IMPHAL | June 1
Large amounts of tobacco products were seized today from a godown in Prajatantra building, Thangal Bazar, Imphal by the Food Safety Department (FSD) and Narcotics and Affairs of Border (NAB).
The Food Safety Department had earlier seized tobacco products from the same room last month.
The officials of FST were not able to calculate the approximate amount of the seized products and identify the owner.
Speaking to media persons FTS Imphal West designated officer Y Satyajit Singh said that they will send the sample of the seized items to Food Testing Laboratory, Lamphel for tasting of tobacco contain.
And action will be taken against the owner according to the law, and double penalty will be given if the owner was found to be the same owner of the tobacco products which were seized from the same room earlier, he added.
Selling of tobacco products has already been announced illegal by the government as it causes lots of health hazards, added Satyajit.
IMPHAL | June 1
The chairman highlighting on the Kashmir issue said the Indian government sought the help of International Court of Justice regarding the judgement of hanging passed against Kulbhusan Jadhav by the Pakistan court. But India has been wilfully neglecting the UN resolution on Kashmir issue and the help extended by other countries to arrive at a peaceful negotiation, it said.
The Indian media and Bollywood controlled by rich individuals are influencing the minds of the people through television’s various entertainment programmes, it said, adding Bollywood has been erasing regional languages, customs, traditions and family values by producing scores of Hindi films. There has been a fall on regional language speaking population being engulfed by Hindi language, it added.
Further the chairman maintained that Indian democracy do not support languages of small nationalities, traditions and religions, rather it erases them.
It continued Bollywood has been projecting the cause of Maoist and Kashmir in a bad light. This is when large numbers of Indian farmers are committing suicide under the burden of debt. The films made in Bollywood instead of showing the harsh realities of Indian farmers are generating fantasy tales filled with songs and dance by putting on the attires of poor farmers, which is an insult to the latter, it added.
The statement of the chairman further said that the films produced in Kangleipak are following the same wasted culture of Bollywood films. No film addresses the genesis of social issues, it added.
On the other hand, the public are encouraged that employment will be generated and culture will be promoted with the institution of University of Culture, Manipur State Film and Television Institute, it said.
Through these institutions the mainland Indian culture will dominate over the culture of small nationalities and ethnic groups, it maintained. The same is going to happen with the coming of the ‘Act East Policy’, in the name of development, it added.
The statement continued, state government cannot intervene into Delhi’s policies. Regarding the extraction minerals and oils from the region, a free hand is given to the agencies from outside the state and state government is helpless to intervene, it said.
It was the scheme of the Indian state to dilute the Instrument of Accession and Manipur was forcefully made to sign the Merger Agreement, wherein the economic and political freedom came under complete control of the former, it maintained. This is the genesis of Indo-Manipuri conflict, it added.
Taking a serious note on the speech delivered by a leader of the state during the inauguration of the Barak Spring Festival, stating that without the Naga issue it would be hard to know that people actually inhabits in the Northeast region, the chairman maintains that it tantamount to overtly pleasing a few ethnic leaders.
Further it said the questionable statement of the said leader would dilute the historical fact that our forefathers once fought against the powerful British, signed treaty with them, and also demean the ties with the neighbouring countries that Kangleipak once shared.
It continued, the statement of the said leader is out of tune with time, highly opportunistic and it is similar with following the wicked political dictum of ‘If you cannot win over the masses, confuse them’.
By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 1
Transfer and posting of IAS, MCS and Junior MCS officers have been effected by the Government with immediate effect from today.
