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Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ 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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Husband appointed as a consultant by MCPCR Chairperson gets Rs. 9,10,000/- as hiring charge for his own vehicles

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Imphal, July 11:

Even as there are rare reports of taking up child rights-related issues, the Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MCPCR) has spent a total of Rs. 9,10,000/- ( Nine lakhs and ten thousand ) for a period of 1 and half years for the hiring of two vehicles owned by the husband of the Chairperson of the Commission, Sunitibala Ningthoujam, whom she appointed as the consultant of the commission.

As per information from the MCPCR, Ibomcha Ningthoujam, who is the legitimate husband of MCPCR Chairperson Sunitibala Ningthoujam, has been appointed as the consultant of the Commission on April 26, 2018. Two four-wheeler vehicles – one Bolero and one Santro car owned by Ibomcha Ningthoujam- have been hired by the Commission on payment of Rs. 35,000/- per month for the Bolero and Rs. 5000/- for the month of January 2020 for the Santro car. Interestingly, the amount spent for the hiring of the two vehicles from the husband of the chairperson, who has been appointed as a consultant to the Commission comes nearly the market price of the vehicles. And the fund has been utilized from the grant sanctioned from the department of Social Welfare Government of Manipur to carry out various activities of the commission which is connected with the issues of Child rights.  

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With by-election likely to announce anytime, hardcore state BJP workers worry as party establishment yet to be restructured

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Imphal, July 11:

Of the 60 state assembly seats, eight has been remained vacant after 5 of the members were disqualified while three tender resignations from the membership. However, following High Court intervention in connection with the disqualification of Trinamool Congress MLA Tongbram Robindro, it is likely that the Election Commission of India announces by-election to at least 7 Assembly constituencies as an assembly seat of a constituency cannot remain vacant for more than 6 months.
“Even as our party (BJP) leads the present coalition government in the state we are more occupied in restructuring the party functionaries rather than going to the ground”, a hardcore BJP worker who does not want to disclose his identity told Imphal Times.
Leading the government by BJP is also not likely to help at ground politics as ally political parties in the government seem to be superseding the leading party, he added.
This is all because the newly elected president of the Manipur Pradesh BJP has failed to appoint office bearers of BJP, that he should do he added but put the blame to three important BJP legislatures including a parliamentarian.
“Should it be called ‘incompetency’ of the newly elected State BJP president Prof. Salam Tikendra or is it the interference by the top BJP leaders and the parliamentarian that the state BJP still fails to strengthen the party organization by appointing office-bearer at the earliest time - a matter that the Central BJP leaders need to ponder upon”, another active member of the BJP said.
Prof. S. Tikendra Singh was elected as the president of the Manipur Pradesh BJP on June 2, 2020. With his appointment the term of the office-bearers ends and to strengthen the party the newly elected president should appoint new office bearers, a BJP Karyakarta told Imphal Times.
A source said that the newly elected state BJP President Prof. Tiken had sent proposals for over 3 times but due to indifferences among the top BJP legislatures and the Parliamentarian to the choice of who should be the new office bearers, the central BJP leadership is likely to take time for exclusive consultation on the matter.
State BJP organization is run by 16 (Sixteen) office-bearers excluding the President. After the appointment of Prof. Tiken as the new state president, he should appoint 6(six) Vice president, 2(two) General Secretary, 7(seven) secretaries, among which one should be appointed as Sangathan Mantri (organization Secretary) by the National BJP office and 1 (one) Treasurer.
The source further added that another fresh list prepared for proposal as office bearers of the state BJP includes Nimbus and Sarda as the general secretaries. As for the state secretaries prepared for proposal includes Joykishore, Nongpoknganbam Basanta (Heirok), Inaocha Devi, Meena, Priyokumar ad Premananda Meitei. A source however said that there is no guarantee that all those proposed may be approved by the central leadership. There are possibilities that someone whose names are not in the list but who are acknowledged by the central BJP for their works and dedication may be appointed.
With the party workers busied lobbying for office bearers post, organizational groundworks are left as hollow and some hardcore dedicated BJP workers felt that the party may face the music during the by-election.

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I have asked office bearers to continue service until new appointment - Prof. S. Tikendra

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Imphal, July 11:

“Even as we are yet to appoint new office bearers, the organizational works of the party is functioning as usual as I have asked all the former office bearer to continue their respective service until new appointments are made”, the newly elected president of the BJP Manipur Pradesh, Professor Tikendra said while talking to Imphal Times over the phone.

He said that the new office bearers of the BJP Manipur Pradesh will be elected in the next few days and all formalities have been completed. When asked about any interference from the BJP legislatures or the parliamentarian, Prof. Tikendra said that those are rumours and there is nothing as such.

It takes time because of the COVID-19 pandemic, even at the national level too, no new office bearers have been appointed after the appointment of the National President JP Nadda.

The state BJP president said that all organizational structured at ground levels are intact and there is no loophole in the BJP’s strategy to win the seat whether it may be by-election or general election.

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Tears still wet the eys of many widows of extrajudicial victims

For almost a decade starting from early 2000, front-page stories of almost every newspaper published in the state were about persons killed in encounters with security forces. The first-hand report of almost all news appeared as the front page story goes with the security claimed at which they often term those killed as militants. Follow-up stories following almost every encounter killing related stories turn out to be ‘fake’. Family members, relatives, local residents, and members of civil society organizations would always uproar with different stories on the claimed by security forces about the killing of a person whom they alleged to have been militants and killed in gunfight. The decade shows several bandhs, blockade, and even hostile agitation freezing normal life in the entire state. Local media reports, but intimidations shun their voices many times concealing the truth. Even after knowing the truth that those killed by SF during those days were innocent civilians and were killed in staged encounter, there were not so many people who could voice against such extrajudicial killing effectively. Until a news portal Tehelka exposed about a staged encountered that happened in July 23, 2009, none of the national media had taken up any story about such fake encounter related events. With the Rights bodies of the state like the HRA, HRI putting up those incidents of fake encounter killing in the state to the notice of the world platform, somehow by the beginning of 2011, the torturous inhuman encounter drama reduced. Probe after probe and investigation after investigation by authority slowly revealed the reality and finally, those reported killed in alleged encounter turn out to be cold-blooded murderers. But as the state uses every means to blanketed the matter, only those families of the victims killed shed tears as justice has never been delivered.
During those days the then regime has no respect for the provisions of the constitution of India even though they were serving under that. Article 21 of the constitution of India was a joke. Even though India was then a member of the United Nations, the country’s machineries had no respect for the Article 6 of the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights which stated that Every human being has the inherent right to life and this shall be protected by law. The so-called security forces as well as those administering the state have no regard for the international provisions which stated that “No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his life”.
Extra-Judicial Execution Victim Families Association, Manipur ( EEVFAM) was an association form by widow, mothers, and sisters of victims of such alleged encounter killing. The association was born today eleven years ago. It is their effort that the total count of victims who were tortured and killed in cold blood has been documented to 1528 cases. They have been fighting for justice for so long and till today even after the Supreme Court has directed to deliver the justice they are still deprived of justice. So far no persons has been punished who are responsible for killing the numerous harmless people.
What is more disheartening is that some among those whom the victims’ family felt responsible for killing for their near and dear ones have even become more powerful by becoming a part of the government. But hopes still stirs, the tears of the mothers, widows, of those victims will surely haunt their memories.