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THOUBAL| Aug 7

A public rally was organised today by Naga Students Union, Chandel at Japhou Bazaar, Chandel drawing attention of the government to the various existing issues in Chandel.

The rally was attended by students and representatives of Chandel based CVOs. A memorandum demanding the government’s attention to existing issues in Chandel was submitted to the chief minister through the deputy commissioner, Chandel.

Various issues like the unavailability of clean drinking water at Chandel district headquarter and other areas, the neglect of the main roadways connecting Chandel district headquarter, the transfer of many lectures from United College, Lambung, Chandel district etc. were addressed.

In the submitted memorandum, the request to re-organise police jurisdiction for the newly created districts in Chandel and the implementation of the resolution made by the government in 2013 to open a FCI Godown at Liwa Khullen was also mentioned.

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IMPHAL | Aug 7

Global level expo for handlooms and weavers products will be organised in the state soon for uplifting the handlooms and handicraft products of the state. State handloom products will be mandatory as school uniforms.

Textile, commerce and industry minister, Thongam Biswajit Singh as chief guest gave the statement during the third national handloom day celebration held today at City Convention Centre, Palace compound.

The celebration was jointly organised by development commissioner for Handlooms Weavers’ Service Centre, Imphal under the ministry of Textiles, government of India, and the directorate of Handloom & Textiles.

Addressing the gathering, Biswajit said Manipur handloom is sought after throughout the country. Since the days of the forefathers, Manipuri women have been earning their livelihood by weaving, but due to lack of marketing knowledge the state cannot raise capitals on handloom products of the state.

He said to promote the stores of handloom and handicraft products at the global level electronic marketing system will be initiated in collaboration with national companies within a short of time. 

Handloom products of the state will be made mandatory as school uniforms and as well as for the government office departments. To implement this policy a cabinet meeting will be called at the earliest, Biswajit asserted. 

He said as most of the women weavers in the state are illiterate, in order to solve the problems and to support women of the state free education will be started soon.

Investors are ready to invest in the handloom sector in the State and that the government is also mulling feasibility of signing memorandum of understandings with some of the investors with the aim of improving the State economy, he asserted.

Explaining selection of beneficiaries for Pradhan Mantri Employment Generation Programme, the minister also said that projects under the scheme will be granted to clusters instead of individual weavers. This will help in promotion of handloom in the State, he added.

Minister urged the officials of the department to work with all sincerity for the successful implementation of all the government schemes and projects to promote and preserve our traditional handloom products.

Besides, ministry of Textiles and Indira Gandhi National Open University have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to provide free higher education to weavers of the country who are 18 years and above, said IGNOU Regional Centre, Imphal additional director Mayoni Shimray as guest of honour of the function.

He said weavers of the State who are yet to pass their matriculation, but 18 years and above can also enjoy the scheme and enrolled for the six-month long Bachelor Preparatory Programme at IGNOU. Any weaver who has passed this programme can pursue graduation from IGNOU, he added.

Chairman of manipur handloom and handicraft development corporation, S. Rajen Singh said as the state comprises of different religion, it has different costumes. Most of the handloom products are manufactured by women weavers and they are also taking a big role to bring the state into global level and to enhance Manipuri tradition.

As part of the programme, Minister Biswajit also released a Compendium of Handlooms & Textiles. Prizes to the best performing handloom clusters of Manipur were also handed over to Andro cluster and Yarou Bamdiar cluster. The prize carries a cash award of Rs. 50,000 and a citation.

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THOUBAL | Aug 7

The functioning of Anti- retroviral therapy (ART) centre, Thoubal is under a cloud of fraudulent practices. It has become a place of corruption where the staff are embezzling funds meant for the patients.

The funds are being stalled and not provided to the PLHIV (People Living with HIV’s) who are presently undertaking ART treatments.

In May 15, 2015, a memorandum was released by Manipur state aids control society regarding the introduction of welfare scheme called “Local conveyance support to PLHIV.” As per the scheme, patients who are taking ART medicines from a local ART centre will receive a sum of Rs. 150 per month from the centre.

Records are found that since the implementation of the scheme, 7 ART centres out of 10 in the state, were provided with the funds for only 3 months and the remaining 3 ART centres i.e RIMS ART centre, Senapati ART centre and Thoubal ART centre have been provided for only 9 months.

