Chapter 16

Najma Heptulla consults Modi on state issues

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL, August 28: Dr Najma Heptullah, Governor of Manipur called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on August 27 in New Delhi and discussed various issues pertaining to the socio-economic and educational development of Manipur.

A statement issued by the DIPR said, Dr Heptullah brought to the notice of the Prime Minister that there is tremendous scope for promoting tourism industry in Manipur and direct air connectivity from bigger cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru etc will surely encourage people to explore natural beauty and culture of Manipur.

She further added that skill development of youths having specials focus on women and linking them with micro-credits will not only boost the job sector but also encourage them to become entrepreneurs, it said. Dr Heptullah further apprised the Prime Minister that various campaign of social concern like environment protection, cleanliness, “Beti-Bachao-BetiPadhao” were being carried out in the state in a large scale and efforts were being made to promote these objectives by launching a mass campaign.

In response, the Prime Minister appreciated the initiative being taken by the Governor and congratulated her for associating more people with the awareness campaigns. He assured to extend all support and co-operation to the state for undertaking developmental activities and for promoting various socio-economic and educational activities, it asserted.   The Governor also met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and apprised him about the law and order situation of the state.

Cong leader offers to resign if BJP can disclose ‘Framework Agreement’

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL, August 28: Congress MLA and MPCC Treasurer Kangujam Ranjit is ready to resign from politics if the state BJP leaders have the guts to convince the central leadership to disclose the hidden agenda behind the ‘Framework Agreement’ signed by the Govt of India and NSCN-IM.

Recently, NSCN-IM leader Thuingaleng Muivah had mentioned about a possible conclusion to the Naga Peace talks a year after the signing of the framework agreement, he said. In such a situation does the state BJP have guts to give pressure to the NDA government to disclose the possible conclusion to remove public apprehension, he questioned. MLA Ranjit was speaking at a one day political conference of Congress party held at Ibudhou Soralen Harao Shanglen, Kakyai organised by Nambol Block Congress Committee.

He said that the people of the state are apprehensive of the said ‘political conclusion’ with NSCN-IM. He appealed to the state BJP leaders to meet Prime Minister and demand disclosure of the hidden agenda of framework agreement in public interest. If they are able to do so we will welcome them with garlands at the airport and we will drop election of 2017 and will serve for them, he added. He further said, if the people of the state choose BJP in the coming election it will be tantamount to acceptance of destroying the territorial integrity of the state.

From the beginning BJP is our state enemy and still. The June 18 incident in 2001 and recently the framework agreement signed are all during period of BJP led NDA government. NSCN-IM has always targeted to destroy the integrity of Manipur. UNC and NPF are also the frontal organizations of NSCN-IM, he charged. NPF is their political wing which BJP is in alliance at the centre as well as in Nagaland. In the recent ADC election NPF and BJP got seats and together they formed the ruling dispenstion in Tamenglong, Ukhrul and Senapati district councils, he added.

MLA Heingang N Biren said that our society and state is suffering from a disease a chronic disease. So we need a proper diagnosis. He said, for 20 long years the ADCs in the hill districts remained non-functional as elections was not held and it became functional during the congress government. And now development in health, education and other sectors has begun to reach the remotest areas of the hill districts.

In the interest of the indigenous people of the state, the Congress government has passed three bills in 2015 Assembly. Unfortunately, the President of India has withholding and for discuss on the matter again. He said that government has openly invited any JAC or JCILPS and other civil societies to give opinion and discuss on the matter thoroughly together. If JAC or JCILPS continue to stick to their previous stands the state will see more unrest.

The fresh bill is to safeguard of all 38 different tribes and other communities of state. The bill is not to dislodge any communities from the state who are living together in Manipur, said N Biren. In the function Govindas Konthoujam Minister Commerce and Industry, D Korungthang Minister Health, N Loken Singh MLA Nambol and Vice President of MPCC S Budhachandra President DCC Bishnupur were also present.

Congress workers leave to support Kumbi Mangi

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL, August 28: Atleast 140 congress workers including eight Ward Members of Saiton Gram Panchayat has deserted the Congress party and joined BJP under State Senior Spokesperson N Mangi today. The 140 workers had joined BJP in a function of one day political conference cum formation of polling committee at Kumbi Uchan Makhong. In the conference the Kumbi BJP Mandal held reception for 140 newly enrolled to BJP.

