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, Jan 29:

Chief Minister N. Biren today inaugurates 14 different projects and later laid foundation stone for 8 new projects at Mini Secretariat Complex, Tamenglong District. Speaking at the occasion, the CM N Biren said that his government is working out all possibilities for development of Tamenglong District. He said, since the coming of BJP led government in the State several changes are brought.
“Tamenglong District was once the most backward district in the State however, after the coming of BJP led government in the State various developmental work has been taken up “Chief Minister N. Biren said.
He said, various other schemes for the welfare of the people has been taken up, various project have been inaugurated and many more developmental works to be taken up in Tamenglong District is on the pipeline.
He further said that, the BJP led government is upgrading the Tamenglong District Football ground to encourage youths in the field of sports. He assured either to develop the ground with plantation grasses or by installing turf. On the other hand, Chief Minister said Centre has improve for construction of ring-road that connects all District Headquarters of the State.
Works Minister Th. Bishwajit who was also present at the occasion said that, BJP is committed for the welfare of the people. He assured the people that the BJP will continue to run the government for another 25 years.
Those project inaugurated today includes Phase-I Water Supply Schemes constructed at Tamei with an estimated cost of Rs. 59.68 crore, Rain Water Harvesting Scheme constructed with an estimated cost of Rs. 2 crore, Nongmai High School building, boys hostel and by-pass road leading to the Mini Secretariat amongst other.
On the occasion, Health Cards was also distributed to the people of Tamenglong.


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Imphal, Jan 27:

Manipur Govt. celebrated the 72nd Republic Day on January 26 across the state amidst boycott and general strike called by various armed rebel groups waging war against the Govt. of India .

The State level celebration was held at historic Kangla with Governor Dr.Najma Heptulla unfurling the National flag and taking salute from different march-past contingents. The celebration was observed at all districts headquarters of the state.

The celebration began with the Governor inspecting the Guard of Honour accorded by a contingent of 8th IRB and commanded by Deputy Commandant of 7th Manipur Rifles Reena Haobam at historic Kangla in Imphal.

Later, Dr. Heptulla unfurled the National Tricolour amidst playing of the National Anthem. The Governor then took salute from 27 march-past contingents including six band contingents.

During the celebration, 20 different Government Departments also showcased their works and achievements by displaying tableaus. One cultural troupe also took part in the celebration. On the other hand, different Government Departments also erected giant gates at different parts of Imphal city as part of the Republic Day, 2021 celebrations.

Earlier, the Governor decorated two officers of Manipur Police with President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service, seven officers and personnel with Police Medal for Meritorious Service and two Fire Service personnel with President’s Fire Service Medal for Meritorious Service.

Recipients of President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service were IGP (AP/Ops & Provisioning) E. Priyokumar Singh and Subedar M. Ibobi Singh of 6th IRB.

Winners of Police Medal for Meritorious Service were Subedar M. Dimartan Singh of 4th IRB, SI Tuanjahau Simte of CID (SB), Havildar Rongshong Leiyah of 6thIRB, Rifleman Md. Shahid Ahamad of 1st IRB, Havildar AS Mayungkui Zimik of MPTC, Pangei and Havildar L. Lenin Meetei of MPTC, Pangei.

Recipients of President’s Fire Service Medal for Meritorious Service were Leading Fireman Kh. Balanda Singh and Fireman Thangkhomang Thadou.

Giving vote of thanks to the march-past contingents and other officials present at 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles Parade Ground, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that celebration of Republic Day was a proud moment and important for every citizen, as the Constitution of India came into effect on this day. With the contributions and path paved by our great leaders, India had now emerged as a powerful nation and become self reliant in many sectors, he added.

