Wednesday, 15 January 2020 - Imphal Times

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Imphal, Jan. 15

Responding to Imphal Times news report under the heading “Fooled by CMHT: At JNIMS , CMHT card holders patients cannot spent more than Rs. 1500/- a day; Consultants sent patient to private clinic for KFT, LFT and Eco test” dated Jan. 12, 2020  and follow up editorial “What ails Chief Minister gi Hakshelgi Tengbang” dated Jan 13, 2020, accompanied by a satirical Facebook post by Editor of this newspaper, Implementation Support Agency (ISA) of the Chief Minister gi Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT) immediately conducted an enquiry over the matter and recommended the government to instruct the Medical Superintendent of JNIMS to refund the treatment expenditure to a lady CMHT card holder  Longjam Ronibala Devi of Keishamthong Longjam Leirak,Imphal West.

As per source with the Imphal Times Joyshankar & Santoshi of the Implementation Support Agency (ISA) while enquiring the matter found that the Patient Longjam Ronibala Devi, was admitted in Female Medicine Ward, JNIMS by Asso. Prof. Dr. Th. Rajendra Singh (of Medicine Department) on 24th December, 2019. She was advised for investigations by treating doctor on the same day i.e. on 24th December, 2019 from one private laboratory M/s Babina Diagnostics Centre. Only KFT (blood test for Kidney status) was done in outside lab.

But, CMHT card was submitted to the Arogya Mitra in CMHT Help Desk only on 26th December, 2020. Rest of the lab tests were done in JNIMS after raising Pre-Auth under CMHT. The ISA team was also told by the beneficiary that she had spent Rs 20,000/- from her pocket during the treatment at JNIMS from 24/12/2019 till 6/01/2020 for Medicine (Rs 8000/-) & Investigations outside the Hospital (Rs12,000/-).

In its report to the concern government authority the Implementation Support Agency (ISA) stated that at the time of admission of Longjam Ronibala Devi, the treating doctor could have taken assistance from the Hospital MEDCO or Arogya Mitra to book the patient under CMHT from Day-1 itself. For general ailments (before diagnosis), “General Ward” Package of Rs 1100/- per day valid for 7 days (total Rs 7700/- for 7 days) could be blocked for the treatment. Since the patient was hospitalized for 14 days, the Package could have been enhanced / blocked for another 7 days @ Rs 1100/- per day (hence, total Rs 15,400/- for 14 days).

ALL laboratory tests could have been done in JNIMS Lab ONLY.

Even, if the MEDCO/ Arogya Mitra felt if “appropriate” Package was not available among CMHT Package list, they could have advised the treating doctor to seek for “unspecified package” as done frequently in other such cases by other doctors in JNIMS or any other empanelled hospitals.

Currently, under CMHT/ PMJAY, there are 12 (twelve) Arogya Mitras/ MEDCOs stationed in JNIMS round the clock to assist beneficiaries/ treating doctors.

In this particular case, we may instruct MS, JNIMS to “refund” Rs 20,000/- to the beneficiary for “out of pocket expenditure” incurred during hospitalization under CMHT in JNIMS subject to production of actual bills by beneficiary for medicines/ tests purchased/done outside JNIMS. SNC may also request the MS, JNIMS not to allow such cases to repeat in future.

SNC may reiterate the request to the beneficiaries to report their grievances to the Arogya Mitras stationed in hospitals or call TOLL FREE No.1800 103 2015 for assistance instead of going directly to the media.

 Longjam Ronibala Devi, the CMHT card holder , who was denied treatment, perhaps due to ignorance has been diagnosed with RHF (rheumatic heart failure) with generalized weakness (as per Pre Auth form filled up by treating doctor Dr.Th. Rajendra Singh, Assoc. Prof, Medicine Dept.).

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Imphal, Jan 15

Chief judicial Magistrate Thoubal has directed the SIT of CBI to further re-investigation of the case in connection with death of Ningthoujam Thopchao. The court  ruled for further investigation of the case which happened on February 1, 2007 at which a civilian Ningthoujam Thopchao  was killed after open firing by 172 battalion  BSF posted at then Nongpok Sekmai primary health centre and unknown miscreants. The final and closure report submitted to the CJM Thoubal was return back to the CBI for further investigation.

