By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 6
The District Administration of Kangpokpi has declared Upper Toribari (Kalikhola Village) which was damaged due to sudden appearance of massive cracks, unfit for human habitation and proposed for re-settlement of the villagers.
The deputy commissioner T. Ranjit made the proposal for relocating the village in a report submitted to the principal secretary, relief and disaster management today.
Residents of Upper Toribari have been reeling under apprehension that a massive landslide could sweep away the entire village following massive fissure within the village.
The crack appeared in the village on the afternoon of June 4, days after heavy rains witnessed by the district aftermath of cyclone Mora.
The proposal for re-settlement was issued following suggestion given by Tribal and Hill areas Minister, N Kayisii and assessment report submitted by a team State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) that had inspected the damage site.
As per reports altogether 16 (sixteen) houses have been fully damaged by the landslides and the remaining 14 (fourteen) houses are also found to be partially damaged and likely to be fully damaged within the next couple of days.
The SDRF team and the Minister are of the view that the said village (Kalikhola) will no longer be feasible for human habitation, as there is slow and continuous landslides and the cracks developed on the road and other parts are widening hour by hour.
The State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) led by one R.K. Momosana, Sub-Team Commander, SDRF, Manipur conducted the assessment today along site the Minister who also personally visited the areas today.
Taking serious note of the prevailing situation, the joint inspection team suggested shifting and re-settlement of the entire village to a nearby and neighbouring village.
Minister, N. Kayisii, during inspection had an interaction with the Chairman, Secretary & other affected family members of Kalikhola village and discussed the deteriorating situation occurred in the said village. He has also distributed substantial amount of relief materials besides financial assistance to the affected family members of 9 (nine) households, who are currently taking shelter at Relief Camp at Goma Devi Govt. High School, Toribari.
In the meantime, one person namely Gopi Narayan Adhikari of Toribari village (who has lots of vast lands) has volunteered to give land for rehabilitation of altogether 30 households provided the State Government gives the adequate and reasonable price of the land required.
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KANGPOKPI | June 6
The risky Kalikhola earth fissure that developed since June 4, deteriorates day by day dislocating more houses in the area and the crack becoming wider.
The local MLA N Kayisii, who is also the minister of Tribal & Hills Development and Fisheries, visited the spot accompanied by A Kashiprii, former ADC Senapati member, T Ranjit Singh, deputy commissioner, Kangpokpi and K Kapa, joint director, TD.
The minister also visited the affected victims at the temporary relief camp at Goma Devi High School, Toribari after assessing the situation at spot and provided them financial assistance of Rs. 3 lakhs and many other essential commodities.
While addressing the victims, N Kayisii said that Chief Minister of Manipur sent him on behalf of the government to attend to the grievances and take stock of the situation while conveying the Chief Minister’s sincere sympathy and concerned about the calamity.
Kayisii also said that he could not instantly come and visit the victims in time owing to the Assembly session which he could not avoid and share the pain and grief of the victims while encouraging and consoling them.
The minister also assured the earth crack affected people that he will report the situation and grievances to the Chief Minister this afternoon itself and request him to help in the maximum at the earliest possible time.
Speaking to the media, Kayisii said, “I heard about the incident I thought it was a landslide similar with that of Sirarakhong incident in Ukhrul but when I personally visited the spot it really shocked me as the impact of the earth crack has rendered all the households of Kalikhola village homeless.”
He appreciated the district administration of Kangpokpi for their commendable works in connection with earth crack and affected people.
T Ranjit Singh, deputy commissioner of the district said that he has already written for Natural Calamity funds not less than Rs. 10 lakhs according to the District Disaster Management Act, 2005.
He said that considering the deteriorating condition of the earth crack all the 30 households with a population of not less than 250 must be unavoidably shifted from the villages while some completely damaged residential houses families have already been sheltered at the temporary relief camp.
Ranjit appealed to the villagers not to hesitate to abandon the village, though it may be definitely hard, as it becomes too dangerous for dwelling at this juncture and be ready for evacuation when the State Disaster Response Force are present.
A team of State Disaster Response Force reached Kangpokpi yesterday evening and stationed at Kangpokpi police station while assessing the situation at the spot and actively prepared for any possible occurrence.
