Lamka, Jun 4: National Employment Guarantee Scheme NREGS has enhanced the living standard of the people in Churachandpur more than any other Governmental schemes by raising the labourers coffer, a study revealed today.
Extended over a week, the survey conducted by a team of reporters based in Churachandpur including this correspondent, took in accounts the observations of handloom weavers and traders, brick field proprietors and labourers, school principals and vendors. Of the groups included in the survey, handloom traders were the groups that receive a major blow while its weavers turned out to be the main beneficiaries.
Proprietor of Ngainou Wool House, S Sanglian told the survey team that a weaver usually takes a week to complete one traditional shawl earlier but with the introduction of NREGS, the same weaver now takes about 28 days to complete the same. Despite reviewing their wages from Rs 60 to Rs 80 per shawl since March this year, their supply failed to revive, he said.
At the average, NREGS has affected about 35 percent of the supply in handloom industry and increase the weavers’ wages by 6 percent.
On the trend of months tuition fees paid to schools, S Liankhanlal, Principal of Ebenezer Academy said his institution witness 50 to 60 percent improvement this year. “Last year there are student who didn’t have complete text book even up to December, but this year everyone is equipped with their text complete with their notes by March,” he said. He nevertheless like other principals interviewed, claimed that payment on tuition fees has improved by 5 to10 percent.
Another trade badly affected by the NREGS seems to be the brick fields. Availability of unskilled labourers, mostly women deteriorate to an extent that brick field owners were forced to raise their wages from Rs 65 per 1000 bricks to Rs 80 since January. The team also unveiled that peoples’ purchasing power has increased by 5 to10 percent. Partei of Kawnpui, a variety shop owner said her shop was never better off than this year ever since she open the same several years back. At an average, the survey team revealed that NREGS has increased the wages of daily labourers by 5-10 percent and that money circulation was three fold in comparison with the pre-NREGS period.
By Our staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Jun 4: The State Government has announced a cash reward of Rs 5 lakhs to Romen Yumnam in appreciation of his outstanding performances in the National Defence Academy. Romen, s/o Yumnam Yaima Singh of Langmeidong Maning Mayai Leikai passed out from the National Defence Academy with flying colours and has become the first person from the North East region to be honoured with the President’s Gold Medal.
He has also been honoured with the Best Army Cadet Medal, Best in the Outdoor Training Medal, Gold Medal of the Most Promising Boxer in 2006, Most Scientific Boxer of the National Defence Academy in 2007, Runner Up title in Bakshi Cup Golf and Bronze Medal in 1500 metre race in NDA in 2007. Issuing a statement in connection with the announcement of the cash reward to Romen, Secretary to Chief Minister of Manipur AN Jha said it was a very rare feat which has brought name and fame to the State.
Source: The Sangai Express