From Our Correspondent
JIRIBAM | Oct 3
The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) Study Centre (Code – 1709) of Jiribam district organised its induction meeting for the admission cycle of July 2017 at Hall of its IGNOU centre at Jiribam Higher Secondary School.
On the occasion, principal, Jiribam Higher Secondary School, L. Ranjit Kumar Singh attended as chief guest, coordinator, IGNOU study centre 1709, Th. Gagarin Singh as president and councillor, IGNOU study centre 1709, Kh. Indrakumar Singh as guest of honour.
Ranjit said IGNOU study centre not only provides advantages to the youth but also to those who are working. Therefore, the students must attend classes regularly and be punctual.
Gagarin said IGNOU is a beneficial educations system of good standards. At present, many students have studied at the IGNOU study centre and received many benefits from it. The ID cards of the students were handed out after the programme ended.
IMPHAL | Oct 3
Works minister, Thongam Biswajit Singh has instructed engineers of the department to take up repairing and beautification works of certain roads in view of next month’s Manipur Sangai Festival.
Chairing the monthly review meeting of the works department today at the conference hall of his New Secretariat office, the minister firmly instructed the engineers to take up the works with all seriousness.
Today’s meeting mainly discussed road repairing works in connection with the Sangai Festival. Biswajit also asked the engineers about the conditions of the roads leading to the venues of the festival.
Instructing the engineers to submit estimates for repairing of all important roads in and around Sangai Festival venues, the minister said once the whole estimate is finalised, the officials may start work on a priority basis.
In Bishnupur district, the minister and the engineers identified the repairing of the peripheral roads of Sendra, Keibul Lamjao, and beautification work of Moirang and the surrounding areas as the major works needed to be taken up.
During the meeting, the minister and the engineers identified certain roads in Imphal East district which needed repairing works. The roads identified include RDS Crossing to Yairipok, interior road of New Checkon, Soibam Leikai Wangkhei Khunou road, Ayangpalli road, Hatta to JNIMS, Dingku road, Imphal-Saikul road, etc.
In Imphal West roads identified include DM college campus, approach road to DM College Indoor Stadium, Naoremthong to Langol Games Village to Lamphel police station, Nagamapal Kangjabi Leirak, ICAR Lamphel Road, Iroishemba to Zoo (via CAU) road.
Observing that the border town of Moreh will attract many tourists during the festival, Biswajit instructed that the roads including the one approaching gate No 1 and 2 and IVRs in the town should also be repaired and mended.
The minister also highlighted the deplorable road conditions in most of the hill district headquarters, and instructed the chief engineer and his team to visit Ukhrul and identify roads which need repairing on priority basis.
He also said that repairing work of roads in Tamenglong district headquarter should be completed at the earliest.
Biswajit also asked the divisional heads of the department to prepare roadmaps of their projects undertaken.
Today’s meeting was also attended by commissioner works, K. Radhakumar Singh the chief engineer and other engineers of the department.
In another meeting, minister Biswajit asked officials of rural development and panchayati Raj to prepare a blueprint of the department to ensure successful implementation of development schemes under the department.
He instructed the officials to prepare a complete roadmap of the department which would provide detailed charts outlining implementation of the schemes, and said this will help in achieving goals.
The minister further enquired the officials of the implementation of various schemes including PMAY, MNREGS, NRLM, etc. He asked the officials to increase the number of workdays under the NREGA Scheme.
To a query of the minister regarding implementation of the National Rural Livelihood Mission, the official replied that most quarterly targets have been achieved so far, however due to lack of funding training could not be continued.
Officials also apprised the minister about the lack of manpower for implementation of PMAY.
Today’s meeting was also attended by officials and staff of RD&PR, and engineers of rural engineering department.
IMPHAL | Oct 3
Consumer affairs, food and public distribution minister, Karam Shyam today said that the government under the leadership of chief minister, N. Biren Singh is firm in its stand to work for the development of the State.
Speaking to the media at his official residence at Sanjenthong, Shyam said that constructive criticism on the policies and programmes undertaken by the government is always welcomed.
The minister said it is unfortunate that baseless allegations were levelled by a spokesperson of a political party stating that he has swindled SK Oil quota allotted to the MLAs. The false allegations have misled the general public about the clear intentions of the government which is working for the welfare of the people of the State, he added.
Stating that, SK Oil is one of the PDS items provided at subsidised rate to selected beneficiaries, the minister said the State government cannot allocate any of the PDS items except to the beneficiaries.
The present government which took charge in March 2017 cleared the backlog (SK Oil for the MLAs) by the previous government for 4 months (December 2016, January till March 2017). In June 2017, the backlogs were cleared by allotting 12 KL (Kilo Litre) of kerosene (3KL for each month).