By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 6
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today lodged a case against an NGO namely Associate for Action Development Society (AADS) for misappropriation of crores of rupees meant for cold storage project.
The ADDS was sanctioned with over Rs 18.49 crore for Integrated Cold Chain Project by the Ministry of Food Processing Industry Government of India.
However, the agency despite having withdrawn all the funds failed to implement any required components of the project.
Subsequently, a five member team of the CBI led by a Deputy Superintendent Police (DSP) has raided five places including the head quarter of the agency situated at Mao. The other four places where the CBI conducted the raids were camp office of ADDS Poumai Colony Imphal, M/S Union Enterprises Khoyathong, M/S Sujata Construction Majorkhul Thangal Bazaar and Chartered Accountant office SL. Gangawal and Company.
According to reliable sources the raids started simultaneously from 8 in the morning and lasted till late in the evening.
The CBI team has reportedly seized several documents relating with the projects.
It is learnt that the objective of the scheme of Cold Chain, Value Addition and Preservation Infrastructure is to provide integrated cold chain and preservation infrastructure facilities without any break from the farm gate to the consumer.
It covers pre-cooling facilities at production sites, reefer vans, mobile cooling units as well as value addition centres which include infrastructural facilities like Processing/Multi-line Processing/ Collection Centres, etc. for horticulture, organic produce, marine, dairy, meat and poultry etc.
Individual, Groups of Entrepreneurs, Cooperative Societies, Self Help Groups (SHGs), Farmers Producer Organisations (FPOs), NGOs, Central/State PSUs etc. with business interest in cold chain solutions are eligible to set up integrated cold chain and preservation infrastructure and avail grant under the scheme.
With a view to promote investment in cold chain, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance has covered cold chain under infrastructure category.
By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | Jun 6
Demanding justice in the killing of Arambam Shanti Devi a memorandum has been submitted today to the Chief Minister by the Working Committee of the Apunba Lup (WCAL) for immediate stringent action against those involved in connection with the brutal killing.
The memorandum demanded institution of a special commission of judicial enquiry, compromising legal luminaries, forensic experts and others. It also demanded speedy investigation prompt prosecution of all those involved in the crime.
Security forces should stop engagement of the surrendered militants, Suspension of Operation or peace talk groups in their duties, it demanded and sought a high power committee to strictly monitor or vigil against them including their movements and activities.
It also demanded immediate removal of Armed Forces Special Power Act, 1958 from Manipur.
The memorandum also states that in case the government fails to give a positive response to the charter of demands within June 10 the committee will resort to all possible mass movements democratically.
It also states that, in Manipur, legal and other institutional protection or measures as well as constitutional guarantees of fundamental rights and freedoms have been denied for a long time. Many innocent people have been subjected to abuse of their basic fundamental rights and freedoms.
People have been the target of executions, torture, beatings, arbitrary arrest and detentions, killing in fake encounters, sexual harassments as well as restrictions on their freedom of movement, association and assembly.
The silent killing of Arambam Shanti Devi, wife of A Ibobi Singh of Moreh ward number 4 Premnagar is a conspiracy killing.
It also said that according to the locals, and family members, the incident took place on May 22 at around 4 pm at Moreh market.
From other reliable sources, the killing took place in close proximity to the Assam Rifles camp and an AR gypsy was seen parked at a very short distance from the spot of killing, it claimed. Further, soon after the incident, some AR personnel proceeded towards the spot and collected the empty cartridges lying in the spot.
The memorandum alleged that there is also a strong suspicion that when the Moreh police apprehended two armed men moving in suspicious circumstances on a bike at intervening night of May 23 and 24 with small unregistered pistols the CO of the 11 AR stationed at Moreh strongly resisted any proceeding for further investigation by the police. The two suspects were laid off without even recording their statements or registering FIR against them for loitering around with sophisticated weapons.
WCAL would like to denounce that the action of AR personnel, if true, it is necessary to raise many serious questions as to the motive of AR in connection with the killing of Shanti.
By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | Jun 6
For the solution of the grievances of public concerned ministers will be available at their respective party offices, Chief Minister N Biren announced during the celebration of “Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas” as a part of MODI- Maker of developed India and the festival to celebrate government’s 3rd anniversary at state office today.
