From A Correspondent
THOUBAL| July 14
The MLA of Khangabok Assembly constituency, O. Surjakumar and the former MLA O. Landhoni visited many flood affected areas in Thoubal and Khangabok assembly constituency, and provided relief materials to around 1500 households.
Rice, pulse, cooking oil and salt were provided by the MLA at Leisangthem, Thoudam, Moijing under Thoubal Assembly constituency. Relief materials were also provided to the flood affected families from Khangabok Makha Leikai.
He claimed of providing relief materials from his own pocket, a few days earlier to the area. He also lamented that the deputy commissioner, Thoubal and members from other departments have not taken the situation seriously when he reported the issues.
He relayed further that he had called the deputy commissioner twice on the phone and also visited personally, requesting for relief materials. Not only that, he had sent many written requests to the officials of IFCD, but all in vain, he added.
IMPHAL | July 14
In its first meeting in the hill N. Biren Singh Cabinet today resolved to hand over the case of Loktak scam to CBI. This was the first Cabinet meeting held in a district headquarters outside the state capital.
The Cabinet meeting was held at District Training Centre (DTC) Hall, near DC office, Churachandpur district headquarters.
Biren Singh was accorded a warm welcome by large number of people. He was stopped at Kangvai and Molnom to welcome him by villagers, CSOs, Iocal clubs, students and women bodies. School children, and women stood in long lines on both sides of the road to welcome Biren and members of his council of ministers from Kangvai to Churachandpur District HQ.
The team was felicitated by the district administration and people of Churachandpur at District Training Centre.
After thoroughly examining the projects taken up under Border Area Development Programme (BADP), the State Cabinet also resolved to review the mode of implementation in order to ensure a visible change in the Central Government-sponsored programme.
The Cabinet also decided to open district transport office, Moreh besides engagement of 32 drivers (30 heavy and two light) and 27 handymen on casual basis for the smooth running of the Manipur State Transport.
It also decided to fill up seven vacant posts (staff) for Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC).
Enhancement of upper age limit/entry of age from 62 years to 67 years and maximum age for tenure of service from 65 years to 70 years for the post of JNIMS director was also approved.
The Cabinet also gave its nod to creation of one post of public relations officer (PRO) in the governor’s secretariat, Raj Bhavan, Imphal apart from approving the proposal for re-designation of media consultant to the governor as officer on special duty (OSD) with the increase of special allowance from Rs 15,000 to Rs 30,000.
Earlier speaking on the reception Biren said it is a historic day for the new government that the first-ever cabinet meeting outside Imphal is being held today at Churachandpur district. He stressed that such remarkable step is just the beginning of the new government, which has committed to uplift the hill areas of the State.
Since its first day, the slogan of the new government is “Go to the Hills”, extra care and priority would be given for the development of the hill districts of the state, he added.
Stating the government seeks the love and support of the people of Churachandpur, he said that the government would not only discuss the problems and grievances faced by the people but will also discuss and review the developmental programmes undertaken in Churachandpur with district administration, CSOs and local leaders.
During the felicitation programme, the chief minister handed over the ex-gratia of Rs. 4 lakhs each to the family members of Shri Thangkholam Hanghal and Shri Mangtinlam Samte. The duo died after being drowned in Imphal River in the recent flash flood happened last month at W. Zoujang, Sangaikot Sub Division, Churachandpur district. Memoranda were submitted to the chief minister by various CSOs of the district during the programme.
On the occasion, he distributed the emergency medical kit to all the district level officers and police vehicles of the Churachandpur district.
Later, Biren along with ministers and officials planted trees at the premises of district training centre, Churachandpur.
Supreme Court judgement’s constitutional, governance and global implications
By Amar Yumnam
The Supreme Court judgment in connection with the fake encounter cases in Manipur has implications much beyond to what would be the outcomes for the security personnel involved in those acts and the remedial justices rendered to the surviving families of the victims. The ultimate implications move much beyond these immediate results of punishment and compensation. My interest lies here.
I am rather interested in the long term social, political and economic implications of the judgment when the implications are fully rolled out. The first implication is one which would strengthen the social capital base of democratic functioning. Hugo Grotius wrote in 1625 in his classic The Rights of War and Peace thus: “First, individual citizens should not only refrain from injuring other citizens, but should furthermore protect them, both as a whole and as individuals; secondly, citizens should not only refrain from seizing one another’s possessions, whether these be held privately or in common, but should furthermore contribute individually both that which is necessary to other individuals and that which is necessary to the whole.”
On hindsight, it turns out that the protagonists of the filing of the cases to the Supreme Court must have been moved by such a dynamic principle. This lays a long term foundation for social and collective mobilisation for addressing pains and wrongs in a democracy.
The other social implication is that the democratic structure of India has components for addressing certain seemingly lop-sided approaches to the performance of state functions. Further, the wonderfully positive implication is that the judgement strengthens the roots of constitutional political economy.
