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  • SENDRA TOURIST RESORT DEDICATED TO THE PEOPLE

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    Imphal, June 30 (DIPR): Eminent Thinker, Author, India Foundation Director and BJP National General Secretary Shri Ram Madhav inaugurated Tourist Resort at Sendra Hillock in the presence of Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh and many other dignitaries today. 

    Shri N. Biren Singh, Shri Ram Madhav and Works and Information and Public Relations Minister Shri Th. Biswajit graced the auspicious occasion as chief guest, special guest and president respectively. 
    Minister Shri V. Hangkhanlian, Chief Whip and Advisor to CM (Economic Affairs and Human Resource) Shri P. Saratchandra, Thanga AC MLA and PDA Chairman Shri T. Robindro, Manipur Pollution Control Board chairman L Radhakishore,Parliamentary Secretaries ShriAwangbowNewmai, Shri K Robindro and Dr. S. Ranjan, S. Subhaschandra, Kumbi MLA Shri S. Bira and Manipur Infrastructure Development Agency (MIDA) Vice-Chairman Shri M Asnikumar also attended the function as presidium members. 

    The Resort has been constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 553.72 lakhs with the funds from Union Tourism Ministry. Components of the project are Reception cum Administrative Block, Cottages, Security cum Drivers’ Room, Compound Fencing with Gate, Restaurant, Approach Road and Pathways. 

    Addressing the gathering, Shri N. Biren said that a Grievance Cell will be opened at CM’s Secretariat soon. Call executives would attend the calls of people from 10am to 6pm daily. 
    Stating that the new Government had achieved almost all the tasks listed in its 100 days programme, the Chief Minister said that the Government is committed to uplifting the poorest of the poor section of the society. He urged the people to assess the works of the Government achieved in 100 days and give suggestions. 

    Speaking on the occasion, Shri Ram Madhav mentioned about the tourism potentials of the State. 
    Stating that the new Government had achieved a lot in 100 days, Shri Ram Madhav said that it is however still have to work hard towards making Manipur a peaceful, prosperous and united State. (DIPR)

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  • TD MINISTER INAUGURATES TWO PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN SENAPATI DISTRICT

    Imphal; June 28, 2017 (DIPR): As a part of the 100 days’ achievements of the new BJP-led government in the state, Minister, Tribal Affairs & Hills Shri N. Kayisii today inaugurated two primary schools in Senapati District.

                Makeng Cheijinba Primary School, which is located at Makeng Cheijinba Village, a Thangal village in Senapati District under Tadubi Assembly Constituency, was inaugurated by N. Kayisii in the presence of Deputy Commissioner, Senapati Shri Athem Muivah, IAS and Zonal Education Officer, Senapati Shri Xavier Longmei, MES, who were present in the inauguration function as Guests of Honour.

                Speaking on the occasion, TD Minister stated that the Makeng Cheijinba Primary School is being inaugurated today as a part of the achievements of the new NDA Government led by Chief Minister Shri Biren Singh in its first 100 days in office. The minister further stated that with the setting up of this primary school, children of Makeng Cheijinba village will get the opportunity to learn basic formal education within their village. Kayisii added that children should be moulded right from the primary level and the teachers should put in their best effort to provide quality education to the students. The TD Minister expressed his view that the tribal people are brilliant despite the fact that they are not able to get quality education from the primary level. He however stated that even the present government can’t bring any development without the support and co-operation of the people.

                Deputy Commissioner, Senapati Shri Athem Muivah stated that being a teacher is a sacred and noble profession which require high moral. He added that primary school is the foundation where one could get the essence of true education. Hence the people, particularly the parents, should take full responsibility to mould their children right from the primary level. He appealed the people to co-operate with the government and not to depend solely on the initiatives of the government.

                Later in the afternoon, the TD Minister N. Kayisii inaugurated the Khongnem Thana Primary School in Senapati District, which falls under Karong Assembly Constituency.           

                Appreciating the support and co-operation of the villagers to the initiative of the new government, the TD Minister stated that Khongnem Thana is one of the oldest villages in Senapati District, which has existed since the British period. The villagers should love this unique village and should take responsibility to develop this beautiful village. He assured that he will provide whatever he can from his side and also from the side of the Directorate of Tribal Affairs & Hills.

                The new BJP-led government has completed its 100 days on the midnight of 24th June, 2017. In the last 100 days, the government has taken up various development initiatives which will be further highlighted within this month. (DIPR)

  • MINISTER BISWAJIT INAUGURATES 132/33 KV POWER SUB-STATIONS AT CHANDEL AND ELANGKHANGPOKPI

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    IMPHAL, JUNE 28, 2017 (DIPR): Uninterrupted power supply is necessary in industrialisation of a society, said Power Minister Shri Thongam Biswajit Singh after inaugurating a 132/33 KV Sub-Station at Elangkhangpokpi today. Minister Biswajit inaugurated 132/33 KV Sub-Stations at Chandel and Elangkhangpokpi today in the presence of IFC and Youth Affairs & Sports Minister Shri Letpao Haokip, MANIDCO & MANITRON Chairman Shri Dr Radheshyam Yumnam, Kakching MLA Shri Y. Surchandra Singh, Kumbi MLA Shri S Bira Singh and Chief Secretary Shri O Nabakishore Singh.

    Addressing the formal inaugural function at the Elangkhangpokpi Power Sub Station, the Power Minister stressed on the importance of the Power department and said the department helps in lighting up the darkness.

    He said that, it is the government's objective to provide electricity to all villages of the State by December 2018. We have identified the remaining unelectrified villages, he said adding that, the government is committed to provide electricity to all villages.

    Minister Biswajit also said that there are also plans to install 11 more sub-stations including at Chingai in Ukhrul district, Oinam in Senapati, Molnom in Churachadpur, Somdal, Somdal, Sankeithel in Ukhrul, Tamenglong Headquarter, Akampat, etc. He continued there is also a plan to build a logistic park in Koutruk. Explaining the need to install a sub-station at Akampat, the Minister said it will help in the plan to construct a sports complex for Imphal East at Akampat.

    Lauding the Manipur State Power Company Ltd for the timely completion of installation of the power sub-station at Elangkhangpokpi, Minister Biswajit also said that, the project for installation of the power sub-station was awarded in November 2015. He also assured the officials of the MSPCL that as long as he remains the Power Minister, the State government will not abandon them and that the government will continue to work together with them.

    Minister Biswajit also spoke on the present government's 100-day programme and said people must have wondered whether the present BJP led government was trying to highlight projects initiated by the previous government as their achievements by inaugurating such projects under their 100-day programme. He said this was not the case, but the new government has brought new hopes for the people and is only trying to fulfil the public's aspirations.

    He further stressed there were previous governments and that new governments will come, however, the main target of the present government led by the BJP is welfare of the people.

                Stressing on the importance of the two sub-stations inaugurated today, the Minister said sufficient and quality power supply to Chandel and its surrounding areas was unable earlier, as power was supplied through 25 km long transmission lines from Kakching. He continued power supply would improve immensely in the area from today.

                He asserted a government has to work efficiently for people's welfare, while people should honour the government and understand there is a law under the government. This will bring development in the society.

    Minister Biswajit also spoke on the trust deficit in the society and said the present government is working towards bridging the gap and bring unity in the society. The Minister also released a booklet on 100-days programme of MSPDCL during the inaugural function.

    Earlier in the day after inaugurating the power sub-station at Chandel, Minister Biswajit had also participated in brief meeting with at Chandel. (DIPR)

  • MINISTER SHYAMKUMAR FELICITATES MERITORIOUS STUDENTS, SCIENTIST

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    IMPHAL, JUNE 28, 2017 (DIPR): Shri Shyamkumar, Minister of MAHUD, Town Planning, Forests & Environment and Horticulture & Soil Conservation today felicitated meritorious students of Andro Assembly Constituency at the 11th Meritorious Award ceremony held as part of the ongoing 10th State Level Pineapple Festival cum Buyers & Sellers Meet & Youth Festival, 2017 at Thambalnu Market Complex, Poiroupat, Lamkhai, Andro.

    All together 479 students who secured first division in the Class X and XII exam conducted by the State Board and CBSE were felicitated today with cash reward and citation, including three State toppers. The felicitation programme was organised by the Development Organisation Andro Kendra (DOAK).

    Minister Shyamkumar also felicitated Manipuri scientist Dr. Guneshwar Thangjam with cash reward and citation as a token of appreciation after an asteroid was named after him by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) ) in a conference “Asteroids, Planets and Meteors, 2017” held at South America. He is working at the Department of Planets and Comets, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Gottingen, Germany. Dr. Guneshwar Thangjam was born in Poiroukhongjin, Yairipok, Andro A/C.

    Speaking as the Chief Guest of the function, Minister Shyamkumar said many educational institutions in the Andro A/C are presently being developed with the help of Central Government funds. Narrating the success story of Azad Higher Secondary School, Shyamkumar was hopeful that Class XII students of the constituency can someday come in the list of Top 10 rankings.    

    Minister Shyamkumar lauded Dr. Guneshwar Thangjam for bringing laurels for the country and the State. Stating that he is proud of his success, Shyamkumar said hard work and patience of Dr. Guneshwar led to his achievement.

    Lauding the pineapple farmers of Andro, Th. Shyamkumar thanked the farmers for their hard work and for making the State Level Pineapple possible. (DIPR)

  • IDEAL BLIND SCHOOL STUDENTS CALLED OFF THE AGITATION AFTER MINISTER INTERVENES

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    IMPHAL, JUNE 28, 2017 (DIPR): With the timely intervention by the Social Welfare and Cooperation Minister Smt. Nemcha Kipgen, agitation by students of Ideal Blind School, Takyelpat was immediately called off today.

    The Minister attends to the grievances of the students at her office chamber, New Secretariat, Imphal in the presence of the students’ representatives of the school, Principal Secretary (Social Welfare) Shri JC Ramthanga, officials of the department, Principal and staff of the school.

    Some of their grievances include construction of new toilets, proper infrastructure, furniture and water reservoir with clean drinking water. She assured all their demands will be taken care of immediately and gave minimum time of one month to fulfil their grievances. For time being, she assured the demands for two separate toilets for boys and girls will starts with the construction of low cost toilet by tomorrow itself. Supplies of electricity was immediately resolved today itself by Joint Director (Social Welfare), Smt Surrender A Shishak by paying the electric bills of Rs.10,000 from her own pocket.

    Nemcha welcomes the genuine grievances of the students anytime before her and appeal the students to go hand in hand with their teachers by giving them utmost respect; only then everything can be sorted out. There is nothing in this world that cannot be sorted out through proper communication and interaction, she added.

    During the interaction with the Minister, the students’ representatives expressed that their agitation was towards the school authority for not taking up their grievances to the concerned authority and higher officials at the right time. The students expressed gratitude towards Minister Nemcha for ardently listening to them and for timely intervention of their needs.

  • MINISTER NEMCHA STRONGLY CONDEMNED THE KILLING OF STUDENTS’ LEADER

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    IMPHAL, JUNE 28, 2017 (DIPR): Social Welfare and Cooperation Minister Smt. Nemcha Kipgen strongly condemned the brutal killing of Letkholal Haokip alias Palal, President, Haokip Students’ Organisation (HSO).

    The Minister personally met the family members of the deceased students’ leader today at RIMS morgue and expressed condolence on such inhuman act meted out to the leader, (L) Letkholal Haokip on that fateful night. She empathized the pain the family is presently going through with the loss of their dear one and expressed his demise as a great loss to the society.

    It may be recalled that the incident happened on the night of 23rd June at around 7 pm. Palal was shot to death from point blank range inside his vehicle in front of his residence at Langol Game Village, Imphal. (DIPR)

     

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  • EDUCATION MINISTER INAUGURATES BISHNULAL HIGH SCHOOL OF KANGPOKPI DISTRICT

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    Imphal, 28th June, 2017 (DIPR): Education Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam Singh inaugurated the Bishnulal High School of Kangpokpi District today. In addition to the existing infrastructures, the high school has eight (8) more new rooms, which includes a computer room and a library. The school was constructed under the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) 2015-16.

                The Minister while speaking as chief guest said the government schools in the state for best functioning needs the support of not only teachers and students but also of the parents, guardians and local people. Expressing his concern, he said, it is discouraging that today school properties are being rob and vandalised during agitation and in many of the unfortunate incidents.

    He further stated that school is a sacred place like any places of worshipping where one goes to offer their gratitude to God. He explained school is where the children comes to get education, to be cultured and to be able to become a better human on whose shoulder lies the future. Government schools of the state though lack in certain infrastructure, he said, true leaders are those who bring the best out of the available resources.

                Director Education (S) Shri Th. Kirankumar said the essentiality of classroom being fulfilled, the task now lies on the shoulders of the teachers to accept and take the school on the right direction to fulfill every child’s right to education.

                Deputy Secretary Education (S) & Additional State Project Director RMSA, Manipur L. Nandakumar Singh said, as the requirement for extra classrooms in the school has been fulfilled the teachers of the school needs to find out drop-out children in and around the locality of the school. It is very necessary that those children be brought back to schools, get them back their normal life and provide them a secure future, he added.

                ZEO Ngahchong Kipgen, Headmaster Khagra Prasad Prasai, teachers, students and parents participated at the inauguration function. (DIPR)

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  • THE WHOLE STATE INCLUDING REMOTE AREAS WILL BE ELECTRIFIED WITHIN 2018: MINISTER TH. BISWAJIT

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    Imphal, 28t June 2017 (DIPR:  Power Minister Shri Thongam Biswajit has stated that the whole state including remote areas will be electrified within 2018. He was speaking on the launching ceremony of “Ujala (Unnat Jeevan by Affordable LEDs and Appliances) Yojana” under 1OO days programme of the government, which was held today at Sangai Hall, Hotel Imphal. Manipur State Power Distribution Company Limited and Energy Efficiency Service Limited jointly organized the launching function.

    Speaking on the occasion as Chief Guest, the minister said that ‘Ujala Yojana’ is a good scheme initiated by the Central Government in 2015. He also said that the scheme will help the state‘s consumers to save energy and income, while also benefitting the environment by reducing emission of greenhouse gases.

    The Minister further stated that Ujala Scheme will benefit the masses and this scheme will be implemented in all district of the state. He elaborated that the government’s mission is bridging the gap between hill and valley. Bringing development in both hill and valley is the first step toward restoring peace in the state.

                Shri Th Biswajit said that 37 % of power is wasted due to technical and used of naked wire. Power department will replace naked wire with AV cable wire to control wastage of power and within 2018, whole Manipur will be electrified.

    Minister also seeks people’s cooperation for successful implementation of the Ujala Yojana Scheme. He also appealed to Energy Efficiency Service Limited to provide quality products so that consumers do not have any complaint in the future.

    The launching function was attended by Chairman of Manipur Pollution Control Board and Khadi and Village Industry Board Shri L. Radhakishore, Parliamentary Secretary (PHE, Printing and Stationary, Horticulture & Soil Conservation) Shri K. Leishiyo and Chief Secretary, Manipur Shri o. Nabakishore Singh as President and Guests of Honour respectively.

    Most of the speakers on the dais told about the benefit of the Ujala Yojana Scheme in terms of economy, energy, environment etc. and appealed to consumers for availing its benefit.

    Ujala Yojana aims to promote efficient lighting, enhance awareness on using efficient equipment which reduces electricity bills and helps in preserving the environment. The implementing agency, Energy Efficiency Service Limited is targeting to distribute over 10 lakhs LED bulbs and 2 lakhs LED tubelights. Ujala Yojana would be able to make annual energy savings of 14 crore kilowatt. The annual savings in consumer electricity bills would be more than Rs 55 crores  and the use of Ujala appliances will also result in reduction of 30 megawatt of peak demand, as well as an annual reduction of carbon dioxide emission by 1,12,000 tones.

    In the first phase, Energy Efficiency Service Limited along with Manipur State Power Distribution Company Limited is going to distribute 80,000 LED bulbs and 20,000 Tube Lights.

                Under the Ujala scheme, consumers can buy quality 9 w LED bulbs at Rs 70 and 20 w LED tube lights at Rs 230 respectively. And each Household in the state is eligible for purchasing  of Six  9w LED bulbs and two 20 w LED tube lights by providing a government recognized photo ID proof along with the electricity bill . In the first phase, these appliances will be available at four-subdivision Of MSPDCL i.e IED I/II/III/IV. (DIPR)

     

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  • CHIEF MINISTER INAUGURATES FAST TRACK COURT

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    Imphal, June 27, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh inaugurated the Court of Additional Sessions Judge (Fast Track Court) for crimes against women at Court Complex, Lamphelpat today.

    Smt. A. Noutuneshwori Devi, MJS Grade-I, has been appointed as the Judge of the newly established Court.

                Speaking on the inauguration function, organised by Law and Legislative Affairs Department as the chief guest, the Chief Minister urged the Judiciary to introduce a mechanism so that the persons who have committed heinous crimes do not get bail easily.

                He observed that sincerity, transparency and co-ordination on the part of all the stakeholders are must to make the fast track Court effective and efficient.

                The Chief Minister informed that a Grievance Cell having Call Centre facility would be set up soon at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat to attend to the complaints and grievances of the general public.

                Stressing the need for having a Judicial Academy for the State, he stated that the State Government would take up necessary steps in this regard as soon as possible.

                Maintaining that the new State Government is putting in all possible efforts to fulfil people’s wishes in a systematic manner, Shri N. Biren said that the elected leaders, who are part of the new Government, had taken a pledge to end the old culture of politics.

                Law and Legislative Affairs Minister Shri L. Jayantakumar while speaking as the functional president said that the State Government is also planning to introduce a fast track Court for juvenile related cases as well.

                The Minister also assured that suggestions from the Judges, Advocates and general public to bring a change to the Judicial system of the State would be acknowledged by the Government.

                PHED Minister Shri Losii Dikho, Judges of High Court of Manipur, Hon’ble Justice N. Kotiswar and Hon’ble Justice Kh. Nobin and Advocate General Shri N. Kumarjit also attended the function as guests of honour.

              Many legal luminaries, senior Advocates and bureaucrat officers also attended the function. (DIPR)

  • CM BATS FOR A CHANGE IN THE SYSTEM

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    Imphal, June 27, 2017 (DIPR): The government is committed to bring a change in the system and that change should begin within ourselves. This was stated by Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh at the launching function of providing free Wi-Fi in different parts of Imphal, Jeevan Praman scheme and two Advanced Ambulance, which is a part of the 100 days programme, held at JNIMS Conference Hall, Imphal today.

    Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister asserted that the sole objective of the new government is to serve the people to its fullest extent and is ready to work with challenge for the upliftment of the society. Sharing happiness on launching the Jeevan Pramaan scheme by the IT department, he said that now the pensioners do not need to stand in long queue in front of the banks to get their monthly pension. He stressed that Jeevan Pramaan will do away with the requirement of a pensioner having to submit a physical life certificate every six months and their pension money would be credited into their bank account on time. The government is planning to provide door step pension delivery system to the old aged people of the State soon, he added.

    Chief Minister mentioned that the service of the advanced ambulance would benefit the needy or poor people living both in hills and valley of the State. He further said that the government is in the process of providing such kind of ambulance in all the district hospitals of the State so that medical services could reach to the periphery or remote areas of the State.

    Hailing the Food Safety Department, Shri N. Biren said that within these 100 days, the actions taken up by the Department is remarkable by conducting massive drive against expired or adulterated food products in the market. He further appealed the Food Safety Department to continue such drive in future too.

    Stating that proper maintenance is needed for the ambulances, Chief Minister said that people need to think the public properties as their own property. He further said that the progress of human civilization is needed to bring development in the State.

                People can access the free Wi-Fi in JNIMS complex, Old and New Secretariat, Thangal Bazaar and Paona Bazaar with a data limit of 300 MB per user per day.

    During the function, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh also released the booklets of the activities and achievements made during the 100 days by the Directorate of Health and national Health Mission and Department of Information Technology.

                Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Shri L. Jayantakumar Singh, Minister for PHE, Shri Losii Dikho, Parliamentary Secretary (IT) Dr. Sapam Ranjan, Parliamentary Secretary (Health and Family Welfare) Shri S. Subashchandra, Parliamentary Secretary(Home) Shri L. Susindro Meitei, Parliamentary Secretary(RD and PR) Shri H. Dingo, Parliamentary Secretary(Education) Shri K. Robindro, Parliamentary Secretary(Planning) Shri Khasim Vashum, Commissioner Health and Family Welfare and IT Shri Sumant Singh, Director, JNIMS Dr. Deben Laishram and staffs and students of JNIMS attended the function. (DIPR)

  • OUR FUTURE LIES IN THE AGRICULTURE SECTOR: N. BIREN SINGH

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    Imphal, June 27, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh said that the future of the State lies in the agriculture and tourism sector and the new government is committed to give extra focus on these sectors. This was stated by him at the inauguration of the workshop on “Strengthening of Lab to Land Module” and release of action plan on “Doubling of Farmers’ income by 2022 in Manipur” held at Hotel Classic Grande, Imphal today. The function was organised by Department of Agriculture, Government of Manipur.

                Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Chief Minister stressed that we need systematic marketing of products, enabling double cropping and proper rain water or ground water harvesting so as to improve agriculture sector in the State. Highlighting the limited agricultural land in the State, Shri N. Biren Singh said that if we don’t preserve and protect the agricultural land, agricultural sector cannot be sustained and developed the in the State. The government has directed all the concerned DCs and Authorities to take up necessary steps for the preservation of the agricultural land for agricultural and horticultural purposes, he added.

    Chief Minister said that systematic thinking, punctuality and discipline is the sole mantra in bringing growth and development in the State. He further said, “It is high time that we change our mindset and behaviour and execute our duties with responsibility for an inclusive development in the State.” He appealed to all the departments of the State to invite learned persons and experts from Universities etc. and constitute a sub-committee or advisory board to work for development and broaden the area of operation of the departments.

                Minister for Agriculture and Veterinary and Animal Husbandry, Shri V. Hangkhalian, Parliamentary Secretary (Home), Shri L. Susindro Meitei, Chief Secretary, Shri O. Nabakishore Singh, Addl. Chief Secretary Dr. Suhel Akhtar,VC, CAU, Dr. M. Premjit Singh, Director, Agriculture, Shri Ph. Rajendra Singh and officials of Agriculture Department attended the function. (DIPR) 

  • NEW POLICY SOON ON SALE OF MEAT IN OPEN: MINISTER SHYAMKUMAR

    IMPHAL, JUNE 22, 2017 (DIPR): MAHUD Minister Shri Thounaojam Shyamkumar today said a new policy on sale of meat will be made soon prohibiting open sale of meat on the roadside under Imphal Municipal Corporation (IMC) areas.

    Speaking to media-persons at his office in New Secretariat, Minister Th. Shyamkumar said Manipur is like a mini India comprising of people of different faith and beliefs. He said every people of different community must show respect to each other.

    Requesting meat sellers to procure licence and sell the meat at suitable place, Shyamkumar further said the State Government will strictly monitor on open sale of meat and make a new policy in consultation with various stakeholders, including Veterinary and Health departments so that it can be sold maintaining hygiene and at a proper place.

    Stating the State Government had earlier informed on various guidelines to the vendors who sell meat in places under IMC area, Minister Shyamkumar said there is no restriction on consumption on meat by any community of the State as India is a secular and a democratic country. (DIPR)

  • MINISTER SHYAMKUMAR WELCOMES BENGALURU STUDENTS

    IMPHAL, JUNE 27, 2017 (DIPR): Shri Shyamkumar, Minister for MAHUD and Forests & Environment today welcomed two students from Bengaluru (Karnataka), who arrived in Imphal on a mission with the theme "National Campaign on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and Girl Child Abortion". The students are carrying out the mission in connection with the 'Swacch Bharat Abhiyan' launched by the Central Government.

                Sumant Kote and S. Gopi , students from Bengaluru, Karnataka reached Imphal today on motor-bike from the Southern city, they will also visit other North Eastern states and other parts of the country. Corporator Vijay Kumar from Bengaluru are supporting them in their mission.

                Speaking to the media-persons at his office in New Secretariat, Minister Shyamkumar said, the mission would help in spreading the message of oneness of the nation and create awareness to stop killing of girl child before birth. Wishing the team a success in their endeavour, Minister Shyamkumar said, the mission would also help in spreading awareness of cleanliness.

                'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' was launched by Prime Minister by Shri Narendra Modi on October 2, 2014 with an objective to eliminate open defecation through the construction of individual, cluster and community toilets. The government is aiming to achieve anopen-defecationfree India by October 2, 2019, the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. (DIPR)

  • TAX COLLECTION AND RESOURCE MOBILISATION WILL BE BETTER; ECONOMY WILL BE MORE BUOYANT WITH GST IMPLEMENTATION: DEPUTY CM

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    IMPHAL, JUNE 27, 2017 (DIPR): As part of the State Government's initiative to create awareness to the dealers, stakeholders, businessmen & the general public of the State about the GST bill  and its uses following  its passage on the 6th of this month by the Manipur Legislative Assembly,  a one day interactive programme on GST was held at the Classic Hotel, North AOC today. The discussion session was organised by the Commissioner of Central Excise & Service Tax, Shilong, Govt. of India in association with the Commissioner of Taxes, Department of Taxes, Govt. of Manipur.

    The programme   attended by Hon'ble  Deputy Chief Minister & in-charge Finance, Taxation & Excise,  Govt. of Manipur,  Shri Y. Joykumar Singh;  Chief Secretary O. Nabakishore Singh; Commissioner of Central Excise & Service Tax, Shilong,  Shri Gaigongdin Panmei(IRS); Commissioner (Finance), Govt. of Manipur Shri Vivek Kumar Dewangan as the Chief Guest, President & Guests of Honour respectively  focussed primarily on educating the masses about the various aspects of the GST bill, its multi benefits & the know-how of its registration and payment  methods.

    In the inaugural phase of the interactive programme, Taxation Commissioner, Govt. of Manipur Shri Hrishikesh  Modak fecilitated the dignitaries present today and gave an indepth power- point presentation on the main topic : " Interaction programme for the taxholders " that includes different slides on basic concept of GST, salient features & benefits of GST registration, returns, offline utility, payments and offenses under GST.

    "The GST would subsume 8 Central and 9 State taxes. A five tier GST tax structure of 0%,5%,12%,18% and 28% has been approved by the GST Council, " Hrishikesh explained.

    Today's interactive  programme  is mainly aimed at giving  a brief insight on the benefits of the GST regime  on the economy of Manipur  & is an outcome of an earlier detailed brainstorming session with the Chief Secretary, said Vivek Kumar Dewangan while delivering his introductory speech that the GST portion comprises of both the Central GST as well as the State GST. He also said, " There will be 28% tax on luxury items & tobacco products while there will be no tax on farm products. We are making a facilitation centre in the old High Court Complex in case of any problem regarding registration or any other issue related with GST that will be effective from July 1, 2017."

    Giving a glimpse  of what the public should know as taxpayers, Gaigongdin Panmei  said " We should try to learn the basics of GST like entertainment tax, amusement tax, service accounting code(SAC), composite supply, mixed supply, invoice, payment voucher, reverse, credit note & debit note. What exactly is taxable? What is valuation? What will you do when your tax is wrongly charged? Know the transition rules. What will you do with your old stock?"

    Elaborating that there's lots to gain by both the public & the State with the implementation of the GST bill, O. Nabakishore Singh  said that it will have a direct impact on the consumers as the tax rate will be lowered, goods will be cheaper & the consumers will be the happiest. The consumers will have lots of money in their pockets to spend, the demands of goods will increase that will lead to the improvement of our State's economy. In addition, "Make in India" programme  will get a boost and GDP is expected to increase by 1-2% from its normal 7.1-7.2%, he also said.

    He further said, " GST is a destination based taxation regime. We import 90% of goods from outside the State. We would like to widen our tax base. Service tax has become a part of GST. Most   of the advocates will be   exempted from payment of service tax except in case of senior ones who have a turnover over Rs. 10 L."

    Highlighting on the concept of one country-one tax, Shri Y. Joykumar   said that implementation of the GST bill is a good step  to curb the leakages in tax collection as this tax will subsume all other tax and there will be improvement in tax collection and resource mobilisation, economy will be more buoyant & GDP will grow double-digit figure as expected . Clearing the misconception of the public that that things will become more costly, he replied, "This is a wrong fallacy, the cost of the products will be the same or even lesser in the new GST regime. Any entrepreneur  whether brick owner or stone crusher will have to compulsorily register if they have a turnover of Rs. 10 L.

    Briefing that there are 3 types of GST viz. Central, State & Integrated, he said that in case of IGST, 50% tax will go to Central & the remaining  50 % tax will go to the consuming state and not to the originating state.

    Regarding VAT in case of specified petroleum goods and State excise duty for alcoholic liquor under human consumption, it will be discussed at later stages, he finally said.

    Interested dealers, stakeholders, lawyers & businessmen  participated in today's interactive programme.

    During the   interactive session , the dignitaries discussed different topics on GST bill  with the participants & replied their queries. (DIPR)

  • PINEAPPLE FARMING CAN BE A SOURCE OF LIVELIHOOD: KARAM SHYAM

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    IMPHAL, JUNE 27, 2017 (DIPR): Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Shri Karam Shyam today said that, the State Level Pineapple Festival will help in creating awareness that pineapple farming can also be a source of livelihood. He was speaking as the Chief Guest on the Day 3, of the 10th State Level Pineapple Festival cum Sellers and Buyers Meet and Youth Festival, 2017 held at Thambalnu Market Complex, Poiroupat, Lamkhai, Andro Assembly Constituency. The festival is jointly organised by Horticulture Department, Government of Manipur and Development Organisation Andro Kendra under the funding of North eastern Council (NEC), Government of India. 

    The Minister also said as a Cabinet minister he will fully support and help any decision taken up for establishing an industry/factory in the State which will benefit the local population. He said to develop our State we all must work with honesty, sacrifice and hard labour. The new government under the leadership of Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh is committed to serve the people and fulfil its duties towards the public in the next 5 (five) years, he added.

     Minister Karam Shyam congratulated MAHUD, TP, Forest & Environment, Horticulture and Soil Conservation Minister Shri Th. Shyamkumar who is also the MLA for Andro A/C for organising the festival with full involvement of the youth from the area. He said the youth are the pillars of our future and we must encourage the youth in their endeavours.

    Dance troupes gave cultural dance performances and acrobatic show enthralling the audience. The festival was also attended by Chief Conservator of Forest Shri Mahendra Pratap,  Chief Engineer, PWD Shri Ch. Tiken Singh and Project Manager, District handlooms & Textiles, Imphal East Smt. P. Minakumari Devi. (DIPR)

  • CM FELICITATES SCIENTIST GUNESHWAR THANGJAM

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    NO ONE CAN COMPETE OUR TALENTS IF GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY: N. BIREN SINGH

    Imphal, June 26, 2017 (DIPR): “The people of the State are filled with enormous talent and knowledge. If we were given an opportunity to showcase our skills and talents then no one can compete with us in the entire world,” said Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh at the felicitation programme of Manipuri Scientist Shri Guneshwar Thangjam held at the CM Secretariat today.  

                Felicitating Guneshwar Thangjam for his scientific contribution, Shri N. Biren Singh said that it is the moment of pride and joy for the people of the State that the unique thinking and hardwork of Shri Guneshwar is being admired by the entire world. Guneshwar Thangjam has brought laurels not only for the State but also for the country for getting named an asteroid in his own name as ‘Thangjam Asteroid’ this year, he added.

                Chief Minister requested Guneshswar Thangjam to organise seminars and workshop so that he could share his experience, knowledge and ideas among the students of the State. He further assured that the State government would extend every possible help to Guneshwar for his studies and research in future.

                Speaking on the occasion, Shri Guneshwar Thangjam said that as a token of recognition for his scientific contribution, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in a conference “Asteroids, Planets and Meteors, 2017” held at South America named the asteroid in his name ‘Thangjam Asteroid’. Chief Minister N Biren also handed over Rs 50,000 as financial assistance and as motivation to Shri Guneshwar Thangjam.

    The felicitation programme was attended by Minister for Forest and Environment, Shri Th. Shyamkumar and Addl. Chief Secretray Dr. J. Suresh Babu.

                Shri Guneshwar Thangjam, an alumnus of C.C. Higher Secondary School, Imphal, is presently a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Department of Planets and Comets, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Gottingen, Germany. He is a resident of Poiroukhongjin, Yairipok, Thoubal.

  • NEW GOVERNMENT COMMITTED TO GROW WITH PEOPLE'S TRUST – N. BIREN SINGH

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    Imphal, June 25, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh says that the new government is committed to grow with the trust of the people of the state.

    This was stated by him at an exclusive interview with the AIR/DDK Imphal at the lawn of Chief Minister’s bungalow today in connection with the attaining of first 100 days of the new government in Manipur. Chief Minister said that the new government took up the task of bridging the gap between the communities and bringing back the trust between the communities as a first priority. He expressed   that without the support and   trust of the people any government cannot be run for long. He continued that with the trust and support of the people, this government could bring to an end to the 139 days old economic blockade on National Highways and more than 600  days old agitation in Churachandpur District.

    On a query regarding holding of ‘Peoples’ Day’ and ‘Hill Leaders’ Day’, Chief Minister said that the politicians and for that reason the government’s prime duty must be to serve the people and what the people want is the result not the speech. Reiterating that this government is committed to bring transparency and accountability in governance as well as corruption free, an Anti-Corruption Cell and a Monitoring Cell had been opened in CM’s Secretariat and Special Investigation Teams (SITs) constituted.

    Regarding the issue of unemployment in the State, Chief Minister maintained that government cannot give white colour job to everyone and what the government is emphasising is to provide jobs to the youths through skill development under the Manipur Skill Development Mission. Vocational education courses will be opening in 40 colleges of the State, he continued.

    Chief Minister said that in order to help the womenfolk who are the strength of the Sate the Government has launched a toll free helpline number 181. This number is not only for seeking help in connection with violence against women but also for the welfare of women. A fast track court to take up only the cases involving crimes against women is being set up, he continued. Continuing on the welfare measures for the womenfolk he said that the government is also considering to give more priority to women in education sector. If there is a central policy of giving 33 p.c. job reservation in police department, then the State government would also consider it, he added.

    Maintaining that the government is doing its best to give a visible change in the state, Shri N. Biren said that if the working speed of first 100 days of the government is continued then Manipur will be among the most advanced states in the country. And the government is to follow the pace so as to fulfil as much as possible what the people of the state long for.

    He also mentioned that soon after the rainy season the river embankments will be strengthenedwith RCC and all the river beds be cleaned and the constructions in the river beds be removed so as to reduce the problem of flood due to breach of embankments.

    Saying that the government needs to work knowing what the people want he said that it is the media to give true image of the society as media is the mirror of the society. Expressing his happiness on the role State media is playing to uplift the society, he appealed the media to be a clean mirror so that government can see its true reflection and rectify for the good of the society. (DIPR)

  • THE GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO CURB CORRUPTION IN THE STATE: CHIEF MINISTER

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    Imphal, June 25, 2017 (DIPR): To ensure complete transparency and accountability of the new government, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh said that the government is fully committed to curb corruption in the State. This was stated by him at the booklet release function of “100 days Activities of Anti-Corruption Cell” held at the Cabinet Hall today.

                Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister asserted that within a short span of 100 days, with the support of the people, the government have tried its best to make Manipur a blockade and bandh-free state. The founding principle of the new government is to deliver transparent governance and is committed to implement pro-people policies, he added. He further said that time bound investigation is needed for these corruption related cases because people want results and subsequent actions taken up by the Cell.

                He highlighted that a total number of 512 cases related to corruption have been received through Watsapp by the Anti-Corruption Cell. 50 complaints have been received through its website. 203 cases have been endorsed to the Authority concerned for investigation, he added. Out of 203 complaints, action taken report of 105 cases has been submitted by the concerned Authorities to the Cell. He further said that a total of 71 cases have been disposed after discussing the action taken report by the Screening Committee chaired by the Chief Secretary in three separate meetings.

                Some of the recent action taken up by the Anti-Corruption Cell includes suspension of a Labour Inspector for taking bribes from labour card holders for releasing of yearly scholarship for their children, suspension of a doctor for taking Rs 3000 as a bribe from patients parties on different occasions, suspension of a Mechanical Supervisor and a Section Officer of IFCD for taking money from the officials for the withdrawal of GPF, ACP and other pension benefits etc.

    Mentioned may be made that, the Anti-Corruption Cell was established in the office of the Chief Minister’s Secretariat on 24th March, 2017 after a decision taken by the State Cabinet. People could lodge their complaint related to corruption through the Watsapp number 9402150000 or website accmanipur.in.

                During the function, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh also released booklets of the activities and achievements made during the 100 days by the Directorate of Economics and Statistics and Department of Co-Operation.

                Cabinet Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries, MLAs, Chief Secretary and Administrative Secretaries of different departments attended the function. (DIPR)

  • CHIEF MINISTER LAUNCHES INTER-DISTRICT AND CITY BUS SERVICES

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    Imphal, June 24, 2017 (DIPR): After the State Government decided to revive public transport in the State under its 100-days programme with the name, Manipur State Transport, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh launched inter-district and city bus services today.

                He flagged off the bus services from the complex of erstwhile Manipur State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC), Moirangkhom, Imphal.

    The main function of the launching ceremony was organised by the State Transport Department at ISBT complex, Deulahland from where the Chief Minister also flagged off a bus of city bus service.

    Shri N. Biren Singh attended the function as the chief guest and Parliamentary Secretary (Transport) Shri Khashim Vashum as the functional president.

    Speaking at the occasion, Shri N. Biren expressed confidence that the newly revived public transport system would be successful.

    The Chief Minister also expressed happiness on launching the service on the eve of Eid-Ul Fitre and on being coincided by the occasion with Rath Jatra festival.

    Stating that inter-district bus services for the remaining districts would also be launched soon, the Chief Minister said that the State Government would procure necessary buses for the said purpose at the earliest.

    Observing that connectivity is a must to restore emotional integration, Shri N. Biren urged the people to take MST as their own property.

    He further opined that transparency would bring trust, and trust would further build up unity among people of different communities.

    Works Minister Shri Th. Biswajit, CAF and PD Minister Shri Karam Shyam, MAHUD Minister Shri Th. Shyamkumar, Tribal and Hill Areas Development Minister N. Kayisii, IFCD Minister Letpao Haokip and Education Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam also attended the function as presidium members.

    Parliamentary Secretaries, Advisor to CM Shri Rajat Sethi, Transport Commissioner M. Lakhsmikumar and other top ranking police and civil officials were also present at the occasion.

    Shri Th. Biswajit while speaking at the occasion said that the Centre is ready to sanction additional funds under PMGSY to develop the roads of every nook and corner of the State.

    As the Transport Department had launched public transport system, Works Department would also put in all possible efforts to keep the roads in tip-top condition for the convenience of the public.

    He also lauded Chief Minister Shri N. Biren for initiating the idea of Government’s 100-days programme. The Minister said that the programme had motivated the Ministers and officials to deliver progress within a stipulated time.

    It may be mentioned that in the first phase, MST will operate city bus service in two routes, both originating from ISBT, Deulahland. The transport agency would also initially have Imphal-Noney, Imphal-Moreh, Imphal-Kakching, Imphal-Yairipok, Imphal-Moirang and Imphal-Pherzawl inter-district bus services.

    The proposed fleet size of the agency is around 150 buses to be achieved in three phases. Initially, purchase of five buses has been approved by the Government.

    In the first phase, the fleet size will be of 15 buses including ten semi-low floor buses. (DIPR)

  • CHIEF MINISTER LAUNCHES MUSIC PROJECT FOR SCHOOL STUDENTS

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    Imphal, June 25, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh today launched the project, ‘Support of Musical Instruments and Teaching of Music to School Children’, which is a part of State Government’s 100-days programme, at the auditorium of Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS), Palace Compound, Imphal today.

    The function also marked the inauguration of a 25-day music workshop which was organised to support school children by way of imparting knowledge of music to school children and make them aware about the role and importance of music in life through this project funded by North Eastern Council (NEC).

    Noted artistes Nameirakpam Tiken, Leimapokpam Tiken, Guru Reuben Mashangva, Huidrom Dhana, Haobijam Senyai, L Budhi, Bachaspatimayum Rajeshwor, Deepen Kamei, Dankhojam Lumkin, RK Surjit and Laishram Prithviraj will be the resource persons of the workshop.

    Speaking at the occasion as the chief guest, Shri N. Biren observed that every profession must be given equal respect as every society comprises of people of different professions.

