Jeet Akoijam

Jeet Akoijam

Jeet Akoijam, Resident Editor of Imphal Times hails from Singjamei Liwa Road. Has been with Imphal Times since its start. An International level Rugby player and  a regular Trekker and Nature Lover, loves spending time in lap of Mother Nature. Jeet is the father of two lovely kids. Jeet can be contacted at [email protected]

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Saturday, 13 March 2021 17:09

JACAATB meets TA&H minister

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Imphal, March 13 :

The Joint Action Committee Against Anti Tribal Bills, Churachandpur meets Tribal Affairs and Hills Minister Vungzagin Valte today at his office conference hall, Imphal yesterday to review and discuss the Memorandum of Understanding arrived between the Government of Manipur and the JAC on the 10th May, 2017. Minister V. Valte chairs the meeting on behalf of the Chief Minister of Manipur N. Biren Singh

After a thorough discussion on issues pertaining to the above MoU, the Minister assured that the matter is brought to the government for further deliberation and decision.

C. Arthur Worchuiyo, Director (TA&H/SC), S. Lengen, Deputy Secretary (TA&H), and R. Rang Peter, Jt. Secy (TA &H) attended the meeting on behalf of the government. H. Mangchinkhup, Chief Convenor of the JAC long with Rev. Dr.Kamkhanthang, Biakmuan Tombing and Khaitinlal Neihsiel represented the JACAATB.

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CCpur/ Senapati, Mar 11:

With the ongoing 4 years of citizen-centric governance, the District Administration of Senapati, Churachnadpur and Chandel started Tree Plantation drive today at Taphou Naga, near SKABU Prayer Centre, Senapati Disrict HQ on the second day.
D. John Sha, MFS, Divisional Forest Officer, Senapati on his speech stated that the economic growth of humans had continuously affected the forests and environment radically. He also stated that forests provide goods in the form of timber, food, fuel and bioproducts; in the ecological functions such as carbon storage, nutrient cycling, water cycling, air purification and maintenance of wildlife habitat; and social and cultural benefits. Forests are home to 80% of the world’s land- based biodiversity and in addition, 1.6 billion people depend on forests for livelihood, he added.
He said that the forest cover 7,08,273 sq. km in India, which is 21. 54% of the total geographical area of the country and in Manipur, the forest cover about 78.01% of state geographical area as according to Indian State Forest Report 2017 published by FSI. He also said that resources are reduced day by day as human population are increasing day by day.

With the increasing population, about 12 million hectares of forest are destroyed every year since 2000 (the equivalent of 5 football pitches are disappeared every minutes). He further stated that India has 4 biodiversity hotspot out of 34 biodiversity hotspot in the world. Manipur lies in the Indo- Myanmar hotspot region is known for rich in biodiversity, he added. He mentioned that 115 species of bamboo are found in India out of which 53 species are found in Manipur. Regarding the forest fire, he said that lots of forest fire incident has occurred several times in the district which is harmful to the forests as it destroyed the biodiversity. As per FSI report, Dziiko fire had lost 627.12 Ha of forest. Burning of forest is like burning own house, he added. He also narrated an exemplary on planting trees practice in Philippines where the government has passed a bill in the House of Representatives that students from school to graduation are required to plant 10 trees compulsory to graduate and in another incident, final verdict passed by Delhi High Court to the accuse to plant 100 trees and get plantation certificate from DFO.
He further said that the immediate effect of deforestation is water crisis. He also mentioned some of the places where severity water crisis has reached its height like in Cape Town in South Africa, Shimla in Himachal Pradesh and Kabul in Afghanistan. Therefore, he appealed member present to inculcate the practise of planting trees to conserve their biodiversity.
S. Lohrii Mao, Executive Engineer, PHED, Senapati on his speech also highlighted various achievement in the district during the last 4 years of governance. He said that Jan Jeevan scheme has been implemented in the district for the year 2021-22 in 30 villages and the rest of 106 villages in the district will be taken up by New Development Bank. He also said that NESID’s scheme implemented at Karong for supplying portable water in the district HQs is on the verge of completion and soon to be inaugurated by CM of Manipur. He also appealed the member present to educate its own people in conserving the forest by stopping the burning of forest and encouraging in planting trees.
In today’s Tree Plantation Drive, around 60 sapling of trees were planted at Mini Secretariat complex and District Court complex. Besides, Parallel plantation programmes are conducted in all the Block Head- Quarters under the supervision of SDO/BDO, Hospitals and Public Offices, villages, Schools and colleges and Anganwadi centres. The DLO’s, village authorities and various government officials and staffs were present in today’s Tree Plantation Drive.
On the other hand the Churachandpur District Administration has also organised a tree plantation drive today through District Level Officers and Sub-Divisional Officers under active monitoring by Additional DC and overall supervision of the Deputy Commissioner as part of 4 years of Citizen Centric Governance the celebration.
Staff of ADCC planted tree saplings along the Mary Kom Ring Road while the DC Office staff planted saplings at Mini-Secretariat campus. The District Police planted saplings at Peace Ground while the Forest Department, other DLOs and SDOs within their respective jurisdictions.
It may be mentioned that slew of activities to be taken up on daily basis have been lined-up till March 15 to commemorate 4 years of Citizen Centric Governance.
Tomorrow, a campaign regarding village health and nutrition, Covid-19 appropriate behaviour and Covid Vaccination awareness will be held at DTC Hall, DC Office, Tuibong from 9.30 AM. By the sideline of the programme, different stalls will be opened by the Medical Department where free oral cancer screening, blood sugar /BP testing and CMHT and PMJAY enrolment shall be done.

