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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Sunday, 21 February 2021 17:56

International Mother Language Day observed

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Imphal, Feb 21:  

The state observes International Mother Language Day, today. The observance was held in the Gandhi Memorial Hall, Imphal. It has been organized by the Directorate of Language, Planning & Implementation, Manipur.
Speaking at the occasion as Chief Guest, Education Minister S. Rajen Singh said that it is the duty of every citizen to preserve and protect our mother language. He said that every community has its own dialects or language. Also, all communities wish to preserve and protect it. The observance itself is a manifestation of preserving our own language, he added.
Minister Rajen also maintained that language is also the identity of a community. Manipuri language has been included in the Eighth Schedule of the Indian Constitution. It is because of those who struggled for the cause of our mother language. We have introduced a curriculum of Manipuri language and script from lower to higher studies. The Manipuri Official Language Act, 1979 has been amended. With the new amendment after ten years the existing Bengali Mayek will be replaced by Meitei/Meetei Mayek, he added.
Minister also emphasized to prefer our mother language instead of others. But knowing other languages is also quite helpful. The age-old traditions of the state also need to be preserved. He said that there have been changes during the last few decades but changing our indigenous traditions is not appreciable. The state is very rich and unique in art and culture. We should always protect our identities, the minister maintained.
Commissioner Education(S), T. Ranjit Singh, IAS, Vice-Chancellor, Manipur Cultural University, Prof. P. Gunindro, Director, Language, Planning & Implementation, Manipur, Th. Chitra Devi, IAS also attended the occasion as president and Guests of Honour respectively.

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Imphal, Feb 13: 

Works Minister Thongam Biswajit Singh today inspected the site for construction of Deputy Commissioner’s Office Complex at Longmai Part I, Noney District Headquarter.
Addressing a simple function at Paling Palaojang (PLZ) Ground, Longmai Part I, Noney District Hq, State government spokesperson Biswajit said that a District Administration office is an important office, because the office plays an important role in bringing development to a district.
Minister Biswajit stated that the project has an Administrative Approval amount of Rs. 17.49 crore and work order amounting to Rs. 15 crore (approx). He added that there was delay in starting of the said project due to certain issues pertaining to finalization of the site. It may be mentioned that Chief Minister N. Biren Singh had earlier laid the foundation stone for the infrastructural development on March 5, 2019.
Stressing that he finds the site suitable for the construction, the Minister said that today’s visit was made under the guidance of the Chief Minister to physically inspect the site so that the site can be finalized and construction be started at the earliest. He further observed that the site is just about 15-20 minutes drive from the highway and not very steep as was previously conceived.
He continued that the office will be an asset for the general public once it is completed.
Biswajit also expressed his gratitude to the general public for warmly welcoming him.
The Minister further assured to look into the different demands of the people including road development, power supply, etc. submitted through separate memoranda.
Further in his speech, he also said that Manipur will prosper and develop only when the people walk together as one.The present government believes in delivering outputs for the welfare of the public, he said.
The function was also attended by Deputy Commissioner Robert Kshetrimayum, Superintendent of Police, Ningshum Vashum, PWD Chief Engineer National Highway T Robindro, officials concerned, village chiefs and others. Cultural dances highlighted today’s simple function.

Govt. urging Health Ministry for up-gradation of Thoubal District Hospital to Medical College
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Imphal, Feb 12: 