As per the order released by the former health commissioner P.K Singh on January 12, the total amount of funds sanctioned for three ART Centres (RIMS, Thoubal and Senapati) have been disbursed on a reduced amount.

The patients have informed that the staffs of ART Thoubal are not giving out the funds properly; as they would frequently give only an amount Rs. 100 by making an excuse that they do not have the change or Rs. 50. The patients’ request to add them up in the fees of next month is denied by the staffs.

Moreover, the patients would not get any fees after travelling from remote distances as the staffs who are handling the money is absent.  While conducting the transactions, the fees which are kept in due are not made up and the money is not handed out in a monthly basis.

As per the guidelines, the patients who are 2 days late from the scheduled date for arriving at the office will be declined from receiving the fees. However, it has been found that staffs are giving out money to some selected patients who are 4 or 10 days late, which is a clear sign of discrimination.

The staffs are also going against the guidelines which mention that the fees must not be provided if the patient is absent and someone else has come to collect them. The staffs are giving out money to relatives and substitutes who came instead of the patients.

The most shocking finding is that patients from the hills are not provided any fees on the excuse that that they do not come under the ‘Criteria.’ When asked about what type of criteria, the staff would not give any proper explanation.

Patients who are bed-ridden in Thoubal district hospital are not given any fees and the records of those who are getting the fees are not entered in the cards, making them run here and there.

Many patients under Thoubal district have no knowledge about the existence of the conveyance support scheme, as the information is not provided to them by the centre. There are cases when staffs of the centre arrived at the homes of some patients and tried to quarrel or humiliate them, even disclosed their status to the public, simply because the patients came to know about the scheme and started enquiring about it.

The illiterate patients, widows, widowers, children who have lost their father or mother, orphans and many other PLHIVs who would like to keep their status confidential have been discriminated by the staff and these patients have requested the authorities concerned to look into the matter and take actions against the centre.

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Tripartite talks to resume Aug 9

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IMPHAL |Aug 7

Two days before the third round of the tripartite talks of Kuki National Organisation (KNO) and United People’s Front (UPF) in New Delhi, Kuki civil bodies have urged the two umbrella bodies of “Kuki armed nationalists” to “unequivocally present the Kuki people’s demand for statehood”. 

On August 9, the KNO and UPF will be holding tripartite talks with the government of India and the State government of Manipur in New Delhi.

Amid this development, KNO ‘Negotiator’ Dr Seilen Haokip told this agency tonight that they will stick to their agenda. “We are not demanding anybody’s land. We believe in peaceful co-existence with our neighbours,” said Dr Seilen Haokip.

A 9-member delegation of the KNO headed by ‘Negotiator’ Dr Seilen Haokip will be participating in the tripartite talks. Dr Seilen Haokip also said that KNO ‘Chief Negotiator’ who is also the President of the organization PS Haokip will only participate in the final stage of the dialogues.

Meanwhile, sources from the UPF informed that a 14-member delegation led by its spokesperson Aron Kipgen will be participating in the August 9 tripartite talks.

On Monday, in the run up to the third round of political dialogue between “Kuki armed nationalists” and the government of India, a meeting was held initiated by the Kuki Inpi Manipur (KIM), the apex social body of the Kuki people, at Kuki Inn,

“Every Kuki organisation participated in the meeting and jointly resolved that, the political demand of the Kuki people beginning with the memorandum regarding statehood for the Kuki people which the Kuki National Assembly submitted to Jawaharlal Nehru, the then Prime Minister of India in 1964, has consistently remained one of Statehood,” the KIM said.

Today’s meeting also resolved that “the same demand was reiterated at the Kuki Nampi Conclave at Haipi from August 28 to August 29, 2015”. The Haipi Declaration for Statehood was further ratified.

 Preceding the Haipi Declaration was the Delhi Declaration adopted on September 2, 2010 in which every existing Kuki revolutionary organization at the time participated, KIM added.

“Therefore, the Kuki Suspension of Operation (SoO) groups are, hereby, re-assured that Kuki people within India always stood for self-determination in the form of a State under the ambit and Union of India, and the same stand reaffirmed today.

