Monetary donation to KCP may lead to social degradation: City Meitei [Imphal Free Press]

IMPHAL, October 17: The emergence of fake revolutionaries along with the involvement of state security forces, commandos and drug addicts in making monetary demands in the name of KCP has diluted the revolutionary movement and become a major factor for social degradation, stated  chief advisor of KCP (MTF), City Meitei during an interview with a group of media persons at an undisclosed region of the Northeast recently.

He further asserted that KCP (MTF) has been adhering to its earlier decision of not taking any monetary donation from the public since 2008, and appealed to the people to inform the leaders timely if anyone comes for monetary demand in the name of the outfit.

Clarifying on the emergence of several factions of KCP, City Meitei stated that the MTF was formed in March 2004 as a constituent body of the KCP to monitor the works of private hospitals and banks which have been extracting huge amount of money from the poor people of the state and not for making monetary demands.

He was made the commander of MTF as per a high level meeting which was attended by the then chairman Leibakmacha and other members of advisory committee. The MTF was also empowered to rectify the ill-behaviour amongst the cadres, the chief advisor noted.

Unfortunately, the chief commander Lamphel Luwangcha was expelled from the outfit and he began to work separately from the central committee since May 2005. However, he remained close to the higher authority of the outfit, City recalled.

He further stated that the MTF expanded its operations with the recruitment of more cadres. Amongst those new recruits, there was one lady Nongmeikapam Ibecha alias Lakshmi of Mayang Imphal Chiraipokpi who had shown good performance during few months. Later her husband Naorem Priyokumar alias Kesho Meitei also joined the outfit and began to work with them.

Upon his good performance, Kesho Meitei was made the deputy commander and entrusted with him several responsibilities. Kesho took over the charge of the commander after he was arrested from Bangalore in January 2009, he stated.

City further noted that they parted their ways after he tried to intervene in the wrongdoings of Kesho Meitei who has misused the fund collected by the outfit. Kesho has bought a fish farm measuring about four hectares at Mayang Imphal Sagaisabipat and a residential plot at Wangkhei Yonglan Leirak.

Kesho had also handed over Rs. one crore thirty lakh to one lady from Mayang Imphal Konchak Chegai and further handed over Rs. 85 lakh to a person from Mayang Imphal Chirai for a contract work at Guwahati Airport, City added.

The chief advisor further announced Rs. one lakh fifty thousand cash reward to any person who can give the whereabouts of Kesho Meitei and Ibecha who have been absconding from the party.

Source: Imphal Free Press


River Lift Irrigation (RLI) scheme inaugurated [The Sangai Express]

 IMPHAL, Oct 16 : A River Lift Irrigation (RLI) Scheme taken up at Mayang Imphal Yurembam Awang Leikai was inaugurated today by MLA Dr Kh Ratankumar.

It is expected that the scheme can irrigate 15/16 hectares of agricultural fields.

Speaking at the inaugural function, Ratankumar claimed that Mayang Imphal has witnessed many developmental changes in the last few years as a result of sustained efforts in the fields of roads and bridges, safe drinking water, power and health care.

He informed that due sanction has been made for taking a water supply scheme at the cost of Rs 23 crores for supplying potable water to Mayang Imphal Municipal Council area.

Saying that the State Government has issued an order for collection of tax from farmers using water provided by RLI schemes, Ratankumar explained that tax rate is Rs 214 to Rs 356 per hectare during rabi and kharif seasons and Rs 713 per hectare during pre-kharif season.

The tax collected from farmers would be used in maintaining RLI schemes, the MLA said while appealing to the farmers to pax tax in time.

He further announced that plans are afoot to open an SBI branch at Mayang Imphal.

Source: The Sangai Express

CM lays foundation stone of 100 bedded Hospital in Mayang Imphal

Imphal, October 10:  Chief Minister of Manipur, O Ibobi today laid the foundation stone of a 100 bedded hospital at Mayang Imphal today to be constructed at an estimated cost at Rs 60-70 crores.
Speaking as the Chief Guest on the occasion, Chief Minister O Ibobi said that the SPF government is laying emphasis on the development of Human Resource, law and order and education facilities in the state.

After developing the law and order situation of the state, the education system of the state will be further developed. If all the people of the state are educated there will be peace in the state. It is the only means to bring understanding among us all.

He further went on to say that we should not forget that health plays a very important role in the overall development of the state. To bring about a total change in the health sector of the state, a number of PHCs in rural and far off places are being set up and adequate doctors are being posted. There have been plans to set up hospitals in every district of the state. As part of this effort, a 100 bedded hospital is to be built in Mayang Imphal.

