Biren attends to 232 complaints, 1000 people on Hill Leaders’ Day
By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | July 10
Chief minister N. Biren Singh today clarified that the transfer of former chief secretary Oinam Nabakishore is just a “normal course” of the government process and that the people should not be disheartened by it.
He was making the statement on the sidelines of the third Hill Leaders Day at his secretariat. He said that many other posts have been subject to transfers before and this will continue. He assured this is with a view to better governance of the state.
The new chief secretary is also a Manipur cadre officer stationed in the state for more than 30 years and is no different, he added.
Meanwhile replying to a query about the irregularities on NFSA, he said that those irregularities were committed before the BJP government came to power. Biren said that he had instructed the concerned DCs to look into the matter of PDS and NFSA irregularities.
The CM had also assured that there will be no complaints in his regime and as for the recent landslides in both the National Highways, he said they will be sorted out soon. He said that NH-39 will be repaired soon and for that works department has been instructed to intervene and repair the road as soon as possible.
Biren Singh attended to as many as 232 complaints and met over 1000 people of hill districts coming all the way to meet him from 9 am to 3.30 pm.
Various issues concerning road connectivity, drinking water problem, absence of community hall and personal grievances were highlighted before the chief minister by civil societies and others.
Biren said he is fortunate to be attending to their grievances and would continue to do so even in the future. “I can feel they trusted me and hoped that something positive would come out after meeting me and that’s the spirit I am serving the people”, he said.
He urged every department to take their work seriously and concentrate in their work and think for the betterment of the people. He also highlighted that people should get benefits from various welfare schemes.
An outstanding case of the meet that shocked the CM was the case of a family of four siblings who were living with disabilities. The eldest among them, Lena Songjao (30) from Khongnangpokpi, Senapati district said he had six siblings and out of which three are blind, including him and one with mental disorder.
“I lost my eyesight when I was studying in class seven and passed my matric examination from a blind school. We remained unemployed and we heard that our chief minister is giving hill people a chance to meet him personally every date 10 of every month. So we decided to meet him today”, Lena said.
The chief minister, after hearing their story, gave Rs.5000 each to the disabled persons out of CM’s Relief Fund. The one who had passed class 12 was told to undergo vocational training under the social welfare department which also guarantees a government job. They were told to grab the opportunity of getting a scheme under social welfare which offers Rs.6000 per year.
A man named Thongpao Guite from Phoilen village of Chandel district said the SSA run school, Phoilen Primary School had been neglected and there is not a single government teacher in the school. Only three private teachers were employed in the primary school and he had been paying their salary for the past 3-4 years. He wanted the government to reimburse the salary he had paid for the private teachers employed in the SSA run school.
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KANGPOKPI | July 10
The Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Regional Campus Manipur (IGNTU-RCM) at Makhan in Kangpokpi district came under the wrath of enraged student body today for failing to fulfil its demands.
The Indira Gandhi National Tribal University Students’ Union (IGNTUSU) locked all the offices, classes including the office chamber of director, guest houses and the main entrance gate in protest against the government’s failure to meet their demands.
The new session which was scheduled to commence today had to be terminated and teaching and non-teaching staff and students were compelled to leave the campus.
Speaking to the media, Jangminthang Haokip, general secretary, IGNTUSU, Regional Campus Manipur said that the union had initially highlighted various grievances to the authority concerned to fulfil their demands before the new session begins. However, nothing has been taken seriously regarding the demands and so an extreme agitation has been carried as warned earlier, he added.
He continued IGNTU authorities had made several promises to provide hostel or accommodation facilities for students and quarters for the staffs but no initiative has been taken up till date.
Newly appointed director, Ram Jeevan Singh had assured re-engagement of the guest faculties for the department of tribal studies and department of sociology and social anthropology before the new session without further undergoing interview but nothing has been developed, rather he published for interview for the said faculties today, added Jangminthang.
He further said that the repeated interview for every re-engagement of the guest faculties could be termed as an insult to the faculty community and unjustifiable.
He also alleged that the disbursement of monthly stipends for students has been delayed for no valid reason while stating that each department in the varsity have 30 intake capacities but the authority concerned had declared the results of only 13 candidates for each department despite the fact that the next session was supposed to begin today.