In a classic turn of events, the judgement takes to two important directions. First, the constitutionality is fundamental and it applies to all – both state and non-state. Second, one frequent problem in a constitutional polity is the trade-off between rule of state law and rule of law. Those in government for the sake of political and personal convenience conveniently tend to adopt the rule of state law instead of rule law. The Supreme Court judgment has in a landmark judgment set the working principle of the Indian constitutional democracy in clear terms.
Now in India so many unwarranted things are happening taking the convenient cover of being in political power, like the gau-rakshaks. Now the Supreme Court judgment says the law would catch up sooner or later in whatever position you are and whether state or non-state.
I am reminded of what the great thinker of twentieth century, F. A. Hayek said: “The tragic illusion was that the adoption of democratic procedures made it possible to dispense with all other limitations on governmental power. It also promoted the belief that the ‘‘control of government’’ by the democratically elected legislation would adequately replace the traditional limitations, while in fact the necessity of forming organized majorities for supporting a programme of particular actions in favour of special groups introduced a new source of arbitrariness and partiality and produced results inconsistent with the moral principles of the majority.”
In other words, Richard Bellamy reiterated when he found while examining the democratic processes around the world thus: “….virtues of the democratic process……suggest that the constitutional goods of rights and the rule of law would be better served by developing rather than curtailing them via less effective and legitimate legal constitutional constraints.”
Further it also reminds us the Enlightenment principle that “Rather than deal with conflicting claims by trying to identify the elusive and shifting intersecting sets of people’s beliefs (which may in any case converge on falsehoods), the democratic approach involves recognizing the importance of truth as a regulative ideal in public debate, and institutionalizing means of bringing the truth to bear on contending political positions.”
Besides these the judgement has intense content of contemporary global thinking and commitment. The global spirit of honouring the fundamental needs and spirits of human beings are taken cognizance of. Even more, the world would now look to this judgement on how to go about constitutionalism and governance in a highly heterogeneous country.
(The author is Professor and Head: Department of Economics, Manipur University, India)
From A Correspondent
THOUBAL| July 14
A one day legal awareness camp was organised yesterday by the organising committee of All Christian Minority Organisation (ACMO), Kakching in collaboration with District Legal Service Authority, Thoubal at Ching Tam High School, Salungfam Mayai Leikai.
The camp was attended by zilla parishad member, Salungfam ZP, Th. Santa as chief guest, president of ACMO, N. Naba Meitei as president, up pradhan of Salungfam ZP, M. Amu, headmaster of Ching Tam High School, A.C Khomei attended as guests of honour.
On the occasion, advocate Md. Zakir Hussain spoke about the “Right to education and food security” whereas advocate Kh. Arunjai spoke about “Protection of women from domestic violence” and relayed about “Social Justice” extensively.
The camp was organised with the goal that all may take benefit from the law. The program was attended by students, social workers, meira paibis and many youths.
IMPHAL | July 14
The state government minutely examined various developmental projects being implemented in Churachandpur district and also deliberated the proposals of new projects to be taken up in the district in a review meeting held at District Training Centre hall, near DC Office, Churachandpur today.
The high level meeting, attended by cabinet ministers, administrative secretaries, DC, SP, directors and district level officers of different departments was presided by chief minister N. Biren Singh.
The meeting assessed the projects executed by various departments in the district and the chief minister specifically examined the progress of infrastructure, connectivity, drinking water, education and health sectors.
Churachandpur DC Shyamlal Poonia presented a powerpoint presentation on the present status and developmental proposals at the meeting.
After the presentation the chief minister directed officials concerned to take necessary steps to revamp Churachandpur-Henglep road and the roads of district headquarters soon after the rainy season.
Regarding drinking water Biren directed the officials to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) on providing clean drinking water to the people of the district by using the waters of Khuga dam as the main source.
Moreover, the chief minister also opined that the damaged intake of Koite stream and Lanva river could be developed as RCC check dams under a central government-funded water harvesting project.
On being informed by the DC about manpower and infrastructure inadequacies of the Churachandpur District Hospital, the chief minister informed that the inadequacies faced in all the hill districts regarding health sector would be addressed after seeking reports from the respective DCs.
Earlier, the chief minister launched the official website of Churachandpur district administration, www.ccpur.gov.in.
IMPHAL | July 14
Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur (DESAM), Jiribam local committee conducted drive at various schools of Jiribam district and found irregularities in various government schools of the district.
A release signed by DESAM, Jiribam Local Committee (JLC) said that two government schools namely, Lalpani Government Primary School and Sonapur Government Primary School were found with irregularities regarding the provision of mid-day meal.
It further said that when the student body asked the school authorities about the mid-day meal, they said the meal was provided for a whole week. However, the students of the school said the mid-day meal was never provided for a whole week, it added.
The student body appealed to the education minister to take appropriate action against those culprits who are involved in such irregularities and Jiribam ZEO to conduct timely inspections to stop violating the rights of the students, it urged.
