Chapter 15

Joykishan condemns govt decision

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL, August 21: Condemning against the cabinet decision cancelling the physical test for 2013 batch constable recruitment rally, Thangmeiband MLA Kh Joykishan said that the Government should revoke their cabinet decision for the welfare of the aspiring constable candidates of 2013 batch.

According to the decision, it has been notified that another recruitment rally for the post of constable where 2013 batch could participate without applying afresh but had to undergo again PET, written test and viva-voce afresh as per the guidelines starting from August 30th for Physical Efficiency Test (PET). Speaking to media at Thangmeiband community hall said that delaying results for the recruitment rally of year 2013 shows the failure of governance of current Ibobi led government.

Interview of the said batch conducted on June 10 was announced to cancel the whole recruitment rather declaring the results is very unfortunate and condemnable. Use of CCTVs during the process of recruitment now seems to be a mockery befooling the capable youths of the state, Joykishan further said that he endorses the ultimatum served by the victimized candidates and said that the State Government should revoke the cabinet decision and bring to an amicable solution on or before August 30.

BJP MLA Joykishan mentioned that delaying of results has wasted valuable time to the candidates and brought injustice to them. He said that if the government still persists in conducting another physical test, he would himself join the agitation against it.
Government has done grave injustice and wrong to the public, said Joykshan and that the Government has owe apology towards the public.

Naoriya Pakhanglakpa BJP campaign committee formed

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL, August 21: The BJP Mahila election campaign committee of Naoriya Pakhanglakpa was formed today for BJP candidate Oinam Malesh in upcoming 2017 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly Election. Today, a huge number of women gathered at the residence of Oinam Malesh at Kwakeithel Lamdong under Naotiya Pakhanglakpa constituency.

Oinam Malesh said that Naoriya Pakhanglakpa is facing lack of development in various fields. In the interest of public he is trying to fill up the gaps in constituency. He further said that the allocation of PDS items for Naoriya Pakhanglakpa for one month is 1397 quintals. But it is learnt that rice quantity has largely increased after NFSA was implemented in the state. Unfortunately, the people of Naoriya Pakhanglakpa did not get a single grain of rice from NFSA though it has complete four months since implementation.

In the meeting, Vice President of BJP M Asnikumar said that the NFSA was created for the poor to provide rice at Rs 3 per Kg but the state congress government jeopardizes it in the state..
He said that in the coming election BJP will raise some issues against incumbent government. A huge scandal in the developmental fund would be revealed before the public.
Asnikumar asked the public to help in arresting the NFSA looters in the state for giving them befitting punishment. In the meeting K Robindro Vice-Presdient of BJYM, Dr Antas Khan Vice-Presdient of BJYM were also present.

Chungkham Bijoy’s candidacy endorsed

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL, August 21: Imphal West District Zilla Parishad Ashyaksa Mutum Santi alongwith 100 volunteers of Apunba Salai Kangleipak have endorsed the candidacy of Chungkham Bijoy state executive member of State BJP for Patsoi constituency today. The decision for supporting Ch Bijoy was openly declared in a simple reception functioned for the 100 volunteers held at the office of Apunba Salai Kangleipak Patsoi part-I.

In the function Ch Bijoy said that Patsoi is now facing deficiency factor in development. He has decided to fight the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly election to take up development works.
Water supply, drainage system, road condition, education, health centre are a totally failure in the constituency, he alleged

RK Somorjit Convener of Biodiversity cell said that a case has been registered against AK Mirabai Minister of Social Welfare in connection to misleading information of construction 4000 Angalwadi centres in the state. Huge amount has also withdrawn without construction.

Heingang BJP takes out rally on NFSA

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL, August 21: In continuous drive against that non availability of public distribution items especially the quota of rice under National Food Security Act, BJP Heingang Mandal today has launched a rally within Heingang constituency.

The rally led by BJP State executive member P Saratchandra along with other BJP workers today started from Koirengei Bazar. P Saratchandra made allegations against the Congress government that it has failed to distributed rice quota under NFSA but also other basic amenities like sugar and kerosene etc.

He further charged that NFSA has wrongly benefitted only the near and dear ones of the Government and their officials while neglecting the people living under poverty line. He said that in support with the youths of the area and BJP party volunteers will give message to the public during the rally to join them in putting pressure the Government to fully implement NFSA.

Dr Najma Heptulla sworn in as 18th Governor

The Sangai Express

Imphal, August 21 2016: Dr Najma A Heptulla was today sworn in as the Governor of Manipur .

Acting Chief Justice of the High Court of Manipur Justice Rakesh Ranjan Prasad administered the oath of office and secrecy to Dr Najma A Heptulla at a ceremony held at the Darbar hall of Raj Bhavan.

She is the 18th Governor of Manipur. The ceremony was attended by Chief Minister Okram Ibobi, Speaker Th Lokeshwar Singh, Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam, Ministers, Lok Sabha MPs Dr Th Meinya and Thangso Baite, Rajya Sabha MP MC Mary Kom, MLAs, Chief Secretary, Director General of Police, and other senior officials of the State Government, police officers, Army officers and senior citizens.

Manipur Cabinet Agrees to Create 580 Posts for Railway Protection

IMPHAL, August 21: Imphal Free Press

A Manipur cabinet meeting convened on Saturday has approved creation and recruitment of 580 posts required for the opening of four Government Railway Police Stations and six other out-posts for protection and guarding of the Jiribam to Imphal rail line which is expected to be completed by 2019.

