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Thursday, 01 June 2017 05:30

Govt appeals to public to remain alert

Announces Rs 4 lakh ex-gratia for calamity victims
IMPHAL | June 1
The heavy and incessant rains brought by Cyclone Mora during the last few days, resulted in almost all the districts in the state to face flash floods, damages to river embankments, losses of life and properties, agricultural land, landslides, houses etc.
A release by Regina Hongray, deputy secretary (Relief & DM) said all the deputy commissioners were alerted and the DCs along with all the government employees of various departments such as PWD, IFCD, PHED, Revenue, Health etc. are on the job to provide relief, repair and restoration works, medical facilities, food, drinking water etc.
The state government is sanctioning Rs. 4.00 Lakhs for each person who has died in this calamity as ex-gratia payment.
It is very unfortunate that 1 person namely Aselo Wezah from Jessami of Ukhrul district was swept away by Thesii River. It is also very sad that today, 2 young kids namely Lianlunmang, 4, and Kimngaisiam, 3, were drowned in Lanwa River at Churachandpur town. The dead bodies have been retrieved in Churachandpur whereas in Ukhrul the search is going on, the release said.
The release continued that the deputy commissioners have also been directed to make a brief preliminary assessment of the damages in their districts, so that, a preliminary proposal is submitted to government of India for providing additional financial assistance(AFA) to State government at the earliest.
The State government is committed for the welfare of the people and district administration is working round the clock for providing relief and repair works so as to normalise the situation at the earliest, it said.
An appeal is also made to the public in general to be alert, take necessary precautions and help the government machineries for restoring normalcy at the earliest, it added.
The Chief Minister, has reviewed the situation and progress of relief and repair works with minister, IFCD, Chief Secretary, principal secretary  (Relief & Disaster Management), commissioner, Works/CAF & PD, secretary, IFCD and deputy commissioners today evening and  directed to take necessary action on war footing, it said.
IFCD department is trying to repair all the damage embankments at the earliest. Relief Camps have also been opened by various districts for the affected families, it added. Two relief camps at Uchiwa Wangbal at MayangImphal area under Imphal West district, 2 at Mongjam, 1 each at Khurai and Keirang, 1 in Mahabali under Imphal East have been opened, it informed.
Further it said 1 relief camp each at Joupi and Sajik Tampak under Chandel district, and 1 at Nungei under Thoubal district have also been opened, it added.
The remaining DCs are also assessing the situation and relief camps may be opened as and when required in any particular area.

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Thursday, 01 June 2017 05:30

Storm wreaks havoc in Dolang circle

By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 1
In the wake of the warning from the Indian Meteorological Dpartment about Mora cyclone in NE region, storm wreaked heavoc in some parts of hill districts.
The Dolang circle of Nungba constituency under Noney district was also hit by storm particularly Nungsai part-I, Nungsai Part II Laphof village, Thangal village, Lamdangmei village Joujangtek village and Sanji villages.
A media team from Imphal visited the storm affected villagers yesterday and witnessed the trail of damages left behind by the storm including houses, horticulture farms and others.
In Nungsai Part-I the local run Nungsai Kaigong Primary school building were found collapsed due to the storm.
Pourinlung Ramei ex-village Authority of the village said that altogether tin roof of ten houses was blown away by the storm besides destroying standing crops.
Similar trail was left behind by the storm at Nungsai part-II where it has been reported that 10 houses, cow stables and vegetable farms had been damaged.
The Pastor of Nunsai part-II, Gsitharai Pmei recalling the ordeal said villagers were stayed indoors when heavy gust of winds swept the village followed by heavy rainfall.
There are altogether 40 household in the village and their main source of income is cultivation of banana.
However, most of the banana plants have been damaged before its maturity, he lamented.
The affected villagers drew the attention of the Government to help compensate the lost and provide them with relief immediately.