N Mangi Senior Spokesperson said that under Narendra Modi India is able to bring a new development change. Prime Minister is focusing Northeast state to develop in various fields. Even in Manipur also developmental work has started. For a new government in state by BJP, peoples’ support is very much needed. He said that prolonged dictatorial congress government of 15 years should not continue any further in state. BJP fights for poor people, farmers against congress government of 15 years. In the change bring by BJP in India let’s Kumbi be a part.

On recent cancellation of police recruitment of 2013 shows that congress is always against people of Manipur. He said that no fresh recruitment should be held. General Secretary of BJP Kumbi Mandal A Sanjoy said that peoples’ support is needed to strengthen the Kumbi BJP. If Kumbi people endorse to BJP candidate N Mangi in the next BJP government Kumbi representative will get the chance to bring development programme for Kumbi.

We will be able to take part in formation of BJP government in Manipur after 2017 general election said Sanjoy. In the function BJP Bishnupur District Committee President RK Bimola Devi was also present.

Union Minister inspects Imphal airport; Air Asia likely to start intl flight from Imphal next year

The Sangai Express

Imphal, August 29 2016: Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Jayant Sinha today conducted a direct assessment of Imphal International Airport. He assured that Air Asia would start operating international flights to and from Imphal International Airport from next year.

Soon after landing at the airport, Jayant Sinha made a field inspection of the airport, its premises, infrastructure and facilities available there. Jayant Sinha was accompanied by officials of the Airport Authority of India and the State Transport Department.Speaking to media persons by the sideline of the field inspection, Jayant Sinha said that he came here to make a direct assessment of the infrastructure and facilities of Imphal airport after it was upgraded to the status of an international airport.

In addition to upgrading it to the status of an international airport, Imphal airport needs improvisation from time to time as a domestic airport. If international flights should be operated to and from Imphal airport, the same service should be commercially viable. The Central Government would take up due initiatives to improve air connectivity among the North East States under the Regional Connectivity Scheme.

Time to find permanent solution: PB Acharya

The Sangai Express / PTI

Kohima, August 29 2016: Nagaland Governor PB Acharya today said time is ripe for finding a permanent solution to the vexed Naga political problem by joining the ongoing dialogue with the Union Government by all Naga group leaders concerned.

“It is time to work together for permanent peace in Nagaland and things are taking shape with the signing of the ‘Framework Agreement’ between the NSCN-IM and the Union Government on August 3, last year,” the Governor said. “Under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it is the right time to solve the protracted Naga problem. We have to show our capacity and sincerity to convince all group leaders to have dialogue with the Central Government for a permanent solution to the problem,” he said.

He appealed to all political parties, NGOs, students’ organisations and civil societies to take a positive step for meeting different group leaders for a positive dialogue and join the ongoing peace talks for a respectable solution.

NPF condemns heinous act of miscreants

The Sangai Express

Imphal, August 29 2016: The NPF Manipur State Unit has strongly condemned the heinous act of unidentified miscreants who threw a powerful explosive at the residence of Samuel Risom, NPF MLA (resigned) and NPF Manipur State unit office at Dewlaland, at around midnight of August 28.The powerful bomb exploded and partially damaged a Maruti car and windows of the adjoining house.

Such lawlessness can no longer be tolerated. It may be recalled that there was a similar blast at the same place on February 19, 2014, conveyed a press release issued by NPF State Unit General Secretary (Adm) Honreikhui Kashung. The NPF also ridiculed the irresponsible remarks of MLA K Ranjit and Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee, Treasurer, against the NPF terming it as the frontal group and political wing of NSCN (IM) in a public meeting held at Ibudhou Soraren Harao Sanglen, Kakyai, Nambol Block on August 28.

He should know that NPF is a recognized political party in Manipur which is growing from strength to strength. This proved that the ruling government led by O Ibobi Singh seems to be instigating miscreants to carry out such crimes and creating hatred amongst the general public.

