Lt Gen (Retd) Himalay recalls Kargil days

Imphal, May 25 (DIPR) :Lt General (Retd) Konsam Himalaya today delivered a lecture on ‘My experience in Kargil War-Role of the Indian Army’ at Raj Bhavan, Imphal.
The lecture programme which was mainly arranged for youth and school children was attended by around 200 students.
While giving an introductory speech, Governor Dr Najma Heptulla lauded the role played by the Indian army and para-military forces in protecting the country.
Lt General (retd) Konsam Himalaya delivered an inspiring and heart touching lecture by talking about his own experience and power point presentation of Kargil War, 1999.
He even highlighted the geographical and historical background of conflict between India and Pakistan.
He said he was the Commanding Officer of 27th Battalion Rajput Regiment which was one of the battalions fighting in the Kargil War.
Recalling how his men suffered from frostbite and fought the war on 19,000 feet above the sea level, he said “When we poured water from a mug, it turn would turn into ice before it reached the ground and weapons would not function due to the freezing temperature.” In the power point presentationKonsam Himalaya showed his men’s valour in fighting the intruders in Kargil sectors. Pictures of the Indian army in the area of Dras sector, Tiger hill, Ladakh range, Siachen glaciers were also shown through slight projector. He said he was posted in Jammu and Kashmir for about 12 years.
“War is something like struggle for human existence. It takes courage and guts to fight in Kargil,” he added.
He encouraged the students to think about what they want to be and work hard with determination to achieve the goal.
Konsam Himalaya had also authored a book titled ‘Romancing the Line of Control’ in 2012.
The lecture programme was also attended by BJP National general secretary Ram Madhav, Works Minister Th Biswajit Singh and high ranking officials of CRPF.

Share This!

Letpao reaches out to Chadong folks

IMPHAL, May 24 (DIPR):As part of the Government’s persistent efforts to bring an amicable and final settlement to issues plaguing the Mapithel dam-affected villagers, IFCD and YAS Minister Letpao Haokip visited Chadong village today to personally hear and assess the woes of the dam-affected villagers.
Addressing the gatherings at Chadong village Church, IFCD Minister Letpao Haokip said that the State Government is keen to solve the problems of Mapithel dam-affected villagers once and for all and facilitate early commissioning of the multi-crore project. Towards this end, the Government is setting up a high power committee consisting of Works, Agriculture, Horticulture, Forest, CAF&PD, and Education Ministers.
“I have come here today to start the relations between the dam-affected villagers and the Government,” Letpao Haokip said while announcing housing scheme for all displaced families and sustainable livelihood sources to them.
The Minister also promised to pursue the authorities concerned regarding the various demands raised by the villagers including setting up of a school at Chadong village. “Come forward with your problems. We are with you,” the Minister told the villagers while also urging them to be positive in their approach. “We are a democratic country guided by the principle of ‘Government of the people, by the people and for the people,’ he said.
Letpao urged the villagers to extend maximum cooperation to the Government so that the project sees the light of day without any further delay.
Representatives of various organizations like Chadong Katamnao Long (students’ body), youth, women society, MDAVO, village elders, etc highlighted their grievances, some emotionally, to the Minister.
Vice-Chairman of Ukhrul ADC, Thanmi Kashung and Engineers of IFCD were present in the meeting. Prior to the visit to Chadong, the Minister along with CE of IFCD G Robindro Sharma inspected the Mapithel dam.
On the way back to Imphal, the Minister and the officials inspected the IFCD’s RCC tunnel No 2 (for water transmission system from Thoubal Dam to Chingkheiching) at Yaralpat.

Share This!

Youth to be given employment opportunities under various schemes

Imphal, May 24 (DIPR):Commerce and Industries Minister Th Biswajit has said that the State Government is targeting to provide employment to 3000 youths in Commerce and Industries Department and another 3000 youths in Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Department.
He was addressing at the meeting held at his office chamber at Secretariat New Block. The meeting discussed on project for plantation of improved variety of turmeric.
Plantation of turmeric plant was taken up after successful plantation of stevia and lemon grass. Market linkage for turmeric plantation has already been established. 4000 acres of land for plantation of turmeric plant has been identified in Imphal East and Thoubal districts.
Talking about PMEGP, he said that there is a need to spread awareness about the scheme and for that, the Department will form screening committee.
The meeting was attended by the Principal Secretary and Director of Commerce and Industries, Managing Director, Legal Advisor, Technical Consultant and officials of Manipur Food Industries Corporation Limited.