 Accordingly we urge the delegation representing the Kuki armed nationalists under SoO with the government of India to unequivocally present the Kuki people’s demand for statehood at the upcoming tripartite meeting scheduled for August 9, at New Delhi. Any departure from this long standing political position of the Kuki people will be deemed a betrayal of Kuki people and their aspiration,” was one of the five resolutions taken today.

“Finally, this year of the Lord 2017 having marked the centennial year of our forefathers’ defence of Kuki territories and freedom against the British colonial incursions in the Kuki Rising of 1917-1919. We urge the Government of India to finally recognize our long standing political demand/our birthright to self-determination by the creation of a State for the Kuki people under the Indian Union,” the fifth resolution said.

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People to people connectivity of ASEAN region stressed

IMPHAL | Aug 7

Chief minister N. Biren Singh said that Manipur shares close affinity in terms of culture, customs and food habits with the ASEAN region. He said he looks forward to unlocking the potential of the region by enhancing people-to-people connectivity and nourishing the civilizational linkages.

He was addressing the 25th anniversary celebration conference of the ASEAN-India Dialogue Partnership at Vientiane, capital city of Lao People’s Democratic Republic today.

The celebration was jointly organised by ASEAN India Business Council (AIBC), Lao PDR chapter, Indian embassy, Lao PDR and Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

He said that renaming of the ‘Look East Policy’ as ‘Act East Policy’ by the current government in India is reflective of its commitment to deepen its ties with ASEAN countries.

There has been a strong emphasis on enhancing India’s road and maritime connectivity with its eastern neighbours. Some of the key projects include the India-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway, which connects Moreh in Manipur with Mae Sot in western Thailand through Mandalay in Myanmar, and the Kaladan multi-nodal transport project, which aims to connect Kolkata, India with Sittwe Port in Myanmar, Biren said.

Stating that it is exciting to know that there are plans for extending the IMT highway further to Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, the chief minister said that the focus and commitment shown towards developing the Northeastern region as a pivot of the Act East Policy reflects in the increased trade between India and Myanmar.

Biren also informed that the India’s Northeast had witnessed a trade upswing from Rs. 775 million ($12 million) in 2013-2014 to Rs. 1.445 billion ($22 million) in 2015-16.

In terms of land connectivity, Biren said, Manipur is the gateway for India to the ASEAN region. On the other hand, Manipur is well connected by air, serviced by the Imphal International Airport, he added.

The chief minister pointed out that there are huge untapped potentials to develop and expand the air connectivity eastward from Imphal in particular and the Northeast region of India in general to the ASEAN region.

The government of Manipur is making all efforts in its earnest to improve the physical connectivity by widening the National Highway up to the border town of Moreh in Manipur, he said while adding that to facilitate trade and commerce, physical infrastructures at Moreh are being enhanced.

Stating that the government of Manipur had opened a multi-storeyed shopping complex at Moreh to facilitate marketing of various products and produces of Manipur and India through Myanmar, the chief minister informed that other projects at Moreh include construction of guest house and opening of border Haat, which is under process. There are also plans to extend the railway line to the border town, he added.

Biren further said that the Northeast region is rich in horticultural products, plantation crops, vegetables, spices, rare herbs, and medicinal plants. It offers unlimited tourism opportunities, rare flora and fauna, natural scenic beauty, performing arts, cuisine and handicrafts, he added.

 Sangai, which is an endangered sub-species of brow-antlered deer, is found only in Manipur. It is also the State animal of Manipur, he added. The Manipur Sangai festival is celebrated in the State of Manipur in the last week of November, Biren said.

Similarly, the State had also stated celebrating Shirui festival from this year onwards to celebrate the beauty of the State flower – Shirui Lily, the chief minister said.

The national flower of Lao, ‘Dok Champa’ is known as ‘Khagi-Leihao’ in Manipuri, and it is integral to the customary and religious functions of the people of Manipur, he said. 

Given such similarities, Manipur and Lao can explore opportunities to partner and share the rich culture and traditions as part of the tourism festivals in Manipur to bring closer the people of Lao and the State of Manipur and the region, he added.

The demographics of the two countries are largely young. For enduring peace and sustainable development, it is necessary that the youth are part of the developmental discourse to address the concerns about sustainability etc, the chief minister said.

As part of the initiative to cater to the aspiration of the youth of the region, the two countries need to encourage greater participation of the youth by exploring mechanism to facilitate exchanges in areas of culture, sports, traditional arts and education, he added.

