Imphal July 31, 2017 (DIPR): The House of Manipur Legislative Assembly today passed four Demands for Grant amounting Rs. 1,46,75,82,000 after a thorough discussion and voting.

                Taking part in the discussion of Demand No. 45-Tourism, proposing Rs. 37,05,92,000 for Grant by the house, Chief Minister who is also incharge of Tourism said that the present Government is taking up all the possible steps to boost Tourism Sector in the state. He maintained that the Government is sending project reports for approval to DoNER Ministry and North Eastern Council to develop the Tourism Sector in the State. Chief Minister also told the House that a sum of rupees five crore has been sanctioned to develop Kangkhui Cave under Tourism Department.

                Replying a querry by MLA O. Surjakumar Singh, Chief Minister N Biren Singh said that the state has selected places adjacent to NIT Complex for rehabilitating Manipuri Ponies specially, which are on the street. The Government is also planning to develop a road to connect Dzukou Valley easily.

    Demand No. 34- Rehabilitation, which was moved by Finance Minster Shri Y. Joykumar Singh, that a sum of not exceeding Rs. 4,24,14,000 for the financial year ending 31st March, 2018 was placed for discussion in the House. After thorough discussion, the House passed Demand No-34-Rehabilitation.

                A Policy Cut Motion was raised on Demand No. 34-Rehabilitation by MLA K. Ranjit Singh, which was withdrawn later.

                Demand No. 41 –Art & Culture, that a sum of Rs. 23,82,41,000 was tabled in the House for discussion and grant. After discussion, the House unanimously passed Demand No. 41-Art & Culture.

    Regarding Demand No 43-Horticulture & Soil Conservation, which proposed house Rs. 81,63,35,000 for Grant by the House, Opposition MLAs Dr. Chaltolien Amo, D. Korungthang and Alfred Kanngam Arthur raised Policy Cut Motion which was withdrawn later resulting the passing of Demand No-43 by the House. (DIPR)




    Imphal, July 31, 2017 (DIPR): Donations to Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) for the flood victims are still coming in.

    Council of Higher Secondary Education Employees’ Association, Manipur donated Rs. 1 lakh to CMRF today.

    Representatives of the association handed over the amount to Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh at a simple function held at Chief Minister’s Secretariat.

    Shri N. Biren expressed his profound gratitude to the donors for showing concern for the pains and suffering faced by the flood affected people in the State. (DIPR)


    Imphal, July 31, 2017 (DIPR):Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh said that the government is taking serious concern on the issue of the illegal migrants and would assess and discuss carefully the issue of illegal migrants in the State. This was stated by him on the day 10 of the ongoing Budget Session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly. Replying to the question raised by MLA R.K. Imo on the steps taken up by  the Government to check the influx of illegal migrants in the State and the recent agitation by the student organizations, Chief Minister said that the government would look into the provisions given under the Constitution to check the influx of illegal migrants in the State. He assured the House that the government would identify the number of migrants living in the State, would check the electoral rolls and spot verification would be done on the issue. If illegal migrants are detected during the verification process, he/she will be deported instantly, he added. He appealed the student organizations to call off the current agitation regarding reservation of seats at eight Assembly Constituencies for indigenous people of the State.

    Replying to the starred question raised by MLA Shri D. Korungthang, on whether there is any plan for infrastructure development of Tengnoupal Police Station, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh said that the Government is making assessment of the infrastructure of Police Station of newly created Tengnoupal District. He informed the house that the total number of 177 police personals excluding Superintendent of Police is performing their duty in the district. He further said that the Chief Ministers of the Border States including Manipur had a meeting with the Home Ministry, Government of India and discussed to deal seriously in connection to the border areas and strengthen the Police Stations located at Border areas of the country. The infrastructure development of the Tengnoupal PS would be proposed in the next meeting, he assured.

    Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh said that health is one of the focus areas of the new government so that people would live their lives with healthy body and mind. Mass drives against illegal sale of drugs and liquor have been conducted by the Police and other concerned departments. Despite of being a dry State, large quantity of liquor has been confiscated viz. 11,000 litres and 8,000 litres of foreign and local liquor respectively during the mass drives against intoxicants in the State recently. The government seeks the support of the people and consensus of all the MLAs is needed to prohibit the sale and production of liquor in the State, he added. Chief Minister said that the issue of production of liqour is of serious concern and we all should stand together and take a unanimous decision on the ban of liquor in the State. He assured that mass drives against illegal drugs and liquor would continue in future.

    He lamented that the number of widows who have lost their husbands due to the substance abuse and alcohol is increasing considerably in the State. The government is planning to introduce various schemes to provide livelihood for these widows, he added. He appealed the people of the State not to intervene or overpower the police during raids against drugs, liquor, illegal trade of arms etc. Despite The Manipur Liquor Prohibition Act 1991, the production of local liquor is still practising in many villages of the State. There are certain flaws and limitations in The Manipur Liquor Prohibition Act 1991 like the Act permits the production of liquor for customary purposes, so the Act need to be discussed thoroughly and would amend if necessary.

    Replying to a calling attention motion moved by MLA Shri K. Meghachandra, Deputy Chief Minister Shri Y, Joykumar said that 5 people have died due to the consumption of local brewed liquor recently and 71 people have been admitted in different hospitals. Among the 71 persons, 24 persons are still in serious condition and hospitalized in Raj Medicity and Shija Hospitals. FIR has been lodged against two persons in connection with the case, he added. He further stated that the concrete reason for the cause of poisoning of the liquor is not yet known.

    During a starred question raised by MLA Shri S. Bira Singh on the number of Sangai in Keibul Lamjao and any measures taken up to save Sangai from extinction, Minister for Forest and Environment Shri Th. Shyamkumar said that total number of Sangai in Keibul Lamjao as per the survey conducted in the year 2016 is 260 which have increased from 27 in the year 1985. The demarcation of the boundary of Keibul Lamjao National Park is still in process and will be completed soon, he added. He maintained that to protect and save Sangai, methods and measures such as electric or solar fencing would be constructed after consultation with NGOs and officials of the Department, from illegal poaching of endangered Sangai.

    Shri Th. Shyamkumar who is incharge of MAHUD said that 11 wards of Imphal Municipal Corporation and 5 towns of the State have been declared as Open Defecation Free areas by the Government of India. The 5 towns are Kakching Municipal Council, Moirang Municipal Council, Bishnupur Municipal Council, Nambol Municipal Council and Lilong Imphal West Nagar Panchayat. He stressed that 1130 latrines have been constructed in the State so far. This was stated by the Minister on replying to the query raised by MLA Nambol Shri N. Loken Singh on the cleanliness measures under the Swachh Bharat Mission in Imphal and other towns of the State. Minister further said that the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development have increased the Central share in providing financial assistance to construct the latrines to Rs. 10,800 which was earlier fixed at Rs. 4,000.

    During the question and answer session, Shri Th. Shyamkumar said that the Government of India under the Mission Organic Farming North East has released an amount of Rs. 8.37 crore for 2015-16, Rs. 7,36,78,500 for 2016-17 and Rs. 8,94,21,000 for the year 2017-18. A total of 230 clusters have been identified for organic farming in the State. He further said that the Government has taken up certain measures and awareness of the environmental benefits of organic farming to the farmers of the State. (DIPR)




    30th July, 2017,DIO, Senapati (DIPR): As part of the 45th Raising day celebration of the Autonomous District Council, Senapati, the first ever  state level open indigenous wresting championship tournament was organised by Autonomous District Council, Senapati under the aegis of the State Government of Manipur today at the mini stadium, Senapati District Head quarter

    Speaking as the Chief guest, Sri. M.L. Markson, Chairman, Autonomous District Council, Senapati appreciated the Government of Manipur for helping in bring up this championship to the state level. He further said that it is the only Indigenous Wresting Championship tournament in Manipur and it will help in preserving and the promotion of our dying traditional sports. He also mentioned that Autonomous District Council, Senapati in spite of limited funds and resources is working for the people and is committed to work for the welfare of the people and  seek corporation from the public.

    The two day championship tournament is being participated by 121 participants from all over the state. It is being organised in two categories, one below 65 kg and another about 65 kg.

    In today’s opening function of the championship tournament was also attended by Sri.Hingba John, Vice Chairman, Autonomous District Council, Senapati, and all the district level officers of Senapati district. (DIPR) 




    Imphal,  28th July, 2017 (DIPR): Education Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam said the transfer and posting of the teachers promoted to the lecturer was necessary so that they could get their salary according to the pay scale of the promoted position as per the norm and requirement.

                He said the process of transfer and posting was carried out with the representation from the side of the teachers. He said nearly twenty schools had been upgraded to higher secondary level. It was a necessity that teachers be provided for these newly upgraded schools, where the students have started taking admission for the higher-level classes, he elaborated.

    He pointed out that it was very unfortunate that the students were misguided and used as weapon for some personal gains of the teacher. Teachers as overall need to be evenly distributed to each and every school of the state for better functioning and development of education.

    He said, if there are forty teachers in a school where there is a sanction post of thirty teachers, then it becomes a compulsion that ten teachers be transferred and posted to other schools so that they could get their salary as per their promoted position. However if there is requirement of more teacher in the said school then the teacher would be utilized according to the need from where they have posted, he explain.  

                The minister was speaking at the inaugural function for opening XI-Class Session, 2017-18 of the newly upgraded The Bengoon Higher Secondary School, Mayang Imphal. He said everything should be done on the need base with proper planning to make the developmental work last for years. The establishment of a school as per the guideline of the government should be carried out fulfilling three main criteria - quality, accessibility and equity.

    The minister was not pleased to see the dilapidated condition of the newly upgraded higher secondary school, said the laboratory for the science stream of the upgraded school is compulsory, and need to be constructed extending a room so that practical classes could be carried out for the time being. He assured that he would try to find out what best could be done for the school with assistance from the MOBC, MSDP or NPC.

    Education & YAS Parliamentary Secretary, the MLA of Mayang Imphal, K. Robindro Singh had admitted the students of the two higher secondary schools of his constituency M. Tomchou Higher Secondary School and Bengoon Higher Secondary School bearing the cost.

    Speaking at the function, he said, the students of government school usually belong to the economically weaker section of the society and should be provided with better facility to nurture the children for better future. For this, everyone should take up the responsibility towards the school for it will take the society to the newer height of betterment, he added. (DIPR)



    Imphal, July 30, 2017 (DIPR):
    Different individuals and organisations have been donating to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) to help the flood victims in the State.

    Today as well, Mahesh Jain M/S Variety Traders Complex, Thangal Bazaar, the All Manipur Government Aided School Employees Co-ordinating Committee, the R.S.U.W.O. Branch Unit Social Swab Development, Laipham Khunou contributed Rs. 2,00,000, Rs. 1,10,000 and Rs 50,000 respectively.

    The amounts were handed over to Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh held at Chief Minister’s Secretariat today evening.


    Apart from financial donations, Border Trade Chamber of Commerce, Moreh and Tamil Sangam, Moreh donated flood relief materials of 485 bags of Arhar dal weighing 25 per bag (of approx. Rs 8 lakh) to the CMRF.

    Shri N. Biren Singh thanked the individuals and organisations for their kind gesture and expressed hope that CMRF would receive more donations from different quarters.

    Mentioned may be made that Dry fish merchants of Ngari Gali, Imphal, Kakching Municipal Council and Nongthombam Budha Singh of Luwangshangbam have also contributed Rs. 1,51,000 to CMRF today morning. (DIPR)




    Imphal, July 30, 2017 (DIPR): Considering the woes endured by a large number of people in different parts of the State due to recent spates of flood, several groups and individuals have been donating funds to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF).

                Dry fish merchants of Ngari Gali, Imphal and Kakching Municipal Council donated Rs. 1 lakh and Rs 50,000 to CMRF respectively.

                These amounts were handed over to Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh at Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.

                Likewise, Nongthombam Budha Singh of Luwangshangbam also donated Rs. 1000 to CMRF.

    The Chief Minister expressed gratitude to all the organisations and individuals which had generously contributed funds to the Relief Fund so far. (DIPR)


    Imphal, July 30, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh said that medical surveillance teams having necessary equipments would be deputed at Moreh, Jiribam and Behiang (Churachandpur district) to medically examine the people, who are entering the State, in view of spread of Japanese Encephalitis, Dengue, Swine Flu and other vector-borne diseases in the State.

    Speaking on the sidelines of inspection of National Sports University site at Koutruk today, Shri N. Biren said that a high level review meeting was held at Chief Minister’s Secretariat last night.

    He added that a strong team of doctors and paramedics led by senior officers of State Health Services and AYUSH Department had rushed to Churachandpur to contain the situation arising out of the reported spread of an unknown disease at Henglep sub-division.

    The Chief Minister further stated that a sum of Rs. 1 lakh had been sanctioned from Chief Minister’s Relief Fund to Hill Area Committee Chairman and Henglep AC MLA Shri T.T. Haokip to help the affected villagers.

    Stating that 100 more infected villagers reached Churachandpur district headquarters yesterday, the Chief Minister further informed that two more Shaktiman trucks had been sent to transport the remaining 80 villagers from Henglep to district headquarters.

    Shri N. Biren said that the State Government would extend necessary assistance to the affected villagers through the district administration and elected leaders.

    He further said that the Government would even airlift the patients if necessary.

    The Chief Minister stated that 70 per cent of the Japanese Encephalitis and Dengue cases were detected in Churachandpur district. (DIPR)




    Imphal, July 30, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh inspected the site of National Sports University at Koutruk in Imphal West district today.

                He was accompanied by Works Minister Shri Th. Biswajit, Youth Affairs and Sports (YAS) Minister Shri Letpao Haokip, Parliamentary Secretary (Home) Shri L. Susindro, Sekmai AC MLA Shri H. Dingo, Chief Secretary Shri R.R. Rashmi, Works and IPR Commissioner Shri K. Radhakumar and other high ranking officials.

                Speaking to media persons, the Chief Minister said that he had requested Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to lay the foundation stone of the varsity on a convenient day after August 15, 2017.

    Clarifying that there is no more land dispute or controversy at the proposed University site, the Chief Minister informed that demarcation and initial fencing works had already been completed.

    Shri N. Biren further said that blacktopping of the 2-km long portion of the approach road from helipad to University site would be completed within a week.

                Soon after laying of the foundation stone, the first session of the University would be commenced at Khuman Lampak Sports Complex by using the existing infrastructure, the Chief Minister said.

    Necessary office rooms and other required infrastructures had already been developed there by sanctioning Rs 5 crore by the State Planning Department, he added.

                Shri N. Biren also appealed to the people of the State to collectively request the Prime Minister to visit Manipur and lay the foundation stone of the varsity as soon as possible.

    The Chief Minister also urged the public to accord warm welcome to the Prime Minister when he visits the State.

    Works and IPR Minister Shri Th. Biswajit said that the University would not only provide multiple opportunities to the villagers of nearby villages but also create many jobs for the people of the State.

    He said that efforts are being invested on mission mode to keep the approach road in tip-top condition prior to PM’s visit.

    The Minister urged the people of the nearby villages to join hand with the Government in collectively fighting the challenges which come on the way of setting up of the University.

    Later, the Chief Minister inspected the construction works of Ibudhou Marjing tourist complex at Heingang Hills in Imphal East district.

    The components of the complex are a gigantic polo statue atop Heingang Hill, a cafeteria, garden, approach road, parking and Marjing temple. (DIPR)




    Imphal, July 29, 2107 (DIPR):Chief Minister reviewed the situation of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Dengue in the state in an emergency meeting held at CM Secretariat tonight. The meeting was attended by Minister for Health and Family Welfare Shri L. Jayantakumar Singh, Minister for Agriculture Shri V. Hangkhanlian, Chairman of Hill Areas Committee Shri T. T. Haokip, Chief Secretary Shri R.R. Rashmi, DGP Shri L.M Khaute, Secretary (Health) Shri Sumant Singh, Director (Health) Shri K. Lokendro, Director (RIMS), Director (Ayush), Director (JNIMS) and other specialist doctors.

    During the meeting, it was informed that though the situation is not alarming but the positive cases are showing an increasing trend. Till now, 59 cases have been tested positive for Dengue, and 73 cases have been detected positive for Japanese Encephalitis (JE).

    Chief Minister expressed that the situation is alarming and it needs to be attended to immediately.            During the meeting, it was decided that 20-30 doctors with paramedics and Director (Health) will go to Churachandpur tomorrow morning with medicines. Youth Hostel is to be used for the accommodation for the teams. Police would also help provide accommodation for the doctors, if needed.  Chief Minister directed DC, Churachandpur to arrange transport facilities to shift the patients in co-ordination with Director (Health) Shri K. Lokendro. He further instructed Director (Ayush) and Director, RIMS to provide necessary medicines, doctors and diagnosis facilities and other logistics support. DC, Churachandpur will extend all necessary assistance in this regard.

    Necessary funds to the tune of Rs. 10 crore will be released by the Finance Department by Monday. Similarly, required money will be given soon for artificial ventilators. To prevent further spread of the disease, fever detection centres will be established at Moreh, Behiang and Jiribam by Monday, the 31st July.

    The two doctors, who did not report for duty at PHC, Senvon and PHC, Henglep have also been suspended with immediate effect. (DIPR)


    Imphal, 29th July, 2017 (DIPR): State Health Minister Shri L.Jayentakumar has today told the House that the State Health department is fully concerned and monitoring the suspected outbreak of H1N1 virus in Henglep Sub-division. He said that two doctors have been posted at Henglep Sub-Division.

    Replying to a Calling Attention Motion raised by Opposition MA K Ranjit Singh regarding the suspected outbreak of H1N1 virus in Henglep Sub-Division, the Minister said the government is fully concerned with the suspected outbreak. He said altogether 41 individuals with suspected cases of H1N1 including 31 children have reached Churachandpur District Hospital and have been placed under medical observation.

    Observing that due to the incessant rain in the State in recent times, road communication has been badly hit in Henglep Sub-division, the Minister said at present another 50 individuals with suspected cases of H1N1 are still in Henglep Sub-division. He further said that the government is also considering feasibility of airlifting the individuals, so that they could be brought under proper medical observation.

    Regarding declaration of the outbreak to be epidemic, the Minister said declaring the outbreak epidemic at this juncture could create undue panic among the people. He continued the government is fully prepared and have enough stock of medicines to combat any outbreak of the H1N1 in the State.

    The Minister also observed that isolated wards are opened at both the JNIMS and RIMS. (DIPR)




    Imphal, July 29, 2107 (DIPR): The Transporters and Drivers’ Council (TDC), Manipur donated Rs 2 lakh to Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) to help and rehabilitate the flood victims.