Jangminthang demanded a clean chit on campus budget allocation for the fiscal year 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 both administrative and infrastructure along with department budget allocation for each department as the regional campus for the same fiscal years to vice-chancellor which remained unattended.
Other demands included allocation of teaching posts for the regional campus for department of tribal studies and department of sociology as against total posts sanctioned by UGC, budget proposal for the fiscal years from 2013 to 2017 and the amount sanctioned, DPR 2nd phase construction and blueprints, official documents or proceedings in the establishment of department of tribal studies in Amarkantak in 2014, establishment orders for the department of tribal studies and department of sociology at regional campus in 2013, allocation of non-teaching posts, separate budgets, hostel or accommodation facilities for students, etc.
Jangminthang further said that the university will remained locked until an amicable solution is arrived and in case of any untoward incident the university authority will be held sole responsible.
Earthmover Prem risks life to clear road
By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | July 10
Heavy vehicles stranded due to sinking at Sehjang village near Kotland along the Imphal-Jiribam highway since yesterday can now traverse the damaged stretch of the highway as it been reopened today following repair works by the National Highway Infrastructure and Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL). At least 70 trucks crossed the sinking zone today.
According to General Manager of NHIDCL, Manipur division, Sunil Kumar, work has been concentrated on the particular landslide area since its occurrence. Light motor vehicles could ply the stretch but road widening needed to be done for the heavy vehicles to cross the area.
The workers and the earthmovers have been pressed into service to widen the stretch and heavy vehicles which were stranded since Sunday could pass today. He emphasized that further road widening is needed for the goods convoys to pass without any problem. The work will be done tomorrow.
It was learnt that one Taorem Prem Singh of HVS constructions displayed exemplary courage with his earthmover. He had put his earthmover at the small track of road while cutting away overhanging rocks. It was a big risk as the overhanging piece of road could have easily broken off and crushed him. He risked his life to reconnect the road.
Due to continuous rain in the hill areas and occurrence of landslide, the two national highways have been closed for good laden vehicles. The landslide at Imphal-Jiribam highway has caused traffic to halt at Noney area, almost 400 goods laden trucks were waiting for the road repair. The landslide occurred near Sejang village around Kotland area yesterday.
Another landslide occurred at Lalmati area of Nagaland. The buses and other good laden trucks are made to head back to Assam as the repairs for the highway road sinking at Lalmati would take approximately 14/15 days.
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IMPHAL | July 10
In a serious allegation against the police department, the city police allegedly turned a blind eye to harassment and atrocities meted out against a businessman and his family settling in Thangal bazaar Imphal by fellow businessman.
Speaking to media persons, Rahul Kumar Jain, who owns a flour mill, said that his family members are constantly harassed and threatened with dire consequences by owner of Manikunj Paona bazaar, Sobhagchand Jain and sons, over the former’s property.
Rahul Kumar revealed that his father Mahendra Kumar Jain, had borrowed some money from Sobhagchand, and made to sign on paper. Later, Sobhagchand allegedly turned the mortgaged paper into sale deed.
Since then, Sobhagchand has been reportedly threatening the family to vacate from their (Rahul and families) building situated at Thangal bazaar near Yaiphaba hotel.
It has been alleged that Sobhagchand even hired goons to terrorize Rahul Kumar’s family on several occasions claiming that the building has been purchased by Sobhagchand.
On July 5, last around 5.30 pm around 25 people bearing deadly weapons allegedly barged into Rahul’s residence and vandalized properties.
In the process, the women folk of the family were threatened that they would be raped if the family fails to vacate from the building, said Rahul Kumar.
He further claimed that the miscreants, whom Rahul claimed to be hired by Sobhagchand, locked down portion of the building including the kitchen before leaving the place.
Rahul further said that his father, Mahendra had approached the city police station twice to lodge a complaint. But the police concerned allegedly failed to take their complaint, he alleged.
He further revealed that the latest incident took place in wake of the order issued by the High Court of Manipur giving interim protection of Rahul family from eviction from their building.
Against this backdrop, Rahul and family appealed to the authority concerned to take necessary action to uphold the law of the land.
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TAMENGLONG | July 10
A decomposed body of a housewife was recovered in Tamenglong and the house of her suspected killer was vandalised but the district magistrate brought the situation under control.