While inspecting the Mongbung Government Primary School, headmaster of the school said the mid-day meals for the students are being cooked at the house of the cook as the school has no kitchen, it added.
It urged the education minister and the authority concerned to provide kitchen for all the schools at the earliest.
It also appealed to the authority concerned to look into the matters like where the headmaster of Sonapur Government Primary School is providing students with rain water without any processing for drinking and teachers impersonation, etc.
From Our Correspondent
MOREH | July 14
Under the supervision of SP of Tengnoupal, S Ibomcha Singh, a team led by sub-divisional police officer Lawrence K Munlou and officer in-charge H Chaoba conducted a liquor drive in the pan shops and rice hotels in Moreh town.
During the drive, nine bottles of rum, 18 half bottles of whiskey, 35 litres of local made liquor, 23 bottles of large beer can and 34 small beer can were seized. The seized items were destroyed and burnt in the premises of Moreh Police Station in presence of public leaders and media persons.
The public leaders of Moreh town has appreciated the initiative of Moreh police and stated that such actions will make the place free from drugs and alcohol.
By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | July 14
Arapti Maning Leikai Youth Development Association appealed to the government to take action against the headmaster of Chaobok Arapti Junior High School for alleged financial mismanagement.
Addressing a press meet today at Manipur Press Club, Imphal, the association’s general secretary, K. Subol Singh said though fund from making an additional room in the school under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) was sanctioned two years back, there is no construction of rooms.
“Where has the fund gone? And why the concerned department does not look into such matter?” asked the general secretary.
He claimed that “the headmaster of the school is not dedicated to the academic activities of the school.” Though the school does not meet any flood, the headmaster declared 15 days holiday in the name of flood, added Subol.
Moreover, the mid-day meal system is not given in the school and when complained the headmaster distributed one or two kilogram of rice to the students, he said.
The association asked the government and the authority concerned to look into this matter in the interest of the students.
JIRIBAM | July 14 (JNN)
The Barak Brothers Union (BBU), Jiribam condemned the IED planted at Chottobekra Bailey on July 10 which was retrieved and safely diffused by Assam Rifles, said a press statement issued by L Sooren Singh, Information and publicity secretary
The statement said that this is the first instance where such unwanted happening has occured in Barak Circle.
The BBU expressed disappointment upon the groups or individual that perpetrated such a heinous crime disturbing the minds of the people, it added.
Jiri-Tipaimukh is the only available life line of the Barak Circle and Vangai range and such act of planting IED's in the Bailey bridge, targeting an individual or groups has become an enmity to humanity, it maintained.
It further appealed the government and higher authority to investigate the matter and punished the culprits.
The BBU in the statement said, "Since the withdrawal of army from Chottobekra outpost unwanted and abominable crime has frequented in the areas and people is living under an unsecured conditions”.
The BBU also urged the government to reinstate the army so as to ensure peace and security to the people of the Barak Circle.
In a statement, the BBU authority appealed to the various groups and organisation to refrain from doing such act and further appreciated Assam Rifles for timely intervention and diffusing of IED.
By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | July 14
Parents of the child who was killed in a hit and run accident on January 13 had made a complaint today to the parents of the other child who was involved in the accident for not taking serious consideration of their dead child and not cooperating with them in finding justice.
Sarangthem Kauba and Thoibi, parents of the deceased child, Sotin alias Mangan of Seijang Awang Leikai, narrated the incident to media persons in Manipur Press Club that on the fateful day of January 13, their son Sotin went out with their friends namely Ranjan and Genius in the evening and never returned back home alive.
Genius vehemently called Sotin in the evening to go to a friend’s place and they met that unfortunate incident. Then the parents of Genius consoled the parents of Sotin that as their son was the main reason that Sotin went out, they promised that they would do all the necessary findings and would solve the case by April 30, narrated Thoibi.
“But as responsible persons and parents of the victims we were supposed to work together but they neglected and did not pay attention to our misery. Their promise was just a tool they used to get away from our complaints and pressure to get justice”, Thoibi emotionally pointed out.
Thoibi also said that on May 5, one of Genius’s uncles told Sotin’s family that they found the suspected vehicle that was involved. They told them that it was the vehicle of a person called Nanda.
But later, on May 13 with the help of Assam Rifles stationed near the area, they found out that the vehicle number and the colour had changed. They filed a complaint in Lamlai police station too about the vehicle.
Thoibi accused that Genius’s father Ibomcha who is also the general secretary of Seijang Development Committee, consoled them not to file a case in the police and make it a big deal. He promised them to get Sotin’s little brother good education and a better life for the parents.
Sotin’s parents questioned why Genius’s parents consoled them with false promises and divert their serious case of losing a child in such an unnatural incident for nothing and not cooperating in getting justice. They questioned if both Genius’s family and the killer are related and made the plan together.