The cabinet meeting chaired by the Chief Minister was convened at 4:30 pm inside the CM’s Secretariat. Government spokesperson and Rural Development and Panchayati Raj minister Moirangthem Okendro said for the protection of the Jiribam Imphal rail line Government Railway Police Stations will be set up at Jiribam, Thingou, Noney and Imphal and the six out-posts will be opened at Dholaikhal, Kaimai Road, Kambiron, Khongsang, Tupul and Hao Chong.

The cabinet, he said, has okayed creation of the required 580 posts to man the stations and outposts, and recruitment process for the said posts. The minister said, the cabinet has also approved creation and recruitment of one office assistant each in the government high schools and higher secondary schools which have no LDC/ office assistant sanctioned posts. There are 211 government high schools and higher secondary schools.

At the same time, the post vacancy of office assistant for which recruitment process is underway has been increased from 178 to 272, he said adding that it was also approved to recruit advocates to the posts of six OSD/ Legal on contract basis. He said the government has also approved upgrading Sangaiyumpham High School and Bengoon High School by creating the required posts in the two schools.

The minister continued that the cabinet has also decided to cancel the provision of qualification scale to altogether 1786 under-matric, matriculate, undergraduate/ Primary teachers.

Meanwhile, the minister also said that on a special consideration the cabinet has also approved to promote SI Monika Devi to Inspector rank and under the instruction of the high court, the cabinet has also decided to give government jobs to 18 surrendered cadres of different UG groups.

State BJP team leaves for core committee meet

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL, August 22: Core committee members of Bharatiya Janata Party, Manipur Pradesh led by its president K Bhabananda has left for New Delhi to attend a core committee meeting of all state units of BJP which is scheduled to be held on August 23 in New Delhi.

According to sources, Convener of State Election Management Committee BJP Th Chaoba; MLAs Kh Joykisan and Th Biswajit;  former presidents of BJP Manipur Pradesh H Borbabu, Sh Santikumar and M Bhorot are part of the core committee members besides S Premananda Sharma who will be taking part in the meeting as special invitee. The source informed that the core committee meeting to be held at Vigyan Bhawan will be chaired by national president of BJP Amit Shah.

It is also learnt that during the meeting the state BJP team will raise the upcoming 11th State Legislative Assembly Election and other issues confronting the state. The meeting will also discuss on BJP s’ chief ministerial candidate as the party is confident of winning the election in the state.

Tera Urak villagers resolve to boycott Sekmai MLA

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL | August 22: A group of villagers of Tera Urak have decided to boycott Sekmai MLA Kh Deven, if the MLA fails to properly implement the PMGSY works according to the official release. In this connection, more than 100 villagers including women staged a sit-in-protest today, protesting the bypassing of Tera Urak Village by 1 km distance in the PMGSY road programme. The sit-in-protest was jointly organized by local youth club Pioneer Club Tera Urak, local meira paibis and village committee along with social worker from Sekmai Ayangbam Oken.

Election committee formed in Kumbi

Imphal Free Press

BISHNUPUR | August 22: The Indian National Congress formed its election committee for 29/ 13 (c) of Kumbi Kendra during a formal function at Kumbi Bazar Mandop today. The function was organized under the leadership of S Bira Singh, MLA of 29 Kumbi by the Kumbi Block Congress Committee.

MLA Bira, local educationist Dr S Ibohal Singh, special contractor S Premchand Singh, Kumbi Block Congress Committee chairman L Shekhor Singh attended as presidium members. Addressing the gathering, Dr Ibohal said BJP aspiring candidate for the upcoming state assembly election for Kumbi constituency, Mangi had never done much when he was a state minister or when he was the MLA for more than 20 years.

During Mangi’s time as the local representative, it was hard to find a gazette officer who could attest certificates, he said adding that during his period Mangi had never acted to develop human resource in the constituency. However, an aspiring candidate should not just resort to criticizing others, instead should discuss ways with others to improve the constituency, he said observing that the present MLA has never ever criticized others.

He added even if the BJP has come to power in the centre, there is no wrong in the Congress remaining in power in Manipur, because we are living in a democracy. He continued if the demand for inclusion of people of Kumbi under Lois category had been made earlier, the constituency could have produced atleast a few high ranking officers who would participate in the administration of the state. He continued, today with due efforts of the local MLA, the demand for Lois status is near.

Bira said since he joined politics this is the first time the people get to see preparatory meetings before the election. He said he is hopeful of winning again. The MLA said the Chief Minister has sanctioned Rs 2 crore for the construction of the Moirang Lamkhai to Kumbi Thongjao road. Not only this, but there are funds for construction and repairing of several roads of the constituency, he added. In the field of education 10 SSA schools have been inaugurated in the constituency, while the Kumbi College which had no students and teachers have been repaired and developed. Now there are more than 400 students in the college, he observed.

Congress government played dictatorship has more cleared: Kh Joykisan

Imphal Free Press

Imphal, August 23: The high court verdict in the Khomdram Ratan case has clearly shown that all these years the Okram Ibobi Government has been functioning like a dictatorship, said Kh Joykisan MLA Thangmeiband.

MLA Joykisan who is presently staying at New Delhi lauded today’s judgment. He said, now it has become clearer that the state congress government has been violating the Indian constitution. On the recruitment controversy he said, the state government must revoke the decision of recruitment process quash for those constable who already faced DPC in 2013 batch.

Further MLA Kh Joykisan said that the core committee meeting would be held tonight with BJP National President in the chair.

BJP demands Gaikhangam’s resignation

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL | Aug 23: Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam who is in charge of Home must resign on moral grounds for spoiling the career of 10,000 Manipur youths by cancelling the DPC of 2013 constable recruitment, said Adim Pamei Vice-President of state BJP.