Earlier, a human skull was found on Saturday at the stream between Guigailong and Amana wards of Tamenglong by some locals. After getting the information, Tamenglong police team rushed to the spot and recovered the skull on Sunday at around 5 pm and deposited at Tamenglong district hospital morgue.
According to police, after the news of finding the human skull escalated, two missing reports of a girl and a boy were immediately registered at Tamenglong police station and police team along with relatives of missing persons started searching the area.
During the search, pieces of body parts were finally found at different places in the area and finally the body was identified as a woman named Gaitouliu (26), wife of Ithube alias Athupou of J. Pabram village under Tousem sub-division presently living at Guigailong Ward No. II, Tamenglong, said police.
It further said that the girl’s cloths were also found at different locations including scarf, chapel, shirt, etc.
According to the locals, the Gaitouliu had not come back after both the wife and husband had gone to attend the funeral service of their aunt on May 30, however her husband had returned home leaving his wife at the aunt’s house.
Sources further said that Ithube also had informed the Gaitouliu’s relatives that she has been married to another guy.
Suspecting the Ithube as prime accused, the Gaitouliu’s relatives tried to destroy his house but timely intervention of district magistrate has saved the house, though some window class were broken by the mob.
The victim was survived by seven years old and six years old sons.
Deputy commissioner of Tamenglong, Armstrong Pame and SDC of Tamenglong, Namlalung along with Tamenglong police rushed to destroyed house, where DC Tamenglong assured to find out the real culprit and book within seven days from today and punished according to law and custom.
By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | July 10
Shija Hospital and Research Institute, Meitei Langol, Lamphelpat, Imphal campus has been flooded since last night, forcing the hospital to shift out-patients department has been to the main block of the hospital.
Speaking to IFP, managing director, Dr Palin Khundongbam said though the OPD including medicine, optical, breast and thyroid clinic, out-patient pharmacy, OPD B-block, administration block, dental block and four-wheeler parking lot are inundated. The OPD has been shifted to the main building and it is working as normal except for dental department.
Due to huge machine for dental department it has been suspended as most of the OPD block was under knee deep water this afternoon including administration block.
Palin said that shifting of out-patients department makes the main block congested but with the co-operation of patients there is no problem till now. He also said patients need not to worry as OPD, emergency case are functioning as usual except the dental department.
He attributed the flood in Lamphel area to improper placement of water bodies, land encroachers and construction of buildings at the area where water bodies have to be situated.
He appreciated the state government for announcing to create 240 acre water body at Lamphel. But before the project, if the main road that reaches the hospital from Lamphel is made higher up to at least two feet then people may avoid the hardship of flood while travelling. The government should take initiatives to clean the water bed of the nearby water bodies, he appealed.
The Shija hospital authority submitted a representation to irrigation and flood control to seeking immediate action to mitigate the flood situation at the hospital and surrounding areas.
Department of irrigation and flood control has taken measures to control the flood by draining water at with water pump sets at Samushang.
If more water pumps are used to drain out the water and the situation will improve, Palin said, urging the department to increase the pumps.
Palin said the hospital itself will drain out the water from the campus after fortifying the campus as hospital is taking first priority for the patients.
According to the hospital, more than 300 patients were diagnosed today, which is normal.
IMPHAL July 10
Education minister Thokchom Radheshyam said the freedom struggle from the yoke of the British colonial rule was not just for independence from a foreign rule but to be free and independent in thought, social boundaries and academically to progress the society towards a positive change.
He was speaking as chief guest of the 105th birth anniversary celebration of H. Nilamani Singh at INA hall, Moirang. H. Nilamani Singh is a freedom fighter who fought for a social change and brought educational revolution.
The minister said the tribute to the freedom fighter’s place would only be complete when today’s generation follows his footstep to sacrifice for the welfare of the people and fearless to do for what is right.
Such personality of righteousness is more necessary today than before to bring positive transformation in the state. Every step has two faces to win or to lose but the most important is the spirit to face the issue with full strength and potential the ability to face the challenge not accepting the defeat even in the face of lost, the minister added.
Moirang is one of the prominent tourist places with INA museum attracting many tourists in the state. The minister said it is of utmost importance that the bullet-ridden hall of INA, which is a place of world heritage need restoration and preservation. He would take up the matter with the chief minister and discuss along with local MLA and will try to sort out ways to fulfil demands mentioned in the memorandum, the minister assured.