Naga outfit claims bomb attack

Imphal Free Press/Newmai News Network

IMPHAL, Aug 30: Underground organization Manipur Naga People’s Front (MNPF) today claimed responsibility for explosion that occurred at the private residence of Naga People’s Front (NPF) MLA Samuel Risom which also houses party office on August 28 at Deulahlane in Imphal.

“If the state unit of NPF was working in the interest of Naga people, such incidents would not have taken place. The organisation had exploded the bomb in the interest of the Nagas,” as per a statement released by MNPF assistant publicity Thomas Numai. It said the attack by the front not meant to target civilians, and that it does not want occurrence of such incidents. The outfit claimed that NPF candidates who came out victorious in the last state assembly election were not choice of the Naga electorate.

MNPF claimed that the NSCN (IM) used force against the people to vote in favour of the NPF candidates in the election and everybody knows it well. Further, the outfit claimed that it had triggered the blast at the NPF MLA’s residence and the political party’s office to warn against it to stop using NSCN (IM) as a tool to force and kill, harass and threaten Naga people again in the upcoming state assembly election.

“NPF should not make the same mistake this time. The political party must stop hiring NSCN (IM) cadres to win election by its candidates in the ensuing election. Should the party continue to indulge in the practice, there will be more intense violence,” the outfit warned.

It may be recalled here that the Manipur Naga People’s Front (MNPF) in yesterday’s statement blamed the NSCN (IM) “for creating an atmosphere of increasing feeling of disunity amongst the Naga peoples by adopting violent means” particularly during election time in the state. As per a press statement released by MNPF assistant publicity secretary Thomas Numai, the NSCN (IM) often indulges in killing, physical torture and threatening of Naga peoples while putting up candidates ‘selected by the outfit’ in election.

“The NSCN (IM) has been violating human rights, which has contributed in lowering the level of unity among Naga peoples. The outfit’s interference in electoral politics does not work in the common interest of the Naga peoples but rather a selfish attempt to conquer the Naga peoples through gun power,” the statement alleged. It vowed to work towards getting rid of such a culture adopted by NSCN (IM) and clarified that MNPF has so far not get involved in any Indian election in support of any political party or candidates.

The MNPF also vowed to fight against any move that aimed at suppressing the Naga peoples from any angle whatsoever. It declared that aspiring candidates who tries to contest the upcoming Manipur Assembly polls on the ticket of Naga People’s Front (NPF) with the help of NSCN (IM) will be considered as anti-Naga policy.

“Harsh action will be taken against such people in the interest of the Nagas. If NSCN (IM) is found attacking and threatening workers of other political parties and candidates, MNPF will strike back against those who are supported by the former,” the statement said. It also appealed that any form of action taken by MNPF under such circumstances should not be misunderstood by the people. 

Central leaders detailed of protest against fresh recruitment: Chaoba

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL, August 30: Details of the protest against the fresh recruitment process of constables and the subsequent arrest of the two BJP MLAs during their attempt to storm the Manipur Police Training College in Pangei have already reached the BJP central leaders, BJP Manipur leader Th Chaoba told media persons this late afternoon inside his office chamber.

Following the arrest of Thangmeiband MLA Kh Joykishan and Thongju MLA Th Bishorjit this afternoon, Chaoba who is the convenor of the State Election Management Committee BJP called a press conference inside his office chamber. Chaoba said he met the two MLAs inside the Imphal East SP office, where the two informed him of their decision to not apply for bail.

He continued all details of the attempt to storm the MPTC Pangei, reason behind the agitation and the subsequent arrest of the two have been relayed to the central leaders through BJP Manipur in charge Prahlad Singh Patel and Ram Madhav.

BJP MLAs lead protest against fresh DPC for police constables, arrested
BJP calls 12 hrs bandh Indefinite Thangmeiband bandh announced

The Sangai Express

Imphal, August 30 2016: The two BJP MLAs who led a civil uproar against holding the new process of recruiting Constables in Manipur Police were arrested by the police and they have been remanded to judicial custody till September 13.

