Huirem Naresh

Huirem Naresh

Huirem Naresh, a resident of Keishamthong Elangbam has been with Imphal Times since its start, 2013. He handles mostly Press release and announcement related news. Naresh is also a social worker. He can be emailed at [email protected]

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Saturday, 25 July 2015 17:13

Cooperation over conflict

The current stand-off between the JCILPS which is spearheading the demand for implementation of the Inner Line Permit System in Manipur on the one side and the state government on the other is turning out to be more than meets the eye. The developments, especially the response of the state government to the political crisis lays bare the level of unpreparedness as well as the abject inability to shore up resources at its disposal to remedy the situation. How else would one explain the apparent lack of urgency with which the state government is approaching the issue, or the fact that it has not expressed or responded to the terms and conditions laid down by the JCILPS for the state government to fulfill if it wants to enter into a discussion and deliberation regarding the ILP. It would be overtly optimistic to assume that the state government could deliver on its promise of drafting a bill and passing it in the assembly within a period of a month, given the complexity and sensitivity of the situation. The immediate future of the state, or more precisely, the path which the state will be taking after the stipulated period- either towards progress and development or towards destruction and mayhem hinges on the ability of the state government not only to deliver the bill which is acceptable and inclusive of the points as demanded by the public, but also to complete the very task within the promised time frame. As many in the state who are keenly following and trying to form an impartial and informed opinion on the matter pointed out, time is running out for the state government. What should one read into the inexplicable silence regarding the terms laid down by the JCILPS for the resumption of talks? Certainly, it would not have been signaling its assent to the conditions as that would have resulted in the resumption of talks. The only plausible guess would be that it has brought the whole situation under control and is confident of pulling through with flying colours- the only opportunity left for the government to salvage its tattered credibility and political existence. Let us hand over the benefit of doubt to the state government for the time being and take a step further with the quivering hope and faltering belief that the bill has been drafted and passed according to the expectations of the public. What then? Is there any mechanism in place, or are being prepared, to ensure that the bill is enforced? Will the JCILPS be around forever to oversee and monitor the efficacy of the implementation of the particular system? Will it not be prudent to take this aspect into consideration and help the state government in coming up with a bill that can sustain and be relevant for the foreseeable future. We have learnt from the past. If we are to prevent its repetition, we need to participate and cooperate. We have left the state government to its own self-serving ambitions and decisions for far too long. Crying over spilled milk isn’t a very comforting option either.   

Autonomous District Council (ADC) Members who had been elected in the recently held ADC election in the six hill districts of Manipur seem to have lost control their cool as the state government is still dithering in constituting the six ADC councils of the 6 hill districts.
Naga Peoples’ Front (NPF) had earlier sets a deadline to constitute the council by July 25 failing which a  hill district bandh on July 27 has been announced.
Speaking to media persons at Manipur Press Club today afternoon, an elected representative of Ukhrul ADC, Yaronsho Ngalung said that they are fed up with the government’s attitude and questions the reason for the delay in constituting the council. He demanded the government to fix a date for election of the chairman of  the ADCs by electing a Presiding officer or protem speaker as according to the constitution of India.
He said if the government failed to constitute the council at the earliest there is no guarantee that the elected member may undergo various forms of democratic agitation.
According to information received by the elected members of the ADC, it is learnt that there is a tug-of-war between the governor of the state and the Chief Minister over the decision for nomination of members, he added.
At present the state of Manipur has 6 autonomous district councils and each autonomous  district councils has a total of 24 elected members. Besides this 2 members each will be nominated for each council. Yaronsho Ngalung, an NPF candidate, said that as according to the provisions of the Indian constitution, the Governor is the competent authority to nominate the two members of each council and that too according to the recommendation made by the Council. However the nominated members do not have the right to cast vote at the time of taking up no confidence motion.
The ADC member further added that a few elected members were taken oath on July 13 and the remaining members later yesterday . There is no proceedings for constitution of the council. He also said that ADC is a local self government and the local self government is the root for success of the democracy.

Saturday, 25 July 2015 17:07

KAM organizes blessing program

Kick Boxing Association Manipur (KAM) today organized a blessing program for the selected participants of Wako Asia Kickboxing Championship 2015 to be held from 2nd to 9th August at Manipur Press Club.
Six players from the state namely Yambem Tala Chanu, Laishram Surbala Devi, Yumnam Itombi Chanu, ST Peter Koireng, Yumnam Sanajaoba, Wareppam Rojita were selected to represent Manipur in the upcoming championship.
The blessing programme was followed by a 2-minutes silence condolence as a mark of respect to Sapam Robinson, who was brutally murdered by police during a protest staged on July 8.

Saturday, 25 July 2015 17:05

CRF joins KCP (Noyon)

With the abolition of the banned Communist Revolutionary Front (CRF), the armed group has been merged with KCP (Noyon).
CRF members namely Secretary Finance, Yaikhomba Meitei; Information & Publicity Secretary, Puthiba Meitiei; Organisation Secretary, Silheiba; Assistant Commander, Angamba aka Anil Meitei and General Secretary Korou proposed to abolish the group and join KCP. It was also accepted by Chairman of the Front, Khoirangba, according to a release from CRF.

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