Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 25+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents. Rinku can be contacted at [email protected] 

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Imphal, April 21:

In yet another event that humiliates the Manipur Information Commission (MIC) the SPIO of the Manipur Tribal Development Corporation (MTDC) dishonour the Right to Information Act, 2005 by not providing information sought through the Act within the mandated period.
According to report, one Khumanthem Dhanachadra Singh filed an RTI application on 13th October 2020 to the SPIO, Manipur Tribal Development Corporation(MTDC) Ltd seeking information in connection with the construction of the pre-fabricated structures for the College of Food Science &Technology at Central Research Farm, Lamphelpat under the Central Agricultural University (CAU).
It may be mentioned that construction works of Pre-fabricated structures of College of Food Technology, Lamphelpat consisting of Administrative Block, Boys Hostel, Girls Hostel, and Dining Halls were done by the MTDC Ltd. The construction costs of the Administrative Building, Boys Hostel, and Girls Hostel were Rs. 1,40,44,116 each and the construction costs of a multi-purpose hall, a boy’s dining hall and a girl’s dining hall each were Rs. 24,10,161.
As the SPIO failed to provide the sought information even after the mandated period of 30 days lapsed, the activist filed 1st appeal on 30th November 2020 to the First Appellate Authority, MTDC Ltd u/s 19(1) of the RTI Act, 2005. The FAA too failed to furnish the required information. Thereafter, the activist filed a 2ndappeal on 13th January 2021 before the Manipur Information Commission as a last resort.
During the hearing on 6th February 2021, the Commission observed that as the subject of request pertains to an institution of the central government, it needs to be examined whether a state government owned organization like MTDC Ltd can answer the sought queries.
Accordingly, the Commission directed the appellant/the RTI activist to file a rejoinder indicating that the subject of RTI queries is under the ambit of this commission with verifiable proof/evidence. Besides, the Commission also directs the SPIO, MTDC Ltd to submit clarification on the above-mentioned issue.
During the 2nd hearing on 2nd March 2021, the appellant submitted a written rejoinder dated 26th February 2021 but the MTDC Ltd did not furnish any written reply/clarification/statement before the Manipur Information Commission.
In his written rejoinder the appellant stated that the whole construction works were done by the MTDC Ltd and whatever materials used in the constructions were all purchased by the MTDC Ltd. He further informed that there is no single role of CAU in the process of construction work and purchase of construction materials. The role of CAU is awarding of work order, making of payment and taking over of the college structure after its completion. The appellant further reiterated that one of the officials of the MTDC Ltd informed him that the construction materials are brought from a firm based in Haryana and they will provide the bills/vouchers of the materials purchased when they received them from the purchasing firm.
Upon hearing from both the parties and perusal of the entire case records, the Commission observed that as the sought information is in the custody of the MTDC Ltd, the appellant has a right to seek the said information under the RTI Act, 2005 from the MTDC Ltd as MTDC Ltd is the executing agency of the said work even though it belongs to CAU. Accordingly, the Commission directs the SPIO, MTDC Ltd to furnish the bills/vouchers of the procured construction material within one from 19th March 2021.
Speaking to Imphal Times, Dhanachandra said, “a misc. application will be filed to the Manipur Information Commission against the MTDC Ltd for not complying with the Commission order dated 19th March, 2021.”

Wednesday, 21 April 2021 17:17

For a little good deeds

Good fortune is not permanent; consequently, there is no use for too much attachment when things are going well. This is what Nobel laureates and Tibetan Spiritual Dalai Lama had stated in his book ‘Advice on Dying’ which was translated and edited by Jeffrey Hopkin.
The writings of the Dalai Lama are purely about the philosophy of living a better life even after we all know that no living being human being is mortal. But saying so, when one read the book from different perspectives about the art of politics and its ultimate goal it gave an immense idea of the need for tolerance to serve the cause.
In this column, we in the Imphal Times recalled the Spiritual leader Dalai Lama’s philosophy of life as Manipur is in urgent need of understanding that – we human beings are not mortal. We may live for some years and finally, we will start finding the final exit. But for reason which is sometimes justifiable human greed has created too much trouble that thousands are made suffered due to someone’s aggressive character of accumulating whatever wealth, even by looting the share of many people, by not realizing the fact that when the soul left the body, that wealth will not come with him.
In our little state, which is located at Indo Myanmar Border Politicians have forgotten their responsibility and had even failed to realize that today’s action will either ruin or built their image by the near future.
Too much greed ruins the career of every person, among the common people. But when such things are noticed among the leaders or self-proclaimed leaders then the future generation will not only spit at them but will bear the hit to their respective descendants.
What will the future generation talk about the 3 MLAs, who were disqualified in the last state assembly election and the other two in the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly? What will their children think of them?
It is not only the MLAs or Ministers but those contractors, businessmen, and others who are playing the stomach of the people. If they think about the future of their own children then they could not have constructed outdated roads, buildings, or schools.
The future generation will remember you as leaders if you do something good today for the people.
Lets’ hope those people changing their mindset in delivering service for the people if they want their children and great-great-grandson to be respected by all.
Remember, Mahatama Gandhi’s decedents are still respected today. Son of Subash Chandra Bose is highly respected. And in Manipur Hijam Irabt is being remembered even today and will go on remembering him by the people.