    The Chief Minister stated that people of other States and countries acclaim Manipur’s glorious civilization after witnessing its rich cultural heritage.

    Reiterating State Government’s firm commitment of fulfilling people’s wishes, the Chief Minister said that Manipur belongs to every community of the State.

    Art and Culture Minister Shri L. Jayantakumar and Education Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam graced the occasion as president and guest of honour respectively.

    Among others CAF & PD Minister Shri Karam Shyam, MAHUD Minister Shri Th Shyamkumar and Commissioner (Art and Culture) Shri M. Lakshmikumar also attended the function, organised by Department of Art and Culture, Government of Manipur.

    The dignitaries feted the resource persons and also distributed musical instruments to 15 schools of 16 different districts at the function. (DIPR)

  • STATE LEVEL ‘INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST DRUG ABUSE & ILLICIT TRAFFICKING 2017’ OBSERVED

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    IMPHAL, JUNE 26, 2017 (DIPR): With the theme “Listen First – Listening to Children and Youth is the First Step to Help Them Grow Healthy and Safe,” the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking  2017 was observed today at G.M. Hall, Imphal. The event was jointly organised by Department of Social Welfare, Government of Manipur, Federation of Indian NGO’s for Drug Abuse Prevention (FINGODAP) and Coalition Against Drugs & Alcohol (CADA)

                Health & Family Welfare, Law & Legislative Affairs, Art & Culture, CADA Minister Shri L. Jayantakumar Singh, Social Welfare and Cooperation Minister Smt Nemcha Kipgen and Education, Labour & Employment Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam Singh graced the occasion as Chief Guest, President and Guest of Honour respectively.

                Speaking on the occasion as Chief Guest, CADA Minister L. Jayantakumar draws upon the attention of the people in highlighting the importance of this day to fight against drug users and drug traffickers. He stresses how the various departments under the government of Manipur are interrelated to completely wipe out drug abuse and illicit trafficking and also to educate the society the harmful effect that drugs cause to all of us. “Will power plays a vital role in fighting against drug abuse, usage of drugs or drugs addiction; Without strong will power and cooperation from the people, it will be quite difficult to stop such harmful mishap in the society,” he further added.

                While delivering a Presidential speech, Education Minister Th. Radheshyam highlighted the significance of the theme of the event and stresses on the importance of ‘Listening’ or ‘being a good listener’ to build a better relationship in the society. As most of the people affected by drugs today are adolescents at the age group of 13/14 to 30 years, they should be given chance to speak out their minds and should listen to find out the causes. He further added that the problem of drug addiction cannot abolished out of force or by moral policing, it can be done only through awareness programmes and support from near and dear ones.

                Social Welfare and Cooperation Minister Nemcha Kipgen pointed out how government plays a significant role to encounter both drug trafficking and drug abuse and urged the families, institutions, civil society, and various organizations to also cooperate and contribute their bit to get rid of such intoxicants. As substance abuse and the illicit trafficking of drugs is a hindrance in the development of the society and a reason behind imbalanced lifestyle amongst most of the youth today, the Minister strongly advised the people especially the students to stay away from the intoxicants of drug abuse. She called upon the attention of the people that addicts need to be dealt with love and understanding so as to prevent substance abuse before it is too late. We should all work hand in hand in making our state a Substance Abuse Free State and also to develop a healthier community, she added. 

    As part of the celebration, prize distribution for pledge writing and painting competitions which were held earlier in different schools were distributed by the dignitaries today. (DIPR)

  • THE 10th STATE LEVEL PINEAPPLE FESTIVAL KICKS OFF

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    Imphal, the 25th June, 2017 (DIPR):  The 10th State level pineapple festival  cum sellers & buyers meet and youth festival, 2017 was kicked off from today at Thambalnu Market Complex, Poiroupat, Lamkhai, Andro A/c, Imphal East. The festival was jointly organised by Development Organisation Andro Kendra and Horticulture Department, Government of Manipur. It was sponsored by North Eastern Council (NEC), Government of India and the festival will continue till 29th June, 2017.

               

                The inaugural  function of the festival was graced by the Deputy Chief Minister Shri Y. Joykumar Singh and MAHUD, TP, Forest & Environment, Horticulture and Soil Conservation Minister Shri Th. Shyamkumar as Chief Guest  and  President respectively.  Parliamentary Secretaries Shri L. Susindro Singh (Home); Shri K. Leishiyo (Horticulture and Soil Conservation); Director  Horticulture and Soil Conservation K. Kipgen and Th. Babita  Devi, Social Worker/ Patron  Development Organisation Andro Kendra attended as Guests of Honours.

                Speaking on the occasion Shri Y. Joykumar said that one of the most important areas which have the potential for development of the State is agricultural sector. Comparing with other varieties of pineapple, our indigenous pineapple which are a bit small in size has unique and better taste. So, let’s try to save and promote this indigenous pineapple variety. Because of our hill lock structure and availability of plenty of fruits, farmers better to go for integrated farming. We need to ponder on which product of agriculture will be better to combine with pineapple, he added.

                Giving signal for co-operative movement, Shri Y. Joykumar told that Cooperative society will help to take more aids and funds from the Union Agricultural Ministry since Manipur don’t have the cooperative movement.

                 In his presidential address, Shri Th. Shyamkumar said that the objective for organising such festival is to bring back the work culture which was there in the blood of our fore fathers to our youths and also better economy of the pineapple growers. Saying everything including education is coming towards in the right direction in Andro Kendra, the Minister wished for a developed and peaceful Manipur.

                As a part of the programme, a souvenir was released, cultural dance by different communities were performed too.

  • EGM ORGANISES ONE DAY MEDIA SENSITIZATION PROGRAM ON STATE OF HIGHWAYS IN MANIPUR

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    IMPHAL, 25th June (DIPR): The Editors' Guild Manipur organised a one day media sensitization program on the state of higways in Manipur today at Hotel Classic, Imphal.

              During the program, officials of the Public Works Department including Chief Engineer Shri Ch. Tiken highlighted the challenges and problems faced by the Public Works Department department during construction and maintenance of highways in the State.

              Delivering the keynote address, Editors' Guild Manipur secretary general Shri Yumnam Rupachandra said that the sensitation program will help the media persons understand the workings of the department which will eventually help them when they write a report on the national and state highways of the State.

              He also spoke at lenght on the need for media persons to file a balanced report so as to ensure proper flow of 'right information' to the public. 

              In his speech, the Chief Engineer expressed gratitude to the EGM for organising the interaction program between officials of his department and the media.

              The Chief Engineer said since the launch of the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna, the PWD has not taken up any new road in the State other than those under fully central sponsored schemes.

              The Chief Engineer also highligthed lack of funds as a major issue faced by the department, and at the same time observed that lack of co-ordination between different departments has also led to the deplorable condition of the roads in the State.

              Additional CE (NH) Shri N. Noren spoke on the condition of National Highways in the State. He said that under the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways there are 13 highways in the State. He explained these highways are entrusted to three different agencies including the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation, NHIDCL, Border Roads Organisation and the PWD.

              He said the six highways entrusted to the PWD are National Highway-2 (Mao-to Imphal), NH-202 Imphal-Yaingangpokpi, NH 102 Imphal-Moreh Border Bridge, NH 37 Imphal-Jiribam (only 3.22km from Imphal to Oriental College), NH 137 (A) Imphal to Kakching via Mayang Imphal and 102 (A) Sansad to Tengnoupal. He contiuned the Imp-Moreh highway is entrusted to the NHIDCL, however, the PWD has been entrusted with the maintenance of the highway.

              Additional Chief Engineer (SH) PWD Shri T Rabindrakumar spoke on "Condition of State Highways in Manipur." He said under the State Highways there are four kinds of roads Major District Roads (582 km approx.), Other District Roads(900 km approx.), Inter-Village Roads (7900 km approx.) and State Highways (750 km approx.).

              Explaining some of the problems confronting the maintenance of SHs in the State, he said the roads are not wide enough to accomodate the increase in traffic volume in the State. He also said that lack of fund is another major issue in maintenance and construction of roads.

              PWD, SE Shri Y Joykumar spoke about the problems, issues, challenges faced by the officials in construction and maintenance of highways in the State. Explaining further, he said the thickness and width of road in the State are unable to accomodate the increase in traffic volume. Other issues highlighted include lack offunds, overloaded vehicles, law and order issues among others.

              An interaction program between the officials and the attending media persons was also held as part of the sensitization program. Today's program was moderated by Editors' Guild Manipur president Shri A Mobi. (DIPR)

  • MAHUD CELEBRATES 100 DAYS IN OFFICE

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    IMPHAL, JUNE 25, 2017 (DIPR): As part of the celebration of the State Government’s 100 days completion in the office today,Municipal Administration, Housing & Urban Development (MAHUD) celebrated “MAHUD in 100 Days” at Khwairamband Ima Keithel. A booklet was also released at the function organised by the Manipur Urban Development Agency (MUDA) and Imphal Municipal Corporation.

    Speaking as the Chief Guest of the function, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Shri Karam Shyam, appreciated MAHUD Minister Shri Thounaojam Shyamkumar for his different working style. Describing Shyamkumar as one of the most courageous elective member, Karam Shyam said, MAHUD Minister needs encouragement for the works taken up by him.

    Karam Shyam also stressed on the need to bring all round development in the State. He said, the citizens must inculcate civic sense & duties in life and respect human resource to bring overall development. If all the people of the world take their responsibilities collectively then there could be progress in the human civilization, the Minister added.

    MAHUD Minister Shri Th. Shyamkumar, speaking as the President of the function stressed on the need to keep Imphal city need and clean, including Ima Keithel. He described Ima Keithel as the face of the State as it is one of the unique markets run by women in the world.

    Shyamkumar appreciated the work taken up by the IMC and other agencies. He also stressed on the need for introducing stricter traffic rules and regulations in the State to stop noise pollution. He further appealed to the public to corporate with the IMC to keep the city neat and clean.

    N. Indrajit Singh, Parliamentary Secretary (MAHUD); Dr. J. Suresh Babu, Additional Chief Secretary; N. Gitkumar, MAHUD Director; L. Lokeshwor, IMC Mayor; M. Ashinikumar, Vice Chairman MIDA; officials of MAHUD; IMC corporators & officials; women vendors of the Khwairamband Keithel attended the function.

    MAHUD implemented two programmes under the 57 schemes implemented by the State Cabinet in the 100 days in office. MAHUD implemented exemption of stamp duty & registration fees/tax for the women beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana- Housing for All (Urban) and making the core area of Imphal city free from garbage.

    With an aim to covert Imphal into a Smart City, the department also strengthened its commitment in achieving poverty alleviation, especially in towns & cities through various scheme components like Self Employment Programme (SEP), formation & bank linkage of Self Help Groups (SHGs), employment through Skills Training and Placement (EST&P) under Deen Dayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Urban Livelihood Mission (DAY-NULM).  (DIPR)

  • LET’S TRY TO SAVE AND PROMOTE OUR INDIGENOUS VARIETY OF PINEAPPLE: DEPUTY CM Y. JOYKUMAR

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    Imphal, the 25th June, 2017 (DIPR):  The 10th State level pineapple festival  cum sellers & buyers meet and youth festival, 2017 was kicked off from today at Thambalnu Market Complex, Poiroupat, Lamkhai, Andro A/c, Imphal East. The festival was jointly organised by Development Organisation Andro Kendra and Horticulture Department, Government of Manipur. It was sponsored by North Eastern Council (NEC), Government of India and the festival will continue till 29th June, 2017.

               The inaugural  function of the festival was graced by the Deputy Chief Minister Shri Y. Joykumar Singh and MAHUD, TP, Forest & Environment, Horticulture and Soil Conservation Minister Shri Th. Shyamkumar as Chief Guest  and  President respectively.  Parliamentary Secretaries Shri L. Susindro Singh (Home); Shri K. Leishiyo (Horticulture and Soil Conservation); Director  Horticulture and Soil Conservation K. Kipgen and Th. Babita  Devi, Social Worker/ Patron  Development Organisation Andro Kendra attended as Guests of Honours.

                Speaking on the occasion Shri Y. Joykumar said that one of the most important areas which have the potential for development of the State is agricultural sector. Comparing with other varieties of pineapple, our indigenous pineapple which are a bit small in size has unique and better taste. So, let’s try to save and promote this indigenous pineapple variety. Because of our hill lock structure and availability of plenty of fruits, farmers better to go for integrated farming. We need to ponder on which product of agriculture will be better to combine with pineapple, he added.

                Giving signal for co-operative movement, Shri Y. Joykumar told that Cooperative society will help to take more aids and funds from the Union Agricultural Ministry since Manipur don’t have the cooperative movement.

                 In his presidential address, Shri Th. Shyamkumar said that the objective for organising such festival is to bring back the work culture which was there in the blood of our fore fathers to our youths and also better economy of the pineapple growers. Saying everything including education is coming towards in the right direction in Andro Kendra, the Minister wished for a developed and peaceful Manipur.

                As a part of the programme, a souvenir was released, cultural dance by different communities were performed too. (DIPR)

  • STATE LEVEL ‘INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST DRUG ABUSE & ILLICIT TRAFFICKING 2017’ OBSERVED

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    IMPHAL, JUNE 26, 2017 (DIPR): With the theme “Listen First – Listening to Children and Youth is the First Step to Help Them Grow Healthy and Safe,” the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking  2017 was observed today at G.M. Hall, Imphal. The event was jointly organised by Department of Social Welfare, Government of Manipur, Federation of Indian NGO’s for Drug Abuse Prevention (FINGODAP) and Coalition Against Drugs & Alcohol (CADA)

                Health & Family Welfare, Law & Legislative Affairs, Art & Culture, CADA Minister Shri L. Jayantakumar Singh, Social Welfare and Cooperation Minister Smt Nemcha Kipgen and Education, Labour & Employment Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam Singh graced the occasion as Chief Guest, President and Guest of Honour respectively.

                Speaking on the occasion as Chief Guest, CADA Minister L. Jayantakumar draws upon the attention of the people in highlighting the importance of this day to fight against drug users and drug traffickers. He stresses how the various departments under the government of Manipur are interrelated to completely wipe out drug abuse and illicit trafficking and also to educate the society the harmful effect that drugs cause to all of us. “Will power plays a vital role in fighting against drug abuse, usage of drugs or drugs addiction; Without strong will power and cooperation from the people, it will be quite difficult to stop such harmful mishap in the society,” he further added.

                While delivering a Presidential speech, Education Minister Th. Radheshyam highlighted the significance of the theme of the event and stresses on the importance of ‘Listening’ or ‘being a good listener’ to build a better relationship in the society. As most of the people affected by drugs today are adolescents at the age group of 13/14 to 30 years, they should be given chance to speak out their minds and should listen to find out the causes. He further added that the problem of drug addiction cannot abolished out of force or by moral policing, it can be done only through awareness programmes and support from near and dear ones.

                Social Welfare and Cooperation Minister Nemcha Kipgen pointed out how government plays a significant role to encounter both drug trafficking and drug abuse and urged the families, institutions, civil society, and various organizations to also cooperate and contribute their bit to get rid of such intoxicants. As substance abuse and the illicit trafficking of drugs is a hindrance in the development of the society and a reason behind imbalanced lifestyle amongst most of the youth today, the Minister strongly advised the people especially the students to stay away from the intoxicants of drug abuse. She called upon the attention of the people that addicts need to be dealt with love and understanding so as to prevent substance abuse before it is too late. We should all work hand in hand in making our state a Substance Abuse Free State and also to develop a healthier community, she added. 

    As part of the celebration, prize distribution for pledge writing and painting competitions which were held earlier in different schools were distributed by the dignitaries today. (DIPR)

  • ‘FUNDS & SCHEMES FOR DIFFERENTLY-ABLED WILL REACH ON TIME’

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    Imphal, 24th June, 2017(DIPR): “The various funds & schemes allocated for differently-abled people under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India will be utilised and given at the right time with appropriate proposals,” said Social Welfare and Cooperation Minister Smt. Nemcha Kipgen. This was stated today at the 6th Unau Meet –cum- Inauguration of Malsawm Skill Development and Vocational Rehabilitation Unit (MSDVRU) held at Malsawm Ability Resource Centre (MARC), Pearsonmun, Churachandpur.

    Addressing the gatherings as Chief Guest, Minister Nemcha stated that for the mobility and independent functioning of the differently-abled persons, special attentions are necessary to be given in their day to day life and for this, the Minister assured every possible assistance from her end.

    The Minister lauded Centre for Community Initiative for effectively functioning and taking up such noble projects for the welfare and development of the differently-abled groups without any government funding. She also urged the organization to draft a proposal titled ‘funds for disability’ to make sure they get all the necessary funds and schemes for further developing the centre. As a token of gratitude and appreciation, the Minister handed a monetary assistance of Twenty Thousand Rupees to the organization.

    While delivering the Presidential speech, Agriculture, Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Minister V. Hangkhanlianannounced that he will sanction 10 lakh rupees in the near future from his MLA Local Area Fund and also assured a financial assistance of Thirty Three Thousand Rupees for the 33 differently-abled children of the organization. He call upon the needs to nurture the differently-abled groups with love and care and it is very much required to find out their hidden talents and lead them to the right path that will enhance their talents further.

                Minister Hangkhanlian expressed gratitude to the team for their commendable initiative taken up for the special group.

    The occasion was graced by ADC Members, DC, Churachandpur Shri Shyam Lal Poonia, and SP, Churachandpur Rakesh Balwal. (DIPR)

  • SENSITISATION ON "NAI ROSHNI" SCHEME FOR MINORITIES

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    IMPHAL, JUNE 24, 2017 (DIPR): An Interactive Session on "Nai Roshni" scheme, a Leadership Development Programme for Minority Women designed with the sole objective to empower and instil confidence among minority women was held at Seminar Hall, Secured Office Complex, A.T.Line, North A.O.C.  today.

    The programme was   organised by the Ministry of Minority Affairs in collaboration with National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development (NIPCCD) & Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India, New Delhi.

    Joint Secretary, Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India, Smt. Niva Singh; Director Ministry of Minority Affairs, Smt. A. Dhanalakshmi and Undersecretary Ministry of Minority Affairs Shri Aditya S. Singh chaired the session as Chief Guest and Guests of Honour respectively.

    Resource person Shankar Goenka briefed the participants on various topics covering entrepreneurship, management, motivation, positive attitude to life and life skills to tackle challenges with an upbeat mood through a presentation. The presentation includes videos on thought processes – life transformation, training ourselves by exploiting our best potential and ways & perception strategies to become achievers in life. He explained that with training, we can bring about the much   needed change and should not worry about making mistakes according to the Monkey Wisdom concept presented in his slides.

    Encouraging the participants to take part in the various programmes uploaded on the website of the Ministry of Minority Affairs,   Smt. Niva Singh  spoke at length on promoting women out of their homes by taking  part in these programmes and availing of the various schemes and benefits available to them. She also lectured on ways of applying soft loans for the minority communities like the Mahila Samridhi Yojana, a Micro Finance Scheme for women  made with the main purpose to provide Micro Finance to women Self Help Groups (SHGs) belonging to the target group. She also appealed the participants   to raise their problems and queries and not to be hesitant to put up the names of their NGOs or agencies  so that the needs of the State may be looked into.

    Representative of  IFSL Skill Development Corporation , Shri Saurab Dey explained that the rich factor of Manipur in local ethnic products like textiles, kauna grass, handlooms, pickle, fish etc.  is a strong breeding ground for women entrepreneurs who want to make a mark in their respective marketing line. For enabling prospective entrepreneurs to mushroom in the targeted market, technology enabler like simple innovation through machines,   E-Commerce  & IT platform like smart phones  should be used to market their items in the market, he said.

    Lecturing on the case study  of the Tripura Bamboo Mission (TBM) started in 2001, he said that cluster infrastructure, design & value addition are some of the factors that paved the way  to its success. "Its more  classic look, trendy designs and universally appealing aesthetic makes it popular amongst people", he also said.

    It may be mentioned that Tripura Bamboo Mission is a Tripura Government initiative programme for those entrepreneurs who are carried away by the flawless reputation of bamboos. They   have transformed themselves into a online shopping website showcasing the best quality eco-friendly bamboo products. They   have bamboos for every purpose : lamps, lights ,bags, furniture ,accessories, bamboo baskets and home utility products.

    TBM is also a  go- green measure  that gives a platform to  beautify  houses with our economical bamboo products. Saurab Dey   also said , " TBM has provided a dependable source of livelihood to the locals by  transforming the lives of unemployed, uneducated, local artisans who are gifted in several traditional art forms of the state of Tripura. Manipur too can replicate  the same with their local existing flora and fauna and earn  income."

    He also convinced that the mission is also aimed at bamboo plantation and restoration of forests cover after using it to make various bamboo handicraft items.

    Members of several NGOs, Project Implementing Agencies(PIA) & beneficiaries and other interested persons from minority groups of the State participated in today's sensitisation programme. (DIPR)

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  • ULTIMATE JUSTICE AND TRUTH ARE VERY CLOSE: L. JAYANTAKUMAR

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    Imphal, June 24, 2017 (DIPR): Law Minister Shri L. Jayantakumar Singh has said that Ultimate Justice and Truth are very close and it goes together.

                Attending a 'Get Together' Function of Government Advocates (High Court) and the Government Advocates of the subordinate courts of the districts; as chief guest, Minister expressed the need of conscience for bringing justice in the society. He said that to resolve problems and conflicts, one has to be prudent. Minister appealed the advocates to deliver justice immediately. He also sought public cooperation in this regard.

                Minister also shared his experiences when he was serving as government advocate and Chief Judicial Magistrate as well.

                He highlighted the necessity for the construction of infrastructure facilities which is lagging behind in the law department. All the grievances of the department will be heard and necessary actions will be taken up, he added.

                The programme was attended by Advocate General, Manipur Shri N. Kumarjit Singh, Law Secretary Th. Kaminikumar Singh, Joint Secretary Law, Nungshitombi Athokpam as Guest of Honour and Special Guests respectively. (DIPR)

     

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  • AIR GUNS NEEDS TO BE PROHIBITED TO CONSERVE BIRDS & ANIMALS: MINISTER SHYAMKUMAR

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    IMPHAL, JUNE 23, 2017 (DIPR): Forests and Environment Minister Shri Thounaojam Shyamkumar today said, prohibition of air gun and barrel gun will help in the conservation of the precious and rare species of birds and animals in the State. He said in the next Cabinet meet, he will introduce a proposal in which a barrel gun licence holder will be made to use a smaller firearm instead.

    He was speaking as the Chief Guest during the inauguration of the State Level Stakeholder Workshop for ‘Management Planning of Keibul Lamjao National Park and Conservation of Sangai’ organised by Forest Department, Manipur and Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun at Imperial Hall, Classic Grande, Chingmeirong.

    He also said that, the State Government is planning to make Keibul Lamjao into an eco-tourism park. Stressing the need to give awareness, training and livelihood to the locals living around the National Park to conserve and preserve the Keibul Lamjao National Park and the Sangai, Minister Shyamkumar promised all possible help from the State Government to the concerned officials in conservation of the National Park and the Sangai.

    Minister Shyamkumar also opined that, for conservation and preservation of the Sangai, the people of the State must have an emotional connection towards the State animal. He said we must use the medium of folk song, drama, story telling including documentary films so that, the common man and the new generation of children have an emotional attachment towards the endangered brow-antlered deer, found only in Manipur, is able to flourish in abundance in its natural habitat.

    Shri Sambhu Singh, Additional Chief Secretary (Forests & Environment), officials of State Forest Department, officials of Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun and scientists also attended the workshop. (DIPR)

  • HIGHWAY REPAIRING WORKS UNDERWAY DESPITE RAIN: MINISTER SHRI TH.BISWAJIT

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    Imphal 23rdJUNE,2017 (DIPR): The State government is very much concerned and involved withrestoration works of national highways in the State, asserted Public Works Minister Shri Thongam Biswajit Singh, today.

              Addressing a press conference inside his New Secretariat conference hall, Minister Biswajit said that despite all the hindrances including the present weather conditions, the government is fully concerned with improving the condition of the highways considered lifelines of the State.

              He elaborated owing to the monsoon season, restoration works at different stretches of the highways especially the Imphal-Mao highway is affected; however, there is no discontinuation of work, he added.

              Under strict instruction of the Chief Minister, the present BJP-led government is concerned in improving road conditions especially in the hill districts, the Minister observed. He explained all these steps are not short term policies, but long term goals to improve the highway conditions.

              The Minister also said that he had earlier inspected the Mao-Maram highway stretch and as assured during the inspection,work to fill the potholes along the highway has already been started.

              During the inspection tour, the worst road stretches were identified at KukiTaphou to Maramand from Maram to Mao, however, the road condition at these stretches have improved considerably since restoration work began. However, since black topping is not possible during the rainy season, all attempts to fill up the potholes are washed away whenever heavy vehicles passed by, he explained.

              He continued stone boulders and chips have been piled up along the roadside of the highway so that potholes could be filled up for the convenience of the truck drivers and commuters as a stop-gate arrangement as black-topping is not possible during the monsoon.

    He said black topping of the highway will be initiated at the earliest once the rainy season is over.

    On the lack of work progress along the highway stretch at Motbung, Henbung, Kangpokpi, Khongnem, Minister Biswajit sought cooperation from the people saying that support of the people is of utmost importance to successfully implement a developmental work. He said works at T Khullen and KukiTaphou are underway at the moment.

    The Minister said the Imphal-Dimapur Highway is considered an important lifeline of the State and as such restoration works are continuing at different stretches along the highway.

    Citing an instance when an additional chief engineer of the department rushed to a landslide affected site at night taking heavy machineries like the JCB to clear the landslide debris immediately, the Minister also urged the people to understand the hindrances the department and its officials have to undergo especially during the rains in undertaking road restoration works.

    Observing that overloaded trucks are another cause for bad road conditions, the Minister said he will consultwith the Chief Minister the feasibility of re-imposing a weight limit for trucks passing along the highway.

    Minister Biswajit said condition of the Imphal-Jiribam Highway has also improved considerably. He said although works along the highway are undertaken by the NHIDCL, engineers of the PWD inspect the restoration works every week, because the highway is considered an important lifeline of the State.

              The Minister was accompanied by chief engineer ShriCh.Tiken and additional chief engineerShri N.Noren. (DIPR)

  • SPORT SERVES AS PLATFORM TO UNITE DIVERSE CULTURES: SPORTS MINISTER

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    IMPHAL, June 23rd, 2017 (DIPR): Sport serves as powerful platform in breaking down barriers and divisions among diverse cultures and backgrounds and it can play a pivotal role in promoting peace, brotherhood and friendship, said Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Shri Letpao Haokip.

                   The Minister stated this while flagging off the Olympic Day Run-2017 organised by the Manipur Olympic Association in collaboration with Youth Affairs and Sports Department with the theme ‘Run for Peace and Friendship’ at Main Stadium, Khuman Lampak Sports Complex today morning.

                   Shri Letpao Haokip further said that one can attain healthy living and peace of mind as well as positive thinking through sports. And the State Government has been working on to promote and uplift sportspersons of the State to the level they deserve.

                   About 1,000 players and officials from different sports disciplines took part in the Olympic Day Run. The run which was flagged off from Main Stadium, Khuman Lampak Sports Complex culminated at the starting point after touching Khongnang Ani-Karak, North AOC and MMTA.

                Amongst others, the event was attended by Shri I. Hemochandra Singh, President, Manipur Olympic Association; Prof. Adya Prasad Pandey, Vice-Chancellor of Manipur University and Shri H. Deleep Singh, IAS, Commissioner (YAS & Higher Education) as the president and guests of honour respectively. (DIPR)

  • A NATION CAN PROGRESS IF WEAKER SECTIONS ARE DEVELOPED: MINISTER SHYAMKUMAR DEVELOPMENT OF WEAKER SECTIONS NECESSARY FOR PROGRESS OF A NATION: MINISTER SHYAMKUMAR

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    IMPHAL, JUNE 23, 2017 (DIPR): MAHUD Minister Shri Thounaojam Shyamkumar said, India as a whole nation could achieve complete development only when the minorities and weaker sections progresses.

    Expressing happiness Minister Shyamkumar said that, he is fortunate to be able to attend the function organised by the Ministry of Minorities Affairs, Government of India after winning three term elections.

    He was speaking as the Chief Guest at the inaugural function of sensitization and career counselling workshop for students of Manipur, aspiring for higher studies and empowerment opportunities organised by the Ministry of Minorities Affairs in collaboration with the National Institute of Public Cooperation & Child Development (NIPCCD), Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India. The workshop was held at the auditorium of Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS), Palace Compound, Imphal.

    Minister Shyamkumar said that after winning the election for the first term, he had set his priority to impart education to the minorities and weaker sections of the society.

    Lauding the Union Ministry of Minorities Affairs for taking up various projects and schemes for minorities and weaker sections, Minister Shyamkumar said that, the Ministry has played a major role towards imparting education to the weaker sections of society in his constituency.

    Shri Shyamkumar, who is also the Minister of Forests & Environment, Horticulture & Soil Conservation and Town Planning, further said that, the Ministry helped in providing infrastructure for the Azad Higher Secondary School, Yairipok and Poiroukhongjil High School, Yairipok in Andro Assembly Constituency. Shyamkumar said, he is proud to state that his constituency has the maximum number of Government School students in the State.

    Ameising Luikham, Secretary, Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India, advised students to learn other languages if they plan to take up higher studies in other states. He also advised the students to be clear about their career plans and not waste hard-earned money of their parents/guardians.

    Smt. Niva Singh, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India; Dr. J. Suresh Babu, Additional Chief Secretary; officials of MOBC & NIPCDD; more than 500 students and teachers of various schools participated in the workshop.

    The workshop was organised with an aim to create awareness, sanitised and equip the students who are leaving for unknown arena in the unknown state. The Ministry’s aim is to endeavour to enable the students to seamlessly adapt them to the new environment and familiarise them with new career opportunities available to them.

    A day-long interactive session will be held tomorrow with women PIAs and women beneficiaries under ‘Nai Roshni’ scheme for impact assessment, skill development for economic empowerment of women and exploring employment opportunities along with possibility of synchronizing market potential outside the State. (DIPR)

  • SOCIAL WELFARE MINISTER LAUNCHES ‘181’ HELPLINE FOR WOMEN

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    Imphal, 23rd June, 2017(DIPR): Social Welfare and Cooperation Minister Smt. Nemcha Kipgen today launched a 24/7 toll free helpline number ‘181’ for distressed women facing violence in public or private spheres of life.

    The function was held at Kuranga Nayani Hall. D.C. office Complex, Imphal West and jointly organised by Manipur State Commission for Women (MSCW) and Department of Social Welfare, Manipur under the sponsorship of Ministry of Women & Child Development, Government of India.

                Speaking on the occasion as a Chief Guest, Nemcha said, “The Women Helpline is a gift to the women folk of the state to fight against any form of violence against women. A toll free 24/7 telecom services will provide assistance to women affected by violence, seeking support and information will be disseminated regarding various women empowerment schemes and programmes related to women empowerment and protection.”

                Through the helpline, women from any part of the state will receive immediate medical assistance like the PCR Van or an ambulance, police, legal aid and one stop centre for professional counselling, the Minister added.

    The helpline will prevent crime against women and also to create awareness in times of need. It will facilitate quick response of various services like lodging police complaint, to provide medical, legal and counselling to women victims.

                Social Welfare Minister called upon the people to cooperate and extend maximum support to operate this helpline in the fully functional manner in the interest of all the women.

                At present, there are seven (7) staff engaged on daily wage/casual basic payment and there are also some staff including 1 Helpline Manager, 1 Senior Call Responder, 4 Call Responders, 1 IT Staff, 1 Multipurpose Helper. The supervisor and 3 security officials have been designated from the Imphal West Police station.

                It may be mentioned that under the sponsorship of Ministry of Women & Child Development, Government of India, the Centre had launched the 181 helpline number in 2013 after the brutal gang-rape of Nirbhaya in December 2012 and asked all states to start the helpline.

                 Chairperson, MSCW Dr. K. Sobita Devi, Principal Secretary, Social Welfare Manipur Shri JC Ramthanga, IAS, Director Social Welfare, Manipur Smt. Jacintha Lazarus, IAS, DC Imphal West Shri N. Geoffrey, IAS graced the function as President, Special Guest and Guests of Honour respectively.(DIPR)

  • WILL TAKE STERN ACTION AGAINST BUILDERS OF NEW THOUBAL MUNICIPAL COUNCIL BUILDING: MINISTER SHYAMKUMAR

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    IMPHAL, JUNE 22, 2017 (DIPR): MAHUD Minister Shri Thounaojam Shyamkumar today said stern action will be taken up against contractors, sanction authority and engineers involved in the construction of the new building of the Thoubal Municipal Council office.

    He made the statement after inspecting the new building located inside the Thoubal Municipal Council office. The Minister said the new building has partially caved in, cracks are visible on the walls and the building is currently tilted due to damage on the retaining walls.

    MAHUD Minister appealed to the Councillors of the Thoubal Municipal Council to be vigilant and strictly follow the system while issuing licence to the vendors to avoid problems of issuing double license. Stating that the Imphal Municipal Council has already initiated work to keep the marketplaces in Imphal neat and clean, Shyamkumar instructed the Thoubal Municipal Council to begin the process to keep the market areas neat and clean.

    After inspecting the building, Minister Shri Th. Shyamkumar, MAHUD Director Shri N. Gitkumar along with department officials had a meeting with the Councillors of the Thoubal Municipal Council. Th. Shyamo, Chairman, Thoubal Municipal Council presented an 11 points charter of demands.

    MAHUD Minister gave assurance to the demand to provide Tata 407 vehicle (3 Numbers) to be utilised for the purpose of the solid waste collection. Regarding the purchase of De-silting machine, Shyamkumar said, the State has only one machine at present. He said, the State Government will try to purchase more such machines so that it can be used in rotation when required.

    He also gave assurance to include in the programme, the proposal of bore pile retaining wall in front of Thoubal Municipal Council, Thoubal (150 meters) and Thoubal Bridge to Sekpi Khongnangkhong (270 meters). Regarding demand for conversion of Manipur Municipal staffs to the Manipur State Service, Shyamkumar said the State Government will look into the feasibility of the matter and asked the staffs to take reference from other states.

    The Minister gave approval to the demand for reservation of the State Land opposite to Thoubal Melaground, Thoubal Achouba (total area of 1.6025 hectares) to Thoubal Municipal Council to solve the overcrowding issue at the Bazar.

    Speaking on the proposal for the construction of community toilet (8 Numbers) within Municipal area, Minister asked the Thoubal Municipal Council to bear 60 percent of the total expenditure cost and assured 40 percent from the MAHUD. Shyamkumar said, he will also see whether more funds can be allotted for the said construction.

    Regarding the proposal to repair Thoubal Main Bazar as well as electrification with wall painting (white wash), Minister Shyamkumar said he will consult with the concerned officials and asked Thoubal Municipal Council to bear a part of the expenses, assuring that the State Government will also give some contributions.

    Minister Shyamkumar said that there is a plan to construct night shelters at RIMS, Thoubal, Bishnupur, Andro and Kakching. He gave approval to the proposal for the construction of night shelter in Thoubal. The Minister asked the Council to send a proposal for construction of night shelter at Thoubal District Hospital stating that, night shelters are important and gave assurance that the State Government will support any initiatives which is for the welfare of the people.

    The charter of demands also included approval for changing the work site from Sekpi Khongnangkhong to the campus of Municipal Shopping Complex near District Agriculture Office, Thoubal under SUSV of NULM, proposal for sanction for construction of Municipal Office building (4 Rooms) and confirmation for appointment of staffs of Capacity Building at Manipur Municipalities.  (DIPR)

  • INTER DISTRICT BUS AND CITY BUS SERVICE TO BEGIN REVIVING MANIPUR STATE TRANSPORT A HUGE CHALLENGE –M. LAKSHMIKUMAR

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    IMPHAL, JUNE 21, 2017 (DIPR): The revival of the State Transport Department will be a huge challenge to the Department because of the financial shortages. This was stated by Shri M. Lakshmikumar Singh, Commissioner, Transport, Government of Manipur, in a press briefing organised by Transport Department at the Conference Hall, Old Secretariat, today, in connection with the launching of Inter District Bus and City Bus service which will be flag off by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Manipur, Shri N. Biren Singh on 25th June, 2017. Shri M. Lakshmikumar Singh said that the Manipur State Transport service will be operational after a hiatus of almost a decade after the Hon’ble Chief Minister express his desire to solve the problem of commuters at the earliest considering the poor transportation facilities and traffic congestion in the State.

    The Commissioner said that on the launching day i.e., 25th June, 2017, the bus fare will be free of cost for both the City Bus service and the Inter District Bus service. Highlighting the traffic congestion issue in the State, he said, traffic planning requires co-ordination from the Traffic Control Department as well as the public. He further added that the operation of the transport service will give maximum attention to road safety considering the recent rise in road accidents. Stating that maximum people involved in road accident were found using fake driving licenses, he said, fake licenses, especially manual licenses, are being monitored and investigation is being handed over to the CID Crime Branch. He also added that passenger vehicles creating noise pollution and traffic congestion will gradually subside with the implementation of the transport service taken up by the Department. The Department also aims to bring in the private transporters in the near future under public private partnership (PPP model) understanding their contribution in the transportation sector. He asked for co-operation for a successful operation of the bus services in the State.

     Shri C. Arthur Worchuiyo, Director, Transport, Government of Manipur, replying to queries, said that, critical areas have been identified and initial steps will be taken up by posting traffic officials in the critical areas. He further said that the route of the City Bus service will be in clockwise and anti-clockwise direction to curb vehicle shortages at present and also for the convenience of the commuters.

    Shri B.K. Sharma, Joint Director, Transport, Government of Manipur, giving details of the bus routes, said that the service will start operating in three phases, on an experimental basis. In the initial stage, the Semi Low Floor Buses, which was earlier in service, will be inducted in Imphal City. For this 14 routes have been identified. The Ring Round City Bus service will be stationed at ISBT, Deulahland and MSRTC Complex, Moirangkhom and will ply on all the important roads in Imphal East and West district. The Inter District Bus Service will ply to Yairipok, Kakching, Moirang, Noney, Moreh, Pherzawl from Imphal and vice-versa. (DIPR)

  • MIN BISWAJIT HOLDS MEETING ON HOCKEY DEVELOPMENT

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    Imphal, 22ndJune,2017 (DIPR):Public Works, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, IPR, Administrative Reforms and Training, Commerce and Industries and Power Minister Shri Thongam Biswajit Singh met One Million Hockey Legs founding executive business development Shri Rob Van Ness and held a long discussion on how to promote hockey from the grass root level in the State. The latter called on the Minister at his New Secretariat Office, this evening.

                Following the meeting, the Minister said in January 2014, a bilateral Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Indian and Dutch governments concerning sports development.

                Minister Biswajit also said that, according to the One Million Hockey Legsexecutive business development, the project was initiated in different States of the country under this MoU and now they want to initiate the project in Manipur to develop the sport from the grass root level.

                He said this will not only develop sports in the country but also improve bilateral relations between the two countries, where hockey has been of interest since a long time back. Minister Biswajit also feted Rob Van Ness with a local shawl and memento of the Kangla Sha. (DIPR)

  • FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE EXTENDED TO HSLC TOPPER

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    Churachandpur, 22nd June 2017( DIPR): Showing its concern and commitment towards promotion of talent and education especially among the financially weaker section of the society in the state , the Government of Manipur has extended financial aid amounting Rs. 2( two) lakhs to the family of Johnson L. Khongsai, HSLC Topper , the 19th Rank of HSLC Examination, 2017, so as to enable him to continue his studies and to his family for constructing a house.

    The financial assistance was handed over to Smt. Themchin Khongsai , the mother of Johnson L. Khongsai today by Shri Shyam Lai Poonia, Deputy Commissioner of Churachandpur District at his office chamber.

    The DC also advised and encouraged   Johnson to focus on his studies and wished him good luck for his bright future. (DIPR)

  • BRICS GAMES MEDALLISTS CALL ON STATE SPORTS MINISTER

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    IMPHAL, June 22 (DIPR):  Three Wushu medallists from the State, along with their coach, of the 2017 BRICS Games held at Guangzhou, China today called on State Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Shri Letpao Haokip at his official quarters located at Lamphelpat. 

    Congratulating the medallists for bringing laurels to the State in particular and the country in general in the 2017 BRICS Games, YAS Minister Shri Letpao Haokip assured them to look into the welfare of the players as well as the coach. 

