Loktak Lake gets floating weaving huts

IMPHAL, 11th Nov: The written exam for recruitment of contract lecturers in government higher secondary schools conducted by Directorate of Education (S) on Sunday was marred by protests of Thang-ta activists who demanded recruitment of contract lecturers for Thang-ta subject as well. The chaos has resulted in the test for the History subject to be rescheduled on November 13. Meanwhile, Joint Action Committee on Thang -Ta Teachers' Recruitment convener Saikhom Shanta cautioned that the state government that the committee will launch intense agitation if the arrested JAC volunteers were not released unconditionally within 24 hours and take up necessary measures for recruitment of contract lecturers for Thang-ta subject. On Sunday, the test for recruitment of contract lecturers in 13 subjects were held at 11 centres starting from 11 am. But at Ananda Singh Higher Secondary School, which was the centre for History subject, JAC volunteers caused disruption by tearing and taking away the question papers after the test started at 11 am. In all 24 activists of the committee were arrested by the police and taken to Porompat Police Station. In aftermath of the protest, the centre was inspected by Education (S) commissioner H Deelep and Education(S) director Th Kirankumar, who were accompanied by numerous police personnel. Considering the situation, Education (S) director and commissioner announced that the test at the centre will be conducted afresh on November 13. On the other hand, candidates felt let down by the way the proceedings went and decried that the Directorate should have kept adequate security personnel to address situations. In connection with the incident, a release by Education(S) director Th Kirankumar said that the written test for the recruitment of contract lecturers was conducted successfully. He also has several Manipuri friends, whom he met during his college days in Shillong, he said and added that he will once again visit the state for a couple of days and meet his friends.
He further said that Japan has the longest history of kingship in the entire world followed by Tripura and Manipur respectively. Both Manipuris and Tripuris are descendants of brave forefathers and they should feel proud of their ancestors. He then invited Manipuris to Tripura to bolster ties between the two states while assuring his support to any such delegations.
Regarding the floating huts inaugurated on Sunday, Jamatia expressed his belief that such cost effective strategy of the Manipur government will help in promoting the state’s handloom sector as well as tourism. He also stressed the need for involvement of tourism and forest & environment departments in order promote the policy further.
Handloom and textiles director K Lamlee Kamei said that the five floating huts were constructed as a pilot project to assess feasibility of promoting the sector on the lake. As handloom sector is flourishing in both hills and valley, it could be possible to develop it on the water body also, he said while adding that this idea encouraged the department to introduce the floating weaving huts. The huts are also built in traditional style using bamboo and thatch roofs. The directorate took prior approval from Loktak Development Authority to build these huts. Similar huts would also be built at Kakching Uyokching. The directorate is also considering construction of 10,000 such facilities across the state if the pilot project sees success, he added.
Lamlee also informed that the directorate will supply raw materials to the weavers and buy the finished products so that the weavers do not have to worry about buying raw materials and selling the products in the market.
Thanga MLA and PDA chairman T Robindro while lauding the initiative of the directorate urged the public for support.
Kumbi MLA S Bira, handloom & textiles deputy director E Jitenkumar and other officials also attended the inauguration function.

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