    In a solemn ceremony held today at Chief Minister’s Secretariat, representatives of the Council led by President, TDC, Manipur Shri H. Ranjithanded over the cheque to Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh in the presence of Minister for CAF&PD Shri Karam Shyam.

    The Chief Minister expressed gratitude to all the organisations and individuals who had contributed generous donations to CMRF so far.

    Mentioned may be made that Faculties and Staffs of DM College of Science and DM College of Arts have also contributed Rs. 1,29,500 to CMRF today morning. (DIPR)





    Imphal, July 29, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh today saw off 248 Haj pilgrims at Tulihal International Airport today.

                The pilgrims led by MLA and Manipur State Haj Committee (MSHC) Member Shri Abdul Nasir and MSHC Executive Officer Salauddin Khan left for Guwahati for their onward journey to the holy city of Mecca.

    Speaking to media persons after seeing off the pilgrims, Shri N. Biren said that he greeted the pilgrims and urged them to make a ‘dua’ (prayer to Allah) for peace and tranquillity in Manipur.

                He also said that the pilgrims also promised him to pray for the State during their pilgrimage.

                Stating that Manipur had recently experienced unwanted loss of lives and sudden occurrence of natural calamities, the Chief Minister said that people tend to yearn for spiritual solace when such tragedies happen.

    Parliamentary Secretary (MOBC and Commerce and Industries) Shri Ashab Uddin and MSHC Chairman Shri Amin Shah were also present at the occasion.

                In all, 391 people including 178 women had been selected for Haj pilgrimage from the State under Manipur State Haj Committee this year.

                All of them will stay at Haji Musafir Khana, Guwahati before they leave for Mecca in two batches on July 30 and 31.

    Mention may be made that 120 pilgrims had already left for Guwahati yesterday and another 17 persons on July 27. The remaining pilgrims will leave Imphal for Guwahati tomorrow.

    The pilgrims will be assisted by two Khudam-ul-Hujaaz (guides) throughout their journey. (DIPR)


    Imphal, July 29, 2017 (DIPR): In the aftermath of experiencing severe flash floods on multiple occasions in the State recently, different individuals and organisations have been donating to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) to help the flood victims.

                Today as well, faculties and staff of DM College of Science and DM College of Arts handed over Rs. 1,29,500 to Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh at Chief Minister’s Secretariat.

                Shri N. Biren thanked the faculties and staff for their kind gesture and expressed hope that CMRF would receive more donations from different quarters. (DIPR)


    Imphal July 29, 2017 (DIPR): Applications are invited for contractual engagement for 1 (one) on Special Duty/Legal Officer in Home Department, Government of Manipur, Manipur Secretariat.

                Intending candidates whose age do not exceed 45 years as on 1st August, 2017 with a minimum qualification of Law Graduate from a recognized university or college, having 50% marks at graduate level and whose experience of legal practice is not less than 5 years, can apply for the post. Application should be accompanied with a certificate of practicing law from Sr. Advocate/Sr. Colleague with whom the applicant has practiced law.

                Application form can be had from Mohd. Yasser Ahmed Khan, Under Secretary, Home Department, Room No 175, Manipur Secretariat, South Block between 1st August, 2017 to 5th August, 2017. Duly filled application form along with necessary documents can be submitted to the same between 6th August to 9th August, 2017. (DIPR)


    IMPHAL, JULY 28, 2017 (DIPR): On the Day 8 of the ongoing Budget Session of the 11th Manipur State Legislative Assembly Session, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh said the Government is taking proper steps to safeguard the indigenous people of the State. In his appeal to the agitating students demanding ILPS (Inner Line Permit System) in Manipur, N. Biren Singh said that, the students are welcomed for talks.

    Replying to a starred question raised by Opposition MLA Shri R.K. Imo Singh whether Government has adequate plan/policy to curb illegal migrants entering into the State, the Chief Minister said, a Check Post will be soon established at Churachandpur along with the three Foreigners’ Check Post at Imphal Airport, Mao and Jiribam functioning since January 5, 2017. He also said the Foreigners’ Check Post to check the inbound foreigners was re-designated as Immigration Check Post, Moreh on November, 2014.

    He also said vigilance needs to be strengthened to check the influx of illegal migrants coming from road and air routes. He also informed the House that, JIribam MLA has already sent a proposal to open Immigration gates at Jiribam. The border fencing along Myanmar border at Gopijang Village in Chandel district is yet to be completed.

    Opposition MLA Shri K. Meghachandra Singh asked the Government on the present status of the three bills passed earlier in the State Assembly in connection with ILPS in Manipur. Replying at the floor of the House N. Biren Singh said that, “The Protection of Manipur People Bill No. 16 of 2015” was withheld by the President of India and “The Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms (Seventh Ammendment Bill No. 17 of 2015)” and “The Manipur Shops and Establishment (Second Ammendment Bill No. 18 of 2015)” are still pending with the Central Government. He said to introduce a new Bill, consultations will be held with the stakeholders from the hills and the valley areas.

    Opposition MLA Shri D. Korunthang raised the question whether the Integrated Check Post (ICP) which was earlier slated to be inaugurated in the month of March is ready for inauguration, The Chief Minister replied that 75% of the work is completed. He said the delay is due to bandh, blockade, landslides and lack of favourable atmosphere for the workers.

    N. Biren Singh said his Government is concerned and serious to tackle the rise in crime against women and children. Opposition MLA Shri K. Ranjit Singh raised the question whether the Government is taking any steps to stop the crime. The Chief Minister replied that, till July 2017, FIRs for 147 cases have been registered. Stating that Fast Track Court has been established in the State to fasten the justice delivery system, he opined that strengthening of Police department including induction of more women personnel, strengthening of CID and encouraging Community Policing by involving the locals. He also informed the House that, five homicide cases have been registered and charge sheet will be framed after investigation.

    Health Minister Shri L. Jayentakumar Singh said the State government at present does not have a Health Insurance Policy for BPL families. He said his department is studying the health insurance policy models implemented at Tamil Nadu, Mizoram and Uttrakhand.

    Opposition MLA Shri R.K. Imo raised the question whether the government is undertaking regular vehicular emission tests to issue “Pollution Under Control” (PUC) certificates. Replying at the floor of the House, Chief Minister who also holds the Transport portfolio said that, there are two centres namely DTO/IE (ISBT, Duelaland) and DTO/IW (erstwhile MST complex, Moirangkhom). He also stated that he will look into the suggestion whether opening of test centres at petrol pumps is feasible. He also informed the House that, to curb pollution five dealers have been given permission to supply e-rickshaw.

    During the Zero Hour, BJP MLA Shri TT Haokip drew the attention of the House over the lack of medical facilities and doctors in Henglep in view of the cuurent epidemic scare in the area.

    Opposition Leader Shri Okram Ibobi Singh initiating the discussion and voting on Demands for Grants said that, the Plan size of the State Budget needs to be enhanced. He also suggested shifting of New Capital City and construction of an underground metro connecting Imphal Airport and Keishampat to ease the traffic congestion. He also suggested further extension of railway line from Imphal to Moreh and to extend the Silchar-Yurembam power line to Yurembam-Thoubal. He suggested the Government to keep the momentum with regard to low Infant Mortality Rate and said a new target must be set to bring down the Infant Mortality Rate to 5. Shri Okram Ibobi Singh was hopeful that GST (Goods and Services Tax) will improve the financial health of the State. (DIPR)

  • HOUSE PASSES Rs. 14,039,299,000 FOR FOUR DEMANDS

    Imphal, July 28, 2017 (DIPR): In the ongoing Assembly Session, House unanimously passed     Rs. 14,039,299,000 for four demands today.

                The demands were – Demand No 4- Land Revenue, Stamps & Registration and District Administration (Rs. 101,69,19,000); Demand No 5- Finance Department (Rs. 12,75,92,38,000); Demand No 28-State Excise (Rs. 18,84,98,000) and Demand No. 29- Sales Tax, other taxes/duties on Commodities and Services (Rs.7,46,44,000).

                In today's demands for Grant discussion, opposition leader Shri O. Ibobi Singh; MLAs Shri Th. Lokeshwar Singh; Shri K. Meghachandra Singh; Shri Kh. Joykishan Sigh and R.K. Imo Singh participated and gave their views and observations. MLAs O Lukhoi Singh; Y. Surchandra and Dr. Y Radheshyam also gave general observations.

                Later in the session, concerned ministers Shri Y. Joykumar Singh and Shri Karam Shyam clarified and requested the members to withdraw their cut of motion. The house unanimously passed the amount of Rs. 14,039,299,000 for the demands.

                In today's business, Deputy Chief Minister, who is also in-charge of finance, Shri Y. Joykumar Singh moved "The Manipur Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (Amendment) Bill 2017; Education Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam Singh moved "The Manipur Private School (Registration and Regulation) Bill, 2017 and also "The Manipur Coaching Institute (Control and Regulation) Bill, 2017" and passed the bills too.

                At the end of today's session, MLA Shri Kh. Joykishan Singh moved private members resolution to the house for 'unanimously resolve the urge to Government of India to lift the enforcement of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958 from the State of Manipur immediately.' (DIPR)


    Imphal, July 28, 2017 (DIPR): As per a notice from the registrar i/c Prof. M. Shyamkesho  Singh of Manipur University, it is notified that the last date of issue and submission of application for admission to various PG Courses (1st Semester) for the session 2017-18 has been extended upto August 5, 2017.


    Imphal, July 28, 2017 (DIPR): As per a letter from the Government of Manipur, Secretariat, Home Department dated July 25, 2017, applications are invited from willing and eligible persons or institutions for "Swami Rama Humanitarian Award" for the year 2017.

                Swami Rama Humanitarian Award is instituted by the Himalaya Institute of Hospital Trust in memory of its founder, H.H. Dr. Swami Rama for outstanding contributions to the economic, environment, scientific, social and spiritual developmetn of humanity.

                The Award carries a citation, a plaque and an amount of Rs. 5 lakh. The jury is headed by Hon'ble Shri M.N. Venkatachaliah, former Chief Justice of India.

                Willing candidates can obtain the details and submit their applications along with the necessary documents to the concerned Deputy Commissioners by August 5, 2017. (DIPR)




    Imphal, July 28, 2017 (DIPR): The State Cabinet today decided to introduce the Dhanamanjuri University Bill, 2017 during the ongoing Assembly session.

                The decision was taken in the Cabinet meeting held with Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh in the chair at Chief Minister’s Secretariat.        

    The proposal of the Bill is to set up a Cluster University comprising five institutions namely, Dhanamanjuri College of Science, Dhanamanjuri College of Arts, Dhanamanjuri College of Commerce, LMS Law College and GP Women’s College, which occupy common, adjoining or neighbouring physical spaces.

                It may be mentioned that the proposal was put up before the Project Approval Board (PAB) of Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) on May 13, 2013 and it was approved in 2014.

                The existing assets and liabilities, all properties both movable and immovable including land, buildings thereupon, infrastructure etc. along with the rights of all these institutes shall be transferred to Dhanamanjuri University.

    The earlier Dhanamanjuri University Bill, 2016 was approved by the Cabinet in its sitting held on August 26, 2016.

                The draft Bill was introduced on September 2, 2016 and passed on September 5, 2016 by the Manipur Legislative Assembly.

                However, the Governor withheld her assent on April 4, 2017 as the Bill needed some additions and corrections.

                As such, the Bill will be introduced afresh after making these necessary additions and corrections. (DIPR)




    Imphal, July 28, 2017 (DIPR): Extending support to help and rehabilitate the flood victims, the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited Dealers Association, Manipur today donated Rs. 1 lakh to Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF).

                Representatives of the Association handed over the cheque to Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh at Chief Minister’s Secretariat.           

    The Chief Minister expressed gratitude to all the organisations and individuals who had contributed generous donations to CMRF for flood victims so far. (DIPR)



    IMPHAL, 27TH JULY, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri Nongthombam Biren Singh has assured the Manipur Legislative Assembly today that problems with Groups under Suspension of Operations (SoO) will be sorted out soon to find an amicable solution. He was replying the clarifications sought by the opposition members while discussing the demands for grants for different constituent departments under Home Department.

                Chief Minister said, Government is fully committed to ensure a peaceful environment in the State and therefore all outstanding issues and problems will be sorted out to discuss with the stakeholders. He said, to bring an amicable solution to the problems with the Kuki Millitants Groups under SoO, State Government has approached the Centre to initiate dialogue process and therefore, former Director of Intelligence Bureau (IB) Mr. Devendra Sharma has been appointed as Interlocutor. Dialogue process will soon be started and may begin this week and within a time frame Government will try to bring a durable solution, he added.

    Chief Minister further said that, tripartite talk with United Naga Council (UNC) will continue and any solution to their demands will be made only after consulting with people of the State. He hinted that any demand which is against the interest of people will no longer be discussed at all.

    Shri Biren Singh said, the main concern of the Government is to ensure rule of law in the State. No one is above the law and therefore, anybody which is found guilty will be punished. He said, to establish a cordial relationship between the people and police, community policing will be a good option and it will be very helpful in the timely intervention of mob justice, accidents, rape and suicide etc. Police must be proactive in their duties as well.

    Clarifying  concerns expressed by the opposition members over the increasing number of illegal tax collection in the national highways, Chief Minister said, stern action is on to ban such illegal acts and strict instruction have been given to the police and other security agencies. Altogether 37 NSCN (IM) cadres have been arrested so far with such cases.

    On establishment of Highway Protection Force, Shri Biren Singh said, four new Battalions of  India Reserve Battalion (IRB) will be established especially dedicated to the protection of National Highways in the State. Clarifying that no restrictions have been imposed to the police recruitment process, Chief Minister said, all pending results pertaining to police recruitment will soon be out and the process of recruiting new IRB personnels will be started after that. Altogether, 30,819 sanction posts are in the police department but there are 7,411 posts lying vacant in the department.

    On drugs and other substance abuse, Chief Minister said, mass drive is being carried out by police with people in various places including innumerable hill areas and as many as two kilograms of Heroin No.4 have been seized so far and a number of tablets have also been seized. He appealed the people through the House to co-operate with the initiative taken up by the government to stop such acts in the State.

    Expressing concern over the increasing number of crimes against women in the State, Shri Biren Singh said, there is the need to conceptualise a system to check any form of violence against women even by using social media. Government is serious to check any form of violence against women and therefore dedicated First Track Court has been established.

    On the demands made by the Home Guards personnel, Chief Minister who is also in charge of Home said, Government respects the service given by Home Guard personnel but the State is not in a position to fulfil their demand to implement the same salary with the police personnel in the State. As the State has limited resources, their demands cannot be met for time being. But, Government will look into the matter and will try to increase their allowances.

                 Chief Minister said, more fire stations and sub stations will be established to enable timely intervention on any fire fighting in the State. Forensic Science Laboratory will be equipped with the best sophisticated equipments under Police Modernisation Scheme. Remote operating vehicles, remote wire cutting vehicles and other bomb diffusing equipments will be procured under the Scheme, he added.

    Earlier, Members from the Opposition raised Policy Cut in the demands and expressed concern over the irregularities in Home department. Opposition Members Shri K. Ranjit, Shri Yamthong Haokip, Shri Kh. Joykishan, Md. Abdul Nashir, Shri Okram Henry, Shri Surjakanta Okram and Shri K. Meghachandra participated in the demand discussion.

    Later, the House unanimously passed a total amount of Rs.1412,71,29,000 (One thousand Four Hundred Twelve Crore Seventy One  Lakh Twenty Nine Thousand) for five different departments under Home Department. It includes Police, Vigilance, Fire Protection and Control, Jails and Home Guards. (DIPR)





    Imphal, July 27, 2017 (DIPR): Four different groups contributed a total of Rs. 5.30 lakh to Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) to rehabilitate flood victims today.

                Lions Club donated Rs. 3 lakh, Rotary Club contributed Rs 1 lakh, MCS, MPS, MFS, Jr. MCS officers of 2014 batch donated Rs. 1 lakh and Unemployed Local Truck Owners Association, Imphal contributed Rs. 30,000 to CMRF.

                Representatives of these organisations handed over the amounts to Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh at Chief Minister’s Secretariat.

                Shri N. Biren thanked all the organisations for their kind gesture towards helping the flood affected people. (DIPR)





    Imphal, July 26, 2017 (DIPR): A Boundary Commission, to be headed by a retired Judge, will be constituted after the ongoing second session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly to demarcate the boundaries of the newly created revenue districts in the State, observed Revenue Minister Shri Karam Shyam in the House today.

              Continuing his reply, he said the government will demarcate the revenue districts according to the report of the commission. The Minister was replying to a Starred Question on whether the government has completed the demarcation process for the new revenue districts created last year. The question was asked by Opposition MLA Shri RK Imo Singh.

              Raising a Starred Question during the Question Hour, MLA Md. Abdul Nasir asked the amount of fund released by the Government of India for the State of Manipur under organic farming for the year 2016-2017 and the places where these organic farming are being taken up.

              In his reply, Agriculture Minister Shri V. Hangkhalian said, "The amount released by the Government of India was Rs.3.8 crore through the Department Horticulture and Soil Conservation which is the Nodal Department for implementation of organic farming in the Department of Agriculture for the year 2016-17 and that Black Aromatic Rice (Chak-Hao) are cultivated under organic farming in four Valley Districts of Manipur for the year 2016-17."

              The Government spent Rs. 41,82,779 during the period of March 15 to July 15 this year as expenditure to host VVIP/VIP in the State, said Chief Minister Shri N Biren Singh while replying to a Starred Question raised by Opposition MLA Shri K Ranjit.

              Continuing his reply, he said during the period, the State hosted 41 VVIPs and VIPs.

              In a reply to another Starred Question, the Chief Minister saud 41 Inspectors have been transferred and posted as Officer-in-charge of various Police Stations and CDO units.

    In the morning session, Speaker Shri Yumnam Khemchand Singh announced that the seven names, tabled for nomination to three financial committees, have been nominated. The committees are Public Accounts Committee, Public Estimate Committee and Public Undertaking Committee. (DIPR)




    Imphal, July 26, 2107 (DIPR):The State today observed the 18th Kargil Vijay Diwas at 1st Manipur Rifles Banquet Hall to pay tribute to those soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the Kargil War in 1999. The observation was organised by Government of Manipur.

                Speaking as Chief Guest, Minister for PWD and IPR, Shri Th. Biswajit praised the courage and bravery of the soldiers for their selfless service for the country. Shri Th. Biswajit said that the people should feel proud of the valour shown by the Indian soldiers in the Kargil war. He stressed that we all should give due respect to those soldiers who made ultimate sacrifice and laid down their precious lives for the welfare and integrity of the nation.