Adim Pamei who was present in the meeting and rally of the All Manipur DPC Completed Candidates of Police Constable (male) 2013 at Singjamei lambasted the police arrogance and action toward protesters to disperse the agitation at Singjamei Supermarket area. Saying that Gaikhangam is not fit to be a Home Minister Adim Pamei said, many parents have sold their properties for greasing the palms of the high and mighty for their sons. The people must rise in unison against the government with an ultimatum for revocation of the order of cancellation within 5 days from today, he said.

15 years rule testimonial of people’s faith in party: TN Haokip

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL, August 24: Indian National Congress as a responsible political party will focus on immediate remedial measures, if the rumour of congress MLAs deserting the party for the BJP becomes reality. There will be fitting reaction to action.

This was stated by MPCC President TN Haokip, while replying to query on the party’s reaction to the rumour about congress MLAs departing the party in favour of BJP. In an exclusive talk with IFP, Haokip said that the last 15 years rule has testified faith of the people on the congress. ‘We have gifted two seats of Manipur Legislative Assembly to the BJP in the recent by-elections and further want of MLAs from the congress is against the BJP ideology.’ It has proved that the BJP is not suited to Manipur soil and climate, the state Congress chief said.

Such rumour will not come to a reality, as the congress party does not believe in the matter, asserted TN Haokip. He further said that ‘till today none of the senior and junior MLAs of congress party has the desire for joining BJP’. Instead, the MLAs have suggested for kicking off political conferences of the party for the upcoming general election in a short period, he added.

So, the MPCC has scheduled a series of political conferences during mid-September for the upcoming Manipur Legislative Assembly Election being held just after the rainy season. In this regard, the MPCC has chalked out the schedule for both the Hills and the Valley constituencies.

CM inaugurates e-district

The Sangai Express

Imphal, August 24 2016: The State is striving to make its mark by becoming the Information Technology hub in the North Eastern States and bring back the human resources (resourceful Manipuri people) scattered in different parts of the globe, stated Chief Minister Okram Ibobi at the inaugural function of the Manipur e-District Project today at the Sangai Hall of Hotel Imphal.

The Manipur e-District Project was launched under the aegis of the Department of Information Technology, Government of Manipur. Chief Minister O Ibobi graced the inaugural function as the chief guest while Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam was the functional president. Parliamentary Secretary (IT) Victor Keishing, Chief Secretary O Nabakishore and Commissioner IT PK Singh were also present as the guests of honour.

Special Secretary IT N Ashok Kumar and other high ranking officials of the Department of Information Technology too attended the function.

Now, NPF too opposes Draft Bill Says it will hurt hill and valley people

The Sangai Express

Imphal, August 24 2016: Iterating its stand against the Draft Bill, christened the Manipur Regulation of Non-Local People Act, 2016, the Naga People's Front, Manipur State Unit has today asserted that if the Bill is passed in the Legislative Assembly of Manipur, it will go against the interest of the Hill people and equally harm the people in the Valley.

In a statement, L Dikho, Samuel Risom, ST Victor Nughlung and V Alexander Pao, who appended their signatures as 'resigned MLA' said that if the Government insist on introducing the same and passing it, then it should be done so only for the valley areas and not the hill areas of Manipur. Outlining the reasons for their opposition to the Draft Bill the four said that the 'State Assembly is not competent to legislate on the subject matter of 'Peace' which falls under the Union List and enact a law to violate Constitutional provisions like Article 14, 19 and 21 read with Article 371 C .

If passed many sections and clauses will be nullified and rendered redundant, said the NPF and detailed them as Assam Land and Revenue Regulation 1886 (Regulation I of 1886) which protects the rights and interests of the tribals of Manipur over land and resources; Manipur State Hill People (Administration) Regulation Act, 1947 which protects the rights, culture, customs, land and business of the hill villagers. The other sections and clauses which will be nullified and rendered redundant include Manipur (Village Authority in hill areas) Act, 1956 which empower the village authorities in judiciary, policing, administration within the village jurisdiction,; the Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reform Act, 1960, which is not extended to the Hills of Manipur and prohibits the sale and purchase of tribal land to non-tribals and the Manipur (Hill Areas) district council Act, 1971 which empowers the ADC members on land and resources and Manipur Hills Areas (House Tax) Act, 1966 etc.

MLA accused of swindling fund

The Sangai Express

Imphal, August 24 2016: Lamsang AC MLA K Brajabidhu has been accused of swindling Rs four lakh in the name of construction of a Meira Paibi shed at Luker Mayai Leikai out of the MLA Local Area Development Fund.

Luker Mayai Leikai Meira Paibi joint secretary M Ibecha said that a waiting shed was constructed at Luker Mayai Leikai at the initiative of Maklang Gram Panchayat Pradhan Oinam Tondon.

A waiting shed cum Meira Paibi shed was also constructed after the Meira Paibis contributed Rs 20,000 and Ward Member N Momota contributed Rs 40,000. However, local MLA W Brajabidhu took Rs four lakh from the MLA Local Area Development Fund in the name of constructing the waiting shed cum Meira Paibi shed, Ibecha said. Meanwhile, former Minister S Rajen said that information sought through RTI Act revealed withdrawal of huge amounts in the name of different works while no work was executed on ground.

Just like at Luker Mayai Leikai, Rs two lakh was withdrawn in the name of construction of the office building of Awang Khunou Youth Club. Another Rs 2.5 lakh was also withdrawn in the name of construction of Luker Leitong Meira Paibi shed, S Rajen said.

