Manipur bags Most Improved Small State Overall & Law and Order Award
IMPHAL: In yet another major achievement for CM Biren and BJP government in the state, Manipur has been awarded the India Today “State of the States” Award for the Most Improved State (overall and Law and Order).
For the same, Raj Chengappa, Group Editorial Director—Publishing, India Today Group has invited CM Biren for India Today e-State of the States Conclave and Award, 2019 to be streamed today.
“It is my privilege to invite you to the India Today e-State of the States Conclave 2020, to be streamed on Friday, November 27, 2020,” Raj Chengappa said in an e-mail invitation to the chief minister.
The annual INDIA TODAY “The State of the States” study is an attempt to find out which of India’s states offers its citizens the best opportunities, both at work and outside. The study tracks each state’s performance over time and, in particular, records the changes over the last five years. It takes into account both the business environment and the quality of life. The categories on which the states are judged include economy, agriculture, education, healthcare, infrastructure, inclusive development, law and order, governance, entrepreneurship, environment and cleanliness. Its objectivity and scope have made this study the gold standard for the health of Indian states, the Group Editorial Director – Publishing of India Today Group said in the mail.
“We now have this year’s results of the India Today Group’s ranking of states with us. I am pleased to inform you that Manipur has been adjudged the Most improved small state Overall & Law and Order,” Chengappa stated.
Earlier in 2018, a survey by India Today Group ranked CM Biren as the 3rd Best CM in India too.
Chief Minister Biren Singh delivered a short 2-minute video acceptance message during the e-Conclave. The steady return of peace to the state is reflected in the improvement the state as it is ranked in top position in two categories.
Unlike preceding years, India Today is holding this year’s conclave in the virtual format as the country is grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic. Tamil Nadu emerged as the Best-Performing Big State (Overall) while Assam topped the list of Most Improved Big State (Overall). Goa bagged the award for the Best-Performing Small State (Overall).
It may be mentioned that Manipur was ranked in 8th position in 2019 and 9th position in 2018 in the Most Improved Small State (Overall) category.
The Government led by Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has been pushing the State towards the path of development. In the month of September, foundation stones for 46 different projects under the Home, Police, Transport, IT, Planning, Tourism, and Municipal Administration, Housing & Urban Development (MAHUD) departments were laid at an estimated cost of Rs. 180 crore (approx.)
Recognising that a network of good highways will pave the way for development, foundation stone was laid for 13 highway projects estimated at around Rs 3,000-crore in the month of August.
Manipur is the first state in the country to have an online monitoring mechanism updating the movements of forest products. In March, the State government launched the first ever online portal in the country to monitor the transit of forest produce in the State, revenue collection and prevention of illegal transport and wildlife crimes.
The StartUp Manipur which was launched in March 2018 is aimed to enable the youths/unemployed persons in the State to take up new ventures with new and creative ideas. Subsidy grant of Rs 1.50 lakh each under Idea stage Start Up to 146 beneficiaries for the Manipur Startup round II has already been given to beneficiaries.
The annual India today ‘The State of the States’ study is an attempt to find out which of India’s state offers its citizens the best opportunities, both at work and outside. The study also tracks each State’s performance over time and, in particular, records the changes over the last five years. It takes into account both the business environment and the quality of life. The categories on which the states are judged include economy, agriculture, education, healthcare, infrastructure, inclusive development, law and order, governance, entrepreneurship, environment and cleanliness.
MoHFW imposes night curfew for 10 hrs
As instructed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), the state Health department has imposed night curfew for ten hours, starting from 6.00 PM of November 27 till 4.00 AM of November 28, across 2020 sharing the same timeline. During the curfew period, essential services and movement of goods trucks will be exempted. The idea is that social gathering should be avoided to break Covid-19 transmission.
The statement was made by Principal Secretary Health and Family Welfare Vumlunmang during a weekly Covid-19 media briefing at the complex of Directorate Health Services, Lamphelpat on Friday.
Addressing media persons, the Principal Secretary informed that as advised by the MoHFW, the state government has started preparatory work for the Covid-19 vaccine. The line listing of health care workers in 138 governments and 108 private health facilities are completed. Coverage of other front-line workers will be taken up as advised by MoHFW from time to time. There are several vaccines that have reached stage-3 trials. He informed that Government of India has constituted an Expert Committee to handle Covid-19 vaccine matters and identification of suitable vaccine and supply will be decided centrally.
He further informed that sero-surveillance will start from November 30 and will cover four districts namely Imphal West, Kakching, Churachandpur and Ukhrul. The identification of villages as per rural/urban and hotspot/non-hotspot criteria is being done. It was informed that a sero-surveillance survey is to estimate sero-prevalence of antibodies and test results will not affect the person’s normal activities irrespective of whether the result is positive or negative. All people are requested to cooperate as this survey will guide future public health responses.
Effort to activate the Assembly segment committee and local committees will continue. The idea is “Community Action for Covid-19 Safety”. On November 28, 2020 at 11.00 AM, a special meeting cum orientation was planned at Wangoi with doctors, CSOs, joint committee, local representatives, etc, informed the Principal Secretary.
He informed that the MoHFW sent a Central team to Manipur and they have interacted with top officials of RIMS/JNIMS/District hospitals and several health care providers. Suggestions for strengthening coordination and other important suggestions will be implemented promptly.
Further, the Principal Secretary also informed that a sero-surveillance study will be conducted in two hill and two valley districts (two high incidences and two low incidences) of the state namely-Imphal west, Kakching, Ukhrul and Churachandpur by the Directorate of Health Services w.e.f November 30 to December 19, 2020. In this study hotspot and non-hotspot areas from each district will be identified. For data and samples, there will be 12 teams. Each district will be divided into urban and rural areas. From each valley district, 8 urban areas from which 78 persons each will be tested and from 10 rural villages 76 persons from each village will be tested. For hill districts, the area will be divided into urban and rural areas. From urban area 46 persons from each of two wards will be selected. From 12 rural villages, 70 persons/villagers will be tested. A total of 4, 600 households will be selected and one individuals from each household will represent and data related to Covid-19 will be collected by using a questionnaire and a small amount of blood sample will be collected by pin prick from the tip of a finger for serology testing, he stated informing that Alpine COVID-19 IgM/IgG test Kit approved by ICMR will be used.
It was informed that Flu clinics are opened in two Government’s hospitals at RIMS and JNIMS, and the contact numbers are-9436026168 and 7005508847 respectively. The flu clinics are also opened in every districts of the state namely Bishnupur-9436033708, Chandel-7629936671, Tamenglong-8259911824, CCpur-7628007477, Kakching-7629021121, Kamjong-9560235986, Jiribam-7085344776, Noney-9774922747, Ukhrul-6033849020, Senapati-8837043729, Thoubal-9862267552, Imphal East-7630076564, Imphal West-6009918334, Pherzawl-9402285026, Kangpokpi-9612608550 and Tengnoupal-7085929402.
This study will help in estimation of sero-prevalence of antibodies to COVID-19 in the general population by age and sex ad also help in estimation of asymptomatic or subclinical infections. By understanding this, it can inform public health response and guide policy decisions for prevention and control of COVID-19 in the State. The principal secretary requested all persons to cooperate as the health department, staff, medical teams continue to tackle COVID-19 pandemic.