Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly Thokchom Satyabrata and Social Welfare Minister Heikham Dingo jointly launched an Aadhaar enrolment drive for children between 6 months to age 5 under the aegis of the Social Welfare Department today.
Speaking at the event held at Wangkhei Durga Puja Lampak Community Hall, Speaker Thokchom Satyabrata appealed to all citizens to get themselves enrolled for Aadhar cards to facilitate them in getting various State and Central welfare schemes. He added that the Social Welfare Department has been ensuring welfare schemes for beneficiaries in the state. He reminded that many beneficiaries are unable to get these benefits due to lack of the unique ID proof. The Speaker expressed that Manipur Social Welfare Department will be raised to the next level under Chief Minister N. Biren led two-term BJP government, dynamic Social Welfare Minister Heikham Dingo and Social Welfare Director Ngangom Dingo.
Speaking on the occasion, Social Welfare Minister Heikham Dingo said that it was a big achievement for Manipur Government and Social Welfare Department to launch the Aadhaar enrolment drive for children in collaboration with grassroots level workers like the Asha, Anganwadi Workers and Helpers. He appealed for their continued support in ensuring welfare benefits for all beneficiaries in the state.
Stating that the drive would be carried out across the state, the Minister sought public support to make it a success. Social Welfare Director Ngangom Uttam and top officers of the department attended the launching event.
Manipur Cabinet approved the Manipur Plastic Policy 2022 in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s objective to phase out single use plastic by 2022. The policy seeks to tackle the multi-faceted plastic pollution by regulating use of plastics. Under the policy any person found dealing in or using plastic items in contravention of the direction stipulated in the policy will face imprisonment upto five years term, with a fine extendable upto One lakh Rupees.
The Cabinet further approved the Manipur Tourism Policy 2022 considering the changing scenario of tourism industry in the world. The policy seeks to harness the tourism potential of the State and to create employment and livelihood opportunities, to encourage investment and increase revenue generation.
The decision was taken during the State Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister N. Biren with all the 11 Ministers last evening.
First case of COVID-19 variant "Omicron" in the North East detected in a Tanzania Returnee from Imphal West District in Manipur; patient being treated at JNIMS Covid Ward; condition stable
Zomi Students' Federation (ZSF), General Headquarters, Thadou Students' Association, TSA Tengnoupal branch and The Joint Tribe Students' Association (JSTA) resolve not to endorse 24 Hr bandh called by All Tribal Students' Union (ATSUM) from November 20 in connection with The Manipur (Hill Areas) Autonomous District Councils Bill, 2021 though they support the bill
Zomi Students' Federation (ZSF), General Headquarters resolved not to endorse and support the proposed 24 hours total shut down called by All Tribal Students' Union (ATSUM) from November 20, 2021. ZSF says it would like to make it clear that The Manipur (Hill Areas) Autonomous District Councils Bill, 2021 requires more consultations and eliciting of opinions and comments from legal and constitutional experts before it is tabled at the House. Press release from ZSF says, No doubt, the bill aims at the equitable and just development of the people of Manipur irrespective of valley and hills. However, resorting to shut down and economic blockade to achieve our demands where democratic means are yet to be exhausted may turn counter-productive. It may also be mentioned that calling of bandhs and total shutdown at this juncture is wrong-timed, ill-conceived and uncalled for as festive season is approaching which will only bring hardships to the poor and daily wage labourers. It may also be noted that ZSF is neither consulted nor taken into confidence to call the shutdown. Therefore, ZSF will not support the total shut down called by ATSUM and will remain ineffective within the jurisdiction of ZSF. All offices and shops shall remain open as usual, the press release added.