People can meet the ministers within 2 pm to 4 pm, which will continue till June 15, Biren added.
Speaking on the occasion, N Biren as chief guest said with the commitment of Narendra Modi’s state is ready to fulfil the development. He said as the government is taking several steps for welfare of the state, the momentum will not slowdown, instead it is time to speed up.
The new government will provide every household drinking water by 2020, Biren assured. Since independence more than 50 percent of the houses are struggling for water. Road connectivity especially in the hilly areas will be given priority, he added.
He further stated that with the launching of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, within two years every kitchen will be smoke free, not only this but also it will help in maintaining the ecological balance, remedy for deforestation.
Biren said forms for the schemes will be available from the respective deputy commissioner’s office and elected members of their constituencies.
During the programme Chief Minister announced that ministers will be available in the party office in a roster manner. On Monday MAHUD minister Th Shyamkumar, Tuesday minister of works Th Bishwajit, Thursday minister of social welfare Nemcha Haokip, Friday minister of education Th Radheshyam and Saturday minister of agriculture V Hangkhalian.
Adding that, if the day collides with people’s day then on the next day people can meet the minister concerned at his office. And the parliamentary secretary concerned will also be available on the same days, Biren added.
On the occasion, Union minister of DoNER, Dr Jitendra Singh as special guest said every Union ministers will come to the North Eastern states every month in a rotating manner to look after the grievances faced by the people.
North Eastern states are one of the most potential resource regions in the country and to get the benefits from their resource the governments and the people need a good communication, Jitendra added.
Social welfare minister, Nemcha Haokip, K Bhabananda, RS MP also attended the function.
B Rakesh Sharma
IMPHAL | June 6
Soubam Birendra, 67, feels like 30 years younger. And he has a good reason to feel so. His eye sight has been restored after an operation at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) free of cost. This is all possible with the help of Chief Minister, N Biren Singh.
A resident of Wangkhei Thangapat Mapal, Birendra had been suffering from Bi-lateral Cataract (vision problem) for around eight years. When May 15 was announced as Meeyamgi Numit he visited the Chief Minister on that day to seek help from the Chief Minister for getting his eye sight restored.
During the meeting the Chief Minister advised Birendra to visit his personal ophthalmologist and handed him a written note giving name of the eye clinic, stating that he will get free treatment from the ophthalmologist. The Chief Minister also directed the visitor to go to a City Opticals verbally. But when Biren wrote the name of the clinic on the note he wrote Kanglei Opticals, RIMS Road by mistake.
On the next day Birendra searched for Kanglei Optical, but he could not find it.
After two hours’ search Birendra went to an eye clinic. Finally he was directed to City Optical after a clinic along the line called up the Chief Minister as his telephone number was written on the note.
Birendra said, “The doctor at the optical centre told me that my eyes could not be treated without an operation. They again referred me to JNIMS where my eye problem was treated through surgery free of cost.” The operation was conducted on May 31.
Speaking to IFP, Birendra said that he never believed that he would regain his eye sight, as he did not have the money for surgery.
Birendra thanked the Chief Minister, JNIMS and the doctors for their helps and the treatment.
“I pray that Biren remains as Chief Minister of the state for life time,” Birendra said.
Speaking to IFP, JNIMS director L Deben said that such action and support by the Chief Minister show that the new government is pro-poor.
He is glad that the Chief Minister supported JNIMS to perform such free treatment for the poor people.
“Birendra came on May 31 with Bi-lateral Cataract of 0.7 on his right eye, so we conducted an operation immediately after completing the due procedure without any cost as the patient was referred by the Chief Minister,” the director added.
On the next day he regained his vision, continued Deben.
Likewise JNIMS’ free of cost trust has treated more than 60 patients and presently four patients are being treated under the trust, he added.
Deben said that JNIMS is also trying at its best to conduct 57 different free cost tests at as soon as possible.
He appealed to the people to support them in making JNIMS a friendly and clean hospital.
IMPHAL | June 6
To ensure timely completion of various developmental projects taken up by different government departments under the 100 days action plan programme, a review meeting was today held at CM Secretariat, chaired by Chief Minister, N Biren Singh.
A release said the meeting discussed the status and progress of the various developmental projects undertaken by different departments under the 100 days programme of the new government. N Biren instructed that already identified developmental works should be completed on time.