    Amongst others, Shri Gyandash Singh Mayanglambam won Gold in men’s all-round competition of Tajiquan and Taijijan while Shrimati Toshibala Ngangom Ayapana won Silver Medal in the women’s all-round competition of Changquan, Daoshu and Gunshu. Sanatombi Chanu Leimapokpam won Bronze in the women’s all-round competition of Tajiquan and Taijijan, while another player from the State, Shrimati Kh. Bidyashori Chanu won Silver Medal in the same category. 

    Three players from the State - M Gyandash, Toshibala Ngangom Ayapana and Sanatombi Chanu along with senior Wushu Taolu Coach Shri Sachidananda Mayanglambam called on the State Youth Affairs and Sports Minister soon after landing at the Imphal International Airport today. 

    The Minister assured them to look into the issues raised by the players at the earliest. The medal winners also handed a representation to the Minister. (DIPR)

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  • POSITIVE CHANGES COMING UP IN THE HILLS: N. KAYISII

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    Imphal; June 21, 2017 (DIPR): “The Government has started bringing positive changes in the hills under the leadership of the incumbent Chief Minister N. Biren Singh”, Shri N. Kayisii, Minister, Tribal Affairs & Hills stated while rendering the Chief Guest’s speech. The TD Minister was attending the 38th Foundation Day Celebration of the Manipur Tribal Development Corporation Ltd. (MTDC) held today at MTDC Office Complex located at Lamphelpat, Imphal.

    Kayisii further stated that MTDC can take a vital role in bringing such positive changes and developments in the hills. He exhorted upon the engineers and staff of MTDC to be positive in their approach and co-operate with each other while discharging their duty. The TD Minister assured that he will extend maximum help and support to MTDC for the upliftment and welfare of the tribal people.

            Acknowledging the presentation of cash rewards to two Grade IV employees of MTDC as a noble and significant gesture, Parliamentary Secretary, Planning & Transport, Shri Khashim Vashum, who was present as the Guest of Honour, expressed that MTDC has the potential to be amongst the best corporations in the country. He exclusively credited the employees of MTDC for bringing up the Corporation to this level. The Parl. Secretary appealed to the contractors and the engineers and staff of MTDC to co-operate and work with sacrifice and discipline.

             Functional President of today’s celebration, Shri Vungzagin Valte, Chairman, MTDC stated that Manipur Tribal Development Corporation Ltd. (MTDC), which is an instrument that bridges the hills and the valley, was set up for the benefit of the tribal and scheduled caste people in the State. Applauding the collective effort of the engineers and staff of MTDC, Vungzagin added that there’s still a lot to do for the development and welfare of the tribal and scheduled caste people in the State, and we need to go extra miles for it. He opined that providing proper market linkage and banking facility in the hill areas will make the hill people more productive and prosperous. He appealed the Central and State Governments to support MTDC in this regard.

               The Foundation Day celebration was also attended by Commissioner (TAH) and Managing Director, MTDC Shri T. Pamei, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Pherzawl Shri A. Tombikanta, IAS, Director (TAH), Jt. Director (TAH), General Manager, MTDC, engineers and staff of MTDC, officers and staff of TAH Department, Bank Managers and ADC Members amongst others.

    The highlight of today’s celebration was the presentation of cash rewards of Rs. 5000 each to two Grade IV employees of MTDC, and the melodious songs presentation by the young renowned tribal singers.

              The Manipur Tribal Development Corporation Ltd. (MTDC) was set up on 21st June, 1979 as an autonomous body administered by the State Government through its Tribal Affairs, Hills & Scheduled Castes Department working for the socio-economic upliftment of the Tribal and Scheduled Caste people in the State of Manipur.

              The MTDC is one of the leading State PSUs functioning as Work Agency executing civil construction works of various departments. MTDC has executed works involving around Rs. 330 crores of the State Government and Central Govt. Organisations during the last 3 to 4 years. Apart from State Government Departments, MTDC has taken up various deposit works from outside the State, viz – Airport Authority of India’s Development and Operationalization of Tezu Airport, Arunachal Pradesh and Construction of Radar Building at Imphal International Airport, Construction of Toilets in schools in Assam under CSR Programme for Swachh Bharat, Kamrup District, Construction of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangasthan (KVS), Bhakli, Haryana under Ministry of HRD. In the near future, MTDC is planning to open branch offices outside the State and take up more deposit works.

              Initially, MTDC has been functioning as the State Channelizing Agency (SCA) for National Apex Corporation for implementation of General Term Loans/Schemes broadly classified as Farming, Non-farming and Transport Sector, and has benefited about 2000 tribal and SC beneficiaries. Presently the Corporation is providing free Skill Development Training Programmes to the STs/SCs in order to give them gainful sustainable livelihood. (DIPR)

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  • MINISTER KARAM SHYAM LEADS YOGA DAY CELEBRATION IN THANGMEIBAND

    IMPHAL, JUNE 21, 2017 (DIPR): The Third International Day of Yoga 2017 was celebrated with great enthusiasm at Ima Khunthokhanbi Hall, Thangmeiband organised by the Manipur State Yoga Association. Hon’ble Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Shri Karam Shyam was the Chief Guest of the function. The day began with a Yoga Flag run by the Chief Guest of the function.

    Speaking during the function Minister Shri Karam Shyam said the benefits of yoga are now spread worldwide. The renewed global recognition and appeal towards yoga should be credited to hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi, he added.

    Minister Karam Shyam also said that, yoga not only liberates body and soul but also cleanses and purifies the body. He said in Manipur, yoga is more popular with the women, as yoga helps in detoxifying mind and helps in reducing stress.

    A seminar on yoga was also held where experts spoke on various benefits of yoga. A yoga demonstration was also held which was attended by hundreds of participants. President of Manipur State Yoga Association Shri Oinam Budhi Singh and Chief Advisor of Manipur State Yoga Association Shri A. Ibotombi Singh also attended the function. (DIPR)

  • 3rd International Day of Yoga 2017 Observed

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    Churachandpur, June 21, 2017 (DIPR). The 3rd International Day of Yoga was observed this morning at Peace Ground, Auditorium Tuibong, Churachandpur ; organized by the District Administration CCpur in collaboration with District Police, NYK, Bharat Swabhiman Trust and Patanjali Yog Samiti CCpur.

    Speaking on the occasion, Shri Shyam Lal Poonia IAS,DC/CCpur emphasized the importance of Yoga in human life, he said that Yoga is a way of living as it increases our endurances by inhaling and exhaling air from our body. He requested the participants to continue practicing Yoga as it helps not only our body but also our mind to keep it healthy. He expressed his appreciation for organizing such a successful function. He prayed that more people will be aware of their health, so that next year he hope the capacity of the hall will be full. Shri Rakesh Balwal IPS,SP/CCpur in his speech emphasized the practice of Yoga, he said Yoga is a good exercise to maintain our body healthy, It is appropriate to observe such on a very special day; today the 21st June 2017, the longest day in a year.

    Speaking on the occasion, Shri H. Doungel, District Coordinator NYS elaborate the importance and the healthy way of Yoga saying that it is not meant for only one religion as it was observed and practice by most part of the countries in the World. Yoga was performed with instructor guidance at the observation function. Around 150-200 participants. (DIPR)

  • INTERNATIONAL MUSIC DAY CELEBRATED MUSIC NEEDS INGENUITY AND TALENT FOR GROWTH: K RADHAKUMAR

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    Imphal, June 21, 2017 (DIPR):The  International Music Day was celebrated   today at Priyogopalsana Auditorium, Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy, (JNMDA) Imphal with the main aim to promote music in the State.

    Organised by JNMDA in association with Gitanjali Performing Group of Art & Music , the function was graced by Commissioner IPR ,Govt. Of Manipur Shri K Radhakumar and ex. Vice Chancellor Manipur University & also Vice-Chairman, JNMDA, Imphal Prof. H.Tombi  as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour respectively.

    Appreciating Shri K Radhakumar for being a poet, short-story writer and a social activist and Prof. Tombi for his rich experience in the field of dance and music, Director JNMDA, Shri L Upendro Sharma said that today's music always speaks of a fusion of diverse elements  .

    Remembering old childhood days when his grandfather used to sing folk song, Shri K Radhakumar said that Sangeet Kala is  one of the most important of all art forms in which we cannot step in without inborn talent and voice.

    Humming a few lines of a Manipuri song titled " Nungshigi Cheina", he stated that there is  a huge impact of Western music in our culture so that we need to do proper research and carve a unique place of Manipuri music on the global arena. He also warned that we should   try to preserve our identity, originality and indigenousness   against the influx of Western, Korean and Bengali elements in our culture in recent times.

    Prof. Tombi said that the whole concept   behind organising the International Music Day is to spread the awareness and importance of music   to the general public of Manipur ever since the idea was conceived and put into  actual practice in 1982 in other parts of the world. He later said, "   Human beings have always been associated with music both in days of happiness as well as sorrow as it is a part and parcel of our day to day life just like dance. International Music Day is celebrated across 120 countries and 800 cities till date."

    A  light Kabui song on the theme " Punshi nunsghangnaba malem pumba yaiphanaba tollaba meeoibagidamak ",  usually sung by Rani Gaidinliu & Haipou Jadonang on every full moon day,   was performed by Puiruna Golmei & party today as a part of the invocation session.

    The students of JNMDA performed Kartal Cholom and Pung Cholom followed by Meitei Ishei(Malem Seitharol) by Th. Lansana and Khunung Ishei(Moirang Sai) by A.Priyarani Devi.

    Heart-touching devotional songs were performed  by Gitanjali Performing Group of Art & Music, Imphal.

    Th. Ibochouba Singh, S.Tijendra Singh, R.K.Jnanranjan Singh,W.Vishwanath Singh & B. Netachandra Sharma were the singers who sang in today's musical event. (DIPR)

  • MINISTER BISWAJIT,CHIEF INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS OFFICER TANG SHANGJUN DISCUSS WAYS TO PROMOTE TRADE AND AGRO BASED ACTIVITIES

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    Kunming,21st June,2017: Minister of Commerce,Trade and Industries, Shri Th Biswajit Singh called on Chief International Business Officer of Yunnan State Farms Agribusiness Group Co. Ltd. Tang Shangjun, Tuesday evening,and discussed ways to promote trade and Agro Based Activities ties between India and China. The minister met the Chief International Business Officer at the latter’s Dongfeng East Road official residence in Kunming, Yunnan Province, People’s Republic of China.

    During the meeting,the Chief International Business officer expressed his interest in investing in certain prospective agro-based activities in Manipur.

    Shri Tang Shangjun also expressed his desire to visit Manipur.

                During the meeting, ShriThBiswajit and Chief International Business Officer of Yunnan State Farms Agribusiness Group CO LTD Shri Tang Shangjun discussed free movement of Chinese traders in Manipur.

    Shri Tang Shangjun also drew the Minister’s attention on PAC (prior Approval Category). He further reassured to promote trade between the two countries.

    It may be mentioned that a team from the State led by Shri Th. Biswajit Singh, Hon'ble Minister for Commerce, Trade and Industry attended the South & South East Asia Commodity Expo and Investment Fair, 2017 at the Dianchi International Convention and International Sistership pavilion at Kunming, Yunnan Province, People's Republic of China.

    The Minister is being  accompanied by Shri L. Lakher, Principal Secretary Commerce and industry, Shri M Luikham, Director Commerce and Industry, Smt. L. Inunganbi Devi, CorporatorImphal Municipal Corporation Ward No. 18, Shri L. Bashanta Sharma, Media Coordinator to Hon'ble Chief Minister Manipur and ShriChandrakishore Singh, President, North East Federation on International Trade, Manipur Chapter. (DIPR)

  • CHIEF MINISTER REVIEWS GOVERNMENT’S 100 DAYS PROGRAMME

    Imphal, June 21, 2017 (DIPR): With the BJP-led coalition Government is completing 100 days in office within a few days, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh reviewed the status and progress of various developmental projects being undertaken by the Government under its 100 days programme.

                The Chief Minister expressed satisfaction when the Ministers and Commissioners concerned conveyed him that almost all the enlisted tasks were ready for inauguration/launch while many of the works had already been translated into action.

    Health and Family Welfare, Law and Legislative Affairs, Art and Culture and CADA Minister Shri L. Jayantakumar, CAF and PD, Weights and Measures, Revenue, Relief and Disaster Management Minister Shri Karam Shyam, MAHUD, Town Planning, Forest and Environment, Horticulture and Soil Conservation Minister Shri Th. Shyamkumar, IFCD and Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Shri Letpao Haokip, PHED and Printing and Stationery Minister Shri Losii Dikho, Social Welfare and Co-operation Minister Smt. Nemcha Kipgen, all the Administrative Secretaries and Directors of different Departments attended the meeting.

    Shri N. Biren assessed the present status of all the projects one by one and directed the officials concerned to take up necessary steps to inaugurate/launch the remaining tasks within this month.

    Launching of public transport under the name Manipur State Transport and operationalisation of ISBT, Dewlaland, providing free internet Wi-Fi service in public areas like Paona Bazar, Thangal Bazar, JNIMS complex, Old Secretariat and New Secretariat etc, launching of two Rural Mobile Health Care Units and distribution of welfare benefits to 6000 building and construction workers are some of the significant developments which the public would witness within a few days.

    The Chief Minister directed the Departments concerned to bring out separate booklets containing details of the tasks accomplished under the Government’s 100 days programme at the earliest.

    Launching of Manipur Journalists’ Welfare Fund, inauguration of 50 schools (41 under SSA and nine under RMSA) and 64 classrooms (SSA), regulation of private schools and private tuition centres, implementation of a transparent transfer and posting policy under Education and Health and Family Welfare Departments, conducting special immunization drive for full immunization of about 3000 children (0-2) years in Ukhrul, Tamenglong, Churachandpur and Chandel (Mission Indradanush), launching of vocational courses in 40 colleges, inauguration of 46 classrooms, eight hostels with 645 beds, 4 132/33 KV power sub-stations, tourist resort at Sendra hillock, water sports complex at Takmu and Andro Tourist Park and launching of a toll free Women Helpline are some of the important projects among many others works which will be translated into action within this month. (DIPR)

  • 3RD INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA CELEBRATED ACROSS THE STATE CM BATS FOR YOGA FOR PEACE AND HARMONY IN THE STATE

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    Imphal, June 21, 2017 (DIPR): With a strong message to keep our body and mind healthy, the 3rd International Day of Yoga, 2017 was celebrated at Indoor Stadium, Khuman Lampak, Imphal. The celebration was jointly organised by Directorate of AYUSH, National Health Mission, Manipur and Department of Youth Affairs and Sports, Manipur.

                Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh alongwith Union Human Resource Development Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar lead hundreds of Yoga practitioners through a series of poses and breathing exercises.

                Minister for Health and Family Welfare Shri L. Jayantakumar Singh, Minister for Social Welfare and Co-operation Smt. Nemcha Kipgen, Minister for Forest and Environment Shri Th. Shyamkumar Singh, Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Letpao Haokip, Parliamentary Secretary (Home) Shri L. Susindro Meitei, Parliamentary Secretary (Tourism) Dr. Sapam Ranjan Singh, Parliamentary Secretary (RD&PR) Shri H. Dingo Singh, Chief Secretary, DGP and other top civil and police officials participated in the celebration. More than 500 yoga enthusiasts participated in the event.

                Highlighting that International Day of Yoga is being celebrated in more than 1 Lakh venues across the country, Shri Prakash Javadekar said that Yoga is a wellness healthy practice or exercise that prevents illness and keep our mind and body healthy. Dedication, determination and discipline are the teachings of Yoga, he added.

                Mentioning the importance and significance of Yoga, the Union Minister said that it is the soft power of the country that we have the treasure of knowledge in our traditions so we should never forget and continue to practice that is significantly good. He further said that Yoga is not only confined to India but it is being practised in 190 countries and is celebrated International day of Yoga in these countries. In the last three years, India is transforming and moving in the path of progress with the support and faith of the people of the country, he added.

                On the occasion, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh said that it is the contribution and achievement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to popularise Yoga which spreads the message of peace and prosperity across the world. Stating that people should be encourage to practice Yoga, Chief Minister further said that Yoga is a practice that promotes inner peace and well-being of an individual. If there is no inner peace and well-being of body, there would be no peace and harmony in the State, he added.

               

    Later, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh and Union Human Resource Development Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar flagged off Run for Yoga to encourage people to practice Yoga in the State. (DIPR)

  • PEACE AND PROSPERITY FLOURISH IN MANIPUR: PRAKASH JAVADEKAR

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    Imphal, June 20, 2017 (DIPR): “More than 120 new schools including primary and upper primary schools would be constructed in Manipur soon”, said Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Shri Prakash Javadekar in a press conference held at Hotel Imphal, today.

                Addressing the media, Shri Prakash Javadekar said that under the leadership of Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, the government has achieved many impossible things within 100 days which the previous government couldn’t in last 10-15 years. The new government has brought peace, stability and prosperity, corruption free State with the support of the people in the State and Manipur is stepping towards prosperity and development, he added.

                The Union Minister stressed that a review meeting was held to discuss the education scenario of the State with the officials of the concerned department so as to make every possible effort to improve the education system in Manipur. The Central government is lending its hand to give any assistance including financial to deliver quality education for all in the State, he added.

                Shri Prakash Javadekar said, “We have found that there are more than 40 schools where there are no students because it is located in such a remote place which is totally inconvenient for students to go to the schools.” He further said that the State government has been directed to enquire into it and take necessary action. (DIPR)

  • UNION MINISTER PRESIDES REVIEW MEETING

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    Imphal, June 20, 2017 (DIPR): Union Human Resource Development Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar presided a review meeting to uplift the education sector of the State at the Cabinet Hall of Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.

    Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh, Education Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam, two Joint Secretaries of Central Government, Principal Secretary (Education-S), Commissioner (Higher and Technical Education), Directors of Education (S) and Higher and Technical Education and officials of the Education department were present at the review meeting.

    The meeting mainly discussed the matters like induction of capable and efficient persons as teachers, manpower status, transfer and posting of teachers etc.

    Shri Prakash Javadekar, while speaking at meeting said that bringing quality should be the main motive behind any endeavour in the education sector. Instead of giving rhetoric speeches and resorting to blame games, the Government should focus to translating people’s wishes into action.

    Stating that people always want to see progress, good governance and corruption-free administration, Shri Javadekar asked the State Government not to disappoint people.     

    As education is the backbone of every progress, there is need for enhancing the education system, he observed.  The Union Minister further said that the main objective of holding the review meeting is to discuss and finalise the action plan towards this end.

    During the meeting, the Minister also asserted no political interference must be there in the selection of location for the establishment of any educational institute. (DIPR)

  • IFCD/YAS MINISTER BATS FOR COLLECTIVE EFFORTS TO USHER IN DEVELOPMENT

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    IMPHAL, Jun 20 (DIPR): Creating cordial atmosphere and playing good hosts to officials coming from outside is a must to usher in development, and people of Chandel district should show hospitality to officials from outside who are posted in the district so that the district progress and prosper in all fronts.

    This was stated by IFCD/YAS Minister Shri Letpao Haokip while addressing a gathering at Indoor Stadium, Chandel district headquarters today during a felicitation cum interaction programme organized by a local committee.

    Shri Letpao Haokip, who is also the MLA of 41-Chandel (ST) AC, urged the people to commit themselves to make Chandel one of the most developed districts of the State. Urging the people to shun parochial mindset, he called upon the people, cutting across ethnic divides, to work collectively for the overall good of the district as well as the State.

    He urged people of the district to extend maximum cooperation to the developmental initiatives of the Government and make the officials coming from outside the district feel homely so that the officials give their best to develop the district.

    The district will move to the path of progress and prosperity when officials posted in the district feel the warmth and hospitality of the locals, he said while urging the people to support the various developmental activities initiated by the Government instead of causing disturbances to them.

    Calling upon people of the district to cultivate work culture, Shri Letpao also encouraged them to create resource which is identifiable with the district. Stressing on individual’s role for the development of the district, the Minister assured that people of the district get their due shares – be it development and welfare schemes.

    “I do not belong to a particular community. I am your MLA. Come forward with your problems and we should together find ways to solve them,” he said.

    He also said that no officials or persons involved in misappropriation of public fund would be spared and fitting punitive action should be taken against them. He further said that the functioning of the district administration should be streamlined. He instructed the civil and police officers of the district to get closer to the local people so that a healthy relation is maintained.

    The Minister also expressed unhappiness over the lack of quality maintenance in Pallel-Chandel road repair. Calling for quality maintenance in all works, the Minister said giving just 'cosmetic' touch to works will serve no purpose.

    Deputy Commissioner of Chandel Krishna Kumar; SP of Chandel, Kamei Angam Romanus and various DLOs of the district attended the programme.

    Shri Letpao Haokip, prior to the public meeting, inspected the progress of the construction of 50-bedded District Hospital, Chandel. He appealed to the contractor concerned to ensure completion of the hospital within the stipulated time. He later mentioned in his speech that the 50-bedded district hospital would be upgraded to a 100-bedded hospital.

    Later, the Minister also inspected the Mini-Stadium at Chandel Christian where construction of it has been kept incomplete. The Minister assured to do his best for the completion of the mini-stadium. Various civil society organisations’ leaders of Chandel district highlighted their grievances to the Minister and District Administration during the interaction session. (DIPR)

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  • ONE STOP CENTRE WILL SOON BE A REALITY IN IMPHAL AND HILL DISTRICTS: NEMCHA KIPGEN

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    Imphal, 20th June, 2017(DIPR): “One Stop Centre (OSC) will soon be expanded to 3 Districts after 100 days; next target being Imphal and Hill Districts in Manipur,” Social Welfare and Cooperation Minister Nemcha Kipgen announced during her spot visit to Sakhi One Stop Centre, the 1st ever centrein the state, at Thoubal Mini Secretariat complex today.

                During the visit, Social Welfare Minister interacted with the concern officials and the staff and also enquired about the infrastructure to know if there is any assistance she can provide from her end. She lauded and appreciated the DC, Thoubal and his team for such an initiative and expressed gratitude to see the centre fully functional and in the satisfactory manner.

                At present, this centre is equipped with 10 rooms including administration, dormitory, kitchen, toilets, counselling room, video conference room, police, medical and waiting room and there are around 20 staff at the centre that includes administration staff, police, medical team, case worker and counsellor and support staff.

                Addressing the ministerial team, DC Thoubal L. Nabakiswar Singh, IAS stated that it is the first ever centre that serves as a second home for the women’s victims.

                It may be mentioned that under the directive of Ministry of Child and Welfare Development, OSC is meant for women in distress or affected by violence in private and public places. It will facilitate an integrated range of services including medical, legal, and psychological support.

                Ministerial team at the spot includes Principal Secretary J.C. Ramthanga, IAS, DC Thoubal L. Nabakiswar Singh, IAS, Director, Social Welfare Jacintha Lazarus and the officials of the department. (DIPR)

  • 3RD INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA CELEBRATION

    Imphal, 20th June, 2017 (DIPR): With an attempt to setthe Guinness World Record on the occasion of 3rd International Day of Yoga, Yoga Training and Research Centre Manipur, Sagolband Tera Keithel, will conduct the largest Diabetes Awareness Lesson at SAI-NERC Indoor Hall, Takyelpat, on Wednesday, 21st June, 2017, at 8.00 am.

    The ceremony will be graced by Shri L. Radhakishore Singh, Chairman, KVIB/MPCB, Govt. of Manipur, Dr. M. Homeshwor Singh, Director, Directorate of Environment, Govt. of Manipur, Smt. K. Sunita Devi, Zilla Parishad Member, Mayang Langjing, Shri A. Gojendro, Pradhan, Phayeng Gram Panchayat, Imphal West and Dr. Y. Bajao Singh, President, YRTC, Manipur as the Chief Guest, Guests of Honour and President respectivel. (DIPR)

     

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  • CM VOWS TO PROTECT AGRICULTURAL LANDS AND WETLANDS

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    Imphal, June 20, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh has vowed to protect agricultural lands and wetlands in order to ensure sustainable development to the people and maintaining ecological balance.

    He was speaking at the one-day interaction programme of local and district level monitoring committees constituted under the Manipur State Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act, 2014, organised by Department of Revenue at Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS) Auditorium, Palace Compound today.

    Expressing serious concern over shrinking of paddy lands and wetlands at an alarming rate, the Chief Minister directed the officials concerned to review the performance of local, district and State level committees constituted under the Act and induct competent officials and social-minded locals into the committee.

    He said that the new State Government would do whatever possible to effectively imple  ment the Act.

    Observing that Manipur being a land-locked State, it is necessary to make Manipur, a self-reliant State in food production, the Chief Minister opined that it can’t be achieved without protecting agricultural lands and wetlands.

    Shri Biren further said that he is in constant touch with the Agriculture Minister to find ways and means to introduce widespread practice of double-cropping in the State.

    He further said that deliberations are also being made to construct small dams in the riverbeds of Imphal, Kongba and Thoubal rivers to harvest water for irrigation and water supply purposes.

    Stating that the present state of Lamphelpat is so disappointing, he directed the Imphal West DC to take up immediate steps to curb onslaught on paddy lands and wetlands there.

    The Chief Minister also asked the DC to evict unauthorised structures and effect immediate step to stop unnecessary acquisition and encroachment on agricultural land at Lamphelpat.

    Stating that protection of Loktak Lake is another task which the present Government takes seriously, Shri Biren asked Bishnupur DC to constitute a committee comprising MLAs, DC, LDA officials and elected leaders of Panchayats in this connection at the earliest.

    Speaking at the occasion, Revenue Minister Shri Karam Shyam said that the interaction programme was organised under the supervision of the Chief Minister considering the significance of the Manipur State Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act, 2014.

    The Minister observed that people should be imparted awareness about the Act in order to get co-operation from them towards its effective implementation.

    He said that Manipur requires 25 lakh tonnes of rice annually and the State could produce only 1/5th of the total requirement. The Minister further informed that as per the official records, the State has 2,34,000 hectares of agricultural land, but this total area is shrinking fast due to rampant constructions and urbanization.

    Agriculture Minister Shri V. Hangkhanlian said that the State Government is putting in serious effort to double State’s agricultural produces by 2020.

    Commissioner (Revenue) Shri Th. Chittaranjan made a PowerPoint presentation on the Act.

    DCs of different districts, Directors of different departments, SDOs and other officials also took part in the interaction programme. (DIPR)

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  • Civil Societies of Mao met the Hon’ble Chief Minister

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    A delegation of Civil Societies of Mao met the Hon’ble Chief Minister today. The delegation consisted of Mao Council, Mao Union, Mao Students Union, Mao Women Welfare Association, KDLBR, and others.

    The delegation specifically mentioned about the incident of June 6, 2017 in which trekkers from Manipur were harassed. They also mentioned about the encroachment and interference by the southern Angami People in the affairs of villagers of Mao. Specific instances were quoted about the following :-

    1. Interference in the free movement of traffic in NH-2.
    2. Stoppage of Vehicles & forcing them to unload and use vehicles of southern Angami people.
    3. Encroachment into the land of Mao people.

    The delegation also mentioned about the non-functioning of the SDO Office.

    The delegation also suggested the following :-

    1. To lodge a complaint with the appropriate authorities of the Government of Nagaland as well as Government of India.
    2. To construct motorable road uptoDzuko Valley on the side of Manipur.
    3. To construct a Composite Check Post at Mao.
    4. To construct a marketing shed at Mao for women vendors.
    5. To construct a helipad and guest house for tourism purposes.
    6. To start police station near Dzuko Valley.

    Hon’ble Chief Minister patiently listened to its points raised by the delegation & assured them of prompt action. He assured them that the State Government would take up the matter with the Government of Nagaland as well as Government of India in all seriousness so that the rights of Mao people are not infringed upon by anyone. He also assured that immediate action will be taken to see that the guest house, helipad and approach road for Dzuko Valley are constructed at the earliest. He also assured that the opening of Police Station as wellas composite Check post at Mao will be looked into for an early action.For the purpose of identifying the land for the above infrastructure development, a Committee headed by ShriKaisii, Hon’ble Minister (TA&Hills), Manipur and  havingShri L. Dikho, Hon’ble Minister (PHED), Manipur, Chief Engineer (RED/PMGSY), Commissioner (Revenue),DC (Senapati), and representatives of Civil Societies was constituted and the Committee has been asked to submit its report within 15th July, 2017 to enable the Government take further appropriate action. (DIPR)

  • SKILL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES WOULD START SOON FOR SURRENDERED CADRES: CM

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    Imphal, June 19, 2017 (DIPR): The government would provide skill development programmes to the surrendered militants that would enable them to find sustainable means of livelihood. This was stated by Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh at the homecoming ceremony of a cadre of KCP Lamphel held today at CM Secretariat.

    Chief Minister said that these skill development programmes would be starting from June 30 and would be provided free of cost to those surrendered cadres. He further said that those who have surrendered four years back would be allowed to stay at their respective homes.

    Calling as the achievement of the new government, he praised the surrendered cadre for joining the mainstream after having faith in the new government.

    Speaking on the occasion, the CM lauded the bold step taken by the militant to shun violence and to join the path of peace and prosperity which would help progress and development in the State.

    Strongly condemning the recent killings at Ukhrul district, he said that an FIR has been lodged and the entire area has already cordoned off by the combined team of State Police and Assam Rifles. Befitting punishments would be given to those perpetrators who are associated with such act of terrorism, he added.

    The surrendered cadre is identified as Soraisam Modhuchandra Singh alias S.M. Meitei aged 45 years, son of S. Dinamani Singh of Thangmeiband Yumnam Leikai. He was working as Self Style Commander of KCP Lamphel faction. The arms and ammunition deposited by him include two 9mm pistols with magazines and 9 live rounds.

    The homecoming ceremony was attended by DGP Manipur, Shri L.M. Khaute, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Dr. J. Suresh Babu and other top ranking police officials. (DIPR)

  • CM LAUNCHES PRADHAN MANTRI NATIONAL DIALYSIS PROGRAMME MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS SHOULD TREAT PEOPLE WITH HUMAN TOUCH: CM

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    Imphal, June 19, 2017 (DIPR): With an aim to help poor patients suffering from renal (kidney) disease in the State, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh today launched the Pradhan Mantri National Dialysis Programme at the Mini Auditorium, JNIMS, Imphal. The function was jointly organised by Directorate of Health Services, Manipur and SHS, National Health Mission, Manipur.

    Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Shri N. Biren Singh said that medical practitioners should treat the patients with human touch. Among various professions, those who are in medical profession cannot say “sorry” to their patients, he added. He mentioned that people’s respect and importance shown to the doctors and nurses should never let down. He further said that the medical practitioners should find out on why people do not trust government hospitals for medical treatment. Apart from JNIMS and RIMS, the government would start the Pradhan Mantri Dialysis Programme in all the district hospitals of the State soon.

    Chief Minister further said, “I believe that if we discuss and work collectively, the rarest of the rare medical cases can be easily treated in the State.” Highlighting the various schemes and programmes initiated under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said that various welfare schemes have been implemented to reach out to the poorest of the poor in the country.

    He emphasised that the new government was formed with certain mission to bring development in the State and the government is committed to show and bring practical visible changes in the State. The objective of launching various websites, anti-corruption cell and watsapp numbers is to regulate and check the mistakes on the part of the government so that due punishment can be given to those persons or departments, he added.

    He further mentioned that the government is planning to revive the State transportation services and city bus services will be made available soon. People should be encouraged to use public transport system so that we can minimize traffic congestion, pollution etc., he added. He said that a post of Traffic SP will be created soon. He appealed to the people that the government seek suggestion from experts and people so that the government can maintain transparency and regulate the system.  

    During the function, Chief Minister presented a cheque of Rs. 25 lakhs each to the Director of RIMS and JNIMS.

     Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Shri L. Jayantakumar Singh, Parliamentary Secretary (Health and Family Welfare) Shri S, Subhaschandra Singh, Commissioner Health, Shri Sumant Singh, Director, RIMS, Shri R.K. Dinesh, Director, JNIMS, L. Deben and medical practitioners attended the function. (DIPR)

  • CHIEF MINISTER FLAGS OFF INDIA TO SPAIN ROADTRIP

     

    Imphal, June 19, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh today flagged off the India to Spain road trip from Hotel Classic Grande, Imphal.

    The 8 Indian team led by two females will travel 16 countries in 63 days covering around 20,000 kilometres. The team includes two females and six males. Countries like Myanmar, Thailand, China, Mongolia, Russia etc. would be covered during the trip. The road trip is organised by EMBARQ Motorworld Pvt. Limited, a Mumbai based company.

    Wishing the team a safe journey, Chief Minister asked the team to highlight the potential and distinct natural beauty of Manipur to the outside world. He appealed the team to spread the message of the country’s unique identity of unity in diversity.

    Founder and Director, EMBARQ, Mrs. Medha Joseph said that the objective of the road trip is to have an experience of different countries, cultures, time zones, weather, etc. 

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    Churachandpur June 19, 2017 : Training for 7- Days Basic Course in News Reporting organized by State Institute of Journalism(SIJ) DIPR, Govt. of Manipur, held at MHJU Press Club, Headquarter Veng, CCPur has ended today with a field visit at three different places ; 1.Lanva Cemetery Bridge, 2. Manipur Express Office (oldest press in CCpur) and 3. AIR CCpur. The Programme concluded with distribution of Certificate to 25 trainees who have participated the training. (DIPR)

  • NOTICE FROM DIRECTORATE OF ART & CULTURE

  • LUMP SUM GRANT FOR VOCATIONALISATION OF HIGHER EDUCATION DISTRIBUTED UNDER RUSA

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    Imphal, June 19th 2017 (DIPR): Education Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam, today, distributed the lump sum grant to Government Aided and Private College for implementation of Vocationalisation of Higher Education underRashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA). The programme organised by the Department of University & Higher Education, Manipur was held at the SSA Hall, Babupara.

                The scheme, Vocationalisation of Higher Education underRUSA, is to achieveskilled workforce defined according to Set of Standards (SOS). This will create skilled and productive workforce matching international standardsfacilitated with flexible learning and competency building paradigms among the students. This scheme will now make it possible to receive vocational training in university level degree through a mechanism of credit accumulation and transfer and bridge courses.

                Speaking as chief guest, Education Minister stressed on the need to familiarise and clear the confusion about the vocational course since there is already so much other vocational and technical education. He said the scheme of Vocationalisation of Higher Education should be utilised considering the need of state and prioritising the requirement in view of the socio, economic and political construct. He also emphasised on the need to developed and upgrade colleges in the state with latest update through a holistic approach.

    Further, he indicated on the need to make the students relevant of the present scenario of today’s competitive world. Everything, he said, is base on demand-supply of the market. Therefore it is very important that they be imbibed with necessary qualities to become productive and become a self sufficient individual. He also expressed his concern on the need to take possible measures to address the high number of drop-out of students failing to get admission in the university level degree.

    The scheme should be utilised considering the need of the state prioritising the requirement keeping in view the socio, economic and political construct of the state, he added.

    To make fast and foremost focus for the welfare of the student, he requested the teachers to provide the best to the student within the available limited resources. On need to groom students the best in academic or in other event, he said, the teacher must have a vision and set a target to produce the best of students who could participate on different competitions.

    Commissioner higher and technical education H. Deleep Singh said, the Vocationalisation of Higher Education is very important and is also a very challenging task. With the syllabus already set for level four and five adapting the national framework with industrial partner as service providers, forty colleges have been identified through mapping. These colleges will take up the following main trades - IT, ITES, fishery, floriculture, horticulture, tourism and hospitality, retail management, Fruit Preservation Tech, Food Processing Technology, Computer Hardware Technology, Rubber Manufacturing Technology,Medicinal Plant,Journalismand Automotive.

    The programme was participated by Director, University and Higher Education B. John Tlangtingkuma, Officials, Principals and Teachers of the colleges. (DIPR)

  • STATE EMPLOYEE CAUGHT; DEADLINE ISSUED TO FOREST ENCROACHERS

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    IMPHAL, JUNE 19, 2017 (DIPR): An employee of the State Electricity Department employee was caught red- handed trying to carry logs of pinewood at the Langol Reserve Forest area near Manipur Zoological Garden, Iroisemba by the Forests Department officials.

    Forests and Environment Minister Th. Shyamkumar addressing media persons, said that, the man who is employed as a lineman in the State Electricity Department was caught today at around 5.30 am. He said necessary legal action will be taken up against the person. He said that, the man had cut down pinewood trees into pieces and had stored it at the Power House located in the area. The man was caught red-handed by the officials while he was trying to carry one of the tree log in his bicycle today, the Minister informed. 

    Minister Shyamkumar further appealed to the public to come forward and collectively protect the trees.He also said the challenges due to the ecological imbalance is a serious issue and we all need to come together to solve the problem. He further asked all illegal encroachers in the forest reserve areas in the State, including the Langol Reserve Forest, to vacate within one month to avoid legal action. (DIPR)

  • AGRICULTURE MINISTER ISSUES FERTILIZER

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    Imphal, the June 19, 2017 (DIPR): Agriculture, Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Minister Shri V. Hangkhanlian, along with Agriculture Director Shri Rajendro Singh and AFO Shri Kulabidhu Singh have issued Fertilizer to the farmers at the Godown of Agriculture, Lamphelpat, Imphal today.

    According to an official report from its department, there is sufficient stock of fertilizer in the godown for the farmers of Manipur and more would be transported from outside the state in future. There would be sufficient and no shortage of fertilizer for the farmers of Manipur. Farmers of the State can get fertilizer regularly at any time from the department of Agriculture as and when they required. (DIPR)

  • MIN BISWAJIT,CONSUL GENERAL OF INDIA SAILAS THANGALDISCUSS WAYS TO ENHANCE INDO-CHINA TRADE RELATIONS

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    Tianhe,18thJune,2017: Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Shri ThongamBiswajit Singh called onConsul General of India Shri SailasThangal, today, and discussed ways to strengthentrade and economic ties between India and China. The Minister and his accompanying officials from the State met the Consul General at the latter’s Lin He Zhong Road official residence inTianhe district, People's Republic of China.

                Minister Biswajit said during the meeting, he discussed ideas and ways with the Consul General on how to develop the Indo-China relation and stimulate economic and trade relations especially between Manipur and China.

    He said during the present tour, his team has received several ideas and suggestions including from the Consul General.

    The Minister, who stressed on China’s importance in the plan to develop Manipur’s economy, said now the government will work on how to incorporate these ideas into the Act East Policyfor the growth of Manipur’s economy.

                The Consul General explained the importance of Yunnan province in developing Manipur-China relations.

    Elaborating further, he said India and China are big countries and Delhi and Beijing cannot cover everything. However, if we can promote relations between Manipur and Yunnan under the guidance of Beijing and Delhi, there will be fruitful cooperation and much progress, he added.

    “And Yunnan can be a developmental model for Manipur as well”, he said explaining further that both Manipur and Yunnan have many similarities including geographic conditions, climatic conditions. He said like in Manipur, there are also different ethnic groups in Yunnan.

    He explained we can replicate the development model of Yunnan to develop Manipur.

                Yunnan also acts as land bridge between India and China, he said, adding that the place also has a political connection with North East India especially during World War II.

    A team from the State led by Shri Th. Biswajit Singh, Hon'ble Minister for Commerce,Trade and Industry attended the South & South East Asia Commodity Expo and Investment Fair,2017at the Dianchi International Convention and International Sistership pavilion at Kunming, Yunan Province, People's Republic of China.

    The Minister is accompanied by Shri L. Lakher, Principal Secretary Commerce and industry, Shri M Luikham, Director Commerce and Industry, Smt. L. Inunganbi Devi, CorporatorImphal Municipal Corporation Ward No. 18, Shri L.Bashanta Sharma, Media Coordinator to Hon'ble Chief Minister Manipur and Shri Chandrakishore Singh, President, North East Federation on International Trade, Manipur Chapter. (DIPR)

  • NO ONE CAN COMPETE OUR SKILLS IF WE STREAMILNE HUMAN RESOURCE: N. BIREN SINGH

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    Imphal, June 17, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh said that we could manage to streamline the human resource of the State, no one can compete our skills and hardworking in the world. He was speaking at the felicitation programme cum distribution of machines and equipments under various schemes organised by Department of Sericulture, Government of Manipur, held today at Project Management Complex, Sagaipat, Imphal.