The Court directives comes today after a protest petition filed by the family members on December 30 last year in connection with the submission of the final report/ closure report submitted by CBI/ SIT on the ground of want of evidence in connection with the dead of one Ningthoujam Thopchao in alleged firing of 172 battalion BSF posted at that time at Nongpok Sekmai Primary Health Centre

The final report/ closure report was filed before the court of CJM Thoubal on March 13, 2019 after the investigation as per the direction from the Supreme Court of India to investigate the alleged fake encounter/ extra judicial killing in the hands of security personnel

The incident took place on February 1, 2007 at around 9.20 pm there was an open fire between 172 battalion BSF posted at Nongpok Sekmai Primary health Centre and unknown person and on that one civilian Ningthoujam Thopchao then 24 year old s/o Shamu of Nongpok Sekmai got bullet injuries and succumbed to his injury later.

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Imphal, Jan. 15

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that the primary objective of the present government is to bridge the gap between the people and government and to deliver good governance. He was speaking to media persons on the sidelines of the joint Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ Day held at Chief Minister’s Secretariat, today.
 The Chief Minister maintained that with the love and support of the people, the government could maintain a peaceful and cohesive environment in the State. He continued that the trust and confidence between the hills and valley of the State has also been regained. He further stated that the motive of organising Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ Day is to address the problems faced by the people and extend maximum support to the needy people of the State. The turnout on Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ Day is decreasing every month as people’s grievances has been timely addressed and solved by the government machineries. He promised that he would continue to hold Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ Day.
Acknowledging the Manipur State Co-Operative Bank (MSCB) for extending help to the people, Chief Minister said that MSCB received a total of around 1800 applications for providing soft loans from various individuals, Self Help Groups (SHGs) etc. Among them around 1181 applications were shortlisted and around Rs. 10 (ten) crores has been sanctioned to 400 individuals and SHGs, he added. Another Rs 6 (six) crores will be disbursed soon, he continued. He appreciated the banks including State Bank of India (SBI), United Bank of India (UBI) and other banks for extending their support to uplift the standard of lives of the people of the State.
Mentioning the alleged discrepancies in the Socio-Economic Caste Census 2011 data, Chief Minister informed that the State government is considering to form a committee to look into the errors of inclusion of genuine households in the SECC data so that needy people could get benefits under Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY).
 Replying to the media persons about the construction of new Manipur Bhawan at Dwarka, New Delhi, Chief Minister said that the existing two Bhawans located at New Delhi will be dismantled soon for upgradation. Before dismantling the existing Bhawans, the government will construct another Manipur Bhawan at Dwarka and 2 (two) acres of land has been procured in this regard. A sum of Rs. 150 crores will be required for the entire purpose, he added. A total of 20 rooms equipped with medical ventilators will also be included in the Manipur Bhawan, Dwarka so as to facilitate those people who are going for medical treatment to Delhi. He also mentioned that similar Manipur Bhawans will be constructed at Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru soon.
 Highlighting the benefits of the Go to Village to the people, Chief Minister said that the government will re-continue to hold Go to Village camps after considering the wishes of the people.
Regarding the ongoing stir by the teachers of SSA and RMSA, Chief Minister informed that the government is actively considering their demands and will invite their representatives for talks to resolve the issue.
 In today’s combined Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ Day, the Chief Minister personally heard about 350 complaints and met around 1000 people from different parts of the State from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm.

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Imphal Jan 15

Troops of Assam Rifles rescued four civilians thereby foiling a kidnapping attempt near New Kaiphundai in Tamenglong district of Manipur on 11 & 12 January.

A foot patrol spotted two abandoned and suspiciously parked Xenon pickup vehicles loaded with Betel Nut leaves on the side of the road. During search of the area around the vehicle, the patrol came under fire from suspected armed cadres.  The troops effectively retaliated the fire upon which the cadres fled from the spot, leaving behind a kidnapped civilian. During further search of the area on January 12, the troops rescued three other kidnapped civilians and recovered one magazine of AK 47 with 12 rounds of ammunition, 500 gms of explosive (PEK) and six detonators.

The rescued civilians along with recoveries have been handed over to police for further investigations.

