Guv distributes relief materials to displaced persons

Imphal: Manipur 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 have 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 if IRCS held at New Delhi on July 17.

The governor handed over to 190 families which includes two mosquito nets, kitchen sets (meant for families of 5), blanket and hygiene kits which will benefit 704 inmates.

She extended financial aids and eatables for all the 227 children staying in shelter homes. The inmates at this shelter homes were from Ekou, Dolaithabi, Sadu Yengkhuman, Saikul, Etham and Khuga Tampak, Churachandpur.

She also inaugurated a water filter plant installed by UNICEF at the complex and inspected the shelter homes.

The governor said temporary shelter 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 and appealed 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.

To cater to the emergency medical help of the inmates, special ambulance along with medial officer must be allotted and also instruct to set up place for recreational activities, Uikey advised the DC.

She 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.

She interacted with the internally displaced persons who are sheltered at the temporary shelter homes and said she will continue to extend her support to the affected people.

Assuring to do everything possible for restoration of peace and normalcy in Manipur, Uikey reiterated that the state and central government are continuously working towards bringing amicable solutions for the people.

The governor said, she feels 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 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 headquarter in New Delhi. He mentioned that the governor requested the President of India and Union Health minister to extend maximum possible assistance to the affected people of Manipur in this ongoing strife.

One 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.

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