                Appreciating the Sericulture Department for encouraging farmers and Self Help Groups, Chief Minister said that the sericulture department would be given priority by the government so that it can boost up the sericulture productivity, to provide skill development and generate employment and revenue through various sericulture schemes. He urged the officials of the department to submit a plan or blueprint to the government so that the government can provide financial assistance for the development of the department. He further said that if we invest seriously in the sericulture production, it would bring pride and laurels of the state.

    Chief Minister said, “It is my promise to dedicate the remaining part of my life for the welfare of the people and the State.” He further mentioned that we need a change to bring development in the State, but that change should come up within ourselves. Appreciating people’s comment and wisdom towards the new government, he said that the new government need people’s support so that the government could bring prosperity in the region.

    Highlighting the initiatives of the new government, he said that various drugs items are made available at subsidized rates in 26 State-run hospitals and 57 notified medical tests would be done free of cost and almost all the diagnosis would be made free of cost soon. He urged the people to co-operate and bear with the new government to bring some visible changes in the State.

    Taking serious note on the terrorist activities occurred in the State, Shri N. Biren Singh said that the government would not compromise any situation that affects law and order of the State. Strongly condemning the recent killings at Ukhrul district, he said that FIR has been lodged and befitting punishments would be given to those perpetrators who are associated with such act of terrorism. He further said that political dialogue is the only way to bring a permanent solution to the insurgency problem.

                During the function, Chief Minister announced that Wangkheimayum Shanta, a local entrepreneur, would be conferred an award for his contribution in developing sericulture reeling machine. The award would be presented to him on 15th August of this year, he added. On the occasion, Motorised Twin Charkha machines were distributed to 23 beneficiaries, Motorised Paddle Spinning mill to 10 beneficiaries, Solar Operator Spinning mill to 5 beneficiaries.

                Parliamentary Secretary(Agriculture and Sericulture) Shri Awangbow Newmai, Parliamentary Secretary (Finance) Shri Th. Satyabrata Singh, Parliamentary Secretary (RD and PR) Shri H. Dingo, Secretary, Sericulture, Shri Th. Gopen and Director, Sericulture Shri S. Kunjakishore attended the function. (DIPR)

  • MEGA MANIPUR SCHOOL DONATES RS 15,000 FOR FLOOD VICTIMS

    Imphal, June 17, 2017 (DIPR): Students, teaching and non-teaching staffs of the Mega Manipur School, Yaralpat today met Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh at Chief Minister’s Secretariat and donated Rs 15,000 towards the CM Relief fund to help people who were severely affected by the recent floods in the State.

    Expressing gratitude, Chief Minister said that such noble step would help those people who are affected by natural calamities in the State. He further said that global warming is a threat and has brought many serious environmental and social changes in the State as well as in the world. Nature doesn’t need us, people need nature for survival so we must preserve and respect nature, he added. He appealed the people of the State to show unity among us and help each other in such bad times.

    It may be mentioned that thousands of people are displaced and hundreds of houses have been inundated by flood in the recent incessant rains in various areas of the State. (DIPR)

  • VOCATIONAL TRAINING IN 40 COLLEGES SOON: CHIEF MINISTER

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    Imphal, June 17, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh urged the Government teachers to put in serious effort towards improving the condition of Government educational institutes.

    He was speaking as the chief guest at the prize distribution function for top rank holders of class X and XII examinations conducted by Board of Secondary Education Manipur (BOSEM) and Council of Higher Secondary Education Manipur (COHSEM) respectively at City Convention Centre, Palace Compound today.

    The Chief Minister stated that parents nowadays are spending huge amounts of money in children’s education in the State. It is mainly due to emergence of coaching/tuition culture and degradation of Government educational institutes, he observed.

    The Chief Minister contended that common people’s wish of giving proper education to their children at affordable cost can’t be fulfilled until the condition of Government educational institutes are enhanced.

    Although, education is one of the thrust areas of the new State Government apart from health and infrastructure/communication sectors, no improvement in education sector is possible without the sincere and serious effort of teachers, Shri N. Biren observed.

    As one of the initial steps for bringing improvement in the education sector, completion of 50 schools (41 schools under SSA and nine schools under RMSA) had been included in the 100 days programme of the new Government.

    Stating that the Government is planning to introduce vocational training in 40 colleges soon, the Chief Minister said that deliberations are being made to consider enrolment of even school dropouts in these courses.

    He further said that the Government would open a District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) centre for Imphal East district soon.

    The Government is also planning to bring out a transparent transfer and posting policy for teachers and head of institutions under the Directorate of Education (S) as soon as possible, he added.

    Shri N. Biren further said that in order to streamline the education system and to have proper control over the mushrooming of private schools and coaching centres, the Manipur Private Schools (Registration) Bill, 2017 and the Manipur Coaching Institute (Control and Regulation) Bill, 2017 would be placed before the State Assembly in the next session.

    Speaking at the occasion as the functional president, Education Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam said that the new State Government led by Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh had decided to give thrust to education and health sectors.

    As such, a brainstorming session with ZEOs, Headmasters/Principals and teachers with the top officials of the State Government would be held after the prize distribution function to find the ways of uplifting education sector, the Minister said.

    He further said that for the first time, the Government also decided to organise joint prize distribution for the rank holders of Class X and XII examinations conducted by BOSEM and COHSEM respectively.

    The Minister expressed hope that the prize winners would motivate other students to work harder and achieve better milestones in future.

    Stating that one should not get discouraged with failures, the Minister observed that students should not forget to learn lessons from their mistakes.

    During the function, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren also launched a website namely, www.edusuggest.in, which will immediately connect all the stakeholders with the Government to foster decision making and public participation in the education sector.

    Later, the Chief Minister distributed commendation prizes to the top 10 position holders of Class X examination conducted by BOSEM and Class XII examination conducted by COHSEM.

    He also feted the top 10 students of Government schools, who secured highest marks in these two examinations, with prizes at the function.

    Principal Secretary (Education-S) Shri Vineet Joshi, Education (S) Director Shri Th. Kirankumar Singh and COHSEM Chairman Shri L. Mahendra Singh also attended the function as guests of honour. (DIPR)

  • THE FIRST EVER INTERACTION PROGRAMME OF HEADMASTER/PRINCIPALS HELD

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    Imphal June 17th, 2017 (DIPR): In the second session of Annual Prize Distribution of BoSEM and CoHSEM, 2017 Cum Interaction Programme with Headmasters/Principals Of School Education, certain educational issues were discussed for improvement and better functioning of the education system, organized by the Department of Education.

    The topics for the discussion are - Infrastructure In Government School; Human Resource/Employees Related Issues; Management At School Level; Educational Bureaucracy; Improvement Of Bosem & Cohsem and The Performance Of Government Schools. The speakers of the sessions are Gopimohon Maibam Jt. Director Education –S ; W. Chandrakumar Singh Addl. Director SAT; Dr. Dhanabir Laishram Social Activist Prof. W. Nabakumar Singh Manipur University; Prof. Mc Arun Manipur University and H. Jayantakumar Singh HoD/Maths (Retd.).

    In the sessions, the resource persons pointed out the overall need of the teachers to carry out their duties with dedication and sacrifices to better the education system of the state. Emphasis on need to work with vision and mission to produce best students from the government schools was pointed out. In the infrastructural session suggestion on the need to have fencing, proper gates in the elementary schools, proper demarcation of school lands, building and furniture were pointed out.

    However, the need for transparency in teachers’ transfer and posting issues, timely need for filling up of the post of the retired teachers, requirement of clerical staffs, caretakers were the most common issue brought up during the interaction. On transfer/posting/utilization of teachers, the headmaster and principal hints out the need to avoid transfer and posting of teachers after the schools sessions were started. Moreover, suggestion were made on need to take into confidence the headmaster and principal for transfer and posting of teachers to avoid inadequacy of teachers and staffs of specific subject teacher in schools after the teacher is/are transferred. This one said can even avoid the situation of overstaffing or understaffing in the institution.

    Another concern, which was the burning topic in the discussion, was the CPIS updating of the teachers or faculties when they are transferred or posted, the service books maintenance, the pension procedures and retirement’s termination order process, which haunts the government schools teachers, was also addressed. The need to digitize the whole of the service books and office records was brought up.

    To improve the education in a qualitative way the capacity building for all faculties through training in the education department was another point taken with a serious note in today’s session. To this, certain positive views to make training programme available at the school itself after certain period were suggested. To set rewards and punishments for teachers based on how they implement and utilised the methodology and training that they have received in the functioning and in class was another point on the serious note.

    Besides importance on need to have checked on grass-root level and to have, reality checked of schools and its requirements was recommended for need of proof. To these the need to revive the olden inspection norms of schools were suggested to stricken the system. For better functioning of BoSEM and CoHSEM suggestion to do evaluation rather than examination, need for change of syllabus periodically to be able to update the syllabus and need to provide textbooks on time are some of the main things discussed on today’s interaction programme.

    The interaction programme was held in the presence of Education Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam, Principal Secretary, Education – S Vineet Joshi and officials of education department, headmasters and principals of high schools and higher secondary. (DIPR)

  • NEMCHA KIPGEN ASSURED WELFARE SCHEMES FOR OLD AGED PEOPLE

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    Imphal, 17th June, 2017(DIPR): Social Welfare Minister Smt. Nemcha Kipgen assured every possible help and welfare schemes and benefits for the old age section of the society as she felt they are the most neglected ones. She also announced that Old Age Home will soon be built in Tuibuong, Churachandpur. This was stated by the Minister while speaking as a Chief Guest on the 4th Anniversary of The Kuki Senior Citizens’ Welfare Forum (KSCWF), Churachandpur today at Saikholal Ideal School Campus, Canan Veng, Tuibuong.

                While addressing the gatherings, the Minister highlighted the various centrally sponsored schemes especially meant for old age people and said that she will take the initiative to reach all such schemes to all of them. The Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS) that covers 80 years and above with a pension amount of Rs.200 will soon be proposed to increase to Rs 400, she added.

    So far, she expressed of receiving lots of complaints regarding uneven distribution of old age pensions in the state and have strongly instructed the department officials to look into the matter and take necessary actions at the earliest.

                Minister Nemcha is also aware of many cases where old age pension cards are with the agents and not with the pensioners. She felt such action is really uncalled for and have instructed the department officials to directly hand over the cards to the pensioners under the supervision of District Social Welfare Officer (DSWO). She expressed how an old age pension has been successfully implemented in her constituency, Kangpokpi A/C as the DSWO tied up with the respective communities of the block within the constituencies and delivered the pensions to the pensioners in their own home. She is optimistic that in the near future all the districts will follow the same as in her constituency regarding old age pension.

    The Minister instructed the concerned DCs and related department officers to distribute the pension where the old aged people can reach and access easily. She also urged all the MLAs to be present during the distribution of old age pension to the pensioners.

    For those who haven’t received the pension are requested to bring to her notice and assured of possible assistance from her end. Nemcha further stated that those officials involved in mal practices in regard with the old age pension will immediately be suspended.

    The Minister also brings to the notice of all not to manipulate their age just for receiving old age benefits as such acts hinders the probable people from getting the benefits. To avoid such misappropriation, the issuing officers are instructed to cross verify the beneficiaries’ Aadhar card and Voters card while issuing old age pension.

    She feels that as a responsible citizen, our sole aim should be to work for the welfare of the people and it is our duty to uplift the society towards inclusive development, she added.

    Social Welfare Minister lauded the initiative of KSCWF for voluntarily taking up various welfare programmes for the aged group and being an important role as a guardian of the society. She hoped and wished for the welfare of the forum to flourish in all their endeavours. She also extends deep gratitude to the forum for giving an opportunity to be a part of such auspicious event.

    The function was also attended by DC, Churachandpur Shri Shyam Lal Poonia, IAS, Hon’ble Chairman, ADC Churachandpur Shri Khaipao Haokip, DSWO Smt A. Umarani Devi as Special Guest, President and Host of Honour respectively. (DIPR)

  • SPECIAL DRIVE TO ENROL LEFT OUT ELECTORS FROM JULY 1, 2017

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    Imphal, the 17th June, 2017 (DIPR) : The Election Commission of India (ECI) has decided to launch a Special Drive from 1st July this year for maximization of registration of eligible electors and removing the impurities in the rolls. This was stated by Chief Electoral Officer (CEO)  Shri Vivek Kumar Dewangan to media persons during a press conference held at the Conference Hall of Old Secretariat  today.

    He said that in tune with the theme 'No voters to be left behind', the ECI has decided to utilize the period of continuous updation for maximization of enrolment of young electors particularly 18-19 age group by launching a special drive in all States.

    The special drive which will be completed by 31st July, 2017, various activities will be undertaken by election official in the State. Submission of Forms shall be made available to electors in the modes of submission of Form 6 at EROs office, Sending of Form 6 by Post, Online submission of Form 6 at National Voters' Service Portal (NVSP) and Submission of online Form 6 at Common Service Centres (CSCs).

    Special Campaigns will be organised on 8th & 22nd July, 2017. On these two dates, Camps will be held in each polling station where BLOs will sit with adequate number of Form 6, to receive Forms from the applicants. Special camps will also be conducted in all Government and Private Educational Institutions (colleges and schools)/Vocational training institutes on at least any two different days between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017.

    During the Special Drive, removal of names of dead electors will also be taken up. For identification of such dead electors, data on registered deaths shall be collected from the Registrar of Deaths. Disposal of Form 6 and 7 (death cases), received during Special Drive will be done by 31st August, 2017. However, Form 7 (other than death cases), Form 8 and 8A received during the period will be done only after the Special Drive.

    The CEO further said that additional services for the purpose shall also be provided during special drive. BLOs shall visit door to door of the households to collect Form 6 from the applicants, particularly 18-19 age group (extendable to 21 years of age) from 1st July, 2017 and 31st July, 2017 (except the Special Campaign Dates). A user can also fill the Form using mobile app 'The Voter Services mobile application', which will be available only on the Commission's website.

    The ECI has also provided facility of National Call Centre for extending Citizen Services.  At the State level, CEO will provide State Call Centre (SCC) and District Contact Centre (DCC) at district level by upgrading '1950' on the same line of National Contact Centre. A citizen making a call at NCC/SCC/DCC will be informed about procedure of Form submission through the above modes. If a differently abled person making a call at any of these centres expresses his inability to utilize the services, then a vist by BLO concerned will be arranged at his/her address for getting the Form filled and receiving it back from that person for further processing. This service will be provided free of cost. CSCs will provide services of making online filling and hard copy Form digitization on payment basis, added the CEO.

    In the press conference, the CEO said that election notification for Presidential election has been issued and election will be held on 17th July, 2017 from 10am – 5pm and counting of votes will take place on 20th July, 2017 in Delhi.

    The press conference was also attended by Jt. CEO Shri K. Bono Singh and officials of CEO's office. (DIPR)

  • NOTIFICATION FROM DIRECTORATE OF FISHERIES, MANIPUR

  • MIN BISWAJIT AND TEAM ATTENDS 2017 SSACEIF

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    Kunming, 17th June, 2017: The Indian team led by Shri Biswajit Singh, Hon'ble Commerce and Industry Minister attended the 2017 South & Southeast Asia Commodity Expo and Investment Fair (2017 SSACEIF) at Kunming Dianchi International Convention and Exhibition Centre today. The Minister was accompanied by Dr.Ranjan Singh, Hon'ble Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, Shri L.Lakher, Principal Secretary Commerce and Industry, Shri M.Luikham, Director Commerce and industry, Smt. L.Inunganbi Devi, Corporator Imphal Municipal Corporation ward no 18, Shri L.Bashanta Sharma, Coordinator to Hon'ble Chief Minister, Manipur, Shri Chandrakishore Singh, Shri Rajen ,Shri Rk.Sherjit Singh from North East Federation on International Trade Development, Manipur Chapter.

                The 2017 SSACEIF is organised under the theme of "Creating new opportunities for new development." The 2017 SSACEIF aims at showcasing commodities from South and Southeast Asia countries, promoting cooperation between China and these countries. The event is committed to enhance shared vision and development of countries and regions engaged in the Belt and Road Initiative through facilitating policy communications, infrastructure connectivity, trade flows, capital circulation and people to people exchanges.

                The 2017 SSACEIF is co-sponsored by China Chamber of International Commerce, South Asian Association Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Chamber of Commerce and Industry, ASEAN-China-South Asia Expo and Kunming Import and Export Fair Secretariat. The event is co-hosted by Yunan International Expositions Bureau, Yunan Provincial Department of Commerce, Yunan Provincial Bureau of China promotion of investment & cooperation, Yunan Chapter of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT)and Yunan People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.

                With an exhibition area of about 170,000 sq m, the 2017 SSACEIF has 8000 standard exhibition booths in 17 pavilions including ceremonial and cultural events and countries of honours and guest of  honour pavilions, South Asia pavilions, two ASEAN pavilions, international production capacity cooperation pavilion, manufacturing industry pavilion, health and marine biopharmaceutical pavilion, tourism pavilion, South Asia & international sister cities pavilion, China Taiwan pavilion, China pavilion, highland agriculture pavilion, electromechanical equipment pavilion and stone crafting pavilion.

                In the meantime, two pavilions are used for 2017 Kunming -South Asia  International wood culture expo.

                Thematic pavilions account for 50percent among all the pavilions. These pavilions attracted advanced enterprises with high standard, distinctive feature and good quality from China and abroad according to their own characteristics.

                51 countries are participating in the 2017 SSACEIF. Over 4000 enterprises opening booths with 41.2 percent of them being from abroad. Moreover, "Rotating chair country" and "Country of honour" systems are adopted in the China - South Asia Business Forum.

                The Indian team today participated in an international organisations' meet invited by one of the co-host CCPIT, Yunnan branch and joined a discussion on suggestions for investment for the growth of trade and commerce not only between China and the South East Asian countries but also with other countries of the world. (DIPR)

  • NOTIFICATION FROM DIRECTORATE OF MINORITIES AND OTHER BACKWARD CLASSES JUNE 16, 2017

  • NOT JUST NORTH EAST AND LOOK EAST BUT WORK EAST FOR A BETTER DEMOCRACY AND SPEEDY DEVELOPMENT -GOVERNOR

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    Imphal, June 16, 2017, (DIPR): The Hon’ble  Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptulla spoke that  due to her role as an  interlocutor between the Centre and State , she should become the spokesperson of the entire North-East by listening to their grievances and taking steps towards roads of development while addressing at the closing function of the 16th Annual Conference of North-East Region Commonwealth Parliamentary Association at Manipur Legislative Assembly today. The Conference was held on the theme “ North East and Look East Policy.”

    Pointing out Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s   working from the Centre taking into consideration the possibilities and constraints concerning any developmental agenda, she said that she never failed to share those issues concerning the entire North-East  : be it connectivity, health or education and job creation. She   mentioned  that even though the North Eastern Council was established way back in 1972, it needs to be constantly updated and revamped from today’s point of view.

    Supporting her strong view of a federal Government, she also said that allocation of money/funds should be need-based and not merely on  the basis of size and population of the states.  The criteria of backwardness and degree of deficits after conducting a thorough survey of the states   should be taken into account, she also stressed.

    Highlighting that connectivity and communication is one of the major problems hindering the progress  of the North Eastern States, Deputy Speaker, Tripura Legislative Assembly, Shri Pabitra Kar stated that states cannot develop if transport bottlenecks are not solved. He mentioned the need to improve the air route connectivity of Tripura to Singapore via Bangladesh to encourage more foreign tourists to the N-E Region. “There should be a natural Grid system and more visibility of the Brahmaputra waterways,” he also said.

    Speaker of Mizoram Legislative Assembly, Shri Hiphei said that more than 200 Hindi teachers under SSA could not draw their monthly salary for about 6 months and elaborated on a special plan for overall development of the North Eastern States.

    Speaking  on the topic “Special Plan for Development of Railways,Airways,Surface Road and Inland Waterways connectivity for speedy economic development of the North East”, Speaker of Arunachal Legislative Assembly Shri Tenzing Norbu Thongdok said that provisions along with the estimated cost have to be kept in mind to connect railways upto Tawang that is about 10,000 km above sea-level and waterways till Passhighat and Teju. “Aircraft capacity of around 100/150 passengers should be introduced in the N-E Region in large number,” he continued.

    Member of Manipur Legislative Assembly & Chief Whip   Manipur  Shri P. Sarathchandra Singh said that as the  North East has thousands of years of historical and cultural affinity with Myanmar, there is great  hope that the India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway, which would bring global connectivity to the region, would be a hallmark of the Act East Policy. He shares a strong opinion for adopting a multi-model approach and modernized and well-equipped integrated check posts where there will be a single delivery system thereby make N-E Region a major hub of economic activities.

    Speaker  of Nagaland Legislative Assembly Dr.  Imtiwapang Aier observed that the Look East Policy has great significance for the Far East because as it has the potential of bringing more trade and commerce, which would lead to economic uplift to the region. Stating that we have close affinity with special category states due to our geographical location and communication backlogs , he also emphasized on the need to demand special grant from the Centre for the development of railways in our region.

    Expressing his concerns over delayed implementation of the Look East Policy and its resultant impact on the economic development of the region, Speaker of Assam Legislative Assembly Shri Hitendra Nath Goswami observed that unless the region has better connectivity and adequate infrastructure, no policy- be it Look East Policy or Act East Policy- would bring the desired results.

    Summing up the discussions held during the Conference,   Speaker of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly & Chairperson, NERCPA Shri A. T. Mondal  concluded  that the discussions mainly centred on policy shift and inclusive policy. The thoughts put forward   by the delegates include  setting up of a legislators’ forum, a separate ministry on the line of GST  council to take forward the Act East Policy which recently got rejuvenated in 2014. He elaborated on the role of the External Affairs Ministry to look into the matter , revival of certain schemes which are earlier left out, provision for special category states, renewal  of NE industrial promotion and Backward Region Grant Fund(BRGF) and most importantly, removal of AFSPA.

    Pointing out all major possibilities of development in the North Eastern States from core aspects like IT, power and   human resources, he appreciated that the North East is nothing but an image of India. He later said, “We should request the Union Govt. to uplift this region to change the face of the country by researching about the   impact of natural calamities, solving brain drain crisis, developing human resources (HR) and maintaining good relationships with neighbouring countries like China.”

    The Conference later adopted a resolution comprising of core N-E issues like connectivity, employment problem, energy, tourism, trade and commerce, telecommunication and internet networks, special category state  status, North East Industrial and Investment Promotion Policy (NEIIPP) and a separate Ministry, Department or Forum exclusively for 'Act East Policy.

    It may  be mentioned that the next NERCPA conference is to be held at Arunachal Pradesh.(DIPR)

  • NOTIFICATION FROM DIRECTORATE OF MINORITIES AND OTHER BACKWARD CLASSES

  • HEALTH INSURANCE SCHEME FOR NEEDY PEOPLE IN OFFING: CM

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    Imphal, June 16, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh said that the Government is planning to introduce a health insurance scheme to provide financial assistance to those who cannot afford medical treatment. He was speaking at the North East Healthcare Conference “Building Ecosystem for Quality Healthcare Delivery”,   organised by Confederation of Indian Industry held today at City Convention Centre, Imphal.

    Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Chief Minister said that such conference would definitely give a boost in improving healthcare infrastructure and open up medical tourism in the region. Shri N. Biren Singh said that Air mobile healthcare facilities would be made available soon in Manipur. He further stressed that the State government has already approached the Union External Affairs Ministry to introduce visa on arrival facility for foreign nationals, citizens of Myanmar in particular, so that it can enhance medical tourism in the State. Regional air connectivity would be there soon, he added. He urged the investors across the country to coordinate and exchange ideas with the local entrepreneurs and doctors to boost not only medical tourism but also other sectors of the State.

    Claiming that India is being transformed under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Shri N. Biren Singh mentioned that the Central government gave its nod for the establishment of a 100-bedded Cancer Hospital and 60-bedded Mental Hospital in the State.

    Highlighting some of the recently taken initiatives in healthcare sector, Chief Minister said that various drugs items are made available at subsidized rates in 26 State-run hospitals and 57 notified medical tests would be done free of cost in RIMS, JNIMS, seven district hospitals, 17 community health centres, 85 primary health centres and nine urban primary health centres. He further said that the present Government is committed to providing better healthcare services in the State and almost all the diagnosis would be made free of cost soon.

    Health and Family Welfare Minister Shri L. Jayantakumar Singh said that access to public healthcare sector had significantly changed and its services should be affordable to all. Highlighting the limited private healthcare sector and the shortage of doctors, paramedics and well-trained health workers in the State, he stressed that there is an urgent need to infuse investment in healthcare sectors including Primary Health Centres to District Hospitals. He further said that Manipur has the potential to enhance medical tourism and delivering quality healthcare services to the people.

                Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Dr. J. Suresh Babu, Commissioner (Health) Shri Sumant Singh, Former Director, AIIMS, Dr. R.C. Deka, Chairman, Eastern region Healthcare Sub Committee, Shri Sanjay Prasad, Co-Chairman, Managing Director, Kauvery Hospital, Shri Rupak Barua, medical professionals attended the function. (DIPR) 

  • ‘DEMOCRACY IS THE ONLY WAY TO SOLVE PROBLEMS OF NORTH EAST REGION’: DR. NAJMA HEPTULLA

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    Imphal, 16 June 2017:  The two-day 16thNorth East Region Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference (NERCPAC 2017), which was inaugurated by Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Sumitra Mahajan on 15 June 2017, concluded today. 

              Lauding the initiative of the Speaker of the Manipur Legislative Assembly for organising the NERCPAC 2017 within the two months of the constitution of the new Assembly in the State, the Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptulla, who graced the event today, observed that democracy is the only way to solve problems of North East Region. She said the legislators, besides being the political representatives of the people, are also social reformers and social philosophers, who are mandated to articulate the grievances, hopes and aspirations of the people.  As such, it is their duty to be well aware of the ground realities, so that they could voice the concerns of the people in a more effective manner. Smt. Heptulla said that the Presiding Officers, who watch the proceedings of the House from a higher pedestal, have an important duty to conduct the affairs of the House in a people-centric manner.  Recalling her efforts to highlight the topical issues during her long stint as the Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha, she urged the Presiding Officers to work beyond their conventional mandate to ensure that critical areas of national interest are debated and discussed inside their legislatures and outside it.

              Dr. Heptulla observed that North East region, due to certain reasons, has been historically and geographically cut off from the mainland.  As such, it is necessary that sincere efforts are made in right earnest to attend to connectivity-related issues. She emphasised that there should be more direct flights to North-East region from different cities of the country, which will not only lead to better connectivity but also to better prospects for tourism industry.  She highlighted the need for better roads and rail network as per the special requirements of the region.  Stressing that education and job-creation are two big challenges of the region, she underlined the need of setting up of more higher educational institutions.  On health related infrastructure, Smt. Heptulla  urged the authorities concerned to explore the feasibility of ‘flying doctors’ to attend to emergent situations in the hilly areas. She also pointed out that the criterion of population for allocating funds by the North Eastern Council needed to be revisited as the interests of smaller States tend to be adversely affected by such an approach. 

    Today, the Conference held deliberations on second agenda item,viz.‘Special Plan for development of Railways, Airways, Surface Road and Inland Waterways connectivity for speedy economic development of North East Region’.  Deputy Speaker of Tripura Legislative Assembly Shri Pabitra Kar said that the entire North East region lack communication system even after 70 years of independence.  He urged that all the districts of the North East region should have four lane National Highway for better connectivity and broad-gauge railway line should be taken up firstly to State capitals and then to all district headquarters. Speaker of Mizoram Legislative Assembly Shri Hiphei said that the Central Government may be approached to have a special plan for overall development of the region. Speaker of Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Shri Tenzing Norbu Thongdok felt that money alone was not the major challenge in the delayed execution of the project but their clearance by various agencies is also a major problem.  He suggested to simplify acquisition of land and tendering process, etc.  Member of Manipur Legislative Assembly Shri P. Sarathchandra Singh called for finding ways and means for integration with the mainland and for connectivity with South East Asia. Speaker of Nagaland Legislative Assembly Dr.  Imtiwapang Aier emphasized that special plan for North East is required to be given a special status for economic rejuvenation of the region. Speaker of Assam Legislative Assembly Shri Hitendra Nath Goswami delineated that conducive atmosphere, better connectivity, funds and strong will of the people as four dimensions for the development of the region. 

    The Conference also took up a special discussion on the subject ‘Parliamentary Procedure for the New Millennium’ which was proposed by Speaker of Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Shri Tenzing Norbu Thongdok. Among other suggestions, he proposed that the legislatures of the North East need to have longer and frequent Sessions, participation of public and media in the work of the House and its Committees, and treating Committees’ conclusions as decisions until rejected by the whole House.  Other distinguished delegates also participated in this Session.

    Yesterday,i.e.on 15 June 2017, the Conference took up discussion on the first item on the Agenda ‘North East and Look East Policy’, which saw delegates sharing their experiences and proposing suggestions to make the Policy to be effectively implemented in letter and spirit.  Participating in the deliberations, Member of Manipur Legislative Assembly Shri P. Sarathchandra Singh said that North East has thousands of years of historical and cultural affinity with Myanmar. He hoped that the India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway, which would bring global connectivity to the region, would be a hallmark of the Act East Policy.  Speaker of Arunachal Pradesh Shri Tenzing Norbu Thongdok appreciated the fact that the Act East Policy has brought diverse dividends to India and other nations in the ASEAN framework.  Today, the Policy transcends beyond ASEAN countries and embraces the Korean Peninsula, New Zealand, Fiji and other Pacific Islands in the Far East.  He suggested setting up of a legislative forum for better implementation of the Policy.  Speaker of Mizoram Legislative Assembly Shri Hiphei highlighted the challenges of the North East region, especially the inadequate infrastructure, which hinders the investments by the neighbouring countries in the region. 

    Speaker of Nagaland Legislative Assembly Dr.  Imtiwapang Aier observed that the Look East Policy has great significance for the Far East because as it has the potential of bringing more trade and commerce, which would lead to economic uplift to the region. Expressing his concerns over delayed implementation of the Look East Policy and its resultant impact on the economic development of the region, Speaker of Assam Legislative Assembly Shri Hitendra Nath Goswami observed the unless the region has better connectivity and adequate infrastructure, no policy- be it Look East Policy or Act East Policy- would bring the desired results. Deputy Speaker of Tripura Legislative Assembly Shri Pabitra Kar emphasized that the Government of India should follow up on Act East Policy and should proactively initiate the discussion  with various stakeholders of the region to understand and appreciate their concerns and challenges.

    Speaker of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly & Chairperson, NERCPA Shri A. T. Mondal summed up the discussions held during the Conference.  He said that the discussions centred on policy shift and inclusive policy. The thoughts floated by the delegates included setting up of a legislators’ forum, a separate ministry or a council to take forward the Act East Policy which recently got rejuvenated in 2014.  He concluded that North East is nothing but an image of India.  It is, thus, all the more important that we uplift this region to change the image of the country.

    The Conference adopted a Resolution.

    FOR THE COPY OF THE RESOLUTION CLICK HERE.

  • MIN BISWAJIT AND TEAM VISITS YIWU INT’L TRADE CENTRE, BAOSHAN CITY

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    Baoshan,16thJune,2017: The team led by Shri Th. Biswajit Singh, Hon'ble Minister for Commerce,Trade and Industry visited Yiwu International Trade Centre, Baoshan City,Yunan Province, People's Republic of China today at 3:30 pm (China time). The team is attending the South & South East Asia Commodity Expo and Investment Fair, 2017 at the Dianchi International Convention and International Sistership pavilion at Kunming, Yunan Province, People's Republic of China.

    During today’s visit, the Minister and his team were accompanied by Chen Jihanhua, General Manager, Yiwu International Trade City of Baoshan and his team. Mr. Jihanhua assured the State team to provide a helping hand to Manipur in the field of trade and commerce.

    Further, the General Manager and his team also accepted an invitation from the Hon'ble Minister for Commerce and Industry to attend the Sangai Festival which will be held in November, 2017 at Imphal.

    This is the first visit by an Indian Minister to Baoshan, China with the aim to discuss development of trade and commerce between the two countries.

    On his part, minister Biswajit Singh expressed gratitude and thanked the authority of Baoshan Municipal Corporation for their hospitality.

    The Minister is accompanied by Shri L. Lakher, Principal Secretary Commerce and industry, Shri M Luikham, Director Commerce and Industry, Smt. L. Inunganbi Devi, CorporatorImphal Municipal Corporation Ward No. 18, Shri L.Bashanta Sharma, Media Coordinator to Hon'ble Chief Minister Manipur and Shri Chandrakishore Singh, President, North East Federation on International Trade, Manipur Chapter.

    The state team left Baoshan for Kunming around 5:20 pm of China time. (DIPR)

  • MIN BISWAJIT HIGHLIGHTS PROSPECTS OF TRADE BETWEEN MANIPUR AND BAOSHAN DURING INTERACTION WITH BAOSHAN MUNICIPAL AUTHORITY

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    Baoshan,China,15thJune, 2017: A state government team led by Shri Th. Biswajit Singh, Hon'ble Minister for Industry interacted with Baoshan Municipal Authority led by Yang Jun, Mayor of Baoshan, Yunan Province, People's Republic of China.

    The teams discussed several issues including upgradation of the economic cooperation especially in the fields of the industry, agriculture and tourism sectors.

    Mayor of Baoshan at South & South East Asia Commodity Expo and Investment Fair, 2017, invited the State team. The fair, which started on June 12, 2017, will continue till June 18, 2017 at the Dianchi International Convention and International Sistership pavilion at Kunming, Yunan Province, People's Republic of China. It is co-hosted by China Chamber of International Commerce, SAARC Chamber of Commerce & Industry and ASEAN-China Centre.

    This festival provides a new platform of pragmatic exchanges and cooperation for establishing friendly relations between India and China.

    Shri Biswajit Singh,Hon'ble Minister for Industry proposed to seek business opportunities for common development and prosperity of both countries. He narrated about the history of Manipur and introduced his team.

    The Minister dwelled on the prospects of trade between the state of Manipur and Baoshan in the fields of agriculture, minerals, process food, handloom and handicrafts products. Manipur has the distinction of having the highest number and concentration of weavers in India given the small area of the State.

    As the climatic and soil condition of the State is conducive for cultivation of Stevia plants and lemon grass, export of the finished products is promising. The expertise of the Chinese in technology may be required to develop industry in the State particularly in the food industry and mining of minerals. The prospect of popularising king chilly (U-morok) will be a reality if there is demand in Baoshan. In case there is a growing demand of cotton in China, export of cotton from India via Manipur can also be explored.

    To encourage friendship and trust, the Hon'ble Minister also expressed the need to promote cultural exchanges between the two countries.He said this will also provide a boost to the tourism sector in the state of Manipur and Yunan Province will also get benefit from the process.

    The Minister also pointed out that as the State has sizable deposits of limestone and chromite, export and import of minerals is a field that should be promoted to bring in more economic viability.

    Shri Biswajit also invited Mayor of Baoshan and his team to Sangai Festival which will be held in November,2017 for friendly exchanges on social and economic cooperation between the two countries.

    The other delegates in the State team include Dr S Ranjan Singh, Hon'ble Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, Shri L. Lakher Singh, Principal Secretary Commerce and Industry, Shri Luikham, Director Commerce and Industry, Smt. L. Inunganbi Devi, Corporator Imphal Municipal Corporation ward no 18, Shri L. Bashanta Sharma, Media Coordinator to Hon'ble Chief Minister Manipur, Shri Chandrakishore, Shri Rajen, Shri RK. Sherjit Singh from the North East Federation on International Trade, Manipur Chapter. 

  • NOTIFICATION/PRESS RELEASE FROM DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

  • 16th Annual Conference of North East Region Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Begins India cannot Develop without Development of North East Region – Sumitra Mahajan

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    Imphal, June 15, 2017 (DIPR): Hon’ble Speaker of Lok Sabha and Patron, NERCPA, Smt. Sumitra Mahajan inaugurated the 16th Annual Conference of North East Region Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (NERCPA-2017), today, at Manipur Legislative Assembly, Manipur.

    In her inaugural speech, Hon’ble Speaker of Lok Sabha and Patron NERCPA, Smt. Sumitra Mahajan, said that Manipur, the Land of Seven Sisters, has a rich art and tradition, surcharged with nature’s pristine glory. Further, she said that, peace, harmony and development in North East region is very important as it generates most powerful, positive and progressive energies and so India cannot develop without development of North East.

    The conference organised by NERCPA is an important platform for the legislators of the region, to address and deliberate on the critical issues and problems affecting the North East, she said. North East India will connect with the East and South East Asian countries that are playing a vital role in the emergence of a resurgent Asia, as a gateway, which will be beneficial in several respects to the Nation. For this, the government plan to build road and port connectivity with these countries through Myanmar for promotion of trade, commerce and tourism. North East India will immensely benefit once these projects fructified, she added.

    Look East Policy has now converted to Act East Policy and so all round development of North East India should be the top priority for the entire Nation. The policy has cultural and security dimensions in combating terrorism and ensuring peace and stability in the entire East Asian region apart from the economic partnership. The International borders of North East India should be explored as a trade and commerce opportunity, she said.

    Legislature is a powerful agent of change and that legislators can bridge the gap between the government and the public in reflecting hopes and aspirations, fears and frustrations of the people on the floor of the House to influence the process of policy making, she observed. She also added that guidance of domain experts in several subjects is essential to perform the duty of a legislator effectively with transparency, openness and accountability, a part of good governance and policy making which has become a highly complex process. And, for this very purpose, Speakers’ Research Initiative (SRI) was established in the Lok Sabha Secretariat in July 2015, to identify the core areas/issues of long term, strategic policy and generate high quality research inputs and devise appropriate mechanism for interaction with members of both the Houses of Parliament for the purpose of information dissemination and capacity building. She said that a similar mechanism for the North East States would be of immense help to the Hon’ble Legislators and would extend all help for the benefit of the public representatives of the region. She encouraged the legislators to be positive in whatever they do saying ‘Until you spread your wings, you don’t know how far you can fly’.

    Deputy Chief Minister of Manipur, Shri Y. Joykumar Singh said that the Look East Policy was a composite policy aimed at accomplishing greater economic and political ties with the South East Asian Countries. He further added that there is a greater challenge for us in implementing the policies for arranging transportation, air and railway for the region as no nation can go ahead without knowledge, technological and market connectivity. He also stressed on the need for a peaceful atmosphere for providing an impetus to industrial rejuvenation of the region referring to the challenges relating to militancy and instability of the region.

    Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly, Shri Y. Khemchand welcoming the delegates said that the Act East Policy is not a simple and easy task and what we need is collective, comprehensive and co-ordinated move with strong political will to meet the challenges of the region. He further added that the strategic location of the State between India and South East Asian Countries underlines the additional expectations of the State to act as ‘Land Bridge’.

    The conference which will deliberate and discuss on the theme “North East and Look East Policy” and “Special Plan for Development of Railways, Airways, Surface Road and Inland Waterways Connectivity for Speedy Economic Development of North East” was attended by respected Assembly Speakers, Deputy Speakers, MLAs from Mizoram, Meghalaya, Tripura, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Assam.  

    In today’s deliberation of “North East and Look East Policy”, delegates from the North East States presented their views and opinions on the smooth implementation of Act East Policy. Thereafter, Atul Kaushik, Additional Secretary, Lok Sabha Secretariat, made a presentation on Speakers’ Research Initiative (SRI) and responded to the queries of the delegates. The conference also adopted a Resolution to request the Hon’ble Speaker, Lok Sabha, to consider setting up of a chapter of SRI in North East Region so that the benefits of Speakers’ Research Initiative activities are made available to the legislatures and Legislators of the region regularly and at an accessible place. (DIPR) 

  • SUMITRA MAHAJAN ATTENDED CULTURAL PROGRAMME AT RAJ BHAVAN

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    IMPHAL, 15 June, 2017 (DIPR): A cultural  programme   by the artistes of Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy, Imphal was performed at Darbar Hall, Raj Bhavan yesterday evening.

    Hon’ble Speaker Lok Sabha Smt. Sumitra Mahajan; Hon’ble Governor Manipur Dr.Najma Heptulla; Hon’ble Speaker, Manipur Legislative Assembly & President, CPA Manipur Branch, Shri Yumnam Khemchand Singh along with other high ranking officials attended the event .

    A variety of dances of the State namely: Lai Haraoba, Khamba Thoibi, Kabui Dance, Mao Dance, Pung Cholom and Basanta Ras were exhibited in front of the audience that show the versatility, unity and diversity symbol of Manipur.