The two BJP MLAs are Khumukcham Joykisan and Thongam Bishwajit. Meanwhile the State unit of the BJP has called a Statewide bandh from 6 am till 6 pm tomorrow while the BJP Thangmeiband Mandal has called an indefinite bandh in Thangmeiband area. A large number of BJP workers led by Joykisan and Bishwajit and candidates who appeared in the recruitment process held in 2013 reached the western gate of Manipur Police Training Centre (MPTC), Pangei at around 8.30 am today.

As they raised an uproar there, a tense confrontation broke out between protesters and a strong police team led by Additional SP Manjit. A heated altercation ensued between police and the two MLAs when police started firing tear gas shells in their efforts to control the situation.

Joykishan, Bishwajit remanded till Sept 13

The Sangai Express

Imphal, August 30 2016: Two BJP MLAs Kh Joykishan and Th Bishwajit  who were arrested during a protest at Pangei have been sent to judicial custody till September 13 as they failed to furnish PR bonds of Rs 10,000 each before the CJM Imphal East. Supporters of the two MLAs in large number and State BJP functionaries and workers led by their president K Bhabananda gathered at Lamphel Court complex holding party flags and banners after getting information of their Court appearance in the afternoon.

A large number of police personnel were deployed at the Court complex to thwart unwanted incidents. The law makers were brought by a large number police personnel of Imphal East district and produced before CJM Imphal East Court under FIR No 156 (8) 2016 of Heingang police station under Section 147 (Punishment for rioting), Section 149 (Unlawful assembly guilty of offence), Section 151 (Knowingly joining or continuing in assembly of five or more persons after it has been commanded to disperse) and Section 353 (Wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot if rioting be committed if not committed).

MLA Paonam Brojen barred entry to Tentha Rally staged against Tentha assault

The Sangai Express

Imphal, August 30 2016: Taking strong exception to the reported outrage at Tentha Mathak Konjin Leikai under Khongjom police station in Thoubal district yesterday, womenfolk staged a rally at Wangjing to denounce the incident today.

Trouble started yesterday when a large number of meira paibis and youth of Tentha gathered and stormed a function at Tentha Mathak Konjin Leikai, where Wangjing Tentha MLA Paonam Brojen was present. The MLA was there to handover a playground but a large number of meira paibis and youth gathered and stormed the function, burning down at least 20 chairs and the shamiana used for the function. Elder brother of the MLA, Paonam Khelen (61) and two others Paonam Thambou (47) and Md Kiyam were also assaulted in the melee and today’s rally was staged in condemnation of yesterday’s incident.

Gaikhangam exhorts Muslim students

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL, August 30: Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam has exhorted Muslim women students in the state to throw themselves into the challenge in discovering theie hidden talent and empowering themselves for uplifting their status in the society.

He was attending the 9th foundation day of All Manipur Muslims Girl Students’ Union (AMMGSU) at Lamyanba Shanglen, Palace Compound here today. Gaikhangam lauded the students for taking the right initiative by forming such organization in the first place.

With the changing time, women all over the world are marching ahead in every field. Therefore women in Muslim community too should follow the same, he asserted. He further urged elders of the community to honor and treat Muslim women with respect and to give guidance in their educational life.

He added that education is the only tool to shape one’s life. Commerce and Industries Minister, Govindas Konthoujam and MLA Fajur Rahim also attended the function.

Rijiju blames Ibobi govt for police recruitment fiasco
Minister cancels Tamenglong trip, pays tribute to Rani

Imphal Free Press

Imphal | August 31: Union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju today laid the blame for the police constable recruitment “fiasco” at the door of the Okram Ibobi Singh government, saying “mishandling” of the process led to the present unrest.

“Yesterday the BJP joined the protest launched by constable candidates because the concern of the youths is genuine If the state government is honest they could have carried the recruitment process smoothly. The situation was mishandled,” Rijiju told reporters here today.

Reacting to the BJP’s bandh and arrest of the two party MLAs the Union minister drew a parallel between the protest by Mamata Banerjee at Singur and Manipur unit BJP’s protest against the Ibobi Singh government’s cancellation of the recruitment process Rijiju said the BJP’s protest is the beginning of the end of Ibobi Singh government in Manipur.

“Movements and events changed history. At Singur (of West Bengal) police took action. That was the beginning of the end of CPM. Yesterday’s BJP action is the beginning of downfall of Congress government in Manipur. We will form the next government in Manipur,” Rijiju told reporters at the end of day long visit to Imphal.