Thadou Students' Association, TSA Tengnoupal branch has also unanimously resolved not to endorse ATSUM shutdown in all the Thadou inhabitant areas of Tengnoupal District. Press release from the student body stated that, when livelihood is approaching normal from being lock down due to COVID-19 and people are striving hard to earn more for Christmas celebration such type of Shutdown, Economic Blockade at this time is not acceptable. The students body appeals to leaders of ATSUM to re-consider their propose Shutdown and Economic Blockades in the interest of the people particularly of Hills. It also says, though we understand and support the motive of the Bill we are totally against the proposed Shutdown and Economic Blockades at this juncture. Therefore, the proposed Shutdown and Economic Blockades call by ATSUM will not be effective in all Thadou areas of Tengnoupal District.
After a prolong discussion on the 24 hours total shut down called by ATSUM in connection to HAC ADC Bill 2021, The Joint Tribe Students' Association (JSTA), a conglomerate of students' bodies consisting of All Inpui Students Union (AISU), Liangmai Naga Katimai Ruangdi (LNKR), Rongmei Naga Students Organization Manipur (RNSOM) and Zeme Students Organizations Manipur (ZSOM) along with advisors also resolved not to endorse the 24 hours Total Shut Down called by ATSUM. Press release from the body says, it supports the endeavours of the bill and appeal the Government also to take necessary best action at the interest of the Tribal at the right time. While Festive season is approaching, every walks of life earning for their daily bread, and educational institutions beginning to open after a prolonged lockdown, ATSUM's total shutdown and economic blockade are deemed unsuitable, untimely and uncalled for. Therefore, the ATSUM's 24 hours declared bandh will remain ineffective along the full stretch of NH-37. Also all National Projects under JTSA jurisdiction shall remain working in full swing. All shops and offices shall remain open to public, added the press release.
On the other hand, Kuki Students' Organisation, Tengnoupal District, Kuki Students' Organisation, Jiribam and Tamenglong District, Kuki Students' Organisation, Ukhrul District, Joint Student Bodies Churachandpur and Kuki Students' Organisation Sadar Hills have supported the bandh called by ATSUM.
Chief Minister N. Biren graces joint Passing Out parade; CM reminds core duty of Police is to ensure public safety by preventing all forms violations of law
Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren has emphasised that the core duty of Police is to ensure public safety by preventing all forms of violations of law. He was speaking at the joint Passing Out parade of the 48th Batch of Civil Police Constables (Male/Civil) and 55th Batch of Riflemen (MR/IRB) at Manipur Police Training College, Pangei in Imphal East District today. 2,722 newly recruited personnel passed out from the College.
MPTC Director Smt. R.K. Tutusana administered oaths to the newly recruited Constables and Riflemen and presented reports of the two training batches. Speaking at the event, Chief Minister N. Biren said that police should be always vigilant to prevent all sorts of unwanted incidents. He added that there is no point in wearing a police uniform if they do not protect people or stand as a silent spectator when any scuffle happens or any suspicious crowding comes into sight. He also said that the State has been able to concentrate on development works since the past four and half years due to restoration of peace, and Manipur police has played a great role in making it possible in the last 4 years. N. Biren said State police has effectively fought against drug menace, felicitated in bridging the gap between hills and Valley people and leading the State in the path of progress. He encouraged police personnel to continue their service in safeguarding the people and their properties.
Chief Minister N Biren handed over the trophy and certificate of Best in Physical Training to Shri Yanglem Bishorjit of Toubul Mamang Leikai (Bishnupur District), Best in Musketry to Shri Azhoni Pfozhe of Pungdong Village (Senapati District), Best in Law to Shri R. Tharmi of Chingjaroi Khullen (Ukhrul District), Best in Allied Subjects to Shri Akoijam Banky Singh of Mongshangei Mayai Leikai (Imphal West), Best in Drill to Takhellambam Sushil Singh of Keinou Thongkha Mamang Leikai (Bishnupur District) and Best in Overall to Shri SN Darung Lamkang of Charang Ching Khunou (Chandel District)
Deputy Speaker K.Robindro, Education Minister S.Rajen, Consumer Affairs Minister Thokchom Satyabrata, Tribal Affairs & Hills Minister Vungzajin Valte, Chief Secretary Rajesh Kumar, DGP LM Khaute, top officials of Police Department, high ranking civil officers and a huge number of parents, guardians, family members and friends of passing out personnel were present on the occasion.
