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 24:

Education Minister S. Rajen Singh has said that no society will exist without women. Rajen was speaking as Chief Guest at the occasion of the observance of National Girl Child Day, 2021, at the auditorium of Tribal Research Centre, Chingmeirong, Imphal, today.
He said that the tradition of gender discrimination existing in the country is quite unfortunate. Understanding the prolonged system of discrimination against the girl child which has been existing in the country, the present government has introduced many welfare schemes and protective acts for the welfare of girl child and women. Many frontline NGOs and civil organizations have also played a vital role to promote and protect the status and rights of girl child and women.
The nationwide observance of National Girl Child Day itself is a message to the public to understand the importance of promotion and protection of girl child and women in our society. He said that we should stop discrimination against girl child. Sex determination during pregnancy is also made illegal. Social welfare, education and health department need to work hand in hand in order to uplift the status of women in the society.
Minister Rajen also maintained that girls are in no way inferior to boys. There are a good number of examples that girls excels more than boys. The concept of underestimating girls should be dropped. We all should take care of them. Caring steps have also been taken up by the government for children right from pregnancy period. This is because of their being our future pillars, he added.
Speaking as functional president, social welfare minister Okram Henry Singh said that even if there is a guaranteed gender equality between men and women the concept of underestimating girl child seems still persist. It’s time to work together to remove the very concept of gender preference. He also appealed all the concerned organizations working for the welfare of girl child and women to cooperate with the initiatives of the government.
Gifts were also distributed to the representatives of NGOs and Civil organizations as a part of the observance of National Girl Child Day.
Director, Social Welfare Department, Ng. Uttam Singh, officials from social welfare department, representatives from NGOs and Children homes and others also attended at the occasion. The observance was organized by the Social Welfare Department, Manipur.

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Imphal/Bishnupur, Jan 22:

Minister for Agriculture, Government of Manipur, Lukhoi Singh today inspected the ground conditions of the various agricultural facilities implemented under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) in Mayang Langjing of Imphal West District and Nambol, Keinou, Naranseina and Khoirentak of Bishnupur Districts.

Check dams, farm ponds, irrigation channels, pump and sprinkler sets were the facilities inspected by the Ministerial team to check whether the schemes were implemented as per the guidelines and for increasing the agricultural productivity by the farmers.

While briefing the media, Minister Lukhoi stated that as PMKSY mission aims at improving the farm productivity and ensuring better utilization of the resources with irrigation at the field level, the projects are taken up in those field areas where there are lack of irrigation facilities with an aim to increase agricultural produces in order to contribute in the economy of the state.

Agriculture Minister informed that 1750 - pump and sprinkler sets, 305 - farm pond, 35-ponds renovation, 42- irrigation channels and 30 - check dam/micro storage were already implemented so far. Over 1000 pump and sprinkler sets will soon be provided. Lukhoi asserted that the remaining Districts will also be inspected and there are many projects in the pipeline to be taken up for the farmers.

Director, Agriculture, Laltanpuii Vanchhong and officials of the Agriculture Department were also present during the visit.

It may be mentioned that the PMKSY has been formulated with the vision of extending the coverage of irrigation ‘Har Khet ko pani’ and improving water use efficiency ‘More crop per drop’ in a focused manner with end to end solution on source creation, distribution, management, field application and extension activities.

Thursday, 21 January 2021 17:22

Manipur Celebrates 50th Statehood Day

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Imphal, Jan 21:

Manipur celebrated its 50th Statehood Day today. Presentation of march past by eight parade contingents was the main attraction of the State-level function held at the 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles Parade Ground, Imphal.
Speaking on the occasion as Chief Guest, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh informed proudly that Manipur had been positioned in the top three among the Northeast and the hilly states in India Innovative Index 2020, released by NITI Aayog on January 20. He gave credit for the achievement to everyone who had contributed to the development of the State including the Ministers, MLAs, Chief Secretary, DGP, every Government employees, CSOs, NGOs, Bank employees and media persons among others.
The Chief Minister further stated that the recognition given by NITI Aayog had proved that the state is moving towards upward growth trend with new ideas, development at grassroots level and considerable improvement in law and order. With the improvement in every field like balanced economic growth in valley and hill regions, good relations amongst different communities residing in the state and positive change in the mindset of the people had made the State an attraction point in the eye of everyone in the country, he added.
N. Biren Singh also observed that Manipur would be one of the best States in the country if everyone, regardless of their position, worked with sincerity and transparency and stood together against the evil of corruption. Expressing that the State had now come up with a trend of thanksgiving and appreciation to any development work being taken up, he appealed to the public to come up with positive suggestions and constructive criticism which are very necessary for a democracy.
Informing that foundation stone for construction of a water amusement park had been laid at Imphal East during December last year, he said that such spaces are necessary for everyone to spend their leisure time and live a better life. Apart from this, the State Government had obtained approval to construct Children Parks in seven different districts including Chandel, Churachandpur, Jiribam, Kangpokpi, Senapati, Tamenglong and Ukhrul. Construction of 47 Primary Health Sub-Centres at rural and hill areas under Minority Department are also in the pipeline, he added.
The Chief Minister also stated that a temporary structure would be constructed at the site of Churachandpur Medical College, apart from construction work of the main building, to make it able to start its classes from the next academic session. Mentioning about the inauguration of Dolaithabi Barrage Project, Thoubal Project and reopening of Loktak Lifting Irrigation, he added that various other projects would also be ready for inauguration soon.
Stressing on the activities taken up for women empowerment in the State, he said that the Ima Markets had been constructed in hill and valley districts to provide exposure to the women, to use their skills and talents and contribute more in the economic development. He also appealed to every Government employee of the state to render their services with commitment and contribute more in making Manipur a successful state.
During the celebration, the Chief Minister also presented a cheque of five lakh rupees to the sister of (Late) Major Laishram Jyotin Singh under Major Jyotin Bravery Award.
Sh. Jugeshore Sharma, Commanding Officer, 10th IRB was the parade commander of today’s march past contingents which includes 5th Battalion Manipur Rifles, Khongjaron; 8th IRB; Combined Civil Police (Male) Imphal East and West; 9th Indian Reserve Mahila Battalion; Home Guard (Male), Combined VDF, Imphal East and West; Traffic Police and CID-Technical and Bomb Squad contingent.
It may be mentioned the Government had earlier planned to celebrate the Statehood Day with large arrangements as this year marks the Golden Jubilee of the attainment of Statehood. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the state cabinet had decided to do away with the plan and to celebrate it with restriction. Ministers, MLAs, Chief Secretary, DGP, top civil and police officials also attended the function among others.

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Imphal, Jan 20:

Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptulla, Ministers and others greets the people of Manipur on occasion of 49th Statehood Day of Manipur.
In her message, the Governor of Manipur wishes to the people of Manipur on the occasion of Statehood Day, 2021.
“It was on this day in 1972 that Manipur became a full-fledged State of the Indian Union. This is an occasion for all of us to introspect on our achievements during the last 49 years. Let us all unite to take Manipur to greater heights of progress and prosperity. Focus should be on every sector to have the desired impact on addressing the needs and aspirations of the people of the State. I wish peace and prosperity to all and hope that our State would achieve all round development for a better tomorrow”, she said.
Minister Th. Biswajit Singh also wish the people on occasion of the day.
“On January 21, 1972, our State attained Statehood, fulfilling a long cherished aspiration of the people. Since attaining Statehood, Manipur has made rapid strides advancing toward development in every aspects keeping pace with the rest of the country”.
“On this year’s celebration let us unite and pledge to work together and bring peace and prosperity in the State. I am certain that each one of us will commit positively to the progress of our beautiful land”, Biswajit said.

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