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William Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since beginning. A avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue.

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CM inaugurates new building of Horticulture Department; ‘Horticulture sector key to state’s economic prosperity’

Imphal, July 18,

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh inaugurated the newly constructed building of Directorate of Horticulture and Soil Conservation at Sanjenthong, Imphal East District today.
Speaking at the occasion as the chief guest, Shri N. Biren said that the State needs to focus on some specific items like pineapple, lemon, orange, ginger and yongchak etc., which are suitable to the soil of the State, for economic prosperity.
He informed that since 2015-16, Manipur Organic Mission Agency (MOMA) had been able to register 12,500 organic farmers covering 12,500 hectare in the State. Under this mission, the Chief Minister said, 10 Farmer Producer Companies (FPC) had been formed, and an additional five more FPCs are in the process of forming. As a marketing achievement, N. Biren informed, around 150 MT of organic pineapples was airlifted to Delhi and other cities last year which hugely benefitted the pineapple growers. Currently, consignment of organic Manipur pineapple to marketing platforms such as Big Basket and NE Agro Products through flight is taking place for sale at major cities in India, he added.
Stating that the Government had also been actively working for upliftment of ginger growers of Pherzawl District, the Chief Minister said that the Government had been able to link buyers with ginger growers this year. Around 4000 MT of ginger had been marketed outside the State fetching more than Rs. 12 crore this year. In 2018, sale of 1000 MT of ginger was made by MSTC Ltd., a Government of India company fetching Rs. 1.9 crore, he informed.

Saying that organic produce of Manipur had been exported to different countries, N. Biren said that organic U-morok had reached Australia, Canada and USA. Directorate of Horticulture and Soil Conservation had acquired Geographical Indication (GI) tag for Kachai lemon, he said and added that now Kachai lemon has become the only lemon variety of India to have a GI tag.
The Chief Minister said that MOMA was awarded with the prestigious Jaivik India Awards by International Competence Centre for Organic Agriculture (ICCOA), Government of Karnataka and APEDA for efforts and achievements in promoting organic farming in the State.
Maintaining that the Government always welcomes agro-entrepreneurs, who are willing to invest efforts in horticulture opportunities, the Chief Minister said that Manipur State Co-operative Bank Ltd. had recently provided loan to an apple grower. Last year as well, financial assistance of around Rs. 95 lakh had been provided under StartUp Manipur to a strawberry grower, he informed.
N. Biren further said that cold storage infrastructures are being set up in various districts for the convenience of farmers. After amending the Indian Forest Act, 1927, bamboo is no more categorised as a tree. As such, bamboo can now be grown in private or homestead land for livelihood or sale, he added. Saying that large scale destruction of forest cover due to poppy cultivation leads to environment degradation and climate change, N. Biren said that the State Government is trying to provide alternative livelihood based on horticulture farming to poppy growers.
Regarding the inconvenience faced by the public due to potholes on different roads, the Chief Minister said that the Government is aware of the pressing need for immediate mending of potholes on the important roads in the district headquarters. To effectively implement the works, necessary directives had been given to upload photos of roads before and after repair, in the WhatsApp group of PWD, the Chief Minister said. Bills for these maintenance works would be cleared by Superintending Engineers concerned posted at different divisions of PWD, N. Biren said.
Speaking at the function as the guest of honour, Horticulture and Soil Conservation Minister Th. Shyamkumar said that development of horticulture sector can make Manipur an economically self-reliant State. For this, he said, experts of Directorate of Horticulture and Soil Conservation need to give proper training to farmers regularly.
Principal Secretary (Horticulture and Soil Conservation) J.C. Ramthanga was the functional president. Horticulture and Soil Conservation Director K. Kipgen, past Directors and other officials of the Directorate also attended the function.

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CM N. Biren shares pains of Assam  

Imphal, July 18,

Chief Minister of Manipur N. Biren Singh has expressed sadness at the loss of life, destruction of property and immense suffering caused to the people of Assam by the unprecedented flood.