    On the occasion, Minister mentioned that the people of the country should never forget how our soldiers bravely fought the Kargil war. The soldiers did not fight for money or salary but for the love and unity of the nation, he added. He further stated that seven soldiers from Manipur also sacrificed their lives for motherland during the 74 days long Kargil War.

    Minister further said that as a responsible citizen of the country, we all have the responsibility to bring positive change and inclusive development in the society and to build a peaceful and develop nation.

    In his Presidential speech, Minister for CAF&PD and Revenue, Shri Karam Shyam said that the sole objective of this observation is to recall the supreme sacrifice and to pay tribute to the brave soldiers who dedicated themselves to the gigantic task of nation building and to protect the unity and integrity of our nation for the future generation.

    Appreciating the role of the police in upholding the law of the land, Minister appealed to the police department that people would be encouraged for their support and co-operation in the process of investigation of any crime so that due justice could be delivered to the victims and also to prevent further crimes in the society.

                During the function, patriotic songs were presented by the teachers and students of Shri Shri Balmukunda Dev Government Music College, Imphal.

    Minister for Forest and Environment, Shri Th. Shyamkumar, Chairman of Hill Area Committee, Shri T.T. Haokip, Parliamentary Secretaries Shri K. Robindro and Shri H. Dingo, Chief Secretary Shri R.R. Rashmi, DGP Shri L.M. Khaute and other top civil and police officials attended the function. (DIPR)


    Imphal ; July 25, 2017: The ongoing session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly-2017 today passed four demands along with the  introduction of three bills. The four demands amounting to a sum of Rs. 1270,13,79,000 were passed today on the floor of the house.

    The four demands were: (1) Medical, Health and Family Welfare Services  amounting to Rs. 605, 80,68,000, (2) Labour & Employment of Rs. 54,20,91,000, (3) Department of Tribal Affairs & Hills with 504,48,35,000 and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary having Rs. 106,63,85,000. The four demands were moved by the Deputy Chief Minister Shri Y. Joykumar Singh, who is also the in-charge of Finance. During the discussion of the demands, several MLAs participated in the discussion of the demands raising the motion for disapproval of policy cut. Shri Kh. Joykisan Singh, K. Ranjit Singh, Th. Lokeshwar Singh, N. Loken Singh, D. Korungthang, D.D. Thaisii, R.K. Imo Singh, Md. Fajur Rahim, Km. A.K. Mirabai Devi, Surjakumar Okram and K. Meghachandra Singh moved for the disapproval of policy cut of the demands. However, all the four demands were passed after deliberate discussion on the floor of the house.

    Later in the afternoon, three Bills namely (1) the Manipur Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (Amendment) Bill, 2017, (2) the Manipur Private School (Registration and Regulation) Bill, 2017 and (3) the Manipur Coaching Institute (Control & Regulation) Bill, 2017 were also introduced during today’s session.


    Imphal, July 25, 2017 (DIPR): Replying to a question raised by MLA Shri K. Ranjit Singh during the 5th Day of the ongoing 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly Session, 2017, Finance Minister who is also the Deputy Chief Minister of Manipur said that the Government has not yet planned about the implementation of Seventh Pay or its equivalent pay to its employees.

                    Shri Joykumar further state that the number of State Government Employees excluding college and schoolteachers, judicial staff, contract and muster roll employees is 74,200. This figure came to be known after an enquiry by a Feedback Committee during the previous Government which was set up on 14th December, 2016. Implementation of fifth and Sixth Pay came to effect in the year 1996 and 2006 respectively for the central Government employees whereas the same was implemented in the State in 1999 and 2010.

                    Minister also said that the Seventh Pay came to effect in July 2016 to the Central Government Employees. The State Government needs sometime to look into this matter since the financial position of the State is not sound, he added.

                    Taking part in the question hour, MLA Kangabok A/c Shri O Surjakumar Singh drew attention of the house asking the total expenditure incurred so far for various advertisements of different departments made in the media by the present Government.

                    Answering the question, IPR Minister Shri Th. Biswajit Singh said that the total expenditure for advertisement is Rs. 55,00,371. and the total budget of IPR Department is 18 Crores (2017-18) including 10 crores for Manipur State Journalist Welfare Scheme. The minister also assured in the house that the building is under construction at Keishampat, Imphal will be completed soon.

                    Replying to a question raised by MLA Shri K. Meghachandra Singh regarding the sudden transfer of doctors from PHC Khoirom, PHC Charangpat and CHC Yairipok, Health Minister Shri L. Jayantakumar Singh stated in the house that the transfer of doctors is a part of rationalization policy of the Government.

                    Minister Jayantakumar also maintained that 300 numbers of doctors will be recruited through Manipur Public Service Commission, in order to meet the shortage of doctors in the state, within a short period.

                    The total number of job seekers registered in the State Employment Exchange till 31st January, 2017 is 8,16,888 out of which 571,583 are male and 245,305 are female. This was stated in the house by the Labour and Employment Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam Singh. Replying to a question raised by MLA Shri O. Surjakumar Singh, labour and employment minister said that the people who are registered in the Employment Exchange do not include the Self Employed and Working in Private Sector Enterprises. (DIPR)


    Imphal, July 24, 2017, DIPR: The Manipur Legislative Assembly unanimously passed four Demands of Grants amounting to Rs. 14,05,89,62,000 on the fourth day of the second session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly today.

    The demands are Demand No. 6. Transport for a sum not exceeding Rs 14,30,54,000/-, Demand No. 8 – Public Works Department for a sum not exceeding Rs 1011,17,89,000/-, Demand No. 37 - Fisheries for a sum not exceeding Rs 35,52,47,000/- and Demand No. 44 – Social Welfare Department for a sum not exceeding Rs 344,88,72,000/-.

    Opposition MLAs Shri K. Meghachandra Singh, RK Imo Singh, K Ranjit Singh and Surjakumar Okram, Shri Th. Lokeshwar Singh, Okram Henry Singh, Kh. Joykishan Singh, Md. Abdul Nasir, Md. Fajur Rahim, N.Loken Singh, Km.Ak. Mirabai Devi participated in the Discussions and Voting on Demands for Grants of the demands.

    During discussion on demand No.6, the Oppositions MLAs raised the issues of Slow progress in renaming Imphal International Airport as Bir Tikendrajit International Airport, Lack of proper traffic regulation in Manipur, inability to implement teh Manipur Transport policy properly etc. During discussion on demand No.8, the Oppositions MLAs raised the issues of Failure to maintain all State Highways and MDR, ODR and National Highways roads under the PWD, Lack of proper policy to widen all State Highway Roads and MD and ODR Roads, Lack of proper policy for construction and maintenance of roads and bridges, irregularities in promotion and designation of engineers, failure of the government to speed up the national highway works, etc. During discussion on demand No.37, Oppositions MLAs who participated in the discussion raised the issues of inadequate fish production, inadequate measures and steps to compensate the fish farmers affected by the recent flood, lack of proper policy to compensate the fish farmers affected by the recent flood, lack of proper plan to save indigenous fishes, etc.

    During discussion on demand No.44, the Oppositions MLAs raised the issues of Misuse of Old Age Fund, Failure to implement a definite policy for welfare of PwDs, Failure to implement a definite policy for construction of Anganwadi Centres etc.

    However, following clarifications from the concerned Ministers, the Opposition MLAs withdrew their cut motions and the demands were passed unanimously.

                Replying to motions raised by opposition MLAs regarding proposals for road repairing works in their concerned Assembly Constituencies under the Central Road Fund, Works Minister Shri Th Biswajit Singh said funds for the CRF is presently under active consideration of the Prime Minister’s Office. Regarding the Imphal-Jiribam Highway, the Minister said restoration work of the highway is underway at the cost of Rs 145.75 crore with the National Highway Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited. He continued once the restoration work is complete, it will be followed by strengthening process.

                Stating that the PWD has constituted a Work Advisory Board, Minister Biswajit said that the present government wants a balancing development in the State and will never neglect any area.

                In her clarification to motions raised by the Opposition MLAs, Social Welfare Minister Smt Nemcha Kipgen said in order to bring transparency in the distribution of old age pension in the State, a Direct Benefit Transfer has been introduced under which the beneficiaries will received their pension through their accounts.

                Minister Nemcha Kipgen also said that the concerned DCs and District Social Welfare Officers have been strongly instructed to make the list of deceased beneficiaries of old age pension and to submit the report within this month.

                Fisheries Minister Shri N Kayisii said as suggested by the MLAs, a proposal for Fish Market in the Imphal Urban area will be made to the government soon.

    Deputy Chief Minister Shri Y. Joykumar, who was in charge as leader of the House in the absence of the Chief Minister during the evening session today, said there are at present 4 recognised driving schools in the State. He also said that Institute of Driving and Research Centre at Yaralpat has been approved by the Centre at a cost of Rs. 12 crore.(DIPR)


    Imphal, July 24, 2017 (DIPR): The State has already urged the Ministry of Home Affairs to review whether the Kuki armed outfits under the Suspension of Operation are following the groundrules of the SoO. This was stated by Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh, who is also the leader of the House, during the fourth day of the ongoing second session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly, today.

                The Chief Minister was replying to a Zero-Hour observation of Opposition MLA Shri K Ranjit Singh on the recent killing of an 18-year-old girl by a cadre of the KNA in Moreh which had even led to an upheaval in the border town.

                In his reply, the leader of the House said the government has received a report on the incident this morning. He said that the incident is unfortunate. He continued such unwanted incidents seem to be frequent in areas where there are SoO cadres.

                Following reports of such incidents and of cadres carrying arm-weapons openly outside their designated camps, the State government has urged the MHA to review the SoO groundrules and whether the outfits are following them, he added.

                The Chief Minister also said that the accused in the Moreh killing incident is already in police custody and since the crime is women related, the case will be handed over to the recently inaugurated fast track court for Crimes Against Women so that the guilty is punished at the earliest.

    Chief Minister also expressed that his government takes the issue of erecting MPCC President Shri TN Haokip's photo in a party related hoarding seriously and as such cancelled the contract of the erring printing agency Sharma Enterprises, Wangkhei.

    He said the error was not intentional on the part of his party nor pre-planned by them.

    Meanwhile, during Question Hour, Opposition MLA Shri Kh. Joykisan Singh raised the Starred Question whether there is any plan to establish and deploy "Highway Protection Force" in the National Highways of Manipur and if so, the time by which it will be established. In his reply, the Chief Minister said there is and that it will be as and when approval from the concerned Ministry is received.

    Opposition MLA Surjakumar Okram raised a starred question whether there is any instruction from the Central Government o add an image of Deendayal Upadhyay in all the letter heads of the Chief Minister, Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries and officials and if so, a clarification justifying the step so as to sensitise the people of the State.

    In his reply, the Chief laid a statement which says "As part of the Birth Centenary Celebrations of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay, a visionary national leader, organised by the Central Government in 2015-16, various activities and schemes had been undertaken by the Central government to popularize his ideals and works. In pursuance of Centenary celebrations, the State Governments were requested to observe such celebrations at the state level and conduct similar activities. With a view to carry forward his vision and convey his popular message amongst people, the State Government has decided to use the logo of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay on the stationery items and publications."

    Meanwhile, CM Biren also laid the Annual Report of State Vigilance Commission for the year 2016-17 (upto 31st March, 2017) on the table of the House. The report has 81 cases of enquiry. (DIPR)


    IMPHAL, JULY 22, 2017 (DIPR): On day 3 of the Second Session of the Eleventh Manipur Legislative Assembly, the House unanimously passed five Demands for Grants, 2017-2018 today. They are: (A) Demand No. 1- State Legislature for a sum not exceeding Rs 80,35,08,000/- (B) Demand No. 2 - Council of Ministers for a sum not exceeding Rs 8,62,00,000/- (C) Demand No. 3 - Secretariat for a sum not exceeding Rs 77,85,04,000/- (D) Demand No. 12 - Municipal Administration, Housing and Urban Development for a sum not exceeding Rs 324,37,01,000/- and (E) Demand No. 27 -  Election for a sum not exceeding Rs 11,66,08,000/-. The House also unanimously passed the Manipur Appropriation (No.3) Bill, 2017.

    As soon as the House convened, Leader of the House, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh said that the clash between students and police on Friday was an unfortunate incident. During the clash the police had to fire tear gas shells to control the mob during which three persons were injured including a police personnel. The Chief Minister also said an FIR was registered in Imphal East Police Station for unlawful activities and disturbance in government movement.  Addressing the House, the Chief Minister said, the Higher Secondary lecturers were given promotion and transfer for the benefit of schools. He said, the incident could have been avoided by proper communication with the concern authorities. He invited the students for talks over the issue and gave assurance that the matter can be reviewed if error is found in the transfer process. Opposition member Thangmeiband Assembly Constituency MLA ShriKh. Joykishan expressing his concern over the injury of students and police personnel said that, the Speaker had denied the rights of the Opposition by not giving time for Question Hour and Zero Hour during the full Budget Session.

    To start the business of the day, Deputy Chief Minister Shri Yumnam Joykumar (in-charge of Finance) moved for Discussion and Voting for five Demands for Grants, 2017-2018 at the floor of the House. Opposition MLAs Shri Kh. Joykishan Singh, Okram Henry Singh, RK Imo Singh, K. Meghachandra Singh and Md. Abdul Nasir moved the policy cut motion "that the amount of the demand be reduced to Re. 1" for Demand No. 12 – Municipal Administration, Housing and Urban Development. The policy cut motion was moved on account of (a) Inability to increase honorarium of the Ward Members, (b) Failure to check work executed by Work Development Committee of Imphal Municipal Corporation and misuse of fund, (c) Inability to communicate wit the ward Development Committee and local MLAs, (d) Failure to run IMC as Corporation properly, (e) Inability to implement PMAY Scheme properly, (f) Absence of proper policy to control flash floods in municipal areas, (g) Absence of proper policy for functioning of Imphal Municipal Corporation and (h) Lack of proper policy for development of municipal area.

    MLAs Shri Th. Lokeshwar Singh, Shri N. Loken Singh, Kumari AK Mirabai and Shri P. Saratchandra Singh gave their observations on the five Demands for Grants. MLA Lokeshwar Singh said that, vehicles carrying raw materials for construction are polluting the city and that the waste materials should be collected on time by the concerned authority. MLA Loken Singh appealed to the House to revive the Nambol water supply scheme (Khoriphaba water supply) and asked on the status of the repairing of the Nambol Bazar, damaged during the Jan 4, 2016 earthquake.  MLA P Sharatchandra Singh said Demand No. 12 – Municipal Administration, Housing and Urban Development is deserving. He also spoke on strengthening of local urban bodies and said there is a need for satellite towns to ease the high population density in Urban areas.  He also opined that, the Liaison offices (Manipur Bhavan) in other states could help in promoting art and culture, tourism, and health services. It can also serve as information centres for students and people from other states.

    Replying to Opposition MLA Joykishan over low ranking of Imphal in the list of Smart cities, MAHUD Minister Shri Shyamkumar said, the concerned department were unable to send the necessary documents in January, due to election code of conduct. He said, 90 percent of the works have been streamlined and continuous cleaning is taken up in the core areas of Imphal city after he took up the charge as MAHUD Minister. He was hopeful that Imphal city could become number 1 city in cleanliness in the coming years.

    Regarding the Imphal Smart City Mission, Shyamkumar said, Imphal Smart City Limited (ISCL) was incorporated on November 25, 2016. He said that, Rs 109 crore has been released by the Centre while a sum of Rs 17 crore has been earmarked as part of the State matching share. The Central Government and State Government will share 50 percent each of the total expenditure, he added. He said, the Board of Directors of ISCL comprises 8 directors including the nominee Director of the Central Government. The Chief Secretary of Manipur is the Chairman of the Board of ISCL and the Municipal Corporation is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ISCL, he added.

    Replying to the query of MLA N. Loken Singh, Shyamkumar said, the beneficiaries for PMAY were selected based on Socio-Economic Caste Census. He said, 1,330 beneficiaries were selected from the Nambol Constituency, the Minister explained that the scheme is yet to gain momentum as most of the land deeds (patta) are not in the name of women/housewives.

    Replying to the queries of MLAs K. Meghachandra and Abdul Nasir on AMRUT (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation & Urban Transformation), Shyamkumar said, under AMRUT a minimum of 2.5 percent of the total cost is earmarked for development of parks and green spaces with children/ elderly citizen friendly facilities. He said, the total Government allocation for Manipur under AMRUT is Rs 180.32 crore out of which Rs 175.81 crore for water supply and Rs 4.41 crore for parks. The funding pattern is 90:10 (Centre/State). The State Government has submitted 3 State Annual Action Plan (SAAP) to the Ministry of Urban Development.

    Regarding the query of MLA Shri Okram Henry Singh on Solid Waste Management Plant at Lamdeng, Shyamkumar said, the yet to be inaugurated plant is fully functional. Replying to AK Mirabai during discussion over present status of renovation/reconstruction of Ima Keithel, the Minister said, as the damage incurred during the earthquake was intense so the renovation/reconstruction will be finished in due course of time.

    During cut motion put up by MLA Joykishan on lack of communication between the Ward Development Committee and local MLAs, Shyamkumar said, there is no provision for involvement of local MLAs in ward development activities. He however, said that, he would try to involve local MLAs for overall development. Over the misappropriation of funds for ward development, Chief Minister said, as the investigation is still in progress, the details of the report can not be tabled in the House. He said, the status would be made available to the MLA as per his request.

    After the discussion, Deputy Chief Minister Shri Y Joykumar (in-charge of Finance) moved the five demands to be passed by the House. All the demands were unanimously passed by the House. He also moved the motion to elect seven (7) members each for the Committee on Public Accounts, Committee on Estimates and Committee on Public Undertakings in pursuance of Rule 233(1) of the Rules of Procedure and conduct of Business in the Manipur Legislative Assembly. The House will meet again on Monday, July 24, 2017.  (DIPR)




    Imphal, July 18, 2017 (DIPR): Donations to Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) for the flood victims are still coming in.

    Local cable television network ISTV, Central Agricultural University (CAU) and S. Kula Women’s College donated Rs. 3 lakh, Rs. 2 lakh and Rs. 50,000 respectively today.

    These amounts were handed over to Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh at a simple ceremony held at Chief Minister’s Secretariat.

    Shri N. Biren expressed his profound gratitude to the donors for showing concern for the woes endured by the flood affected people.

    He also expressed hope that more organisations and people would put up their hands to help rehabilitate the flood victims. (DIPR)





    Imphal, July 17, 2017 (DIPR): Repairing of the damaged Barak Bridge,which has disrupted vehicular movementalong theimportant Imphal-Jiribam Highway, is underway, Works Minister Shri Thongam Biswajit Singh said this afternoon.