    Highlighting the importance of organising the 16th Annual Conference of North East Region Commonwealth Parliamentary Association at Imphal, the Governor said, “I am very happy that my association with Commonwealth Parliamentary Association is very long, it is something very nice that in CPA, even the State Speakers get a chance to see the various democracies, small and big of the Commonwealth. I used to express those things I have reservations about when I was elected as Vice-President of the Commonwealth Association in London.”

    Sharing her similar association with Smt. Sumitra Mahajan, she continued, “I  have known Sumitraji for a very ,very long time because I have three relations to share with her .First, I am from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. She is also from Madhya Pradesh. The other relation is I was married in Maharashtra, so I speak Marathi. I am Maharashtra’s bahu, daughter-in-law. The third one is that we both share presiding the House, she presides now in the Lok Sabha. As I have also presided the Rajya Sabha for 17 years, we have lots of common interests, common experience and common tortures  which are associated with presiding officers. So we both share all those agonies.” (DIPR)

  • CM ATTENDS TO AROUND 420 COMPLAINTS ON THE 2ND MEEYAMGI NUMIT

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    Imphal, June 15, 2017 (DIPR): After the success of the first “Meeyamgi Numit”, thousands of people turned up to highlight their grievances to Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh at the second Meeyamgi Numit held at CM’s Secretariat today.

    Since early morning, scores of people gathered outside the CM Secretariat Complex to get their tokens having serial numbers. Elaborate arrangements were made for the convenience of the general public. A medical team along with an ambulance were kept ready for any medical emergency at the complex.

    The Chief Minister attended to as many as about 420 complaints personally and met nearly 3000 people from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. Among different issues, demands like inauguration of MAASI Tourist Complex, Keirao, issues regarding Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP), electrification of Thiwa village, Senapti district, non distribution PDA items under NFSA and introduction of biometric attendance system in remote areas of the State etc.

    Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh said that among several grievances, he is deeply concerned with the problems, especially faced by differently-abled persons, widows, victims of terrorism and old-aged people. A humane approach is needed to console these people, he added.

    Shri N. Biren Singh further said that infrastructural developments programmes such as development in terms of providing drinking water facility, blacktopping of roads and uninterrupted power supply to the people etc. can’t reinforce the idea of inclusive development in the State. To deliver inclusive growth and development in the State, the government would take up many concrete steps to uplift the socio-economic status of all sections of society that can transform people’s lives in the State, he added.

    Highlighting the responsibilities of the Deputy Commissioners, he stated that the function of a DC does not end with ensuring good administration. He/she has also to look into the nature of implementing welfare schemes and developmental projects, and also to assess the progress of these works.

    He directed the DCs to conduct field visits and periodically review the schemes in their respective districts rather than relying on the assessment report submitted by the subordinate staffs.

    The Chief Minister also appealed to the DCs to look into people’s woes and solve these problems at the micro level in their respective districts.

    Education, Labour and Employment Minister Th. Radheshyam also met the public as part of the ‘Meeyamgi Numit’ at his residence at Canchipur. Hearing the grievances of around 300 people he said, he could not give any commitment but can assure that he will do his best to lessen the matters that are being brought to his knowledge. 

    Officials and faculties from his concern departments and people from other places came to meet the Minister. Besides, people from his constituency and other places also came to meet him. (DIPR)

  • CHIEF MINISTER LAUNCHES REDMINE

    Imphal, June 15, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh launched Redmine App in order to facilitate mobile phone SMS correspondence to the people whose grievances have been recorded at Chief Minister’s Secretariat on Meeyamgi Numit and (People’s Day) and Hill People’s Day.

    Chief Minister’s Secretariat will communicate through SMS by using this App to the persons concerned on the action taken status/progress of their complaints, registered on these two days.

    Shri N. Biren said that he received 115 complaints/representatives on the last Meeyamgi Numit held on May 15.

    He further disclosed that out of these 115 complaints, 15 cases had been solved and 25 cases closed while necessary official communications are underway for the remaining 65 cases.

    Stating that people need not come again to the Chief Minister’s Secretariat to enquire about the action taken status/progress of their complaints, the Chief Minister said that it would be sent to their mobile numbers through the newly launched App.

    Maintaining that people’s woes are so numerous, Shri N. Biren contended that the Government would do whatever possible to resolve all these problems. (DIPR)

  • DEVELOPMENT OF NORTHEAST REGION IS KEY TO NATION’S DEVELOPMENT: SAYS LOK SABHA SPEAKER

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    Imphal, 15 June 2017:Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Sumitra Mahajan inaugurated the16thNorth East Regional Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference (NERCPA-2017) in the premises of the Manipur Legislative Assembly, today.

             In her Inaugural Address, Smt. Mahajan said thatnortheast is a window in the national efforts to connect with the East and South East Asia, which is playing a vital role in the emergence of a resurgent Asia.  As such, the Government is having an ambitious plan to build roads and ports connectivity with the South-East Asian countries through Myanmar for promotion of trade, commerce and tourism.  Smt. Mahajan observed that North East India has an extraordinarily important strategic dimension and is a vital part of nation’s defence architecture. She further said that the strategic location and natural resources make the region a potential powerhouse of India for development and progress. As such, the ‘Act East Policy’ for all round development of North East is the top most priority for the entire nation.

    Observing that today policy making has become a highly complex process and there is greater emphasis now on good governance based on transparency and accountability, Smt. Mahajan emphasized that in order to perform legislative duties effectively, it is essential for legislators to seek the guidance of domain experts in areas which are specialized and technical in nature. As a member and now a Speaker, she noticed the problems faced by members in understanding several key issues that confront the nation and come up for the consideration of Parliament. In order to address this issue, it was decided to bring in domain experts to orient members by creating a perspective on various important issues. It was thus theSpeakers’ Research Initiative(SRI) was institutionalized in the Lok Sabha Secretariat in July 2015, she mentioned.

    Lok Sabha Speaker informed the delegates that SRI focuses on identifying core areas/issues of long term and strategic policy, generate high quality research inputs and devise appropriate mechanisms for interaction with members of both the Houses of Parliament for the purpose of information dissemination and capacity building.  She hoped   that a similar mechanism for the North Eastern States would be of great help to the Hon’ble Legislators.  She encouraged the legislators to be proactive and said that ‘until you spread your wings, you don’t know how far you can fly’.

               Sharing his views on the theme of the Conference, Deputy Chief Minister of Manipur Shri Y  Joykumar Singh said that the Look East Policy initiated  in the early 1990s, is largely founded upon the growing necessity for multi-dimensional connectivity.  It is a composite policy aimed at accomplishing greater economic and political ties with South East Asian countries.  He further said that the neighborhood and global connectivity has now acquired a new strategic dimension.  In this regard, he emphasized that today no nation can go ahead without knowledge connectivity, technological connectivity and market connectivity. As such, there is a greater challenge for us for implementing the policies for arranging transportation, air and railway, for the region. Referring to challenges relating to militancy and instability and their  impact on the peace in the region, Shri Joykumar stressed on the need for a peaceful atmosphere for providing an impetus to industrial rejuvenation of the region.  

              Earlier, welcoming the delegates, the Speaker, Manipur Legislative Assembly Shri Yumnam Khemchand Singh said that Manipur is a land of peace and tranquility.  The small and beautiful state is a rare asset of human civilization. He pointed out that the Act East Policy calls upon to get prepared and be ready to engage with the rest of the world.  The task, he said, is not simple and easy and what we need is collective, comprehensive and coordinated move with strong political will to meet the challenges of the region.  Shri Singh further said that the strategic location of Manipur between India and South East Asian countries underlines the additional expectations of the State to act as ‘land bridge’.

              In his keynote address, the Speaker, Meghalaya Legislative Assembly & Chairperson, NERCPA Shri A. T. Mondal said that CPA has played a major role in promoting the spirit of mutual cooperation and harmony between member countries. Referring to connectivity-related challenges in the region, he said that transportation and communication are the two important areas where special emphasis is required.  Shri Mondal also underlined that the acute problem of education and unemployment need serious attention and alternative job market with the help of private sector should be created to solve the existing imbalance.   

              Later in the day, the Conference took up discussion on the first item on the Agenda ‘North East and Look East Policy’. The discussion, which remained inconclusive, which will be taken uptomorrow, i.e.16 June 2017.

    Thereafter, Shri Atul Kaushik, Additional Secretary, Lok Sabha Secretariat, made a presentation on Speaker’s Research Initiative (SRI), which has been institutionalized in Lok Sabha in July 2015.  He also responded to queries of the delegates. The Conference also adopted a Resolution,resolving to   request   the   Hon’ble   Speaker,   Lok Sabha   to   consider   setting   up   of   a   Chapter   of   SRI in the North East Region so that the benefits of Speaker’s Research Initiative activities are made available   to   the   Legislatures   and   Legislators   of   the   Region regularly and at an easily accessible place.

  • MINISTER NEMCHA KIPGEN ATTENDS TO PUBLIC GRIEVANCES ON MEEYAM GI NUMIT

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    Imphal, June 15, 2017 (DIPR): Social Welfare and Cooperation Minister Smt Nemcha Kipgen today met and ardently heard the grievances of the public on the occasion of Meeyamgi Numit (People’s Day) at her Office Chamber at New Secretariat, Imphal.

    Most of the issues highlighted before the Minister today were related to non-payment of old age pension, schemes and job opportunities for differently-abled people, construction of Anganwadi centres and some of the concern related to her departments.

    The Minister expressed deep gratitude in directly reaching out and interacting to the people on this day specially dedicated for the people. She aspires to fulfill all the wishes and desires of the people as a leader and assured for necessary actions.

    More than 100 visitors came to meet the Minister and all the visitors were given the opportunity to directly interact with the Minister. Officials from the concern departments also interacted with the Minister.(DIPR)

  • CABINET APPROVES ESTABLISHMENT OF FAST TRACK COURT FOR CRIMES AGAINST WOMEN

    Imphal, June 14, 2017 (DIPR): Keeping in view of the increasing number of crimes against women in the State, the State Cabinet today approved the establishment of one full-time Fast Track Court “Court of Addl. Sessions Judge (FTC) for Crimes against Women, Manipur” for trial of cases connected with crimes against women.

    The Cabinet also agreed for the creation of nine regular posts for the said Fast Track Court. The posts include 1 post of Grade-I of MJS, one Addl. Public Prosecuter cum Addl. Government Advocate (District), one PS/Steno-III, one UDA/Bench, two LDA, one Driver and two peons.

    It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh, during a seminar held at RIMS, Imphal this month, announced that Fast track Courts would be set up to tackle the cases related to Crime against women in the State soon. (DIPR)

  • STATE CABINET APPROVES COMPENSATION OF RS. 1.08 CRORES TO DRIVERS AND TRANSPORTERS

    Imphal, June 14, 2017 (DIPR): The State Cabinet today gave its approval to the payment of compensation for Rs. 1,08,41,094 for the damages and injuries to the Tank Trucks and crews of Tank Trucks on several incidents during the economic blockades on National Highway 37 last year.

    Admitting that the Drivers and Transporters have been discharging their duties satisfactorily in spite of the hardships faced by them, the State Cabinet has decided to provide financial assistance for the damages and injuries caused during economic blockade. It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh, during his meetings with All Manipur Petroleum Products Transporters Association and All Manipur Bulk LPG Transporters Association in April this year, had assured that the government would pay due compensation soon to the drivers and transporters who have injured and lost their lives in the line of duty.

    Considering the importance of Urea fertilizer to boost up the production and productivity of the food grains in the State, the Cabinet also gave its nod for the transportation of 12,5000 Metric Tonnes of Urea Fertilizer from Dimapur to Imphal departmentally by the State Agriculture Department under the Buffer Stocking Programme 2017-18. Mentioned may be made that due to the heavy demand of urea fertilizer during the Kharif season of every year, the authorised dealers of Bramhaputra Valley Fertilizer Corporation Limited(BVFCL), Namrup located in the State are unable to meet the spurt in demand of urea fertilizer in the State.

    The Cabinet also approved the proposal for extending the temporary management of Hotel Imphal and Tourism Infrastructure and facilities at Sendra Hillock by M/S Babina Health Care and Hospitality Industries Private Limited for six months with effect from 01.07.2017 till 31.12.2017 or till the finalization of the tender process for leasing out whichever is earlier.

    The Cabinet also decided to revise the room rents in the Manipur Bhawans located at New Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati. Acknowledging that large sections of the society are not happy with the existing rates of room rents in the Manipur Bhawans, the Cabinet approved the proposal for the revision of room rents. After the revision, the room rents would be reduced upto 30-70 percent of the existing rates in all the Manipur Bhawans located in the country.

    The Cabinet also gave its nod for conducting the 5th Panchayat Elections, 2017 in the six Zilla Parishads under the Manipur Panchayati Raj Act, 1994. (DIPR)

  • MANIPUR CABINET APPROVES INTRODUCTION OF MANIPUR STATE JOURNALISTS WELFARE SCHEME

    Imphal, June 14, 2017 (DIPR): Manipur Cabinet chaired by Nongthombam Biren Singh today approved introduction of the Manipur State Journalists Welfare Scheme. The objective of the Scheme is to provide one-time ex-gratia and relief to journalists and their family members. The Scheme is framed vis-s-vis the relevant schemes implemented in the neighbouring states of Assam, Mizoram and Nagaland and also in sync with the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India.

    Financial assistance under this Scheme will be paid out of the interest accrued from a corpus fund of Rs 5.00 crores. The scheme will be enforced from the date of the publication of the notification in the official gazette.

    Under the scheme, Rs. 2.00 lakhs shall be provided to the family on account of death of the journalist and also to the journalist in case of permanent disability rendering the journalist incapable of earning a livelihood.

    A sum of Rs 1.00 lakh shall be provided towards the cost of treatment of major ailments such as cancer, renal failure, heart ailments requiring bypass or open heart surgery, angioplasty, brain haemorrhage and paralytic attack etc. Relief under the provision is available only upto the age of 60 years.

    A sum of Rs. 50,000/- shall be provided in case of accidents causing serious injuries necessitating hospitalisation. (DIPR)

  • CM, IFCD MINISTER INSPECT FLOOD-AFFECTED AREA AT KEIRANG; WATER LEVEL AT MAJOR RIVER RECEDES SLIGHTLY

    IMPHAL, Jun 14 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N Biren Singh and IFCD Minister Shri Letpao Haokip visited flood-affected area – after a portion of the Imphal River bank breached in the wee hours today – at Kairang Muslim under Heingang AC and took stock of the situation today morning.

    About 13 ft long stretch of the river bank at Kairang reportedly breached at around 1.30 AM today. Some families in the area who have been displaced due to the flood are sheltered at two relief camps set up by the Government. One relief camp has been set up at a Madrassa building and another at the veterinary building.

                        Chief Minister Shri N Biren Singh headed straight to Kairang moment after he touched down the airport from Aizawl via Guwahati today morning.

                        About 150 households have been provided shelter at the camps.

                        About 30 ft long stretch of Imphal River breached at Chabung Kompany, Mayang Imphal at about 12.30 noon today.

                        Meanwhile, water level along major rivers passing through Imphal witnessed slight receding today. At 6 PM today, the water level of Imphal River at Minuthong receded to 787.725 from yesterday's above High Flood Level. However, the water level of the same river at Lilong still touched the 783.000 M mark by the same time.

                        The water level of Irilbung River at Irilbung was put at 786.900 M at 6 PM today while the water level of Nambul River at Hump Bridge receded to 783.250 M at 6 PM.

                        At the same time, four sluice gates of Ithai Barrage (No. 2, 3, 4 and 5) have been fully opened since 8.20 AM today. The water level at Ithai touched 769.180 M mark at 6 AM today.

                        According to records maintained by the IFC Department, the rainfall at Kangpokpi from 8 AM yesterday (June 13) to 8 AM today was 29.00 MM while the amount of rainfall recorded at Saikul was 15.00 MM.

                    At Litan, 1.00 MM of rainfall was recorded for the same period while the rainfall recorded at Raj Bhavan was 2.00 MM. At Lamphelpat, rainfall was recorded at 2.50 MM and at Jiribam, rainfall was recorded at 11.00 MM during the same duration.(DIPR)

  • LOK SABHA SPEAKER TO INAUGURATE 16TH NERCPA CONFERENCE IN IMPHAL

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    Imphal, 14 June 2017: The 16th North East Region Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference is being held in Imphal, Manipur from 14 to 18 June, 2017 on the theme “North East and Look East Policy”.

    The Conference will be inaugurated by the Hon’ble Speaker, Lok Sabha Smt. Sumitra Mahajan on 15 June 2017 in the Manipur Legislative Assembly premises, Imphal.  On the occasion, the Welcome Address will be delivered by Hon’ble Speaker, Manipur Legislative Assembly, Shri Yumnam Khemchand  Singh and the Keynote Address will be delivered by Hon’ble Speaker, Meghalaya Legislative Assembly & Chairman, NERCPA, Shri Abu Taher  Mondal.  Deputy Chief Minister, Manipur, Shri Y. Joykumar Singh will also address the Inaugural Session.

    On the second day of the Conference, i.e. 16 June 2017, the Hon’ble Governor of Manipur, Dr. Najma Heptulla will address the Delegates. The Presiding Officers and members of the Legislatures of  North East States will be participating in this special Conference which will deliberate on three significant themes: (i) North East and Look East Policy; (ii) Special plan for development of Railways, Airways, Surface Road and Inland Waterways connectivity for speedy economic development of North East Region; and  (iii) and Discussion on the setting up of a Chapter of Speaker’s Research Initiative (SRI) in the North Eastern Region for capacity building of the Legislators of the region and generating research for the North Eastern Legislatures.

    The North Eastern Region because of its typical geographic location, lack of connectivity and several other such constraints has for several decades lagged behind in various developmental activities.  Because of these impediments, the NE States follow a typical region specific governance and development model.  As the development delivery system is fraught with several problems and difficulties, the Legislators of the North Eastern Region States face the daunting task of complying with their oversight law making and financial control responsibility.  The members of these Legislatures, predictably,  require a very high level of skills to understand the specialized requirements of their respective States and people while discharging their duties. The North Eastern States’ Legislatures have thus, for a very long time,  felt the need of having a credible mechanism for providing authentic and analytical information for the effective functioning of the Legislators.

    The Speaker’s Research Initiative (SRI) was institutionalized on 23 July 2015 with the objective to generate high quality research inputs on strategic and topical issues, and to device appropriate mechanism for interaction with members of both the Houses of Parliament for the purpose of information dissemination and capacity building.  To achieve this objective, SRI envisioned evolving participative modules for faster and effective information dissemination amongst the members.

    SRI, during its short existence, has worked proactively for achieving its noble objectives under the dynamic leadership and guidance of Hon’ble Speaker, Lok Sabha, Smt. Sumitra Mahajan.  Several meetings and workshops with various stakeholders of democracy and eminent domain experts have been conducted for the Members of Parliament during  Sessions, specifically on subjects listed before the Parliament.  The Members of both the Houses from NE region have immensely benefited from the varied activities of SRI.

               Recognizing the importance of North East Region in the holistic development of the country and at the request of the Speakers of State Legislative Assemblies of the North Eastern legislative Assemblies, the Hon’ble Speaker, Lok Sabha has agreed to set up a chapter of SRI in the North Eastern region to provide research inputs to the Legislators before each State Assembly of North East can institutionalize its own research initiatives. This Conference will discuss logistics relating to setting up of SRI Chapter in the North East

  • TAMENGLONG CELEBRATES 3 YEARS ACHIEVEMENT OF MODI GOVERNMENT

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    Tamenglong, June 14, 2017 (DIPR): People of Tamenglong District today celebrated “SabkaSaathSabkaVikasSammelan” on 3 years achievement  ofModi Government at Indoor stadiumTamenglong. The programme was jointly organised by BSNL Tamenglong in collaboration with BJP Tamenglongdistrict Manipur.

    The occasion was graced by Ksh. Bhabananda Singh, MP, RajyaSabha and president BJP Manipur Pradesh as chief guest.  Samuel Jendai local MLA Tamenglong;NamsinreiPanmei, Chairman, ADC Tamenglong;AmrstrongPame, IAS,Deputy Commissioner Tamenglong;  AdimPamei, Vice President,  BJP Manipur Pradesh; N. Nimbus Singh, General Secretary, BJP, Manipur Pradesh and Dr NimaichandLuwang, Former Minister were attended as Guests of Honour. M. Daniel, President, BJP,Tamenglong District graced the sammelanas President.

    In his speech as chief guest, Ksh. Bhabananda Singh lamented that under the dynamic leadership of CM ShriN. BirenSingh Tamenglong district will be developed in all round sectors. He said since BJP came to power 22% of the National Highway projects in Manipur has completed so far. Under the leadership of MLA Samuel Jendai andDC, Tamenglong, Armstrong Pame will contribute theirlevel best in developing the district. He also assured to extend and support all his capacityto develop the District. With the coming of the Modi government various schemes and developmental projects in Manipur were also successfully implemented for various sections of the society be it women, old age, students and poor people exclaimed the Chief Guest.

    Since the BJP government came to power in Manipur the ideology of “Ching- Tam” came to alive in Manipur said the Local MLA Samuel Jendai. After the results of state assembly election 2017,Tamenglong road condition hasimproved tremendously. He also said Kangchup-Tamenglong road construction under the ADB project will be completed very soon.  PWD will start executing the road construction of Kaiphundai to Tousem. Samuel Jendai requested all the government officials to work sincerely in order to develop the Tamenglong Distrtict.

    Deputy Commissioner of Tamenglong, Armstrong Pame requested the MP RajyaSabha to consider in pressing the centre to implement whatever the projects passed from Tamenglong District. After closing the programat Indoor stadium the villagers of Khangchiuluan Village, Tamenglong donated 4 (four) acres of land free of cost for construction of KendriyaVidyalaya School in the presence of MP Rajya Sabha and local MLA in the office chamber of Tamenglong DC and deed of land donation was signed between deputy Commissioner Tamenglong and land donors. The villagers donated the land in the conditioned that it is to be utilised for educational purpose only and it should be commissioned within 5 (five) years and if not it should stand automatically returned to the land owners/donors. (DIPR)

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  • POLICY FOR PROPER REGULATION OF PRIVATE SCHOOLS UNDER WAY: TH. RADHESHYAM

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    Imphal, the 14th June 2017 (DIPR): Education Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam said an educational policy to check for the proper regulation of private schools is underway. The minister appreciated the contributions of the private schools in imparting education in the state. However, he pointed out that for better functioning of every educational institution in Manipur, there is need for having a private schools’ policy.

    The Education Minister was speaking as chief guest at the K.M. Blooming Higher Secondary School annual toppers felicitation function of High School Leaving Certificate Examination & Higher Secondary Examination – 2017, Khangabok. Certain norms have been lay down by the Board of Secondary Education Manipur under the Recognition Rules - Condition for Recognition of High School.

    Running a school in a very limited small space, packing all the students in one small courtyard or in a very congested room is unacceptable. Thus, an educational policy is being draft to curve such ugly feature that some times threatens the real essence of education and its institution be brought to an end, he added. The minister also assured that the policy will be a friendly one to the private schools and will help the schools more in grooming students and educational facilities of an institution.

    Congratulating the position holders of the schools and felicitating them he said no matter where the students is they should always respect and regards their teachers because without them whatever they are achieving today wouldn’t have been possible. Every successful candidates of today, he said, should imbibe themselves with sense of responsibility, to serve and sacrifice for the welfare of humanity. Because he said education without these qualities, their education becomes meaningless. The real fruit of education can only be achieved when they start contributing towards the society after they achieved their goals and aims of their life he added.

                In the felicitation function MLA Khnagbok AC Okram Surajkumar; Adhyaksah Thoubal Zila Parishad Kh. Surnalata Devi; Deputy Commissioner IAS L. Nabakishwar Singh, Secretary Council Dr. M. Bidyasagar; Secretary BoSEM Dr. Ch. Sarat Singh; Audio Visual Officer SCERT Birendra Salam; Chairman of the school, teachers faculties and students of the school were also present. (DIPR)

  • STAGE SET FOR 2nd ‘MEEYAMGI NUMIT’ AT CM SECRETARIAT

    Imphal, June 14, 2017 (DIPR): All necessary arrangements have been made to hold the 2nd Meeyamgi Numit (People’s Day) at CM Secretariat tomorrow.

    Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh will meet the general public to attend to their grievances from 8 am to 2 pm.

    However, registration for issuing entry tokens will be closed at 12 noon.

    All the Ministers, Administrative Secretaries, DCs, SDOs and HoDs etc. will also meet the public in their respective offices on the day.

    The noble step has been initiated to make elected leaders, top bureaucrats and officials of the State Government easily accessible to the general public.

                It may be mentioned that the Chief Minister made the announcement of setting aside the 15th day of every month as ‘Meeyamgi Numit’ while speaking as the chief guest at a reception function hosted by the women vendors of Khwairamband Keithel in his honour on April 9 this year. (DIPR)

  • IFCD MINISTER INSPECTS; MAJOR RIVERS FLOW ABOVE HFL

    IMPHAL, Jun 13 (DIPR): Even as people residing along river banks are gripped with fear and apprehension of possibility of flooding as river water level rose unprecedentedly at some places threatening to overflow and breach their banks, Irrigation and Flood Control Department Minister Shri Letpao Haokip, along with the Department’s officials, today inspected several places along different river banks to take stock of the situation.

                   Although rainfall in the valley area is minimal, incessant downpour in upper catchment area has resulted in the unprecedented rise of major rivers flowing in the valley area, where water is already saturated, causing panic among apprehensive residents.        

    The IFCD has supplied flood fighting materials to locals at vulnerable places.

    According to IFCD officials, the water along Imphal River and Nambul River flow above High Flood Level at 6 pm today. Meanwhile, the level of water along Iril River at Irilbung Bridge is put at 782.285 M at 6 PM today. Water along Manipur River at Sekmaijin Bridge almost touched the warning level.

    Significantly, as three gates (No. 2, 4 and 5) of Ithai Barrage have been opened fully since 5.30 PM today, the situation is likely to become better if there is no more rainfall.

                   IFCD Minister Shri Letpao Haokip along with Sekmai AC MLA and Parliamentary Secretary (RD&PR) Shri H. Dingo Singh and Additional Chief Engineer (IFCD) Shri Ksh Pritam Singh inspected Sekmai River at Kanto. The team also visited Khurkhul Makha Mamang Leikai where the locality is submerged by flood water. The Minister instructed officials to open a temporary relief camp at Khurkhul Makha Mamang Leikai to provide shelter for the flood-affected victims.

                   Later, the team went to Kalapahar in Kangpokpi district where a relief camp has been opened for flood-affected locals. The Minister handed financial assistance to locals taking shelter at the relief camp.

    The Minister and officials also inspected Imphal River bank at Singjamei Wangma Pebiya Pandit Leikai. They also oversaw the situation at Sagolband Meino Leirak, Uripok areas and Iroisemba.

    A control room has been opened at office of the Chief Engineer (IFCD) located at Khoyathong. Flood related information can be had from the control room through phone numbers 0385-2451550, 2450195 and +91 8014674755. (DIPR)

  • EDUCATION MINISTER VISITS THE SCHOOLS OF SAIKUL

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    Imphal 13th June 2017 (DIPR): Education Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam along with Shri Yamthong Haokip MLA Saikul AC today visited Thangtong Higher Secondary School, Thangkanphai, Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, Ekou Mulam and Deputy Inspector of Schools, Saikul after felicitating the successful candidates of class 10th and 12th examination 2017 of Saikul Block.

     Education Minister speaking as the Chief Guest of the felicitation programme said whatever is required for the betterment of education and their institutions, he will discussed and try to implement in the best way the government could. He also heard the grievances of the teachers and faculties of the schools.

    During the felicitation of the successful candidates, MLA Yamthong Haokip highlighted the need to establish a college in the Saikul Block for there is no college in the said village until today. He said there are schools but no college for higher education; thus, the students after completion of higher secondaries they go either to the city or to other state for pursuing higher education. He also brought up that numerous students’ gets drop out due to inability to pursue for higher studies.

    Th. Radheshyam said every step for new infrastructural development of the education will be made according to the need base keeping in view for betterment of students who is the future pillar of the nation as a whole.

    To address the existing issues of education in the state, the Minister said his team has been conducting surveys to identify the problems prevailing in the educational institution to be addressed and solved after prioritizing according to the need base.

    Teachers, he said, are those who impart education to the children and thus the recruitment of the teachers will be made focusing on those who can abide the professionalism of teaching. He added recruitment, if possible, will be done from the respective districts to stop appointing of proxy teachers against the teacher posted in the far flung places. For the welfare of the teachers, he said, he had requested the chief minister of the state to allocate the fund timely so that the salary of the teachers could be sanctioned on time. (DIPR)

  • LANGUAGE SHOULD BE MADE ACCOMODATIVE AND ADJUSTABLE FOR DEVELOPMENT: TH RADHESHYAM

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    IMPHAL, 13th June, 2017 (DIPR): Education, Labour & Employment Minister Shri Th.Radheshyam launched today B.A. Manipuri textbooks(Meetei Mayek) on an e-book format at the inaugural function of the 10-day Meetei Mayek orientation programme for college teachers who teaches Manipuri organised by the Directorate of Language Planning and Implementation ,Government of Manipur at D.M. College of Arts.

    Th.Radheshyam highlighting the power of language said it was a real step towards the concept to work paperless. He also elaborated on the importance of setting up a Meetei Mayek Translation Unit that can translate the Manipuri novels and early written records and hence make it reachable to the masses.

    Pointing out English language as a lingua-franca of the world as a very accommodative and adjustable by dint of which the British always   have the cutting edge, he remarked that we need to develop our language and teach it during early years of life.

    Sharing his opinion to the gathering, K Robindro expressed, “Although I have stayed far away from Meetei Mayek language and even find Bengali script difficult to comprehend due to my early years at hostel where no Manipuri subject was taught, I feel that we should include this language in every school to such an extent that experts from other countries may even be interested to conduct research in our language.”

    Stating that an earlier workshop on Meetei Mayek was conducted on January 23-24 of this year, Kh.Sarangajit said that the present workshop is also of utmost importance as the teachers are not well acquainted with Meetei Mayek and find it a great handicap while delivering lectures to the students and interacting with them.

    Stressing on the urgent need for conducting the orientation programme for promoting Meetei Mayek, Dr.L Mahabir said that inspite of the not so up-to-date infrastructure of the college, the teachers are performing their duties well by giving their whole-hearted dedication to their assigned tasks.He further stated that out of a total of 200 books of BA to be launched, only 28 books have been successfully launched at present. He reminded that the  website of the office dlpi.manipur.gov.in is available 24X7 so that everyone can access it.

    Education, Labour & Employment Minister Shri Th.Radheshyam, Parliamentary Secretary Education Shri K Robindro, Principal D.M. College of Arts Shri Kh. Sarangajit and Director of Directorate of Language Planning and Implementation Dr.L Mahabir Singh attended the function as Chief Guest, Guests of Honour and President respectively. (DIPR)

  • MINISTER NEMCHA REACHES OUT TO KPI EARTH CRACK AND FLOOD AFFECTED VICTIMS

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    KANGPOKPI, 13th June, 2017 (DIPR): Social Welfare and Cooperation Minister and Local MLA, Smt Nemcha Kipgen today visited the earth crack and flood affected areas in Kangpokpi District.

                Minister Nemcha rushed to the flood affected Kalapahar areas and visited the relief camp that was set up today morning at Kalapahar Government High School. She distributed various relief materials like rice, dal, pulses and financial assistance of Rupees Thirty thousand that was handed over to the Chairman of the relief camp. It may also be mentioned that emergency Medical camp was also set up at the venue. IFCD Minister Shri Letpao Haokip, Parliamentary Secretary H. Dingo Singh and his team too joined the visits to Kalapahar area.       

                Nemcha Kipgen also visited Kalikhola Relief Camp at Goma Devi Government High School where around 4-5 families were presently staying there. She distributed various relief item and essential commodities like rice, pulses, dal, to name some.

                Addressing the people in the relief camps, the Minister assured all possible help for the affected people from the government side and urged them not to panic at the present prevailing situation. An old lady at the relief camp expressed gratitude towards the noble act of the Minister in personally visiting the location and extending every possible help.

                On the way back, the Minister also visited Liyaikongpao and make sure that the situation in is under control.

                The Ministerial team includes Principal Secretary (Cooperation) and Kangpokpi District In-charge, Shri P. Vaiphei, IAS, DC, Kangpokpi Shri Ranjit Singh and ADC members.(DIPR)

  • GOVERNOR INSPECTS IMA KEITHEL GRIEVANCES OF THE WOMEN VENDORS WILL BE LOOKED INTO – GOVERNOR

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    Imphal, June 13, 2017, (DIPR): The Hon’ble Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptulla visited the Ima Keithel – one of the biggest women market in the World, today, to look into the matters concerning the problems faced by the women vendors of the State after the January 2016 Earthquake. The Keithel Ima Lups and the women vendors warmly welcomed the Hon’ble Governor.

    During her visit, Hon’ble Governor interacted with the women vendors of the temporary market shed situated near the Bir Tikendrajit Park and later the Ima Keithel No. 1.  Interacting with the media persons, Hon’ble Governor Najma Heptulla said that the main purpose of visiting the market site was to look into the problems, put up by the women vendors from a long time, in person. She said that if she could visit Ukhrul, Churachandpur, Loktak etc., she could also visit Ima Keithel, one of the biggest market in the World run and owned only by women, to hear their grievances.  

    Inspecting the temporary market shed, Hon’ble Governor said that the women vendors faced a lot of hardships because of the delay in repairing the permanent market shed destroyed in the earthquake. We should take care of the Ima keithel, the only market owned by women vendors, she added. There are so many problems at the temporary market shed such as lack of proper electricity supply, leakage during rainy season, withstanding the worst of hot season under the tin roof etc., she added. She assured that as she had seen the situation of the market on spot, she would talk not only to the State Government but also to the Central Government to sort out the problems in repairing work of the permanent buildings as soon as possible as there are disaster management teams. She would also talk to the Chief Minister personally about the problems faced by the women vendors.

    The Governor further added that she would write to the State and Central Government that they should do something for the earthquake-affected areas especially the women’s market as many women of the State are the sole bread earners of the family and the market itself is the place of livelihood of the people of Manipur. The Governor also added that she had suggested the State Government and the Livelihood Mission to do something for the betterment of the women vendors of the State.

    Expressing her happiness on the 16th Annual Conference of North East Region Commonwealth Parliamentary Association to be held in the State, the Governor said that Northeastern states should work as a federation to solve their problems; their development deficit etc. The Northeastern States should show the artistic talent and try to export the textile products to other parts of the country.  They should join hands and work together for development and prosperity of the states, she added. (DIPR)

  • MINISTER BISWAJIT TOPARTICIPATE IN THE INTERNATIONAL SISTERSHIP PAVILON OF SOUTH & SOUTHASIA COMMODITY EXPO 2017

    13 June,Imphal2017: Textiles, Commerce &Industries Minister Shri Th. Biswajit has left Imphal this afternoon to participate in the Seven days long International Sistership Pavilon of South & southeast Asia Commodity Expo 2017  and Investment Fair which is being held at Kunming ,China.

    During the expo, Shri Th.Biswajit will interact with representatives from various Southeast Asian Countries .He will also interact with entrepreneurs and promote our handlooms and handicrafts products at the Investment fair.

     The expo and Investment fair will conclude on 18 June. Minister ShriThBiswajit was accompanied by principal Sceretary Textiles, Commerce& Industries Shri L. Laker and Director of Trade, Commerce & Industries Shri M. Luikham. (DIPR)

  • CIRCULAR FROM DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE, GOM

  • 16th ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF NERCPA

  • IDCF LAUNCHED IN BISHNUPUR

    Bishnupur, the 12th June (DIPR): The intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight (IDCF) for Bishnupur district was launched today at the Community Health Centre (CHC), Moirang.

    Hon’ble MLA of Moirang Shri P. Sharatchandra Singh, who was the Chief Guest of the function, formally launched the observation. DC Bishnupur Shri Boby Waikhom was the President of the function while Bishnupur CMO, Dr H. Babychand and chairperson of Moirang Municipal Council were the Guests of Honour.

      As a part of the event, zinc tablets and ORS packets were distributed to ASHA workers and other intermediaries to reach to every children in the nook and corner of the district.

                     The IDFC, it may be mentioned is a nation-wide observation, that is being held from June 12-14 to control the occurrence of diarrhoea in children during the onslaught of summer and monsoon season. (DIPR)

  • MINISTERS VISITED SOUTH EAST MANIPUR COLLEGE AND UNION MODEL SCHOOL OF CHANDEL

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    Imphal 12th May 2017 (DIPR): Ksh. Bhabananda Singh, Hon’ble M. P. Rajya Sabha along with Education, Labour and Employment Minister Th. Radheshyam Singh, Parliamentary Secretary Finance and Science & Technology Th. Satyabata Singh today visited South East Manipur College and Union Model School Komlathabi, Chandel District.

                    Meeting the teachers and village authorities the Education Minister said the government would try to provide whatever they can. However, he added he would not make any commitment or promises. The faculty members requested the ministers to upgrade the college to a full-fledged government college. They also highlighted the need to develop the infrastructural condition of the college and memorandums were also submitted.

                    Educational institution, he said should be regarded as a sacred place like the place of worship. Because schools and colleges is the place, where the children are going to receive the wealth of knowledge that will guide them to brighter and better future he added.

                    Later the people of Thamlapokpi village felicitated them at their church. In the visit, officials and ADC members were also present.(DIPR)

  • ORDER FROM THE DM KANGPOKPI

  • BASIC COURSE IN NEWS REPORTING BEGINS IN CHURACHANDPUR

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    Imphal, June 12, 2017 (DIPR) : A 7-Day Basic Course in News Reporting for Churachandpur district was inaugurated by Director (IPR) Shri Meghachandra Kongbam today at Lamka Press Club (MHJU), HQ Veng, Churachandpur.

    Speaking on the occasion, IPR Director said that in this communication age, media’s role is very important and upto date information on the developmental works taken up by the government should be made available to the public particularly those residing in rural and hill areas. As a good and successful communicator, the youths who are participating in this Basic course in news reporting should play a vital role in communicating the masses for well being of our future.

    President, Manipur Hills Journalist Union Shri Sothing Shimray in his speech appreciated the IPR department for organising such kind of training in the hill districts of Manipur. This is very fortunate for us and we must try to learn something about journalism. IPR has been providing opportunity for the hill people in the field of Journalism.

    While speaking on the occasion, the Course Co-ordinator, State Institute of Journalism, DIPR Shri Chongtham Noyon Singh greeted the course participants and highlighted the aims and objectives of the State Institute of Journalism, which was established on October 19, 1992.

    He mentioned (1) Producing and bringing up professionally qualified personnel in the field of Journalism and Mass Communication by equipping the students with the latest knowledge and imparting adequate professional knowledge and skills of Mass Communication (2) To impart in service training to those engaged in Mass Communication organizations including DIPR and media units of various Departments. (3) Taking up research projects on the traditional and modern Mass Communication systems and preserve them (4) Studying the utilization of social and cultural activities as a means of Mass Communication ; and (5) To help the State for a new meaningful exposure in the matter of development activities and achievements of the Govt. by organizing Seminars, Workshops, Exhibitions etc. as aims and objectives of the Institute.

    Altogether 26 years are participating in the course which will concludes on 19thJune, 2017. The Basic course was organised by State Institute of Journalism under DIPR, Govt. of Manipur. (DIPR)

  • WE NEED TO KNOW OUR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: HEALTH MINISTER

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    Imphal, June 12, 2017 (DIPR): Health and Family Welfare Minister Shri L. Jayantakumar singh expressed that everybody should, understand his/her social responsibility and act accordingly. Attending the Inaugural Function of Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight-2017 in the Conference Hall of Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences, JNIMS today as the Chief Guest, he said that Cleanliness, Proper Sanitation and Child Care are the major steps to be maintained by a mother as preventive measures of Diarrheoa. Mothers need to be well aware about diarrhoea to control the disease.

    Minister also mentioned that different steps are being taken up by the concerned departments to control diarrhoea. He said that good health of a child is also necessary to keep distance from diarrhoea.

    On the other hand minister expressed his deep concern about the prevailing complexity regarding transfer and posting of health staffs particularly doctors, nurses and para-medical staffs against the shortage of doctors in the state.

    The Government is doing its best level to overcome this situation in order to create a conducive atmosphere for giving the best services in the state, he added. Shri Jayantakumar also mentioned about the concept of Flying Doctors and its importance in the state. Stating about Flying Doctors, minister stated that the Governor of Manipur has already been discussed about the mater in which there is a positive signal from the Governor.