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Imphal, Mar 10:

Khamasom Walely Village has been declared as Honey Bee Village on March 5, 2021 by Lok Sabha MP Dr. R.K. Ranjan, in the presence of Ukhrul district DC Joseph Pauline Kamson, IAS, and  Mayanglambam Khelendro, Vice President of the Apunba Imagi Machasing (AIMS), Manipur.

The programme was organized by ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region Manipur Centre (KVK-Ukhrul); The Apunba Imagi Machasing (AIMS), Manipur and Khamasom Walely Village Authority, Ukhrul District, Manipur. The programme was inaugurated with Introduction by K. Vareiyo, Principal, Yang Academy, Khamasom Walely and Dr. Atom Sunil Singh, Director, AIMS, Manipur. Prof. N. Mohilal Meitei, Head, Department of Zoology, Manipur University and Dr. Chingakham Brajakishor, Scientist-D, Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD), Imphal are also delivered their speeches during the programme.

The Keynote of programme was addressed by Dr. Solei Luram, Head, KVK, Ukhrul. He reveals the reason why Khamasom Walely Village is a Honey Bee Village. The village is the centre of seven cluster villages, namely Khamasom Khayangkho, Khamasom Phungdhar, Khamasom Phungrei in the North; Sihai Khullen, Sihai Khunou and Sihai Kahaophung in the South. Naturally, Khamasom has the rare distinction of being endowed with a Virgin forest that enables the availability of flower throughout the year, which fulfils the pre-requisite condition for the success of the honey bee project.

Khamasom Walely Village is geographically, socially, economically and culturally most suitable to declare as a bee village. A memorandum was submitted to open a National Slopeland Honey Bee Research Institute at Khamasom Walely Village.

Dr. R.K. Ranjan also expressed that the establishment of a National Honey Bee Research Institute would pave the way in revolutionizing the economy of the village from subsistence to sustainable farming. He will initiate the National Slopeland through the line departments. He also expressed to develop the latest innovative and scientific methods for apiculture. Honey can be used as an alternative to sugar for diabetic patients. In such a way, sugar cube can be replaced by the honey cube.

In order to fulfill  Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s approach of one district one product, Dr. Ranjan further urges for one village one product. Khamasom Walely Village is very reasonable for the bee village.

The programme is followed by mass plantation and awareness programme of yongchak at Khamasom Phungrei and cane and bamboo at Khamasom Khamasom Phungdhar. Worthing Horam, General Secretary, Manipur State Unit, Naga People’s Front (NPF) and Phillips A, Soso, Social Worker, Khamasom Phungdhar are presented to share their experiences during the programme.

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Imphal, Feb 23:

Members of FEGOCTA staged protest rally near M.B. College, Palace Compound against the government’s failure to issue Orders of 7th UGC and Regulations, 2018 today. The college teachers continue Cease work and Sit in protests in all the Government Colleges.

The FEGOCTA, the apex body of the government college teachers in Manipur also expressed strong condemnation to police violence on the protesting students.

A statement said that the college teachers are on democratic protests against the non-implementation of UGC policy of 7th Pay and Regulations, 2018.

“FEGOCTA appeals to all to restrain from any kind of violence. The 5th FEGOCTA agitation is not against the students. The announcement of the schedule of the college students’ union elections during FEGOCTA cease work appears to be an attempt to create conflict between teachers and students”, it said.

“If the Government was committed in implementing UGC policy and fulfilled the three written assurances to FEGOCTA in 2019, the present unfortunate crisis would have been avoided. FEGOCTA firmly believes that the unprecedented 5th FEGOCTA agitation can be resolved any time, if there is a strong political will. It is high time to stop blaming college teachers. FEGOCTA is compelled to go for fifth agitation as the last resort. There are many compelling reasons. Can anyone believe that all government college teachers including Principals are denied the complete salary for over nine years? The younger teachers are not promoted for the last twelve years. Basic infrastructure and facilities like urinals and toilets including for the lady teachers, adequate classrooms, non-teaching staff, proper budget allocation etc are not provided properly. Only when teachers are on agitations, focus has been still on the teachers and their pay. Who is really concerned and bother about the issues and problems of collegiate education in Manipur? When the teachers are always in agitating moods even without physical agitation, will there be quality collegiate education in Manipur? Blaming the teachers will not resolve the fifth FEGOCTA agitations” the statement said.

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