He said that sports academy will also be built near the Mayang Imphal IB. Inspection of the spot has been done. The estimated cost for the construction of the sports academy is around Rs 2 crores. A water supply scheme will also be set up very soon under the JNNURMwith an estimated cost of around Rs 23 crores nd the amount has also been sanctioned.

Source: Hueiyen Lanpao


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Proper health facilities lacking in rural areas says Chief Minister

IMPHAL October 10: Chief Minister Okram Ibobi today laid the foundation stone for a 100 bedded hospital to be constructed at Mayang Imphal. He later also inaugurated the newly constructed Emoinu Shopping complex at Mayang Imphal bazaar.

Speaking at the inaugural function of the shopping complex, the Chief Minister emphasized that the present SPF government focuses on improvement of law and order situation, health and education sectors of the state.

He said that there are sufficient health facilities at Imphal area both government-run and private, whereas proper health facilities are lacking in the rural areas. The provision of building a new hospital at Mayang Imphal area has been felt by the government to provide adequate medical facilities to the public of the constituency and other adjoining areas. The emphasis is given by the government to decentralize power to the grass root levels for effective administration, there are plans for setting up similar medical facilities in the interior districts, he said.

Further, he also assured that many more developmental projects will be taken up at the constituency and rallied the public for support.

It may be mentioned that the proposed district hospital has acquired an area of 10 acres and the construction cost has been fixed at a total of 70 crores under the SPA. The construction of the Emionu Shopping complex was sanctioned by the union planning and development authority at a total cost of Rs 468.13 lacs.

The twin functions were attended by health minister L Jayantakumar, MLA Th Ratankumar, PDA chairman Kh Loken, deputy speaker Th Lokeshwor and MLA M Prithviraj along with the Chief Minister.

Source: Imphal Free Press


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CM inaugurates market, lays foundation stone of Hospital at Mayang Imphal

IMPHAL, Oct 10 : Taking digs at the culture of party hopping and setting up camps, Chief Minister O Ibobi today questioned what the Councillors of Mayang Imphal Municipal Council have to gain by changing their political colours and setting up camps to demand the removal of the Chairperson of the Council.

The Chief Minister said this while addressing a public meeting held in after the inauguration of Imoinu market complex (Mayang Imphal market complex) and foundation stone laying ceremony of a 100 bedded hospital at Mayang Imphal, Imphal West.

The 100 bedded hospital is to be constructed by the PWD with funding from the Special Plan Assistance with the total amount pegged at Rs 50 crores.

Of the total amount, Rs 35 lakhs is meant for the building of the hospital while the remaining Rs 15 lakhs will go into the construction of the morgue and quarters of the doctors.

The Planning Commission has sanctioned Rs 5 crores to start the construction work of the hospital in the first phase.

The Imoinu market complex, was constructed with funding from MAHUD and the total amount was put at Rs 4.5 crores. The PDA was given the task of constructing the market.

Comprised of two wings, the market complex has a total of 36 shops.

The Chief Minister also inspected the ongoing work of the Mayai Lambi Sports Academy. The area has already produced three Arjuna Awardees.

Later addressing a public meeting at Mayang Imphal bazar, the Chief Minister questioned why Councillors of Mayang Imphal Municipal Council have to gain by demanding the ouster of the chairperson.

“There is a rule which says that the chairperson of a Municipal council cannot  be removed within one year of assuming office,” said the Chief Minister and questioned “What purpose does it serve by holding camps for 2/3 months. Doesn’t this amount to wasting money ?”

If the chairperson is guilty of misusing public fund then he should be punished by the public, he observed.

Pitching in for the sitting MLA of Mayang Imphal Assembly Constituency, the Chief Minister said that Ratankumar has done a lot for the Constituency and assured that he would be given the Congress ticket in the coming Assembly election.

Going into election mode, the Chief Minister said “No benefits can come in the way of an Opposition MLA. The most he or she will get is some TA and DA allowances and would not be in a position to do anything concrete for the people. Therefore it is best to elect someone who will be in power.”

Stating that the foundation stone of the hospital in line with the Cabinet decision to construct one hospital in each district, the Chief Minister said that this will remove the inconveniences of the people in coming to Imphal everytime someone falls sick.

MLA Ratankumar also pitched in for the Mayang Imphal Municipal Council chairperson and said that he is a man of integrity.


Source: The Sangai Express