The chief minister is accompanied by parliamentary secretary (Tourism) Dr. S. Ranjan, parliamentary secretary (Home) L. Susindro, advisor to CM Rajat Sethi and personal secretary to CM S. Rajen during his visit to the ASEAN country.

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By Ningombam Bupenda Meitei

In the recent Assam strike over ST (Scheduled Tribe) status, called by the state’s six communities [Koch Rajbongshi, Moran, Matak, Tai Ahom, Chutia and Adivasi (Tea Tribes)] of Assam, demanding Scheduled Tribe status for them, there was a slogan of “No ST, no rest”. Supporting the protest, the president of the Tinsukia unit of All Tai Ahom Students Union, told The Telegraph, “This is just the start. The BJP governments in the state and the Centre have betrayed us and we will not stop short of anything but ST status even if Assam has to burn. The governments shall be responsible for the consequences of their betrayal.” It was reported in The Telegraph, dated 4th of July, 2017. (Source: https://www.telegraphindia.com/1170704/jsp/northeast/story_160006.jsp )

To grant ST status to the 6 communities in Assam, the Modi government has set up a Committee, to be headed by Special Secretary (Internal Security) in the Home Ministry, which is to consult the Assam government and suggest the modalities for the required reservations and shifting the existing reservation for these communities from OBC to ST. It is to be noted that the 6 different communities are in OBC category of Assam, at present. The Committee is also to look into the modality to protect the interests of existing tribals and frame a mechanism to ensure fairness of reservations within these six communities and related security considerations, a Home Ministry official said. It was reported in The Hindu, dated 1st of March, 2016. (Source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/panel-set-up-for-st-status-to-6-obc-communities-in-assam/article8297458.ece ). The said Committee was formed in February, 2016 and it was expected to submit its report by May 31st, 2016. It was published in PIB, GoI, MHA, dated 29th February, 2016. (Source: http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=137037 )

In 2004, the then Assam Legislative Assembly unanimously passed a resolution to accept and press to the then Government of India for the inclusion of the said 6 communities in ST List of India. In 2014’s Lok Sabha election, the then BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Shri Narendra Modi, during a rally in Bongaigaon, in Assam, acknowledged and promised for the inclusion of the 6 communities in the ST List of India. It was reported in India Today, dated May 27, 2016. (Source: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/narendra-modi-assam-elections-tribals-scheduled-tribes/1/678674.html). The Committee, or the ST panel on Assam -  which was later headed by Rina Mitra after the retirement of Mahesh Kumar Singla - missed the deadline to submit its report. Both Mitra and Singla chaired the Committee at the rank of Special Secretary (Internal Security), MHA, GoI. It was reported in The Telegraph, dated July 1, 2017.

(Source: https://www.telegraphindia.com/1170701/jsp/northeast/story_159515.jsp )

The Committee was formed as a result of a meeting held with the Union Cabinet Home Minister of India, after a meeting attended by the Union Minister for Tribal Affairs, India. It was carried in Sroll.in, dated 7th July, 2017. (Source: https://scroll.in/newsrepublic/842839?s=cm )

All three political parties (the Congress, the BJP, the AGP) have mentioned and supported for the ST status to the 6 communities in their 2014 Lok Sabha and 2016 Assembly election manifestos in Assam. The Singla Committee, set up by the Modi government on March 1, 2016, was to originally submit its report in three months, by May 31st, 2016 but was given time until October 15th, 2016. It was reported in The Indian Express, dated October 24th, 2016. (Source: http://indianexpress.com/article/explained/demand-for-tribal-status-assam-3099402/ )

The issue, today, is:  why should not the question – whether PM Modi will betray Assam on his promise made in 2014 over the matter of granting ST status to the 6 OBC communities in Assam – be raised?

