 1949, for all the wrong that is experiencing in the state even as history stands true that the erstwhile Asiatic nation called Manipur has been merged illegally. There are arguments to support the reason for calling the merger of the Manipur to the Indian Union as ‘unconstitutional’ and ‘unacceptable’, but in this column it is about the multiple problems that have been haunting this erstwhile nation from time to time hampering all sort of developmental works.
This erstwhile nation had struggled at the cost of their life protecting their identity, land and culture before the region merged to the Indian Union and after merger with the Indian there is no dearth for problems and obstacles to hamper the progress of this erstwhile nation. From the series of problems witnessed in the region from time to time, it is no wrong to say that there are always external forces which always wanted to swipe away the Manipuri people from the globe either by spewing venom among the people to create enmity or to colonize the region. However, the courage of the Manipuri people and their love for their motherland always defeated any external intrusion to sabotage us.
Leaving aside others, two such problems that are endangering the people and its existence is the unseen drug war against the people and the political instability.
Well, every Manipuri know how drugs invaded the Manipuri society during the last two decade. In early 80s and 90s youths of those days were all affected endangering the future of the state.   
It is the political will of those running the state that had fought the invasion of drug during 80s and 90s. The spread of HIV among the youth s of Manipur was somehow rescue.
But the drug war continues to haunt the state.
Thanks to the N. Biren Singh led government who had launched the war against drug. It was following the initiative and the kind of support to the law enforcers that multi crore worth drugs including heroine factory were destroyed and seized at many places of the state. Poppy plantations have been destroyed at many places and thus people are hopeful that the future of the state is at least at safe hand.
However, a deeper look to the state of drug use among the youth will surely revealed that drug use and that too Injecting drug users are on the rise. People don’t see them as this community (drug users) has now become very very hard to reach people. Due to fear of the society and the mob justice the users’ community has goon underground. But the fact is that the users’ community today is on the rise. A visit to some site like Public toilet or empty building will make one know that users in the state are on the rise.
The clandestine trade in these addictive drugs is booming in spite of “strict  warnings’ that such drugs should be sold only against the prescription of registered medical ‘ ‘practitioners.In fact, pharmaceutical shops never  had it so good. These pills which normally cost not more’ than forty paise each are now sold at more than 150 percent mark-up.   Still the demand is outstripping supply. When business is so hot, principles and terms of sales naturally become casualties. This has been proved recently with the seizure of huge quantity of drugs.
Apart from the urgency of checking this iniquitous practice, the whole sordid affair becomes all the more regrettable as the owner of the erring firm is a doctor himself.
Well , the question in front of us is why the problem of drugs among others, which is haunting the state is going out of hand. Well the political chaos and the shaky chair of the Chief Minister due to rebellion by dissident MLAs from the ruling party seem to tight the hand of the government from taking up any measures to prevent the drug use among the younger communities.
We call on the representative of the people to stop fighting for power and concentrate to the issues of the society.

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Thursday, 05 September 2019 17:50

