Imphal: Governor of Manipur, Anusuiya Uikey paid her visit to the recently constructed pre-fabricated temporary shelter homes in Sajiwa Jail Complex, Imphal East, on Sept 6. The Governor who is also the President of the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS), Manipur Branch has distributed relief materials to the inmates who were recently shifted to the said location. The relief materials were received from the IRCS head branch, New Delhi after the intervention of the Governor during the General Body meeting of IRCS held in New Delhi on July 17. Governor Uikey handed over relief materials to 190 families which included 2 mosquito nets, kitchen sets (meant for families of 5), blankets and hygiene kits which will benefit 704 inmates. She further extended financial aid and eatables for all the 227 children staying in shelter homes during the visit. The inmates at these shelter homes were from Ekou, Dolaithabi, Sadu Yengkhuman, Saikul, Etham and Khuga Tampak, Churachandpur.
Governor Uikey also inaugurated a 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 is restored, the 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 and appealed to parents to send their children to school as no children 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 systems to prevent the spread of waterborne diseases around temporary shelter homes and blacktopping of the surrounding areas in the complex. To cater to the emergency medical help of the inmates, special ambulances along with medical officers must be allotted and also instructed to set up a place for recreational activities.
The Governor informed that some financial assistance for 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 sheltered in temporary shelter homes and said she will continue to extend her support to the affected people. While also assuring to do everything possible for the restoration of peace and normalcy in Manipur, Governor Uikey reiterated that the state and central governments are continuously working towards bringing amicable solutions for the people. The governor expressed that she felt the pain and suffering of the affected people and understood their eagerness to return to their respective homes. She urged the people not to resort to any form of violence and to take the law into their hands. She appealed to the two 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 headquarters in New Delhi. He mentioned that the Governor requested the President of India and the Union Health Minister to extend the maximum possible assistance to the affected people of Manipur in this ongoing strife. A proposal regarding the requirements was also submitted by Red Cross Society Manipur to the Union Health Minister at the meeting in Delhi, he added.