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By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL| June 1
Additional Director, National Vector Borne Diseases Control Programme, Government of India, Dr Avdhesh Kumar is not happy with the performance of Manipur state malaria control department and “lack” of political and administrative support.
Dr Avdhesh was attending inauguration of Anti-Malaria Month, 2017 and launching of Manipur Malaria Elimination campaign organised by State Health Society, NVBDCP, Manipur at mini auditorium, RIMS here today.
The additional director was disappointed with state government’s negligence on appointing of post vacancies of State Malaria Consultants, Malaria Treatment Supervisors (MTS) and Lab Technicians (LTs) whose salary has to be paid by Global Fund and have been lying vacant for more than two years.
He said simply announcement of launching of a programme will not eliminate malaria for which the state has to move forward with a commitment and responsibility.
Why Manipur could not reduce the number of malaria cases at least 50 percent during 2015 to 2016 when the neighbouring state could achieve a declination rate of 75 percent in the same year and more than 60 percent has declined so far for this year from the previous year’s report, he asked.
He further stressed the need of launching of the campaign at district and block levels too not only at state head quarter so that every practitioners, doctors, nurses and health workers are aware that malaria needs to be eliminated.
Dr L Gojendra Singh, State Nodal Officer, NVBDCP, Manipur while presenting state malaria control team’s performance and its effort, said the task of eliminating Malaria by 2020 could have been done earlier if there were proper political and administrative supports.
Sharing his monitoring and supervision field visits, Dr Gojendra said “if we put more effort, more support, Manipur can easily be the 1st state to eliminate malaria in India.”
He complained that besides those vacant posts, many key field staffs like health workers and Microscopist are not in their duty stations.
On the other hand, Lab Technicians who are paid by Global Fund are not used in the districts or health centres for which they were appointed rather posted where regular staffs are already there while depriving of some health centres of essential services, he said.
Moreover, despite of all out efforts to involve the ASHA workers in diagnosis and treatment of the disease but not ASHAs are not in their respective villages and many government employees under health department are absent for months, he said.
Manipur falls under category 1 state (number of reported malaria cases is less than 1 per 1000 population) that is elimination phase which to be achieve by 2010.
Parliamentary Secretary, health and family Welfare S Sobhashchandra Singh released action plan and road map for Malaria Elimination in Manipur in the presence of the additional director, the state nodal officer, additional senior regional director, ROH and FW, government of India, Dr N Inaoba Singh and Additional Director of Health Services, Dr H Ranjit Singh.

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Thursday, 01 June 2017 05:30

GOC 3 Corps calls on Chief Minister

IMPHAL | June 1
Lieutenant General Anil Chauhan, AVSM, SM, VSM, General Officer Commander 3 Corps, arrived in the state on a three-day visit from June 1 to 3 to review the prevailing security situation in the state.
A release said the GOC accompanied by IGAR (S) called on the Chief Minister of Manipur N Biren Singh and conveyed his warm greetings and good wishes to the people of Manipur. The GOC appreciated the endeavours of the new government in reaching out to the hill districts, resolving long standing issues and initiating development projects in the state in a short time, it said.
During the meeting the General Officer discussed the security and law and order situation in the state with the CM and assured him of full cooperation by Assam Rifles to the state administration in all its endeavours to bring peace and development in the state, it added.
Further the release continued the units of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) extended help and assistance to the villagers of Nungei, Uchiwa & Lilong as Imphal River ran above danger level.
Soldiers from Mayang Imphal Company post of 5 Jammu & Kashmir Rifles responded to the call given by villagers of Uchiwa when the river embankment was breached resulting in flooding of the houses in the area, it said.
Meanwhile, personnel from Lilong post of 6 Assam Rifles reached out to help the locals when a sluice gate of the canal broke inundating the low lying areas. Villagers and Assam Rifles troops worked against time and an adhoc gate was constructed thereby controlling the rapidly deteriorating situation to a large extent, it added.

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Our Bureau
IMPHAL | June 1
Public Works minister, Thongam Biswajit, today, inspected the PWD Inspection Bungalow, Moreh to initiate process for the Works department to regain control of the bungalow which has been occupied by the Assam Rifles for long since 1986.
The minister’s exertion to regain control of the bungalow was in accordance with the effort to develop the border town of Moreh. His visit, today, was part of his two-day inspection tour of government buildings in the border town which began yesterday.  
The minister inspected both the Power IB and Trade Centre at Moreh, yesterday. Following his inspection of the Integrated Trade Information and Stay Facility Centre for Traders inside the Trade Centre, the Minister expressed much dismay at the condition of the building and proposed certain structural changes.
Speaking to the officials concerned of MANIDCO and Trade, Commerce and Industries, Biswajit said certain changes needs to be made to make the facilities available in the building to meet international standard.
He also asked the officials to shift the washroom from near the dining hall and kitchen and to renovate the VIP rooms. The trade Centre was inaugurated on April 20, 2000.
Biswajit also inspected the multi-storeyed Market Complex, Moreh, today. The complex was constructed under the ASIDE Scheme of the Ministry of Commerce and Industries. It was inaugurated on November 25, 2015.
Speaking to the officials concerned including managing director MANIDCO and joint director Trade, Commerce and Industries, the minister enquired whether there was lodging facilities in the building and observed it will attract people only if lodging facilities are available.
Later in the afternoon, the Biswajit also inspected a plot of the State PWD and expressed concern on finding a private property constructed there. He instructed the officials concerned to erect a boundary wall around the plot and to demolish the private property.
The minister and his team also inspected another building which was already handed over to the District Administration and utilised as official quarter.
Biswajit also visited and inspected the Ima Nongpok Panthoibi temple. He was accompanied by the Tengnoupal SP, Moirangthem Mubi and PWD chief engineer, Ch Tiken during his inspection visits.