    Attending the function as President Sumant Singh, IAS, Secretary Health & Family Welfare Manipur said that we should not get confused between simple and complex things  rather take interest in simple things.

    Director Education (S) Shri Th. Kirankumar Singh in his Guest-of-Honour's speech said that it needs to identify the month or season of the year which register the maximum number of diarrhoea cases and accordingly so that required plan can be taken up early.

    The function was attended by Smt. Jacintha Lazarus, Director Social Welfare Manipur, Dr. K. Lokendro Singh, Director Health Service Manipur and Prof. Deben Laishram, Director JNIMS as Guests of Honour. Health Services officials, Nurses Students and others were also present at the inaugural function. (DIPR)

  • INTENSIFIED DIARRHOEA CONTROL FORNIGHT, 2017(IDCF) LAUNCHED

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    Senapati, June 12, 2017 (DIPR),: Intensified Diarrhoea control fortnight 2017 was launched today at Senapati Thong Upper Primary School, Senapati . Speaking on the occasion Chairman/DC, DHS Senapati, Shri Athem Muivah asks all the concerned staffs of different departments to join hands and make it a success. He said that Manipur state stood second position in the successful implementation of the program last year and urges all to work harder to become the best state in the country in implementing the program this time.

                Addressing the gatherings Director/CMO (DHS), Senapati, Shri H.Loli Mao said that IDCF is being organised in the month of June as children below 5years of age are prone to this epidemic mostly in these rainy months. Stressing the need of maintaining personal hygiene he show the gatherings the Hand Washing Technique which is one the most important step of maintaining personal hygiene and asked the all the students present to teach the technique to their respective family members. Chief Medical Officer further said that the program will continue for a fortnight in all the schools and anganwadi centres throughout the district and besides creating awareness ORS pouches will be distributed by ASHA workers to all the houses which have children below the age of 5years and will also extend all necessary help if anyone found suffering from diarrhoea.

    Besides Deputy commissioner and Cheif Medical Officer the function was attended by CEO,ADC Senapati,ADC staffs, DI/AI ADC Senapati and staffs of the Medical department.(DIPR)

  • GOVERNMENT ORDERS ENQUIRY TO PROBE SUPPLY OF SUB-STANDARD BELTS

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    Imphal, June 7, 2017 (DIPR): The State Government has constituted an inquiry committee to probe supply of poor quality belts to Manipur Police Department.

    Addressing a press conference at CM Secretariat’s Cabinet Hall, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh said that the committee would be headed by Additional Chief Secretary Dr. Suhel Akhtar, and would have Special Secretary Shri R. Sudhan and IGP (Admn) Dr. S. Ibocha as the members. The committee has been given one month’s time to submit its report.

    The Chief Minister said that after he received complaints on social networking sites, he directed the Government’s Monitoring Cell headed by Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Dr. J. Suresh Babu to investigate the alleged supply of substandard belts to the State Police Department.

    Dr. Suresh Babu and DGP Shri L.M. Khaute along with two teams of Monitoring Cell conducted verification of the stocks of the central store located in 1st Bn. Manipur Rifles campus and district store located in Imphal West SP’s office complex.

    The Chief Minister said that he also personally visited these stores later after the team informed him that there was need for a thorough probe as the supplied belts were of very poor quality and inferior to the samples produced at the time of tender.

    Stating that the belts, recovered from these stores, were of very poor quality, the Chief Minister said that it could be easily torn by hands without much effort.

    Shri N. Biren also tore a sample of the belt before the media during the press conference. He said that it is unfortunate to detect such irregularities at a time when the State Government is putting in efforts to boost the morale of the State security personnel who have been rendering service to the society day and night.

    Disclosing that M/s Md Gani Khan was the firm which had supplied such sub-standard belts to the Manipur Police Department, the Chief Minister said that the firm had been blacklisted and a thorough investigation would be done against the firm. He said that the police headquarters had ascertained that the supply was made during the year 2013-14.

    Maintaining that the State Government would never tolerate such irregularities, the Chief Minister asserted that befitting action would be taken against those who are found involved without any leniency.

    He further clarified that the present Government has no ill-feeling or enmity against anybody but it is simply trying to penalise the wrongdoers. (DIPR)

  • SECOND HILL PEOPLE’S DAY WITNESSES OVERWHELMING RESPONSE CM INTERACTS WITH PUBLIC FOR OVER 5 HOURS WITHOUT ANY BREAK

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    Imphal, June 10, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh’s call for bringing the grievances of hill people to his notice on the 10th day of every month has been responded well by the masses so far.

    On the second Hill People’s Day organised at Chief Minister’s Secretariat complex today, around 800 people including village chiefs and civil society leaders representing around 260 different organisations and village authorities from all the hill districts of the State turned up to meet the Chief Minister.

    Shri N. Biren personally interacted with this huge number of people, including many from far-flung and border areas, for more than five hours without any break inside Chief Minister’s Secretariat complex from 8:45 am to 2:30 pm.

    Like on ‘Meeyamgi Numit’, people gathered at the gate since early morning to get inside the CM’s Secretariat complex today as well.

    The Chief Minister said that village chiefs and organisation leaders mainly put up issues concerning bad road condition, drinking water problem, absence of playground and community hall etc.

    Shri Biren said that he has been able to discover many unnoticed issues and matters on Hill People’s Day and Meeyamgi Numit.

    He stated that with the coming of BJP-led coalition Government in the State, people have now started showing confidence to the State administration.

    Even people from far-flung and interior areas like Tousem, Nambashi and Jessami etc. came to meet him today, he added.

    The Chief Minister further said that many people, who had been affected by the recent flash flood, had also brought their grievances to his notice.

    Stating that necessary follow-up actions are regularly effected by his office regarding the issues recorded on Hill People’s Day and Meeyamgi Numit, the Chief Minister said that appropriate steps are under process for around 60 per cent of the issues/complaints.

    Conveying that the proposal for a topographical-based budget had been accepted by the Central Government, the Chief Minister said that most of the problems faced by the people of hill districts can now be sorted out through recently announced Hill Area Development Programme, which would initially cover Chandel, Tamenglong and Churachandpur districts of the State.

    Regarding the helplessness faced by eligible and capable youths belonging to poor families, Shri Biren said that the Government would consider giving preference to them in Government jobs.

    The Chief Minister further said that a detailed project report amounting Rs 600 crore for revamping inter-village roads and approach roads had been sent to the Centre, he added.

    It may be mentioned that the Chief Minister announced during his maiden visit to Ukhrul district on April 11 that the 10th day of every month would be reserved for interacting with the leaders of civil society organisations and village chiefs of hill areas. (DIPR)

  • MERITORIOUS STUDENTS OF SADAR HILLS FELICITATED IMPROVING STUDENTS ALSO NEED TO BE ENCOURAGED: Y. JOYKUMAR SINGH

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    IMPHAL, 10th June, 2017 (DIPR): Deputy Chief Minister Shri Yumnam Joykumar Singh said students which are improving from their previous stage are also to be encouraged despite encouraging meritorious students only. He was speaking at the 19th Major S. Kipgen, SM (Pagin) Foundation Meritorious Award in High School Leaving Certificate Examination 2017, Distribution Ceremony held at Emmanuel Higher Secondary School, Haipi in Kangpokpi District today.

    Deputy Chief Minister said that nowadays the extent of learning process is very much different from the older days. Most of the students have relied upon tuition/coaching which are only a few in those days. He said students at any level should be encouraged so that they can challenge everything and score higher marks in the examination also.

    Mentioning about to bring quality education Shri Yumnam Joykumar Singh said, three things are important while talking about quality education. Learning, Understanding and Application are the basic steps through which we can bring quality education. Students should understand what they learnt and should try to apply it so that different concepts can be developed. He lauded the students and wishes them to bring laurels in their future life.

    Speaking at the function Health Minister Shri L. Jayantakumar Singh urged the students to aim at excellence to serve people and to contribute to society. He said, social education is very much important in human lives. Despite all good career and certificates, what is important is the association with people and application of what we learnt in society, he added.

    Tribal Affairs Minister Shri N. Kayisii while praising the students said, strong determination  accompanying with aim are essential to get success in life. He said, students should try their best to achieve what they want as it is the best way to serve parents also. Altogether 11 toppers of Sadar Hills District were awarded in the function.

    Earlier in the day, Deputy Chief Minister attended the meritorious award distribution ceremony held at Pari Imom Sindam Sang, Lanjing where Meritorious Awards along with Gold Medal was presented to 21st Position Holder of High School Leaving Certificate Examination 2017, Kumari Konthoujam Pinki Devi and other outstanding students.

    Deputy Chief Minister also inspected the Taxation Office in the erstwhile Guwahati High Court, Imphal Bench Complex in North AOC today. He inspected the ongoing renovation works in the office complex and instructed the concerned officials to complete the work by next week.(DIPR)

  • MINISTER KARAM SHYAM CALLS FOR UNITY AMONG ELECTED MEMBERS TO SOLVE PEOPLE'S ISSUES

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    IMPHAL, JUNE 11, 2017(DIPR): Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Shri Karam Shyam today called upon all the elected members of the Manipur State Legislative Assembly to work as a collective force to solve various issues, including mismanagement in the distribution of rice under National Food Security Act (NFSA) in the State.

    He was speaking as the Chief Guest of the function at the inauguration of a community gate in front of Ima Nongpok Panthoibi Shanglen, Naorem Leikai. Minister Karam Shyam clarified that, the State government is controlling the sale of rice in the market to stop the trading of NFSA rice which is given to the beneficiaries at Rs 3/kg. Expressing serious concern over the matter, the Minister said that, the elected members of various constituencies must take the responsibility in the management of the distribution of NFSA rice to ensure that the rice reaches the beneficiaries.

    He also stated that, he has been receiving numerous complaints regarding NFSA rice from the valley as well as hill districts, Karam Shyam said that, a mechanism will be soon implemented in consultation with the Chief Minister Shri. N. Biren Singh and officials so that all the benefits and schemes provided by the government reaches the target beneficiaries.

    The Minister said that, it is time for all the elected members to leave behind political differences to work for the welfare of the people and for the State as a whole. He also sought the support from the people of the State to cooperate with the government for successful implementation of Central as well as State policies and programmes.

    Minister Karam Shyam said that, the community gate inaugurated today at Naorem Leikai will be a landmark for the people of the State like the Maharaj Gambhir Singh Memorial Complex, Manipur University Gate, Narshing Temple and the Kawa Keithel (market). He also praised the elders and the youth of the area for actively participating in the construction of the community gate and welcomed them to give suggestions and advice on any issues.

    Minister Karam Shyam also spoke as the Chief Guest during an awareness programme of women Self Help Groups (SHGs) in Lilong Chajing Mairenkhong Community Hall. He spoke on the importance of financial independence and the need to learn financial management. Minister said that, to financially empower women of the area, around 160 SHG consisting of 1,600 women will be given a financial aid which will be financed by the Urban Co-operative Bank. He said they must avail the financial assistance to improve their economic condition. Women play an important role in our society and it is important that each and every woman is financially independent for a better society, he added. The awareness programme was attended by women of Langthabal Assembly Constituency. (DIPR)

  • FELICITATION PROGRAMME HELD

    Imphal, 11th June, 2017 (DIPR): Felicitation programme for 30  students of HSLC & HSS Examination,2017 organised by Churachandpur Meetei Students’ Union was held at Khumu Jamba Meetei Leikai, Churachandpur yesterday.

    The function was graced by Agriculture,Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Minister Shri V.Hangkhanlian,ADC Chairman Khaipao Haokip, V/C ADC V. Khaikhanmung  and Deputy Commissioner Shri Shyamlal Poonia IAS & Naorem Ibomcha Meetei as Chief Guest, Guests of Honour and Functional President respectively.

     During the programme, the Minister congratulated all successful candidates and expressed his appreciation to the organisers for arranging such programme. He said that students are the hopes of the future who would become leaders and builders of the society and nation.  Appealing  the students, he said that competition is higher than before, they  need to work harder in their  studies to reach the top. He further expressed his desire to extend all  possible help to those students suffering from financial problems in their further education .

    Focussing on the duty of the students to know their responsibility & work persistently, Deputy Commissioner Churachandpur Shri Shyamlal Poonia said that parents need to encourage the students in their education who would become future leaders of the country.

    He later encouraged, “ There are many jobs not only in Govt. sector but also in various avenues where  the students can try their hands after completing their education .It is the role of the parents to spread awareness to their children regarding job possibilities beyond public arenas.”

    The organisers awarded certificates and cash prizes   to 21 HSLC & 9 HSSE  successful candidates and the  gold medallist in Mathematics from Manipur University , Laishram  Melody daughter of L Chandra of Mandop Leikai, Churachandpur.

        In the programme, other dignitaries,teachers and leaders also spoke encouragement to the students. Around three hundred local people participated in the programme. (DIPR)

  • NOTIFICATION FROM TOURISM DEPARTMENT, GOVERNMENT OF MANIPUR

  • SPOT FOR WOMEN MARKET AT SENAPATI FINALISED

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    LET’S NOT BEAR ANY INDIVIDUAL INTEREST WHEN IT COMES

    TO DEVELOPMENT AND WELFARE OF THE PEOPLE: N. KAYISII

    Imphal; June 9, 2017 (DIPR): Following the Chief Minister’s recent announcement to set up women markets in all district headquarters in April this year, a ministerial team of Senapati District led by Shri N. Kayisii, Minister, TA & Hills and Fisheries today inspected the proposed site for construction of the women market at Senapati District Headquarters.

    The team, which also includes PHED Minister L. Dikho, along with DC Senapati and engineers and staff of Manipur Police Housing Corporation and DRDA inspected the proposed site which is presently occupied by the Senapati Police Station. The team also inspected the old Electricity Office Complex adjacent to the police station, where the existing police station is likely to be shifted.

    After inspecting the propsed sites, the ministerial team along with the Deputy Commissioner, Senapati and representatives of Senapati District Students’ Association, Senapati District Women’s Association and Naga People’s Organization deliberately discussed for setting up of the women market at the proposed site.

    During the discussion, N. Kayisii stated that the women market is to be constructed at the proposed site in the interest of the people of the district. He appealed the gathering not to bear any individual interest when it comes to development and welfare of the people. He also appealed to all section of people of the district to co-operate in setting up of such project and in bringing up the district.

    Later, it was unanimously agreed and finalised to construct the women market at the proposed site presently occupied by the Senapati Police Station.

    The women market at Senapati is to be constructed with a budget of 10 crore as announced earlier by the Chief Minister. The market will have two floors which will accomodate 200 plus women vendors coming from different parts odf the district. 

  • PR FROM ADDITIONAL DIRECTOR, FISHERIES DEPARTMENT

  • MINISTER BISWAJIT TAKES STOCK OF INFERNO AT TAKYEL INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, INSPECTS WORK-SHEDS AT ESTATE

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    Imphal, June 9, 2017(DIPR):Commerce and Industries Minister ShriThongamBiswajit Singh took stock of the damages incurred in a fire incident at the Takyel Industrial Estate, this morning. The fire damaged work sheds allotted to Loktak Industries and the Manipur Plastic Industries.

    Following the inspection, the Minister said that, the State Fire Service will submit a departmental report on the incident.

    Assuring all possible aid to the affected entrepreneur, the Minister said the government will decide on the necessary relief measures for the victims including payment of necessary compensation or reimbursementat the earliest. As for temporary relief, the Minister instructed the concerned officials to identify non-allocated or unoccupied work sheds where the affected entrepreneur could be shifted and adjusted for the time being.

    The Minister also inspected the work-sheds at the estate allocated to different entrepreneurs and demanded the concerned officials to submit, at the earliest, the names and details of all entrepreneurs and work sheds allocated to them. He further asked the officials that the details should also include alist of all entrepreneurs who are yet to open their allocated work sheds.

    Demanding details of all units which are still lying non-utilised despite being already allocated to beneficiaries, the Minister said such work sheds should be re-allocated to deserving beneficiaries if the previous beneficiaries are unable to set up their units.

    Briefing media persons, the Minister said it is the government’s main objective to make the non-functional Industrial Estates in the State functional at the earliest. He elaborated that, the government is acting on its commitment to solve the unemployment problem by making the industrial estates fully functional and redressing the grievances of the entrepreneurs. This is to encourage the entrepreneurs who on their part will provide earning avenues to others by giving them jobs, he added.

    Minister Biswajit further said that, all the requirements of the Industrial Estate which are presently lacking will be provided at the earliest after proper consultation with the Chief Minister.

    On the TeraUrak Industrial Estate, he said the estate was lying non-functional earlier, but now we have already met and talked with the entrepreneurs and discussed their issues of which power supply has already been provided. He continued that, now the Army personnel occupying the work sheds have been moved out and required modifications to the work shed structures according to the needs of the entrepreneurs will also be taken up so that the estate is made functional at the earliest.

    The Minister also met entrepreneurs and their staffs,and assured to look into all their grievances. He also suggested that they should conduct a monthly cleanliness drive around the campus by announcing a day-off for their staffs. Minister Biswajit also instructed the entrepreneurs to put up their sign boards in front of their units within 15 days. He also said that the entrepreneurs should equip their work sheds with fire extinguishers according to the capacity of their units so as to safeguard themselves from unfortunate fire incidents.

    Meanwhile, during an inspection of the MSME-Development Institute, Imphal office located inside the campus, the Minister instructed the staffs present to submit its activity/action records of the last three years.

    The Minister was accompanied by Commerce and Industries officials including Director Shri M Luikham during the visit. Both the Loktak Industries and the Manipur Plastic Industries are owned by ManoharmayumGeetchandra Sharma. (DIPR)

  • ‘SNAN JATRA’ RITUAL PERFORMED

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    Imphal, 9TH JUNE, 2017 (DIPR):  The “Snan Jatra” of Lord Jagannath was carried out at Radha Madhav Temple, Sanakhya Yaima Mandap, Moirangkhom today in the presence of Hon’ble Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptulla.

    Titular king Maharaja Leishemba Sanajaoba, M.U. Prof.R.K.Ranjan, son of (L)M.K.  Binodini & promoter of Huntre!Equine org.  ,Somi Roy, grandchildren & relatives of past Maharajas and members of the Jalakeli Pala took part in the Snan Jatra religious ritual.

    The Governor along with others present in the auspicious ceremony   paid floral tributes to the photos of Maharaja Nara Singh, Maharaja Churachand & Maharaja Budhachandra.

    After a wonderful religious song performance from the Jalakeli Pala, there was an utsab for all the invitees.

    An award comprising of phanek mapannaiba, innaphi, a cash prize of Rs. 5000/ along with a certificate was given to the lead singer of Jalakeli Pala ,R.K. Mohinisana for her contribution to the growth & development of Jalakeli Pala that was founded by Maharaja Nara Singh.

    It may be mentioned that a similar pala group titled Rasheshori Pala was founded by  Maharaja Budhachandra too.

                As per historic records and religious tradition of the State, the “Snan Jatra” of God Jagannath is usually performed annually prior to the 10-day Kang festival to denote the status of holy awakening and purification of God Jagannath from His sleep so as to make  preparation  to participate in the coming Rath Jatra festival that will be held on the 25th of this month. (DIPR)

  • YENING ANIMAL FOUNDATION,GRAND INAUGURATION DAY HELD

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    June 9,2017,Imphal;(DIPR):The grand inauguration Day  for Yening Animal Foundation, under the theme, Love Animals and Learn Animals, was held at Sangeet Kala Sangam, Khurai Lamlong today.

                  The function was attended by Agriculture, Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Minister Shri V.Hangkhanlian, Managing Director (Yening Animal Foundation), Film maker, Author,Writer Smt. Sapna Laishram, Parliamentary Secretary (Home) L.Sushildro (Yaima) and Director Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Shri Haobijam Chaoba as Chief Guest, President and Guests of Honour respectively.

              During the opening function Minister V.Hangkhanlian said that cruelty to animals Act, 1960 has been already enforced in the state now, to look after the animals and love them is the utmost responsibilities for everyone for the economic development and eco friendly relation. He appeal to the people to co-operate with the department in caring of animals and seek help from them for this the Government would give every possible help to the cattle rearing people for their requirement. He also assured to extend help to make embankment for prevention of flood problem in Khurai areas.

             Parliamentary Secretary (Home) L.Sushindro also appeal the department to carry out wide areas of vaccination camp for animals and make project and urge the concern Minister to include more budget in future. He also assured that embankment to prevent flood would be constructed after consultations with the higher authority.

              Functional President and Managing Director Smt. Sapna Laishram, and Joint Director Th. Ramabati, Director  Haobijam Chaoba and other dignitaries of the department also spoke about the need of caring and proper treatment to animals. Vaccination to dogs was also done at the Sangeet Kala Sangam.

    The mission of the function is to touch the hearts  , minds and soul of the society/people to help the animals. To act responsibility and groom a more humane world for animals is its vision. Balancing the head and heart of the society to love animals, collaboration in team work , seminar, workshop, inspiring trust to the society through leadership, protect and care, put an end to animal cruelty and fight against it to relief suffering of animals, distributing reward to the best animals owners and animals, preserved indigenous plant and animals, preservation of endangered animals etc, are the value and aspects of inauguration day for Yening Animal Foundation

          The staff of Veterinary and Animal husbandry and some local people attended the function. (DIPR)

  • MINISTER SHYAMKUMAR STRESSES ON MAINTENANCE OF TREES

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    IMPHAL, JUNE 9, 2017 (DIPR): Forests and Environment Minister Shri Thounaojam Shyamkumar today stressed on the need for maintenance of trees in the State, saying that, "To plant trees is very easy but maintaining it is very difficult."

    Minister Th. Shyamkumar was speaking as the Chief Guest of the function at "Agri and allied activities & distribution of planting materials", a one-day awareness-cum-training programme at Laikhurembi Ground, Khurai Sajor Leikai, Imphal East. The function was organised by Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, Manipur Prant and sponsored by the Directorate of Extensive Education, Central Agricultural University, Imphal.

    Stating that the month of June and July is the right time to plant trees in Manipur, Minister Shyamkumar observed that, people of different walks of life in the State plant trees but never maintain it. He was hopeful that we can save the environment once we have this concept to plant trees focusing on maintenance.

    Dinesh Kulkarni, Organising General Secretary, All India Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, opined that "consumerism" has resulted in the over exploitation of the environment and that is why the world leaders are now engaged in making policy plans to save the world. Observing that the forest cover in Manipur has diminished over the years, Dinesh Kulkarni appealed to the State Government as well as to the public to plant trees with nutritional values which are beneficial to the environment. He further appealed to the public to adopt organic farming.

    As part of the function, different varieties of trees were also planted. Parliamentary Secretary (Home) L. Susindro Meitei, also the MLA of Khurai Assembly Constituency; members of Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, Manipur Prant; officials of Central Agricultural University, Imphal and residents of the area attended the function. (DIPR)

  • MINISTER BISWAJIT INAUGURATES HANDLOOM WORKSHED

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    Imphal, June 8 (DIPR):Commerce and Industries Minister Shri Thongam Biswajit Singh, today, inaugurated a newly constructed work-shed of Arcus Modern Handloom and Handicraft Enterprises and launched the e-commerce platform of the enterprise near Nambol Maibamlotpa Ching Leimaram Lamkhai.

              Addressing the inaugural function, Minister Biswajit said encouraging entrepreneurs will help in generating employment in the State.The State government’s target is to provide livelihood avenues to 1.5 lakh youth every year, he said adding that chaos and unrest will prevail in the society as long as the problem of unemployment is there.

    He said that, people instead of waiting for only government jobs should have the determination to work hard and sustain their livelihood.

    Starting from the Nupilan movement, womenfolk in the Manipuri society has played an important role including in developing handloom, he said. Apart from agriculture, handloom and handicraft have also been source of income for many, he said.

    The Minister also observed that concerned department officials should not discriminate while granting loans and subsidies to beneficiaries. He elaborated such discrimination will only demoralise the artisans and young entrepreneurs.

    The vision of the present government is to bridge the hill-valley gap, he said. Lack of development in the hills led to the conflict between the communities.

    The Commerce and Industries Minister also said that, soon solar power looms will be distributed to intended beneficiaries so as to save their time and labour, and enhance productivity at the sametime. He continued soil testing for suitability of cotton plantation will soon be conducted at Jiribam and Moreh.

    He also said that for the benefit of the weavers of the State, the Commerce and Industries department will soon launch raw material delivery at doorsteps of weavers.

    Minister Biswajit also said that he is conducting monthly review meetings of all departments under him. This will help in the growth of the departments. He said through the meetings the officials and staff can highlight the grievances of their concerned departments so that all issues are redress after due consideration.

    Oinam MLA Shri Laishram Radhakishore Singh who is also Chairman, Pollution Control Board and Khadi and Village Industries Board, Manipur stressed on the importance to strengthen the work culture among the youth of the State.

    Moirang MLA Shri P. Sarachandra Singh also spoke at length on capacity building and strengthening human resource development in the State.

    Officials of Directorate of Handloom and Handicrafts, Weavers and locals attended the function. (DIPR)

  • EMPOWER YOUTH FOR A STRONG NATION: MINISTER KARAM SHYAM

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    IMPHAL, JUNE 8, 2017(DIPR): The issue of growing racism and violence against North East people should be raised in the National Level Youth Festivals. He said any attempt to discriminate any citizen based on caste, gender, language, facial features, and religion should be condemned in the strongest possible term.This was stated by Shri Karam Shyam, Minister CAF&PD and Revenue, during the valedictory function of the North East NSS Youth Festival, 2017 held at the Centenary Hall, Manipur University.

    The Minister said the festival organised by the National Service Scheme (NSS) Cell, Manipur University will help in empowering youth through the activities such as personality development, cultural exchange inbuilt with a sense of love, peace, harmony and national integration. A nation can progress in the right direction when the youth energy is used in a right, effective and constructive way, he added. The Minister expressed hope that NSS Cell, MU will organise a National Level Youth Festival in the coming years which will be a great avenue to celebrate the diversity of India.

    Minister Karam Shyam said that, for a successful democratic system, the youth must participate in the democratic process.  He also reminded the participants of the festival that, one must not forget the fundamental duties while asserting the fundamental rights. We can serve the nation by merely performing our duties, he added.

    Speaking as the Guest of honour, Prof. M. Shyamkesho Singh, Registrar (i/c) Manipur University said the interaction among the participants during the festival will help in deeper understanding of the rich culture of the 8 (eight) north east states.Speaking as the Guest of honour, Prof. Kh. Tomba Singh, Dean of Students’ Welfare Manipur University said that, youth unemployment is one of the principle social and economic challenges facing the country. He said we must promote youth entrepreneurship to enhance employability and employment opportunities.

    The function was also attended by Shri. L. Rameshwor Meetei, Parliamentary Secretary(IFCD), Prof. M. Shyamkesho Singh, Registrar, Manipur University and Shri. H.K. Sharma, Programme Advisor, NSS, New Delhi. As part of the valedictory function, mementos and certificates were distributed to the participants and programme officers by the Chief Guest and Guest of Honour of the function.

    During the festival participants took part in various activities like personality development, meditation and laughter therapy among others. Around 300 (three hundred) volunteers and programme officers from Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Assam, Nagaland, Mizoram, Tripura and Manipur are taking part in the North East NSS Youth Festival which began on June 4, 2017. (DIPR)

  • MINISTER SHRI BISWAJIT RELEASES BOOK TITLED “ADMISSION NO.857”

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    Imphal, June 7, 2017(DIPR): Public Works, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Information and Public Relations, Administrative Reforms and Training, Power and Commerce and Industries Minister Shri Thongam Biswajit Singh, today, released a book “Admission No. 857” in the presence of Education, Labour & Employment Minister Shri Th Radheshyam Singh and Lt Gen K Himalay Singh, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, YSM (Retd) and chairman MPSC.

                The book is authored by Col N. Hemachandra Singh. The book releasing function was held at Lamyanba Shanglen, Palace Compound.

                Addressing the function, Minister Biswajit said through reading books we gain knowledge. Recounting experiences from his school life, the Minister also expressed gratitude to the teachers who helped shape the lives of their students. He said once a teacher, the person will remain a teacher for life. A teacher shapes his student’s life and help him become successful in life, he added.

                He also said that different people will have different qualities, however, everyone should carry out their duties and responsibilities assigned to them with utmost sincerity for the society to grow.

                Minister Biswajit also said that, there is no end in the learning process and we should never stop. He further urged the youth to be self confident, encourage positive energy and work hard for a better society.

                Lt Gen K. Himalay Singh, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, YSM (Retd) in his short speech said that, Manipur has one of the highest numbers of Army officers per capita of population in the country. He said the State has more than 750 Army officers approximately.

    Minister Radheshyam urged the people to cultivate the habit of reading books. He said “The words we speak, we write. Words spoken can make you cry, make you laugh, can make you rich, can make you poor and it can empower you.”

    He also said life is all about taking risk and challenges and there is no life if we don’t take risk, he added.

    The function was also attended by Teacher and Sr Master Sainik School Imphal (retd) Shri L. Ajit Singh, Head Master, national Children School, Khongman Shri W.Kunjo Singh and Sainik School, Imphal Alumni Association president Shri N.Ibungochoubi Singh as guests of honour.(DIPR)

  • MINISTER TH BISAWJIT INSTRUCTS OFFICIALS TO IMPLEMENT PMEGP SCHEME SYSTEMATICALLY

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    Imphal, 7 June 2017(DIPR): Commerce and Industries Minister Shri Th Biswajit has instructed the implementing agencies of Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme to implement the scheme systematically in the state, so that the department could generate more employment to solved unemployment problem in the state.

    Chairing review meeting of the department at his official conference hall at new Secretariat, Minister said that commerce and Industries Department is targeting to generate 3000 employment and loopholes in implementing the scheme will delay in generating employment.

    Minister also stressed to review the Task Force Screening Committee for selecting genuine beneficiaries for PMEGP scheme. He also expressed dismay over the failure to achieved target project. There are 4434 pending cases of PMEGP for the year 2016-2017   and the target project of PMEGP for the year 2017-2018 is 717. Minister instructed the officials to re-verify beneficiaries of the pending cases and asked to provide the PMEGP scheme to genuine beneficiaries at the earliest. He also warns to take stern action against those officials whose misdeed is found regarding implementation of PMEGP scheme. He also expressed dismay over the lack of infrastructure in District Industries Centers. Industries department is an important department and it is helping in solving unemployment problems in the state.  .He said until and unless unemployment problem is solved, peace cannot be restored in the state.

    Minister also asked all District General Managers to highlight their grievances and lack of infrastructure and man-powers in their concern centers. Regarding Livelihood Business Incubators, he said central government has sanctioned to establish 7 LBIs in the state out of 20 through out the country and concerned official should start full functioning of LBIs in the state.

    During the meeting official of Thoubal highlighted that lack of basic inputs and delayed in fund flow hamper functioning of IBLs. Speaking on the meeting Principal Secretary of Trade,   Commerce and Industries Shri L. Lakher said industries department is very important department and urge all general managers to take active initiative in strengthening District Industries Centres .As all equipment has been set up in all LBIs, he asked General Managers to make it fully operational. Director of Trade, Commerce and Industries Shri M. Luikham highlighted that lack of manpower is the main problem in full functioning of LBIs.  

    Minister also informed that all LBIs should have equal number of machineries and asked officials of MFICL to distribute lemon grass plants to farmers at the earliest and also asked them not to discourage the farmers. He also appeals to all to work systematically without keeping any pending work for a healthy society.

    All District General Managers, officials of Commerce and Industries Department, officials of MFICL and beneficiaries were also present in the meeting. (DIPR)

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  • SATH HAI VISHWAS HAI HO RAHA VIKAS HAI-PHOTO EXHIBITION INAUGURATED SMALL REFORMS SHOULD BE MINGLED TO BRING A TRANSFORMATION: KSH BHABANANDA

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    Imphal, June 7, 2017 (DIPR): The 5-day photo exhibition organised by The Directorate of Advertising & Visual Publicity( DAVP),Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on the theme : "Sath Hai Vishwas Hai Ho Raha Vikas Hai" kicked off today at Phoijing, Konthoujam A/C, Imphal West.

    Hon'ble MP,Rajya Sabha & President , BJP,Manipur Pradesh, Shri Ksh Bhabananda, Station Director in Charge, AIR,Imphal, Shri Dilip Mayengbam, IPR Director, Shri Meghachandra Kongbam and MCO, PIB Imphal, Smt. Loitam Premlata Devi graced the inaugural function as Chief Guest, President & Guests  of Honour respectively.

    Speaking as the Chief Guest, Shri Ksh Bhabananda expressed the Photo Exhibition may be treated as 3 years progress report of the Central Government in which the public can witness what the Government has done and what can be taken up further. He appraised the decision making power of Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India and his innovative ideas to led administrative changes and improvement to fight against the problems of terrorism and Corruption.

    With the new Government there is a paradigm shift from VIP culture to Every Person is Important (EPI) and small reforms should be mingled to bring transformation in the Country, said the MP, Rajya Sabha. He also expressed the importance of successful implementation process rather than just giving subsidies and made an assurance that the incumbent Chief Minister of Manipur will bring a big change in the state with his bold decision making process.

    Highlighting on the main theme of the exhibition "Sath Hai Vishwas Hai Ho Raha Vikas Hai", Shri Meghachandra Kongbam said that the exhibition is a kind of mela showing the achievements of the Central Goverment within a time period of 3 years. He applauded the Government for going together with the public by staying away from the VIP culture.

    Meghachandra Kongbam stated that the Government has been making various Policies and Schemes for the welfare of the citizens in hills and remote areas for the overall development of the Country. He also advised the students about the importance of the photos displaying the details of schemes for gaining knowledge for Civil Services Examination.

    Delivering the welcome address to the gathering,   Smt. Loitam Premlata said that the Central Govt. has launched around 105 schemes till March 2017 however some schemes are yet to be implemented in Manipur also. She also stated that the main objective of the photo-exhibition is to give awareness to the beneficiaries about the utility of various schemes of the Government.

    Shri. Dilip Mayengbam stated that development is near for India with all the important welfare Schemes of the Central Government and there has been a big shift in the status of the country in international level since 2014 with the new Government at the Centre. India has now become a priority country for developed countries to become an ally.

    News Editor AIR, Imphal, Shri Aribam Ibomcha Sharma, IIS & many school students also participated in the event. (DIPR)

  • ONE DAY SEMINAR ON INTENSIFIED DIARRHOEA CONTROL FORTNIGHT (IDCF) HELD

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    June 7, 2017, DIO, Senapati (DIPR): A one day workshop on intensified diarrhoea control fortnight (IDCF) was organised today by the District Health Society (NHM), Senapati, under the aegis of the Deputy Commissioner of the District, who is also the Chairman  of the District Health Society at the Deputy Commissioner’s conference Hall for the upcoming IDCF 12th to 24th June, 2017.

                Speaking on the occasion Deputy Commissioner, Shri Athem Muivah said that we need to give more emphasis on children below 5years of age as they are more vulnerable to this epidemic. He stress on the need of having a more effective control mechanism and asked the public to extend their full support and corporation towards this end.

                Deliberating on the occasion the CMO, Shri H. Loli said that IDCF was started three years back with aim of decreasing the child mortality, and targeting zero childhood dead due to diarrhoea. In the last three years there has been huge decrease in the child mortality due to diarrhoea as a result IDCF has been extended for the fourth year. He further said that the main objective of IDCF is to create awareness by going door to door awareness campaign to the far flung vulnerable areas of the state.

    It may be mentioned that the effect of diarrhoeal mortality remains high in the children and hence in continuation of the efforts in 2014, 2015, and 2016, it has been decide to organise an intensified Diarrhoea control Fortnight (IDCF) this year from 12th June to 24th June 2017, with the ultimate aim of “Zero child deaths due to childhood diarrhoea”.

                Besides Deputy Commissioner and Chief Medical Officer of the district, different district level officers, ZEO, DPO, DIO, DLOs (Health Dept.), MO i/c, DI(ZIO, ADC), CDPO and BPMU  were also present in the seminar. (DIPR)

  • UJJWALA DOMESTIC CONNECTIONS TO BPL BENEFICIARIES BEGINS IN THE STATE

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    IMPHAL, JUNE 7, 2017(DIPR): Installations of Ujjwala domestic LPG connection to BPL beneficiaries have already begun in many areas of Thoubal District and Imphal East District. The Pradhan Mantri UjjwalaYojana (PMUY) was launched in the state on June 5,            2017 (Monday) by Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh and Minister of State (DoNER)      Shri Dr. Jitendra Singh.

    In Thoubal District today, house to house LPG connections under PMUY were given to beneficiaries by M/s Athokpam Indane Service. Subscription vouchers/customer’s document was also given to the beneficiaries.

    On Tuesday (June 6, 2017) M/s RBD Indane Service, Lamlai completed 18 installations to 18 BPL beneficiaries. RBD Indane and Sawombung Indane at Imphal East and M/s Lambodara Indane, Mantripukhri at Heingang also began immediate LPG installations providing LPG connections to BPL families. Beneficiaries in Lamlai Sekta who never had LPG connections were given Ujjwala domestic LPG connections by RBD Indane.

    The BPL beneficiaries were provided affordable stoves/burner and given demonstrations on how to use the stove and the regulator. Safety tips were also explained and emergency number 1906 (one nine zero six) in case of leakage was written on the walls of the kitchen.

    Under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, the Central Government is allocating financial assistance of Rs 1,600/-, which includes security deposit fee of a 14.2 kg LPG cylinder, pressure regulator, suraksha LPG hose, DGCC booklet and installation cost for the distributor.

    The Socio-Economic Caste census as per 2011 census, 2,43,939 ( two lakh forty three thousand nine hundred and thirty nine) beneficiaries are eligible for the scheme. The total Ujjwala KYC enrolled as on 01-06-2017 is 5,104 (five thousand one hundred and four).

    Ujjwala domestic LPG connections are given to women from BPL families in their own names based on their Aadhar cards and bank accounts. The objective of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana is to provide deposit free 5 crore cooking gas (LPG) connections to women from below-poverty-line (BPL) households over 3 years from 2016-17 to 2018-2019. (DIPR)

  • NOTIFICATION FROM MEDICAL SUPERINTENDENT JNIMS, MANIPUR

  • CM REVIEWS THE DEVELOPMENTAL WORKS UNDER 100 DAYS PROGRAMME

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    Imphal, June 6, 2017 (DIPR): To ensure timely completion of various developmental projects taken up by different government departments under the 100 days action plan programme, a review meeting was today held at CM Secretariat. The review meeting was chaired by Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh.

    The meeting discussed the status and progress of the various developmental projects being undertaken by different departments under the 100 days programme of the new government. Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh instructed that already indentified developmental works should be completed on time. Shri N. Biren Singh asked all the Administrative Secretaries and Head of Departments to submit the progress and development of works on a daily basis to CM’s office.

    Action plan taken up under the 100 days programme include among others providing free wi-fi in public areas, connecting District Headquarters under SWAN to enable video conferencing facilities, Jeewan Praman for Pensioners, launching of Manipur Journalist Board, medical insurance schemes for Journalists of the State etc.

    Later, a review meeting on action plan taken up under the “State Mission on Employment, Drinking Water and Housing for All by 2022” was also held.

    Cabinet Ministers – Shri Y. Joykumar Singh, Shri Th. Biswajit, Shri L. Jayantakumar Singh, Shri Th. Radheshyam, Smt. Nemcha Kipgen, Shri Th. Shyamkumar, Shri N. Kayasii, Addl. Chief Secretary Shri Shambhu Singh, Addl. Chief Secretary Shri Suresh Babu, Addl. Chief Secretary Dr. Suhel Aktar, Secretaries, Commissioners and Head of Departments of various departments attended the review meeting.(DIPR)

  • TD MINISTER INSPECTED LANDSLIDE & CRACK AFFECTED KALIKHOLA VILLAGE; ASSURED MAXIMUM HELP FOR THE AFFECTED VILLAGERS

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    Imphal; June 6, 2017 (DIPR): Tribal Affairs & Hills Minister and Tadubi MLA Shri N. Kayisii today visited the landslide and crack affected Kalikhola Village in Kangpokpi District which falls under Tadubi Assembly Constituency. The TD Minister was accompanied by Deputy Commissioner Kangpokpi T. Ranjit and Joint Director, Department of Tribal Affairs & Hills Kaikho Mao.

