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Army and commandos deployed to arrest culprits who threatened cultural troupe: CM

IMPHAL | Sept 5 : The heinous act of the culprits who identified themselves as NSCN-IM against a cultural troupe led by All Manipur Students Union (AMSU) might cause communal tensions. Army personnel of GOC 50 mountain division and 10 commando team have been deployed to arrest them.

Chief minister, N. Biren stated as chief guest during the state level Teacher’s day celebration held today at the auditorium of Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS), Palace Compound, Imphal East.

He said the state is trying to bring intimacy between hills and valleys at its level best and the act against the cultural troop might cause communal tension among different groups. Manipur being a law abiding state, the government will not remain silent, he added.

It may be mentioned that the perpetrators who identified themselves as NSCN-IM cadre allegedly assaulted of AMSU volunteers at Nungba on September 3 while returning after attending a cultural programme.

It may take time to arrest the culprits. However, the government will surely book the culprits as they are anti-social elements, Biren added. Regarding abduction of some people of Zeliangrong community as well, one person had already been nabbed, Biren said.

The state has been trying to solve every minute issue in the state with the goal to bring a peaceful society but situations which government can hardly solve often arise. Such as the crisis of Manipur University, being a central university state government cannot take the sole decision, he continued. The state is doing at its level best to solve the Manipur University issue immediately, he added.

He further informed that to bring an educated society and to reduce the cases of students dropping out from their schools throughout the entire state, model residential schools will be set up at seven different hill districts. With the setting up of residential schools, it will help the teachers in giving education to the students easily. Issues had been raised for non-availability of teachers in hill districts but if there is lack of accommodation of teachers in hill district how the teachers will be available in the hill districts, he stated. To solve the issue, the state has decided to set up the residential schools, Biren asserted.

Transit accommodations for teachers and government employees would be constructed at 21 identified places in hill districts soon. Under the state government’s scheme Lairik Tamhansi, 752 children had been re-admitted in Class I to VIII, and another 876 children in Class IX to XII under the scheme so far, he added. Apart from it, free text books had been provided to around 10,000 students, he added.

Stating that the state Government has been focussing on human resource development, the chief minister said that the first session of Dhanamanjuri University would begin from this year. Moreover, the Manipur Legislative Assembly had passed the Manipur International University Bill, 2018 recently, he said while adding that the number of students going outside the state to pursue higher studies would come down once these two varsities commence their sessions.

He further said Teachers Day reminds the role played by teachers in shaping the future of children, he said that the day is observed to honour teachers’ contribution to the society.

Speaking at the occasion, education minister, Th. Radheshyam as president of the function said the main architects of the society are teachers, and they should be the catalyst of a positive change.

He said that a big challenge being faced by the Education (S) Department is that around 400-500 teachers attain service superannuation every year, and no teacher had been recruited since 2011.

Informing that the rate of enrolment in Government schools had witnessed a steep rise in the recent time, the Minister said that credit of this achievement goes to the Education (S) Department and teachers, he added.

Commissioner (Education-S and Technical and Higher Education) H. Deleep also attended the function as the guest of honour.

Earlier at the function, the chief minister led the gathering in offering floral tribute to the photograph of Radha Krishnan.

State Teachers’ Awards were also presented to 10 outstanding teachers at the function. The award carried a shawl, a citation and cash prize of Rs. 10,000 each.

Recipients of the award were O. Geetarani of Ibotonsana Higher Secondary School; Kh. Keshokumar of Modern Primary School; W. Jyotsana of Eastern Ideal High School; I. Usharani of Ananda Singh Higher Secondary Academy; W. Ibomcha of Ningthoukhong Higher Secondary School; K. Pukeni of Oinam Hills High School; S. Ibohal of Willong High School; L. Paomang of Tuibong Govt. Junior High School; KL Warson Anal of Chakpikarong Higher Secondary School and H. Premkumar of Toupokpi High School.

It may be mentioned that Khangembam Indrakumar of Kumbi Santhong Upper Primary School has been selected for National Teachers Award 2017. He has gone to New Delhi to receive the award.

A book entitled, ‘Experimental Learning, Gandhiji’s Nai Talim’ was also released at the function. The book was published through the joint effort of SCERT and Mahatma Gandhi National Council of Rural Education.

The function was jointly organised by department of Education (S), Department of Education (U), Department of Language Planning and Implementation, SCERT, Adult Education, RUSA, RMSA, SSA, COHSEM and BOSEM.

~IFP

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