In a letter to his Assam counterpart Sarbananda Sonowal, the Chief Minister said, “I offer my condolences to you and all those affected by the calamity and wish you a successful and smooth execution of relief efforts.”

In a press release issued to the media through DIPR, Biren said that it was really saddening that Assam had been hit by one of the worst floods of recent times.

He lamented, “Several lives have been lost or injured. Thousands are left homeless. Properties have been swept away by raging flows of water. Innumerable wildlife has been destroyed. My thoughts are with the people of Assam in these trying times.”

He further said, “I, on behalf of the people of Manipur express our deepest condolences to the people of Assam, who were affected by the unprecedented natural calamity. Manipur prays for early receding of water and speedy rehabilitation works. We stand with the people of Assam in these challenging times.”

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Sports material distributed under Samagra Shiksha


Imphal, July 17,

Under the initiative of Education Minister, Thokchom Radheshyam, sports equipments were handed over to the Zonal and district officials of the Directorate of Education - School, Manipur during the Sports Material Distribution Ceremony organised by State Mission of Samagra Shiksha, Manipur held at Samagra Shiksha, State Implementing Society (SS, SIS) Office Babupara Imphal.

The Minister stated that good health enhances the ability in children in becoming more effective in learning and development process. He added that education imparted to the children need a holistic approach to encourage and make the learning teaching-process more appealing. Recognising the significance, sports and physical education has been made an integral part of the new education policy under the Samagra Shiksha sports.

Sports will help the student learn to work as a team, encouraging their collaboration and communication among themselves. He said that the equipments that are being distributed today are meant for the children. He appealed to the gathering to make maximum utilization of the sports equipments and educational aid. He also suggested that the equipments provided to the schools can be utilized among the local youths so that the item does not remain unused.

Th. Radheshyam highlighted that Samagra Shiksha is an integrated scheme for School Education-bringing under one umbrella the three Centrally Sponsored Schemes of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan(SSA), Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan(RMSA) and Teacher Education (TE). The scheme will cover from pre-school to senior secondary level and aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education at all levels, he added. He also mentioned that the grant for sports equipments is at the rate of Rs. 5,000 for Primary Schools and Rs. 10,000 for upper primary schools.

During the ceremony, science kits, white board and library books approved by the Project Approval Board (PAB), MHRD, New Delhi, were distributed to 18 government secondary schools of the State during today’s Sports Material Distribution Ceremony. It was also announced that 386 schools will be provided with sports kits, 100 schools will have Mathematical kits, 100 schools with science kits, 397 schools with white boards and 393 schools with library books.

The programme was attended by Joint Secretary Education (S) L. Nandakumar Singh; Chairman, COHSEM, Manipur, L. Mahendra Singh, Addl. Director Education (S/H) Shri Lerte Hmangte Kom, Addl. Director Education (S/V) Smt. Ch. Sachi, officials of Directorate of Education - School, ZEOs and teachers.

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Army gear up for worsening floods in Assam


Ghy, July 17,

In view of the worsening flood situation in the Eastern region, Lieutenant General MM Naravane, PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, General Officer Commanding in Chief, Eastern Command, took stock of the situation and was briefed by various Commanders on ground about the preparations underway. The Army Commander stated that the situation is presently under control and assured a quick response by the Army on being requisitioned for deployment on flood relief tasks.

Various resources of the Army in anticipation of flood related calamity are on ‘Stand by’.  Army is closely monitoring the flood situation in close coordination with civil administration along large number of flood prone areas. There are 152 monitoring stations which will ensure timely warning of an impending crisis due to floods.

 Army has alerted the flood relief columns which consist of rescue and relief material, to be prepared for deployment on short notice. Total of 95 flood relief columns along with additional 31 columns as reserve have been kept on ‘Stand by’ for this purpose. As on date five columns have been requisitioned and are helping in the relief operations. Column Commanders are in regular touch with the civil administration to ensure timely response when called upon to assist.

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