              The Minister was speaking to a team of the All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union led by their president Wangkhemcha Shyamjai who called on the Minister at his New Secretariat office to discuss welfare measures of the journalists’ community of the State.

    The Minister also appealed to the people to bear for a few days before the bridge is fully repaired and movement is restored, since the other major lifeline of the State, the Imphal-Dimapur Road, is also cut off due to major landslides in neighbouring Nagaland.

              Minister Biswajit also said that the present government under Chief Minister N Biren takes the issue with all seriousness. He said that he is in constant touch with the Chief Minister on the issue.

    The highway is under the National Highways Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited, however, since the road is a major lifeline of the State, the State PWD has initiated and offered all possible help in repairing the bridge, Shri Biswajit continued.

    Stating that reports have suggested that overloaded trucks passing over the bridge and a few lapses on the part of some officials manning the bridge in checking weights of vehicles had resulted in the damage, the Minister continued that authorities concerned have been instructed to look into the lapses of the officials, seize the vehicles as well as interrogate the drivers.

    Meanwhile, addressing the AMWJU team, the Minister who also holds the IPR portfolio called on the journalist community to come together and work unitedly for a better Manipur. He also expressed the need to refurbish the Manipur Press Club and provide rooms for all the journalists’ community including those coming from the interior parts of the State to the State capital.

    The AMWJU team highlighted several issues including increase in journalists’ pension scheme amount, Press Akademi, Press Colony, allotment of plot with building for the union’s branch office at Moreh (Chandel), Jiribam sub-division (Imphal-East), Ukhrul HQ, Tamenglong HQ and at Mao, Senapati district, increased of ex-gratia to deceased journalists, Journalists’ Family Benefit Scheme, Increase budgetary support for maintaining the Manipur Press Club to Rs. 3 lakh, Accredited Journalists’ Assistance (Operational Subsidy Scheme).

    The Minister assured to look into all the charter of demands with due consultation with Chief Minister Shri N Biren. (DIPR)




    IMPHAL, JULY 15, 2017 (DIPR): Shri Thounaojam Shyamkumar, Forests & Environment, Horticulture & Soil Conservation, MAHUD and Town Planning Minister today inspected paddy fields submerged under flood water at Andro, Imphal East.

    Speaking to mediapersons at Poiroupat, Minister Th. Shyamkumar said, around 78 percent paddy fields in the constituency are presently submerged under flood water and have completely damaged all the crops. He pointed out that, all the river beds in the State is raised upto 20 feet due to silting resulting in the water overflow causing the present flood in the valley. He opined that, the silts are deposited due to debris brought down from the hills and other areas due to continuous exploitation of nature. He was hopeful that dredging of river beds can check the flood.

    Minister Th. Shyamkumar said, the State Government under Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh is committed to take up steps to avoid such kind of flood situation in coming years. He said, from this year onwards, the Forest Department will encourage people to plant Cardamom (ilaichi) instead of Poppy in between trees as it helps in soil conservation.

    Th. Shyamkumar also appealed to the concerned department to expedite the distribution of paddy seeds and cover the Andro Assembly Constituency.  (DIPR)




    IMPHAL, JULY 15, 2017 (DIPR): Shri Thounaojam Shyamkumar, Forests & Environment and Horticulture & Soil Conservation Minister inaugurated ‘Cherry Blossom Avenue’ at the newly inaugurated Santhai Natural Park in Andro, Imphal East today. The function was organised by the Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD) - a National Institute of Biotechnology, Government of India, Imphal, Manipur.

    Cherry blossom, botanical name Prunus Cerasoides (Rosaceae), is popularly known as Sakura in Japan is a symbol of peace, prosperity and tranquillity. When the tree blooms, the flower covers the whole tree which lasts only for 10-15 days.

    Speaking as the Chief Guest of the function, Minister Th. Shyamkumar instructed the local residents to nurture the cherry blossom tree saplings which were planted today. He cautioned that, the locals would be penalised for not taking care of the tree. He said the trees will bloom after three (3) years which will be a visual delight for all the local residents and tourists.

    On the other hand, he asked the scientists of IBSD to utilise their advance skills and knowledge in developing the area. He informed the gathering that, the local residents have vowed not to cut a single tree as part of an initiative to protect and conserve the ecology.

    Professor Dinabandhu Sahoo, Director of IBSD was hopeful that the Cherry Blossom Avenue at Andro will place Manipur on the global tourist map. He emphasised on planting different varieties of trees on a systematic manner so that it is visually appealing which can further attract tourists as well as to help in revenue and employment generation in the State. He also emphasised on need for water harvesting in hilly areas to avoid flooding of paddy fields to further avoid loss of economy.

    Prof. Sahoo made a proposal to the State Government to organise Cherry Blossom Festival in Mao as being organised in Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya. Mao has 20,000 trees of cherry blossom, which acts as carbon sink, he added. He also made a proposal to plant 5,000-10,000 cherry blossom trees at various tourist spots in Manipur like – Sendra, War Memorial. He was optimistic that IBSD in collaboration with the State Government can create several such avenues in the State to generate economy and to maintain ecology.

    Minister Th. Shyamkumar also laid the foundation stone for Dam Community Hall at the area. Today’s function was attended by scientists and students of IBSD and councillors of Andro Assembly Constituency. Scientists & students of IBSD, media persons, councillors also planted cherry blossom tree saplings at the Santhei Natural Park, Andro. (DIPR)


    Imphal, July 15, 2017 (DIPR): AYUSH Director and Trevo India, Manipur branch jointly donated Rs 1 lakh to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) to extend help to the flood affected people of the State today.

                JNIMS Outsource also donated Rs 14,000 as contribution to CMRF for the people who had been affected by the recent spates of flood.

                Expressing his thankfulness to all these donors for their generous donations towards the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, the Chief Minister also appealed to the people to come forward and donate generously to the Relief Fund. (DIPR)




    Imphal, July 15, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh made an aerial survey of flood affected areas of the State today.


                The team took off from Kangla helipad at around 9:30 am and surveyed the flood affected areas for over one hour.

                The Central Government team, who has come to the State to take stock of the present situation arising out of the recent spates of heavy rainfall and subsequent flood, also undertook an aerial survey along with the top officials of the State Government.

                While speaking on the sidelines of ‘Meeyamgi Numit’, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh said that heavy rainfall and flood have severely affected the State and many areas are still submerged under flood water.

                He said that a Central team is presently in the State to gather a first-hand account of the losses created by the calamity.

    Shri N. Biren further said that the State Government had not only announced the present situation as a ‘State calamity’ but also requested the Central Government to declare it as a ‘calamity of severe nature’.

                Expressing hope that the Central Government would also provide all possible help to tackle the situation and rehabilitate the affected people, Shri N. Biren said that the Government would build houses for those whose houses had been damaged by the recent flood. (DIPR)




    Imphal, July 15, 2017(DIPR) : One Pandemic Influenza A H1N1 popularly known as Swine Flu case has been detected in Imphal West . Health Minister Shri L. Jayantakumar Singh in a Press Conference held at the Conference Hall of Old Secretariate today informed this. Speaking to the Media minister said that a person who has been admitted to Sija Hospital Langol on 4th of this month got confirmed suffering from Swine Flu after a series of necessary tests.

    Minister asserted that this disease has become less alarming than before as there have been different measures taken up by the Health Department to control and prevent ailing from the Disease. The first case of Swine Flu was detected in the state in 2015 he added. He also maintained thatthe Governmernt has taken up necessary steps to fight any new cases. In this regard, Isolation Wards are being reserved in JNIMS and RIMS especially for those suspects who are suffering from this disease. State Survilence team has been put to operation with the opening of a State Information Cell, minister added.

    Minister appealed the public to be cautious and follow the health tips like washing hands often, avoiding crowded places, drinking plenty of water, plenty sleep, etc. to keep distance from such communicable diseases.

    Health Services Director K. Lokendro Singh and Health Department Officials attended the Press Conference. (DIPR)




    Imphal, July 14, 2017: In the historic Cabinet meeting held at District Training Centre (DTC) Hall, near DC Office, Churachandpur with Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh in the chair, the State Cabinet today unanimously resolved to hand over the case of Loktak scam to CBI.

                It may be mentioned that it was the first Cabinet meeting held in a district headquarters outside the State capital.

                After thoroughly examining the projects taken up under Border Area Development Programme (BADP), the State Cabinet also resolved to review the mode of implementation in order to ensure a visible change in the Central Government-sponsored programme.

    The Cabinet also decided to open District Transport Office, Moreh besides engagement of 32 drivers (30 heavy and two light) and 27 handymen on casual basis for the smooth running of the Manipur State Transport.

                It also decided to fill up seven vacant posts (staff) for Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC).

    Enhancement of upper age limit/entry of age from 62 years to 67 years and maximum age for tenure of service from 65 years to 70 years for the post of JNIMS Director was also approved.

                The State Cabinet also gave its nod to creation of one post of Public Relations Officer (PRO) in the Governor’s Secretariat, Raj Bhavan, Imphal apart from approving the proposal for re-designation of Media Consultant to the Governor as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) with the increase of special allowance from Rs 15,000 to Rs 30,000. (DIPR)




    Imphal, July 14, 2017 (DIPR): The State Government minutely examined various developmental projects being implemented in Churachandpur District and also deliberated the proposals of new projects to be taken up in the district in a review meeting held at District Training Centre Hall, near DC Office, Churachandpur today.

                The high level meeting, attended by Cabinet Ministers, Administrative Secretaries, DC, SP, Directors and district level officers of different Departments, was presided by Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh.

                The meeting assessed the projects executed by various Departments in the district and the Chief Minister specifically examined the progress of infrastructure, connectivity, drinking water, education and health sectors.

    Churachandpur DC Shri Shyamlal Poonia presented a Powerpoint presentation on the present status and developmental proposals at the meeting.

    After perusing the reports presented by different Ministers, MLAs, Administrative Secretaries, DC and Departmental heads, the Chief Minister directed the officials concerned to take up necessary steps to revamp Churachandpur-Henglep road and the roads of district headquarters soon after the rainy season.

                Regarding drinking water, Shri N. Biren directed the officials to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) on providing clean drinking water to the people of the district by using the waters of Khuga Dam as the main source.

                Moreover, the Chief Minister also opined that the damaged intake of Koite stream and Lanva river could be developed as RCC Check Dams under a Central Government-funded water harvesting project.

    On being informed by the DC about manpower and infrastructure inadequacies of the Churachandpur District Hospital, the Chief Minister informed that the inadequacies faced in all the hill districts regarding health sector would be addressed after seeking reports from the respective DCs.

                Earlier, the Chief Minister launched the official website of Churachandpur district administration, (DIPR)



    Imphal, July 14, 2017 (DIPR): As per a notification issued by the Chief Engineer, Public Health Engineering Department, the recruitment process for appointment of Office Assistant cum Computer Operator initiated vide a notification dated December 12, 2016, has been cancelled .

                The cancellation is made with reference to the Cabinet decision. Notification for fresh recruitment will be notified in the near future, the notice stated. (DIPR)





    Imphal, July 14, 2017: Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh was accorded a warm welcome by large number of people at his maiden visit to convene the first ever Cabinet meeting outside Imphal at Churachandpur district today.

    The Chief Minister was stopped at Kangvai and Molnom to accept the warm welcome accorded to him by the villagers, CSOs, Iocal clubs, students and women bodies. Scores of people including schoolchildren, women from various villages stood in long lines on both sides of the road to welcome the Chief Minister and his Council of Ministers from Kangvai to Churachandpur District HQ.

    Later, Chief Minister along with his Council of Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries were felicitated by the District Administration and people of Churachandpur at District Training Centre, Churachandpur HQ.

    Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh said, it is a historic day for the new government that the first-ever cabinet meeting outside Imphal is being held today at Churachandpur district. He stressed that such remarkable step is just the beginning of the new government, which has committed to uplift the hill areas of the State. Since its first day, the slogan of the new government is "Go to the Hills", extra care and priority would be given for the development of the hill districts of the State, he added.

    Stating the government seeks the love and support of the people of Churachandpur, Chief Minister said that the government would not only discuss the problems and grievances faced by the people but will also discuss and review the developmental programmes undertaken in Churachandpur District with the District Administration, CSOs and local leaders. He mentioned that without the support and co-operation of the people, the government would not be able to deliver good governance in the district as well as in the State. Chief Minister affirmed that the new government is fully committed to deliver good governance and inclusive development in the State.

    Highlighting that the government has kept its promises for an inclusive development of the State, Chief Minister said that in such short period of 100 days of the new government, the government has tried its best to deliver good governance in the entire State. He further mentioned that the sole objective of the new government is to serve the poor and needy people of the State and to reach out all the welfare schemes to the grassroots level. Under versatile leadership ofPM Narendra Modi, our government is firmly committed to deliver the sanctioned welfare schemes for the people at grassroots and remote areas of the hill districts soon, he added.

    During the felicitation programme, Chief Minister handed over the ex-gratia of Rs. 4 lakhs each to the family members of Shri Thangkholam Hanghal and Shri Mangtinlam Samte. The duo died after being drowned in Imphal River in the recent flash flood happened last month at W. Zoujang, Sangaikot Sub Division, Churachandpur district. Memoranda were submitted to the Chief Minister by various CSOs of the district during the programme.

    On the occasion, Chief Minister distributed the Emergency Medical kit to all the District Level Officers and Police Vehicles of the Churachandpur district. Later, Shri N. Biren Singh along with his Council of Ministers, Chief Secretary and DGP planted various trees on the premises of District Training Centre, Churachandpur.(DIPR)




    Imphal, July 13, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh said that the new government was formed with certain missions to bring inclusive development and is committed to do something good in bringing positive changes in the State. He was speaking today at the inaugural ceremony of Free Computer Training Programme for youths of Heingang A/C organised by Information and Cultural Society, Manipur (ICSM) held at Liberal College, Luwangsangbam.

    Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Chief Minister said that the Government is fully committed to bringing inclusive development in the State and no variation would be there among Hills and Valley of the State. The new Government’s commitment is to serve the needy and poor people of the State so the government need the support of the people, he added. Appreciating ICSM for their relentless effort to impart free computer education to the young students of the Heingang area, Chief Minister said that such “Digital literacy programmes” should be extended to other areas including the Hill districts of the State.

    With these three months of the new government, Shri N. Biren Singh said that the government has been conducting intensified mass drives against drugs and other intoxicants and the government would try its best to ensure for a healthy mind and body for the people of the State. Chief Minister stressed that the rate of drug addiction is alarming in the State and we all should strive to bring victims of drug abuse into the mainstream of our Society. The menace of drug-abuse could only be rooted out with collaborative efforts of parents, society and government from the society, he added. He further said that the menace of drug-abuse cannot be controlled by simply making arrest and putting them inside bars. He mentioned that a Health Care Insurance scheme for widows who have lost their husband due to the substance abuse and alcohol under the MOBC department would be introduced by next year.

    Highlighting that the government is planning to introduce a healthcare insurance policy for all and an insurance company has been entrusted for the insurance policy, Chief Minister said that a financial support of Rs. 2 lacs would be provided to the BPL families (around 2.43 lacs) under the new health insurance scheme. He further said that the government would bear the premium amount of the insurance policy.

    Mentioning about the recent floods in the State, Chief Minister said that nature doesn’t need us, people need nature for survival so we must preserve and respect nature. He said that what we lack is proper planning to cope with such natural calamities. Deforestation, encroachment and construction of buildings at river banks are some of the causes for recent flood in the State, he added.

    On the occasion, Chief Minister said that the Anti-Corruption Cell was set up to keep vigil and check on corruption in the State. The Cell cannot take up all the corruption cases done during the previous government. The Cell was formed to work prospectively not retrospectively, he added. He appealed to all concerned to lodge formal complaint through proper channel such as vigilance, court, police etc if one wants to file a case which happened during the previous government. The government would take due action on each and every corruption cases, he assured.

    Secretary (IT) Shri Sumant Singh said that Luwangsangbam becomes the first area to provide free computer education programme for youths under Digital Literacy Campaign. He further mentioned that we should groom our youths with communication and presentation skills as there is a huge demand of Manipuri boys and girls in outside State in the IT sector.

    President of BJP Heingang Mandal, Shri Khumanthem Jila, Zilla Parishad Member, Imphal East, Smt. P. Bimola, Teaching and Non-teaching staffs of Liberal College and public of Heingang A/C attended the function. (DIPR)




    Imphal, July 12, 2017 (DIPR): As assured earlier by the Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh that the government would extend its support to the people of Kwatha village, Chief Minister handed over the sanctioned loans to the women Self Help Groups of Kwatha Village, Tengnoupal District in presence of Minister for Health and Family Welfare Shri L. Jayantakumar Singh held at CM Secretariat today.

                Mentioning that the Manipur State Co-operative Bank was entrusted to lend the loans to the SHGs of Kwatha Village on first “Meeyamgi Numit” held on 15th May, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh said that such financial support would facilitate the people of Kwatha to enable the production of various food products such as Soibum (fermented bamboo shoot) etc. and would help to maintain a sustainable livelihood of the villagers.

    Highlighting that he had directed the Ministers to inspect the village and take necessary actions for the development of Kwatha Village, Chief Minister assured that the approach road from the National Highway-102 to the Kwatha Village would be blacktopped at the earliest. An IRB or MR Battalion would be established soon near to the village, he added.

                Chief Minister handed over the cheque of Rs. 50,000 each to six Self Help Groups representing the village. It may be mentioned that the Kwatha Village has 75 houses with a population of 375 people. (DIPR)




    IMPHAL, July 12 (DIPR): Sports provide a platform for people to come together sans any line of divisions. Sports know no race but promote optimistic thinking. As such, there is the ever rising need to encourage sports and sporting events in the State against the backdrop of multiple social turmoils.

    This was stated by Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Shri Letpao Haokip at the opening ceremony of the State level Subroto Mukerjee Football tournament, 2017 at District Sports Complex, Wangjing in Thoubal district today.

    Declaring the tournament open, Shri Letpao Haokip, who was also a footballer himself, further said that one of the most positive things about sports is the pure joy that can result for everyone involved.

    Sports can have positive impacts in society. Sport interventions can reduce turmoil by developing trust within communities. Good moral characters can also be infused on the youth through sports activities. Therefore, all concerned should encourage sports to the stage it deserves, Shri Letpao Haokip said.

    The colourful opening ceremony was also attended amongst others by Shri L Nabakishwar, DC, Thoubal; Shri N Praveen, Director, YAS and Shri Col JC Hajarnis, Commandant, 2nd Assam Rifles, Thoubal as the dignitaries.

