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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 00:00

Hope for wetland, paddy field conservation

Biren orders eviction of Lamphelpat encroachers
IMPHAL | June 20
Chief minister N. Biren Singh has vowed to protect agricultural land and wetland in order to ensure sustainable development for the people and also to maintain ecological balance.
He was speaking at the one-day interaction programme of local and district level monitoring committees constituted under the Manipur State Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act, 2014. It was organised by department of revenue at Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS) auditorium, Palace Compound today.
Expressing serious concern over shrinking of paddy land and wetland at an alarming rate, the chief minister directed the officials concerned to review the performance of local, district and state level committees, constituted under the Act and induct competent officials and social-minded locals into the committees.
He said that the new government would do whatever possible to effectively implement the Act.
Observing that Manipur being a land-locked state, it is necessary to make Manipur, a self-reliant state in food grain production, the chief minister opined that it can’t be achieved without protecting agricultural land and wetland.
Biren further said that he is in constant touch with the agriculture minister to find ways and means to introduce widespread practice of double-cropping in the state.
He further said that deliberations are on to construct small dams in the riverbeds of Imphal, Kongba and Thoubal rivers to harvest water for irrigation and water supply purposes.
Stating that the present state of Lamphelpat is so disappointing, he directed the Imphal West DC to take up immediate steps to curb onslaught on paddy land and wetland there.
The chief minister asked the DC to evict unauthorised structures and take immediate step to stop unnecessary acquisition and encroachment on agricultural land at Lamphelpat.
Stating that protection of Loktak lake is another task which the present government takes seriously, Biren asked Bishnupur DC to constitute a committee comprising MLAs, DC, LDA officials and elected leaders of panchayats in this connection at the earliest.
Speaking at the occasion, revenue minister, Karam Shyam said that the interaction programme was organised under the supervision of the chief minister considering the significance of the Manipur State Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act, 2014.
The minister observed that people should be imparted awareness about the Act in order to get co-operation from them towards its effective implementation.
He said that Manipur requires 25 lakh tonnes of rice annually and the state could produce only 1/5th of the total requirement.
 The minister further informed that as per the official records, the state has 2, 34,000 hectares of agricultural land, but this total area is shrinking fast due to rampant constructions and urbanisation.
Agriculture minister V. Hangkhanlian said that the state government is putting in serious effort to double state’s agricultural produces by 2020.

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 00:00

Hope for wetland, paddy field conservation

Biren orders eviction of Lamphelpat encroachers
IMPHAL | June 20
Chief minister N. Biren Singh has vowed to protect agricultural land and wetland in order to ensure sustainable development for the people and also to maintain ecological balance.
He was speaking at the one-day interaction programme of local and district level monitoring committees constituted under the Manipur State Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act, 2014. It was organised by department of revenue at Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS) auditorium, Palace Compound today.
Expressing serious concern over shrinking of paddy land and wetland at an alarming rate, the chief minister directed the officials concerned to review the performance of local, district and state level committees, constituted under the Act and induct competent officials and social-minded locals into the committees.
He said that the new government would do whatever possible to effectively implement the Act.
Observing that Manipur being a land-locked state, it is necessary to make Manipur, a self-reliant state in food grain production, the chief minister opined that it can’t be achieved without protecting agricultural land and wetland.
Biren further said that he is in constant touch with the agriculture minister to find ways and means to introduce widespread practice of double-cropping in the state.
He further said that deliberations are on to construct small dams in the riverbeds of Imphal, Kongba and Thoubal rivers to harvest water for irrigation and water supply purposes.
Stating that the present state of Lamphelpat is so disappointing, he directed the Imphal West DC to take up immediate steps to curb onslaught on paddy land and wetland there.
The chief minister asked the DC to evict unauthorised structures and take immediate step to stop unnecessary acquisition and encroachment on agricultural land at Lamphelpat.
Stating that protection of Loktak lake is another task which the present government takes seriously, Biren asked Bishnupur DC to constitute a committee comprising MLAs, DC, LDA officials and elected leaders of panchayats in this connection at the earliest.
Speaking at the occasion, revenue minister, Karam Shyam said that the interaction programme was organised under the supervision of the chief minister considering the significance of the Manipur State Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act, 2014.
The minister observed that people should be imparted awareness about the Act in order to get co-operation from them towards its effective implementation.
He said that Manipur requires 25 lakh tonnes of rice annually and the state could produce only 1/5th of the total requirement.
 The minister further informed that as per the official records, the state has 2, 34,000 hectares of agricultural land, but this total area is shrinking fast due to rampant constructions and urbanisation.
Agriculture minister V. Hangkhanlian said that the state government is putting in serious effort to double state’s agricultural produces by 2020.