A order released by the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms said Ravinder Singh IAS SDO/BDO Phaibung has been transferred as SDO/BDO Tengnoupal, D Gangmei, MCS deputy secretary (RD&PR) as CEO Autonomous District Council, Tamenglong, W Chandrakumar Singh MCS additional Director (SAT) as Additional Director (SAT) and deputy secretary (AR), W Ibohal Singh Singh MCS ADC, Churachandpur and PD/DRDA Churachandpur as additional DC Pherzawl, A.S. Elias MCS ADC Pherzawl Churachandpur as additional DC Churachandpur and PD, DRDA Churachandpur, Kajaigai Gangmei MCS CEO Tamenglong Autonomous District Council as deputy secretary (RD&PR), Regina Hongray MCS deputy secretary (Health and Family Welfare) Relief and Disaster Management as deputy secretary Education (S), T Kammuanlal Simte MCS ADC Bishnupur and PD/DRDA Bishnupur and CEO Bishnupur ZP as CEO, Autonomous District Council Churachandpur, Kh Robindro Singh MCS under secretary PHED as ADC Bishnupur incharge and PD/DRDA Bishnupur and CEO Bishnupur ZP, S Kunjakishore Singh MCS Director incharge Sericulture and BDO Imphal East-I CD Block as Director in charge Sericulture, Bidyamani Ayekpam under secretary (Health and Family Welfare/DP) as under secretary RD&PR, Relief and Disaster Management, Sominlian Legen incharge of CEO Churachandpur Autonomous District Council as under secretary Health and Family Welfare, Shamim Ahmed Shah, SDO/BDO Machi as AC to DC Ukhrul, ST Rithung Anal MCS AC to DC Ukhrul as SDO/BDO Machi, Ngangbam Jogendra Khumancha MCS AC to DC Jiribam and SDO Borobekra as SDO Patsoi, Suleiman Daulat SDO Patsoi as AC to DC Jiribam and SDO Borobekra, Thangboi Gangte MCS SDO/BDO Song Song as SDO/BDO Churachandpur, Mayengbam Veto Singh MCS SDO/BDO Kasom Khullen as SDO Thoubal, Kshetrimayum Umananda Singh MCS SDO/BDO Thoubal CD Block as Administrative Officer (Vety) and under secretary Health and Family Welfare, Seiminthang Lenthang MCS SDO/BDO Churachandpur as SDO/BDO Song Songh, Yumnam Suraj Singh AO (Edn-S) as SDO Bishnupur, Roji Rajkumari, MCS SDO Bishnupur as AO (Edn-S), Robertson Asem MCS SDO/BDO, Tamenglong as SDO/BDO Tamei, Kachamthai Faiga SDO/BDO Tamei as SDO/BDO Tamenglong, Laishram Manikanta Singh MCS SDO Bishnupur CD Block as SDO/BDO Mualnuam Churachandpur, L Kunjo Singh MCS SDO/BDO Mualnuam as BDO Bishnupur CD Block, Phulailatpam Bhavananda Sharma, MCS BDO, Imphal West-II (Wangoi) CD Block as under secretary (DP), Bijananda Chabungbam, MCS SDO Thoubal as SDO/BDO Kasom Khullen, N Brajamohon Singh Administrative Officer (Vety) as BDO Thoubal CD Block, Jameson Sehlal Hangshing MCS SDO/BDO Singhat as SDO/BDO Bungte Chiru, Stiff Khapudang SDO/BDO Bungte Chiru as SDO/BDO Singhat, S Sambhunath Singh MCS SDO Nambol as under secretary Education (S) and AO (SAT), Chandam Bobo Singh MCS SDO/BDO Noney as SDO Nambol, KG Daigong MCS Administrative Officer (SAT) as SDO/BDO Noney, Mangmilian Vaiphei MCS SDO/BDO Sangaikot as under secretary PHED, Zosanglur Zoute MCS SDO/BDO Tengnoupal as SDO/BDO Sangaikot, Mimmi Azingwungshai MCS AC to DC Senapati as SDO/BDO Phaibung and AC to DC Senapati, M Mani Singh Jr MCS PO Monitoring Cell RD/PR as incharge BDO Imphal ICD Block and M Pouralung Kabui Jr MCS SDC Lilong as incharge of BDO Imphal West (Wangoi) CD Block.
IMPHAL | May 31
“The future of our poor children will be bleak if we fail to maintain the school on our own,” said Ningthoujam Ibeyai, cook of Arong Khunou Primary School who is running the school without any teacher in a one room establishment with the help of two other volunteers.
Arong Khunou Primary School is one of two schools in the area run by cooks because no teachers are available. The other is Chingjao Primary School.
They teach students from class one to five all at the same time in one small room with no electricity and proper benches.
This is one of the examples of the sorry state of affairs in government schools in the state.
Both the schools situated at Nongmaikhong village of Moirang Tehsil under Bishnupur district, 40 km from Bishnupur district headquarter. Earlier this was an insurgency ridden area.
Even though the Constitution has provisions to ensure compulsory education under Article 21 to every child less than 14 years of age, the aforementioned schools do not even have any teacher, no basic infrastructures and no toilet.
“Our place is very backward; the villagers live hand to mouth, therefore we are unable to send our children to private schools. Often children are forced to stay home due to poverty. If we do not support them by hook or crook, then their future will be ruined,” said Tongbram (O) Sobita, a volunteer who has been maintaining the Arong Khunou Primary School since 2002.
According to the source, Arong Khunou Primary School was upgraded from lower primary school into primary school in 2013. One teacher who was posted in the school got transferred in 2015. Since then, no teacher has been sent to the school.