He asked all the administrative secretaries and head of departments to submit the progress and development of works on a daily basis to CM’s office, it added.
Action plan taken up under the 100 days programme include among others providing free Wi-Fi in public areas, connecting district headquarters under SWAN to enable video conferencing facilities, Jeewan Praman for pensioners, launching of Manipur Journalist Board, medical insurance schemes for journalists of the State etc, it said.
Further it said a review meeting on action plan taken up under the ‘State Mission on Employment, Drinking Water and Housing for All by 2022’ was also held.
Cabinet ministers Y. Joykumar Singh, Th Biswajit, L Jayantakumar Singh, Th. Radheshyam, Nemcha Kipgen, Th. Shyamkumar, N. Kayasii, addl. Chief Secretary Shambhu Singh, addl. Chief Secretary Suresh Babu, addl. Chief Secretary Suhel Aktar, secretaries, commissioners and head of departments of various departments attended the review meeting, it added.
IMPHAL | June 6
People Action Committee (PAC) against the brutal killing of (O) Lakhipriyari and her daughter Irengbam (O) Monica Devi has resolved to take the death bodies tomorrow.
Addressing a press meet today at Uripok Khumanthem Leikai the PAC convenor H Bikramjit said that since the government has brought out the real murderer, it has fulfilled half of their demands.
He said that today the Deputy Chief Minister Y Joykumar assured the PAC that the Fast Track Court will be made functional within a short time as demanded by the PAC.
So they have decided to take the death bodies by tomorrow at 9 am, added the convenor.
Bikramjit said that the JAC appealed to the people of the state to take part in taking the death bodies.
It may be mentioned that the mother and the pregnant daughter were murdered on May 30 at the residence of Monica’s husband.
And later on last Sunday her ex-boyfriend confessed that he murdered them during police interrogation.
IMPHAL| June 6
A team of District Legal Services Authority, Imphal East including Para Legal Volunteers, Legal Aid Clinic, Imphal East led by member secretary and Chief Judicial Magistrate, IE, A Nautaneshori has visited Ningthoujam Rajen (62), the popular Sumang Lila star to enquire about his health condition at his home at Keirao Litan Makhong today.
The legal team under the leadership of CJM has been sponsoring expenses for his treatment at home. The team expressed happiness to see improvement in his health condition.
The Sumang Lila actor popularly known as Keirao Rajen has been undergoing medical as well as physiotherapy and acupressure treatments after he suffered a stroke.
His family members expressed gratitude to all those extended helps in treating the artiste.
IMPHAL | June 6
BJP Manipur unit today welcomed councillors of Kakching Municipal Council, Lilong Municipal Council, Kumbi Municipal Council and members of Kakching wards at the party’s office at Nitaipat Chuthek.
Speaking at the reception Y. Surchandra, MLA said BJP had initiated works in order to strengthen the bond between hills and valley and therefore appealed to them to work together to strengthen the image of unity.
Ksh Bhabananda, president BJP said honesty is the key of all the success and therefore appealed to people to work honestly.
Bhabananda, who is also the newly elected Rajya Sabha MP said that everyone has to play his or her part honestly while carrying out the responsibilities and fully co-operate with CM‘s work as all the initiated works for the better future of the state cannot be carried out by CM alone.
The members of Kakching wards who joined BJP are K Ranjana Devi Ward Development Committee Member, Y Joykumar Singh Ward Development Committee both of Ward number 12, Y Premkison Singh Ward Development Committee of ward number 9.
The list of the councillors who joined BJP are Ksh (O) Anita Sevi ward no 10, P Sanahal Devi ward no 4, Ksh (O) Radhamani Devi ward no. 9, Naorem Sanjitkumar Singh ward no 12, T Kananbala Devi ward no 5 of Kakching Municipal Council, Md Islaur Rahman ward no 4, Mrs Ibemcha chairperson ward no 5, Md Abul Kalamk ward no 7, Md Basir Rahman ward no 8 of Lilong Municipal Council, W Priyoranjan Singh ward no 2, Moirangthem (O) Ibemhal Devi ward no 5 and Loitongbam (O) Babita Devi ward no 1 of Kumbi Municipal Council.