Share This!

Governor inaugurates Halima Aziz Junior College

Imphal, May 24 (DIPR):Governor Najma Heptulla today inaugurated Halima Aziz Junior College today at Jamia Halima Aziz Educational Trust Campus Khabeisoi (Azamnagar), Imphal East.
At the functio, Governor Najma Heptulla applauded the teachers and parents for encouraging and imparting education to the children especially.
It is worth mentioning that Khabeisoi Kerang Khomidok village has no Government school. Therefore, Jamia Halima Aziz Educational Trust which was established in 2004 with an aim to provide educational facilities to the minority and weaker section of the societies took the initiative to open junior college at Khabeisoi.
The trust has been providing free education and accommodation to both orphan boys and girls and needy children. Till date, 2400 orphans, 6012 needy children and 3326 children belonging to bakward section of the society have been enrolled.
Apart from providing free education, the trust has been sponsoring medical students, conducting social welfare, adult education programme, computer training, sanitation programme, annual sports and other vocational training programmes for the benefit of the locals.

Share This!

‘Education starts from home’

Imphal, May 24 (DIPR) : Education Minister Th Radheshyam said education starts from home and parents play an important role in moulding the character of a child.
He was speaking as the chief guest at the 12th foundation day celebration of Mega Manipur School, Yaralpat.
He said, “Students should be encouraged to participate in various competitions and extra-curricular activities. Participating in competition will help the students to boost their confidence level and help them to face any uncertainty with determination.” One must not acquire education only to be successul in life. Students must learn and acquire knowledge so as to be able to move towards the right direction, he added.
“Maintaining a good bond between students and teachers are crucial as students spend most of their time in schools and colleges. Teachers should nurture the students to bring out the best in them,” the Minister added.

Share This!

‘Humari Beti, Humari Shaan’ launched by Edn Minister

Imphal, May 24 (DIPR) : Education Minister Th Radheshyam today launched ‘Humari Beti, Humari Shaan’ admission scheme.
Under this scheme, 100 per cent fee waiver will be offered to the first 100 girl students, from all over the country.
The Minister claimed the scheme will be a game changer for the girl students belonging to economically poor family who dreams to pursue technical education.
He lauded SATYA Group of Institutions for introducing the scheme in the State.
“The scheme will surely benefit girl students most and help them to acheive their dreams,” the Minister said.
The scheme has been launched with plans to provide/facilitate the girls’ students in the field of technical education.
The scheme also contributes in the mission of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015.
SATYA Group of Institutions CEO Amrik Singh, students, parents and members of NGOs were also present at the programme.

Share This!

Fuel in stock, says K Shyam

IMPHAL, May 23 (DIPR) :Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Karam Shyam appealed to the people not to indulge in panic buying of petrol and diesel.
Speaking to mediapersons at his office at Secretariat South Block, Karam Shyam said that following a landslide report in Kohima, petrol pumps have witnessed a large number of consumers.
Informing that the landslide area has been partially repaired, he said that after the initial repairing of the landslide area, 70 vehicles carrying petroleum products have crossed Manipur border.
A meeting was held also today with the IOC (Indian Oil Corporation) officials at the office chamber of the Minister, where the IOC officials confirmed that there is sufficient stock of fuel available in the State.
According to the IOC officials report, petrol available at stock presently will last for 7 days, diesel for 17 days, LPG for 2 days and aviation fuel for 18 days at IOC Malom Oil Depot.
Karam Shyam, who is also the Revenue Minister, also held a meeting with the Deputy Commissioners of the valley districts regarding implementation of stringent enforcement of Manipur Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act, 2014.
The Minister said that despite the implementation of the Act, many paddy fields are still being converted into homestead land.
He said instructions have been given to the officials concerned to conduct a survey and submit a report. Necessary action will be taken against those who have violated the Act, he added.
Expressing concern over the failure to efficiently collect income from land revenue, the Minister said that door to door collection of land revenue will soon be initiated in the State.
He said the land tax for urban areas (Rs 20) and rural areas (Rs 10) need to be revised in tune with the time. He said he will consult with the officials concerned to revise the existing land tax rate.