    A total of 15 teams representing 15 districts of the State (except Kamjong district) — Bishnupur, Chandel, Churachandpur, Imphal East, Imphal West, Jiribam, Kakching, Kangpokpi, Noney, Pherzawl, Senapati, Tamenglong, Tengnoupal, Thoubal and Ukhrul— will vie for the top honour.

    Meanwhile, in the opening match of the tournament, hosts Thoubal notched a comfortable 3-0 win against 10-men Noney. Although Noney fielded 11 players, one was rejected after medical examination/verification.

    Right from the first whistle, Thoubal boys were in command of the match. Thoubal boys created some chances although they could not convert them due to poor finishing. However, Premkanta Meetei rose to the occasion and slammed home the opener for the hosts’ team in the 18th minute.

    A couple of minutes later, Dingku Meetei netted another goal for the home team to double the lead and the two teams went to the break with Thoubal boys’ 2-0 lead intact.

    The two sides bounced back with renewed vigour to alter the score-line. The hosts’ team however continued playing attacking game. Leingakpa scored the third goal for Thoubal team in the 47th minute and that eventually sealed the team’s victory.

    Even as the Noney boys pushed hard to reduce the margin, if not found the equalizers, the Thoubal defenders denied their rivals’ forwards to make any inroads inside their citadel. (DIPR)





    Imphal, July 12, 2017, DIPR: Agriculture, Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Minister Shri V. Hangkhanlian asked the flood affected farmers not to panic thinking that they would lose everything due to their agricultural lands submerged by the recent monsoon rain. The Minister was on a visit to the site of the Raising of Community Nursery, conducted by Department of Agriculture, Government of Manipur, at Haotal, Pangei today. The Minister dispersed variety of seeds of rice such as RCM-10 and RCM-12 at the Nursery.

    While replying questions about compensation raised by Media Persons, the Minister said that compensation for the flood affected farmers under natural calamity relief fund was already claimed to the Central Government and would be given if and when the assistance fund is available. The government has taken up every possible way to provide the needs of the farmers. Steps have been taken up to purchase alternative crops, in case, the farmers could not sow after the flood situation improved, the Minister added.

    The Minister was accompanied by Agriculture Director Dr. Ph. Rajendro Singh on his visit to the site. He said that efforts are being taken up to grow hybrid rice in selected areas of Imphal East & West, Thoubal district etc. as the Government will not be able to cover the whole of Manipur because of the prevailing situation. The productivity of the cultivation of the hybrid seed, although a notified variety, is not predictable as the cultivation will be for the first time. The Department is trying to cultivate these crops in the elevated areas in flooded fields also. If the flood remained the same till the month of August, we have no option but to purchase other alternative crops, he added. (DIPR)




    Imphal, July 12, 2017 (DIPR): Representatives of the Editors Guild Manipur and Manipur Hills Journalists’ Union met Information and Public Relation Minister Shri Thongam Biswajit Singh today and highlighted several welfare issues of the journalists’ community.

    The EGM and MHJU representatives led by president A Mobi, MHJU president Sothing Shimray and EGM General Secretary Yumnam Rupachandra called on the Minister at the his office in New Secretariat.

    During the meeting, representatives of MHJU feted the Ministerwith a traditional shawl and memento. EGM and MHJU team also submitted a memorandum to the Minister.

    The memorandum includes identification and acquisition of land for a Press Park, respective offices for EGM and MHJU and accommodation for journalists coming to the capital from the hill districts, one time exemption and enrolment for journalists who had been left out from the pension scheme for journalists.

    The EGM and MHJU also expressed the need for the government to adopt a Manipur Government Advertisement Policy where every programs/policies/achievement of the government is advertised to the media as part of a helping hand of the government as the Supreme Court has made it compulsory for implementation of the Majithia Wage Board recommendations.

    The memorandum also include consideration of the longstanding demand for subsidy for power and transport subsidy for newsprints and other printing material and amendment of accreditation card rules of DIPR.

    EGM and MHJU also requested prompt clearance of government bills through DIPR within two months of submission of the billsso as to enable media houses to function smoothly.

    IPR Director Shri Kongbam Meghachandra also attended the meeting. (DIPR)





    IMPHAL, JULY 10, 2017 (DIPR): Forests and Environment Minister Shri Thounaojam Shyamkumar Singh today said the department after the commencement of the upcoming Assembly Session will start checking on the maintenance and protection of the tree saplings planted which were planted on the occasion of ‘Vanamahotsava’ on July 7, 2017 (Friday).

    Speaking to media persons at his office chamber in New Secretariat, Imphal, Th. Shyamkumar said, the Forest Department planted over 1 lakh tree saplings in all the districts, during the observance of ‘Vanamahotsava’. The Forest Department is aiming to plant 10 lakh tree saplings in the month of July, he added.

    Th. Shyamkumar assured that protection will be given to all the tree saplings planted on the day of ‘Vanamahotsava’ and those planted by NGOs, student bodies and department officials under the drive of mass scale plantation in this month.

    He instructed all the concerned DFOs and other department officials to check all the newly planted tree saplings, adding that action will be taken up if any lapses are found. He further said, under the leadership of Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh the department has been streamlined and revenue is being collected per the guidelines.

    Minister Shyamkumar further informed the media persons that he visited the Keibul Lamjao National Park, Bishnupur district in the morning following reports of water level rising in some areas. Assuring that there is no danger to the natural habitat of Sangai, Minister Shyamkumar said, tree saplings were planted at the Keibul Lamjao National Park. (DIPR)




    Imphal 10th July 2017 (DIPR): Education Minister Shri Thokchom Radheshyam said, the freedom struggle from the yoke of the British Colonial Rule was not just for independence from a foreign rule but to be free and independent in thought, social boundaries and academically to progress the society towards a positive change.

                He was speaking as chief guest of the 105th Birth Anniversary Celebration of Shri H. Nilamani Singh at INA Hall, Moirang. Shri H. Nilamani Singh is a freedom fighter who fought for a social change and brought educational revolution. The minister said, the tribute to the freedom fighter's place would only be complete when today's generation follows his footstep to sacrifice for the welfare of the people and fearless to do for what is right.

    Such personality of righteousness is more necessary today than before to bring positive transformation in the state. Every step has two faces to win or to lose but the most important is the spirit to face the issue with full strength and potential the ability to face the challenge not accepting the defeat even in the face of lost, the minister added.

                Moirang is one of the prominent tourist places with INA Museum attracting many tourists in the state. The minister said it is of utmost importance that the bullet-ridden hall of INA, which is a place of world heritage need restoration and preservation. He would take up the matter with the Chief Minister and discuss along with local MLA and will try to sort out ways to fulfill demands mentioned in the memorandum, the minister assured.

                The resource persons read out paper on life and contributions of H. Nilamani Singh. Meritorious Awards were also distributed to the students of the Moirang who held positons in the recent High School and Higher Secondary Examinations. Hon'ble MLA, Moirang A/c, P. Sharatchandra, Chairperson MMC, M. Romibala Devi, Vice Chairperson MMC M. Basanta Singh and members of the organizing committee Hemam Nilamani Foundation, Moirang attended the celebration.

    The minister later visited Moirang College, Moirang. Education Minister heard to the grievances of the principal and staffs of the college. Education Minister after listening to the grievances informed that the inadequacy of infrastructure requirement of all the schools and colleges is similar everywhere. An audit assessing the availability and non-availability of the requirements is near to completion. As soon as this is completed, the issue will be addressed at the earliest, he added.

    The minister also said that the HRD Ministry has been consulted in connection to the post of regular principals, which will be filled when the ministry gives a positive nod. He further said while submitting a report regarding the progress of the college the concept note should highlight the past and present condition mentioning for atleast past five years. Any civil construction in the college should have a holistic approach taking into account of the future expansion or developmental plans of the college, he added. (DIPR)





    Imphal, July 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 third Hill Leaders’ Day organised at Chief Minister’s Secretariat complex today, scores of people gathered outside the CM Secretariat Complex to get their tokens having serial numbers since early morning. As many as 232 complaints/grievances and over 1000 people from all the hill districts of the State turned up to meet the Chief Minister. Apart from the leaders and Village Chiefs, large number of people from different villages of all hill districts came all the way here with the hope that their grievances would be addressed to the Chief Minister.

    `           Shri N. Biren Singh personally interacted with this large number of people, including Chiefs of various villages, inside Chief Minister’s Secretariat complex from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.

    Various issues concerning bad road condition, drinking water problem, absence of playground and community hall etc. are brought to Chief Minister’s notice.

    Mentioning that such interaction programme will continue in future, he said that such interaction gives an opportunity to know and hear the grievances and problems from the far-flung and border areas and the absence of government machinery in remote part of the State. Such interaction programme would help to streamline the system, he added.

    Briefing the media persons, Chief Minister said that it is disheartening to see a disabled child and 2 blind siblings of a family have not benefited from any welfare schemes of the government. He gave Rs. 5000 each to the three disabled persons of the family from the CM Relief Fund. He further said that he had directed the Social Welfare Department to provide a sum of Rs 6000 per annum and other essential commodities to those persons under various schemes.

    He mentioned that each and every departments/ government machineries should concentrate and work with responsibility for good governance and betterment of the society. Highlighting that people should get benefits from various welfare schemes, he added, the biggest challenge to the government is that the welfare schemes to serve poor don’t reach effectively to the needy and poor people of the State.

    Within these 3 months of the new government, Chief Minister said that various welfare schemes have been have successfully implemented which the previous government couldn’t introduced in last 15 years.

    Replying to the query regarding the irregularities on NFSA, he said that he had instructed the concerned DC’s to look into the irregularities regarding the distribution of PDS rice under NFSA. He assured that the government would try its best to fulfil the aspirations of the people and would not let the people of the State suffer.

    Speaking about the recent landslide occurred along the National Highways, he said that the people of the State need not to be panic of the situation. The government would make all necessary preparations for the transportation of food grains and essential items through Imphal-Jiribam road soon. Assuring that the national highway would be opened soon, he said that he had given instructions to the PWD department to intervene and repair the road as soon as possible.

    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)





    IMPHAL,9th July, 2017(DIPR): Deputy Chief Minister Shri Yumnam Joykumar Singh said, songs have a unique character to build better human relationship. He was speaking at the closing function of the two days musical festival and a tribute to legendary Singers of Manipur “Kaongamdraba Ishei” at Maharaja Chandrakirti Auditorium, Palace Compound in Imphal, today.

    Deputy Chief Minister said, every society has a distinct characteristic and therefore remembering the valuable and profound songs would also be needful to our society. He said, as human beings have supreme character of remembering the past comparing with other creations of God, we should remember the old but valuable human natures in our life. Songs have a different role in bringing and bridging the gap between human beings, we should remember the old songs which can give us the taste of better human relationship.

    He further said that, even education also evolved from human memory, it is the way that we should remember the old songs which has become more relevant in our life. It can give us peace and joy. In the present day society, Artists also need to remember the old numbers and traditions of singing, he added.

    Education Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam Singh while speaking at the function said, song has the uniqueness to identify a society and it can make us happy. It can give us mental contentment for long. Therefore, artists and musicians have an important role in giving good taste to the listeners.

    Expressing concern over the imitation and copying tactics even in music, Shri Th. Radheshyam Singh urged the budding talents to act in a different way. He said, copying from some other music to Manipuri, will deprive its significance.

    Renowned Musicologist, Shri Laishram Birendrakumar Singh, President, Apunba Manipur Matam Ishei Kanglup (AMMIK), S.Tijendra, Artists of Manipur also attended the closing function. The two days festival was organised by AMMIK in collaboration with Department of Art & Culture, Government of Manipur.

    Earlier today, Deputy Chief Minister attended 7th Meritorious Award Ceremony, 2017 held at United Clubs, Uripok where he distributed awards to the outstanding students in IMC Ward No. 4 area in the High School Leaving Certificate Examination & Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate Examination, 2017. (DIPR) 




    Imphal 9th July 2017 (DIPR): Education Minister Shri Thokchom Radheshyam said the seat capacity of T. G. Higher Secondary School would be increase by 150 seats above the existing seat. He explained that the decision to increase the number of seats was taken in the interest of the students and parents.

    The Minister conducted a social service at T. G. Higher Secondary School. The social service, he said, is an initiative he hopes to do every month by visiting atleast one of the educational institutions of the state. During the visit, he inspected laboratories, classrooms, hostel and other infrastructures of the school. He assured that necessary requirements of the school specially the flooded laboratory and the under-construction girls' hostel that need to be repaired and completed will be done as soon as possible. So, the students do not face any troubles after classes are once commenced.

    The Minister said it is delightful to see that there is heavy rush in government higher secondary schools to get admission. The government schools are equipped with the most qualified teachers. If they could put a little extra effort then the best could be bring out, he said. Good teachers are those who can make the weakest student of a class to one of the finest students of the school, he added.

    The owners of the neighbouring buildings encroaching the school property were called and told to extend their support in restoring the school areas. For this the owner were informed to keep in touch with the concern authority to rectify the illegally constructed part encroaching the hostel area specially meant for the girls' student.

    He also heard to the grievances of the teachers and assured that certain plans have been taken up to sanction teachers' salary by first of every month. He also urged the teachers to sincerely dedicate and be committed to their profession setting a target to make their students one of the best. In the social service at the T. G. Higher Secondary School Director Education (S) Th. Kirankumar, Engineering Team and other Officials of Education Department, Principal, Teachers and Non-Teaching Staff were also present.

    In terms of salary for the teachers under SSA, RMSA and RUSA, the Minister explained that their financial aid comes from centre on timely basis, as it is Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS). The funds for both the civil and salary is sanctioned together. He explained that under the scheme the construction work are to be completed on targeted time and the report should be submitted on time. However, inability to submit report and utilization certificate leads to non-release of the funds. He also mentioned that he along with his officials had appealed to the concern authority to separate the sanctioning of the salary from civil component as the state faces certain problems in carrying out the civil works.

    Later, the minister went to inspect certain areas of his constituency, highlighted on a social media about the accidents and difficulties faced by the people due to potholes. Taking immediate action, the potholes of the roads linking Sikhong Bazaar to Yairipok at Nongpok Sekmai and the Lourembam Pechi Chinglak to Shikhong Sekmai, were filled up. He also convinced the people that he would talk to the contractors and engineering team undertaking the construction work of the road. (DIPR)




    Imphal, July 09, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister inspected the flood affected areas of Imphal East, Imphal West and Bishnupur districts and instructed the officials concerned to extend all possible assistance to the affected people without any delay.

                The Chief Minister said that after making a thorough assessment, the State Government had sent a report of the present situation to the Centre yesterday.

    However, surveys are still going on as the number of areas and villages submerged under water is increasing every day, he added.          

    He expressed hope that the Central Government would provide assistance to the State soon.

                Urging the public to maintain calm at this juncture, the Chief Minister assured that the State Government would provide relief materials without any delay.

                He also directed the officials concerned to closely monitor the situation and extend all possible help to the affected people.

                Shri N. Biren also said that those people whose houses had been damaged by the recent spate of flood would be adequately compensated.

                Apart from inspecting water levels at Khurai Salanthong, Haotal, Khabeisoi, Kongpal Kshetri Leikai, Kongpal Khaidem Leikai, Kongpal Kshetri Leikai, Porompat Thawanthaba, Ayangpalli Road, Kongba Mutum Leikai and Kongba Laishram Leikai, the Chief Minister also visited relief camps opened at Kongpal Kongkham Leikai, Amateur Athletic Association community hall and Ningthem Pukhri Mapal and Kongba Laishram Leikai in Imphal East district.

    The Chief Minister also inspected flood affected areas like Nambol Khabi, Nambol Jiri, Konthoujam and many other adjoining villages and areas in Imphal West district and Nambol Phoijing in Bishnupur district.

    Shri N. Biren was accompanied by Parliamentary Secretaries Shri L. Susindro, Shri N. Indrajit, Dr. S. Ranjan and top officials of the State Government. (DIPR)




    Imphal, July 09, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh urged the people of the State to help the Government in running administration without any influence.

    He was speaking as the chief guest at a One-day Awareness Programme on Various Workers’ Welfare Schemes Cum Labour Cards Distribution, held at his private residence at Luwangshangbam in Imphal East district today.

    Urging the people to help the Government rendering its duties with no influence, Shri N. Biren also made his earnest appeal to the public to extend support and co-operation to the Government when it takes action against those who are involved in fake encounters and corruption cases.

    Maintaining that uplifting needy people and women is a must if the State has to achieve egalitarian development; the Chief Minister further stated that the State Government is planning to introduce a special scheme for the widows from the current financial year.

    Sharing his views on the main causes of natural calamities and flash floods recently witnessed in the State, the Chief Minister opined that human development should not disturb the natural systems of the Mother Nature.

    He assured the masses that the Government would translate all its commitments into action one after another soon.

    Speaking at the function as the guest of honour, Labour and Employment Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam observed that economic development should begin from the last man or the poorest person.

    The Minister said that different benefits are entitled to those who have labour cards. However, very few people know about these benefits, he added.

    As such, people who have labour cards should approach the State Labour Department and Labour Unions to demand their entitled rights and benefits on time, he observed.

    He further said that the Government would take action against those officials who deny these benefits to the labourers.

    Later, the Chief Minister distributed labour cards to selected beneficiaries at the function.

    Kontha Khabam  Zilla Parishad Member Smt. P. Bimola, Deputy Labour Commissioner Shri E. Tomba, Manipur Building Constructions Welfare Board (MBCWB) Chairperson Shri S. Preshyojit, Manipur Infrastructure Development Agency (MIDA) Vice-Chairman Shri M. Asnikumar and BJP Heingang Mandal President Shri Kh. Jilla also attended the function as presidium members. (DIPR)




    Imphal, July 8, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh said that songs and music plays an important role to create a nationalism spirit and helps in national integration of the country. He was speaking at the inaugural function of the two day long musical festival “Kaongamdraba Eshei -a tribute to legendary singers of Manipur” held at Maharaja Chandrakriti Auditorium, Palace Compound, Imphal. The musical festival is organised by All Manipur Matam Eshei Kanglup (AMMIK) in collaboration with Department of Art and Culture, Government of Manipur.

                Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh said that like The Manipur State Journalists Welfare Scheme, the government in consultation with the Art and Culture Department is planning to introduce a human approach policy or scheme to provide financial help for the welfare of the artists, musicians etc. of the State.

    Expressing gratitude to the AMMIK for donating Rs 1 lakh to the CM Relief Fund for the flood victims, Chief Minister said that the State Government has taken up various relief measures and immediate steps have been taken to tackle the recent flood situation of the State. Short duration paddy seed varieties and rice seedlings which can be harvested in just 100 days has been made available for flood hit farmers, he added. He further said that global warming is a threat to the mankind and has brought many serious environmental and social changes in the State as well as in the world.

