Imphal, August 2, 2018 (DIPR): Tribal Affairs and Hills Minister Shri N. Kayisii today inaugurated a Pension Cell at the Directorate of Tribal Affairs in Imphal marking the day as a red letter day for thousands of pensioners of the six Autonomous District Councils (ADC) in the State.

Speaking at the inaugural function as the Chief Guest, Minister Kayisii said that pensioners of ADCs have been deprived of their pension benefits since its establishment in 1973. With the inauguration of the pension cell at the Directorate, the pensioners can now breathe a sigh of relief. Thanking and acknowledging his predecessors and staff for their dedicated service for the success of the scheme, the Minister expressed hope that the scheme will help in bridging the gap among various sections of the people.

Minister Kayisii also inaugurated a Mobile dispensary Van and Ambulance for the tribal people of the State. Commenting on the services, Kayisii expressed his joy that tribals of the State living in remote and far flung areas will have access to basic health care services. The mobile dispensary and ambulance will be handed over to an NGO –Karuna Trust, which is managing PHCs in remote villages not covered by the line department.

Minister Kayisii also inaugurated a Conference Hall with a seating capacity of 200 persons approximately. The Minister opined that the conference hall will be an asset for the Directorate which will be helpful in organising programmes like trainings, conferences and meetings.

Shri Letkhogin Haokip, Addl Chief Secretary (TA & Hills) and Shri Arthur Worchuiyo, Director (TA & Hills) attended the function as the Guest of Honour and Functional President respectively. The inaugural function was also attended by Chairmen of ADCs, officials and staff from tribal affairs directorate.



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