BJP Kisan Morcha distributes

The Sangai Express

Imphal, August 24 2016: BJP Manipur Pradesh Kisan Morcha vice president Ningthoujam Itomba Meetei distributed paddy saplings today to the farmers of Keirao Bitra, whose paddy crops were damaged by the recent flood, said a statement of the Morcha. Around 2000 paddy saplings were distributed to 30 farmers of the village where paddy crops planted in about 20 hectares of land were damaged in the recent flood and breaching of Thongrangbi canal.

Youth Development Cen- tre Club, Keirao Bitra secretary Heikham Jadumani said that despite the local people facing shortage of paddy saplings and fertiliz- ers, no Government authority including the incumbent lo- cal MLA turned up to rescue the flood affected farmers and lauded the initiative of the Morcha vice president who also has distributed 500 urea bags to the farmers.

MLA W Brajabidhu seeks clarification

The Sangai Express

Imphal, August 25 2016: Lamsang AC MLA W Brajabidhu has rubbished the accusations charged against him by former MLA S Rajen. MLA W Brajabidhu in a press meet held at his MLA quarters at Babupara today said the Luker Mayai Leikai Meira shed was not built with the MLA Local Area Development Fund.

The entire cost of construction was borne by the Meira Paibis. As such, the allegation that Rs 4 lakh have been withdrawn from the MLA Local Area Development Fund comes as a surprise, he stated. He has demanded former Minister S Rajen to produce related documents to support his claim within seven days while warning to pursue a legal suit against the former Minister.

Questioning the motive behind the accusation the MLA said a proposal was indeed made to construct Luker Mayai Leikai Meira shed with the MLA Local Area Development Fund but, the plan was dropped and a corrigendum on the matter was also issued. "How can he charge those allegations against me without knowing the facts", the MLA said.

He claims that he has put in all the MLA Local Area Development Fund for the development of the AC. "People have re-elected me as their MLA because i have been using the MLA Local Area Development Fund for the right purpose. I have also produced a white paper on all the developmental works that i have taken up in my 15 years as an MLA. Details of the new works taken up in AC will also be made public soon", he added.

Luker Mayai Leikai Meira Paibi secretary Khoisnam Khambi also rubbished the allegations made by the former Minister. She said the shed in question was constructed entirely by the Meira Paibis with the support of the local Pradhan. She has further urged the former Minister not to spread false information regarding the construction of the Meira Paibi shed among the people. The press meet was also attended by local club members, meira paibis and others.

Heirangoithong locals decry MLA

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL, August 25: A group of Heirangoitong Maibam Leikai residents staged sit-in at the local community hall today to protest against alleged politicising distribution of food grains under National Food Security Act (NFSA) by the local MLA. According to Langthabal Zilla Parishad member Sagolsem Ronel who participated in the protest, the Langthabal MLA, Karam Shyam had collected NFSA beneficiary cards from the concerned Sub-Divisional Officer, but failed to distribute the cards to beneficiaries of the locality.

Further in his claim, Ronel said he had already inquired on the issue with the concerned Deputy Commissioner’s office and he was informed that some supporters of the MLA had come and collected the beneficiary cards. It is also found that the cards have been distributed to only the MLA’s supporters and their families. Stating that due to such inconsiderate act of the local MLA, the others continue to suffer immense hardship, Ronel said adding considering this, he with the consent of the concerned district supply officer has arranged around 400 duplicate cards for the beneficiaries.

However, it is very unfortunate that the concerned fair price shop agents have refused to provide the rice quota to the duplicate card holders, he claimed. Ronel said he has taken the entire responsibility to bring justice to the public and for which he will have to knock on the doors of the court.

Chapter 14

BJP to launch campaign for Assembly polls from September

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL, August 7: BJP will start full swing campaign for the upcoming Assembly election from September in the bid to install a BJP government in Manipur, said Th Chaoba, the convener of state BJP election committee.

Speaking at a press meet held at the state BJP office, Chaoba said that the party national chief Amit Shah has agreed to visit the state in the first week of September. He will be accompanied by various Union ministers on the trip.

The main agenda behind the visit by the group of central leaders on the eve of launching the poll campaign is to create an opportunity for bringing in a people friendly BJP government by ending the prolonged Congress regime in the state, Chaoba said.

He mentioned that the core committee meeting of the state BJP was held at the national capital where many issues relevant to the present political climate of Manipur were discussed and subsequently a resolution on taking up all necessary actions in the interest of the people was also adopted. Chaoba made the announcement that people from all political parties are welcomed to join the BJP but laid a condition that they should not have had prior bad reputation in their careers. The verdict of the people will be final in deciding whether political leaders with questionable past should be given entry to the party or not, he said.

The matter of allocation of party tickets for the Assembly election did not figured at the core committee meeting as the focus was on thorough strengthening of the party at the grass root level, Chaoba claimed. The state leaders placed a report to the Central leaders containing the observation that 70 percent people of the state, including both hills and valley areas, now wanted a political change and regard the BJP as trustworthy, he informed. The former Union minister clarified that the topic of imposing an age limit on party candidatures did not featured at the meeting. Any comment passed on this matter is the personal view of the individual concerned, he said.

He asserted that the Central leaders have not decided yet on the chief ministerial candidate of the party for the Assembly election and neither did it came up at the core committee meeting. Chaoba talked elaborately on the state BJP’s plan to launch a mass agitation during the upcoming session of the Assembly on the irregularities encountered during the implementation of NFSA in the state. The BJP will not spare any individual who misuses or manipulates public properties whether it is NFSA or MGNREGA, Chaoba added.