                Highlighting that the new government has introduced various welfare schemes for the people such as Jeevan Praman, Free Dialysis, Free medical diagnosis etc, he said that the government would not give any false promises and is committed to deliver the promises that government made so far to the people.

                Mentioning that government seek the love and support of the people to deliver good governance in the State, he stressed that the government is committed to bring visible and practical changes in the system and that change should begin within ourselves. The government is committed to work for development and would try its best to fulfil the aspirations of the people of the State, he assured.

                Chief Minister further said that the government’s commitment to work for inclusive development is not a challenge to any political party or individuals but to show the people that the new government is doing something good for the welfare of the people of the State. Everyone of us should concentrate and work with responsibility for the betterment of the society, he added.

    On the occasion, The All Manipur Matam Eshei Kanglup (AMMIK) donated Rs. 1 Lakh to the CM Relief Fund for the flood affected people of the State.

                Minister for Art and Culture, Shri Y. Jayantakumar Singh, Minister for CAF&PD Shri Karam Shyam Singh, Parliamentary Secretary (Tourism) Dr. Sapam Ranjan Singh, renowned musicologist and Padmashree Shri L. Birendrakumar attended the function. (DIPR)




    Imphal, July 8, 2017 (DIPR):Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh presented ‘Uttam Jeevan Rakshak Padak Award-2016’ to Master Maurice Yengkhom. The award ceremony was held at CM’s Secretariat today.

                The Civilian Award ‘Uttam Jeevan Rakshak Padak Award’ was conferred by Hon’ble President of India and Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India to Master Maurice Yengkhom in recognition of his indomitable courage and selfless act when he saved his cousin brother Master Hijam Rodin from electrocution at Yaiskhul on 8th May, 2015.

                The Civilian Award consists of Uttam Jeevan Rakshak Padak Award-2016, Uttam Jeevan Rakshak Padak Medal, Miniature Medal, Certificate and a cheque of Rs. 60,000.

                It may be mentioned that, in 2015, Maurice Yengkhom was awarded “National Bravery Award-2015” by Indian Council of Child Welfare, New Delhi.

                Maurice Yengkhom is the son of Shri Yengkhom Junu Singh and Smt. Vinita Devi Elangbam of Yaiskhul Police Lane, Imphal. He is presently studying 11th standard at Sagar School, Rajasthan. (DIPR)




    Imphal, July 8, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh today inspected the flood affected areas of Imphal East and Thoubal District caused by recent floods in the State.

                Chief Minister was accompanied by Minister for PWD Shri Th. Biswajit Singh, Parliamentary Secretary (IFCD) Shri L. Rameshwor, Parliamentary Secretary (Home), Shri L. Susindro Meitei, Parliamentary Secretary (Tourism) Dr. Sapam Ranjan Singh, Parliamentary Secretary (Finance) Th. Satyabrata Singh, Imphal East DC Smt. Th. Chitra Devi and SP Shri Kabib K.

                During the visit, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh directed the concerned DCs to distribute the day-to-day essential items such as utensils, clothes, mattresses etc. for those families affected by the recent floods soon. For the damaged houses and other properties, he instructed the DCs to identify the damaged houses and to provide financial assistance under the PMAY scheme to construct the houses of the flood affected families. He further directed to hand over the cheques under PMAY to the flood victims by Monday or Tuesday next week.

                Chief Minister further lamented that there should not be politics over the recent floods and all people of the State should give an extra effort to help as many people as possible in the flood affected areas. He assured that the government would extend all possible support to the flood affected families of the State.

                The team visited flood hit areas of Lilong Awang Leikai, Kiyamgei, Khongman, Bashikhong, Kongba Irong, Kongba Muribi etc. (DIPR)




    Imphal 8th July 2017 (DIPR): Education Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam said fighting moral corruptions of mass copying in examinations by providing free and fair examination is necessary.  This will help the children in gaining true knowledge, deeper understanding and skills, grooming them as good human. The minister was speaking as chief guest of the 27th Annual Prize Distribution Ceremony Cum District Level Symposium Competition at Sofia English School, Thoubal organised by the H.S.L.C. Examination Private Centre Committee, Thoubal Centre (A).

                    The Minister explained, education readies one to face every challenges and hurdles in life with holistic developmental quality. Ability to read, write and speak is just a minute part of education and obtaining high marks in examination does not define the educational quality of an individual, he added.

    Children need to be made innovative and creative, and train them to make right choice through education instead of adding load of schooling and tutoring. For better future, the moral values need to be strengthened in the young minds with ability of dedication, commitments, sacrifice and help the needy, minister said.

                    He urged the people to provide for suggestions and comments so that the best be brought to the education system of the state by transforming and reforming. Education’s first and foremost focus should be the students. Any infrastructural development of education should be based on needs rather than the push, he added.

                    Parliamentary Secretary Education K. Robindro Singh said, the certificates would not guarantee lucrative jobs. The capability to act upon the task in hand will define the person and it will provide security for the future. 

                    Members of the organising committee, teachers, students and guardians attended the function. (DIPR)




    Imphal 7th July 2017 (DIPR): Education Minister Shri Thokchom Radheshyam said education and health are the two main sectors on which the new government lays its importance to strengthen it for overall developmental course of action in the state after the completion of first 100-Day programme.

    Th. Radheshyam points out that many students after passing their high school examination faces difficulties in getting admission in the state as well as outside due to financial problem. T. G. Higher Secondary School, being one of the best government higher secondary with high demand for admission, was tried to identify the needs and requirements so that at least few extra necessity could be fulfilled to admit the students. So in order to accommodate them in getting admission a discussion was held with the Principals, Vice Principal and Director of Education (S) and also met the parents and guardian of the students to find a solution.

    During the inspection, he inspected the science laboratories, the girl's hostel and the undergoing construction works of the school. Seeing the leaking roof with water logging inside the laboratories, he said, immediate plan to mend the dilapidating condition of the lab would be taken up. In terms of the hostel, which is under-construction, and the incomplete section where the students have already shifted, the minister said he would look into it and try to complete it as soon as possible.

    The minister appreciated the clean and orderly environment around the school. He also proposed a social service on the coming Sunday along with students and teacher in and round the water logged areas within the campus.

    The teachers and students of Imphal College also felicitated Education, Labour and Employment Minister Th. Radheshyam and Hon'ble Parliamentary Secretary Shri S. Shubashchandra at the indoor stadium of the college. Taking the note of the teachers and students speech during the felicitation, Education minister said he welcome the suggestions given by the teachers and students.

    He said, the problems related to education department have been identified and will be solved on priority basis. He expressed his gratitude to the organizing committee for organizing such kind of felicitation programme. He expressed his desire to convene such programme for the teachers or the students who had excelled in national or international levels.

    He urged the gathering that everyone should have the courage to stand against the wrong so that we can encourage the young minds to be brave to face the challenge bringing a positive change in the society. We as a whole need to enhance the values and moral with sincerity, dedication, sacrifice and committed mind.

    Principal of different college, lecturers and students also attended the programme. (DIPR)




    Imphal, July 07, 2017 (DIPR): Considering the woes being faced by the affected people due to the recent spates of flash flood, several organisations have been donating funds to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

                Today as well, All Manipur Government Aided College Teachers’ Association (AMGACTA) donated Rs. One lakh to the Relief Fund.

                Members of the Association led by their Secretary Shri Kh. Inaobi handed over the donation to Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh in a simple ceremony held at Chief Minister’s Secretariat.

                It may be mentioned that Manipur Home Guard Employees’ Welfare Association had also donated Rs. One lakh on July 5, 2017. (DIPR)




    Imphal, July 07, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh inspected Khuman Lampak Main Stadium regarding installation of flood lighting system today.

                Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Shri Letpao Haokip, top officials of Youth Affairs and Sports Department and other officials concerned accompanied him during the visit.

    After looking over the stadium, the Chief Minister shared his views to the Sports Minister and officials on where to install the lighting system.

                Shri N. Biren Singh directed the officials to do proper maintenance and keep the complex neat and tidy. He also asked them to enhance security of the complex and issue identity cards to the joggers who regularly enter into the complex. (DIPR)


    Bishnupur, July 7 (DIPR): The 68th Vanamahotsava (the festival of forests) was observed today at Bishnupur district headquarter. The main observation was held at the New Mini-Secretariat Office (DC Office) at Bishnupur.

              Chairman of the Manipur Pollution Control Board Shri L Radhakishore was the chief guest of the function, while Bishnupur DC Shri Bobby Waikhom and Bishnupur SP Shri Jodhachandra Haobijam were the important dignitaries. DLOs of various departments also attended the function.

              The main highlight of the observation was the planting of trees at the Mini-Secretariat Complex. Later, the dignitaries also went to various other areas of the district such as Tera-Urak Industrial Estate etc and plant trees to conserve the degrading ecosystem. (DIPR)




    Imphal, July 7, 2017 (DIPR): Hon’ble Governor of Manipur, Dr. Najma Heptulla visited the NCC Group Headquarter, DM College Campus, Thangmeiband, Imphal, today, and interacted with the cadets taking part in the 10-Days NCC Combined Annual Training Camp of 65th Manipur Girls Independent Company, NCC, Imphal.

    Addressing the cadets, Hon’ble Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla said that the NCC is an institute where youths learn discipline and the value of life. All the school and college going children should join NCC to know each other, to know the country, to live with different culture and language, different way of life as the State has different tribes, different culture, different language and different living style. NCC should become mandatory for every student because NCC instill the feeling of nationhood which we need for national integration. Citing that in Israel, National Service is compulsory for everybody, if we are not making national service compulsory, we should have compulsory training for the youths, she added. The Governor also said that earlier NCC was a part of the school curriculum which was a very good thing even though for a short while. It should again be put in the school curriculum so that every student should be part of the NCC. She further added that the NCC cadets played a major role in the man-made and natural calamities and that they are competent to join the three forces to safeguard the State and the Country. Quoting the word said by her grandfather, ‘Whatever you do, do with dedication to your job, love your country and sacrifice for the great Nation’ she told the cadets to do their work with dedication. The organization of the camp was a good initiative. She will talk to the State and also the Central Government, in particular, the Defence Ministry, to improve the area, she added.

    Hon’ble Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla handed over the Cadet Welfare Society Scholarship to the meritorious cadets of the three wings i.e., 14th Manipur Battalion NCC, Imphal, 65th Manipur Girls (I) COY NCC and No. 1 (Manipur) Air Squadron NCC, Imphal. Brigadier Vivek Sharma, VSM, Group Commander, NCC Group, Imphal, Instructors and cadets also attended in the programme. A total of 367 girl cadets are taking part in the training. (DIPR)




    IMPHAL, JULY 07, 2017 (DIPR): Manipur today observed the 68th 'Vanamahotsava' at various locations in all the districts organised by the Forest Department. On the occasion, the Forest Department planted around 1.3 lakh tree saplings at 10 districts crossing the set target of 1 lakh tree saplings across the State. It has a target to plant around 10 lakh tree saplings in the month of July.

    During the first week every July, 'Vanamahotsava' – the festival of forests is observed across the country. Since the initiation of the festival in 1950, by the then Union Minister for Food & Agriculture (late) Shri Kanaiyalal Maneklal Munshi, the festival is continuing every year throughout India.

    The Forest Department organised 'Vanamahotsava' observation at Yairipok Top Chingtha under Andro Assembly Constituency. Speaking to mediapersons, Forests and Environment Minister Shri Thounaojam Shyamkumar said that, the Forest Department alone cannot save the environment and needs the wholehearted public support. Expressing concern over the change in temperature and unnatural calamities across the globe, he said that, 'Vanamahotsava' conveys the message that there is a need to plant more trees to support the eco-system.

    Minister Shyamkumar said that, the State faces flood like situation at the slightest rainfall due to silting of river beds caused due to various reasons including deforestation. He said the State Government plans to dredge the riverbeds in valley area to solve the problem. He also showed concern over the rampant use of chemical fertilisers in the State.

    Minister Th. Shyamkumar further said that, planting tree saplings alone is not enough, as we need to protect the trees/plants for the future generations. Urging the people to plant more trees to save the planet earth, Shyamkumar said protecting the trees/plants lies in the hands of each citizen. He said to make the initiative successful, public support is a necessity.

    Forests and Environment Minister Th. Shyamkumar along with other officials and volunteers planted varieties of tree saplings of as a part of the observance. Around 7,300 saplings were planted at the Top Chingtha.

    Principal Chief Conservator of Forests & Head of Forest Force (PCCF & HoFF) Shri K. Angami; Shri RK Srivastava, IGF, Project Elephant, Govt of India; L. Baite, Additional PCCF; officials of Forest Department, locals of Yairipok Top Chingtha and volunteers attended the observance.

    Minister Shyamkumar along with the Forest Department officials also planted saplings at the Kheba Ching, at Khongjom, Thoubal District. The Forest Department planted around 1,000 saplings at the Kheba Ching. Different varieties of tree saplings were planted at 6(six) locations in Thoubal District today.

    The Forest Department also organised 'Vanamahotsava' at Tekcham, Kakching District under the theme "one lakh tree plantation programme". As part of the observance, Minister Shyamkumar planted saplings and inaugurated office of the Ningshing Lup Tekcham cum reading room. The observance was also widely held at the surroundings of Nongmaijing Ching Reserve Forest area at Mahadev Ching and Khalong. Around 3,600 tree saplings were planted at the two locations.

    Khalong, Baruni Hill, Imphal East and other districts. Later, Minister Shyamkumar distributed free saplings to the women vendors at Samumakhong, Khwairamband Keithel. (DIPR)




    IMPHAL, 6TH July 2017, (DIPR): As earlier assured by Social Welfare and Cooperation Minister Smt. Nemcha Kipgen during the spot inspection, 41 bags of rice was today handed over by the Deputy Director (Disability), Social Welfare Manipur Shri Dileep Singh, on behalf of the Minister, to the schools’ authorities of the Government Ideal Blind School, Government Deaf & Mute School, Observation & Special Home for Juvenile in conflict with law and Children Home at Takyelpat, Imphal, BB Paul School, Monsangei and Mission Blind School, Heikakpokpi, Pallel Chandel.

                The officials and the team distributed 5 bags of rice each at Government Ideal Blind School, Government Deaf & Mute School, Observation & Special Home and Children Home,10 bags each at BB Paul School, Monsangei and Mission Blind School, Chandel.

                    Mission Blind School Headmaster, Shri Pareng extended heartfelt gratitude for transforming promises into action at the short period of time by the Minister for the differently-abled students. He also thanked the Deputy Director (Disability) and the officials who arrived at the schools on Minister’s behalf. (DIPR)




    Imphal, July 6, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh said that the State Government has taken up various relief measures and immediate steps have been taken to tackle the recent flood situation of the State. This was stated by him today at the press conference held at CM’s Secretariat in presence of Minister for Agriculture, Veterinary and Animal Husbandary Shri V. Hangkhanlian and Minister for CAF & PD Shri Karam Shyam.

    Highlighting the shortages of the daily essential commodities during the flood situation, Chief Minister assured that 12,000 Metric Tons of rice is available under the CAF and PD department and is ready to be distributed to the general public of the State. Such rice would be made available at Rs 22.53 per kilo to the general public of the State, he added.

    Mentioning that the flood hit farmers of the State need not to be panic of the situation, Shri N. Biren Singh said that short duration paddy seed varieties which can be harvested in 100 days such as RC Maniphou-12(RCM12) and Maru Taru University-1010(MTU1010) are available for the flood affected farmers of the State. Either paddy seed varieties or the rice seedlings will be available at free of cost to the people, he added. He further said that a total area of 40,000 hectares of agricultural land have been affected viz. 14,079 hectares in Imphal East, 7,700 hectares in Imphal West, 9,000 hectares in Thoubal, 9,210 hectares in Bishnupur and 20 hectares in Urkhul in the recent flood in the State. 20.51 percent of agricultural area has been affected out of the targeted area of 1,95,000 hectares in the State. Transplantation of such short duration paddy seed varieties can be taken upto the month of August, he added.

    Chief Minister said that the government would identify and verify the total submerged area affected by the flood in the State soon.

    On the occasion, of Minister for Agriculture, Veterinary and Animal Husbandary Shri V. Hangkhanlian said that certain measures have been taken up by the Agriculture and Veterinary department and mobile team, five Rapid Action Teams of the Veterinary department, headed by two doctors with field assistants have already been set up for treatment and necessary vaccination of the animals in the flood affected areas. Mobile Plant Health camp has been set up for the farmers, he added.

    Stating that the sale of PDS rice under NFSA are being banned by the Government, Minister for CAF & PD Shri Karam Shyam said that after due consultation with the Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs and Food and Public Distribution, the Centre has agreed to provide 12,000 metric tons of rice for the distribution to the flood affected people of the State. Minister assured that rice under NFSA are in adequate stock in FCI godown for the State.  Approximately 90550.90 quintals of NFSA rice quota for eight districts have not been lifted. He appealed the concerned officials to lift the rice quotas for the previous months of the default districts soon. Minister further said that PDS rice has been allocated for the month of July to ensure proper distribution to the people of the State.

    Replying to the queries raised by media persons on various probe undertaken by the new government, Chief Minister stated that the government had already handed over the cases related to irregularities in accounts of Manipur Development Society (MDS) to the Central Bureau of Investigation. He further said that the probe into the substandard police belt and the CCTV installation scam is almost completed and would be unveiled to the people soon.

    Parliamentary Secretary (Minor Irrigation and Agriculture) Shri Awangbow Newmai, Additional Chief Secretary(Agriculture), Dr. Suhel Akhtar, Director, Veterinary Department, Dr H Chaoba Singh, Director, Agriculture Department, Shri Ph. Rajendro Singh also attended the press conference. (DIPR)




    Imphal, July 5, 2017 (DIPR): The Manipur Home Guard Employees Welfare Association today met Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh at Chief Minister’s Secretariat and donated Rs 1,00,000 towards the CM Relief fund to help people who were severely affected by the recent floods in the State.

    Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh expressed his gratitude to such noble step by the Home Guards which would help those people who are affected by natural calamities in the State.

    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. The State government has taken up various relief measures to control the situation and also declared the disaster as “State Calamity” on July 3rd, 2017. A 24X7 State Disaster Control Room (0385-2443441) has been set-up to monitor the situation and for timely coordinated action by District Administration and concerned departments. (DIPR)


    Imphal, July 5, 2017 (DIPR): The employment situation in Manipur recorded an all round downwards trends in the month of February 2017 as compared with those of the previous months as shown by a report issued by Directorate of Employment, Employment Exchange Complex, Lamphelpat.