Calling the Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a true leader with far vision, the Chief Minister appreciated the initiatives taken up by the Prime Minister in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic and saving the large population of the country from numerous fatalities. Under his supervision, many Indians stranded outside the country were brought back home, PDS items including rice and dal were distributed to every household during the countrywide lockdown while early initiatives were also taken up to produce vaccines for the COVID-19, he stated. Informing that more than 16 lakhs population of the country had been vaccinated till date, N. Biren Singh also acknowledged the contribution of health workers, frontline warriors among others and thanked every citizen for complying with the COVID Appropriate Behaviours. 

Stating about the change of route for march-past parade this year, N. Biren Singh informed that he along with his Cabinet colleagues and MLAs in consultation with scholars had decided to shift the route, entering Kangla from the northern gate and exit through the southern gate, considering the aged old culture and traditions of the State. He further said that Manipur with its rich culture and traditions had been able to exist as a self-reliant kingdom in Southeast Asia during the pre-colonial era and so it is imperative to preserve our aged old culture and traditions for further development of the State.

The Chief Minister also maintained that the State Government had been putting tireless efforts to provide best services to the public with considerable improvement in law and order situation. Many developmental projects had also been taken up, including construction of women markets in both hill and valley districts, amusement parks to be constructed at seven hill districts with a sanction amount of 33 crore rupees, as one of the steps to bridge the gap between hill and valley districts, he added.

N. Biren expressed sadness over depletion of many forest areas due to large scale deforestation for poppy plantations in hill areas of Manipur which is detrimental to the environment.  He sought cooperation of civil society organizations (CSOs), student organizations and different communities in preserving forest areas and rooting out poppy plantations from the state. He also appealed to CSOs, leaders of hill districts to render support in planting alternatives like fruit bearing plants from the coming season instead of planting poppy.

Cabinet Ministers, MPs, MLAs, top civil, police and military officers, Government employees and general public also took part in the celebration.

At Tamenglong District

In order to honour the date on which the constitution of India came into effect on 26 January 1950 replacing the Government of India Act (1935) as the governing document of India, the District administration, Tamenglong celebrated the 72nd Republic day at Jadonang Park, Tamenglong Headquarter. Armstrong Pame, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Tamenglong, the chief guest of the celebration unfurled the national flag and took the March past contingent Republic Day salute from Civil Police and 5th MR, Tamenglong. 

Tamenglong was once declared has the highest rate of COVID 19 patients among the hills district but today I’m happy to announce that we have the least, this is because of the public support and with the help of District health department we are able to contain the pandemic stated Armstrong Pame the chief guest of the program.

He also request the public of the Tamenglong to welcome the Chief Minister of Manipur which is scheduled to visit on 29th January of this month. He urged the public to address all their grievances during his visit.

As a part of the republic day celebration 44(fourth four) merit of certificate award was given to different departments of Tamenglong District administration. District Hospital Tamenglong also received a certificate of appreciation from the State Health Agency of Manipur for an exemplary performance under Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY).

Similar celebration have been observed in the outlying sub divisional headquarters of Tamenglong district.

District Level Officers of Tamenglong, ward/chairman secretaries, school children’s also attended the Republic Day celebration.

At Bishnupur District

The district administration celebrated the 72nd Republic Day at the Mini Secretariat, Bishnupur, with Neeta Arambam, DC Bishnupur, as the chief guest.

As a part of the celebration, there were cultural programs being presented by various departments in the district and 73 officials of different departments were facilitated for their exemplary work in their respective fields.

The function was attended by MLA of Oinam AC L. Radhakishore and officers of different levels in the district.

At Chandel District

Mini secretariat, DC complex today. Today’s celebration started with the parade inspection and unfurling of the Nation Flag with Rashtriya salute by the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Chandel Ksh. Siddharth. Due to COVID19 pandemic this year’s march-past contingents were limited to the active service personnel only. Today’s parade was commanded by Shankarjit Singh L, MPS.

Speaking on the occasion Additional Deputy Commissioner, Chandel Ksh. Siddharth said that at present we all are facing the pandemic of Covid19, in our district 628 people were infected and out which 9 people lost their lives till date. He further added that though the effect of the pandemic is under control because of the hard works of the COVID warriors, of different departments of the district like police personnel, officials of different line departments like DRDA revenue and other social agencies of the district. He added out of 300 targeted 137 health workers had been vaccinated.