                    The inspection team led by the TD Minister surveyed the affected and vulnerable areas of the Kalikhola Village that has been recently damaged by the landslide and cracks that developed subsequently. Later, the TD Minister visited the temporary relief camp opened at Goma Devi High School, Toribari.

                    While sharing his grief with the affected victims, N. Kayisii stated that he was really shocked by the news of the calamity that has affected and destructed the Kalikhola Village, which is one of the old villages of his constituency. The Minister assured maximum help for the affected villagers from his side. He appreciated the village authority and Deputy Commissioner for their co-operation and support towards the victims. He further instructed the Deputy Commissioner to put up a report of the affected village at the earliest so that he can consult with the Chief Minister for proper rehabilitation of the villagers.

                    Kayisii also handed over 3 Lakh rupees to the Village Chaiman of Kalikhola for temporary relief of affected victims. Relief materials including water, rice, potato, dal, oil, salt, utensils, blankets, etc, were also handed over to the affected villagers from the side of the Department of TA & Hills. The TD Minister also stated that he will meet the Chief Minister in the evening to discuss the matter for early rehabilitation of the affected villagers.

                    Deputy Commissioner T. Ranjit stated that since such natural calamity could not be predicted, there is fear that the whole Kalikhola Village is still vulnerable to further disaster.  He appealed the villagers not to move around the affected areas and not stay inside the vulnerable houses which are yet to be affected by the landslide. The DC further stated that since Kangpokpi is a newly created district, there is difficulty in providing necessary relief materials and other facilities that can be given to the affected villagers. He however assured any logistic support from the side of the district administration.

                    Kalikhola is small village along the IT-Makuli-Kalapahar Road within Kangpokpi District, which however falls under Tadubi Assembly Constituency. This village, which is exclusively inhabited by the Nepalis, has around 30 families. More than 11 houses have been completely damaged by the recent landslide and subsequent cracks and around 20 paris of paddy fields were destroyed. Residents of the affected houses have been evacuated and are now staying at the temporary relief camp at Toribari. (DIPR)

  • 41st FOUNDATION DAY OF LAMKA COLLEGE OBSERVED

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    Imphal June 6, 2017 (DIPR): The 41ST Foundation Day of Lamka College, which was established in 1976, located at New Lamka, Churachandpur town, was observed today. The observation was organised by Lamka College Founding Day Committee.

             The event was graced by Agriculture, Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Minister V.Hangkhanlian, the college principal Dr. M. Lokendra as Chief Guest and Functional President respectively.

              Minister V.Hangkhanlian paid respect to the founder members of the college and appreciated the present principal and staff for their efforts by imparting education to the students. He also assured that the present need of the college like departments of Sociology, Geography, and Commerce would be introduced in the next session. He also said that the cabinet is going to create new staff at appropriate time after the cabinet takes  decision. New disciplines and staff would be recruited in consultation with the concerned Minister.

              Felicitation programme of Chief Minister would also be arranged in future at Lamka. Lamka College approach Road and other pitiable roads within the town are to be repaired & portable water to every household and medicine facilities for persons  below poverty line would be given free of cost, he assured. He appealed the students to be specific in choosing subjects and try to be diligent for success in future.

    Zenhang Lamka Cultural troupes showed extravaganza and colourful Paite traditional Bamboo Dance. The Minister gave away the Completion Certificate for 6 months Course in Human Rights Duties and Education to 13 students, sponsored by the UGC-NER. The Principal of the College appreciated the founder members of the college for their contribution for the development of the College through which  that the College produces large number of educated persons who have joined various kinds of jobs.

    Two minutes silence was observed for the memory of the departed souls of founder members.       

     The Minister along with Deputy Commissioner, AC to DC and SP  also visited the flood victim family and handed over ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakhs on behalf of the Government of Manipur to the parents of the baby girl whose dead body was discovered yesterday. The Minister also thanked various philanthropic organisations who have been tirelessly joining the search operation throughout day and night for giving   time for successful burial. The ex-gratia was given by the government as already decided. Ex-gratia for her brother was given already earlier.

            On the way home, Minister and his team also visited Songgel village where more than 70 displaced persons from T.Natzang village , Ukhrul District, living  there since the past few days due to some untoward incident occurred, as reported by the villagers. During the visit, 6 bags of rice, one bag of pulses, and 5 litres of oil besides Rs.20,000 in cash were given as relief materials. The Minister assured that all possible help would be provided from  the  higher authority for their normal living at their respective places.

                During the Lamka College Day celebration, students, teaching staff and non-teaching staff ,Vice Principal and Professors of the college attended and gave encouragement speeches to the students. (DIPR)

  • IPR IS AN IMPORTANT DEPARTMENT: MINISTER BISWAJIT

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    Imphal, June 6, 2017 (DIPR): The Information and Public Relations is an important department as it helps in spreading awareness not only programmes and policies but also the various developmental schemes of the government for the welfare of the masses, said IPR Minister Shri Thongam Biswajit Singh during the first monthly review meeting of the department today held at his Conference Hall, New Secretariat office.

                Elaborating on the importance of the department, he instructed the concerned officials specially the District Information Officers to ensure full functioning of the district information offices located at different district headquarters. The district offices should help in educating the masses on the development programmes and schemes of the government.

                The Minister said the monthly review meeting is being conducted with the main aim to bridge the gap between the officials of the department and the government. He said "Bridging the gap-not only between the different communities, but between the officials and the government is his motto."

    Saying that everyone should do some good work for the society, the Minister said "Let's work together and grow together to develop a new society. He urged the officials of the department not to wait for tomorrow but to work with all sincerity and dedication and not to keep anything pending for tomorrow."

    He said it is time to upgrade the department to a major department for which all officials and staff of the department should carry out their duties and responsibilities with all dedication.

    The Minister further asked the heads of the department to highlight their grievances, lack of infrastructure and any other problems before him so that he could discuss the issue with the Chief Minister for redressal of the issues. He also enquired about the ongoing construction of the department building at Keishampat. He assured to provide all the requirements of the department including manpower, infrastructure in consultation with the Chief Minister. However, he urged for the timely submission of the proposals from the concerned officials.

    Minister Biswajit also asked the officials of the department to come up with innovative approaches and ideas during the next review meeting so that the ideas could be shared and discussed which can be implemented.

    Deputy Director Smt. Lalrongbawl Hmar, who is also the i/c DIO Churachandpur expressed the need to strengthen the DIO offices by providing more staffs and vehicle so that the offices could function properly.

    Director Shri Meghachandra Kongbam, Deputy Secretary Smt. Ch. Sachi, Deputy Director Shri Ch. Noyon, Assistant Publicity Officer (Press) Shri N. Krishnakumar Singh, all district level officers and other officials of the head office, DIPR were present at the meeting. (DIPR)

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  • DANCE-DRAMA KURANGA NAYANI RELEASED

     

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    Imphal, June 6, 2017 (DIPR): Manipur Governor Dr.Najma Heptulla inaugurated a dance-drama titled Kuranga Nayani, the 39th production of Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy,Imphal at Maharaja Chandrakirti Auditorium,Palace Compound today.

                Chief Guest of the function, Dr.Najma Heptulla fecilitated the scriptwriter of the drama Smt.Devjani Chaliha who is also a  recepient of Sangeet Natak Academi Puraskar and director Th.Chaotombi Singh.

                Welcoming the spectators, Director of  Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy,Imphal, Shri L Opendra Sharma said that ever since theAcademy came into existence in 1954, the production wing has produced more than 38 dance dramas to its credit including Kabui Kayoiba and Sakuntala amongst others.Acknowledging that the artists of the unit are one of the best dancers in the country, he also said that World Music Day and Kang Chingba will be celebrated on June 21. The programmes of the Academy has been launched on live webcast at the oficial website www.sangeetnatak.gov.in. , he concluded.

                Expressing her eagerness to watch the dance-drama, the Governor said that it was indeed exciting to witness the agony of the character Karna when she watched the dance drama tilted "Karna" in 8th December last year.It is interesting to see that the roles of Karna remained the same even if she has earlier read different versions of the epic the Mahabharata , she also said. Sharing her rich family background as the grand niece of freedom fighter &‘Bharat Ratna' awardee,Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, she said,"I have been connected to the Sangeet Natak Academi & Lalit Kala Academi as my grandfather already founded three big academic Institutes of the country and wanted to promote Indian culture internationally." She further said, "I find the Indian footprints from Afghanistan,Bali,Cambodia,Thailand & Malaysia. I feel proud that Indian ethos & culture could reach to far-off places and that it is our duty to spread our rich tradition to these places.Manipur although not a large state in terms of size but is indeed very big in terms of cultural heritage, art, culture & music."

                President of the releasing ceremony, Vice-Chairman of Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy,Imphal, Shri Hijam Tombi said, "Ever since its completion of 63 years, the institute has made significant contribution in the promotion of traditional dance and music.Manipur is known the whole world for its strict principles and asthetics  based on spiritual performance to satisfy the Gods & Goddesses and not merely to satisfy the people.There is an urgent need to develop a lecture cum demostration and documentation to know the real taste of asthetics of our dance dramas."

                Design & direction given by eminent  choreographer of Manipur , Shri  Th.Chaotombi Singh,  Kuranga Nayani was premiered today in front of a large audience of art lovers.  Lead cast of the drama include G.Chandan Devi as Kuranga Nayani  and  O.Jiten Singh    & Y.Inaocha Singh as Bhagyachandra Maharaj and Gourashyam Maharaj repectively.       Ng.Ibopishak composed the music while W.Lokendrajit Singh heads the production unit assisted by Th.Ibemubi Devi. (DIPR)

  • MINISTER SHYAMKUMAR CALLS UPON PEOPLE OF THANGA TO SAVE SANGAI LOCALS OF THANGA HAVE MAJOR ROLE TO PROTECT SANGAI: MINISTER SHYAMKUMAR

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    Imphal, June 6, 2017 (DIPR): Forests and Environment Minister, Shri Thounaojam Shyamkumar today said that, people of Thanga Assembly Constituency have a major role in helping the Government to protect the brow-antlered deer or the dancing deer – Sangai, which is only found in Manipur. Th. Shyamkumar was optimistic that, the target can be achieved when there is a joint effort between the Government and the local residents.

    He was speaking as the Chief Guest of the function at a tree plantation cum awareness programme on Conserve Environment and Save Sangai – “The Pride of Manipurorganised by the Forest Department in connection with the World Environment Day – 2017 observed  yesterday (June 5, 2017). The function was held at Phouoibee Lairembi Community Hall, ICCL Ground, Keibul Lamjao, Bishnupur district.

    Th. Shyamkumar further said that, the BJP-led Government in the State has already started discussion on the welfare programmes for the people of the Thanga A/C. He assured that he will report to the Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh over the issues faced by the people, including immediate remedy to solve the issue of drinking water shortage and steps to increase population of Sangai. Calling upon the citizens to plant more trees, Th. Shyamkumar, appealed for more collective effort to save the environment for the future generation. He further said that, monetary help will be given for the maintenance of the trees as an initiative to conserve the environment.

    Shri T. Robindro Singh, Planning and Development Authority (PDA) Chairman and Thanga A/C MLA spoke in length on importance of maintaining ecology. Expressing concern over the rapid rise in the temperature across the globe, Robindro Singh narrated his personnel experience, stating the temperature has shot up in New Delhi since 1981, when he was studying in the capital city of India. He further said that, if we do not maintain the ecology than there is serious threat of possible human extinction.

    Shri M. Asnikumar, Vice Chairman Manipur Infrastructure Development Agency (MIDA) Manipur, said that, it is unfortunate that the Ethai barrage of the Loktak Hydro Project has a negative impact on the eco-system of the Keibul Lamjao National Park, which is the natural habitat of the brow-antlered deer or the dancing deer - Sangai. He further said that, the socio-economy of the people living near the Keibul Lamjao National Park has been adversely affected due to the prohibitory measures. He expressed hope that younger generation will take initiative along with the State Government to safe the Sangai deer.

    As part of the function, Keibul Lamjao National Park view point building was inaugurated by Minister Th. Shyamkumar. Ahead of the function, dignitaries also planted saplings. The function was also attended by Principal Chief Conservator of Forests & HoFF, K. Angami, Forest Department officials among others.  (DIPR)

  • YAS MINISTER SHRI LETPAO HAOKIP ANNOUNCES SOP FOR STATE SPORTSPERSONS

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    IMPHAL, Jun 6 (DIPR): Underscoring the need to promote sportspersons of the State, Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Shri Letpao Haokip today announced that the daily remuneration given to sportspersons of any disciplines who represent the State in the National level will be increased to Rs. 1,000 per day from the existing amount of Rs. 200 per day.

                Shri Letpao Haokip was speaking as the chief guest of the felicitation function organized by Mary Kom Regional Boxing Foundation in honour of its students who won medals in the recently concluded State level boxing championship today at Mary Kom-SAI Boxing Academy, National Games Village.

                Regardless of the players winning medal or not, sportspersons of any disciplines who represent the State in the National level would be given daily remuneration of Rs 1000, the Minister said while adding that officials of the department would be directed to implement the same immediately.

                Emphasising that nutritious diets are must to every sportsperson, Shri Letpao  Haokip also said that the Government will do its best to ensure that quality food/diets are served to trainee sportspersons under Special Area Games (SAG).

                He said that the existing practice of awarding tender to caterers for sportspersons would also be streamlined so that the quality of food served to the players/trainee sportspersons is enhanced.

                Exhorting the budding boxers, Shri Letpao Haokip urged them to dream big and pursue their dream with grit, determination and perseverance in order that the State as well as the county continues to bask on their glories. “If Mary can, why can’t you do?” the Minister said while encouraging the young boxers to shine in the National and International arenas.

    Lauding the MKRBF for mentoring many promising boxers mostly from economically weak background, the Minister also wished the foundation produces many fine boxers in the days to come.

                Boxers of MKRBF who represented their respective district and won laurels in the recently concluded State level boxing championship were feted. 15 boxers of the foundation won gold in the championship. 19 won silver and 19 other boxers won bronze. Gold medal winners were presented a cash reward of Rs. 10,000 each while Rs. 7,000 and Rs. 5,000 were given to the silver and bronze medal winners respectively.

                Amongst others, founder of MKRBF Smt. MC Mary Kom, Hon’ble MP (Rajya Sabha) and five time World boxing champion and Shri SK Sharma, DIGP, CRPF, Range Imphal exhorted the young and promising boxers of the academy during the programme. (DIPR)

  • IDCF ORIENTATION WORKSHOP

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    Imphal, June 6, 2017 (DIPR): A One-Day District Oreientation Workshop on Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight (IDCF) was held today at Bishnupur District. The workshop was held at NHM Conference Hall at CMO office, Bishnupur.

                CMO of the District, Smt H Babychand along with many other District Level Officers of different Departments and Medical Officers of various health centres of the District took part in the Workshop.

                Dr. Shyamkumar Pukhrambam, District Family Welfare Officer gave a presentation on the topic “Diarrhoea” as resource person. The other resource person was Dr. Ksh Umananda, District Nodal Officer (RBSK/RKSK)who gave his presentation on the topic “Handwashing – A Critical Infection Issue”

                It can be mentioned that IDCF observation will be held nation-wide from 12-24 June, 2017. The launching of this observation of Bishnupur Districtwill be held on 12th June at CSC, Moirang.(DIPR)

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  • EVERY CHILD IS GIFTED AND TALENTED; GUARDIANS JUST NEED TO NURTURE THEM: TH. RADHESHYAM

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    Imphal 6th June, 2017 (DIPR): Education Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam said every child is gifted and talented; guardians just need to nourish these innate qualities without setting limits of what they can and they can't. He was speaking as Chief Guest in the felicitation of the State Level Topper All India Senior School Certificate Examination (AISSCE – Class XII), 2017 at Slopeland Public School, Khongjom.

    Congratulating the State Level Topper of AISSCE Class XII student of the said school Nongthombam Manoj Singh for his achievement, the Minister said, every child has its own strength and weaknesses. Parents and teachers, he said, should act as a mentor to strengthen their strength so that their weaknesses would fade away and making them a better person. With such topper students bringing laurels to the state, the minister said, such achievements and success of students will also encourage the other students for if one can do it everyone has also got the capability to do it. Such success, he further said, will also promote healthier competitive environments among the schools affiliated under the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) or not, which is a must in today's competitive world, he added.

    Toppers, he explained, to the students present in the function, that they are determined and self disciplined with relentless hard work, sincerity and punctuality towards their duty. Thus any student, he elaborated, can be a topper when they are imbibed with these qualities. Further defining on how and what makes the real essence of success, he said, it will be achieved only when the young students of today without any greed/lust starts working for the betterment of the people and contribute towards the progress and development of the society.

    In the felicitation programme, Ex-Minister M. Nara Singh and Chairman Slopeland Public School Yendrambam Themboi Singh graced the function as guest of honour and president of the function.  Teachers and student of the school were also present.(DIPR)

  • MINISTER BISWAJIT CHAIRS RD&PR MONTHLY REVIEW MEETING

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    Imphal, June 6 (DIPR):Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister ShriThongamBiswajitSingh asked officials of the RD&PR department to conduct mass publicity or awareness campaigns on National Rural Livelihood Mission through the medium of radio or national television which can reach even the interior parts of the State.  The Minister also asked the MGNREGS officials to use real beneficiaries of the schemes instead of hiring actors during campaigning for the scheme.

                    The Minister made the suggestions during the first monthly review meeting of the department convened at his New Secretariat Conference Hall, on Tuesday. The meeting was also attended by Secretary RD&PR ShriSumant Singh, DCs of all districts, director and officials of the department.

                    During a discussion on NRLM, the Minister observed that it is a good scheme and the officials concerned should educate the masses on the scheme from grass-root level.

                    Highlighting the grievances faced during implementation of the scheme in the State, Sumant Singh said any delay in release of fund affects proper implementation of the scheme.He continued that the scheme is a mobilisation programme for which the officials need to make field visits and identify the intended beneficiaries.

    Replying to the officials who highlighted their grievances including lack of man-power, the Minister assured to strengthen man-power in the department and at the same time suggested that the concerned officials should coordinate with and properly inform the DCs of the work taken up in their respective districts under the scheme.

    Regarding the works taken up under the PradhanMantri Gram SadakYojana (Rural Engineering dept), the Minister said it is necessary to communicate the details with the DCs concerned.

    Further during the meeting, the Minister observed that beneficiaries for the PradhanMantriAwaasYojana-Gramin (PMAY-G)should be selected or identified through a rigorous process.

    The RD&PR director said with the upcoming local body election in the State, the department lacks man-power for the smooth conduct of the election. Meanwhile, a department official informed the meeting that under the 100-day programme of the department, the construction of the ZillaParishad Building, Porompat will be completed by June 24.

    Concerning the grievances of the DCs regarding DRDA including non-payment of salaries for the DRDA staff, the Minister suggested the DCs to submit a list of their grievances to the Secretary RD & PR Sumant Singh so that the issues can be redressed on a priority basis.

                    Meanwhile, the Minister instructed the officials to come with the progress report in the next meeting.(DIPR)

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  • NEWS REPORTING COURSE TO BE COMMENCE

    IMPHAL, JUNE 6, 2017 (DIPR) : A 7-Day Basic Course in News Reporting for Churachandpur District under the State Institute of Journalism of the Directorate of Information and Public Relations, Government of Manipur, will commence from 12th – 19th June, 2017 at Lamka Press Club (MHJU), HQ Veng, Churachandpur.

    Inaugural of the basic course will be held on June 12th at 10 am at Lamka Press Club with the Director, IPR as Chief Guest. All the participants enrolled for the said course are requested to attend the inaugural function without fail.(DIPR)

  • LOKTAK WOES DISCUSSED ON WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

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    Imphal, June 5, 2017: In an exemplary act of making this year theme "Connecting People to Nature" more meaningful, a group of people which includes professors, research scholars, students, journalists, filmmakers, environmentalists and activists belonging to different institutes and organisations including NGOs and CSOs sailed through the scattered phumdis of the Loktak Lake today, experiencing the lake's natural habitat, to gather at the floating school on lake for celebration the World Environment Day, which is celebrated globally every year on June 5. Today's observance was organised by Loktak Union, a collective body of different NGOs and CSOs working for the betterment of the Loktak Lake and its people.

    While speaking to the gathering of the ocassion, RK Nimai Singh, IAS retd., who was present as one of the dias members, stated that Loktak Lake has become more and more polluted over the years through different and numerous types of wastes flowing along the rivers which fall on the Loktak Lake. The quality of the lake water has become too contaminated and the lake has been facing multidimentional issues in the past few years. We need to make people aware of the multidimentional problems and issues being faced by the lake. We have to study and understand such issues and problems before taking up any intervention to solve such problems. RK Nimai further stated that there may be differences in the perspectives of the government and the people, but we need to sit down together and share our views to solve the problems.

    Prof. Konsam Saratchand Singh, Guest Faculty, Manipur University, who was also a dias member of the function, stated that Loktak Lake, which is the biggest freshwater lake in the north east region, has been a source of livelihood of the people living in and around the lake since time immemorial. The fishes of this lake are a good source of protien for the people of the state. However, since the water of the lake has become so polluted, we are facing a threat to consume these fishes which might have become contaminated. Prof. Saratchand expressed that it's high time we need to be responsible and think of a solution to curb these harmful pollutants. We also need to chalk out a way to rehabilitate the fishermen who have been suffering all these years, he added.

    Dr. RK Ranjan, Convenor, INTACH Manipur lamented over the unplanned development projects taken up by the past governments, which are effecting our land and environment. He also expressed his fear over the ongoing exploration of oil extraction which might lead to an adverse affect to our land.

    During the observance, Salam Rajesh, Senior Journalist spoke about the changing status of the Loktak Lake. President of ALLAFUM H. Kumar, President of CRAM Sanatomba Laishram and representatives of the NGOs and CSOs present today also shared their views about the issues related to Loktak Lake.

    The highlight of today's observance was the presentation of a self-compose song on Loktak Lake by Akhu Chingangbam. As a part of the observation, seeds of water caltrop, locally known as 'heikrak' were also sown in different parts of the lake.

    World Environment Day is the biggest annual event for positive environmental action and takes place every 5 June. Since its inception in 1972, global citizens have organized many thousands of events, from neighbourhood clean-ups, to action against wildlife crime, to replanting forests.

    The theme for World Environment Day 2017 ‘Connecting People to Nature’ implores us to get outdoors and into nature, to appreciate its beauty and its importance, and to take forward the call to protect the Earth that we share.

    Today's World Environment Day observation was also attended by representatives of ALLAFUM, CRAM, PRDA, RNBA, NPMHR, Core, Irabot Foundation, Indigenous Perspective, and students of Delhi School Of Social Work, Tata Instititute Of Social Sciences, Mumbai, JNU, New Delhi (DIPR)

  • DONER MINISTER DR. JITENDRA ANNOUNCES HILL AREA DEVELOPMENT SCHEME

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    Imphal, June 5, 2017 (DIPR) : Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region Dr. Jitendra Singh announced the Hill Area Development Programme in the State during the Entrepreneurs-Meet-Cum-Exhibition for Entrepreneurs, on Monday.            The meet-cum-exhibition was organised by the North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd and held at Hotel Imphal, this evening.

                Announcing the programme, the Union Minister said we are as good or perhaps better than any other part of the country, the only thing is that we have remained unexplored and now fortunately we have a government to ensure that we are at par with the rest of country.

                He continued the announcement of the programme from Manipur itself will carry a message. He said the proposal for the Hill Area Development Scheme was made during a meeting of all Chief Secretaries, Planning Secretaries held on May 30.

                He continued the scheme may be initially implmented on a pilot basis in the hill districts of the State.

                The Minister also elaborated on the Composite District Infrastructure Index and said out of 80 districts of North Eastern Region (NER), three districts of hilly areas of Manipur namely Tamenglong, Chandel and Churachandpur are ranked lowest in the Composite District Infrastructure Index 2009.

                Dr Jitendra continued regarding investment and generation of employment any responsible government will focus more on the employability rather than on employment and that is precisely what the present government under Narendra Modi government in the last three years is trying to achieve.

                Chief Minister Shri N Biren Singh said entrepreneur development is the key to successful enterprises which will contribute towards economic development in the region.

                He said the NEDFI has been playing an active role in facilitating nurturing, financing and promoting the development of entrepreneurs and enterprises in this region of the country.

                Expressing happiness that NEDFI is organising the Entrepreneurs-Meet-Cum-Exhibition for Entrepreneurs in the State, the Chief Minister said it will enable information sharing on the schemes and products with lower cost of fund extended to new and existing business enterprises operating in the State.

                    He added that, it will  also educate and inform the entrepreneurs about the mentoring service provided by NEDFi through its Business Facilitation Centre.

                Manipur is poised to catapult into a high growth trajectory in the coming decades because of various factors such as its favourable demographics, agro-climatic conditions, rich culture and traditions, hospitality, rapid urbanisation, improvements in connectivity, formation of a new government with an agenda for development and reforms, growing trend of entrepreneurship and self-employment etc, the CM added. 

                Commerce & Industries Minister Shri Th Biswajit Singh said Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has a dream, a dream of a stronger, more prosperous and self reliant India.

                He said India is a country which is primarily agricultural, a country whose backbone is not just large industries but farmers who toil in the sun and the small scale household industries which make up the dreams of the lower and middle economic class, where value adition goes hand in hand with production.

                The Minister added Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement “Beez se Bazaar tak” cannot be more fitting for a state like Manipur, a State where there’s tremendous scope for growth in the agricultural, horticultural and tourism sectors as well as in the value addition sector.

                He added however, in the absence of any production plan based on “critical volume factor”, maketing linkage with buy-back arrangement, processing facility for value addition and storage facility, the economy is not thriving despite achieving a lot in agriculture, horticulture and forest, etc.

                He continued the need of the hour in the State is schemes and programmes which not only utilise the land resources to the fullest but also introduce the tradition of value addition in the agricultural sector.

                The Minister also said the main aim is to generate employment to eradicate employment from the State and to achieve that aim, we have made a comprehensive program to provide employment to 1.5 lakh unemployed youth this year.

                He said with that aim, the Commerce and Industry department has launched the “State mission on employment generation” which is an integrated program having three part approach.      

                Minister Biswajit also spoke at length about several high value crops like the Stevia, Dragon-fruit, Citronella, Large Cardamon, Lemon Grass, Turmeric and Ginger which are suitable to Manipur.           

                He further observed that nine Livelihoodbusiness Incubators have already been established in the country, but there is need of financial asistance to upgrade their infrastructure for them to operate at their optimal level. He continued these LBIs will also be reinforced with the nine Industrial Estates, a well equipped food park, SEZ (Special Economic Zone) and Trade Centre which have all been initiated with pilot testing successful.

                Today’s function was also attended by NEC Secretary Shri Ram Muivah, NEDFi CMD BP Muktieh among others. (DIPR)

  • SEMINAR ON DEVELOPMENT PRIORITY OF MANIPUR CONCLUDES NEED TO CONCENTRATE ON PRIMARY SECTOR: DEPUTY CHIEF MINISTER

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    IMPHAL, 5th JUNE, 2016(DIPR): “ As the State has huge potential on agriculture, there is the need to concentrate on Primary Sector” said Deputy Chief Minister Shri Yumnam Joykumar Singh while addressing at the valedictory function of  two days State Level Seminar on Development Priority of Manipur at  Jubilee Hall, Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Imphal today.

    Deputy Chief Minister said, as of now it will be very difficult to develop Secondary Sector for many reasons. Therefore, it is time to concentrate on Primary as well as in Tertiary Sectors. Proper irrigation system should be put in place and composite concepts such as integrated farming, double cropping and cash crop cultivation are also need to be implemented in large scale to increase productivity and income generation as well.

    Observing that power consumption and its generation will be the major parameter of development, Deputy Chief Minister said, power generation potentials in the State need to be reviewed. Solar power generation in large scale should be introduced so that power availability can be maintained. He said, skilled human resource and enough infrastructures are also the basics ingredients of development in the State. On revenue resource, he said, tax collection in the State is more or less behind comparing with other States in the Country. However, after rolling out Goods & Services Tax (GST) in the country on 1st  July this year, tax collection will become more efficient at all levels. Keeping in view that the uniform tax regime will also help the State tremendously in all the Sectors, he said, the State Legislature has adopted the Bill today. Government is actively considering the technicalities of exporting local liquor outside the State, he added.

    MAHUD Minister Shri Th. Shyamkumar Singh while speaking at the function said, there is the need to encourage resource mobilization in the State. All forms of Corruption and corrupt practices should be avoided so that State tax resources will increase considerably. He said, Government is trying to increase revenue resources and tax collection from forest products as many as double-triple times in the near future. Such seminar will help to develop different sectors in the State even in the remote areas, he added. (DIPR)

  • PRADHAN MANTRI UJJWALA YOJANA LAUNCHED IN THE STATE CM EMPHASISES ON JUDICIOUS IMPLEMENTATION OF GOVT SCHEMES

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    Imphal, June 5, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh emphasised on the need for proper and judicious implementation of Government schemes in order to deliver the benefits to the targeted people.

    He was speaking as the chief guest at the launching function of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) at City Convention Centre, Palace Compound, Imphal today.

    Shri N. Biren said that many noble Central Government sponsored schemes had become a failure in the State in the past due to violation of norms and dishonesty of State Government officials. As such, there is need to implement these schemes in a transparent and judicious manner in order to deliver the benefits to the targeted section of people, he added.

    The Chief Minister assured the gathering that the new State Government would never allow any unscrupulous practice by LPG agencies during the course of implementing PMUY in the State.

    Stating that forms for the ambitious scheme would be made available to the people soon, the Chief Minister urged the public to make the scheme a grand success.

    He further pointed out that the scheme would not only control many deadly diseases created by the smokes emitted from ‘chulas’, Shri N. Biren contended that the welfare programme would also enable environment protection as it would reduce the rate of felling of trees considerably.

    Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh, Deputy Chief Minister Shri Y. Joykumar, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Shri Karam Shyam, Lok Sabha MPs Shri T. Meinya and Shri Thangso Baite, Rajya Sabha MPs Smt. M.C. Mary Kom and Shri Ksh. Bhabananda and Commissioner (CAF & PD) Shri K. Radhakumar, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) Executive Director Shri Dipankar Ray, Oil Industry Manipur, State Level Co-ordinator Shri S.I. Singh and Shri Pankaj Das of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (BPCL) also graced the occasion as presidium members.

    Among others, Works Minister Shri Th. Biswajit, PHED Minister Shri L. Dikho and Education Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam were also present at the occasion.

    Delivering his speech, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that reaching out to the poorest of the poor people residing at the remotest corner of the country is the main objective of the schemes introduced by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

    He said that the NDA-led Central Government has a firm commitment to serve the needy people of the country.

    Stating that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s ministerial team had the courage of conviction, Dr. Singh said that they have a strong desire to bring a new culture of politics in the country.

    He said that more than 1300 obsolete laws had been abolished and many people-oriented schemes introduced ever since the NDA-led Government was formed at the Centre three years back.

    Deputy Chief Minister Shri Y. Joykumar while delivering his speech said that PMUY is one of the most ambitious welfare schemes launched by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. In Manipur, hill districts would be allocated greater number of connections when compared with valley districts in order to check deforestation in hill areas, he added.

    CAF & PD Minister Shri Karam Shyam said that around 1,50,000 women belonging to BPL families would be benefitted under PMUY in the State. He said that Manipur is the second State after Assam in the entire North East where the scheme had been launched.

    The Minister assured that the scheme would be executed in the State in a proper manner through IOCL and LPG agencies, and there would be no political interference at all.

    Later, the dignitaries also distributed free LPG connections to 20 selected women to mark the launch of the scheme at the function.

    PMUY is a Central Government sponsored welfare programme, launched by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on May 1, 2016 in Ballia, Uttar Pradesh.

    The objective of the programme is to provide deposit-free LPG connections to five crore women of the country belonging to BPL families within a period of three financial years starting from 2016-17.  (DIPR)

  • FINANCIAL LITERACY WEEK BEGINS CAPACITY BUILDING IS VERY MUCH NECESSARY - GOVERNOR

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    Imphal, June 5, 2017 (DIPR): Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla inaugurated the Financial Literacy Week organised by Financial Inclusion and Development Department, Reserve Bank of India, Imphal, today, at Imperial Hall, Classic Grande, Chingmeirong. The programme is organised  as a part of Financial Literacy Week (FLW) to be observed from June 5-9, 2017, hoisted by Reserve Bank of India across the country.

    Shri T. Hauzel, Chief Manager, Reserve Bank of India, welcoming the gathering said that the main aim of observing the week is to spread awareness of the need for financial literacy specially among the financially excluded masses and that the week will be observed under 4 (Four) themes – Know your Customer, Exercising Credit Discipline, Grievance Redressal and Going Digital in line with the prevailing Economic Environment. Awareness will be given through posters in bank branches, ATMs and websites of banks, he added.

    Addressing the gathering as Chief Guest, Governor  of Manipur, Dr. Najma Heptulla expressed her happiness to be a part of the observance but dismayed at the low presence of women of the State who are very much involved in economic and financial activities and have the largest Womens' Market in the World, i.e., Ima Market. Womenfolk of the State are active in economic activities and enjoy economic freedom unlike women in other parts of the country. She put forth that outsiders attending the week long observation should visit the market to know the activities of the women of the State. Reminiscing her involvement in promotion amongst women in opening of small Savings Account in  Post Offices to make them economically independent, she invited the attention of the Bank personals to inculcate the habit of small savings for sound financial management among the dynamic and enterprising women of the State who form a regular source of income for their families. Capacity building is very much necessary to make the people know the various fundings in rural as well as urban areas. She also put a word of caution about the modern technology being misused and that people in rural and urban areas should be made aware of the fraudulent activities that are prevalent now-a-days. The governor said that banks should come forward to develop entrepreneurial skill and provide finance for viable and sustainable micro, small and medium enterprises which creates jobs and local employments. She also added that bank should extend necessary assistance for mobilizing the untapped potentials of the State for job creation especially in areas of agro-based enterprises, tourism etc. Manipur is very rich in bio-resources specially in two areas i.e., traditional plant and floriculture. Bank should join hands and co-operate with experts to help in capacity building of the people to promote financial activities by giving loan and the use and repayment of the loan. Tourism is also another field where financial support can be given to generate more opprtunity for people to come to Manipur, she added. She invited attention of the Reserve Bank of India to take lead in ensuring to achieved the overall objective of a financially educated population in the State with people engaging in fruitful economic activities.

    A booklet on Financial Awareness Messages(FAME) was also released by Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla as part of the inaugural function. Representatives of NABARD, Reserve Bank of India and officials of various banks also attended the inaugural function. A video on Financial literacy was also screened. (DIPR)

  • MINISTER SHYAMKUMAR FLAGS OFF CYCLE RALLY

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    Imphal, 5 June, 2017 (DIPR):Forests & Environment Minister Shri ThounaojamShyamkumar today flagged off a cycle rally on the theme ‘Recycle for Greener Tomorrow’ from the LDA (Loktak Development Authority) Office at SecureOffice Complex, AT Line, Imphal.The rally was held on occasion of the World Environment Day 2017, observed across the globe today.

    The rally was organised by LDA in partnership with Toubul Youth Development Association (TYDA) & Global Science Club Khoijuman (GSCK) & Centre for Conservation of Nature & Cultivation of Science (CCNCS).The cycle rally culminated atToubul, Bishnupur district.

    A function was held at YangoiNingthou Community Hall, LoktakKhongbanToubul attended by Shri L. Radhakishore Singh, MLA OinamA/C, Chairman MPCB & KVIB; Shri L. Bhagaton Singh, Project Director, LDA; Smt. Th. Ithoibi Devi, Adakshya, BPC ZillaParishadamong others. As part of the function, saplings were planted ahead of the function.

    Prizes were also distributed to the winners of spot painting competition held at theToubul Government High School in the morning. Traditional Rongmeiand Meitei danceswere highlights of the observance.(DIPR)

  • MANIPUR ASSEMBLY PASSES GST BILL 2017

    Imphal, June 5, 2017 (DIPR): The Manipur Assembly today passed the Manipur Goods and Services Tax Bill, 2017. Moving the GST Bill on the second day of the first Assembly session, part-II, convened especially to pass it, Deputy Chief Minister, Shri Y. Joykumar Singh who is also in-charge of Finance clarified the House that the passing of the Manipur GST is a golden jump for revenue mobilisation which will simplify the indirect tax regime in the State.

    Stating that “one nation- one tax” is the soul of the GST, Deputy Chief Minister, Shri Y. Joykumar Singh said that the GST is a ‘Destination based Consumption Tax’ and such tax will flow to the state where goods and services are consumed. So, states like Manipur which are ‘Consumer State’ will benefit from GST, he added. He further informed the House that there are three kinds of GST: Central GST, State GST and Integrated GST.

    Addressing the House, Shri Y. Joykumar Singh assured that GST would bring a ‘uniform’ taxation in the country, so it will curb the imbalance in tax variation, price variation in different states of the country. He stressed that the implementation of GST will not push up the prices of goods and services and people should not be panic on the implementation of GST in the State.

    He further informed the House that the taxation on Alcoholic liquor for Human consumption would be exempted under the Goods and Services Tax Bill 2017. Clarifying the apprehension that not all the business dealers or shops require to register for GST, Shri Y. Joykumar Singh said that only those entrepreneurs or shops whose annual revenue turnover is more than 10 lakhs should register under GST. He further said, “For those entrepreneurs whose annual turnover is less than 1.5 crores, 90 percent of them should vest under State GST and the remaining 10 percent under Central GST.” If the taxpayers annual turnover is above 1.5 crores, then it would be divided equally i.e. 50-50 percent between Central and State GST, he added. Shri Y. Joykumar Singh stressed that the Union Government would provide compensation for a period of five years from the date of GST implementation.

    During the discussion, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh said that the State would generate revenue of around 150 to 200 crores annually under GST. He further said that around 4500 retail shops have been registered for GST in the State.

    MLA, Shri. P. Brojen Singh, MLA, Shri O. Surjakumar , MLA, K. Ranjit Singh, MLA Shri Kh. Joykishan Singh, MLA, Shri K. Meghachandra Singh, MLA Shri Y. Surchandra, MLA Kumari Ak. Mirabai, MLA, Shri P. Sharatchandra, MLA Shri Th. Lokeshwar Singh participated in the two hour long discussion.

    In today’s session, two Audit Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India on the Accounts of Manipur Legal Services Authority, an Annual report and memorandum of action taken on the recommendations of the National Human Rights Commission, India for the year 2013-14, six regulations of Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission for Manipur and Mizoram regulations 2016 and a corrigendum of Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission for Manipur and Mizoram were laid on the Table of the House.

    Later, Speaker Shri Y. Khemchand adjourned the House sine die after passing the Manipur GST 2017. (DIPR)

  • NATURE DOES NOT NEED US, BUT WE NEED NATURE FOR OUR SURVIVAL: CHIEF MINISTER

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    Imphal, June 5, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh launched the ‘Segregation at Source’ campaign at the World Environment Day celebration, jointly by Directorate of Environment and Directorate of Municipal Administration, Housing and Urban Development (MAHUD) at Mahatma Gandhi Avenue, Imphal today.

    Under this new initiative, Municipal Corporations/Councils will provide two dustbins to every households and shops to collect wet and dry waste materials. Wet garbage should be put in Green dustbins and dry waste materials in Blue dustbins.

    Speaking on the celebration, organised under the theme, ‘Connecting   People to Nature’ as the chief guest, Shri N. Biren said, “Nature does not require us, but we need nature for our survival.” As such, people need to take a collective pledge to conserve nature for sustainable development and survival of human beings, he added.

    The Chief Minister contended that he introduced the initiative of fighting pollution and protection of environment when he was the Minister of State for Forest and Environment way back in 2004. He carried on the campaign when he took over the charge of Chairman of Manipur Pollution Control Board as well, Shri Biren recalled.

    The Chief Minister further said that under this noble initiative known as ‘Green Imphal’, he not only planted many saplings around Imphal city but also cleaned Nambul river.

    Sharing his views on possible environment degradation and health hazards caused by polythene bags, the Chief Minister informed that deliberations are being made by the State Government to impose ban on the use of polythene bags in the State.

    Stating that keeping Imphal city neat and tidy had already been included in the list of tasks to be completed within 100 days by the State Government, the Chief Minister sought co-operation from the public in this regard.

    Maintaining that deforestation is the main cause for frequent landslides in hill areas, the Chief Minister urged the public to plant more and more saplings instead of felling trees.

