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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Union Home Minister of state, Kiran Rijiju, during his few hours visit to Manipur has said that central government have nothing to do with the present agitation in the state demanding implementation of inner line permit system, unless the central government received a concrete proposal from the government of Manipur.
“Unless we get a concrete proposal from the state government nothing can be done”, said Kiran Rijiju while replying to reporters’ query at Imphal Tulihal Airport today morning.
Throwing the ball to the state government regarding the ongoing protest, the Home Minister said that the state government can implement their own legislation for the convenience of administration within the ambit of the state government. However, if the legislation overlaps with the central government than the central government have to look over it.
Rijiju also reacted to the recent remark made by Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh for abolishing of the Inner Line Permit System from all the states of India. The Union Minister of State said that there are various laws in India still in use after independence. The uniqueness of the various communities needs to be look after.
Regarding the mass agitation Rijiju said that it is the democratic rights of the people to protest. He said if the illegal migrants are threats to the people then he would look forwards for certain internal mechanism to strengthen the existing system to control the influx.

"Protestors demand Ibobi to speak out on ILP issue"

Road block, mass rally, sit-in-protests were held in support of the 48-hour-long general strike called by JCILPS Students Wing against the state government’s delaying tactic to implement Inner Line Permit System in the state.
Various general strike supporters blocked roads while disrupting vehicular traffic across the city. Khwairamband Keithel wore a deserted look and banks, government offices and commercial establishments remain closed during the strike.
Meanwhile, pro- ILP protestors demanded the Chief Minister of Manipur, Okram Ibobi Singh to speak out instead of keeping the people at confusion.
Heisnam (O) Sumati, former President of Keishamthong Thangjam Leirak Panthoibi Meirapaibi Marup told Imphal Times at the sideline of a sit-in-protest held today at Keishamthong Thangjam Leirak that people of Manipur have been agitating against the government to implement a permit system for non-locals. However, the CM and his cabinet is not willing to do for the betterment of the people.
His suspicious attitude towards the movement is going to cost a lot in future, she added.
“We want a solution to the issue. Now it’s time for CM to speak out what is inside his mind,” Sumati said.
While President of Khagempali Nambul Mapal Womens Association, Chirom Birohini demanded the state government to punish the police officer who attacked girl students by pulling at hair during an agitation.
She also urged the home department to control the aggressiveness towards the protestors during the ongoing mass movement for implementation of ILPS.
The protestors also demanded to punish the police personnel who killed Sapam Robinhood.
Various women bodies staged sit-in-protest across the city. Khagempali Panthak Pantha Apunba Meira Paibi Lup; Kwakeithel Akham Leirak Nupi Marup; Women organizations of Tiddim Road and others also held protest demonstrations.

Chief Secretary of Manipur, PC Lawmkunga today said that the state government has not received any official complaints about police brutality in the state during the last few days. Speaking to Imphal Times at Imphal Tulihal Airport today afternoon PC Lawmkuga said that there are media reports about police committing access, but there are no complaints received by the government till now.
When asked about the media report about two MLAs taking strong exception to the recent violent assault of girl students in front of the secretariat office Imphal, the chief secretary said that he have heard about it through media reports but as of now no complaints has been put up to the government.
Mention may be made that, Congress MLA N Biren and K Ranjit has strongly reacted to the police brutality towards the students in front of the Secretariat office    on Monday afternoon.
The two MLAs were even quoted as saying that they would not remain quite if the officer concern of the Manipur Police is not awarded appropriate punishment.

Union Home Minister of State Kiran Rijiju and DoNER Minister Dr. Jitendra today said that the center will release Rs. 8.5 crore as immediate relief for the damage cause by the flood in the state. The two Union Ministers announced this while speaking to media persons at Imphal Tulihal Airport before leaving the state.They arrived in the state at around 9 am and soon after their arrival the two Union Ministers along with the Education Minister M Okendra and Chandel district MLA DK Korungthang took stock of the condition at Chandel district and Thoubal district.
“We took an aerial survey of the situation and it is learnt that the Impact cause by the natural disaster is very high”, Union Home Minister of State Kiran Rijiju said.
He said many of the cultivated area in Thoubal district and Chandel district has been destroyed. As the toll of destruction is very high it is certain that extra fund from the National Desaster Relief Fund need to be released. He said the recent flood has destructed around 60% of the population.
Dr. Jitendra while speaking on the press conference said that the center will examined the damage cause by the flood after getting report from the state government . He said as of the moment rescue operation has been concluded and immediate relief will be released. As for the rehabilitation the center need to study the details submitted by the state government.
He said people should be careful about the epidemic that is likely to cause after the water recedes.

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