 He further said that we all need to be more vigilant and cautious as the pandemic is only controlled and not yet over.

As part of today’s function the district administration felicitated, district covid warriors, meritorious students, well performing schools and other government staffs with certificates and cash awards.

Today’s function was attended by SP Chandel, CO,8MR, CO, 18AR, DLOs, official staffs and a large numbers of public of the district.(DIPR)

At Churachandpur District

 The 72nd Republic Day was celebrated in all its grandeur and ceremonial splendour here at Tuibong  Peace Ground, Churachandpur today. All necessary safety guidelines like maintaining social distance and wearing masks were strictly adhered to. 

Deputy Commissioner of Churachandpur Pawan Yadav unfurled the National Tri-Colour and took salute of the marching contingents from 5 Parade Contingents led by S Bijoy Kumar, MPS, SDPO Churachandpur comprising of BSF, Civil Police and 1st IRB Band Party. 

Presentation of awards to outstanding Govt employees and March past contingents marked the occasion.

Addressing the gatherings, PawanYadav, Deputy Commissioner Churachandpur said “The object of government or administration in peace and in war is not the glory of rulers or races but the happiness of the common man. We must make happiness and well-being of our people as the touchstones of public policy”.

 Highlighting the many flagship initiatives taken up during the last one year, Pawan pointed out that the Swachh Bharat Mission aims at a Clean India, Churachandpur had been declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) on 11th August 2018 with more than 70 Community sanitary complexes under SBM(G) were constructed and installation of ODF signboard in every village to create awareness amongst the public. The DC asserted that water supply distribution network for Churachandpur town for promoting tourism under NESIDS had been recently inaugurated which covers 24 square km with more than 15 habitations and 2000 FHTC (Functional Household Tap Connection). At present, water supply scheme under JJM aims to cover 430 villages to supply water of good quality with sufficient quantity and 177 more villages are proposed to be covered under New Development Bank (NDB) Funding and 13118 FHTC under JJM had been provided with a target of JJM by 2022, added the DC. He maintains that under the PM 100 Days programme to provide water in all school and Anganwadis by 31st March 2021, work is in progress and 50 percent have already been covered with an aim to cover before the target date.   

On the Education Sector, four schools of the district are selected as model schools under the School Phagathansi Mission, conveys the DC. He added that on 14th January 2021, the model school for Singngat Assembly Constituency i.e. Singngat Govt. High School was inaugurated and the new building of the Zonal Education Office at Tipaimukh Road, Churachandpur was inaugurated which would further help in improving the education infrastructure. A modernized library had also been inaugurated recently which will be run by ADC, said the DC. He further stated that Assessment of Children with Special Needs was conducted from 3rd to 7th December 2020 at Henglep, Samulamlan and Churachandpur Blocks under the intervention of Inclusive Education for the Disabled with a total of 60 CWSN identified with the assistance of the Medical Department.

The DC asserted that Construction of 10 New Teachers’ Quarter & 7 New School Buildings under ADC will provide better infrastructures  and better education for Teachers and Students Community of the state in general and Churachandpur & Pherzawl Disticts in particular. Further under PMJVK the new school building of KGBV had been almost completed and the new hostel is being built under BRGF aiming at improving education and health infrastructure of the district, added the DC.

Under Forest Department, the area covered in year 2020-21 under plantation of community, private and forest lands was 405 Ha and a total of 6,05,300 seedlings were raised in nurseries with 1,60,300 seedlings distributed to the public and 4,45,000 utilized for plantation activities, stated the DC. The DC maintained that the Social Welfare Department is undertaking a total of 5290 beneficiaries under IGNOAPS, 501 under IGNWPS, 1143 under IGNDPS and a pension under MOAPS have been released 3104 beneficiaries with 271 beneficiaries availing payment of Rs 1500 pm through DBT under CMST. The DC also sidelined that NMBA was launched on 15th August 2020 in the district capacity building of IRCA had been done with distribution of cardamom seedlings and interaction with village chiefs and CSOs.