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By Leivon Jimmy
IMPHAL | June 20
Veterinary an d animal husbandry (Vety. & AH) department has claimed that there is no official confirmation of the death of cattle due to disease in Kangpokpi and Tamei.
Speaking to Imphal Free Press Ng. Ibotombi, joint director (administration) of Vety. and AH department clarified that although there has been reports of outbreak of cattle disease the department has not come across any death of cattle during its survey till date.
Reacting to latest reports of an outbreak of unknown cattle disease plaguing Tamei sub-division, published in local dailies, the joint director maintained that the department has not received any new report of such disease.
However, Ibotombi admitted that recently there had been spread of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in some of the villages in Tamei sub-division before ruling out report of any death.
Ibotombi informed that preparations has been made for sending a veterinary team to Tamei sub-division particularly Nchiang (Langmei) village, where it has been reported that some cattle have been claimed by mysterious disease.
As per the reports, the mysterious disease has been stalking the sub-division for the past one month and claiming some cattle, particularly in Langmei village.
He further revealed on June 7 a team of veterinary department led by joint director Tamenglong and Vety officer from Imphal, rushed to Tamei area following complaints of mysterious cattle disease spreading rapidly in the sub-division.
The team visited several villages including S. Sorbung, Lhasang, New Thenjang, Old Thenjang and Langmei and detected FMD in some of the cattle, he said.
After having given necessary vaccination and distribution of medicines the disease was subdued by the veterinary team, he said, adding that the team visited Langmei village twice taking serious note of the complaint.
Similarly vaccination programme was also conducted in altogether 20 villages in Kangpokpi district, where the first report of FMD was reported, said the joint director.
He said the department received complaint of mysterious disease plaguing T. Waichong and Makui area.  But, taking consideration of the fact that the virus of FMD is airborne and can travel up to 5 km, the vety team led by deputy director Kangpokpi conducted vaccination at surrounding villagers to prevent further spread of the disease, he added.
Pointing out that FMD is more vulnerable to calf he said death in full grown cattle is rare.
The deputy director confirmed to have detected FMD which is a common disease but ruled out any official confirmation of cattle death due to the reported outbreak.
He appealed to the villagers to contact the concerned veterinary officials in the event of detection of any cattle related disease before reporting it to the media which can cause panic.

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By Leivon Jimmy
IMPHAL | June 20
Veterinary an d animal husbandry (Vety. & AH) department has claimed that there is no official confirmation of the death of cattle due to disease in Kangpokpi and Tamei.
Speaking to Imphal Free Press Ng. Ibotombi, joint director (administration) of Vety. and AH department clarified that although there has been reports of outbreak of cattle disease the department has not come across any death of cattle during its survey till date.
Reacting to latest reports of an outbreak of unknown cattle disease plaguing Tamei sub-division, published in local dailies, the joint director maintained that the department has not received any new report of such disease.
However, Ibotombi admitted that recently there had been spread of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in some of the villages in Tamei sub-division before ruling out report of any death.
Ibotombi informed that preparations has been made for sending a veterinary team to Tamei sub-division particularly Nchiang (Langmei) village, where it has been reported that some cattle have been claimed by mysterious disease.
As per the reports, the mysterious disease has been stalking the sub-division for the past one month and claiming some cattle, particularly in Langmei village.
He further revealed on June 7 a team of veterinary department led by joint director Tamenglong and Vety officer from Imphal, rushed to Tamei area following complaints of mysterious cattle disease spreading rapidly in the sub-division.
The team visited several villages including S. Sorbung, Lhasang, New Thenjang, Old Thenjang and Langmei and detected FMD in some of the cattle, he said.
After having given necessary vaccination and distribution of medicines the disease was subdued by the veterinary team, he said, adding that the team visited Langmei village twice taking serious note of the complaint.
Similarly vaccination programme was also conducted in altogether 20 villages in Kangpokpi district, where the first report of FMD was reported, said the joint director.
He said the department received complaint of mysterious disease plaguing T. Waichong and Makui area.  But, taking consideration of the fact that the virus of FMD is airborne and can travel up to 5 km, the vety team led by deputy director Kangpokpi conducted vaccination at surrounding villagers to prevent further spread of the disease, he added.
Pointing out that FMD is more vulnerable to calf he said death in full grown cattle is rare.
The deputy director confirmed to have detected FMD which is a common disease but ruled out any official confirmation of cattle death due to the reported outbreak.
He appealed to the villagers to contact the concerned veterinary officials in the event of detection of any cattle related disease before reporting it to the media which can cause panic.