Cook Ibeyai is maintaining the school by sharing whatever she got from mid-day meal with the volunteers.
“I cook only twice in a month and the supplies that I got from the scheme are being shared with the fellow volunteers. The honorarium I got as a cook is very less, I would get the amount in two days if I sale the smoke fish. But for my personnel benefit I don’t want to trade the future of our children,” said the cook.
Mentioned may be made that the said school had no proper kitchen. The present shed is in pathetic condition due to poor maintenance of quality. The construction of the main school building stopped immediately after some works were done some years ago.
On the other hand Chingjao Primary School is maintaining at an outhouse at Nongmaikhong village. The cook identified as Heisnam Manitombi shifted the school after 2009 Chingjao incident to Nongmaikhong.
It can be mentioned here that the village of Chingjao was set ablaze by combined security forces in 2009 and the villagers fled into other places. But Manitombi brought the school with herself and accommodated students with one volunteer in that outhouse which included students above 14 years who were denied education at an early age and have been imparting education.
Arong Primary School situated at Pakhangba Irel at the intermediary point of Arong and Nongmaikhong village is no longer functional.
It was constructed under SSA with full facility and two teachers were appointed. But according to villagers, it has remained lock all these days.
When this IFP reporter enquired Education Department, the aforementioned two schools had not appointed any teacher till now since the transfer of the last teacher but last school is being appointed with two teachers.
Neither the teachers nor the inspection of the education reach this place till now.
IMPHAL | June 1
Health Department, government of Manipur has informed the MHS doctors to join CHC, Jiribam by June 1 without fail in pursuance of government orders on May 16 and May 22.
A release of its office memorandum has stated that Dr N Bino Singh, CMO of Kakching has been posted as CMO of Jiribam, Dr Okram Devadas Singh, dental surgeon of DH Thoubal as dental surgeon of CHC, Jiribam, Dr Pabitramala Nandeibam, MO, PG Pool, Medical Directorate as MO (Forensic Medicine) of CHC Jiribam, Dr N Roma Devi, senior MO of PHC Lilong as deputy superintendent of CHC, Jiribam, Dr Athokpam Poireiton, MO of PHC Keirao Makting as MO of CHC, Jiribam and Dr Sudipta Deb, MO of CHC Moirang as MO of CHC Jiribam.
The MHS doctors shall be deemed to have been released from their present place of posting immediately for joining CHC Jiribam and any failure on their part shall be viewed seriously and disciplinary action will be taken, it added.
IMPHAL | June 1
A review exercise was held in consultation with other stakeholders to ensure uniformity, increase efficiency, improve transparency and reduce delays against standardised periods for processing applications of issuing various certificates by the office of the Deputy Commissioner and the Revenue Authorities, Imphal East.
A release said based on this, domicile certificate, permanent residence certificate, caste/tribe/class certificate can be had by submitting a duly filled in application form to the issuing authority supported by necessary documents.
Application form can be had on cash payment from the office of the issuing authority or downloaded freely from the website www.imphaleast.nic.in, it said. Incomplete application form will be rejected without prior notice. Maximum period for processing an application shall be 7 working days from the date of receipt of the application but can be completed within 8 working days if the applicant fails to produce documentary proof in support of any claim in the application form which shall be established through field enquiry, it added.
By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 1
Police stopped Manipuri Students Federation (MSF) from seizing FPS rice kept in three godowns at St Mary School, Sangaiprou, Imphal.
MSF broke the doors of the godown when they got the information of storing of FPS items in the godowns.
But when they were trying to take the rice bags to their office, a police team came and stopped them from taking the rice away.
Speaking to media MSF vice president Oinam Premsagar Singh said that keeping of the FPS item in a private godown clearly shows that they are using the rice privately.
Moreover in one room of the godown they found that rice are transferred to plastics sack from its original bag, which is a proof of selling the FPS items by those contractor, he added.
On the other hand L Chandramani identified himself as the contractor said that due to some misunderstanding by MSF an unwanted scene has been created in the godown.
He clarified that rice is the FPS rice for the month of January and February of Naoria Pakhanglakpa constituency and the dumping permission from the government.
There are total 5478 bags of rice of 50 kg each in the godown according to Chnadramani.
And he does not have the idea about the godown which kept rice in a plastic sack.