The Union minister was to visit Tamenglong to round off the Narendra Modi’s government’s campaign to pay tributes to freedom fighters of the country by paying homage to Rani Gaidiuniu with a function at her birthplace of Nungkao. However, because of bad weather condition the minister cancelled his visit to Tamenglong and instead paid tribute to Gaidinliu at a function held at Tingkao Ragwang hall located at Chingmeirong of Imphal.

BJP bandh disrupts normal life
Recruitment rally continue as despite bandh

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL | August 31: The 12-hour bandh imposed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) condemning the alleged police brutality during a protest staged at the MPTC Pangei yesterday, adversely affected normal life in the state. Nevertheless, the controversial fresh recruitment rally which commenced yesterday continued today at the MPTC Pangei amidst the bandh.

The BJP sponsored bandh remained very effective in parts of Thangmeiband, Thongju Assembly constituencies and within the zero mile of the city area. In response to the bandh, the main business hub of Imphal city Paona Bazar, Thangal Bazar and Khwairamband Keithel remained closed. As a result, passengers services operating within Imphal including inter district passenger vehicles stay off roads.

Although government offices remained opened, attendance turnout was reportedly low due to road blockades imposed in several parts of Imphal. Educational institutes like schools, colleges however remained close during the bandh. A large number of BJP workers and supporters led by its president Bhabananda turned up at Keishampat junction around 10 am to enforce the 12-hour bandh.

BJP calls Ibobi “irresponsible”

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL | Sept 1: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Manipur Pradesh today termed the Okram Ibobi Singh government’s decision to defer tabling the fresh ILP Bill in the assembly session tomorrow as ‘irresponsible.” Speaking to media persons at the party office, BJP vice president, M Asnikumar Singh, said the BJP will not tolerate any form of tyranny of the Congress government citing the sudden announcement of deferring the ILP Bill as “irresponsibility.”

He said the people have had enough of the attitude of the Congress who does everything at their own whim in total disregards to the sentiment of the people. Contending that BJP will oppose any form of misrule of the Congress government, Asnikumar demanded an independent enquiry in connection with controversy surrounding the DPC for recruitment of police constable.

‘Stop Politics of Hate’ campaign

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL | Sept 1: The Popular Front of India, Manipur State launched its nationwide campaign on the theme ‘Stop Politics of Hate’ and will continue till September 30 next. Speaking to media persons at a press conference held at Manipur Press Club today, Kh Riyaj Uddin said that the main function regarding the campaign will be held at Sora Bazaar in Thoubal district.

He further said that the aim of organising the campaign is to unite the country against the communal agenda. This campaign will strive to bring together all the anti-fascist forces to initiate a united resistance against the politics of hate.

“Resigned” NPF law makers “draw” salaries, entitlements

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL, September 1: After tendering their resignations nearly one year’s ago, the four the Naga People’s Front (NPF) MLAs are reportedly drawing their salaries and other entitlements till August this year. According to a highly placed source, the authority concerned of the Assembly continues to receive the authorisation letters of the four NPF MLAs claiming their entitlements till now despite having tendered their resignations.

The MLAs not only claim their salary but other entitlements including salaries for their sub-ordinate staffs. An MLA is entitled with at least five or six subordinate staffs for his assistance like driver, computer staff etc. for which he gets additional payment. In addition to his over one lakh rupees salary as basic pay per mobnth, an MLA enjoys allowances like constituency, contingency, entertainment, telephone, secretariat, compensatory etc.

The four MLAs of NPF tendered their resignations from the membership of the Assembly with effect from the September 4 last year. The MLAs resigned after the State Assembly passed Protection of Manipur People Bill, Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms (Seventh Amendment) Bill and Manipur Shops and Establishments (Second Amendment) Bill on August 31 last year.

The NPF MLAs in a joint statement forwarded to the Speaker Thokch Lokeshwar Singh explained that they resigned “as a supreme sacrifice for the protection of the short and long term interests of all the tribal people including Nagas inhabiting the hill districts of Manipur.”