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IMPHAL | June 20
More than 120 new schools including primary and upper primary schools would be constructed in Manipur soon, said Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar in a press conference held at Hotel Classic, Imphal today.
Addressing the media, Prakash Javadekar said that under the leadership of the chief minister N. Biren Singh, the government has achieved many impossible things within 100 days which the previous government could not in last 10-15 years. The new government has brought peace, stability and prosperity, corruption-free State with the support of the people in the State and Manipur is stepping towards prosperity and development, he added.
 The Union Minister stressed that a review meeting was held to discuss the education scenario of the State with the officials of the department concerned so as to make every possible effort to improve the education system in Manipur. The central government is lending its hand to give any assistance including financial to deliver quality education for all in the State, he added.
He said, “We have found that there are more than 40 schools where there are no students because it is located in such a remote place which is totally inconvenient for students to go to the schools.” He further said that the State government has been directed to enquire into it and take necessary action.    
Chief minister N. Biren Singh, Education minister, Th. Radheshyam, two joint secretaries of central government, principal secretary (Education-S), commissioner (Higher and Technical Education), directors of Education (S) and Higher and Technical Education and officials of the Education department were present at the review meeting.
 The meeting mainly discussed the matters like induction of capable and efficient persons as teachers, manpower status, transfer and posting of teachers etc.
 Prakash Javadekar, while speaking at the meeting said that bringing quality should be the main motive behind any endeavour in the education sector. Instead of giving rhetoric speeches and resorting to blame games, the government should focus to translating people’s wishes into action.
 Stating that people always want to see progress, good governance and corruption-free administration, he asked the State government not to disappoint people.    
 As education is the backbone for every progress, there is need for enhancing the education system, he observed.  The Union Minister further said that the main objective of holding the review meeting is to discuss and finalise the action plan towards this end.
 During the meeting, the minister also asserted no political interference must be there in the selection of location for the establishment of any educational institute.

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 00:00

Witness narrates RIMS payment

By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 20
A prosecution witness (PW) in the RIMS dental chair purchase scandal deposed before the court of special judge, Imphal West, M Manojkumar.
The PW number 3 has been identified as Tabitha Keishing (52) wife of R. Tomba Thangal of Makeng Katomei village, Senapati district at present staying at Sangakpham Paomei colony, Impha East.
Tabitha is a UDC working in the account section as cheque writer.
She submitted her job profile before the court that every cheque book of RIMS remains under her custody and that every bill passed by the authority has been written by her.
Tabitha further submitted that she also received the debit voucher containing signatures of passing officer (director RIMS) and sometimes when there is urgent need of money, she writes the cheque at the instruction of the passing officer without the approval of the passing authority (chief account officer/director).
She further disclosed that she wrote the cheque amounting to Rs. 49,94,080 for the purchase of 24 numbers of dental chairs to M/S Mukherjee Enterprise, Kolkata.
She passed the cheque bill voucher without the approval of the chief account officer and director as instructed by Tamardhaja Singh, who was then working in purchase section of RIMS as he was also dealing in the purchase of equipment.
Tabitha further disclosed that Tamardhaja came to her with the debit voucher and informed that making payment to the suppliers of the dental chairs was urgent as per the order o the director.
Subsequently, she wrote the cheque as per the order and handed over the same to Tamardhaja.
Former RIMS director Sinam Sekharjit, finance officer Elangbam Devendro, former medical superintendent H. Shanti, the principal of the dental college, Rajib Ratna Singh, and proprietor of the Calcutta-based company M/S Mukherjee Enterprises, Subhendu Mukherjee , are accused of misappropriating more than Rs. 50 lakh in a purchase scam.
Devendro is the chairman of the institute’s purchase committee.
The case involves the purchase of 38 dental chairs and accessories for the dental college of the institute between January and June 2013.
The CBI, in its charge-sheet, said the five accused had purchased the chairs at an inflated amount of Rs. 3.75 lakh per chair, similar types of which were available in the market at Rs. 1.31 lakh.
The court has fixed the next hearing of the case has been fixed on July 20.

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 00:00

YAS clarifies on cash incentives

IMPHAL | June 20
The directorate of youth affairs and sports has clarified that the cash incentive under the ‘Incentive State Sports Award’ could not be disbursed to the outstanding sportspersons in time for the year 2011-2015 due to shortfall in outlays in the respective annual plans.
A release signed by YAS director, N. Praveen said the directorate has been facing difficulties in fulfilling the objective of giving incentives to the sportspersons within the limits of the budgetary provision to meet various indispensible expenses.
According to the release, the indispensible expenses are organisation of various level tournaments under School Games Federation of India, Panchayat Yuva Kendra and Khel Abhiyan, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan, JN Hockey Tournament, Subroto Mukherjee Football Tournament and participation of state teams in the national level tournaments etc.
Further, disbursement of the cash incentives is done through bank accounts of the sportsperson, it said, adding some delay in transferring the cash to the respective accounts was also incurred due to verification of accounts, IFSC codes of the banks.
The process of cash transfer was already underway when the matter was inquired through the Anti-Corruption Cell, it added.
The release continued that application for cash incentives for a particular calendar year are invited in the subsequent calendar year, and application for the year 2016 have already been invited and provision for payment of incentives is available in the budget of 2017-18,  it said.
The department does not carry any arrear in respect of the scheme, it maintained.
Besides, the required  provision for clearing the backlog for the year 2011-2015 was provided in the revised estimate 2016-17, it said, adding accordingly an amount of Rs. 3,96, 25, 291 was sanctioned on March 30 this year, for giving incentives to 3244 outstanding sportspersons of the state for the years 2011-2015.