He assured the people that when BJP government comes to power in the state, the benefits of all central government schemes will reach the deserving beneficiaries without fail. Corruption or malpractice will not be allowed to rear its faces in a BJP government, pledged Chaoba.

BJP grass root campaign

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL, August 7: State BJP has commenced its booth level strengthening campaign at Kumbi Mandal with the hosting of a meeting at Saiton Heiyaikon under polling 29/5 in Kumbi Assembly constituency today.

 At the meeting Kh Nabakumar, the president of BJP Manipur Pradesh Kishan Morcha, expressed resentment over the incumbent Kumbi MLA’s failure to initiate any developmental works in the constituency during his tenure.

He criticised that the MLA is staying at his official quarter at Babupura with his family and some other key workers in happiness despite the Kumbi villagers are facing several problems connected to drinking water, road connectivity, education and health care etc.

 In the meeting vice president of Kishan Morcha N Itomba Meetei, general secretary of BJP S Nimaichand, state secretaries S Surchandra and M Ingobi and local elders A Mani, A Thambou and A Sanamatum were also present.

Govt to encourage use of handloom products in all the institutes

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL, August 7:  Commerce and Industries Minister, Govindas Konthoujam, today divulged that the state cabinet will soon deliberate on issues and ways to encourage the use of handloom products in all Government institutions operating in the state including educational institutes.

The Minister stated this during the inauguration of the Panthoibi Arcade, at Wangkhei opposite Eatern Ground, as a part of the 2nd National Hanloom Day.

Further as part of the observance the Minister also inaugurated a Designers’ Exhibition besides inaugurating Skill upgradation on silk and cotton fabrics and also distributed yarn on credit basis to male weavers.

Last BJP segment wise political awareness held

Imphal Free Press

TAMENGONG, Aug, 7: In its last leg political awareness drive which has been going on since the month of April this year, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) reached out to the people of Tharon ADC Segment of Tamenglong Block to promote the interests of the party. The political awareness organised by BJP Tamenglong Mandal under the leadership of Ph. Phungan, President BJP Tamenglong Mandal was held her at Sonram Namthan village for Tharon ADC Segment with an objective toward creating political awareness in Tamenglong Block.

The last awareness program was attended by G. Apoukhui, Chairman, Finance Committee, ADC/Tml and Santhuiyang Pamei, EM ADC/Tml as the guest of honor and chief guest respectively. Extending warm greetings to all, Shri Chidungai Remmei, President of local committee, Tharon ADC Segment welcomed all the participants to the programs and humbly urged the people to vote the BJP to power in the upcoming General Assembly Election of the State.

Speaking as chief guest, Shri Santhuiyang Pamei, Executive Member, ADC Tamenglong said that the ultimate decision to change the future of the district lies in the hand of voters. He urged the people to judiciously choose their representative. In his speech as guest of honour, Shri G. Apoukhui, Chairman of Finance Committee, ADC/Tml, who was elected from Rengpang ADC Segment of Nungba Assembly Constituency, drawing attention to the poor condition of basic amenities in the district said that people of Nungba Assembly Constitution are frustrated with the Congress rule.

He further stated that people are aware of the changing political scenario in the entire country and the progress of development under the regime of Modi or BJP, and therefore, it is naturally expected that the people will vote the BJP to power as the people of the constituency has realized the futility of the Congress rule and yearned for a positive changes.

The resource person of the program, Shri Saul Kamei, General Secretary of BJP Tml Mandal, expounded on the some of the basic guiding principles of BJP to people and dismissed the popular doubts that BJP is anti-Christian and anti-minorities. He also strongly lambasted the Congress rule in the State for the pitiful condition of development works in Tamenglong district.

Shri Pouhotlung Panmei, Executive Member, ADC/Tml, repeatedly elected from Tharon ADC Segment for two consecutive terms, spoke from his experiences with other political parties as well, he personally stated that “the BJP is, so far, showing dependability through its good governances” and expressed that voters of the segment are pinning their hope on the Party. He stated that the Congress government in the State is not willing to initiate or bring about development in the hills and the welfare of the people are willfully neglected under the present government of the State and that the changes could be brought about only if BJP is voted to power in the State.

Phungaan Phaomei, President, BJP Tml Mandal while delivering the presidential speech, stated that Tamenglong district is one of the most backward districts in the entire country, and therefore, it is imperative that people should change their political outlooks and vote the party to power so that substantive development could be seen in the district. He also urged the people to adapt with the changing political scenario in the entire country so as to reap benefits for the district.

Amit Shah sets date with state in Sept

The Sangai Express

Imphal, August 07 2016 : BJP president Amit Shah would visit the State in the first week of September in order to chalk out a strategy so that there is a BJP Government in Manipur after the forthcoming State Assembly election. This was stated by BJP Manipur Pradesh election management committee convenor Th Chaoba during a press meet at their Nityaipat Chuthek office here today.

Policies and programmes initiated by the party with regard to the Manipur State Assembly election were discussed in detail during a core committee meeting of the party which was chaired by Amit Shah at Delhi on August 2. Informing that he also took part in the core committee meeting, Chaoba said that the prevailing political situation of Manipur was deliberated at length during the meeting.

The meeting discussed about initiating due measures so as to defeat the ruling Congress party and set up a BJP Government in Manipur. To chalk out strategies towards this end, BJP president Amit Shah would visit Imphal in the first week of September. Many other Central leaders of the party would also visit the State one after another ahead of the president’s visit, Chaoba said.

