Imphal: Governor Anusuiya Uikey paid her visit to the recently constructed pre-fabricated temporary shelter homes in Sajiwa Jail Complex, Imphal East on Wednesday. The Governor who is also the President of the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS), Manipur Branch distributed relief materials to the inmates who were recently shifted in the said location.
The relief materials were received from the IRCS head branch, New Delhi after the intervention of the Governor during General Body meeting of IRCS held at New Delhi on July 17. The Governor handed over relief materials to 190 families. The materials include two mosquito nets, kitchen sets (meant for families of five), blanket and hygiene kits which will benefit 704 inmates. The Governor further extended financial aids and eatables for all the 227 children staying in shelter homes during the visit.
The inmates at this shelter homes were from Ekou, Dolaithabi, Sadu Yengkhuman, Saikul, Etham and Khuga Tampak, Churachandpur.
Uikey also inaugurated water filter plant installed by UNICEF at the complex and inspected the shelter homes.
While speaking to the inmates, the Governor expressed that temporary shelter homes are very much necessary for the displaced family to stay together and to have some private space. She continued that such homes will not be permanent shelters for the IDPs, once peace restored, Government will rehabilitate them in their original settlements.
Regarding education for the children, she informed that the state will bear the fees of those displaced students studying in government schools. She appealed to the parents to send their children to school as no child should be deprived of their education rights.
She also instructed the District Commissioner, Imphal East and concerned officials to speed up the construction of drainage system to prevent spread of water borne diseases around temporary shelter homes and black topping of the surrounding areas in the complex. She further instructed the DC to cater to the emergency medical help of the inmates, allot special ambulances along with medial officers and also to set up places for recreational activities.
The Governor informed that some financial assistance for the pregnant and lactating women as well as children for availing nutritious food will be extended by the Governor’s Secretariat.
During the visit, the Governor interacted with the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who are taking shelter in the temporary shelter homes and said she will continue to extend her support to the affected people.
While also assuring to extend all possible help for restoration of peace and normalcy in the State, Uikey reiterated that the State and Central governments are continuously working towards bringing amicable solutions for the people.
The Governor expressed that she feel the pain and sufferings of the affected people and understands their eagerness to return to their respective home. She urged the people not to resort to any forms of violence and take law in their hand. She appealed to the two warring communities to come together, negotiate and find a durable solution to end the violence through dialogue and called upon all concerned to extend support for restoring peace and normalcy in the State.
Chairperson, IRCS, Manipur, Narendra Ningomba while addressing the gathering, highlighted the initiative of the Governor in bringing all these relief materials from the IRCS headquarter in New Delhi. He mentioned that the Governor requested the President and Union Health Minister to extend maximum possible assistance to the affected people of Manipur in this ongoing strife.
A proposal which entails the requirements was also submitted by Red Cross Society Manipur to the Union Health Minister in the meeting in Delhi, he added.