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People Must Donate Their Eye As A Gift To The Society - Khemchand

Imphal, August 25, 2017 (DIPR): Speaker of the Manipur Legislative Assembly Yumnam Khemchand Singh, MLA Laishram Radhakishore Singh, Chairman, MPCB & KVIB, Government of Manipur; Parliamentary Secretaries Dr. Sapam Ranjan Singh and Heikham Dingo Singh donated have decided to donate their eyes for the people who are visually impaired. They made the announcement at the inaugural function of the Eye Donation Campaign Fortnight held today at Iboyaima Sumang Lila Sanglen, Palace Compound, organised by Samdrushti Kshamata Vikash Evam Anusandhan Mandal (SAKSHAM), Manipur Prant.

Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Y. Khemchand Singh, Speaker, said that he could feel the difficulties that the visually impaired persons face after he was made to walk blindfolded for a short duration as a part of the campaign. He added that, just the thought that the visually impaired persons are never going to experience the beautiful colours is heartbreaking and for this reason, he and the other members have volunteered to donate their eyes for a good cause. He also said that each individual, after their death, should donate their eye as a gift to the society to enable the visually impaired persons to see the nature's beauty that God has bestowed us. Eye donation awareness is necessary in various places of Manipur as many people lose their lives in road accidents and other incidents, he added.

Parliamentary Secretary Dr. Sapam Ranjan, speaking as Guest of Honour, said that the exact number of visually impaired person cannot be ascertained as there may be many cases which go unreported especially in the remote areas of the State.  He also said that, since the medical technology has developed, visually impaired persons should not get dishearten as they can easily get eye transplant. A person saves the lives of two people when he donates his eye and that gaining vision by a visually impaired person is a moment to be cherished, he added. He further said people should take pledge to make the campaign a success.

Giving his speech as President of the function, L. Radhakishore Singh, Chairman, MPCB & KVIB, said medical science has developed and problems faced by human beings can be easily solved. Due to advancement in the medical science Polio, which was once a dreaded disease, has been eradicated from this country. Visually impaired person can also gain vision if people can donate their eyes without any fear as it is done after death only, he added. He further said that the government will consult with the doctors, authority concerned and work with sincerity and transparency and so people with various disabilities should not be dishearten merely because of their inability to participate in the society. He appealed to all the students to contribute boldly whatever they can as a citizen of the country.

Jasobanta Sapam, General Secretary, SAKSHAM, in his keynote address said that, visually impaired persons should be empowered to enable them to participate in nation building. Social thinkers bring a big change in the world of the disabilities. They try to make them contribute as much as they can by minimizing the visual disability adopting various assistance devices. It is important to bring the visually impaired persons in the mainstream, to be among the regular people, and participate in every field. He appealed to all the people to help the visually impaired people by just not participating in the campaign but also donate their eyes.

As a part of the inaugural of the Eye Donation Campaign, Chief Guest of the function flagged off a Blindfold Walk joined by the special invitees. Altogether 60 persons volunteered to donate their eyes on the beginning of the Eye Donation Fortnight, as a part of the observance organized across the country. The function was attended by members of SAKSHAM, Manipur Prant, students of Ideal Blind School and Deaf and Mute School. (DIPR)




Imphal, August 24, 2014 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh led hundreds of people in paying tributes to former Chief Minister and Parliamentarian Rishang Keishing, who was laid to rest with full State honours today.

Last rites of the late leader were performed at his residential complex at Mantripukhri in Imphal East District. Among others, Deputy Chief Minister Shri. Y Joykumar, Ministers, MLAs, top civil and police officers and a large number of people and well-wishers also took take part in paying last respect to the late Parliamentarian.

An IRB contingent performed guard of honour and offered gun salute in honour of the former Chief Minister. The gathering also observed a two-minute silence as a mark of respect to the departed soul.

Giving a brief speech prior to the funeral service there, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren said that during his last meeting with the veteran politician in RIMS Hospital a few weeks back, Shri Rishang Keishing expressed profound satisfaction to him for his efforts towards restoring the hill-valley rapport under the slogan, ‘Go to the Hills’.

The Chief Minister remembered the late leader as a cool, gentle and bright leader, who put in relentless efforts to sustain unity and integrity of the State.

Stating that he would never forget his last words and advices, the Chief Minister said that he would try his level best to make Shri Rishang’s principles and wishes a reality.

            He would be ever remembered as an ideal Parliamentarian and a high-principled Chief Minister forever by the country, the Chief Minister said.

            Shri N. Biren said that Shri Rishang made significant contributions to the progress of the State.

            On behalf of the State Government and people of Manipur, the Chief Minister also shared grief with the bereaved family. (DIPR)




IMPHAL, AUGUST 24, 2017(DIPR): Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Shri Karam Shyam today said measures have been taken up, to check the sale of LPG cylinders in the black market. The Minister was speaking as the Chief Guest during the LPG Safety Clinic cum Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana Awareness programme.

Shri Karam Shyam said a survey has been completed and a meeting with the officials of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) will be held to check the sale of LPG cylinders in the grey market.He also said a meeting with the LPG distributors will be held, to find out beneficiaries having multiple LPG connections. LPG cylinders from consumers having multiple connections are allegedly sold in the black market, he added.

Expressing concern over the low numbers of beneficiaries availing the benefits of the PMUY scheme, the Minister said more awareness programmes are needed for the target beneficiaries. Since the launch of the PMUY Scheme in the State on June 5, 2017, the total numbers of beneficiaries who have installed LPG connections are just 8,572 (till August 21, 2017) and 13,119 application cleared (till August 21, 2017). Shri Karam Shyam urged distributors, IOC officials, and stakeholdersfor more active participation for enrolling beneficiaries so that the scheme can reach the targeted 2.43 lakh beneficiaries eligible for the scheme.

            Speaking as the Guest of Honour, Shri Stephen Chinkhanson Guite, Manager- LPG Sales, Imphal II urged the consumers to follow the guideline of one LPG connection per house to curb the shortage of LPG cylinders. Urging the distributors to upgrade their services to include home delivery, SMS services among others, Stephen Chinkhanson Guite urged the distributors to identify women beneficiaries within their trading area to make the scheme successful.

As part of the function, Minister Karam Shyam gave LPG connection to 88 women beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana and a safety demonstration was held for the LPG consumers. Shri Wairokpam Gonendro Singh, Advisor- AMUCO, Manipur attended the function as the President, which was organised by M/s Mahalakshmi Indane Gas. (DIPR)




No. 8/GM/17                                     August 23,2017

Dear Smt. Khatingla Keishing,

I am deeply shocked to hear of the sudden demise of your beloved husband Shri Rishang Keishing, former Chief Minister of Manipur and seasoned Parliamentarian yesterday. He dedicated his whole life for the development and welfare of the people of the State. He served the State and the people tirelessly throughout his life and his passing away is an irreparable loss which will be difficult to fill up.

  I   offer my heartfelt condolences to you and the people of Manipur and share in   your loss and sorrow. May you and your family members and the people of Manipur have the strength to bear this loss and may his soul rest in peace.

With personal regards,

Yours sincerely,