CM vows insurance, CMHT shield to newspaper

IMPHAL, 2nd Jan: Chief minister N Biren Singh has announced that the government will soon start an insurance scheme for newspaper hawkers under which the government will bear 70 per cent of the amount and the rest by the individual.
He also declared that all accredited/recognised newspaper hawkers and their family would be covered under the Chief Ministergi Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT). In sync with the announcement, the CM distributed CMHT document to the beneficiaries.
Speaking as chief guest at the 34th annual function of All Manipur Newspaper Sales and Distributors’ Association held at Social Standard Club ground, Khurai Nandeibam Leikai on Wednesday, Biren noted with regret that newspaper hawkers lose all their hard earned money when they face health issues.
While announcing that necessary process, including relaxation of certain criteria, would be initiated to ensure that all genuine members avail the CMHT benefits, he appealed to Association members to submit relevant documents at the earliest possible.
With regard to the insurance scheme, he explained that the government will soon consult association leaders and senior editors for smooth and judicious implementation of the scheme.
Further stating that the government is planning to introduce a pension scheme for newspaper distributors in recognition of their untiring service to the citizens, Biren also mentioned that efforts are on to bring truck drivers operating along the National Highways under the CMHT scheme.
Stating that the present government’s mission is to root out poverty, the CM conveyed that various ‘human oriented’ schemes have been implemented for the poor and needy people and expressed confidence that such endeavour will definitely bring positive changes in the state in the next 10-15 years. While expressing elation that the government has been successful in making history earlier distressful situations such as people made to wait in long queues to get few litres of petrol and diesel, he also assured that people of Manipur need not worry over LPG connection as anyone with NFSA card cannot be barred from having LPG connection.
Government is working to fulfil all the needs of the public, government is formed by people and if anybody, be it from his party after winning the vote does not work for the people, do not give vote to the person in the next election, the CM maintained.
Further stating that the state government’s duty is to work for the happiness of its citizens as it well aware that political speeches will have no value until results are shown in reality, he also contended that those levelling false charges that the government has failed to keep its promises are those will ulterior motives.
The recent comments in some quarters that the projects announced by the government in Lilong area are not realistic were mainly made by some politicians who have no concern for the wellbeing of the citizens.
N Biren reiterated that priority would be given to the education sector in the ‘Go to Village’ mission programmes so that good and quality education could be ensure to the children.
The education-based ‘Go to School’ mission will start this month during which one school from each of the 60 assembly constituencies will be selected and the government will address all shortcomings, he said.
Speaking as guest of honour, CAF&PD minister Karam Shyam noted that newspaper distributors have huge responsibility towards disseminating the day to day events and information to each and every house of the state.
The minister also opined that people should not blame others if they do not get rice under NFSA as the citizens ought to play the role as vigilantes.
Along with asking department officials to immediately look into complaints of NFSA cardholders of Khurai A/C not receiving their rice share, he also contended that some wealthy families continue to receive subsidised rice under NFSA is not due to fault of department officials but mainly owing to favouritism by the people’s representatives.
Further stating that the government will enrol all eligible families under the scheme, he called upon MLAs who are yet to provide details of the proposed beneficiaries to comply with formalities without further delay.
In his address guest of honour, Khurai MLA L Susindro recounted about three years back he had provided jackets with reflector to newspaper distributors in order to avoid or minimise chance of meeting accidents.
As the old ones are worn out 500 new jackets will be presented to the Association, he said and also appealed to the CM to look into the issue of Khurai AC facing shortage of potable water.
During the function, the chief minister also felicitated the senior members of the Association.
State Planning Board deputy chairman S Rajen, All Manipur Newspaper Sales’ and Distributors’ Association president Ajit Wangkhemcha and members of the Association and others also attended the function.

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