The Deputy Commissioner said programmes under MGNREGA enhances employment generation to rejuvenate the rural economy. He emphasise that the number of average days employment provided per household in 2018-19 was around 22 days while in 2019-20 it was around 37 days with a total of 56 days of average employment provided per household was achieved for the financial year 2020-2. He stated that as per the Government of India guidelines, focus is on converting all blocks into e-fms to ensure direct benefit transfer.

In the Health Sector, the DC maintains that Year 2021 brings lot of hope with Covid Vaccine  the vaccination started on 16th January with CMO, MS and DFWO being the first to get vaccinated  and more than 3000 health workers have been enrolled who will get vaccinated in coming days and in the next phase more than 4000 frontline workers will get vaccinated. He lauded the District Hospital Churachandpurand PHC Behiang for being awarded the most coveted NQAS Full Certification with cash awards for 3 years with the two Health institutions getting full NQAS certification and cash award from Manipur State till date. District Hospital was also awarded the best performing District Hospital in PMJAY implementation on 23rd September 2020,said the DC. He express that Churachandpur got its first medical college which would provide the best medical facilities to people of Churachandpur and neighboring district and state apart from training 100 students a year.

In this Covid times, Churachandpur district has one of the highest number of returnees which stands at 36736 samples collected by Covid sample collecting team and around 100 quarantine centre providing essentials in the most compelling situation, stated the DC.

The DC on the auspicious occasion of Republic Day lauded the frontline workers for the selfless service rendered by them beyond the call of duty, endless day and night working for the society and the nation. He appeals to observe the day and revel in patriotism by maintaining all social distancing and safety guidelines, and keeping ourselves and our community safe. He further lauded the police forces for rescuing a kidnapped victim from Rajasthan, solving ATM money laundering case, seizure of drugs worth Rs 29,43,600, destroying of 122 acres of poppy cultivation and seizing 28 illegal foreign bikes with 122 modified bike silencers. He observed that in the fight against Covid 19 pandemic the district police had collected Rs 14,07,900 (Fourteen lakhs seven thousand and nine hundred) of challan against Covid 19 and SOP Traffic violators. The Deputy Commissioner compliments the police forces for maintaining law and order in the district and due to the improved law and order; the district administration has shown a significant improvement in terms of governance and implementation of above flagship programmes.

The Deputy Commissioner ensures that his administration would work hard to provide transparency and accountability with the recently implemented e-office at DC Office with a gigantic task of digitising and uploading of 650 old files on e-office portal. Moreover, DAK were also processed via e-office and SDO Tuibong introduced QR code for Covid-19 movement pass, said the DC. He assures that his administration planned various innovative projects to improve the overall administration.

Dignitaries attending the event included SP (Churachandpur) Amrita Sinha; DLOs and CSO leaders. 

At Senapati District

At Senapati District Th.Kirankumar IAS Deputy Commissioner Senapati was the chief guest of the function unfurl the nation flag and took salute Ingawale Pravin Dadaso IPS and IRB contingents and also celebrated in all six sub division . Commendation certificates were distributed to all the officers, officals, Police personnel and  people who contributed and helped the district administrative.

At Ukhrul District

The Ukhrul District Administration has successfully hosted the 72nd Republic Day Celebrations of India at its Mini-Secretariat Compound by maintaining proper SOP guidelines today. Deputy Commissioner of the district Joseph Pauline Kamson unfurled the tri-colour national flag after which addressed the gatherings highlighting various developmental projects which the administration has and will be taken up in the district. Manipur Police and 6th MR were the two contingents along with CL.Thotreithing, SDPO of Ukhrul as the parade commander participated in the function. Kasomtang Mayar Ngala Long Dance Troupe showcased the Tangkhul Naga folk dance and among others were patriotic song presentations by the ZEO and Kendriya Vidyalaya.