Do not adjourn House until new Bill is passed: JCILPS

The Sangai Express

Imphal, September 01 2016: The Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) has said that the upcoming State Assembly session which is scheduled to start from September 2 must not be adjourned sine die until and unless a new Bill for the protection of indigenous people of the State is passed.

Addressing a press conference at their office, JCILPS convenor BK Moirangcha said that they are ready to launch an intense agitation with the support from the masses if their demand is not considered.

He urged the students of different educational institutes to stage protest at their school/college gates raising slogans like ‘Do not adjourn Assembly session until a new ILPS Bill is passed’, ‘We want ILPS’, ‘We demand ILPS” and ‘Long live Manipur’.

Chief Minister Okram Ibobi and Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam have been assuring the public to introduce a new Bill during the upcoming Assembly session at different functions and platforms. However, people are now in utter shock and disbelief as the State Government had announced that the Bill would not be introduced in the upcoming Assembly session due to time constraint yesterday, he said. He asked the Government to learn from the recent incident of indigenous Tripuri people being attacked by Bengalis during a rally at Agartala.

In its notification issued by Special Secretary (Home) M Yaiskul, the Government said that they received JCILPS’ draft alternative Bill (The Regulation of Non-Manipuri Peoples’ Bill, 2016) after August 24, the closing date for receiving suggestions on their draft proposed Bill known as ‘The Manipur Regulation on Non-Local Bill, 2016’. BK Moirangcha said that JCILPS had already submitted the 5-point resolution adopted by a people’s convention long time.

Saying that people’s wish is to incorporate these five points into the new ILPS Bill, BK Moirangcha said that the Government seems to have taken the advantage of JCILPS’ submission of the draft alternative Bill after the closing date.

Naga Hoho, NMA meet Rajnath

The Sangai Express / PTI

New Delhi, September 01 2016: A delegation of Naga HoHo and Naga Mothers’ Association today met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and discussed with him the present situation in Nagaland. The delegation, led by the HoHo president Chuba Ozukum and Naga Mothers’ chief Abeiu Meru, briefed the prevailing situation in the North Eastern State and desire of the civil society. The delegation sought the Home Minister’s intervention for early conclusion of the ongoing peace talks with NSCN-IM for bringing a lasting solution to Nagaland, sources said.

Singh assured the delegation to sympathetically look into their requests, sources said. The Naga civil society delegation also discussed with the Home Minister the ‘Framework Agreement’ signed on August 3, 2015 which settles the political parameters of the final solution. The pact was signed by NSCN-IM general secretary T Muivah and Centre’s interlocutor for Naga talks R N Ravi in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval here.

The signing of the agreement came after over 80 rounds of negotiations that spanned 18 years with first breakthrough in 1997 when the ceasefire agreement was sealed.

MPCC questions BJP

The Sangai Express

Imphal, September 01 2016: Remarking that it was a dark day in the history of democracy in Manipur, Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) has asked as to why is a National political party, who is in power in the Centre resorting to bandh for publicity stunt and politicisation of an issue.

“Why can’t one go through the legal process and file a petition in the appropriate forum for maintenance of status quo, if there is any anomaly in the recruitment proceedings being cancelled?, asked a press release issued by MPCC general secretary (admn) RK Imo.

If at all one has to resort to strikes and bandh, one may do so in the process of asking the Central Government the details of the hidden agenda of the NSCN-IM agreement signed by BJP Government.

It went on to ask, “Does any member of this political party know the details of the agreement?” People of Manipur will be happy if they do dharna and bandh for this.

BJP observes 70th Yaad Karo Qurbani at Nungkao

The Sangai Express

Imphal, September 01 2016: The 70th Yaad Karo Qurbani in memory of Rani Raidinliu was observed at Nungkao village, birth place of Rani Gaidinliu, Tamenglong district yesterday. Jagdamba Mall, RSS leader, Adim Pamei, vice president, BJP Manipur Pradesh, M Daniel, president, BJP Tamenglong district, Gailanjei Kamei, president, BJP Nungba Mandal, Lungsu Panmei, Zeliangrong frontal organization leaders, village authorities, Heraka leaders, Church and women society leaders attended the function.