All the people who want to join BJP are most welcome but tainted people would not be allowed. However, allotment of party tickets for the State Assembly election was never discussed during the core committee meeting. The issue of implementing NFSA was also discussed during the meeting.

A mass agitation would be launched against the forfeiture of huge quantities of rice and the issue of NFSA would be taken up as an election agenda, Chaoba continued.

ZP Members set to approach Court

The Sangai Express

Imphal, August 07 2016 : Imphal East Zilla Parishad Members have decided to approach the Court against the alleged failure of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to implement the Manipur Panchayati Raj Act effectively. Notably, 19 ZP Members of Imphal East district moved a no confidence motion against Adhyaksha P Bimola on July 20. Altogether 11 ZP Members who are opposing Adhyaksha P Bimola held a press meet today.

One member K Tomba said that the Adhyaksha should convene a meeting of all Members and demonstrate she still enjoys support of the majority of Members within seven days after a no confidence motion has been raised as per the Section 57(4) of the Manipur Panchayati Raj Act 1994. As no meeting was convened after seven days had lapsed, a representation was submitted to the Imphal East DC on July 27 to convene a meeting. Subsequently, the DC directed the Imphal East CEO to convene a special meeting within five days. But no meeting has been convened till date, Tomba said.

Even as a complaint was submitted to the Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Principal Secretary against the CEO’s failure to convene a meeting, no response has been received so far. Again, representation was submitted to the Chief Secretary on August 5 but to no avail. Subsequently, it has been decided to approach the Court regarding the matter, Tomba said.

Chapter 12

New BJP Kishan Morcha vice-president feted

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL | July 31: Locals of Keirao Bitra today felicitated N Itomba Meetei who was appointed as vice-president BJP Manipur Pradesh Kishan Morcha. The function was organized by three local clubs of Keirao Bitra namely Irilbung Library Union, Youth development centre club and Keirao Litan Makhong Youth club.

Pradhan of Keirao GP Mutum Rameshchandra, Ward Members L Naobi, N Lata, T Sushilla, BJP state executive members Salam Lala, Thongram Tony and Thongram Goepn attended the function as dignitaries. Speaking on the occasion, Itomba said that the country is marching ahead in the wake of the BJP led government coming to power at the centre.

He exuded confidence that a BJP led government would come in the state after the 2017 state assembly election as the people are already fed up with the corrupt Congress rule for 14 years. Alleging that no development work and welfare activities for the people in Keirao Assembly constituency are visible under the incumbent Congress MLA representing the Assembly segment, Itomba appealed to the people of the constituency to support the right BJP candidate who would ensure a sparkling Keirao assembly constituency.

He said that the assembly constituency will continue lagging behind development in all sectors if the present corrupt MLA is re-elected in the upcoming election. He alleged that the incumbent MLA has misappropriated the benefits of the people under national food security scheme.

“Rice quotas of the assembly constituency for the month of May, June and July have been lost”, Itomba contended, adding that he would fight for the rights of the people at his level best. BJP state executive member Th Tony while slamming the Congress government for its misdeeds and corrupt practices during its 14 years old tenure, appealed to the people to uproot the Congress government from the state so as to bring a transparent and accountable government.

During the gathering, it was also resolved that Keirao voters would support the candidate who gets BJP ticket in the upcoming election.

BJP still pondering on CM candidate: Ram Madhav
Party set to welcome Cong dissenters for 2017 assembly elections

Imphal Free Press

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is still weighing options on who would be the BJP Chief Ministerial candidate for the ensuing 2017 Manipur Legislative Assembly elections. This was stated by party General Secretary (Coordination) and NE incharge Ram Madhav while briefing mediapersons at Hotel Imphal after the State Party Executive Committee meeting today.

He said, discussions on who would be the right person to lead at the hustings are going on and a decision in this regard would be made in a couple of months. Today is the first state executive meeting after Kshetrimayum Bhabananda took over the leadership of the state BJP unit. The closed door meeting was held at Sangai Hall of Imphal Hotel.

Ram Madhav who was present as the chief guest at the meeting mentioned that the state BJP is in the process of working out a good strategy for ushering in a BJP government in Manipur next year. He further said, we have started working in each and every constituency for strengthening the party base in Manipur as assembly elections is due in 6/7 months.

The executive meeting today has resolved political and economical resolutions.We are strengthening the BJP right from Mandal to polling station level. We have already charted out plans, agitations and political programmes for next six months, he added. Now BJP will expose the misdeeds of Ibobi government and present BJP as a viable alternative to the people of Manipur come elections, said Ram Madhav.

While queried about the BJP stand on taking in sitting Congress MLAs to the party, Ram Madhav replied that BJP is now a centre of attraction and has great gravity. Anyone who wants to join BJP in the interest of Manipur state is welcome, he said. And person who have faith more in leadership of their people and who want a change in Manipur from a corrupt system of Ibobi government are welcome to join BJP, said Ram Madhav.

He further said that the CSO and Political leaders have come to Delhi and met with Central Leaders, Union Home Minister and others. Assuring that the central government will look seriously into the proposals submitted by the state Assembly he said, if the need arises Union Cabinet will take an appropriate action on the ILP issue of Manipur. We are very much interested in the aspirations of the people of Manipur. Hopefully, Government of India will take appropriate view on the proposal for ILP implementation in Manipur, said Ram Madhav.

Citing political resolutions of the state executive meeting he said, the BJP will usher in peace, development and tranquility in the state, drug smuggling in Manipur and corruption will be rooted out in the state, will monitor misuse of central funds in the state and BJP will take vital responsibility to enact an act for safeguarding indigenous people of the hills and valley. On the economic front, BJP resolved to make maximum effort on the women empowerment, skill development, digital India, act east policy etc.