    He also made his earnest appeal to the public not to dump waste materials into rivers.

    The Chief Minister also informed the gathering that the State Government had begun organising seminars to have brainstorming sessions of experts and scholars to find a road map to bring economic development in the State.

    MAHUD and Forest and Environment Minister Shri Th. Shyamkumar while speaking at the function as the president said that people should understand the warning signs given by the nature. He observed that people would bear the brunt of the nature’s fury if they keep on breaking the nature’s law.

    PHED Minister Shri L. Dikho, Parliamentary Secretary (MAHUD) Shri N. Indrajit, MANIDCO and MANITRON Chairman and Hiyanglam AC MLA Dr. Y. Radheshyam, Additional Chief Secretary (Environment) Shri Sambhu Singh and Additional Chief Secretary (MAHUD) Dr. J. Suresh Babu also attended the function as guests of honour.

    The Chief Minister flagged off a team of volunteers who would plant 1000 saplings at different parts of the State as part of environment protection campaign. He also administered oath of conserving nature to the gathering during the celebration.

    Later, the dignitaries also released a film on Blooming Manipur which has been taking up the task of planting flowers and plants in different areas.

    Earlier, Shri N. Biren and other dignitaries also planted flowers under Blooming Manipur’s initiative at Ima Keithel as part of the World Environment Day celebration. (DIPR)

  • LET’S MAKE ORGANIC FARMING SUCCESSFUL IN MANIPUR: N. BIREN SINGH

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    Imphal, June 4, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh said that people should strive to make organic farming successful in the State. This was stated by him at the inauguration function of the Administrative Block of Central Agricultural University (CAU), Lamphelpat today.

    Citing the demerits and harmful effects of chemical fertilizers, Chief Minister said that prolonged use of fertilizers and various chemicals for crop cultivation would lead to various diseases and health hazard to the people. He said that Manipur was once called “Sanaleipak Manipur” because of the peculiarity and exception on the taste of fruits or crops being produced out of its fertile land. He further said that people should utilize the resources available in the State to its fullest extent.

    Stating that government aims to give more emphasis on agricultural sector in the State, Shri N. Biren Singh said, “As we have plenty of ground water and good rainy season in the State, the farmers should opt for double cropping instead of sticking to single crop in a year.” He further said that rainwater harvesting facility would be introduced in hill areas soon so that water can be stored for drinking and irrigation purposes in the State.

    Expressing concern on the alarming corruption level in the State, he opined that our society has been spoiled by corruption and collective effort is needed to root out corruption. He assured that the dreams and wishes of the educated youths would not be shattered because of corruption. He further said, “We should encourage the farmers on the cultivation of black rice because of its demand in outside states.”

    Chairman, Pollution Control Board and Khadi and Village Industries, Shri L. Radhakishore Singh, Parliamentary Secretary ( MAHUD) Shri N. Indrajit Singh, Vice-Chancellor, CAU, Prof. M. Premjit Singh, Director of Research, CAU, Prof. C.A. Srinivasamurthy, officials and students of CAU attended the function. (DIPR)

  • NEW GOVERNMENT NEEDS PEOPLE’S SUPPORT: CHIEF MINISTER

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    Imphal, June 4, 2017 (DIPR): “The present government is just three months old and it seeks the support of the people to cater good for society and bring development in the State,” said Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh at the reception ceremony of newly elected Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, Shri Ksh. Bhabananda Singh at Keishampat Thokchom Leikai today. The reception ceremony was organised by Manipur People’s Club, Khwai Thokchom Leikai, Imphal.

    Speaking as the Chief Guest of the function, Chief Minister said, “After a spin of elections in last 60 years, nothing has changed but this new government is committed to safeguard the right to life and dignity of the people of the State.” He further said that the new government does not pursue for any award or reward but is dedicated for the welfare of the people and to bring some change in the State.

     Shri N. Biren Singh stressed that the government would bring an end to the excessive use of power by the armed forces in the State. Condemning the recent heinous crimes against women, he assured that a fast track court would be set up soon with due permission from the High Court of Manipur.

    Stating that honesty and integrity is key to his success, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, Shri Ksh. Bhabananda said that he would work with dedication for the betterment of the society.

    Minister for PWD, Power, RD and PR, Commerce and Industries and IPR, Shri Th. Biswajit Singh, Minister for Education and Labour and Employment, Shri Th. Radheshyam Singh, Parliamentary Secretary (RD and PR) Shri Heikham Dingo Singh, Ex-MLA Dr. Kh. Loken Singh and Ex-President, BJP, Manipur, Shri Sh. Shantikumar Sharma attended the function. (DIPR)

  • FAST TRACK COURTS TO BE SET UP FOR CRIMES AGAINST WOMEN CM INNAUGRATES TWO DAY SEMINAR ON DEVELOPMENT PRIORITY OF MANIPUR

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    Imphal, June 4, 2017 (DIPR): “Fast track Courts would be set up to tackle the cases related to Crime against women in the State soon,” said Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh at the inaugural function of the two day State level Seminar on “Development Priority of Manipur” held at the Jubilee Hall, Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal. The seminar is organised by Steering Committee, constituted by the Department of Planning, Government of Manipur.

    Speaking at the function as Chief Guest, Shri N. Biren Singh said that the sole objective of organising such seminar is to discuss the problems and hurdles which affect the development process in the State so that we could bring out a prospective and positive solution to the problems. Stating that such platform is first of its kind in the State, he stressed that people from different professions including academicians, entrepreneurs, farmers etc could share and exchange their innovative ideas collectively to bring development and work towards economic stability of the State.

    Shri N. Biren Singh opined that the government would listen to the opinions or recommendations brought forward during this seminar and will do the needful so as to bring inclusive development in the State. He further said, “To have inclusive development, the “Hill Area Development Programme” would be introduced in Manipur including Assam and Tripura by the Ministry of DONER soon.” Taking firm decision against the drug abuse in the Sate, Chief Minister said that the government is conducting mass drive against illegal drugs and stringent punishment would be given to the those drug traffickers.

    On the occasion, Chairman, Steering Committee, Professor N. Mohendro Singh said, “a structural change is the need of the hour for beginning a new phase of planning and development in the State.”

    Speaker, Manipur Legislative Assembly, Shri Y. Khemchand, Minister for Social Welfare and Co-operation Ms. Nemcha Kipgen, Minister for Tribal and Hill Areas Development Shri N. Kayasii, Deputy Chairman, State Planning Board, Shri S. Rajen Singh attended the function as President and Guests of Honour respectively. (DIPR)

  • BELIEF, RITUAL, AND FAITH SHOULD SERVE AS PURPOSE FOR PROGRESS OF THE SOCIETY: TH. RADHESHYAM

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    Imphal, 4th June 2017 (DIPR): Education, Labour and Employment Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam said belief, rituals, and faith should serve a purpose towards progress and development of the society. Thus the norms abide by the people should be simplified rather than making it difficult, discouraging the people with the fear of these notions, he added.

    He was speaking as Chief Guest of the 9th Foundation Day & Releasing Function of Kanglei Khutpai: 2017-18 held at the conference hall of Xtra Edge Coaching Centre, Sagolband. The function was organised by the Kangleipak Calendar Board.

    For bringing uniformity to all the yearly calendars published in the state, he said, will discuss with the cabinet to bring solution and to stop the prevailing differences of depiction of dates and names in the lunar calendars. Two hands, he explained, are required to clap and thus to enrich the inherited treasure of traditional knowledge imbibe among the people of the state and said all the different association and bodies' need to be unified and discussed it to utilise it for better future progressively.

    He also emphasised on the need of making the beliefs and rituals to be simplified and make it relevant for today's advanced society. To become a progressive society, he said the fear and anxiety/worry prevailing in the minds of the society of Manipur need to be overcome. Addressing to the astrologers and resource persons present in the function, he urged them to lessen the prevailing fear, worry and anxiety that has been running in the society with depiction of bad omens according to lunar calendar and birth chart (kuthi) of the Manipuri.

    Director IPR, Meghachandra Kongbam said in order to bring uniformity to the lunar
    calendars published he assured that he will write to the concern authority as soon as possible and do
    the needful to carry out the required process. (DIPR)

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  • SOLVING THE UNEMPLOYMENT PROBLEM WILL SURELY HELP TO RESTORE PEACE IN THE STATE: BISWAJIT MINISTER INSPECTED INDUSTRIAL ESTATES & LBI IN CHANDEL AND THOUBAL DISTRICTS

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    Imphal, the 3rd June 2017 (DIPR): Commerce and Industries Minister Shri Th. Biswajit Singh has inspected Industrial Estates and Livelihood Business Incubators in Chandel and Thoubal Districts today and said that solving the unemployment problem will surely help to restore peace in the State. Shri Biswajit inspected Chandel Salemthar Village Industrial Estate and Thoubal Kuraopaokpi  Industrial Estate and also Livelihood Business Incubators of these two districts.

                    While inspecting the Thoubal Kuraopaokpi  Industrial Estate, the Minister stated that the main objective for establishing the Industrial Estate was to generate maximum number of employment and to encourage entreprenuers of the State. The government will open many units of the industrial estate for giving facilities of workshed to the interested entreprenuers. As a way to save power and also to preserve the eco-system, Roof Top Solar Plate will be installed to Thoubal Kuraopaokpi Industrial Estate. Most of the programmes being taken up by the government with the help of Centre is for bringing work culture particularly to the youths of the State. 

    MLA of Kakching Assembly Constituency, Y. Surchandra  who was with the Minister in the inspection of Thoubal Kuraopaokpi Industrial Estate told the construction of the industrial estate has already completed 90 per cent. The amount of the work is for 21 crores but six crores are yet to released. State share is only 80 lakhs. The MLA appealed for people's cooperation for successfull and smooth functioning of the Estate.

    For workshed of Chandel Salemthar Village Industrial Estate, ground labelling is going on now. As the workshed is being constructing at the hill area, it's not easily accessible to the people and also  from the security point of view, shifting of the side of the Estate will discuss with the Chief Minister and the local MLA, Minister furthered.

    In pertain to the Livelihood Business Incubatrors (LBI), the Central Government aprroved to open nine LBI centres in Manipur. In the coming days, the State Government will arrange for imparting training to the concerned staffs for full functioning of Livelihood Business Incubatrors (LBI)Komlathabi. Thus, such steps of the government will help in restoring peace in the State,  the Minister added.

                    In a query from the media personnel, Shri Th. Biswajit responded that inspite of being the road from Pallel to Chandel is handled by the National Highway Infrastructure development Company Limited (NHIDCL), the Publlic Works Department will enterfere and held a meeting with the concerned authority for quality control repairing of the roads. And he also assured for renovation of the Pallel Bridge.

                    While coming back to Imphal, the Minister also inspected the District Industrial Centre (DIC) Thoubal and expressed dismay after seeing the condition of the centre.

                    In the inspection team, IFCD Minister Shri Letpao Haokip; MD, MANIDCO & MFICI; OSD, MSME/EDP/KVI; Technical consultant (MFICL); EE (MANIDCO) and Supervisor, Progress Asst. & VIO (MSME) accompanied with the Minister. (DIPR)

  • FARMERS’ QUERIES WILL BE ADDRESSED WITHIN 24 HRS: MINISTER SHYAMKUMAR

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    Imphal, June 3, 2017 (DIPR): Horticulture and Soil Conservation Minister, Shri Thounaojam Shyamkumar today said that, departments under him mainly Horticulture & Soil Conservation and Forests & Environment will address queries/applications put up by the farmers/villagers within 24 hours without wasting their valuable time.

    Minister Th. Shyamkumar was speaking as the Chief Guest at a function where free pineapple suckers were distributed to the farmers of Tamaram village under Keirao Assembly Constituency. He was accompanied by L. Rameshwar, Parliamentary Secretary (IFCD), who is also the MLA of Keirao.

    He further said that, under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi at the Centre and Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh in the State, various departments mainly Horticulture & Soil Conservation Department, will work for promotion of farmers in all the districts. He said the department is planning various welfare programmes for the farmers and guaranteed that more funds will be sanctioned for the promotion of pineapplefrom next year. He further said that, the department is also aiming to promote a market for exporting pineapple from the State. 

    Minister Shyamkumar voiced his concern over the rapid depleting forest cover of the Tamaram village. He said the government will organise tree plantation in the area in consultation with the local MLA, and urged the local residents to wholeheartedly take part in the plantation drive. Expressing concern over the nature’s fury faced by the State in the recent time, Minister Shyamkumar said, monetary help will be provided to the locals for the protecting trees to safeguard the environment.

    The Minister also urged the locals and farmers of the village to plant other varieties of trees, including Yongchak. The Minister said that the government will plant trees in mass scale in the month of June and July after the end of Manipur Legislative Assembly Session. He further said that, the government is ready to support the farmers of the entire State. The Minister assured the Tamaram villagers that the developmental works including drinking water facility and construction of community hall will be taken up soon in consultation with the local MLA.  (DIPR)

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  • MIN BISWAJIT CHAIRS MONTHLY REVIEW MEETING OF POWER DEPT

    Imphal, June 2, 2017 (DIPR): Power Minister Shri Thongam Biswajit Singh chaired the first monthly review meeting of the Power Department today. The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary Oinam Nabakishore, Manipur State Power Company Limited and Manipur State Power Distribution Company Limited officials including Managing Director Shri N Sarat and Executive Director Shri L Priyokumar.

    Speaking at the meeting held at his office conference hall, New Secretariat, the Minister said Smart Meter has already been declared mandatory by the Centre and the officials should discuss means to introduce the same in the State.

    In reply to explanations from the department officials that uninterrupted internet connectivity is required for proper functioning of the smart meter, the Minister suggested the officials to start installing the meter in the Imphal bazaar area where there is no connectivity issues.

                Observing that the revenue of the department will increase if the department can maintain quality supply of electricity, he said the department should be ready to provide even transformers in a day’s time after receiving complaints.

                Chief Secretary Shri Oinam Nabakishore said the department officials and staff need to be service oriented in their dealings and be customer friendly so that they can attract more consumers.

                Citing personal experience, he said the department prepaid service is much cheaper than it’s billing system and as such the department should encourage the prepaid system.

    He further suggested the department to encourage bulk customers like industries to get connections through the prepaid system.

    Meanwhile, several of the officials also highlighted their issues. The concerned official of Kangpokpi and Senapati circle said more than 2100 prepaid meters have been activated in Kangpokpi area alone. He said now some consumers who have installed the prepaid meters have started complaining that while they are paying others are freely enjoying power supply without installing prepaid meters.

    Replying to the issues highlighted by the officials attending the meeting, the Minister said preparations have been made to procure transformer oils.

    The Minister continued in order to check power theft, the department should first install AV cables in every part of the State. He elaborated once the AV cables are installed, the department can easily identify illegal consumers. (DIPR)

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  • MIN BISWAJIT INSTRUCTS PWD ENGINEERS TO SUBMIT REPORTS OF PROJECTS

    Imphal, May 27, 2017 (DIPR): Public Works Minister Shri Thongam Biswajit Singh today instructed the Executive Engineers of the every division of the department to submit progress reports of all their ongoing projects through the Chief Engineer at the earliest. The engineers were also instructed to provide details including name of projects, deadline, status of all roads including IVRs, OVRs, MVRs, highways of the State.

                The Minister issued the instructions during a review meeting of the department held this evening at his Conference Hall, New Secretariat. The meeting was also attended by the Chief Engineer PWD Ch Tiken and other officials of the department.

                Continuing his address, the Minister assured to take up all necessary steps to provide adequate manpower so that the department is able to function properly. He elaborated efforts have been initiated to recruit SOs and other staffs to increase the staff strength.

                He further stressed on the need to check the output of the muster-rolls and daily wagers, and asked the department officials to initiate verification of the muster roll staffs.

    The Minister also instructed the engineers to look into the issue of water logging problems in Imphal. He further asked the officials to survey and to check the roads leading to the top of Baruni Hill and undertake work to develop the most feasible road for the convenience of the pilgrims and people.

    The Minister further instructed the concerned officials to identify all heavy machineries of the department lying unattended at work sites or with retired officials and to auction off all those which are more than 15 years old.

                He also asked the concerned engineer to mend the potholes along the highway in front of the State Assembly at the earliest. 

    Highlighting the actions taken up under the 100-days programme by the department, the Chief Engineer said the department is taking up mending of pot-holes in the district headquarters and that mending of potholes along the Imphal-Senapati-Mao is underway. He continued the target to complete the Sendra Tourist Circuit by June 26 will also be achieved.        

                He also highlighted other works undertaken by the department including restoration work of the Tupul to Kasom Khullen, construction of Tongjei Maril, Irang Bridge and Leimatak Bridge.

                The Chief Engineer also brought up certain issues during the meeting including the ownership issues of Inspection Bungalows and PWD offices in the State. He also said that all Mini Secretariats except for the Churachandpur and Tamenglong are completed and functional and that the department should take up the annual or normal maintenance of the building.

                He continued Rs.450.00 crores have been allocated for development of Roads under the NERDS during the 12th Five Year Plan. (DIPR)

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  • MIN HANGKHANLIAN HANDS OVER EX-GRATIA TO CCPUR DROWING SIBLING’S FAMILY

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    Imphal, 2nd June,2017 (DIPR): Agriculture/Vetirinary and Animal Husbandry Minister V Hangkhanlian, today, handed over an ex-gratia of Rs. 4 lakh to the family members of the two siblings K.Lianlunmang aged 4 and his sister Kimngaihsiam aged 3 who died in an unfortunate drowing incident at Lanva River in Churachandpur on Thursday. The ex-gratia was provided by the State government. The family were still searching, with help of the local people, for the body of the sister till late evening on Friday.

                    He also extended Rs 20,000 to the various philantropic organisations who spent the whole night in search of the children.

                    The Minister also expressed his deepest condolence to the bereaved family on unexpected and unfortunate incident. He consoled the family and urged the people to pray for the quick recovery of the girl.

                    He further said that the government will provide further assistance to the family once her body is recovered. The parents also lauded the Minister for exteding help at a time when the family is grieving.

                    District Administration of Churachandpur, DC Shyam Lal Poonia, AC to DC Thienlaljoy Gangte, SP Rakesh  Balwal and other police officials led the search oparation of the girl. A large number of people from different philantropic organisations and communities also joined in the search of the baby.

                    The Minister expressed his appreciation to the various groups and district administration for their intiative taken up during the whole process of searching. Later, he along with the officials also visited the searching site at Val Veng, Lanva Village and went upto Rengkai Bridge. The Minister also interacted with the search party. (DIPR)

  • BRAINSTORMING ON ADDITIONAL RESOURCE MOBILIZATION CONCLUDES WITH OPTIMISM PROPER REVIEW OF THE CURRENT TAXATION POLICY A MUST: M LUIKHAM

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    Imphal, June 2, 2017 (DIPR): A one-day brainstorming session on the theme " Additional  Resource Mobilization in Manipur" was held today at the Institute of Co-operative Management, (ICM),Lamphelpat. The discussion programme was organised by the Steering Committee constituted by the Department of Planning, Govt. of Manipur.

    Director, Commerce & Industries, Govt. of Manipur, M Luikham, I.A.S ; Former Director, Economics & Statistics, Govt. of Manipur, Shri O. Biren; Chairman, Steering Committee, Two-Day State Level Seminar on Development Priority, Prof. N.Mohendro and Director, ICM,Lamphelpat, Dr.N.Ranjana Devi chaired the briefing session as resource persons.

    High ranking officials of the Department of Commerce & Industries and Forests, Govt. of Manipur, faculties of MU and its affiliated colleges, entrepreneurs, intellectuals and other concerned officials participated in the brainstorming session.

    Opening the programme, Shri O. Biren said that as per 2016-17 Budget estimate, State's tax income consists of 3.9 % that is about Rs.667.20 crores while the non-tax income is about 5.67% that is about Rs. 199.22 crores. The State's share out of the Central tax is 14.34% that is equal to Rs.3561.89 crores  while income from other resources of the Govt. of India is 76.02% that is equivalent to Rs. 4947.39 crores.Stating that due to small non-tax utilisation in Manipur, there is a need for additional finance, he mentioned the main sources of the State's tax as: land revenue,State's Excise duty,Sales Tax,Stamp & Registration,Electricity,Entertainment Tax,Professional Tax, Taxes on Vehicles,Taxeson Passengers & Goods, Agriculture & Income Tax,Urban Immovable Property Tax and others that include the Hill-House Tax.As the Planning Unit of the State is not performing its duties for proper documentation, he is of the view that we cannot update information if we don't have a documentation cell in each dept.  without which the calculation of the exact Index of Industrial Production (IIP)  is not possible.

    Stating that the Industry,Agricultue and Horticulture Depts. should collaborate together for marketing the forests products of Manipur  like mint, ginger, pineapple,lemon grass etc.outside the State,  Dr.N.Ranjana Devi said that infrastructure, sensitisation, awareness and connectivity should be given to the farmers so as to sell  these products  in the global market.She continued that single-cropping alone cannot suffice the needs of the people.

    Grieving his concerns over the pitfalls of tax-evasion, Assistant Professor, Economics Dept. MU, Shri Chinglen Maisnam said that we need to discuss everything in connection with the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill.

    Citing the example of branded liquor as a means of great foreign exchange in developed countries like the U.S & Scotland, entrepreneur Th. Jotin of Tata Tiscon , elaborated how we can develop the quality of  our local liquor of Sekmai and Andro  and export it to regions outside Manipur."This will generate income as well as employment for the State", he said.

    Drawing attention of the urgent need to review the present Taxation Policy in the State, Director, Commerce & Industries, Govt. of Manipur, M Luikham said that it is high time to discuss the issue with the Govt. concerning leakages in Excise & Tax duty,resource mobilisation,re-analysis of  prohibitory measures and its social impact."On creation of any public asset like hall,bus stand,drainage,playground etc, Govt. should think pro-actively if it is multi-beneficial to the society ", he also said.

    Giving his point of view to promote entrepreneurs in Manipur as a means of extra income generation, MIMS,MU Prof. L Jibonkumar  said, "Govt. can use E-Gvernance to curb the problem of tax-evasion and bring economic development by interlinking different Depts. As forest is our life, proper time planning is required for achieving the  set target of Rs 100 crores".

    Chairperson of the brainstorming session, Prof. N.Mohendro shared his opinion that we should know where do we stand now & how to go to reach the achieve target from the base level taking into consideration the immediate plan, medium term measures & long term plan.(DIPR)

  • 1st SESSION (Part-II) OF THE ELEVENTH ASSEMBLY BEGINS

    Imphal, June 2, 2017 (DIPR) : The 1st  session  (Part-II)  of the 11th  Manipur Legislative Assembly began today. At the very outset, the August House taken up obituary reference on the demise of former member of the 10th Manipur Legislative Assembly from 6-Keirao  Assembly Constituency Shri Karam Thamarjit Singh and Presentation of Committee report  and Introduction of  Governmnet Bill also been taken up in  today’s session.

    Leader of the house, Shri N. Biren  Singh  while initiating the obituary reference said the untimely demise of Karam Thamarjit Singh  is very unfortunate. He was elected as Member of the house in the year 2012 under the MSCP ticket.  He was soft, mature and prominent person. He had a good academic records, before joining the politics he worked as an entreprenuer and set up many Self Help Groups mainly for the unemployed women. He was always dealt public with smiling face. Saying that his loss will remained a void, leader of the house also shared to the sorrows of  the bereaved family.

    Opposition leader Shri O. Ibobi Singh recalled the good time he spent with late Karam Thamarjit. He said that Thamarjit was a talented enterprenuer who possessed high quality. He is a qualified young energetic with his main interest is skill development. His death is a great lost not only to the people of  Keirao assembly constituency but for the entire state  too. 

    CAF & PD minister Shri Karam Shyam said that Thamarjit begins his education from Class I to V in an Ideal High School and from Class VI to XII from  Sainik School. He got position during his school days in Sainik School. He had completed MBA (Marketing) from Bombay University and later served as Sales Manager in a renowed private firms. Before entering into politics, his main concerned are unemployment youth basically the women .

    PHED minister Losii Dikho said  before entering into politics he and Thamarjit worked together as as a social worker. He used to visit Mao and motivate the farmers. I found in him, affection, love, peace and harmony. I share my condolence to the bereaved family, he added.

    The obituary reference was also participated by Works minister Th. Biswajit Singh, Social Welfare minister Smt. Nemcha Kipgen, Parliamentary Secretary Shri L. Rameshwori Meetei and  MLA P. Brojendro.

    Later, the Speaker, Manipur Legislative Assembly Shri  Y. Khemchand moved a resolution that the house express grief and sorrow to the demise of Karam Thamarjit and also 2 minutes silence by standing was observed as mark of respect to the department soul.

    Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh presented the Second Report of the Business Advisory Committee, 2017 stating that the house agrees with the allocation of time recommended by the Committee.

    THE MANIPUR GOODS AND SERVICES TAX BILL, 2017 INTRODUCED

    Deputy Chief Minister who is also in-charge of Finance portfolio Shri Yumnam Joykumar Singh today introduced Government Bill “The Manipur Goods and Services Tax Bill, 2017  for consideration and passing during the assembly  session.

    While introducing the Bill, Dy CM incharge of Finance  also highlighted the objectives/ merits of  the bill and said that the short coming of the tax structure are multiplicity of Central and State tax and prevailing of uniformity of tax. 

    Deputy Chief Minister further said that passing the GST bill is essential and urged all members of the house to study minutely before passing the bill. (DIPR)

  • MINISTER BISWAJIT INSPECTS GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS IN MOREH

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    Imphal, June 1, 2017 (DIPR): Public Works Minister Shri Thongam Biswajit, today, inspected the PWD Inspection Bungalow, Moreh to initiate process for the Works department to regain control of the bungalow which has been occupied by the Assam Rifles for long since 1986. The Minister’s exertion to regain control of the bungalow was in accordance with the effort to develop the border town of Moreh.

    The Minister’s visit, today, was part of his two-day inspection tour of government buildings in the border town which began yesterday.

    Minister Biswajit inspected both the Power IB and Trade Centre at Moreh, on Wednesday. Following his inspection of the Integrated Trade Information and Stay Facility Centre for Traders inside the Trade Centre, the Minister expressed much dismay at the condition of the building and proposed certain structural changes. At the Moreh Trade Centre the Minister expressed disappointment that there was no power supply although the concerned were already instructed of his visit.

    Speaking to the officials concerned of MANIDCO and Trade, Commerce and Industries, the Minister said certain changes needs to be made to make the facilities available in the building meet international standard. He also asked the officials to shift the washroom from near the dining hall and kitchen and to renovate the VIP rooms. The trade Centre was inaugurated on April 20, 2000.

    Minister Biswajit also inspected the Multi-Storeyed Market Complex, Moreh, today. The complex was constructed under the ASIDE Scheme of the Ministry of Commerce and Industries. It was inaugurated on November 25, 2015.

    Speaking to the officials concerned including Managing Director MANIDCO and Joint Director Trade, Commerce and Industries, the Minister enquired whether there was lodging facilities in the building and observed it will attract people only if lodging facilities are available.

    Later in the afternoon, the Minister also inspected a plot of the State PWD and expressed concern on finding a private property constructed there. He instructed the concerned officials to erect a boundary wall around the plot and to demolish the private property. The Minister and his team also inspected another building which was already handed over to the District Administration and utilised as official quarter.

    He also visited and inspected the Ima Nongpok Panthoibi temple. The Minister was accompanied by the Tengnoupal SP Shri Moirangthem Mubi and PWD Chief Engineer Shri Ch. Tiken during his inspection visits. (DIPR)

  • MINISTER BISWAJIT CALLS FOR UNITY AMONG PEOPLE

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    Imphal, June 1, 2017 (DIPR): Minister Shri Thongam Biswajit attended the Maha Kumbhabhishekam Festival at the Sree Angala Paramesware and Sree Muneswarar Temple, Moreh this morning.

                Speaking to media persons, the Minister said Moreh is considered a Mini India as all communities reside together in the border town. He said the occasion is not only for the South Indian communities residing in the border town but for all communities residing together in the State.

    Observing that the occasion is to bring peace and unity in the land, he expressed gratitude to the organisers of the occasion. He continued disunity among the people will only weaken us. The Minister said the people should be united to bring peace and development in the land.         

    Speaking on the present condition of development in the border town, the Minister said he is “shocked” by the condition of the town, and added, to bring positive changes every entrepreneur, businessman and the locals should work for the collective good so as to bring peace and unity and usher development in the border town. He continued, if the need arise he will apprise the concerned Central authorities on the requirements for developing road, trade and industry in Moreh.

    Secretary to the Chief Minister Shri N Ashok Kumar, IAS; Social Welfare Director Smt. Jacintha Lazarus and Transport Director W Arthur also attended the function.

    Maha Kumbhabhishekam is a five day long celebration which began on May 29. Minister Biswajit accompanied by MLA of Tengnoupal Assembly Constituency D Korungthang and chairman of ADC Chandel Lukhosei Zou had also attended the ceremony on the evening of May 31. (DIPR)

  • MINISTER BISWAJIT INSPECTS FLOODED PADDY FIELDS

    Imphal, June 1, 2017 (DIPR): Works Minister Shri Thongam Biswajit inspected flooded paddy fields on the western side of the Mayai Lambi in Mayang Imphal Assembly Constituency, this evening. The Minister, who was returning from a series of inspections at Moreh, was accompanied by local MLA K Robindro during the inspection of the flooded area.

    Heavy machineries, including a JCB, were used to open culverts to drain the flood waters. Torrential rains since the past few days have left many places flooded in the State. (DIPR)

  • EDUCATION MINISTER VISITS SCERT AND EDUCATION (S)

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    Imphal, 1st June 2017 (DIPR): After taking in chargeofEducation Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam, for the first time during twenty years visited to the Directorate of State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) and the Directorate of Education (S), today. He also held a meeting with the officials at Lamphel. Various topics on how to improve the prevailing conditions of the education system of the state were discussed in the meeting.

    The Minister said salary for teachers and scholarships of the students are two major concerns needed to be redressed as soon as possible as both have direct impact on the field of education. He assured the salary of the teachers and scholarships of the students will be sanctioned on time without fail. For timely sanction of the fund allotted, he said, he will discuss to the Chief Minister so that the disbursement of salary and scholarship could be carried out.

    For those employees and teachers on attestation/deputation in the offices, he asked the officials to find out their requirements and make sure their necessities are available, to encourage them carry out their duty productively and to enhance the functioning of the department. He suggested of appointing officials who can guide the public in addressing their problems and grievances in the official works. This will help in building a good relationship with the public. To fasten the official procedures and for better functioning, suggestions were brought up for the need to distribute the work load evenly among the employees and officials.

    He emphasised on the need to set a time frame for various departmental related work like the pension services, posting / transfer related file process of the employees, and the MGEL service. Such task should be completed on time, he strictly warned. He also cautioned the officials against the harassment faced by the public. He expressed his desire to set a goal for improving the performances of the government high schools and higher secondary schools of the state.

    The newly appointed director of Education (S) Th. Kiran Kumar Singh also suggested for the need to digitalise all the service records of the teachers and all the employees.  Further, he said this somehow can improve the functioning of the department and stop the manipulation of official records and lessen the activities that involve corruption. He also recommended that if all their records be linked through digitalisation even the biometrics attendance then the service can be overall supervised.

    Promotional avenue, rules and regulations for the promotion of the staffs were discussed also in the meeting minutely. He also made a round check of the infrastructural condition of both the offices. (DIPR)

  • SPECIAL DRIVE TO ENROLL LEFT OUT ELECTORS- 2017

    Senapati, June 1, 2017 (DIPR): A special drive to enroll  left out electors - 2017 under the theme “No voters to be left behind’ will be organise from 1st to 31st July, 2017. This was stated by the Deputy Commissioner, Senapati  District  Athem Muivah  in a Press Conference held in his office chamber today. 

    The DC who is also the DEO said that the overall objective of the special drive includes, to increase the enrolment percentage in the age group of 18-19 years above 80% of the population, to increase the enrolment of youth between the age group of 18-21 years, registration of disable person of 18-21 years age group and removal of the deceased names.

    The submission and receiving of fresh applications giving priority to left out eligible voters of 18-19 age group can be done by using form 6 at ERO’s office, sending by post, online submission at NVSP, submission at CSC and door to door visit by BLO’s from 1st  to 31st July, 2017.

    Final electoral roll 2017 with its supplements shall be pasted on the wall of the polling stations for the citizens’ reference.

    The DC further said that a special camp in this regard would also be conducted in all government and private educational institutions of the district on any two different days between 1st and 31st July, 2017.

    The press conference was attended by SDOs/ERO’s of Senapati district. (DIPR)

  • Process for Issuing Application Form for Various Certificates Reviewed

    Imphal, June 1, 2017 (DIPR): A review exercise was held in consultation with other stakeholders to ensure uniformity, increase efficiency, improve transparency and reduce delays against standardised periods for processing applications of issuing various certificates by the office of the Deputy Commissioner and the Revenue Authorities, Imphal East. Based on this, domicile certificate, permanent residence certificate, caste/tribe/class certificate can be had by submitting a duly filled in application form to the issuing authority supported by necessary documents, stated a notification issued by the ADC, Imphal East District, on 29th May, 2017.

    Application form can be had on cash payment from the office of the issuing authority or downloaded freely from the website www.imphaleast.nic.in. Incomplete application form will be rejected without prior notice. Maximum period for processing an application shall be 7 working days from the date of receipt of the application but can be completed within 8 working days if the applicant fails to produce documentary proof in support of any claim in the application form which shall be established through field enquiry. The Deputy Commissioner, Imphal East, reserves the right to issue any of the said certificates. (DIPR)

  • OFFICE MEMORANDUM FROM SECRETARIAT: HEALTH DEPARTMENT

  • FLOOD AFFECTED AREAS OF HEIROK CHECKED

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    IMPHAL, May 31, 2017, (DIPR): Education, Labour & Employment Minister Shri. Th Radheshyam inspected the flood affected areas of Heirok, his constituency and the Pechi Primary School, Pechi.

    Visiting Ukhongshang Maning Leikai and Mayai Leikai, he checked the flooded locality which has been affected since yesterday. The state being hit by the Mora Cyclone has been experiencing heavy rainfall resulting to high rise in the water levels of the rivers flowing in the state.

    Though heavy nonstop rainfall has been one of the main reasons for the flood affecting the state, the Minister said, the fact of river bed losing its depth is also one of the main cause. Thus appeal the locality to organise service of cleansing the river bed of the canals and rivers.

    The Litan Thong, which was washed away some years back, was also inspected for the temporary wooden bridge constructed was broken again by the harsh water flow of the Heirok Turel. He assured the people that a concrete bridge will soon be constructed after being discussed with the expert.

    Disheartened to see the condition of the Pechi Primary School visited as part of the flood inspection, he urge the locals to contribute bamboos for construction of fencing and other necessary required materials for mending of the school infrastructure. (DIPR)

  • GOVT SET TO PROVIDE FREE DIAGNOSTIC FACILITIES FROM JULY 1 SMOKING WILL BE BANNED IN PUBLIC PLACES SOON: CM

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    Imphal, May 31, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh has announced that from July 1, 2017, almost all the tests done at Government medical facilities including JNIMS and RIMS would be free of cost.

    Speaking as chief guest at the World No Tobacco Day observation held at JNIMS auditorium today, the Chief Minister said that the Government had identified 57 different tests for the said purpose.

    He informed that that no one has to pay a single Paisa for these 57 notified tests, which include all blood tests, X-ray, CT scan, all tests for pregnant women and children etc.

    All Government facilities including RIMS, JNIMS, District Hospitals, CHCs and PHCs would offer all the notified 57 tests free of cost, he added.

    The Chief Minister further said that the second initiative of the Government is that a partner for free diagnostics is being selected through a fair open tender process, which is duly assisted by the NHSRC under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, for providing free diagnostic facilities to further support the State’s free diagnostics initiative.

    The partner would set up additional testing labs and enable free testing facilities which would be supported by the National Health Mission, he said and added that the public would not be charged a single Paisa for the tests that would be rolled out by this partner.

    The Chief Minister informed that the tender is in an advanced stage and the whole process would be rolled out in the next 3-4 months. Once this is fully functional, no one has to pay for any of the notified 57 tests, either at the Government’s health facilities or at the facilities of the partner. This would be a step that would directly benefit the poor people in the State, he added.

    Shri N. Biren further said that the third initiative that the State Government intends to take is to drastically increase the supply of free medicines through Government health establishments.

    He said, “Recently, we had launched the Jan Aushadhi stores selling generic medicines, where cost of generic medicines is much less than the branded medicines. We are now going to increase the free drug supply from about 100 medicines to over 300 types of medicines, which would cover almost all ailments. I urge the Health Department to fast track the tender process so that the additional free medicine supplies commence within the next three months”.

    With this initiative of free diagnostics and free drugs and medicines, the cost of treatment would be negligible, if not totally free, he added.

    Speaking on the impact given to the society by rampant abuse of tobacco, the Chief Minister contended that the State Government is set to ban smoking in public places under Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), 2003 at the earliest.

    Stating that the State Government had already announced ban on sale of all types of tobacco items except cigarette long time back, the Chief Minister spoke on the need to strictly implement the said prohibition.

    He further stated that the State Government would continue the ongoing drives against intoxicants and tobacco items.

    Health and Family Welfare Minister Shri L. Jayantakumar attended the function as the president while Union Minister of State for Health Smt. Anupriya Patel and Parliamentary Secretary (Health and Family Welfare) Shri S. Subhaschandra as guests of honour.

    In her speech, Smt. Anupriya Patel said that tobacco consumption and smoking had caused highest number of deaths across the globe. It hits hard to the people who are mainly in the low and middle income groups in the countries like India.

    As such, tobacco consumption and smoking are the major threats to economic wellbeing and sustainable development of the country and the State, she added.

    She also mentioned about the need to co-ordinate among Health, Home and Education Departments in controlling sale and abuse of tobacco items.

    Speaking at the function, Shri L. Jayantakumar observed that the youths should try to stay away from tobacco items before their occasional use of these items may become a habit. If they have the habit of using tobacco, it would be hard to give it up, he cautioned.

    Shri S. Subhaschandra while speaking at the function urged the gathering to give up smoking and use of tobacco products in order to save themselves from dreaded diseases like cancer.

    The function was jointly organised by Directorate of Health Services, Manipur, State Health Society, National Health Mission, Manipur and District Health Societies of Imphal East and Imphal West. (DIPR)

  • IFCD MINISTER, OFFICIALS SWING INTO ACTION TO TACKLE OVERFLOWING OF RIVER

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    IMPHAL, May 31 (DIPR): In the wake of sudden overflowing of river water at some places triggered by downpour over the last 24 hours, Irrigation and Flood Control Department Minister Shri Letpao Haokip, along with the Department’s officials, today inspected several places along different river banks passing through Imphal to monitor the situation.

                At the same time, engineers/officials of the department have swung into action to tackle and mitigate the problems caused by the sudden flood. Under the supervision of the Minister, the IFCD officials distributed flood fighting materials like bamboo chattai, empty cement bags, bamboos etc to locals residing in vulnerable areas.

                The department officials also coordinated with various local clubs members to take up emergency flood control measures.

                IFCD Minister Shri Letpao Haokip, accompanied by Parliamentary Secretary (IFCD) Rameshwor Meitei and Additional Chief Engineer Shri Ksh. Pritam Singh inspected vulnerable places like Khabam Lamdaibam and Achanbigei Thongkhong under Heingang AC.

                The Minister also inspected Mongjam, Keirang, Khurai-Salanthong area, Heikrumakhong, Lairikyengbam areas etc.

                Meanwhile, officials/engineers of the Department also oversaw the situations at different places including Singjamei Thokchom Leikai, Yaiskul Range Lampak, Sairom Leirak Yengkokpam Mapa  (Thongju A/C) etc.

                The IFCD officials said that flood control materials were well in stock and available for the people.

                A control room has been opened at the office of Chief Engineer (IFCD) located at Khoyathong. Flood related information can be had from the control room through phone number 0385-2451550.

                Meanwhile, at 5 pm today, the water level of Imphal River at Minuthong remained above HFL while the level of the same river water at Lilong was recorded at 781.70 M.  

    Water level of Iril River at Irilbung was recorded at 785.425 M.

                The level of water at Hump bridge along Nambul river was recorded at 782.875 M while water level of Thoubal river touched 779.52 M mark at 5 pm today.

                The water level along the Imphal river saw a 2 inch decrease in the evening, according to Addl CE (IFCD). (DIPR)