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IMPHAL | June 1
Education minister, Th  Radheshyam, for the first time in twenty years visited the Directorate of State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) and the Directorate of Education (S), today.
He also held a meeting with the officials at Lamphel. Various topics on how to improve the prevailing conditions of the education system of the state were discussed in the meeting. The minister said salary for teachers and scholarships of the students are two major concerns needed to be redressed as soon as possible as both have direct impact on the field of education.
 He assured the salary of the teachers and scholarships of the students will be sanctioned on time without fail. For timely sanction of the fund allotted, Radheshyam said, he will discuss with the Chief Minister so that the disbursement of salary and scholarship could be carried out.
For those employees and teachers on deputation in the offices, he asked the officials to find out their requirements and make sure their necessities are made available, to encourage them carry out their duty productively and to enhance the functioning of the department.
Radheshaym suggested of appointing officials who can guide the public in addressing their grievances in the official works. This will help in building a good relationship with the public. To fasten the official procedures and for better functioning, suggestions were brought up for the need to distribute the work load evenly among the employees and officials.
Further the minister emphasised on the need to set a time frame for various departmental related work like the pension services, posting / transfer related file process of the employees, and the MGEL service. Such task should be completed on time, he strictly warned. He also cautioned the officials against the harassment faced by the public. He expressed his desire to set a goal for improving the performances of the government high schools and higher secondary schools of the state.
The newly appointed director of Education (S) Th. Kiran Kumar Singh also suggested for the need to digitalise all the service records of the teachers and all the employees.  Further, he said this somehow can improve the functioning of the department and stop the manipulation of official records and lessen the activities that involve corruption.
Promotional avenue, rules and regulations for the promotion of the staffs were discussed also in the meeting minutely. He also inspected the infrastructural condition of both the offices.

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Steffi Soibam
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.

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Thursday, 01 June 2017 05:30

Major reshuffle of govt officers

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.

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Thursday, 01 June 2017 05:30

Two minors drown

CCPUR | June 1
The large outflow of Lanva River in the heart of Lamka town due to heavy rain claimed lives of two minors around 3 pm today.
Kimngaihsiam, a three years old minor girl and her elder brother K Lianlunmang, who is four and half years old, accidentally fell into the river while playing, which was witnessed by a boy and a girl from nearby house. Subsequently, locals started searching for the two minors after hearing the news and the boy was recovered at a place far off Ngathal village. The boy was immediately rushed to the hospital but he was declared brought death.
According to the eye witnesses, the young boy fell into the river first and the girl went drowning along with him while the latter was trying to hold him back. The girl’s body has not been recovered till the time of filing this report. The drown siblings were children of K Lalthanlian.
Meanwhile the SP and DC of Churachandpur visited the incident site and it was assumed that the minor girl is also death.
It may be mentioned that outflow of Lanva River had been occurred several times in the past, however entry to the river bed was halted later after Imphal Free Press made a report.  But further steps or rechecking of the condition has never been done by the authority concerned. Today’s unfortunate incident is the evidence that it is high time that the authority take appropriate steps in this regards.

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Thursday, 01 June 2017 05:30

New AMWJU committee assumes charge

IMPHAL | June 1
The newly elected standing members of the All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU) assumed charge today.
A statement issued by the AMWJU said president in-charge, Ashem Bhakta and his standing committee handed over the charges to Wangkhemcha Shamjai and the new Standing Committee members for the year 2017-2019.
Subsequently, the first meeting of the new Standing Committee was convened at the president office, it said.
During the meeting the four nominated members of the Standing Committee in accordance with constitutional provision, office bearers of the union were elected by voice vote and advisors nominated, it added.
K Sarojkumar Sharma, Times of India, S Sonia Poknapham Ch Meghabarna of Paonilkhol evening daily and RK Bulluraj of Poknapham were nominated as Standing Committee members.
At the same time, K Sarojkumar has been appointed as vice-president, S Nanda Singh general secretary, B Sanjoy Press Club secretary, K Nirmala joint secretary, O Ibocbou alias Imo treasurer, S Sonia secretary administration, A Birjit secretary organisation, N Bishorjit alias Taton publicity secretary and Ch Meghabarna Internal Auditor.

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