On the eight day of the ongoing 12th session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly today, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh informed the House that Government is committed to ensure better health care facilities in the State. Replying to a query and supplementary raised by Surjakumar Okram, MLA during Question Hour, Chief Minister said, providing health care facilities to the people is one of the top priority areas of which the government is committed.
Chief Minister said with an aim to provide better health care to the people, proposals for opening of three new Medical Colleges at Churachandpur District Hospital, Thoubal District Hospital and Chandel District Hospital have been submitted already to the Central Government of which approval for up-gradation of Churachandpur District Hospital to Medical College has been granted. He said this is the second state owned Medical College after JNIMS. Under the funding pattern of 90:10, a total of Rs. 325 crores has been sanctioned by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. Biren Singh said state government is constantly urging the Ministry for up-gradation of Thoubal District Hospital to a new Medical College.
Replying to another question and supplementary raised by Surjakumar Okram, MLA, Chief Minister informed the House that as per reports, there is no cases of serious health complications with respect to those who have recovered from COVID-19. He said state government has constituted an Expert Committee for inspection, supervision and guidance of government and other hospitals. Post-COVID complications Management Committees of RIMS and JNIMS were constituted and dedicated Post-COVID wards will also be opened if required. He also assured the House that the government is fully committed for providing super-speciality services wherever necessary.
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh informed the House that new policy for recruitment of Group C & D post has been implemented from March 28, 2017 as per the norms of Central Government except for recruitment of state security personnel. He was replying to a query raised by K. Ranjit Singh, MLA. He said as of now new norms for recruitment of Group B post has not been implemented in the state. While replying to another question raised by Th. Lokeshwar Singh, MLA, Biren Singh said that under the PMKSY-HKKP (GW), 50 numbers of irrigation tube-wells has been executed. He said altogether 550 numbers of such wells will be executed with an estimated cost of Rs. 61.68 crores. Power supply line to the feasible areas and solar power terminals will also be made available to the wells for their functioning.
Agriculture Minister O. Lukhoi Singh informed the House that a total of Rs. 2,238.37 lakhs have been sanctioned for the construction of Rice Research Station at Wangbal in Thoubal District under Special Plan Assistance during 2013-14 and 2014-15. While replying to a question raised by K. Ranjit Singh, MLA, the Minister said a total of Rs. 248.707 lakhs as state matching share is yet to be sanctioned. He said required laboratory equipments, furnitures and farm machinery and equipments will be installed as and when the state share is released.

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Imphal, Feb 11:

Deputy Chief Minister (in-charge Finance) Yumnam Joykumar stated before the House that the government will consider suggestions to review VAT on petroleum products. He made the assurance while replying to a Starred Question and supplementary questions raised by MLA Surjakumar Okram during the morning session of the 7th day of the ongoing 12th session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly. He also informed the house that the existing VAT (Value Added Tax) levied on petroleum products in the State is comparatively similar to other North Eastern States
Y. Joykumar stated that the increments/revisions in VAT on petroleum products like petrol and diesel since 2017 have been taken up three times on October 4, 2018; October 22, 2019 and May 6, 2020 respectively.
Further stating that public notice was issued by the Government for the increments/revisions of the October 22, 2019 he said that for the other two cases namely October 4, 2018 and May 6, 2020 the fourteen (14) days public notice was not issued.
Explaining the reason for the non issuance of the fourteen (14) days public notice of the increments/revisions in the mentioned two cases, he said that the increments/revision of October 4, 2018, the VAT rate of petrol was reduced from 25% to 21.2% and that of Diesel from 14.5% to 10.6%. The fourteen (14) days public notice was not issued as the government had decided to transfer the benefit of tax decrease in petrol and diesel immediately to the consumer.
Further he clarified that the non issuance of the fourteen (14) days public notice for the May 6, 2020 was due to the urgent need for additional resources to meet the high expenses incurred due to COVID – 19 pandemic. During the time of unprecedented emergency there was a sharp decline in both GST and VAT collection. On the other hand, there was an urgent requirement of huge resources to combat the pandemic, he added.
Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Thongam Biswajit Singh in response to MLA Surjakumar Okram’s starred question stated that payment of the wages and material component for Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) is still pending. He stated that the administrative department has submitted a claim proposal to MoRD accordingly, Rs. 83.66 crore has been released by MoRD and that the remaining amount is being processed for release by the Ministry.
Minister Th. Biswajit while replying to a starred question from MLA N. Loken Singh, stated that under PMAY – G scheme, 18,640 houses had been allotted for FY 2016-17 to 2019-20. Out of 18,640 units, 18,455 units had started construction and about 10,030 units had been completed. He said that for the FY 2020-21, a target of about 15,842 houses have been allotted. Out of the allotted target, 13,861 have been sanctioned till date and funds for the above houses are yet to be released by the MoRD. The amount per house under PMAY – G is Rs. 1,30,000/-.
Works Minister Th. Biswajit while replying to a Starred Question from MLA Karam Shyam said that the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has sanctioned the strengthening and widening from the spot of 320.320 km to spot of 330.00 km on NH – 102, Imphal Moreh section during the year 2020-21, with a target to complete the project within 18 months.
Water Resources Minister Letpao Haokip answering to a Starred Question on the functional status of Dolaithabi Barrage Project said that the project is programmed to be completed by March 2021 but due to the pending court cases for purchase of land the construction of right main canal the canals are not fully functional. He further added that the compensation amount of Rs. 8,29,22,000/- for 243 households for the right main canal has been deposited to DC Imphal East. 229 pattadars have already been compensated whereas compensation amounting to Rs. 53.04 lakhs for 14 pattadars is still with the DC due to a pending court case.

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