                Number of applicants registered downtrends to 523 including 240 female applicants as compared to 4,080 applicants registered in the previous month. Imphal West district with 174 applicants including 82 female recorded the maximum number of registered applicants while Tamenglong recorded the minimum with no registered applicants. Three physically challenged including two female and four U.E.I & G.B including two female registered this month.

                Vacancy notified recorded nil. Visitors to career information were also recorded nil as compared to 10 in the previous month. Live register remained unchanged in the Self Employment Promotion Cell with 4,370 applicants including 1,219 female applicants. Total recorded applicants in live register sums up to 8,17,411 including 2,45,545 female applicants till this month. (DIPR)




    Imphal, July 5, 2017 (DIPR): The Manipur State Rural Livelihoods Mission signed the first Memorandum of Understanding for implementation of the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) with M/s Apollo Medskils Ltd in the presence of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Shri Thongam Biswajit Singh today.

    The MoU was signed inside the New Secretariat office of the Minister.

    The MSRLM was represented by State Mission Director, Shri R Sudhan, while the M/s Apollo Medskills was represented by its Senior Vice President-Projects Shri S Sridhar.

    The DDU-GKY is the skills action-arm of the National Rural Livelihoods Mission, tasked with skilling rural youth, moving them from poverty to productivity. It owns and manages the entire lifecycle of the process, from investing into Skilling Projects (at no cost to the trainees or employers) to identifying internships and placement opportunities and to track career progression over a period of 3 years from graduation.

    According to the MSRLM, the number of rural youths to be trained till March 2019 is 10518 candidates.

    DDU-GKY follows a 3-tier implementation model. The primary tier is the National Unit that functions as the policy-making, technical support, facilitation and investing agency. The next tier is the DDU-GKY State Skill Missions under the State Government/ State Rural Livelihood Missions, who co-invest as well as directly supervise and/or engage with publicly or privately held organisations from specific sector industries, education and training or NGOs who have a reputation in delivering skills, training and development programs. (DIPR)




    Imphal, July 05, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh presided a high level meeting on Goods and Services Tax (GST) in the Conference Hall of Old Secretariat today.

    Speaking at the meeting, the Chief Minister directed all the concerned to have thorough knowledge about the new tax regime. He also asked them to impart proper awareness to the common people, who are at the grassroots level, to make revenue/tax collection easier.

    The Chief Minister also directed the officials, DCs and SDOs to take the responsibility of revenue collection seriously and work hard at the ground level.

    He said that the meeting was convened to discuss the pros and cons of GST, and also to find ways to effectively enforce it in the State.

    As GST is a new concept, the Chief Minister observed, all the Government machineries need to work in better co-ordination and understanding for its effective implementation.

    Deputy Chief Minister Shri Yumnam Joykumar Singh, Chief Secretary O. Nabakishore, Administrative Secretaries, Deputy Commissioners, SDOs and other high ranking officers were present in the meeting.

    Later, the Chief Minister also inspected the biometric attendance machines and various rooms of the Old Secretariat complex.

    Speaking to reporters after the inspection, the Chief Minister said that all the SDOs had been appointed as Nodal Officers of GST at the Sub-Division level.

    As such, they would give proper awareness on the new tax regime to the people at the grass-root level, he added.

    Stating that around 17 different taxes were imposed on goods and services at Centre and State levels earlier, the Chief Minister contended that all these taxes had now been clubbed together into a single tax known as GST.

    No matter Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had revived the 90:10 Central – State share for North East States, all the developmental projects depend upon the financial condition of the State.

    As such, the Government needs to strengthen and revitalise the tax/revenue collection system in order to add extra pace to development, the Chief Minister stated.

    Responding to a query on the Central Government’s assistance regarding flash floods faced by the State, Shri N. Biren said that after the Government declared the present situation as a State calamity, he had not only written a letter to the Prime Minister but also personally talked to Union Home Minister Shri  Rajnath Singh over the phone on the issue. The Central Government would send an official team to assess the losses.

    Responding to another query, Shri N. Biren informed that State’s Plan size would be fixed as soon as possible.

    The new Government would give thrust to skill development, connectivity, infrastructure, drinking water and other basic amenities, the Chief Minister added. (DIPR)


    Imphal,4thJuly, 2017 (DIPR):Commerce and Industry Minister Shri Thongam Biswajit Singh today chaired a meeting with officials of the Commerce and Industries department at his New Secretariat Conference Hall. The meeting was also attended by officials of the Kotak Resources led by their Vice President Shri Deepak Borkar.

                During the meeting, officials concerned of Commerce and Industries, MANIREDA, Handloom and Handicraft discussed certain issues including revival of the Spinning Mill, mining prospects in the State, setting up of 100 MW Solar Power Plant, setting up of cement plants and to initiate rubber plantation in the State.

    Further alongwith the development of a 100 MW Solar Power Plant, they also discussed the feasibility of combining wind and solar energies for the power plant.

                On the issue of reviving the Spinning Mill, Shri Biswajit expressed for generation of employment for the youth as well as produce yarn and provide yarn to the weavers of the State at cheaper rates.

    Speaking to the officials of the Kotak Resources, Director Handloom and Handicraft Shri Lamlee Kamei said earlier the Spinning Mill was producing only cotton, but the government is planning to produce both cotton and synthetic yarn once the mill is revived. He continued since the mill has been closed down for quite a long time, all the machines have become scrap now.

                At the end of the meeting, it was resolved that officials of the Kotak Resources will meet the State officials and discuss the finer details of all the issues discussed today.

    The meeting was also attended by Principal Secretary (Textile, Commerce and Industry) Shri L Lakher and Director Commerce and Industry Shri M. Luikham among others. (DIPR)




    Imphal, July 04, 2017 (DIPR): The State Cabinet decided to summon the Second Session (Budget Session) of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly from July 20, 2017.

    In its meeting held in the Cabinet Hall of the Chief Minister’s Secretariat with Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh in the chair, the Cabinet also decided to engage a Consultant for the preparation of detailed project reports (DPRs) for rejuvenation of Imphal, Nambul and Kongba rivers to check flash floods.

                The Cabinet observed that due to massive deforestation in the catchment areas and large scale burning of the forest areas in the hill districts for shifting cultivation, flash floods occur frequently.

    On account of deforestation in the catchment areas, the levels of riverbeds have also risen considerably due to siltation.

                As such, there is an urgent need to rejuvenate these rivers by taking up re-sectioning and dredging works. It is also essential to strengthen the vulnerable and weak spots by constructing retaining walls.

                The Cabinet also gave its nod to creation of an office of Superintending Engineering (Rural Circle No. III) in PHED to supervise the works of the newly set-up five Divisions after the creation of new districts.

                Creation of the post of a Joint Director of State ICDS Mission under State Social Welfare Department was also approved.

                The Cabinet also gave its nod to amendment of Section 8 Clause of the Manipur Fiscal, Responsibility and Budget Management Act, 2005 to provide the statutory flexible limits on Fiscal Deficit. (DIPR)


    Imphal, July 4, 2017 (DIPR): In a press release issued by the Principal Secretary, Relief and Disaster Management, Government of Manipur, a 24/7 State Disaster Control Room has been set-up at DMI, Babupara in view of the recent floods in the state. The Control Room can be contacted at 0385-2443441.

                The Government has also deputed 4 (four) MCS Officers, Shri Soiminlian Lengen (Contact No. 8974042816), Shri Bijananda Chabungbam (Contact No. 8415940020), Shri Seminthang Lenthang (Contact No. 8415803658) and Shri Mangminlian Vaiphei (Contact No. 8132817540), to address the calls received from general public and to             co-ordinate Relief and Rescue measures being undertaken by the District Administration. (DIPR)




    IMPHAL, July 4, 2017 (DIPR):  Director, Information & Public Relations Shri Meghachandra Kongbam, today, inaugurated a One Year Diploma Course in Media & Journalism at N. G. College. The Diploma Course is undertaken by the N. G. College, RUSA Unit in partnership with Free Press School of Journalism.

    In his speech as Chief Guest, Shri Meghachandra Kongbam said that Journalism is the study of art of communication through writing and media is the study of different kinds of mass communication media through which communication messages are transmitted to reach the diversified audience. The importance of Journalism and media has increased more and more in the modern age to establish a cordial human civilisation. Besides, it has a good job prospects in different fields like teaching profession in media, working in press, radio, television, film, advertising agencies, and as Public Relations Officer in companies, he added.

    The Vice Principal and Nodal Officer, RUSA of N. G. College narrated the journey of how the vocational course on journalism has been brought to the college. He thanked the support of the Chief Editor of Imphal Frees Press Shri Pradip Phanjoubam for realisation of the dream project.

    The Chief Editor of Imphal Free Press and Nodal Officer of Free Press School of Journalism Shri Pradip Phanjoubam stated that the journalism course would be of more practical than theory so that the students could join any media related organisations after completion of the course.  

    After the inaugural session, Shri Meghachandra Kongbam, who completed P.G. Degree in Journalism from the Benaras Hindu University in 1979, conducted the maiden class of the course by presenting a lecture on Art of Communication and Communication Process.

    It may be recalled that the Manipur Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh inaugurated the Vocationalisation of Higher Education under Rashtriya Uchchattar Shiksha Abhiyan in 29 Government Colleges and 11 Government-Aided Colleges in Manipur on June 29 last at D.M College Multipurpose Hall, Imphal, as a part of 100 Days Programme of the Government. (DIPR)






    Imphal, July 03, 2017 (DIPR): In recognition of the immense talent of Super Fight League champion Kario Isaac Maheo, the Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh handed over the appointment order of Sub-Inspector in the Manipur Police Department to Shri Kario Isaac Maheo in the presence of Minister for Tribal and Hill Areas Development Shri N. Kayasii at CM’s Secretariat today.

    On the occasion, Chief Minister also handed over a sum of Rs. 50 lakhs to the Organising Committee of the Barak Spring Festival 2016. Mentioning that the Government has kept its promises, Chief Minister stressed that taking into the account in the interest shown by the people of the State, the Barak Spring Festival would be organised to the level of State tourism festival from next year to attract more National and Foreign tourists.

    It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh announced and assured at the inaugural function of the Barak Spring Festival 2017 that the State Government would offer a job of Sub-Inspector to Shri Kario Issac Maheo and to organise the Barak Spring Festival at the level of State tourism festival from next year.

    Shri Kario Issac Maheo, a Mixed Martial Arts Player, is the first ever Champion of Super Fight League Challengers (SFL) India in 2012. Shri Kario Issac Maheo, a B.Com graduate, is a resident of Karong, Senapati District. He also worked as flight attendant at Jet Airways for six years. (DIPR)




    IMPHAL, July 3 (DIPR): The 100-day programme of the BJP-led government in the State was to ensure completion of all projects, which were lying incomplete so that the projects can be handed over to the general public, asserted government spokesperson Shri Thongam Biswajit Singh today. He said lifting the prolonged economic blockade from the two major National Highways, considered lifelines of the State, is the biggest achievement of the present government in its first 100-days.

                    Addressing media persons this afternoon, the government spokesperson said ending the Churachandpur turmoil is another major feat of the present government.

    Shri Thongam Biswajit Singh who is the Thongju Assembly Constituency MLA today inspected the breach of Kongba River at Kongba Irong. The locality is one of the severely flood affected areas due to the recent spate of rainfall in the State.

    During the 100-days programme, the present government has re-introduced long forgotten central government schemes for the welfare of the people of the State, he said.

    Government is a continuous process and the governments will come and go. The present government is only putting efforts to complete the incomplete and neglected schemes, so that the intended beneficiaries can reap benefits of the schemes, he continued.

    Elaborating further on the achievements of the present government, Shri Biswajit said during the first 100 days of its formation, the government has launched the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin, UJALA Yojana, provided electricity to 63 villages in the interior parts of the State. He said the government has also launched the DIPR App, inaugurated Cyber Crime branch, post creation of SP Traffic, community policing, launched door-to-door delivery system of raw materials to handloom and handicrafts weavers and artisans, re-launched the Manipur State Transport Bus Service, etc. The spokesperson said all these were undertaken with the sole objective of giving back to the people.

    He further explained that the government is also planning to set-up of a hockey stadium at Akampat, installation of flood lights at Khuman lampak Sports complex, construction of traditional ema-markets at all district Headquarters, etc. He continued the government will also announced the State government's other develop programmes after due consultation with the Central government.

    Shri Biswajit said that instead of only criticizing the present government, the Opposition should also give some constructive suggestions. He further demanded evidence to the allegation of corruption against the present government.

                    Addressing the media at a relief camp opened for flood affected families at Thongju A/C, Shri Biswajit said with full support and cooperation of the local people and concerned departments, the major breaches of river-bank have been mended. He said the effort to mend the breach was fully supported by the concerned department by providing heavy machineries. A relief camp has also been opened at the Bashikhong Panthoibi Youth Club Thongju A/C 5/14 and 5/15.

    Shri Biswajit said relief material including rice, oil, drinking water have been provided to the flood affected families. Several families are taking shelter at the relief camp. He said keeping an eye on improving connectivity in the State, road repairing works will be undertaken in full swing as soon as the rainy season ends. River banks will also be strengthened, he added.

    The breach of Kongba River at Kongba Irong since the early morning of July 1 has affected more than 200 families. Houses and paddy fields at Kajipat, Loumanbi Loukon and Kitnapannung areas have remained inundated due to the recent riverbank breach. (DIPR)




    IMPHAL, JUNE 3, 2017 (DIPR): “Work hard with discipline and determination”. That’s the advice given by Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Shri Karam Shyam to the students during the One Day Legal Awareness cum Meritorious Student’s Award Presentation held at Labour Rest House, CAF&PD Campus, Sangaiprou. The function was organised by CAF&PD Labourers’ Welfare Association (CAF&PDLWA) in collaboration with Voice of Indigenous People, Manipur (Kangleipak) and sponsored by Manipur State Legal Service authority and District Legal Service Authority, Imphal West.

    Speaking as the Chief Guest of the function Minister Karam Shyam said that, key ingredients for success are hard work, determination, planning and discipline.  He also said that, the performance of the students reaffirms that, nothing is impossible if one has the will to succeed. He also appreciated the parents/guardians of the meritorious students for guiding them in the right way by teaching them good values. The Minister also advised the students to use their time wisely and to stay away from bad habits.

    Minister Karam Shyam gave the meritorious students prizes and tree saplings. The Minister also gave Rs 5,000/- (five thousand only) to each student as a mark of encouragement. Legal experts gave their speech as part of the function. Also attending the function were Shri Ranjan Yumnam, Director, CAF&PD, Shri Surchandra Sanjenbam, President, CAF&PDLWA and Premjit Moirangthem, President, Helping Hands for People (HHP). (DIPR)




    Imphal, July 02, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh said that his Government would give priority to enhancing connectivity and providing piped water to the masses in preparing the list of tasks to be completed within a stipulated time.

    While addressing the 45th Installation Ceremony of the Board of Directors (2017-18) of Rotary Club of Imphal, held at Rotary Multi-Service Centre, Mantripukhri, the Chief Minister opined that the recent spates of flood and landslide were the outcomes of human selfishness.

    Maintaining that the Mother Nature had become ferocious, Shri N. Biren observed that reformations and changes should begin from self.

    Expressing serious concern over increasing trend of indulgence in substance and alcohol abuse, the Chief Minister stated that the present Government had intensified drives against drugs and other intoxicants.

    Shri N. Biren said that the Government is planning to introduce proper rehabilitation measures to save the current generation from intoxicants.

    He also urged the NGOs working in this field to be diligent in checking the menace of drug and alcohol abuse.

    Asserting that the new Government is trying to transform the old and corrupted system of administration, the Chief Minister also sought support and co-operation from the intellectuals and members of the club, who are known to be the elite section of the society.

    Shri N. Biren also assured that he would extend all possible help to the Rotarians to revive the popular Heart to Heart project of the club.

    He said that the club has been giving humane service to the society, and similarly the new Government also aspires to adopt a humane approach while serving the masses.

    The Chief Minister presented Rotary awards and scholarships to different persons and students who have excelled in different fields at the function.

    He also decorated outgoing president Shri L. Manoranjan, outgoing secretary Shri Ph. Saratchandra, incoming president Shri Ellendra Thoudam and incoming secretary Dr. Muhindro with Rotary lapel pins. (DIPR)




    Imphal 1st July 2017 (DIPR): Education Minister, Th. Radheshyam Singh convened a special meeting at the SSA Hall at Babupara with the Chairmen and members of the District Board of Education (DBE) to discuss issues related to implementation of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV), government residential schools and developmental factors of school. The District Board of Education comprises of Deputy Commissioners of each district as the chairman with the SPs, ADCs, SDOs, SDCs, DPMs and ZEOs, of the districts as the members.

    Role of the DBEs is to monitor the Central Sponsored Schemes’ implementation related to the developmental works of the school. Their decision is a deciding factor in upgrading a school in order to make a flow in the education enlightenment of the students. Their reports are mandatory to be produced before the Proposal Approval Board (PAB) which is a joint meeting of all the states.

                    The Minister said, the meeting is called to rectify the defects in the implementation of the projects approved by the PAB in the past. This is the first programme being taken up just after the completion of the first 100-Day of the new government, the minister added. Education Minister Shri Thokchom Radheshyam proposed at the meeting that the district level officers from each and every department of the districts adopts one or two schools and mentors and motivates the students by visiting their adopted schools at least once or twice a month.

                    The Minister added that in order to compete with the private schools, a residential school need to be established in every district as model school within the state.

    Infrastructural requirements related to education of the newly created districts were also discussed in the meeting. The initiative is to be taken up by the concern DCs. The minister said the very concern of the teachers – salary, transfer and posting will be sorted out sooner so that they could dedicate their whole time in teaching rather than engaging in unassigned works.

    The Minister is concern about the anomaly of the number of students in paper and in the ground reality of the government schools. He added the government encourages the private schools to function provided that the teachers are well qualified, class rooms are adequate and it is not situated in crowded place, regardless of which the government may not comprise.

    A bill will be drafted for supervising the private schools. Another bill will also be drafted to monitor the teachers of the government schools attending private tuition classes. He also appealed to all the IAS, IPS and MCS officers not to take private Competitive Exam Classes.

    The minister said, the Principals or ZEOs should look into the matter where government school properties including class rooms that are been occupied by the private organisations for conducting different classes.

    Principal Secretary Education Shri Vineet Joshi, summarising the discussions held during the meeting, said, a mechanism would be sorted out on how to adopt the school so that the financial flow reaches the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya on regular basis. The cost variation between the valleys and the hills has also been noted for which the GOI will be approached, he added.