The recent state cabinet decision to enact a law against bandh and blockade is another bold move by the new BJP led government. A bill in this regard will be introduced in the monsoon session of the house. Clearly the move is keeping in view the frequent bandhs called by organisations and Joint Action Committees of all hues. The cabinet takes into account the rulings passed by the high court of Kerala in the Bharat Kumar case, 1997, which declared bandh as illegal. Subsequently, the supreme court of India upheld the Kerala high court judgement in the same year, followed by other high courts with similar ruling. However there is an interesting turn taken by the same apex court. In March this year the supreme court dismissed a PIL plea by an advocate condemning bandh/strike that it has severe effects on the life of the general public. The court maintained that ‘right to protest is a valuable constitutional right’. The plea had relied on the Kerala high court ruling of the Bharat Kumar case. Ironically the apex court rejected it with a volte-face. It needs to be mentioned that bandh has assumed a new name as ‘general strike’ in Manipur. The modes of protest have remained the same.
Crime rate in the state has not fallen either. Take for instance a report of Women Action for Development, which was carried in this daily. There are reported cases of 257 rapes in the last 12 years; 33 were murdered after being raped. For the past many years, the state government’s response to any sort of public grievances has been outright dismal. It would turn a blind eye to democratic protest like sit in demonstrations. If at all the ‘JAC’ becomes more vocal in terms of protest, the usual tactic of the government has been to crack it down by force, instead of first trying to reach an understanding with the former. Here, it is crucial to recognise the fact that protest in the form of bandh or general strike does not rise from a vacuum. There was a time when bandh was considered the last resort of protest when all means failed. The government’s poor response to genuine grievances sowed the seed of mistrust. Thus, JACs use bandh or general strike as the only option of protest. It is also true that bandh as a form of protest has been misused, which is largely because of the sluggish nature of the justice delivery system, and the callous attribute of governance. Another form of protest of course is the highway blockade. A form of protest time and again embraced by the hill based voluntary organisations. It may be recalled, the United Naga Council refused to budge an inch from its stand of blocking the highways to protest against the creation of new districts by the previous government. The same mode of protest still hovers, waiting to infringe normalcy in public life if the current tripartite talks fail. Representatives of the UNC in public statements have made clear that they will resume protest (blockade) anytime if their demand of reconsidering the decision of district creation is not met. Given this backdrop, it is best left to be seen how N Biren and team devices a law to curb bandhs and blockades. It is not going to be easy though, considering the ambiguities inherent in the judgements passed by the apex court on the matter, and the volatile social-political climate. Expectations are beyond doubt high with the new government. The large turn-out of people on the people’s day is evidence of it.
On a different note, the state government in one of its recent cabinet decisions has approved India’s women football star, O Bembem to promote her to the rank of assistant sub inspector of police. She has captained the Indian team on many international matches and brought laurels. Her promotion has been a long due one, and yet she still deserves better.
Leader Writer: Senate Kh.
From Our Correspondent
KANGPOKPI | June 1
A one day awareness programme for weavers of all Handloom Cluster under NERTPS and NHDP Components was conducted at Senapati and Kangpokpi district today.
The awareness programme was organised by Government of Manipur, District Handloom and Textiles Office, Kangpokpi and Senapati, at Tumuyon Khullen and at Kangpokpi Area.
The event at Tumuyon Khullen was conducted in the morning session at around 11 am while the awareness programme at Kangpokpi areas was conducted at around 2:30 pm in the afternoon.
The programme was attended by N Nilabantajit Singh, project manager of District Handloom and Textiles Office, Kangpokpi, who is also the project manager of Senapati as chief guest and M Ibohal Singh, Weavers Service Centre, Porompat as president while Y Shantikumar Singh, assistant manager (Commercial), NHDC Limited, Porompat and A Loha, CDE (Tumoyon Khullen) were the guests of honour.
At Kangpokpi, L Gopendro Singh, designer of Kangpokpi area also attended the awareness programme held at Kangpokpi Women Welfare Organisation office in the heart of the town.
During the awareness programme, the weavers highlighted their various grievances while the project manager illustrated on the governments schemes and plans for weavers.
The project manager also encouraged the weavers to work sincerely and promote the weaving culture in the district while bringing in innovative ideas in the profession.
From Our Correspondent
BISHNUPUR | June 1
Meira Paibi leaders, club representatives and school guardians today demonstrated at the gate of Kumbi High School protesting appointment of Kh Saratchandra as the new headmaster of the school.
The protesters were using placards saying ‘Go Back Saratchandra’ and said that Kh Saratchandra had been blacklisted in his earlier tenure in Wangoo and Sagang and so he cannot be accepted.
The school already has an in-charge headmaster and the need of the hour is to increase the number of teachers, claimed the protesters.
General secretary of Parents Committee of Kumbi High School, Nongmaithem Rajesh has appealed the authority concerned to keep Kh Saratchandra out from the post of headmaster of the school and rather bring solution on the shortage of teachers in the school.