By: Meghachandra Kongbam
Imphal, April 21:

The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI)-India chapter is organising the Online Film Appreciation Course 2021 from the 1st week of June 2021. Course Duration is eight weeks. The medium of instruction is English. The number of Online Sessions is 18. The duration of Each Session is 90 Minutes on every Saturday 3.00 PM to 4.30 PM and Sunday 11.00 AM to 12.30 PM. Registration Fee is Rs.500/-. There will be no Course Fee. The maximum number of participants is 50. First come first serve. Topics and List of Faculty Members will be mailed to the Registered Participants in due time.
Certificates will be issued to the Participants on completion of the Course successfully. Eminent professors from film institutes and universities and film scholars will teach the participants. Course materials will be provided to the participants. The objective of the course is to groom the film enthusiasts with the latest information of film appreciation and criticism for the promotion and development of film culture.
The academic council of FIPRESCI-India consisting of N. Vidyashankar: Course Coordinator, Manu Chakravarthy: Member, Minakshi Dutta: Member and Meghachandra Kongbam: Member designed the course.
Registration opens @ https://forms.gle/DwEuv4gsNBL4HQ767
For registration, first deposit Rs.500/- (Rupees Five Hundred Only) to: FIPRESCI INDIA. SB A/C No. 0883101061603. IFSC: CNRB0000819. Canara Bank. Trivandrum Cantonment Branch and upload the Transaction Details during online registration. The Canara Bank, Imphal branch is at Thangal Bazar, just opposite to Blue Moon Hotel. .
FIPRESCI is an association of the national organizations of professional film critics and film journalists from 50 countries worldwide. It was founded on 6th June 1930 at Academy Palace in Brussels, Belgium. It has Jury in more than 80 highly acclaimed International Film Festivals worldwide. The India Chapter of FIPRESCI was founded in 1992 which is a Registered Organization (Regn. No-TVM/TC/7/2021) with Regd. Office at Sanduens Apt, Chirakkulam Road, Statue, Thiruvananthapuram-695001. Details of Fipresci-India are available at its official website: http://www.fipresci-india.online/. This Online Film Appreciation Course is a part of Fipresci-India’s academic activities. For any further information/query, please Mail to the Secretary, Fipresci-India <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; OR Text through WhatsApp at: 9830140517.
Those willing participants in Manipur for the course can be contacted the member of Academic Council Meghachandra Kongbam at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text through whatsapp at 9862821062 for further details.

IT News
Imphal, April 20:

The state government has made no change to mandatory production of a negative Covid-19 test report taken with 72 hours from arrival in Manipur.
In an order issued by the Special Secretary Home (H. Gyan Prakash), Central government teaching institutions in Manipur have been directed to immediately suspend teaching classes requiring the physical presence of students and direct that teaching may be continued through online mode, suitably. It is also further ordered that examinations that have already been scheduled may be held by strictly implementing Covid Appropriate Behavior with all arrangements of physical distancing, arrangements of sanitization, thermal screening of teachers and students, and others engaged in the conduct of the examination. Suitable orders/arrangements for hostels (if any) may be worked out by the Institution authorities keeping in view Covid safety and convenience of boarders.
The order said that the Health Department, Government of Manipur, in view of the exponential increase in the number of Covid-19 infections in the country issued order No. MED-1/17/2/2020-HS-HEALTH dated 15th April, 2021 stating that entry to the State will be allowed only on mandatory production of a negative RT PCR/TRUENET/CB-NAAT Covid-19 test report taken 72 hours from arrival in Manipur.
There is also a need to check the spread of infection amongst the people who are already in Manipur by reducing the gathering of people especially in rooms of halls.

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