He said acknowledgment paper stating the salaries and allowances of MLAs including other facilities, which was shown by the spokesperson of a political party, has been misinterpreted as an Order passed by the State Assembly.
In the acknowledgment paper titled “Entitlement of a Member/Ex-Member under the provisions of the salaries & allowances of Members of the Legislative Assembly (Manipur) Act, 1972 (As Amended upto 20th Amendment Act, 2014), in the other facilities column it is stated that ‘SK Oil of 3000 litres per month was provided by the government’.
Clarifying that the acknowledgment paper is merely a statement and not an Order, he said quantity of SK Oil for the MLAs cannot be fixed as it depends on availability/stock.
He said the Central government is responsible for procurement, storage, transportation and bulk allocation of all PDS items including SK Oil. The State Government is also responsible for distributing the same to the consumers through the established network of Fair Price Shops (FPSs).
Further he said the State government is also responsible for operational responsibilities including allocation and identification of beneficiaries, he added.
The minister maintained that the SK Oil is provided by the government from the ‘Reserve Pool’ of the directorate kept for emergency purpose and the availability of SK Oil depends on the allocation by the Centre to the State.
In previous press meet called by the minister, he had stated that, SK Oil for the period of April-June 2016 was 5561.8 KL (3 KL allocated for MLAs), July-September 2016 was 5292 KL (2 KL for MLAs), April –June 2017 was 4476 KL (2.5 KL for MLAs) and July- September 2017 is 4476 KL (2.5 KL for MLAs).
He said despite the fluctuations in the quantity of SK Oil allocated for the State, the MLAs are getting increased quantity (2.5 KL) as compared to the allotments made by the previous government.
Shyam reiterated that allotment of SK Oil to the MLAs depends on the Centre’s allocation to the State. He also reiterated that no Bill was passed by the Manipur Legislative Assembly regarding allocation of SK Oil to MLAs.
Minister also said that in the State, wheat is not distributed as PDS item. Regarding the scarcity of LPG cylinders in the State, the Minister said responsibilities have been fixed to solve the issue and urged the public to cooperate with the government.
The minister said that the press meet conducted today is a clarification to the general public of Manipur and not to any particular individual or organisation.
After many decades, much to everybody’s delight, Imphal had a taste of night life yesterday evening when the much-hyped Night Plaza or now seemingly rechristened Imphal Evenings, was opened along a stretch of the broad avenue along the Kangla’s western moat adjacent to the iconic Johnstone School. Few will dispute Imphal has been in desperate need for such an initiative. It is unimaginable how a city which is getting busier with each passing year should continue to end its day at sunset as had become the tradition, partly forced by long years of insurgency, night curfews and most of all acute power shortage that afflicted the state till sometime in 2014 when the power department was made autonomous and the pre-paid meter system introduced. Obviously, there could not have been a night market in the dark. Since this is an initiative long desired by the population, we are certain it will not only be successful, but proliferate sooner than later. Already it will be noticed that after the installation of pole flood lamps at some important traffic junctions in the city, shops on streets lit by them have begun to open late. At the Palace Gate roundabout for instance, some eating stalls now remain open till well past midnight. The idea is good for another reason. Such night markets are a classical example of non-linear expansion of productive market spaces. Many more vendors will now have the opportunity to avail prime vending spaces to do their businesses without having to fight for these same spaces with other vendors who do their businesses from them during daytime.
We can however foresee some possible bottlenecks in the near future. As many observers, lay as well as experts have pointed out, the place chosen for the night market may not be perfect. To block one side of this busy avenue during 6pm and 10pm can result in unmanageable traffic congestions, the indication of this was demonstrated yesterday. This can get worst during the Meitei marriage season in winter, when long car processions will begin to take the roads. This is especially so because there are no easy detours vehicles wishing to negotiate the stretch can take to avoid the market as this avenue is sandwiched between the restricted Kangla on one side and the Mapal Kangjeibung and Paona Bazar on the other. Again, we hope the planners have the data on the extra power consumption surge the night market will obviously cause. It must be remembered, 6pm to 10pm is also prime domestic hours and electric consumption at practically every household would be peaking. If the availability of power is not adequate, this could cause new strains, and hence the cost of keeping the night market going may be the return of the dreadful regime of load shedding in the city. It may be good to recall that in cities like Delhi, different markets are required to take turns to close or shut early, and one of the reasons is to overcome this problem of power shortage, especially in summer when air-conditioners have necessarily to be kept on.