Chief Minister should resign on moral ground: Samuel Jendai - Former MLA decries pathetic road condition
The Sangai Express

Imphal, July 31 2016: Alleging negligence of the State Government in initiating developmental activities in Tamenglong district, former Minister from Tamenglong AC Samuel Jendai said that Chief Minister O Ibobi should resign on moral ground.

Samuel Jendai, also a State executive member of BJP Manipur Pradesh, recently visited Tamenglong district to take a stock of the prevailing developmental works in the district. “Khongsang-Tamenglong road, which is the lifeline of the people settled in different parts of the district is in a battered condition. The road which is also a State Highway connecting Tamenglong with the rest of the State is in its worst state due to negligence of the State authorities concerned”, alleged Samuel while interacting with The Sangai Express.

He further said that many trucks carrying essential commodities are stranded due to the deplorable road condition. Such road condition, without a doubt, can be considered as the worst in the entire State. During medical and other emergency cases, common people have to go through untold sufferings yet the State Government led by O Ibobi confidently claimed that there is development in both the hill districts and valley.

Cong pledges territorial integrity

The Sangai Express

Thoubal, July 31 2016: One major objective of Congress party is safeguarding the territorial integrity of Manipur. As long as Congress party exists in the State, the party will never allow disintegration of Manipur, asserted MPCC president TN Haokip.

He was speaking at a political conference cum felicitation function of newly elected MPCC office bearers at Kakching Mayai Leikai today which was jointly organised by the Kakching Block Congress Committee and the Kakching Youth Congress Committee. TN Haokip said that Congress is one political party which does not segregate people on the basis of religious faiths, ethnicity or caste.

It was the Congress party which framed all the policies and programmes for the development of Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, Dalits, minority Muslims and other backward classes. However, the BJP Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been following a policy of subjugating the backward and underprivileged classes.

The ancient prophecy of Nongpok Thong Hangba will come true when the Trans-Asian Highway conceptualised during UPA Government materializes, TN Haokip said. People should not forget that it was the UPA Government led by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh which took up the grand project to put Manipur on the railway map of the country.

Asserting that there is no political party other than Congress which can encompass the whole Manipur, TN Haokip appealed to all the people to re-elect the Congress Government. The political conference cum felicitation programme was preceded by a motorcycle rally from Sora Keithel to Kakching Mayai Leikai.

BJP Manipur Pradesh fumes

The Sangai Express

Imphal, July 31 2016: BJP Manipur Pradesh executive member Y Khemchand has questioned why the State Government has not provided even a morsel of rice to the people of Singjamei AC under National Food Security Act (NFSA) till today although distribu- tion of rice had already begun in neighbouring Assembly segments.

Speaking at a public meeting held at his residence, Khemchand said that no Fair Price Shop to distribute NFSA rice had been opened at the AC till date. Questioning where the rice quota of Singjamei AC had been diverted, Khemchand expressed concern over maintain- ing silence by the Government although huge quantity of rice meant for distribution to the people under NFSA are available in the market.

Alleging that Congress workers are directly involved in the distribution of NFSA ration cards, Khemchand said that it is high time to constitute a committee by the people of Singjamei AC against such activities. Saying that the Government is yet to ascertain the exact number of NFSA beneficiaries of the AC, Khemchand said that he would seek information through RTI in this regard soon.

Delay in repair of Ima Keithel: BJP women wing to approach Centre

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL, August 2: BJP Manipur Mahila Morcha has submitted a complaint to the ministry of Urban Development to take up initiative for restructuring or restoration of the three market sheds of Ima Keithel in order to accommodate the displaced women vendors at the earliest, according to its president Ningthoujam Sumatibala.

Addressing a press conference at the BJP office today she said the morcha had recently sent the written complaints to minister of Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu and minister of Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi. Sumatibala said the BJP Mahila Morcha will extend assistance in restoration of the three market sheds which had suffered damages during the January 4 earthquake.

She said a team of the morcha had visited the three Ima Keithel on July 27 and met several vendors who shared their grievances due to the present situation. She said the vendors told the team that they are facing immense grievances after being shifted to the temporary market shed and want to return to the Ima Keithel.

Mentioning that the government had assured the vendors that restoration works of the buildings will start on either August 2 or 10, she said if the government fails to meet the proposed timeline, they have decided to launch intense agitations against the government.

AK Mirabai distributes equipment

The Sangai Express

Imphal, August 02 2016: Embroidery machines, tailoring machines and handlooms were distributed to around 280 trained women at a function held today at the training hall of the Rural Women and Children Development Welfare Association (RWCDWA), Taobungkhok, Imphal West.

The Government paid 70 per cent of the cost of the machines while the remaining 30 per cent were borne by the beneficiaries. Speaking at the gathering as chief guest, Social Welfare Minister AK Mirabai called upon all women who have received vocational training to set up self help groups of 10 to 15 members each.

Women also need to know the laws of the land for self protection. They must know whom to approach when their modesty and dignity are threatened. Only when women are economically self-reliant, there can be gender equality, she asserted.

Sagolband AC MLA RK Imo, Manipur State Commission for Women Chairperson Dr K Sobita and Social Welfare Principal Secretary K Moses Chalai were also present at the gathering.

