Imphal, Jan 11:
The Manipur Users Collective (MUC) has extended its sincere appreciation and heartfelt gratitude to the Manipur State Government, with a special acknowledgment to the Higher Education Department (U) under the commendable leadership of Director, Rangitabali Waikhom, IAS, for their humane undertaking in implementing the “CHEINGAK KHONGHOU” scheme.
A statement by Gautam Salam, Chairperson, Manipur Users Collective (MUC) said that the initiation of the “CHEINGAK KHONGHOU” scheme, a one-time financial assistance program for higher education students in the state affected by HIV, HCV, and HBV, underscores the Government’s commitment to supporting the education and empowerment of vulnerable communities.
In a poignant state-level function organized by the Government of Manipur, 112 deserving students were selected across districts under the “CHEINGAK KHONGHOU” scheme.
MUC applauds the government’s proactive approach to inclusivity and support for these students, ten of whom were presented with a cheque of Rs. 10,000 each. Additionally, the Chief Minister, N. Biren Singh, along with Minister, Th. Basantakumar Singh, distributed smartphones to these students as part of the “COLLEGE FAGATHANSI MISSION,” a move that recognizes the importance of digital connectivity in today’s education landscape.
The financial assistance of Rs. 10,000 and the provision of smart phones are invaluable contributions that will significantly ease the educational journey for this section of students. MUC believes that such initiatives not only address immediate financial needs amidst the present crisis but also bestowed a beacon of hope to these students in strengthening their higher educational dreams with greater confidence.
While celebrating this commendable step, The MUC urged the related departments to continue their efforts in addressing the broader issues faced by the HIV infected and affected population across all age groups and vulnerable communities in the state.
“It is high time for the relevant authorities to take up certain measures exclusively for PLHIV in pubescent age groups who are infected through vertical transmission as cases of discriminations, violations of rights by their partners, spouses, intended in-laws, relatives and in-laws are often reported. It is crucial to ensure that the HIV/AIDS policies and bills passed by the Central Government are not only practiced but effectively implemented to safeguard the rights and well-being of this marginalized population”, the statement said.