Government caught unaware by Drought
August 21 : While Manipur Government is attending to the
problem of ceasefire extension, another catastrophe looms large
over the horizon of Manipur. This time, it is a natural
phenomenon in the form of drought. Even though the present
season belongs to the rainy season according to the Manipuri
weather cycle, most of the agricultural fields remain dry as a
result of poor rainfall in this year. Scanty rainfall could not
thoroughly wet the soil for a proper cultivation.
the agricultural fields in Manipur have been affected by the
drought. In Imphal west district, about forty thousand hectares
of agricultural fields in Bamdiar, Yarou Loukon, Khabam and
Khabi villages have been affected. In Moirang Khunou of
Bishnupur district, about 800 hectares of fields have been
affected. In the Imphal east district, agricultural fields in
the villages of Pungdongbam Gram Panchayat have been terribly
affected by the drought.
though the agricultural fields have remaining dry for a long
time, Manipur Government has not come up with a clearcut policy.
When contacted, there is still not a policy to combat the
drought. Because of inept attitude of the Government, there is
wide apprehension for a severe famine in the state.
21: 1 AM)
Drivers reached Imphal
August 21 : Two Manipuri truck drivers who have been
abducted by the unidentified person at Dimapur reached Imphal
yesterday. They were given reception by the members of
Transporters association and members of UCM. It can be
remembered that they were released on August 18 at Dimapur after
different NGOs appealed for their release.
(August 21: 1 AM)