Union Minister Kiren Rijiju was to grace the function as the chief guest but due to bad weather condition, he could not attend the observance. Minister Kiren Rijiju, however, asked the BJP State leaders to emphatise the public grievances and accept if any memorandum is submitted. Speaking at the programme, Jagdamba Mall said contributions of freedom fighter Rani Raidinliu is well known by the people of the country and that her supreme sacrifices for the country will not go in vain. “The BJP-led NDA Government is ready to fulfill her dreams but her people are not pro-active which is the main reason why no significant work can be executed,” he said.

Naga CSOs claim GoI backs Naga integration stand

The Sangai Express

New Delhi, September 02 2016: Apart from stating that the integration of all Naga inhabited areas under one administrative unit is a legitimate right of the Nagas, the Government of India has also agreed in principle that the Armed Forces Special Powers Act is not the best option to solve problems.

This was stated by Naga civil society organisations after meeting Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at New Delhi yesterday. Naga civil society organisations said that the Government of India has "agreed in principle that the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) has not been the best alternative in solving problems and that the Government of India will soon be holding its periodical review meeting, during which the demands of the Naga civil society organizations will be discussed for consideration" .

The Government of India has also "now agreed that the integration of Naga areas is a 'legitimate right' of the Nagas," according to the Naga organisations camping in New Delhi presently.

In a joint statement made available to Newmai News Network this evening, the Naga civil society organizations comprising of the Naga Hoho (NH), the Naga Mothers' Association (NMA), the Naga Students' Federation (NSF) and the Naga Peoples' Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR) said their camping in Delhi was in connection with the Wuzu firing incident of July 16, 2015 in which two school going children, a 13 year old girl Aso and a 14 year old boy Tuzali were killed and another young mother Esther was injured.

According to the Naga delegation, they sought justice in person from the Government of India and to ask for the withdrawal of the Disturbed Area Act (DAA) vis-a-vis the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act. "Side by side, the Naga civil society organizations also sought for early resolution of the Naga political problem," the joint statement added.

"In this regard, the team met the Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, who was deputed by the Prime Minister of India, to meet the Naga civil society organization delegation on behalf of the Government of India on September 1, 2016.Prior to that, the delegation also met RN Ravi, the Interlocutor of the Government of India and the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju.

In all these meetings, the delegation is glad to say that, all the above mentioned dignitaries have in principle agreed that AFSPA has not been the best alternative to solving problems and that the Government of India will soon be holding its periodical review meeting, during which the demands of the Naga civil society organizations will be discussed for consideration," the joint press statement claimed.

According to the Naga delegation, in so far as the Naga peace talks were concerned, for the Government of India, the Naga issue now stands as the "top priority" although India is faced with many other such problems, and that they are committed to settling the Naga problem at the earliest possible time. " With the same concern, the Naga civil society organizations also called on NSCN-IM general secretary Th Muivah, who was accompanied by many of his senior colleagues, and apprised them of the discussion the delegation had with the Government of India and also sought some updates and status of the political negotiations.

"We are also glad to hear that the Government of India has now agreed that the integration of Naga areas is a 'legitimate right' of the Nagas," the Naga delegation said.

"The only way for the Nagas to be able to determine for ourselves how to live our own way of life and also for the sake of future generations, and where draconian laws such as the AFSPA and others that are alien to our ways of life will become irrelevant, is to secure an acceptable and amicable political settlement with the Government of India," the joint press communique of the Naga civil society organisations added.

Constable recruitment row: Police foil BJP's attempt to storm Assembly

The Sangai Express

Imphal, September 02 2016: Police fired teargas shells to disperse a group of BJP workers and leaders including women volunteers who tried to storm the State Assembly the session of which began today.

They were demanding immediate cancellation of the fresh recruitment rally of Manipur police Constables (Male) currently going on at MPTC, Pangei. The BJP workers and leaders suddenly appeared from near Khoyathong Pukhri Achouba, located close to BJP MLA Kh Joykishan's private residence, and tried to march towards State Assembly at around 11 am.

However, a large police team barricaded them at Khoyathong traffic point. Even as the police were trying to control the demonstrators, another group of BJP workers led by their president K Bhabananda came out from a lane located opposite to ABC godown and walked towards the State Assembly. A part of the police team chased the BJP workers and stopped them near Thangmeiband Watham Leirak.