In acknowledgement of the services rendered by employees of various departments, the district administration gave out certificates as an act of appreciation to as many as 122 personnel. In addition, the district administration gifted red blankets to nine village headmen from various villages located in the district headquarters.

Monday, 25 January 2021 17:17

11th National Voters’ Day observed

IT News
Imphal, Jan 25:

Chief  Electoral Officer, Manipur organised the 11th National Voters’ Day 2021 under the theme “Making our voters empowered, vigilant, safe and informed” today at JN Dance Academy, Imphal.  The Director General of Police LM Khaute attended the observance as Chief Guest.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Guest appreciates Epic Mobile Application,  an initiative taken by the CEO . He stated that he is also closely associated with the election process over three decades of his career and that the police department is closely working together with various stakeholders in the government as well as in other areas. Comparing how the past elections were conducted with the present, there is a vast change in the methodologies, strategies, and in the spirit of important democratic exercise. In the past, due to lack of infrastructure and security forces, we faced a lot of problems in terms of security in the hill areas and elections in those days were very difficult exercise. He expresses his appreciation of the progress that have been achieved by the Election Commission of India which has applied all the present mechanisms which has bolstered election mechanism in the country and in the state in particular. He further stated that, in the present scenario, we have an adequate mechanism to check all the malpractices and also police nodal officer are also deployed to make necessary security arrangements in accordance with the guidelines of ECI , flying squads are also deployed. Unlike in the past elections, the ECI has been adding series of modern technology-based applications.

PK Singh, CEO in his speech said that we as a citizen of India take pride in calling ourselves the largest democracy, even though we may not be the most developed country, election after election we have demonstrated that the fabric of democracy has strengthened. If we look at the way we held our elections, within 6/7 hours, the results are out without any controversy in any state where the general elections were held. This is the day when we celebrate this democracy of ours in state and district levels.

The CEO shows his appreciation to all the ROs,DEOs, EROs and BLOs for all support they have rendered.

He also stated the state has 100 percent Epic coverage and that from 26th January, the CEO will launch Epic Mobile Application which will be the first in the country.

State Awards were also conferred to Neeta Arambam, IAS for Best All Round Performer and EROs of 30-Lilong AC, 27-Moirang & 29 Kumbi ACs, 7- Andro AC,21- Naoriya Pakhanglakpa, 22- Wangoi, 58- Churachandpur AC, 50- Kangpokpi AC and to 61( sixty one) BLOs including one (L) Sheingam LH.

Epic Cards and badge  were also distributed to 11 newly enrolled voters and also to 4 (four) SVEEP Icons.

Nungsitombi Athokpam, State Election Commissioner, Manipur, K.Bono Singh, Jt. Secretary (Election) attended the observance as Guests of Honours apart from other dignitaries and invitees.

IT News
Chandel, Jan 25:

The 11th National voters’ day was celebrated today at Chandel District. The theme of today’s celebration was “Making our voters ’empowered, Vigilant, Safe and Informed. The celebration was organised by the District Election Officer, Chandel.

Speaking on the occasion as the Chief Guest, Deputy Commissioner, Chandel Mayanglambam Rajkumar said that voting is an important democratic exercise and is the very back bone of democracy, and it will be more meaning full if the voters become more informed and vigilant. He further said that getting voting rights is an event in one’s life, and all the voters should exercise their rights with the right mindset without letting other unwanted factors affecting their decisions.

He further said that the National Voters’ Day is being celebrated by giving more emphasis to the youths, and the first time voters so that they are empowered, vigilant and well informed. While felicitating the newly registered voters of the district, he asked them to exercise their voting rights with upmost diligence.

As part of today’s function Epic Card were also distributed to the newly registered voters of the district.

Today’s function was attended by all the district level officers.

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