Maheshwar Gurumayum

Maheshwar Gurumayum

Maheshwar Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since 2013. An avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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Imphal, Feb 10:

Petroleum Conservation Research Association under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India in collaboration with the State Level Co-ordinators’ Oil Industry is organizing “Oil & Gas Conservation Awareness Drive (Saksham-2021)” from January 16 to February 15, 2021.
Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptula in her message while wishing the awareness week a grand success said that with development, the consumption of petroleum products is increasing rapidly, while the reserves are static. More consumption also has an impact on the environment due to the emission of harmful particles in the atmosphere.
She said, “As all of us know, India has limited availability and production capacity of petroleum products. While India’s production capacity of Crude Oil is less, the demand is very high and, therefore, a shortfall of several metric tons has to be imported. The import of petroleum products has a direct impact on our economy.
“As we all are well aware that conservation of petroleum products has assumed significance, as human beings cannot do away with it at the present technology level. This is especially more so for countries like ours which depend on imports. Thus the need of the hour is to conserve petroleum products to the maximum extent, by way of optimum use, use of alternate sources of fuel and by putting into practice every possible fuel-saving methods, be it in transport of domestic or other sectors.
“Oil & Gas Conservation means their better and more efficient use with regard to economic, social and environmental costs, resulting in higher efficiency, minimization of wasteful practices and protection of the environment.
“There is tremendous scope for fuel conservation and energy efficiency in India, be it in the transport, industry, domestic, agriculture or commercial sectors by merely getting rid of wasteful practices. It has been proved that by conscious driving and proper maintenance of a car, the fuel expenses can be reduced by about 20%.”

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Imphal, February 06, 2021:

Minister for Social Welfare Henry Okram today announced that the pensioners benefits for six months under National Social Assistance Programme(NSAP) has been transferred to the respective bank accounts of the beneficiaries through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) using PFMS.

Speaking to the media persons at his official residence at Babupara, Imphal today, Henry Okram said that a sum of Rs 9.26 crores was released by the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India as pensionary benefits for 6(six) months w.e.f. April 2020 to September, 2020 for beneficiaries under Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme(IGNOAPS), Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme(IGNWPS),and Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme(IGNDPS) under National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP).

Altogether 61,426 beneficiaries will be receiving the pension amount for the duration of April, 2020 to September, 2020 in their respective bank accounts. 55,160 beneficiaries are for Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme, 5,355 beneficiaries are for Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme and 911 beneficiaries are for Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme.

Henry Okram mentioned that the technical issues regarding transfer of pensionary benefits to bank accounts maintained at erstwhile UBI(now Punjab National Bank) has been sorted out by PFMS and the concern Bank (P&B). And the Department has started releasing the benefits under NSAP including those beneficiaries whose accounts are maintained at erstwhile UBI(now merged to PNB), he added. 

IT News
Imphal, Feb 6:

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has praised the Union Budget 2021-22 presented in the Parliament by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on February 1, 2021.
Addressing a press conference held at Chief Minister’s Secretariat today, N. Biren Singh said that the Budget would lay the foundation of ‘Ease of Living’ because it has underlined the vision of an Atmanirbhar Bharat. He expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for their efforts in presenting a farsighted Budget that aims at ‘Universal Well-Being’ during the testing times of COVID-19.
Stating that the Budget is the foundation vision document for a new decade, the Chief Minister said that it underlines six pillars, viz. Health and Well-Being, Physical and Financial Capital, Inclusive Development for Aspirational India, Reinvigorating Human Capital, Innovation and R&D and Minimum Government Maximum Governance.
Over the past six years of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s governance, N. Biren Singh said, the country had been reaching various milestones of development which the common people of the country aspire for. Today, India has emerged on the global stage as a proud nation which is brimming with possibilities and abilities, he added.
Maintaining that the Budget came at a time when the world is still battling COVID-19, N. Biren Singh said that the seriousness, sensitivity and alertness exhibited by India in the fight against COVID is an example unto itself that will be registered in the annals of history. He added that India is one of the leading countries in the fight against COVID and vaccination, which is reflective of Prime Minister’s visionary leadership, he said.
When Prime Minister Narendra Modi took oath of office in 2014, he said that his Government was dedicated to the poor. From then on, the Government had taken a series of steps to improve the lives of the poor, the Chief Minister stated. Under the Ujjwala Yojana, 8 crore families received free gas cylinders. In Budget 2021-22, a proposal has been made to expand the reach of the scheme to 1 crore new beneficiaries, he said. The Government has also tried to make a provision for ensuring One Country, One Ration Card accessible to migrant labourers, he added.
Stating that the Modi Government, which turns every disaster into an opportunity, has proposed in the Budget to take healthcare ahead as a priority concern, the Chief Minister mentioned about the increase of 137% in the health budget from Rs. 94,000 crore to Rs. 2.38 lakh crore. It has shown Modi Government’s alertness to the need to build a ‘Healthy and Able India’ in the face of health challenges, he added.
The provisions in the Budget to meet the challenge of potable water for all reflect the Government’s view on life of dignity for all citizens, the Chief Minister said and added that by setting aside a budget of Rs. 35,000 crore for COVID vaccine, the Government has given shape to its plan of making the vaccination drive unstoppable.
In his six-year long tenure so far, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had taken several steps for agricultural reforms by giving priority to farmer welfare. To ensure that farmers have access to easy credit, the Government has proposed a Budgetary allocation of Rs 16.5 lakh crore, the Chief Minister said.
The Government is undertaking a series of reforms to ensure doubling of farmers’ income, get the right price for their agricultural produce, avoid facing difficulty in selling their produce, not sacrificing hard work of farmers to middlemen, get loans without hiccups and avoid facing difficulty in selling their produce. The historic decision to give farmers an annual sum of Rs 6,000 as Kisan Samman Nidhi is reflective of the Modi Government’s farmer welfare policy orientation.
N. Biren Singh further said that the provisions to ensure that every citizen gets clean water, roads to reach every village, highways expansion happens on a large scale and making public transport easily accessible, in the Budget 2021-22 are commendable. Over the last six years, the pace of work on National Highways had risen along with the work on rural roads. The Government had made a provision of Rs. 1,18,000 crore for road transport and National Highways, he added. Keeping both the existing plans and future requirements in mind, the Government in its Budget 2021-22 had made a provision of Rs 1.10 lakh crore for railways network, he added.
The Chief Minister also praised the Central Government for its broad provisions in the educational sector in the light of the New Education Policy. The formation of Higher Education Council, establishment of new Army schools, transformation of 15,000 existing schools into model schools and the move to open new schools in Tribal areas with an allocation of Rs. 38,000 crore in the Budget is a laudable effort and will go a long way to transform schools in far-flung areas, he added.
He also lauded the Union Government for the successful steps towards achieving Atmanirbharta in the defence sector to keep the security and sovereignty of the country intact. India had been able to achieve a special place in the world because of the security of its borders. India’s dependence on other countries for its defence equipment had reduced and India had emerged as a ‘manufacturer’, he said. The increase in allocation for the defence sector in Budget 2021-22 is worth welcoming. The Government’s efforts towards securing its sky (air space), water and ground are appreciable, he added.
In Budget 2021-22, the Government had proposed an investment of Rs. 20,000 crore in public banks, increasing the FDI in insurance sector to 74% and making the process for Start-Ups easier. The decision to exempt people above 75 years of age from filing IT returns is a humanitarian step and the party appreciates its leadership for the decision, the Chief Minister observed.
The Chief Minister said that the Union Budget 2021-22 is for rural development, farmer welfare, strengthening of agricultural infrastructure, future-oriented changes in healthcare, basic infrastructure, improving the life of India’s poor, giving new opportunities to women and youths, running businesses with energy and giving shape to the commitments of an Atmanirbhar Bharat.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister has announced a reward of Rs. 10 lakh for Peh (Paoyi) village of Ukhrul district for voluntarily destroying poppy plants grown in their village to mark joining and supporting to State Government’s popular ‘War on Drugs’ campaign. Shri N. Biren Singh informed that he had directed the officials of Horticulture, Agriculture and Fishery Departments to visit the village to find out suitable alternative livelihood activity for the villagers. Stating that Peh (Paoyi) would be promoted as a role model to other villages in the Government’s ‘War on Drugs’ campaign, the Chief Minister urged other villages across the State to follow Peh (Paoyi) village’s path in this regard.

IT News
Imphal, Feb 5:

Minister for Agriculture, Manipur, Oinam Lukhoi Singh today flagged off a consignment of 2.1 metric tonnes of Chak-hao (Aromatic Black Rice) amounting to Rs.2.52 lakhs from Organic Outlet Sanjenthong. It will be airlifted to M/S Farm Flavors, Gujarat, which is a national buyer by Rima Food Industries, Lamlong, Imphal East.

Addressing the Media, Minister O. Lukhoi expressed that as Chak-hao is one of the most popular rice varieties in the country, all concerned stakeholders namely Department of Agriculture, Manipur, Manipur Organic Mission Agency (MOMA), Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North Eastern Region (MOVCDNER) amongst others are constantly working for the promotion of this indigenous rice and also to increase its production in order to meet the high demands.

He further informed that Manipur Organic Mission Agency (MOMA) along with the Department of Agriculture, Government of Manipur is facilitating Rima Food Industries on the marketing of Chak-hao to different parts of the country and also abroad. This firm has been provided with financial assistance of establishment of a Processing Unit of Chak-Hao under Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North Eastern Region (MOVCDNER), Lukhoi asserted.

Rima Food Industries has also marketed value-added products of Chak-hao namely Chak-hao POWDER, Chak-hao TEA and Chak-hao KHEER of various packing sizes to buyers of inside and outside State, he added.

Commissioner, Agriculture Department, M. Joy Singh, Nodal Officer (MOVCDNER),  Radhapyari and officials of the Department also graced the occasion.

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