Women’s Empowerment & Hurdles to it

        Women’s empowerment is the process in which women elaborate and recreate what it is that they can be, do and accomplish in a circumstance that they previously were denied. Empowerment can be defined in many ways ,however when talking about women’s empowerment ,empowerment means accepting and allowing people(Women) who are on the outside  of the decision –making process into it.This puts a strong emphasis on participation in political structures and formal decision-making and in the economic sphere on the ability to obtain an income that enables participation in economic decision –making.Empowerment is the process that create power in individuals over their own lives, society and in their communities. People (women) are empowered when they are able to access the opportunities available to them without limitations and restrictions such as in education, profession and lifestyle. Empowerment includes the action of raising the status of women through education, raising awareness, literacy and training. Women’s empowerment is all about equipping and allowing women to make life-determining decision through the different problems in society. Alternatively it is the process for women to redefine gender roles that allows for them to acquire the ability to choose between known alternatives whom have otherwise been restricted from such an ability. There are several principles defining women’s empowerment such as for one to be empowered, they must come from a position of disempowerment. Furthermore, one must acquire empowerment themselves rather than have it given to them by an external party. Empowerment and disempowerment is relative to other at a previous time; therefore empowerment is a process not product.Women empowerment has become significant in development and economics. It can also point to the approaches regarding other trivialized genders in particular political or social context. Women’s economic empowerment refers to the ability for women to enjoy their right to control and benefit from the resources, assets, income and their own time as well as the ability to manage risk and improve their economic status and wellbeing.
      Entire nations, business, communities and groups can benefit from implementation of programs and policies that adopt the notion of women empowerment. Empowerment of women is a necessary for the very development of a society, since it enhances both the quality and quantity of human resources available for development. Empowerment is one of the main procedural concerns when addressing human rights and development.Women empowerment and achieving gender equity is essential for our society to ensure the sustainable development of the country. Many World leaders and scholars have argued that sustainable development is impossible without gender equality and women empowerment. Sustainable development accepts environmental protection, social and economic development and without women’s empowerment, women wouldn’t feel equally important to the process of development as men. It is widely believed that the full participation of both men and women is criticalfor development. Only acknowledging men’s participation will not be beneficial to sustainable development. In the context of women and development, empowerment must include more choices for women to make on their own. Without gender equality and empowerment .the country could not be just and social change wouldn’t occur. Therefore scholars agree that women’s empowerment plays a huge role in development and is one of the significant contribution of development. Without the equal inclusion of women in development, women would not be able to benefit or contribute to the development of the country.
Many of the barriers to women’s empowerment and equity lie ingrained in cultural norms. Many women feel these pressure, while others have become accustomed to being treated inferior to men. Even legislatures, NGOs etc. are aware of the benefits of women’s empowerment and participation however many are scared of disrupting the status of the women and continue to let societal norms get in the way of development. Research shows that the increasing access to the internet can also result in an increased exploitation of women. Releasing personal information on websites has put some women’s personal safety at risk. In 2010, Working to Halt Online Abuse stated that 73% of women were victimized through such sites. Types of victimization include cyber stalking harassment, online pornography and flaming. Sexual harassment in particular is a large barrier for women in the workplace. It appears in almost all Industries but is most notable in- business, trade, banking and finance, sales and marketing, hospitality, civil services and education, lecturing and teaching. According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), sexual harassment is a clear form of gender discrimination based on sex, a manifestation of unequal power relations between men and women. Furthermore, in UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is urging for increased measure of protection for women against sexual harassment and violence in the workplace. 54% hadexperienced some form of workplace sexual harassment. 79% of the victims are women; 21% were men. Recent studies also show that women face more barriers in the workplace than men do. Gender-related barrier involve sexual harassment, unfair hiring practices, career progression and unequal pay where women are paid less than men are for the performing the same job. When taking median earnings of men and women who worked full-time, year-round, government data from 2014 showed that women made 0.79 US dollar for every dollar a man earned. The average earnings for working mothers came out to even less than 0.71 dollar a father made, according to a  2014 study conducted by National Partnership for women and children. While much of the public discussion of the wage gap has focused around women getting equal pay for the same work as their male peers, many women struggle with what is called the “pregnancy Penalty”. The main problem is that it is difficult to measure but some experts say that the possibility of having a baby can be enough for employers to push women back from their line. Therefore women put in a position where they need to make the decision of whether to maintain in the workforce or have children. This problem has sparked the debate over maternity leave in the United States and many other countries in the world. Such barrier make it difficult for women to advance in their workplace for the work they provide.
 As a part of women empowerment initiatives, The National Commission for Women was set up by an Act of Parliament of India in1990 to safeguard the rights and legal entitlements of women. The 73rd and 74th amendments (1993) to the constitution of India have provided for reservation of seats in the local bodies of Panchayats and Municipalities for women, laying a strong foundation for their participation in decision making at the local levels. However, there still exists a wide gap between the goals enunciated in the Constitution, legislation, policies plans, programs and related mechanisms on the one hand and the situational reality of the status of women in India on the other. Gender disparity manifest itself in various forms, the most obvious being the trend of continuously declining female ratio in the population in the last few decades. The underlying causes of gender inequality are related to social and economic structures which is based on informal and formal norms and practices. Consequently the access of women particularly those belonging to weaker sections including Scheduled Cast/Scheduled Tribes/other backward classes and minorities, majority of whom are in the rural areas and in the informal –unorganized sectors-to education, health and productive resources, among other is inadequate,therefore, they remain largely marginalized poor and socially excluded. Girls/women who are vulnerable and marginalized and in difficult circumstances are those-impacted by violence, impacted by internal displacement, disasters and migration, domestic/bonded labor, destitute women who are homeless affected by HIV/AIDS, slum dwellers and women belonging to Ethnic & socially vulnerable communities. Taking all these facts in to account, the slogan of Women’s Empowerment is still continues to be the lip service of our Netas and how long it will continue is the question that many asked.

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Imphal, Sept 4,

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh inaugurated various infrastructure projects at Kakching district today.  The infrastructure projects are SDC Office and Sub-Registrar Office of Kakching, Type 3 Staff quarters at Pallel PHC, Integrated Tourist Destination at Kakching Garden. The formal inaugural function was held at Kakching Garden, Kakching district.
Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Chief Minister said that Manipur is in the path of development however certain issues like bandhs, blockades, strikes etc hampers development and it has adverse impact in tarnishing the image of the State to the outside world. The number of tourists including foreign tourists is increasing in the last two years. Around 8000-10000 foreign tourists are visiting the State every year, he added.
Chief Minister stated that in the last two years, the present government is trying its best to deliver good governance at the grassroots by implementing various welfare programmes and initiatives such as GTV, GTH, CMST, CMHT etc. He stated that the government is for the people and will work as per the wishes and aspirations of the people.
 Speaking about the drought declaration by the State government, Chief Minister said that the government is preparing data which will be sent to the Centre for claiming compensation for the farmers affected by drought.  Alternative crops such as maize, wheat etc. would be provided to the farmers as substitute crops of rice. The Agriculture department has sent a proposal amounting to Rs. 13 crores to the Planning department. Around Rs. 6 crores would be released in the coming 2-3 days, he added. He mentioned that the government had tried its best to cope the drought like situation by distributing around 257 Irrigation Pump Sets to the farmers.
Chief Minister said that under the Jal Jeevan Mission of the Jal Shakti Ministry to provide potable water to the people by 2024, the New Development Bank under BRICS has approved and sanctioned an amount of around Rs. 3000 crores for executing the said mission. He praised the official of the Kakching Municipal Corporation and people of the district for bagging the Cleanest City in North East Zone award from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), under the aegis of the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) last year.
On the occasion, he announced that Treasury Office of Kakching district is almost completed and would be inaugurated soon.
 Minister for Health and Family Welfare L. Jayantakumar, Minister for CAF&PD Karam Shyam, MLA Y. Surchandra, MLA Fajur Rahim, Paonam Brojen, Addl. Chief Secretary Dr. Suhel Akhtar, Director (Health) Dr. K. Rajo, DC and SP of Kakching, Chairpersons and members of Kakching Municipal Council and others attended the function.