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Mumbai Jan 15

A group of students held protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act, NRC and the proposed National Register of Citizens during the first ODI between India and Australia at Wankhede Stadium in South Mumbai on yesterday.
The protestors belonged to a group called “Mumbai Against CAA”, reached the Wankhede stadium in T-shirts, which read “No CAA, No NRC and No NPR”, even as a section of the match audiences started chanting “Modi-Modi” in retaliation.
The protesters claimed that they were within the law to wear T-shirts with a message at the match. “We reached Wankhade stadium India vs Australia match for peacefully showing our message – “No NPR, NO NRC and NO CAA”. We did not do anything apart from silently showing our message, which was written on our T-shirts. BCCI rules allows anyone to display any message apart from commercial messages. We are protesting since last so many days, but till now Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not approached us to talk on CAA, NRC and NPR,” one of the protesters said.
“There were 26 persons in total and they were sitting in the “Vijay Merchant Pavilion” side. They themselves vacated the stadium as Indian wickets were falling in a heap,” Fawad Ahmad, who belongs to the group, said.
The protesters left before the end of Indian innings.

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Chief Minister N. Biren Singh’s quick responses to any citizens of the state have been often criticized by many. There are times he was criticized by many for his open remark on Facebook post written against his government. May be citizens’ considered some of his action excess and arrogant, but if the action is interpreted positively, this chief minister is perhaps the only chief minister in the entire country that always wanted to remain in touch with the common people.
The way he is working out to remain in touch with people almost all the time through Social networking site allow the citizen to take their responsibility in the making of the democracy – a people’s participatory.
The real of taste of democracy is finally felt to the people of the state.
Perhaps for the first time in the history of Manipur, people from across the state irrespective of their status can now exchange their views with that of Chief Minister of Manipur.
Participatory form of government which was only heard in books now is reality with the kind of Chief Minister’s initiative to get in touch almost every day through social networking site in today’s world of internet.
Media reports and grievances through writings did not get so much attention from any of the government other than his in the state of Manipur.
Criticisms on the administrations, policy and public services were just another waste writings earlier governments, however, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh showed his serious concerns to every news report as well as editorial that criticized the policy programme of his government. The way the Chief Minister’s response is through open platform where every citizen can participate and expressed whatever feeling they have. Except that he indulged on some unnecessary activities like detention of some facebook user which he felt it an insult to him or his government, everything is going well.
Imphal Times news report about a CMHT card holder lady being deprived of treatment on the ground that the medicine she was to be given cross the daily cap provided under CMHT and follow-up editorial column under the heading “What ails Chief Minister gi Haksel gi Tengbang “ has been seriously noted by the government and an enquiry had been conducted which later found that there were some wrongs in proving free treatment to the lady beneficiaries.
What has been expressed in the news report and the editorial was to point out the desires of many people of the state.
After thorough investigation, the Medical directorate authority recommended to instruct the medical Superintendent of JNIMS to “refund” Rs 20,000/- to the beneficiary for “out of pocket expenditure” incurred during hospitalization under CMHT in JNIMS subject to production of actual bills by beneficiary for medicines/ tests purchased/done outside JNIMS.
The courage of the Health Directorate of the government of Manipur under Chief Minister N. Biren Singh to report the truth needs to be appreciated.
But one thing need to remind is that some of the work being implemented does not reach up to the mark that people expected.

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Wednesday, 15 January 2020 17:31

