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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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KKL Received Humanitarian Award

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Imphal, July 5:

The humanitarian organization Kuki Kanglai Lawmpi (KKL) whose motto is ‘Helping the Helpless’ was today awarded a “Humanitarian Award” for their remarkable achievement in social and humanitarian works. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 10000 (Ten thousands) and a large plaque. 

The Lawmpi has been striving for humanitarian services for over decades. It is dedicated to helping the people at hard times, serving all the communities in and around Manipur, particularly Churachandpur. 

The first-ever award to KKL was donated and given by Dr. George Thangkholal Haokip. Apart from the award, Dr. Haokip also generously feeds with meat all the inmates at institutional quarantine centers taken care of by KKL.

The award ceremony was held at KKL Complex at Churachandpur and was attended by various CSO leaders, social workers  and cabinet members of KKL.

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ATSUM serious to the functioning of TA & HD; threatens stir

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Imphal, July 4:

The All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM) showed serious concern over the functioning of the Tribal Affairs & Hills department, Govt. of Manipur since the past many years.

“Umpteen appeals have been made by the apex tribal students’ body to refrain from diverting funds meant for poor & needy tribal populace under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs Govt. of India. Unfortunately, repeated appeals for the same have turned a deaf ear”, a statement of the student’s body said. 

It added that frequent diversion/holding of funds by the Govt. of Manipur or non releasing of fund by the Finance Department sanctioned by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs & Hills meant for developmental works in the tribal areas of the state and upliftment of poor and backward tribal populace has crippled the functioning of Tribal Affairs department. Family oriented schemes and Developmental projects are never released on time to the targeted beneficiaries .It is a grim reminder to us all that procrastinating in disbursement of ST Scholarship often ended up in pandemonium and protest in the Directorate of TA & Hills by the College and University demanding students to release post-matric scholarship and this year will also make no difference. These are all due to fund diversion by the state government and non submission of Utilization Certificate (UC) by the department to the Ministry.  

“It has come to our notice that, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Govt. of India on its letter vide No. 11015/01(10)/2019-TSP dated 5th June, 2020 requested the state government to furnish the pending Utilization Certificate (UC) and Physical Progress Report (PPR) to the ministry without any further delay in respect of grants under Special Central Assistance (SCA) to Tribal Sub-Scheme (TSS). As such, the tribal students’ union has every reason to be sceptical and apprehensive of any fallout by the state government in complying with the Ministry’s letter. If such situation should arise against the interest of the tribals, the state’s proposal for grants under SCA to TSS will be in abeyance. we  are also paved way   to suspect that due to non submission of UCs, the state Tribal Affairs and Hills department has been deliberately left-out of a video conferencing for Project Appraisal Committee (PAC) Meeting 2020-21 scheduled on 14th July, 2020 vide Ministry of Tribal Affairs letter F.No. 11015/02/2020-Grants dated 1st July, 2020 regarding meeting of PAC for appraisal and approval of Annual Plan 2020-21 of the State governments in respect of Grants under Article 271(1) of the Constitution, Special Central Assistance (SCA) to Tribal Sub-Scheme (TSS), Development of Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) and Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRSs)”, it added. 

The ATSUM urged the State Govt. and the Tribal Affairs & Hills department to immediately furnish the pending Utilization Certificates UCs within the time frame at the earliest in order to thwart unwanted complications in approval of grants by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.

Non submission of the pending UCs by the State government will attract intense form of agitations from the tribal students’ Union and the tribal populace, the statement threaten.

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JFA insists on mass Covid-19 screening for media employees

By our correspondent
Guwahati, July 3:

Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA), while expressing serious concern over increasing number of city-based media employees infected with novel corona virus in the last few days, urges all media houses to go for mass Covid-19 screening for their employees including the working journalists.
Days back, a printer-publisher of Hindi newspaper  Nishpaksha Samachar Jyoti tested positive for Covid-19. City-based Prahlad Kumar Agarwal thus became the first  corona virus infected media person of the State. Unconfirmed reports claim that around ten media employees working in the city lately tested positive for Covid-19.
“We are now worried as our health minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma himself stated in public comment that journalists of two news channels tested positive for Covid-19,” said a statement issued by JFA president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria.
The forum also appeals to the State health minister to facilitate all media houses to organize mass screening camps for their valued employees at the earliest. After all, the media persons are playing the role Covid-19 warriors with discriminating necessary information in the time of a pandemic, it concluded.

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NEFIS demands subsidy for fertilizers

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Imphal, July 2:

North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS) has released a North-East People’s Charter of Demands to tackle the sharp increase in Corona Cases in North-East states. The Charter of demands was sent to the Prime Minister’s Office and to Chief Ministers of eight North East States (Assam, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram, Tripura).
Through the Demand Charter, NEFIS demands immediate action on the most pressing issues of the people from the Central Government and governments of the states of the North-East. Timely action on issues related to life, livelihood and liberty would help the people, especially those in the North-East, to tide over the present crisis.

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