MLA K Ranjit urges Chief Minister to take action against Chief Engineer of Minor Irrigation for asking 10 percent for releasing work order of 3 projects in Sugnu A/C
Sugnu MLA K. Ranjit has demanded Chief Minister Nognthombam Biren to immediately release work order for the remaining 3 out of 5 projects for Sugnu Constituency. Speaking at the One Day Political Conference held at Kakching Khunou Thongam Leikai today, organised by Congress Election Campaign Committee Kakching Khunou and Kakching Khunou Development Committee, Congress MLA K. Ranjit alleged that the Chief Minister has instructed Chief Engineer of Minor Irrigation Department not to release work order for the 3 projects unless 10 percent commission is given first.
The Congress MLA said that he tried his best and completed tender process for the three projects worth around 3 Crore rupees to facilitate agricultural activities at Kakching Khunou, Umathel and Umathel Heipi Ching foothill, unfortunately, Chief Engineer of Minor Irrigation Department was allegedly instructed by the Chief Minister who is also in-charge of the Minor Department, not to release any work order unless 10 per cent commission is given first.
MLA K Ranjit said that he had personally called up the Chief minister to clarify the matter upon which he was told that no such instruction was ever given. He raised question as to why then no action has been taken against the Chief Engineer for abusing the chief minister's name and why the work order has not been released till date.
Congress party accorded a warm reception to around 200 new party entrants on the occasion.
Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren today threw a Ningol Chaouba luncheon for women of 32 communities of Manipur at CM Bungalow in Imphal. He presented Ningol Chakouba gifts to them and sought their blessings on the joyous occasion. Speaking at the event, the chief minister expressed that his dream of celebrating Ningol Chakkouba Festival with womenfolk of different communities was realised.
Chief Minister N. Biren also today virtually inaugurated 29 Tribal museums constructed at 10 different districts of Manipur at a solemn function held at Chief Minister’s Secretariat. 31 tribal museums were constructed at the cost of Rs. 5 Crore, 60 Lakh under the aegis of Manipur State Archaeology, Department of Art & Culture with a vision to preserve and showcase the rich culture, tradition, art and crafts of various tribes of Manipur, Biren said on the occasion. Out of these, 6 museums were constructed at Chandel, 3 museums at Tengnoupal, 5 museums at Kangpokpi, 6 museums at Churachandpur, 4 museums at Senapati, 3 museums at Tamenglong, 1 museum each at Pherzawl, Ukhrul, Noney and Imphal East. The remaining 2 museums will be completed at the earliest, he added.
The museums which were inaugurated today are museums for Anal, Chothe, Lamkang, Monsang, Moyon, Tarao, Aimol, Maring, Mate, Chiru, Kharam,Koireng, Thadou, Purum, Gangte, Paite, Zou, Kom, Simte, Vaiphei, Thangal, Mao, Maram, Inpui, Zeme, Hmar, Tangkhul, Rongmei and Kabui tribes.
PHE Minister Losii Dikho, Education Minister S. Rajen, Deputy Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly K. Robindro, Chairman of Manipur Building and Others Construction Worker’s Board H. Dingo and others were present during the function.
Candidates who had applied for various posts of Manipur State Power Development Corporation Limited, MSPDCL and Manipur State Power Company Limited, MSPCL in 2019 are demanding their recruitment results.
Pressing their demands, the irate candidates tried to storm the Chief Minister's Bungalow today, but Security Personnel managed to disperse them from the Nupilal Complex. Protestors then headed for Manipur Press Club, where a protestor, Julia Loitongbam told media that examinations were held for recuitment of over one thousand posts of Group C and D but their results are yet to be declared despite State Government's assurance to declare the same at the earliest.
She recalled that they had even submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister N. Biren but he has not responded yet, while Power Minister Th. Biswajit has given a vague assurance to look into the matter. Candidates even warned of not taking part in the upcoming 2022 State General Election if their recruitment results were not declared before the election.