If Narendra Modi government fails to grant ST status to 6 different communities (Moran, Muttock, Tai Ahom, Koch-Rajbongshi, Sootea and Tea Tribes) of Assam in 2017, then the people of Assam will never forgive the Prime Minister, the incumbent Chief Minister Shri Sarbananda Sonowal of the state and the party to which both belong to, because of the following reasons:

(1) Prime Minister of India is from BJP;

(2) Chief Minister of Assam is from BJP;

(3) The largest party in terms of number of MPs in both Lok Sabha (where the Constitutional Amendment for inclusion in/ exclusion from ST List of India is to get passed) and Rajya Sabha is BJP;

(4) The then BJP PM candidate Shri Narendra Modi and his party’s manifesto in 2014 Lok Sabha election have promised for granting ST (Scheduled Tribe) status to the 6 different communities in Assam;

(5) Both the Government of India and the Government of Assam have expressed their commitment to granting the ST status to the 6 different communities in Assam in April, 2017.

Time has come for both the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister of Assam to convert their promises on the said matter into action, so that the same issue is again not repeated in 2019 Lok Sabha election by none other than the Prime Minister, the Chief Minister of the state concerned and the party to which both belong to.   

Unlike Assam; in Manipur, neither the Manipur Legislative Assembly (though, constitutionally the recommendation - on the advice or know of the state’s Cabinet - of the state’s Governor on the said matter to the Centre would suffice) has unanimously passed the ST status for Meitei/Meetei nor have the political parties (like the Congress or the BJP) in Manipur mentioned their support for ST status to Meitei/Meetei in their election manifestos published in 2017’s state assembly election. Their manifestos are available in Manipur’s CEO website (http://www.ceomanipur.nic.in/Manifesto_2017.html ).

The larger question for both Manipur and Assam is: when will the state governments of Manipur and Assam, and the Union Government of India led by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi have constitutional safeguards for Meitei/Meetei community and the 6 different communities of Assam? The reply to this question will justify the commitment of the party that is, currently, ruling in Manipur, Assam and India, and the party is the same – the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party). The future of the history of Manipur, Assam and India will decide the destiny of the BJP, and that destiny will be the result of the litmus test – whether BJP governments in New Delhi, Imphal and Dispur can constitutionally safeguard, by granting ST status, the Meitei/Meetei community of Manipur and 6 communities [Koch Rajbongshi, Moran, Matak, Tai Ahom, Chutia and Adivasi (Tea Tribes)] of Assam in 2017?

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 00:00

Looking ASEAN again

The chief minister N. Biren is in Lao PDR currently to participate in the ASEAN-India Dialogue Relations. The timing of the meeting is important coming as it does while India and China are in a midst of a prolonged faceoff at the Doklam Plateau in Bhutan at the tri-junction on the edge of Tibet’s Chumbi valley bordering Sikkim and Bhutan. Obviously the Government of India is now giving new importance to the Look/Act East Policy in a renewed effort to win friends with its neighbours who also neighbor China. Apart from the new Great Game between Indian and China that we are witnessing, on its own merit, the Act East Policy has much to benefit Manipur and the Northeast region if it is pursued in earnest and following a sound policy blueprint designed to uplift the region. The new energy given this policy being what it is, every Northeast state government must now put in the appropriate energy to ensure that the best possible advantage is had of it and to also eliminate its possible adverse fallouts to the extent possible. It is still noteworthy here to recall what American entrepreneur and tech guru Stewart Brand once said about the digital revolution: “If you are not part of the steam roller, you are part of the road.” And there is no argument about it now that a steam roller is set to head this way. There are so many who argue that there is nothing very much to be had by the Northeast from the Act East Policy and that the place with its poor material resources, would probably end up at best as a highway economy, with a few petrol pumps and roadside eateries doing good business. It is a caution that needs careful attention, but one that should not deter to the extent of inducing us to reject the new outlook. One of the examples often cited is the economy of the highway between Guwahati and Shillong, or between Delhi and Chandigarh. The vision conjured up is that of impoverished people along the highway simply watching in helpless frustration the caravans pass by to and fro with no real benefits for them.

This does make for a scary scenario, but one we must argue is not altogether accurate or honest. The fallacy here is, the proponents of this argument are forgetting that Shillong and Guwahati, or Delhi and Chandigarh are also part of the highway and not just the space between them that the highway connects. One way of picturizing the alternative scenario would be to ask as to how much setbacks Shillong and Guwahati would have suffered had there been no highway connecting them. So if Nongpoh, the midpoint township between Shillong and Guwahati has not become another Shillong or Guwahati, there is no gainsaying that it would still have benefited tremendously from the growth that Shillong and Guwahati had because of the highway. One cannot expect every roadside truck docking station to transform into a metropolis because of the Act East Policy, but in assessing the overall success story, the boosts the nodal points have received also have to be taken into accounts. Can there be any doubt that many Northeast towns and cities would emerge as these nodes? We are also not altogether cynical about every investments that the World Bank or Asian Development Bank makes, especially after witnessing the vigour with which the economies of Vietnam, northern Thailand, Yunnan province of China and to a lesser extent the entire Greater Mekong Sub-region, GMS, are churning at this moment because of the ongoing ADB facilitated connectivity project.