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Guwahati, Sept. 5

Dr Rela Institute & Medical Centre, Chennai has organized a daylong Hepatitis B and C screening camp at Guwahati Press Club on 9 September 2019 (11 am to 3 pm). Subsequent expert opinions by consultant hepatologists from the multi-specialty hospital (with necessary privacy) will also be made available for those participants on 14 September (11 am to 3 pm), who test positive for the disease.

Currently, chronic Hepatitis B and C are the major burden of the liver diseases in India which eventually lead tocirrhosis of the liver and hepatocellular carcinoma.

However, a simple screening test can provide an opportunity to treat the disease and to identify patients, who are at risk of Hepato cellular carcinoma. For the person, diagnosed negative for Hepatitis B can be protected by giving proper vaccines.

The initiative of Dr Rela Institute &Medical Centre (, which can be termed as an important example of  social healthcare initiatives, is expected to benefit member-journalists of the press club in northeast India to fight against Hepatitis B and C.

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Chandel, Sept.5,

A one day Beneficiary Awareness programme on mulberry sericulture was held at Koijam village of Machi block in Chandel district Wednesday.
The awareness was organised by District Sericulture Officer  Chandel and it was attended by staffers of district sericulture office and about 50 beneficiaries from Koijam, Langol, Khunbi, Khunbi Tuinem and Khunbi Tuisen village .
District Sericulture Officer Amang Mangte Assistant Director in his key note address said  department of sericulture, government of Manipur has been giving financial assistance for development of mulberry sericulture in Chandel’s Machi block after Integrated Sericulture Development Project was launched in the state in 2015 for development of sericulture in the hill districts of Manipur.
Since then District Sericulture Office Chandel  under the guidance of the state directorate of sericulture has been able to identify 68 numbers of  farmers established one acre each of mulberry farms.
Saying that today’s awareness was carried out to   help farmers have better understanding of sericulture and enhance skill and knowledge, DSO Amang Mangte expressed hope that after the program the farmers will be empowered to make changes and identify areas to make improvement so that sericulture, which is a profitable venture is realized.
He urged the farmers to work with dedication and sincerity.
In today’s programe, Inspectors E Maheswar Singh, Hb Ruwngthung, and N Florence Devi spoke respectively on the topic ‘mulberry cultivation’, Importance of disinfection and hygiene in silkworm rearing and Late age rearing technology. Long -time experienced Rearer Shamu Singh also talked on management of chawki rearing Technology.

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Thursday, 05 September 2019 17:41

KVK Chandel Organise Jal Shakti Abhiyan Campaign

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Chandel, Sept. 5

Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Chandel organized the time-bound and mission-mode water conservation and irrigation efficiency campaign for water security - Jal Shakti Abhiyan campaign for farmers of Chakpikarong, Tampi and Toupokpi on Wednesday.

Dr. K. Sonamani Singh, ACTO (SWCE), KVK, Chandel highlighted the participants about the objectives of the campaign and stressed the need for its effective implementation. The entire district is reeling under acute water shortage. In this critical juncture, it would be prudent to take up the cause of water harvesting on a participatory mode. The villagers need to rejuvenate the dying age-old water bodies and hill streams/springs which were perennial till a few years back. It should become mandatory for all the villagers to locate the course and origin of these trickling traditional water bodies and hill streams/springs and to conserve the trees growing in their catchments.

The campaign envisions helping people to plan and work for rainwater harvesting, maintenance and upkeep of ponds and village tanks and conservation of water. This campaign in the district of Chandel will ensure 5 important water conservation interventions-rainwater harvesting, renovation of traditional and other water bodies, reuse of water and recharging of structures, watershed development and intensive afforestation. These water conservation efforts will also be supplemented with special interventions including the development of block and district water conservation plans and KVK melas, promotion of efficient water use for irrigation and better choice in crops through KVKs.

Hopefully, successful implementation of this campaign will lead to increase in soil moisture in farmers’ fields, groundwater level, surface water storage capacity, and increased crop production. The staffs of the KVK namely Dr. Ameeta, Dr. Prabhabati and Dr. Ch. Sunil too were present in the campaign.

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