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 00:00

Students seek regulation of private schools

By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 20
The Private School Survey Committee of the Socialist Students Union of Manipur asked the authority of BOSEM and COHSEM to take action against private which who do not follow the rules and regulations of BOSEM and COHSEM.
Addressing a press meet today at Manipur Press Club, Imphal the survey committee’s convenor Y. Rishikanta said that they have conducted survey in different private schools in Imphal area regarding the school infrastructure, laboratory, toilets etc from June 1.
During the survey many schools which include Maria Montessori, Langol, Assemble of God, Langol, Gurunanak School, Thangal Bazar and St Peter School, Langol were found that theses schools were not following the rules and regulations given by the BOSEM and COHSEM, he added.
Such schools seem to be established for the sake of business and not for educating students. So it is necessary to take action against these schools in the interest of bringing development in the education sector, added Rishikanta.

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 00:00

State IIT student seeks help for study

By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 20
A student of the state who got selected in the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharakpur is looking for sponsors as his family is unable to admit him in the institute.
N. Rapsan Singh (20) son of N. Manoyaima and N. Purnamashi Devi of Khangabok Sorok Wangma got ranks 7086 in common rank list and rank 1193.01 in OBC-NCL rank list in the JEE (Advance ) Examination 2017.
His dream is to become an engineering professor as there is less number of engineering professors in the state.
His father is suffering from some disease and is unable to work anymore so their livelihood is earned by his mother selling vegetables as a hawker.
Speaking to media persons, N. Rapsan said that due to the financial problem of his family his dream to study in IIT Kharakpur might become just a dream and not a reality.
He express that he will be very grateful if someone sponsor him in his studies at the institute.

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Wildlife Institute of India framing management plan for Keibul Lamjao national park
IMPHAL | June 20
A site level stakeholder consultation workshop for the conservation of Sangai and the management of Keibul Lamjao national park was held at Ema Phouoibi community hall, Keibul Lamjao Makha Leikai, Bishnupur district on today.
Officials from the Manipur forest department Kh. Shyam Singh, conservator of forest (Wildlife), Arun RS, deputy conservator of forest (Wildlife), faculty members from the wildlife institute of India Dr. S. A Hussain, scientist G and Dr. Ruchi Badola, scientist G and representatives from local communities L. Gouramani Singh, pradhan, Moirang Khunou gram panchayat and Kh Mema Devi, member, Moirang Khunou gram panchayat attended the event.
The agenda of the workshop was to consult the local communities about the issues faced by them due to the Keibul Lamjao national park. The importance of active involvement of local stakeholders in addressing the issues of conserving Sangai was stretched upon in the workshop.
L. Gouramani pradhan Moirang Khunou gram panchayat talked about the importance of conserving the Sangai as well as the people living around the national park. Emphasis was given on the role of the people and the necessity to provide alternative livelihoods for them for effective conservation.
Arun RS, deputy conservator of forest (Wildlife) talked about the importance of the local people and the initiatives taken by the forest department to save the Sangai.
He claimed that the ultimate responsibility of conserving the Sangai is with the people and the forest department is just there to provide assistance.
Kh. Shyam Singh, conservator of forest (Wildlife) mentioned the problems faced by the local people living near the park.
Kh Mema Devi, member, Moirang Khunou gram panchayat stretched upon the importance of people’s participation in Sangai conservation. Dr. Ruchi Badola, Scientist G, wildlife institute of India highlighted the existing issues regarding people’s livelihood.
She further stated that the survival of both animal and people are interconnected and interdependent. Dr. S.A. Hussain stated that the Wildlife Institute of India is currently in the process of framing a management plan for Keibul Lamjao national park.
A second site level stakeholder workshop will be held tomorrow at Khordak community hall, Bishnupur district. This will be followed by a state level stakeholder consultation workshop at Hotel Classic Grande, Imphal on June 23.
The event will be graced by N. Biren Singh, chief minister and Th. Shyamkumar, minister of environment and forests.

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