    Taking into account of the positive factors in the KGBVs of Andro and Bishnupur, he added that, these factors will be taken into consideration to improve the KGBVs of other districts. The demand for the KGBVs in the new district should be on needs, not on push of the contractors, he affirmed.

    Regarding the terms of incentives to skill girl students Shri Joshi said, possible help will be provided from SSA or RMSA and if not from Labour Department or any other departments to implement it. (DIPR)




    Imphal, July 01, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren said that Chartered Accountants not only monitor wrongdoings in financial matters but also help maintain financial discipline of the Government and people.

                He was speaking as the chief guest at the 68th Chartered Accountants’ Day celebration organised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), Manipur at Hotel Classic Grande, Chingmeirong today.

    Shri N. Biren also urged the Chartered Accountants of the State to help educate the masses on the Goods and Services Tax, which has been rolled out from last midnight all over the country.

    The Chief Minister said, “I believe that ICAI will continue to play an effective as well as constructive role in creating awareness about the benefits that GST will have in terms of fiscal discipline.”

    He urged the CAs to organise workshops and seminars to sensitize the common people on the regulations and compliance requirements of the new tax regime.

    “There are many who are not aware or confused about the implications of GST. CAs’ guidance on the matter is the need of the hour”, he observed.

    Shri N. Biren stated that despite small in number, CAs in Manipur have been providing yeoman service to the people of the State in the fields of audit, taxation, finance and consultancy.

    Assuring that the Government would always welcome the suggestions and recommendations from the CA fraternity on business and financial matters, the Chief Minister observed that it is the duty and obligation of the CAs to help the Government and people in delivering inclusive economic growth.

    The Chief Minister said that ICAI was established with the objective of regulating accountancy profession in India and it is the second largest professional accounting body in the world in terms of membership with over 2,65,000 members as on date.

    Apart from its regulatory role, which includes prescribing standard auditing procedures, laying down ethical standards, monitoring quality, ensuring standards of performance of members and exercising disciplinary jurisdiction, the other primary function of the institute is to administer the education and examination of CA course.

    In his speech, Union Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain termed rolling out of GST as a path breaking moment for the entire country. He observed that the new tax regime would not only improve the rate of tax collection but also reduce prices of most of the commodities and services.

    Stating that prices of almost all the goods and services would be equal across the country under GST, the Union Minister contended the ultimate beneficiaries of the new tax regime would be the common people.

    Chief Secretary Shri O. Nabakishore, Manipur Chamber of Commerce Vice-President Shri Basudeva and Chartered Accountants Shri KN Agarwal and Ksh Kunjabi also attended the celebration as presidium members. (DIPR)




    Imphal, 30th June, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister of Manipur Shri N. Biren Singh today released achievements of various departments under 100 days programmes along with the launching of DIPR Manipur Apps and Manipur State Journalists Welfare Scheme in the presence of Eminent Thinker, Author & Director, India Foundation Shri Ram Madhav, Ministers Shri Th. Biswajit Singh (IPR), Smt. Nemcha Kipgen (Social Welfare), Shri Kayisii (Tribal Affairs and Hills), Chief Secretary Shri O. Nabakishore and Commissioner IPR, Shri K.Radhakumar Singh at City Covention Centre, Palace Compound.

    The dignitaries also released a multi-coloured booklet titled “DIPR in 100 Days”, a 50-Minute Documentary Film on 100 Days of New Government led by CM Biren, achievement on electrification of 63 villages under the 100 days programme of MSPDCL, achievement on construction of 150 km road under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY). Booklet on the Initiative of Department of Horticulture in 100 Days and and achievement of Planning Department in 100 days was also released on the occasion.

    As a part of the programme, CM and the dignitaries present at the function had live interaction with the villagers of Khuninglung Village of Chandel and Khummunom Village of Churachandpur through video conference. The villagers expressed extreme happiness and gratitude towards the government for this massive initiative of electrification of the villages. During the interaction, CM assured better road-connectivities in the near future.

    Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh said that the next target of the government is to improve road connectivity and communication in hill areas. Due to lack of infrastructure in the hills, doctors, teachers and other officials are not ready to go for posting. The government is planning to provide required infrastructure for the government employees who are posted at far flung areas of the state and ambulance having emergency facility in every headquarters in every district.

    Citing the launching of Manipur State Journalists Welfare Scheme, Shri N.Biren stated that journalists who are contributing a lot in the society don’t have any kind of recognition after their retirement. Under the new launched scheme, an amount starting from Rs 50000 to 2 lakhs will provide to them particularly for their medical and health matters.

    The CM further stated that implementation part is the most crucial part of various schemes. He urged to all officials concerned of various departments  to monitor and review the progress and implementation of the schemes or programme which has been launched under 100 days programme of the government. As there is need of cross checking the system, we need to trust ourselves. Regarding the DIPR MANIPUR APP, Shri N. Biren said that if anyone missed out to read newspaper they can read government related news instantly through this app.

    Sharing the achievement of first 100 days, Chief Minister said that the government will not lose its momentum, will continue to strive for growth and development of the state. In coming years, his government is trying to provide drinking water in rural areas and for this he has submitted a project costing around 2300 crores. The CM added that his government is committed in providing better health care system, better education and generating employment to youth. Within one week, discussing with his council of minister, he will announced next year target of the government.  Long lasting of our service depend on our performance. As long as we serve with sincerity, our service will last long, Biren added.

    Shri Ram Madhav, who attended the function as special guest, lauded the achievement of the state government during short span of time. He said the achievement is tremendous and as  the government was able to lift the blockade and solved the Churachandpur issue . He said that lifting the blockade is symbolic as it has also lifted the gap between the valley and hill. The government was able to brought permanent peace in Churachanpur and Imphal-Jiribam Road has been restored.

    Shri Ram Madhav stated that the government should keep up the momentum and target for the next year. He said that the state government should target to bring progress, prosperity and peace in the state. The government should hold talks with UGs and should bring them back to mainstream.

    Speaking on the occasion, IPR Minister Shri Th Biswajit stated that 100 days programme of the government has been achieved successfully, and the present government will strives more for growth and development in the state. He said that PMAY-G has been launched with an aim for providing houses to homeless people and his main concerned is provide the scheme to genuine beneficiaries.

    Sharing the government achievement, he  said Ujala Yojana has been launched with an aim to save money and energy. Under this scheme one can purchase 9w bulb at Rs 70 and 20w tube-light at Rs 230. Regarding DIPR Manipur Apps, Minister said this apps is being launched for the welfare of the people, so that people can get news instantly.

    The Minister also said that 50 villages has been electrified, 13 villages has been partially electrified and the remaining unreached areas will be electrify by 2018. He also sought cooperation from the people and officials for successful implementation of the schemes.

     Council of Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries and officials of various departments were also present at the function. (DIPR)




    IMPHAL, JUNE 30, 2017 (DIPR): Stating that education is the backbone of the Nation, MAHUD Minister Shri Thounaojam Shyamkumar today said the State Government under the leadership of Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh is determined to provide adequate infrastructure to all the schools in Manipur.

    Minister Th. Shyamkumar made the statement after inaugurating Poiroukhongjil High School in Andro Assembly Constituency (A/C), Imphal East constructed under Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan – RMSA (2013-2014). 976 students are currently enrolled in the school. The school infrastructures are developed under the funding of the North Eastern Council (NEC).

    Shyamkumar, who also holds portfolio of Town Planning, Forests & Environment and Horticulture & Soil Conservation, assured the teachers that all necessary infrastructures, including staff quarter will be provided. He also promised construction of a multi-purpose hall for the school so that the students are able to perform cultural as well as entertainment programmes, adding that the children also need entertainment activities apart from textbooks.

    Minister Shyamkumar said around 14-15 schools in his constituency have been upgraded under his supervision and said it gives him immense joy and happiness when students especially girl students from economically backward background get a chance to study free of cost in these schools.

    Nanda Kumar Singh, Deputy Secretary Education (S) & Additional State Project Director RMSA, Manipur L. Nandakumar Singh assured that he will put up a demand to the Ministry of Human Resource Development for additional computers and staff quarters for schools under RMSA.

    State Awardee Shri M. Rajendro, Headmaster Poiroukhongjil High School;Ng. Banita, District Program Manager, RMSA; teaching and non-teaching staff of the school and students attended the function. (DIPR)




    Imphal; June 29, 2017 (DIPR): Minister, Tribal Affairs & Hills Shri N. Kayisii today inaugurated the Chalwa Government High School located in Chalwa Village in Tadubi AC which falls under Kangpokpi District. The inauguration of the high school was held in the presence of Smt. Nemcha Kipgen, Minister, Social Welfare and Co-operation and Shri T. Ranjit Singh, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Kangpokpi who were the Functional President and Guest of Honour of the inaugural function.

    Addressing the gathering at the inauguration function, TD Minister N. Kayisii expressed his pleasure that the Chalwa villagers will now have a full-fledged high school within the vicinity of their locality. Kayisii advised the students to concentrate on their studies and alsoexhorted the teachers to be sincere and more responsible while discharging their duty. He further appealed the villagers to support and co-operate to the teachers, who came down from different parts of the state to educate their children.

    The TD Minister added that in its first 100 days, the new government under the leadership of Shri N. Biren Singh has taken up many development initiatives including those left incomplete by the previous government, particularly in the hills; and Chalwa Govt High School is one outcome of such initiatives taken up by the new BJP-led government in the state. The Minister assured that he will consult the Chief Minister and Education Minister for awarding Matriculation Exam Centre at the Chalwa Govt High School.

    “Since you elected me as your representative, I will work to my best level for the welfare of my people with transparency without any bias in mind. I will not make any false commitment to my people”, stated TD Minister N. Kayisii, who is also the MLA of Tadubi AC.

    Kayisii further stated that everyone is welcome to him to share their grievances but they should not demand anything that will hurt the interest and sentiment of any particular community.

    While delivering her Presidential Speech, Social Welfare and Co-operation Minister Smt Nemcha Kipgen stressed on the importance of education as it is the main elements like ‘air and water’ to  lead our society in the right direction and to move towards development. She expressed how fortunate the district is to have a school under RMSA, where our own children will avail free formal education. This project has been successfully inaugurated today under the leadership of Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh who has a vision of parallel development in the state, both in the valley and hills. She also applauded DC Kangpokpi Shri T Ranjit Singh for his dynamic and untiring effort to develop the district.

    Pointing out that the root cause of evils in our society is illiteracy; Minister Nemcha encouraged the students to prioritize their studies keeping aside all the others activities as Education will mould their life into a correct way.  She appealed all the parents to send their wards to schools as life becomes incompatible without proper Education in this fast moving and technologically advanced world.

    Today’s inauguration function was also attended by leaders of Chalwa Village, parents, students and teachers of Chalwa Government High School. 




    Imphal, 29th June 2017 (DIPR): Education Minister Shri Thokchom Radheshyam Singh said the primary task for teachers and trainers while imparting training or education to students should be to make them able to tackle and fulfill their expectations and concerns. So that the youths become a problem solver rather becoming a part of the problem.

                    The Minister stated this while inaugurating Vocationalisation of Higher Education under Rashtriya Uchchattar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) as part of the 100 Days Programme of Government of Manipur at DM College Multipurpose Hall today. Under the scheme 12 trades in collaboration with 14 Industrial partners has been introduced in 29 government colleges and 11 government-aided colleges of the state.

    Addressing the function as Chief Guest, Minister Shri Radhesyam said, the first and foremost expectation of a student after  undergoing or completing vocational trainings/education is whether the skill education he has received will be enough to provide him a job. The purpose of the scheme would serve when the skill education received under this programme broadens the definition of employment and helps in solving the problems of unemployment, he added.

    The Chief Guest stated that student should be trained to have clear vision about what they would like to pursue as a career, whether they want a government job or a private job or become an entrepreneur. The youths with skill education, should also be imbibed with innovative and creative idea to become productive and a catalyst for a positive change in the society. Only then, the unemployment will be solved and will help in improving the socio-economic and political condition of the state.

    While addressing his Presidential address, Agriculture, Veterinary & Animal Husbandry Minister Shri V. Hangkhanlian said the Vocational Course is the need of hour and thus the best should be utilized for fullest achievements from the course so that atleast the problems of unemployment in the state could be lessen.

    Parliamentary Secretary Education & YAS Shri K. Robindro Singh said skill and education in today's world has the same importance, and thus the introduction of vocational course in the college will encourage the student in opting for more extra curriculum activities. The scheme will also help in building the employability capacity of the students.

    Commissioner Higher and Technical Education & YAS Shri H. Deleep said the introduction of Vocationalisation of Higher Education would help in brining equilibrium between the vocational training and the education especially for those who wanted to receive such training while pursuing for higher education.

    Director University & Higher Education Shri B. John Tlangtinkhuma said the vocation course would serve as an important mechanism to check students' migration and unemployment problems in the state of Manipur. The MOU, also mandated the industrial partners for providing 70% placement and absorb about 30% of the pass out students in their own firms/units.

    The scheme will be implemented from the academic session of 2017-18 in the third semester with the intake capacity of 30 students each in all the 40 colleges at the initial stage Level 4. While level 5 will be introduced in fifth semester from the academic session of 2018-19.

    The trades identified include IT & ITES, Tourism and Hospitality, Retail Management, Computer Hardware Technology, Floriculture, Horticulture, Food Processing & Preservation Technology, Medicinal Plants, Fisheries, Media & Journalism, Rubber Manufacturing Technology and Automotive.

    Around 40 Principals of different colleges, officials, teachers and students attended the programme. (DIPR)




    IMPHAL, 24th June (DIPR): People should feel free to approach the Government with their grievances and problems. Since this is a people's Government, it is committed to serve the people without any discrimination based on ethnicity, gender or religion with all sincerity, said IFCD&YAS Minister Shri Letpao Haokip.

    The Minister was speaking at a simple yet impressive reception function organised by Anal Naga Chiefs' Association at Chakpikarong sub-divisional headquarters today.

    Positing that he is not a representative of just a particular community, he said he is looking forward to work for development of all communities of the State.

    He further expressed that he is also looking forward for a better and bigger meeting with the people to make Chandel the most developed district while soliciting the sincere cooperation and support of the people in the Govt's developmental initiatives.

    "Do not be carried away by emotion over unfounded propaganda circulated by gossip mongers that are detrimental to development," Shri Letpao appealed to the gatherings.

    Later, the Minister inspected SDO office, Chakpikarong Community Health Centre and Chakpikarong Government Higher Secondary School.

    Staff of the Government offices there highlighted their needs and infrastructure deficits to the Minister, who also represents 41-Chandel (ST) AC.

    He told the staff to submit all the infrastructure requirements in written through SDO, Chakpikarong.

    Inspecting Chakpikarong CHC, Shri Letpao Haokip expressed strong displeasure over the state of affairs. He further instructed the staff also to maintain civic sense. "We, people are the Government. Let us not wait for someone to come and serve us. As responsible citizens, we should initiate to take up something that is within our capacity like maintaining healthy environment at health centre," he said.

    Later, the Minister attended a felicitation programme for Class X & XII successful candidates organised by KSO-Kana Block at Haika (L) village.

    The Minister, enroute to Haika (L) village, was accorded warm receptions at Sarang Rampal, Salluk and Kanan villages.

    Addressing the gatherings, Shri Letpao Haokip assured all possible assistance from the Govt side to implement various development schemes/projects like revamping of road connectivity, installation of drinking water supply scheme, construction of community hall and PHC, and sustainable livelihood sources to people of interior areas.

    In a gesture to get closer to the people, the Minister interacted with the village chiefs, CSO leaders. Shri Letpao also personally met and heard elders and aged widows.

    The Minister was accompanied by CE of IFCD Shri G. Robindro Sharma;

    Addl CE (IFCD) Ksh. Pritam Singh; SDO, Chakpikarong, Rang David Kung; SDPO Chandel, Amarjit Lamabam and engineers of IFCD, PWD, PHED and Members of Chandel ADC. (DIPR)




    TAMENGLONG, JUNE 29, 2017 (DIPR): Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Shri Karam Shyam in an appeal to the people of Tamenglong district said that, one must put aside personal interests and differences to help the government in developmental activities taken up for the welfare of the people. The Minister said that, the construction of FCI (Food Corporation of India) godown in the district has been delayed due to disputes in land allocation. Minister Karam Shyam was speaking during the inaugural function on Wednesday (June 28, 2017) of a 40-bedded girls’ hostel at CMES (Christian Model English School) Complex, Tamenglong. FCI has already given sanction for construction of a 5,000 MT (metric tonne) godownand the process for finalising the construction agency is completed. He urged to the concerned people to settle the land issue at the earliest and cooperate with the government in the completion of the godownconstruction at the earliest.

    The Minister speaking further said that, as a representative of the State government, he will put maximum pressure to the Chief Minister to improve the road connectivity in the district. He said that the instruction of the Hon’ble Chief Minister to all the representative of the State government to go to the hills is to ascertain the needs of the people and address their grievances. He also said that the new government is determined to reach out to people to bring them closer and urged the people of Tamenglong to meet the Chief Minister, Cabinet Ministers and Government Officials on the 10th and 15th day of every month and voice their needs and grievances. He said development of the hill areas is essential as the Hills constitute 90% of the geographical area, adding that the present government is in support of a topographical and needs based budget. Minister Karam Shyam said the State can become economically developed if the land resources and the human resource are properly managed. Minister KaramShyamassured to the people that the memorandums submitted to him will be forward to the concern Ministers.

    Speaking during the function, Shri Samuel Jendai, MLA of Tamenglong Assembly Constituency  said he is happy that the present government feels the pulse and needs of the people of the area. He also expressed his gratitude to the Chief Minister for including the completion and inauguration of the girl’s hostel in Government’s 100 Days programme. He requested Minister Karam Shyam to convince the Hon’ble Chief Minister to give his attention towards development of the district. Samuel Jendai also cautioned the people of his constituency that illegal encroachment in the district can become a huge issue in the future.

    The hostel is constructed under the 11th Multi-sectoral Development Programme, MsDP (2012-16) under the funding of Ministry of Minority Affairs. The Minister also inaugurated 50-bedded Girls Hostel of ITI (Industrial Training Institute) at Tamenglong which is built under MsDP, 2011-2012. The 50-bedded Girls Hostel of ITI will have a Board of Director headed by Deputy Commissioner of Tamenglong to oversee the affairs of the hostel. Minister Karam Shyam said the hostel will immensely help the girl students coming from Tousem and Nungba and advised the hostel management members for full utilisation of the hostel.Also attending the function were Armstrong Pame, Deputy Commissioner of Tamenglong, police officials and people of the district. (DIPR)