Govt assures adequate fertilisers but farmers get none
Farmers in Manipur continue to face unavailability of fertilisers despite assurances and tall claims about availability of adequate fertilisers in the state by Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren, Agriculture Minister Oinam Lukhoi and other relevant leaders.
State Agriculture Minister Oinam Lukhoi and Agriculture Director have reportedly assured of providing fertilisers to farmers of Kumbi Setupur in Bishnupur District but they are yet to get the same till date. Farmers are getting worried as the paddy plantation season is right about now.
Speaking on behalf of the distraught farmers today, Executive Member of Gram Sabha Committee, Bharatiya Kisan Sangh Manipur Prant, Bishnupur District cum National Awardee Kh. Samusaba Meitei expressed worry that many farmers are yet to start paddy plantation due to late onset of monsoon this year. He said, some farmers with much difficulty started paddy transplantation in some fields but the lack of fertilisers is a worrying issue at the moment.
Kh. Samusaba Meitei appealed to the Government, the Agriculture Department and other authorities concerned to take stock of the situation and ease paddy cultivation to avoid scarcity of rice in the future. He warned of intense agitations if their demand is not met.
No death among those infected with coronavirus after full vaccination: JNIMS
Director of Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences JNIMS - Professor Dr. Laishram Deben has informed that as per a study carried out by JNIMS, there is no report of death among those infected with coronavirus after getting both doses of covid-19 vaccine till date. He has called for timely testing and vaccination to ward off the disease. Dr. L Deben also stressed on the need for collective efforts by Health Professionals, Government and the public in controlling further spread of Covid-19 pandemic in the State. He urged everyone to follow COVID appropriate behaviours to combat coronavirus which is airborne.
Speaking to media at JNIMS Hospital in Porompat today, Dr L. Deben said that the state Government has clamped statewide total curfew to break the chain of Covid-19 infection. He went on to say that, doctors and nurses are tirelessly giving treatment to covid patients admitted at the general ward, ICU and post covid wards of the hospital. He also asserted that around 240 covid patients are being treated at the 190 bedded General ward of JNIMS.
Dr L. Deben informed that anyone can get free Covid-19 test at JNIMS Hospital on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with prior registration while, casualty ward patients can get covid-19 test in the hospital 24 hours a day. He also urged people to get proper treatment at Government run Covid care centres, if they don't have proper home isolation facilities.
K. Govindas resigns from Manipur Legislative Assembly and Indian National Congress; cites personal reasons for resignation
Former President of Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee, MPCC Govindas Konthoujam, who has won elections on Congress Ticket for 5 terms, has resigned his membership from the Manipur Legislative Assembly as well as from the Primary Membership of the Indian National Congress. Govindas reportedly submitted a letter to the Manipur Legislative Assembly Speaker just before noon today, where he stated that he is tendering his resignation as a member of the house. The former MPCC President also submitted his resignation from the primary membership of Indian National Congress. In a letter addressed to the MPCC interim president Govindas said he was tendering his resignation due to personal reasons.
Interim President of Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee, MPCC N. Loken affirmed the same to Impact News today. He said that the former President of MPCC Govindas Konthoujam has left Congress Party citing personal reasons and that there is no way that the Congress Party will lose its strength because of his resignation. He added that the Assembly Secretary has approved Govindas Konthoujam's resignation, however Congress is yet to approve his resignation from the party. N. Loken claimed that the BJP led State Government in the state might face a political blowout in August.
N. Loken maintained that the exact reason behind Govindas' resignation from the post of MPCC President on July 19, is still unknown as there is no enmity nor power tussle within the party. He refuted the rumours spread on social media platforms that around 7 to 8 Congress MLAs might leave the Party as baseless. Loken said Congress will strive to win and form Government in the upcoming Assembly Election. It may be mentioned that Ex MLA Govindas Konthoujam took charge as MPCC President on December 14 last year. He has held various important Ministerial posts during the previous Congress Government regime.