Adventure Tourism in Manipur

As travelers seek new and different experiences, adventure tourism, according to Adventure Travel Trade Association, is a tourist activity that includes a physical activity, a cultural exchange or activities in nature. You don’t necessarily have to go base jumping or go Scuba diving with sharks to be an adventure tourist. Adventure tourism is about connecting with a new culture or a new landscape and being physically active at the same time. It is not about being risky or pushing your boundaries. In fact it is especially important to know and respect your limits while you are in an unfamiliar area. Lists of adventure tourism activities has plenty of options if you are not necessarily a thrill seeker. Adventure travel is a type of niche tourism involving exploration or travel with a certain degree of risk (real or perceived) and which may require special skills and physical extortion.
 Adventure tourists may have the motivation to achieve mental states characterized as rush or flow resulting from stepping outside their comfort zone. This may be from experiencing culture shock or by performing acts requiring significant effort and involve some degree of risk, real or perceived or physical danger. This may include activities such as: mountaineering; trekking; bungee jumping; mountain biking; cycling; canoeing; Scuba diving; rafting; kayaking; Zip-lining; paragliding; hiking; exploring; canyoneering; sandboarding; caving and rock climbing. Some obscure forms of adventure travel include disaster and ghetto tourism. Other form of adventure travel include Social and jungle tourism. As a closely related sub-pieces of adventure travel “Event trips” involve various kind of touristic travels that aims at particular activities as an important part of the travel which don’t necessary fulfill the criteria of being proper adventures. Activities comprised under the term “Event Trips” range from the international sports events (i.e. FIFA World Cup, Super Bowl) to renowned cultural events (i.e. Bayreuth Festival, Venice Film Festival). Access to inexpensive consumer technology with respect to Global positioning system, flash packing, social networking and photography have increased the world wide interest in adventure travel. The interest in adventure travel has also increased as more special travel websites emerge offering previously niche locations and sports. Some of the important type of tourisms which may or may not belong to adventure travel are :Accessible tourism a trend for developing tourism specially for the disabled  ;Culinary tourism is the pursuit of unique and memorable eating and drinking experiences ;Cultural tourism is the act of travelling to a place to see that location’s culture, including life style of the people in that area, the history of those people ,their art, architecture, religion and other factors that shaped their way of life; Ethno tourism refers to visiting a foreign location for the sake of observing the indigenous members of its society, some extreme form of this include attempting to make first contact with tribes that are protected from outside visitors ;Extreme tourism involves travel to dangerous(extreme) locations or participation in dangerous events or activities; Disaster tourism is the act of travelling to a disaster area as a matter of curiosity and it  can be cataloged as disaster learning; Jungle tourism is a rising subcategory of adventure travel defined by active multifaceted physical  means of travel in the jungle region of the earth, it pertains specially to the context of region, culture and activity. Besides these Overland travel, urban exploration and Spiritual tourism may also be mentioned.
Manipur’s valleys and hills provide the ideal platform for a range of adventure sports and outdoor activities. From rock climbing to long trekking, adventure activities are plenty like: rafting; rock climbing; wind surfing; paragliding; Eco-tourism; caving and trekking. Manipur Mountaineering and Trekking Association (MMTA), located in Khuman lampak sports complex, Imphal is a deemed State Institute of adventure and affiliated to the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF), New Delhi; Manipur Mountaineering Institute (MMI) is a part of MMTA that organizes various adventure programs focusing on hot ballooning; paragliding; rafting; rock climbing and other sports. The Association also offers Eco-tourism and trekking packages. The MMTA, featuring Kangla Rock and sports climbing wall, hosts climbing competitions regularly. The adventure and Leadership Park run by MMI of the MMTA located at Lamdan, near the Loktak Hydro Electric Project about 35 Km from Imphal, over an area of around 250 hectares with natural rocks is the first of its kind in India. The park features Natural Rock, spider Net, Burma Bridge and other obstacles. Plenty of adventure tourism facilities are available in the state of Manipur. MMTA, MAASI (Manipur Adventure and Allied Sports Institute) and Adventure Academy of Manipur (AAM) are engaged in promotion of these facilities. There are numerous land, water and air based adventure sports sites across the state such as the Loktak Lake ,for water sports ;the Barak River for rafting ; the Mount ISO along the Dzuko valley,famous for its endemic Dzuko Lily( Lilium Chitrangada) and shirui Hill ,famous for Shirui Lily( Lilium Mackliniae) for mountain climbing and trekking ;the Tharon and Kangkhui Caves for caving adventures; Koirengei Old airfield and Nongmaiching foot hills at wakha for hang gliding, paragliding and parasailing adventure sports and eco-tourism sites. In fact, Manipur is paradise / heaven for all sorts of Adventure Tourism. Manipur has always been one of the least-explored places in India. Despite being home to the best of natural beauties in India, it is nowhere close to being a most –visited place. However Manipur is assuredly a must-visit destination, especially for the nature lovers and adventure seekers. From deep echoing valley to thick forest and dazzling lakes to prolific plains, this beautiful state of India has everything in its arms to surprise its visitors. If you are amongst the adventure- loving people, then pack your bags and be on the route leading to Manipur. There is nothing better than getting that awesome kick of adrenaline while inhaling a breath of fresh air. The adventure refreshes our minds and gives us a better perspective of our lives. So how about some adventure on the wonderland of Manipur?

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