Senior Citizen Society calls for free and fair election practices

The Sangai Express

Imphal, August 02 2016: In an apparent step to curb the menace of ‘money power’ in elections, the Senior Citizen for Society, Manipur has called for collective efforts from every section of the society to adopt free and fair election practices. In an interaction with mediapersons today at Manipur Press Club, Secretary of Senior Citizens for Society (SCS) Khaidem Mani informed that SCS will organize a public meeting on August 21 to form an apex committee to monitor the upcoming Manipur State Assembly election 2017 .

All State level civil society organisations, Women Societies, Meira Paibis, Student Organisations of both of hills and valley are urged to attend the said meeting to form a committee and to bring free and fair election system in Manipur, he added. The State has seen the worst side of faulty democratic practices during elections and it is the root cause of all problems such as bandhs and blockades, nepotism, corruption, human rights violation, crime against women, absence of law and order and failure of administration, said SCS general secretary L Sadananda.

He added that such problem arises when there is a lack of governance.

“When we have an effective Government, everything can be checked in a proper manner and an effective Government can be formed when competent leaders are elected in a free and fair manner,” Sadananda added.

He said that the committee will campaign for strict compliance of the Model Code of Conduct issued by the Election Commission of India (ECI). Awareness programmes and campaigns will also be conducted not to sell our voting right. The committee will also press the political parties to nominate candidates after strict screening, crusade against malpractices and interference in the election process by the party in power and other stakeholders, he added.

He also urged all the CSOs, NGOs, women societies, Meira Paibis and student organisations of both hills and valley to send their representatives to the public meeting. In the meantime, SCS has also extended their warm wishes to all the State’s sportspersons who are participating in the Rio Olympic Games.

PILs filed against Manipur govt for mismanagement of funds

Morung Express

PILs filed against the Loktak Development Authority, Manipur Development Society and the state social welfare department

 IMPHAL, August 4 (TNN): Former Manipur CM RK Ranbir Singh’s son, RK Premjit Singh, has filed public interest litigations (PILs) against three separate units of the Okram Ibobi Singh government for alleged mismanagement of funds. The PILs have asked for a high-level probe into allegations of corruption in the Manipur government and appropriate legal action against the guilty officials.

A bench of the Manipur high court, headed by acting chief justice Rakesh Ranjan Prasad and justice S Serto, admitted all three PILs and issued notices to the relevant government officials and private firms.

Premjit engaged Supreme Court lawyer Rajesh Aggarwal to file PILs against two state government undertakings: the Loktak Development Authority (LDA) and Manipur Development Society (MDS). Advocate Kh Samarjit, who practises in Manipur high court, filed a PIL against the state social welfare department.

“My primary agenda is to streamline governance in the northeast. I am also prepared to file a bunch of PILs against other departments of the state,” Premjit told the media on Wednesday.

The litigant, who is currently in New Delhi, said there is no political motive behind filing of the three cases. The LDA case pertains to the cleaning of phumdi (floating biomass) from the Loktak lake, a project amounting to Rs 224 crore. The petitioner contended that the work had been initially awarded to a company on a trial basis. Premjit said the LDA had awarded the contract without floating a tender and the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) had reported mismanagement of funds.

Premjit added that, later, tenders were invited and the contract was awarded to a single bidder, a ‘two-day-old’ company called M/s K Pro.

The MDS case involves Rs 626 crore from 2007 to 2015 and the PIL alleged that contracts were awarded without issuing tenders and through fictitious payments. The petitioner raised anomalies in the construction of a circuit house in Churachandpur, Integrated Ayush Hospital in Lamphelpat, Regional Water Sports Complex in Takmu, District Sports Complex in Bishnupur and Chandel and barrack-type quarters for Wangoo Laipham Primary Health Centre, among others.

Another PIL is related to the non-construction of an anganwadi centre by the state social welfare department. The petitioner said Rs 101 crore was sanctioned for the construction of 4,464 anganwadi centres from 2005 to 2014. Having heard the three cases separately, the court issued notices to the respective government and private respondents and fixed September 9 as the date for the next hearing.

Repeal AFSPA : Dr T Meinya in LS

The Sangai Express

IMPHAL, Aug 4: Lok Sabha MP Dr T Meinya has demanded the Centre to repeal AFSPA, 1958. Speaking at the Lok Sabha today, the MP said that Irom Sharmila Chanu, who has been on fast since November 2000 as a mark of protest against AFSPA, has announced her decision to end her fast on August 9 to contest election in the upcoming State Assembly election.

For the last 16 years, the Iron Lady of Manipur has been living under ‘house arrest’ as an undertrial prisoner in the special ward of JNIMS, Imphal,  Meinya said. She has been force-fed through her nose all these years, he said and added that he is happy to hear that Sharmila has decided to lead a normal life. The recent SC verdict which stated that the Army and police are not free to use excess force under AFSPA is something long overdue, Dr Meinya said.

He said, “Time has come for the AFSPA to go. Hence, I strongly urge the Union Government to immediately repeal this infamous law AFSPA 1958.” On the other hand, Dr Meinya also requested HRD Minister Prakash Javdekar to give appointment to the representatives of AIFUCTO.

He said that All India Federation of University and College Teachers Organization (AIFUCTO) will stage a strike at Jantar Mantar. Thousands of teachers, librarians, Directors of Physical Education, other academic staff and administrative staff from all the States of the country would assemble at Jantar Mantar to participate in a massive demonstration. AIFUCTO would submit a memorandum highlighting various demands to the HRD Minister. The demands include early 7th Pay revision, roll back of 4th amendment of UGC regulations, scrapping of API for career advancement, dropping additional requirements in pre-2009 PhD regulations for exemption from PhD and consultation on the New Education Policy.