The Supreme Court postpones hearing on Disqualification case of 12 BJP MLAs on account of holding ‘Office of profit’ for one week; EC's opinion on the case reportedly apprised to Governor's Secretary on January 14, 2021
In today's hearing, respondents stated that the Election Commission of India, ECI has already given its opinion on the Disqualification Case to Manipur Governor's Secretary on January 14 this year. However, the petitioner's counsel claimed that the Governor has still not decided and that there is no point in going back to the Governor to decide if they have not decided in six months. According to the petitioner, the Election Commission has a constitutional duty to give it's opinion to the Governor of Manipur and failure to discharge the constitutional duty by a constitutional authority cannot be sustained. The Court ordered to set a deadline for the Governor's Secretary to inform the Governor about the EC's opinion.
It maybe mentioned that the Government of Manipur had enacted the Manipur Parliamentary Secretary (Appointment, Salary and Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2012, enabling the Chief Minister to appoint Members of Manipur Legislative Assembly as Parliamentary Secretary with the status and rank of a Minister of a State. In 2017, the Supreme Court ruled that the scheme of Article 194 does not expressly authorize the State legislature to create an office such as that of the Parliamentary Secretary. Subsequently, Manipur Government passed the Manipur Parliamentary Secretary (Appointment, Salary And Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions) Repealing Act, 2018. The Manipur Parliamentary Secretary (Appointment, Salary and Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2012, and the Manipur Parliamentary (Appointment, Salary and Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions) Repealing Act, 2018 ceased to exist after the Manipur High Court pronounced them invalid and unconstitutional in a judgment on September 17, 2020.
After the High Court declared these Acts void ab initio, Congress MLAs of Manipur had approached Governor Dr Najma Heptulla seeking disqualification of the 12 BJP MLAs on account of holding the position of parliamentary secretaries, which qualified as 'office of profit'. The Governor then forwarded necessary documents and sought the EC's opinion on the matter in October last year. After much waiting, Congress MLA DD Thaisii had filed a writ petition to the Supreme court seeking the EC's opinion on the case.
DESAM demands regular Principals in 24 Government Colleges & 6 Aided Colleges and Rationalisation of both Teaching & Non-Teaching Staff to enhance Higher Education Sector in Manipur
Democratic Students' Alliance of Manipur, DESAM draws the State Government's attention towards two actionable activities that will increase the efficiency of collegiate education within a short period with high return. It urges the Government for prompt appointment of regular Principals in those Government colleges requiring the same and rationalisation of both teaching and non-teaching staff of Government Colleges to make way for the best, motivated, and capable faculties within a very short period.
DESAM urges the Government to introduce some major activities in view of the National Education Policy, 2020 (NEP-2020) to bring quality higher education in Manipur with an aim to develop good, thoughtful, well-rounded, and creative people. It points out that only few subjects have high or proper teacher:student ratio, many government colleges have low or inappropriate teacher:student ratio, there is evidence of high variation of non-teaching staff from one college to another and that rationalisation is required for librarian and other staff in co-curricular activities. DESAM reminds about the leadership role of College Principals. The students' union says that only 15 government colleges have regular Principals appointed for a tenure of only 5 years and that some are Principal-in-Charge for more than 23 years without any fixed tenure.
In a video release today, DESAM Secretary General Leishangthem Lamyanba expresses concerns about the huge disparity in enrollment percentage of students in colleges across the State. He says that popular colleges face admission rush while less popular colleges have few students applying for admission. Lamyanba also mentions that owing to the pandemic many students have now opted to study in the state instead of colleges in other parts of the country and with high pass percentage of students in the recently declared class 12 exams, there will be many students seeking admission in the state. Lamyanba stresses on the need for rationalisation of both teaching and non-teaching staff of government colleges to reform Higher Education Sector in the state. He also urges the relevant authorities to appoint regular principals in 24 government colleges and 6 Government aided colleges in the State immediately.
The student leader recalls that DESAM had already submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister and the Education Minister about these issues, and they have given assurances to look into the matter.