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Governor and Chief Secretary Discuss Relief Efforts Amidst Manipur Crisis

Imphal, October 11, 2023 – The Chief Secretary of Manipur, Dr. Vineet Joshi, convened a crucial meeting with the state’s Governor, Anusuiya Uikey, at Raj Bhawan on October 10, addressing the escalating humanitarian concerns arising from the ongoing ethnic conflict in the region.

The primary focus of the meeting was the condition of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and the measures being taken by the state government to provide them with essential services. Amidst growing concerns about the distribution of necessary commodities to conflict-hit regions, Dr. Joshi assured that the state’s administrative and security apparatus is working tirelessly. He emphasized that District Commissioners are actively overseeing the distribution channels, ensuring that essential supplies reach the needy without any price inflation.

The educational sector, deeply affected by the conflict, was another focal point of discussion. The Chief Secretary expressed optimism over the 10% increase in student attendance since schools have reopened. Recognizing the unique challenges of imparting education in the hilly terrains of Manipur, the government is mulling over alternative teaching methodologies. In collaboration with the Health Ministry, efforts are in place to facilitate the education of hill area students from prominent institutions like JNIMS, RIMS, and Shija Hospital.

In a move to enhance connectivity, Dr. Joshi announced the commencement of helicopter services linking Churachandpur to Aizawl and Kangpokpi to Dimapur. This is expected to significantly aid in the swift movement of resources and personnel. Additionally, to address the housing crisis for conflict victims, pre-fabricated houses are being constructed in the districts of Churachandpur and Kangpokpi. Governor Uikey emphasized the need for the swift completion of these housing projects, ensuring that the victims have a roof over their heads at the earliest.

The plight of mothers and young children in relief camps was also addressed. The state is initiating measures to assist those who have lost critical documents such as Aadhar cards, Ayushman Bharat cards, ration cards, and old age pension cards. In a bid to ensure that students facing the loss of crucial documents do not face impediments in their academic pursuits, Governor Uikey has reached out to her counterparts in other states, seeking their cooperation.

In a significant health initiative, nine specialized doctors, deputed by the central government, have been dispatched to the districts of Kangpokpi and Churachandpur, enhancing the medical services available to the conflict victims. The government is also gearing up to roll out the second phase of its relief program, with a financial aid of Rs. 1000 slated for disbursement to each victim in the relief camps.

To foster a sense of normalcy and equip the IDPs with skills, District Commissioners have been instructed to establish computer classes, test centers, and skills development programs in the relief camps.

Governor Uikey, in her address, stressed the importance of fostering dialogue and cooperation amongst Manipur’s diverse communities. She emphasized that the path to lasting peace lies in unity, understanding, and collaboration.

This meeting underscores the state’s commitment to alleviating the suffering of its citizens amidst the ongoing crisis. As Manipur strives to heal and rebuild, such proactive measures signal hope for a brighter, more inclusive future.

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