In any case, what can be so very bad about good surface connectivity, which incidentally will constitute a major portion of this policy? Whether the roads are used for bad things, for example, logging, is all up to the political preparedness of the state. To counter logging for instance, new tough legislations against logging and environment degradation can be passed. Good politics should be about ensuring the good effects are taken advantage of, and the bad are blocked. The other question often asked in a cynical vein is, what would the Northeast be selling to balance its buying? Well it could be selling its image (tourism); services, especially in the health sector; it could also be engaged in a whole range of value addition units assembling exportable goods. This ought not to be taken lightly for many South East Asian countries are actually prospering from this alone, as for instance Nikon cameras and Mercedes Benz cars, and a whole range of other internationally famed product brands are now also made in Thailand. Manipur is not short of skilled labour too. All that this inadequately explored work force needs are good openings and disciplining under a good, optimistic work culture. There will be good as well as bad consequences, but let us worry about crossing the river after we have reached the river. But first let us acknowledge building the bridge ahead of time in anticipation of its needs in the coming days is important. This would be what constitutes farsightedness in this given situation.

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 00:00

Lamlai schools endorse KSA’s demand

IMPHAL | Aug 7

As a part of the Kangleipak Students’ Association (KSA) protest demanding reservation of seats at eight assembly seats for indigenous people in the state and removal of non-locals from electoral roll, students of Lamlai High School, Bright Career Academy, Lamlai and Eternal Spring English School formed human chains and conducted a rally.

A release signed by publicity secretary, N. Arpan said that students demanded to fulfil the promise made by CM in the House, reverse seats for the indigenous people in the constituencies dominated by outsiders and to safeguard indigenous people politically.

It further said that students will continue to protest if the demands are not turn into action at the earliest.

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 00:00

KSA office bearer

IMPHAL | Aug 7

New office bearers of Kangleipak Students’ Association (KSA) unit of Lamlong Higher Secondary School was appointed today during a meeting presided by joint Secretary of KSA, head office held at the campus of the school.

A release signed by publicity secretary, N. Arpan said that Pari Athokpam, Twinkle Bimol, Salam Bronon, Ninthoujam Ranando and Naoroibam Jina has been appointed as the president, general secretary, finance secretary, publicity and deputy secretary respectively.

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IMPHAL | Aug 7

The foundation stone for the Institute, Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Institute of Agricultural Science, Utlou was laid today.

Delivering his chief guest speech, V. Hangkhalianas stated that “I am proud to have the institute like this which will cater education to the students of the region and other parts of the country. It is highly essential to implement new techniques and technology in the field of Agriculture so as to develop the region”.

The minister expressed that, “I wish and hope expertise, technology and the institute may help to increase the production on many folds of the state”.

In his presidential speech, Professor Pandey appreciated the college authorities for opening of the institute on the day of Raksha  Bandhan which is  a good sign and day for everyone. At the outset, VC explained about education, infrastructure and academic achievement of various agricultural universities and institutes established throughout the nation.

He further said that it is the high time to do some constructive research on techniques, technology, and science for more production and marketing. Manipur is industry less state, the institute like PDDUIAS should focus and concentrate to develop new techniques and technology and its implementation in the agricultural field because Manipur is agriculture based land, he added.

He also wished the institute for better future and prosperity and assured to cooperate and support from the university side.

The inaugural function was attended by minister of Agriculture, government of Manipur, V. Hangkhalianas, vice-chancellor, Manipur University, Professor Adya Prasad Pandey, joint director of ICAR,  NEH Region, Manipur Centre, Narendra Prakash, director of College Development Council, Manipur University, Professor Th. Ratankumar Singh as chief guest, president and guest of honour respectively along with Th. Chaoba Singh , former Union minister, government of India and also the chairman of the institute.

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