The power question is a matter of how much of it is available to the state and how best the state can manage the use of what is available. There is therefore little else to suggest. However on the question of the choice of sites, there are several other open spaces that can be suitable. The roads that run through them are not vital arteries either and they also have several alternate routes to serve as bypasses. One of these is the Andro Parking area where the Kongba Road broadens considerably to give the place the sense of a city square. The scenic Ningthem Pukhri is nearby for visitors to the night market who are keen on a leisurely walk. There are also the Eastern Sporting Union football ground and the Hapta Kangjeibung in the vicinity for those who like open greens and cool breezes. For commuters who need to negotiate this route to get to their homes, there are plenty of parallel alternate roads too. In addition to all these, it is not too far away from the Imphal city centre, if the current site for the night market along the Kangla’s western boundary is to be considered to be this. But as we have earlier suggested, in all likelihood, many more night markets in and around Imphal may on their own begin to sprout without the nudging of the government, if the yearning of the people has indeed been for an extension of their waking hours into the nights as so many of us have all the while anticipated. The Andro Parking could become one such sites.
IMPHAL | Oct 3
The Right to Information (RTI) Week 2017 will be observed by Manipur Information Commission from October 5 to 10 like every year with financial assistance from the department of Personnel and Training, ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, government of India at Manipur Press Club, Imphal.
A release said that the RTI week will be observed with the objective of popularising the RTI Act, 2005 and also to spread mass awareness amongst the stakeholders and added that the opening function will be followed by a day-long state level workshop with eminent persons in the field of RTI as resource persons including interactive programme with all the invitees and participants.
It said that a RTI quiz competition with participants from six selected government departments, RTI activists and college students will be held on October 9 at the auditorium hall of LMS Law College, Chingmeirong, Imphal.
Further it said that a district level seminar will also be held at Kangpokpi district headquater on October 7 with district level government officers, NGOs, RTI activists and citizens as the participants.
IMPHAL | Oct 3
The Nungba post of Tamenglong battalion under the aegis of Senapati brigade of red shield division organised youth club meet on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti on October 2 with Rongmei student organization, Nungba zone.
A statement issued by the official said the event witnessed over 100 children from St John’s School, Nungba government high school and Marantha school, Nungba.
In the event SDO Nungba, chairman Nungba, chairman and secretary Kekru and Muktina village were also present, it said.
The event also witnessed a variety of events such as dance and song performance by students and speech by SDO Nungba.
The company commander Nungba post of Tamenglong battalion gave motivational speech to students and a lecture on “Quit India Movement” started by the ‘Father of Nation’ Mahatma Gandhi. Manthan (group discussion) with all chairman and elders was also organised to generate ideas for development of society, it added.
The event was followed by inter-school volleyball match in which winner and runner up teams were awarded with prizes.
IMPHAL | Oct 3
Employment Exchange, Imphal East has notified that the some posts are lying vacant in the Secretariat: Law and Legislative Affairs department, Imphal and willing eligible candidates who got their names registered may contact the vacancy assistant of this office on October 6 and 9, 2017.
A release said that one post each for accountant, stenographer grade III, LDC, driver and chowkidar cum sweeper are vacant while two posts for peon are lying vacant.
IMPHAL | Oct 3
Raja Ram Mohan Roy Library Foundation, Kolkata in association with Manipur Library Association (MALA) will organise a national seminar under the theme “Library in search of academic excellence: Making sustainable in digital era” from November 19 – 20 at the State Central Library. Librarians and interested people may submit papers at the office of Mala, said a release.
IMPHAL | Oct 3
The Longmai (Noney) bazar board lauded the help extended by various sections including Noney DC, SP and contribution of machineries by HVS construction in making the mass cleanliness drive conducted on October 2 at Noney Bazar a successful one.
The board further drew the attention of the general public of Longmai bazaar areas to inculcate the practice of keeping dust bin in a systematic way and to avoid indiscriminate littering of waste materials into the Ijei river in the future.
IMPHAL | Oct 3
Hao Mee Research Guild has expressed their greeting to all the indigenous people of Manipur on the occasion of Meira Haochongba, a fraternity festival of our land.
A statement issued by secretary of the guild, Washington Shinglai said that Meira Haochongba has been celebrating by our forefathers from time immemorial with true significant of brotherhood relationships between hills and valley people.
It said, “Meira Haochongba, not an ordinary festival inherited to us from generation to generation with gifted blessings to strengthen emotional ties to know true blood kindred and true friend with love, caring in unique unity between the two ethnic groups settling in the soil of Manipur.”
Further it said that the guild express appreciation to the state government for officially declaring to observe Meira Haochongba as a state festival.
“Let us unite ourselves and bury the hatred by reviving our age-old love and move forward together with ‘One Vision and One Goal’”, it added.