Her Excellency Governor Anusuiya Uikey has extended financial assistance and distributed relief materials to the violence-affected 22 ex-servicemen/ESM families on Wednesday.
In a simple function held at Darbar Hall of Raj Bhavan in Imphal, Governor handed over a cash amount of Rs. 15,000 along with a blanket and multi-utility box (Jumbo Box) each to the ex-servicemen and their families.
Speaking on the occasion, the Governor said, many ex-servicemen and their families have been affected due to the violence in the State, their houses along with belongings have been burnt and left with nothing behind. And as a result, they have been staying in different relief camps.
She also added that she being the President of Rajya Sainik Board along with the contribution of Board members will extend every possible help to the affected ex-servicemen.
Lauding further of the contribution of ex-servicemen to the nation, the Governor said, it is time to help them at this critical juncture. She also said she has informed the state government to provide assistance to the ex-servicemen.
Seven ex-servicemen families in Churachandpur, she added, have already been given such assistance by Governor during her visit to Churachandpur on 29 of July, 2023.
The Governor continued that hatred among the communities should be removed to restore the sense of brotherhood so that all can live with peace and brotherhood. Central and State governments have been trying to restore peace and tranquillity and all have to contribute in the efforts to restore normalcy and peace. Governor consoled the violence affected ex-servicemen and their families to live with peace by removing fear and anger.
Meanwhile, representatives of the Council of Teachers’ Association (COTA) paid a visit to Raj Bhavan on Wednesday and requested Her Excellency Anusuiya Uikey to arrange the conduct of regular classes from Class I to XII in 28 schools, currently being used as relief camps in nine districts of the State.
The team submitted a memorandum to the Governor urging that appropriate arrangements for shifting the internally displaced people (IDPs) from these schools should be made so that normal classes can be started in these 28 schools. The memorandum also mentioned the incident of the kidnapping of two students recently as a heinous crime and condemned the act stating that targeting students in the prevailing situations should immediately be stopped.
At theses, the Governor assured them that proper arrangements will be made in this regard and asked them to meet Chief Secretary and Commissioner (Education).
While in an another occasion, the Representatives of Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, Manipur Prant, also called on Governor and requested to supply alternate crop seeds stating that paddy cultivation in the State failed by 30% due to scanty rainfall.
They also submitted a memorandum submitted to the Governor demanding alternate crops supply for Kharib and Rabi seasons to the farmers to make up for the food scarcity in the State. They also requested to supply electric water pumps instead of petrol and diesel pumps to the farmers to fight the water crisis. Governor assured to extend all possible assistance from her office and further asked them to go to the peripheral areas and talk to farmers where cultivation cannot be taken up due to the unrest and to put up their concerns in the future.
Later, the Women leaders of the Committee on Mass Protest Against Assam Rifles visited the Governor and submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister through her Excellency.
The memorandum demands removal of Assam Rifles (AR) from the entire State of Manipur and to take action against central forces personnel who indulged in excessive atrocities towards Meira Paibis of Manipur. They also demanded deployment of State forces by imposing uniform laws of the land throughout the State of Manipur, especially in the affected areas such as Moreh, Churachandpur, Kangpokpi etc.