Resource persons read out paper on life and contributions of H. Nilamani Singh. Meritorious awards were distributed to students of the Moirang who held positions in the recent High School and Higher Secondary Examinations.
MLA, Moirang A/C, P. Sharatchandra, chairperson MMC, M. Romibala Devi, vice-chairperson MMC M. Basanta Singh and members of the organizing committee Hemam Nilamani Foundation, Moirang attended the celebration.
The minister later visited Moirang College and heard grievances of the principal and staffs of the college. He informed that the inadequacy of infrastructure requirement of all the schools and colleges is similar everywhere. An audit assessing the availability and non-availability of the requirements is near to completion. As soon as this is completed, the issue will be addressed at the earliest, he added.
The minister also said that the HRD ministry has been consulted in connection to the post of regular principals, which will be filled when the ministry gives a positive nod. He further said while submitting a report regarding the progress of the college the concept note should highlight the past and present condition mentioning for at least past five years. Any civil construction in the college should have a holistic approach taking into account of the future expansion or developmental plans of the college, he added.
IMPHAL July 10
Forests and environment minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar Singh today said the department after the commencement of the upcoming Assembly session will start checking on the maintenance and protection of tree saplings planted on the occasion of ‘Vanamahotsava’ on July 7.
Speaking to media persons at his office chamber in New Secretariat, Imphal, Shyamkumar said the forest department planted over one lakh tree saplings in all the districts, during the observance of ‘Vanamahotsava’. The forest department is aiming to plant 10 lakh tree saplings in the month of July, he added.
Shyamkumar assured that protection will be given to all the tree saplings planted on the day of ‘Vanamahotsava’ and those planted by NGOs, student bodies and department officials under the drive of mass scale plantation in this month.
He instructed all the concerned DFOs and other department officials to check all the newly planted tree saplings, adding that action will be taken up if any lapses are found. He further said, under the leadership of chief minister N. Biren Singh the department has been streamlined and revenue is being collected per the guidelines.
The minister informed that he visited Keibul Lamjao national park, Bishnupur district in the morning following reports of water level rising in some areas. Assuring that there is no danger to the natural habitat of Sangai, he said, tree saplings were planted at the Keibul Lamjao National Park.
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BISHNUPUR| July 10
The villagers of Nambol Assembly constituency are facing extreme hardships as the water level of the flood continues to increase.
The roadways connecting Nambol Bazar to Khathong, Nambol Chingmang to Utlou have been flooded due to the increase of water level, affecting movement of vehicular traffic. The roadway passing Oinam from Ishok and connecting Ishok to Naorem towards Nambol is completely submerged under water and is no longer in working condition. The passage has been lying defunct for the past two days as the water level has risen up to about 3/4 feet above the ground.
Villages at Ishok, Naorem, Wahengkhuman, Kha-Sanjenbam,Utlou, Nambol Makha, Phoijing Makha,Laitonjam are affected by the flood. Several paddy fields and fish farms are flooded, the Tiddim road passing through Utlou Koubila Makhong from Nambol Phoijing Keithel is under high level of flood.
Khoijuman, Kwasiphai, Moirang and Ithai under Bishnupur district are affected by the flood. Villagers have abandoned their homes and are taking shelters at various places.
The residents of Phoijing Awang, Imphal West have also abandoned their homes due to flood.
IMPHAL | July 10
There is enough reserve of both petrol and diesel in the state and the public should avoid panic buying, Indian Oil Corporation official, Manipur SI Singh told Imphal Free Press.
At present there is enough petrol stock to last for 5 days and diesel stock is there for 26 days. Due to the landslide at Lalmati, Nagaland, all fuel laden trucks have headed back for the Jiribam route and there are 24 oil tankers waiting at Noney area waiting for the road repairs. More than 200 fuel trucks are entering Jiribam and there will be no dearth of fuel, he added.
While the road sinking at Sejang area is nearly complete and trucks have started to pass through from Jiribam side to Imphal.
The IOC released 299 kilolitres of fuel to 69 petrol pumps, the daily requirement for the retail outlets is approximately 184 kilolitres per day.