Changes at grassroots essential for development: CM

“If we want positive changes and inclusive development in the state then it should start from the grassroots level.”
This was stated by Chief Minister N Biren while speaking during a ‘Go to Village’ camp held at Govindagram Laiharaopung under Wangoi A/C in Imphal West on Tuesday. The camp was organised by district administration of Imphal West.
Speaking as chief guest, Biren maintained that the essence of doing politics is to serve the people and that’s why the government, since its inception, decided to reach out to the people of the state. Now, under the initiative of ‘Go to Village’ mission, most of the government services are being delivered at the doorsteps of the people. The public would no more face the inconvenience of visiting different government offices for enrolment of different schemes or registering their grievances, he added.
He appealed to the people of the state to get maximum benefits from such camps while stating that the mission is one of the steps to make a corruption free society.
He also mentioned that a committee would be constituted to gather the ground report/status of the people’s grievances and expectations.
Mentioning that there are around 40,000 school drop-out students in the state, the CM stated that the newly launched ‘Lairik Tamhanlasi’ scheme would encourage those students to get education from government schools along with providing the cost of admission/examination/tuition fees, uniform and text books. Bathrooms and toilets especially for women and girls would be constructed near village ponds in every village. A budget of Rs 3.5 lakh would be allocated for such construction in each and every village, he added.
More than 25 different government departments including Agriculture, Fishery, Handloom and Handicrafts, Education and others opened stalls to address public grievances during the camp. Biren personally visited all the stalls and directed the officials of Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) to provide gas connection to 50 eligible beneficiaries on the spot.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister also distributed benefits under different social security schemes to selected beneficiaries.
CAF&PD minister Karam Shyam, who was also present on the occasion, said that such initiative is first of its kind in the entire country and it would definitely contribute in bringing a positive change and achieving good governance in the state.
MIDA vice-chairman and Wangoi MLA O Lukhoi, Imphal West Adhyaksha RK Taruni, additional chief secretary (works and forest & environment) Dr Suhel Akhtar, additional chief secretary (agriculture and CADA) Letkhogin Haokip, DC Imphal West Ningthoujam Geoffrey and other officials were also present at the occasion.
For the third time since its formal launch, camps for ‘Go to Village’ mission were organised at different villages. Stalls of different government departments were opened during these camps providing services to the rural populace in different fields.
Speaking in one such camp at Panthoibi community hall, Kongba Kshetri Leikai organised by district administration of Imphal East, RD&PR minister Th Biswajit conveyed that the initiative is to check and ensure that the benefits of the schemes launched by both the central and the state government for poor people are delivered at the doorstep of the targeted beneficiaries. The mission is also to communicate and educate the people on the benefits of various schemes. The government initiated the mission in line with ‘Sabka Saat, Sabka Vikas’ vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said.
Biswajit distributed cheques amounting to Rs 20,000 each to five artisans (state awardees) selected under the modernisation of outstanding craftsperson scheme of handloom and textiles directorate. He also distributed pensions to seven differently abled persons of the area under pension schemes of the Social Welfare department. Local beneficiaries of UJWALA scheme were also given LPG connections.
A similar camp was also organised at Liwachangning village in Chandel sub-division. The programme was attended by ADC Chandel members, revenue secretary Th Ranjit, ADC/ADM Chandel Dr Chinglenkhomba, SDO (Chandel) Kh Siddharth, SDPO (Chandel) Syed Abdul Samad, SDC (Chandel) Gautam, DLOs and officials of various government departments.
Village chiefs and ADC members were also present on the occasion during which kits and other items of various departments were distributed to several beneficiaries.
District administration Chandel also conducted "Go to Village" camps in three venues covering 14 villages.
In Thoubal district, the camps were organised at Laikhrakpam Mayai Leikai community hall (Lilong AC), Samaram Mayai Leikai community hall (Khangabok AC) and Sabaltongba Lai Haraopham (Thoubal AC).
Departmental stalls were set up and benefits under different government schemes were distributed to beneficiaries.
District administration of Tengnoupal organised similar camp at Gamnom Veng Moreh.
Speaking on the occasion, ADC Chandel chairman Lukhosei Zou expressed that the mission will help in bringing all round development in the state in a rapid pace. Hailing the initiative of the government, he called upon the people of the district to cooperate with the government in its endeavour.
Each of the eight families, whose houses were burnt in a fire incident in Moreh Premnagar Leikai, were provided 30 bundles of roofing sheets. Reading lamps were also provided to 40 beneficiaries of Gamnom Veng and CMHT cards were distributed to 400 beneficiaries.
Among others, SP Tengnoupal Dr S Ibomcha and DSP CDO Thomas Thokchom also attended the programme.
Speaking in a camp held at Mayang Imphal Keithel multipurpose hall, Mayang Imphal MLA K Robindro cautioned the public of middlemen, who are on the lookout for opportunities to swindle hard earned money of the public with assurance of providing benefits under different government schemes.
Stating that he has got information of some middlemen trying to dupe the public with assurance of providing LPG connections, the MLA urged the public to report the name of the person, who tries to charge money for availing such benefits.
During the event, LPG connections were provided to 92 families, embroidery machines to 12 beneficiaries and CMHT cards to 300 families.
KANGPOKPI: Social Welfare and Cooperation Minister Nemcha Kipgen, who is also the local MLA (Kangpokpi), on Tuesday expressed that the recently launched mission ‘Khungang Chatse – Go To Village’ Mission is a people-centric initiative of the State Government meant for the masses to avail benefit of any governmental schemes and programmes right at grassroots level without involving any middlemen.
She was addressing the gathering during the ‘Go to Village’ camps held at Daili, Phyapou and Lower Kalapahar villages of Kangpokpi A/C, Kangpokpi district.
During the camps, Nemcha distributed free LPG connections under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana to women from Below Poverty Line (BPL) and also inspected the stalls of different departments and banking institutions opened for public convenience.
She appealed to the masses to make maximum benefits out of the mission and also to extend full cooperation to the government officials for smooth functioning and timely delivering of services to the people.
She further informed that many more villages will be covered in the upcoming days and assured that everyone will be benefited through this mission.
The camps were organised by District Administration, Kangpokpi.
CHANDEL: A 'Go to Village' mission camp was conducted at Khubung Khullen under Chakpikarong sub division under the initiative of SDO/BDO Chakpikarong on Tuesday. A large number of villagers and chiefs attended the camp..
David Rang SDO Chakpikarong welcomed and appreciated the villagers, chiefs and various departmental officers and their staff for making the camp successful. Chief guest NI Warngam (ADC member) appealed to all departmental officers to work with sincerity and transparently which are the cornerstones of development.
Solar torches were distributed to senior citizens and AAY card holders.

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