Audit report reveals irregularities in govt departments

IMPHAL | September 2: The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (GAC), released today the audit reports of the Government of Manipur for the year ended March 31 today. At a press conference at the GAC office, Babupara, the Accountant General, D Jaishankar, said the report was prepared for submission to the Governor under the article 151 of the constitution of India.

With the report being placed on the table of the State Legislature today, it becomes public property, said the AG adding that the report is being uploaded in the CAG’s website ( The report can also be obtained from the office of the Principal Accountant General (Audit), Manipur, he said.

He further elaborated that the portion relating to expenditure and revenue from the consolidated fund of the state stands referred to the Public Accounts Committee and the portion relating to the public sector undertakings stands referred to the committee on Public Undertaking.

The committees examine the report and issue recommendation for remedial action by the Government, he asserted. He further continued that the audit report contains result of performance audits and compliance audits in social, economic, revenue and general sectors.

The report made a mention of cases those which came to the notice in test audit during the year 201-15, as well as those which came to the notice in earlier years, but could not dealt with in the previous reports. Besides that, matters relating to the period subsequent to 2014-15 have also been included in the report.

In the performance audit on functioning of Industrial Training Institutes in Manipur the report showed various deficiencies such as lack of infrastructure facilities like adequate buildings, classrooms, power supply and hostel facilities, shortfall in the availability of tools and machineries remained uninstalled.

It said, implementation of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) showed various deficiencies such as leakage of funds, financial irregularities, loopholes in execution of works in monetary value to the extent of Rs 80.70 crore and that only 63 percent of the targeted road length and 71 percent of the targeted habitations were covered.

In compliance audit it mentioned that by raising the end retail price of Targeted Public Distribution Systems (TPDS) rice for AAY beneficiaries by Rs 1.6 per kg above the rate specified in the guidelines, CAF and PD department has put an extra burden of Rs 48.14 lakh on the beneficiaries.

Department of Education incurred extra expenditure of Rs 65.08 lakh on engagement of cook cum helper in 322 schools under Midday Meal Scheme. The social welfare Department incurred doubtful expenditure of Rs 44.02 lakh for payment of stipends in the absence of any evidence of disbursement of the amount to the intended beneficiaries, it said.

In the economic sector, it illuminated that the Public Works Department (PWD) incurred excess expenditure of Rs 55.05 lakh due to erroneous calculation of rate, adoption of higher rates and payment of inadmissible work besides incurring expenditure of 4.91 crore on new construction works without approval of the competent authority.

The Manipur Industrial Development Corporation Limited reportedly made payment of irregular advance amounting to Rs 167.41 lakh to a contractor, out of which supplies for 115.49 lakh had not been received by the company even after expiry of more than one year of contract agreement resulted in extension of undue benefit to the supplier.

During the year 2014-15, the revenue raised by the state government (Rs 700.56 crore) was nine percent of the total revenue receipt of Rs 7998.27 crore as against ten percent in the preceding years (Rs733.40 crore). The balance 91 percent of receipts of Rs 7297.71 crore during 2014-15 was from the government of India, said the report. Audit of taxation department showed evasion of tax upto Rs 11.28 lakh by three dealers due to suppression of purchase turnover and consequent penalty to the tune of Rs 22.54 is also leviable.

The department failed to impose penalty amounting to Rs 48.86 lakh leviable on 77 dealers for not getting their accounts audited. Further the reports mentioned that the department failed to collect outstanding tax of 108 lakh and penalty for Rs 23.64 lakh from four dealers and that transport department failed to realise annual tax of 4.28 lakh from the owners of goods vehicles along with penalty of 6.75 lakh.

The state finance report said against state investment of Rs. 167.13 crore as of March 31 2015 in statutory corporations, rural banks, joint stock companies and co-operatives, the state government could only earn only Rs 2000 crore during 2014-15. And, against outstanding loans and advances of Rs 205.13 crore (opening balance) as on April 1 2014), interest of Rs 0.55 crore (0.27 per cent of outstanding loans and advances) was received during 2014-15, it said.

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