Share This!

IFCD/YAS Minister bats for agri, horti activities

IMPHAL, May 23 (DIPR):IFCD and YAS Minister Letpao Haokip has urged village chiefs and farmers of 41-Chandel AC involved in poppy cultivation to switch their occupation to other alternatives like lemon grass cultivation and different farming practices like banana, black and yellow turmeric cultivation
IFCD/YAS Minister Letpao Haokip, who is also MLA of 41-Chandel
AC, was addressing village chiefs and CSO leaders of his constituency today at the conference hall of Youth Hostel, Khuman Lampak.
The Minister assured all concerned from his end for the promotion of livelihood diversification by improving access to farm and off-farm income- generating activities on farmers dependent on poppy cultivation. He urged the village chiefs to lease their land to farmers for profitable agriculture and horticultural activities other than poppy cultivation.
Besides strongly advocating lemongrass cultivation as a viable alternative to poppy cultivation, the Minister also encouraged the farmers to take up activities which have relatively higher return like rearing livestock.
Some village chiefs, during the meeting, raised strong voice about the need for holistic, integrated response that addresses the various factors that drive farmers to cultivate poppy.
Letpao Haokip also announced sops to the villagers including electrification of un-electrified villages, providing banking and internet facilities to all areas of the AC within five years.
He also promised the gatherings to set up primary health sub-centres at interior areas, improve all the link roads, enhance drinking water supply schemes, and other infrastructural development like construction of community halls in all areas.
About 220 chiefs and CSOs’ leaders attended the programme.

Share This!

Anti-Terrorism Day CM bats for collective effort

Imphal, May 20 (DIPR):Chief Minister N Biren Singh has said that the new Government has a firm objective to bring a positive change in the State but this aspiration needs support and co-operation from every section of the society.
He was speaking as the chief guest at the Anti-Terrorism Day function, organised by the State Government at the banquet Hall of 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles today.
During his speech, he strongly condemned the IED attack that injured four police commandos near Kwatha village yesterday.
He said that hitting somebody from behind is an act of cowardice, and the State Government can’t remain silent if such senseless activities continue.
Apart from looking into the activities of cadres of the organisations which are under Suspension of Operation, there is a need for restructuring the rehabilitation package for surrendered cadres as well, he added.
He reiterated that the new Government came into being with a message of peace and development and it is ready to sort out all the misunderstandings and problems through talks, but it will never compromise with any organisation at the cost of territorial integrity of the State and unity of the people.
In this regard, the Chief Minister urged various civil society organisations of the State not to make unnecessary clarifications or claims/counter-claims in the media which may create enmity among the people of different communities. The Chief Minister exhorted the public to live together and put in joint efforts to bring uniform development in all parts of the State.
Stating that holding ‘Meeyamgi Numit’ on the 15th day of every month testifies the new Government’s efforts to make it a ‘people’s Government’, the Chief Minister said that all sorts of misunderstanding would cease automatically when the gap between the Government and people is reduced.
Regarding the alleged delay in the release of files by some bureaucrats and officers of the Manipur Secretariat, the Chief Minister said that he knows who are holding back the files because his (Chief Minister’s) Whatsapp number is open to the public.
Stating that the Government does not have any desire to forcibly impose anything against any official/Government employee, the Chief Minister urged them to discharge their duties without forgetting their responsibilities of serving the people. N Biren said that every citizen and employee should inculcate discipline so that the State may take a leap towards advancement.
He further said that the new Government has a firm objective to bring a positive change in the State but this aspiration needs support and co-operation from every section of the society including bureaucrats and Government employees.
Speaking at the occasion as the functional president, CAF & PD Minister Karam Shyam said that nothing is more valuable than human lives.
He added that observing the day assumes lots of significance in States like Manipur where unwarranted killings and violence are happening every now and then.
The Minister observed that terrorism would not serve any purpose but it can only give hardships to the common people.
Later, the Chief Minister administered the Anti-Terrorism Pledge to the gathering.
The Anti-Terrorism Day is observed on May 21 all over the country every year. It was on this day in 1991 that former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi died in a terrorist attack at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu.

Share This!