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Imphal: Manipur government sought an amount of Rs 20 crore for the rehabilitation and consolation of the people who were affected in, January 4, earthquake, a senior official said.

However, the central government was yet to respond to the request, Manipur Chief Secretary Oinam Nabakishore said at a public function here on Wednesday evening.

“For the time being, the Manipur government has sanctioned Rs 2 crore for providing immediate relief to the affected, with Rs 50 lakh each given to four worst-affected districts,” he said.

The Chief Secretary also said that a team of National Disaster Management Authority will visit Imphal on January 9 to assess the damage to two marketing complexes meant for women vendors.

Teams of National Disaster Response Force and the State Disaster Response Force on Thursday morning visited Noney and Nungba sub-divisions in Tamenglong district, where the quake’s epicentre was located.

Most villagers whose houses collapsed were allegedly facing the winter chill without any government assistance.

Villagers of Kabui Khullen, where the quake epicentre was located, complained that muddy water that spouted after the temblor had polluted streams and waterholes in the area.

After the quake, union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said: “The Centre has sought a report on the damages. Once we get it, adequate assistance will be extended.”(IANS)(image:apkjarapadm)

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Inaugurates Eight Projects in Manipur

Modi arrived at Imphal amid a shutdown and boycott imposed by some underground organisations protesting against his visit

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated eight projects during his one-hour visit to Manipur on Friday.

He also laid the foundation stones of four other projects which will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 1,500 crore.

Despite a boycott call given by some insurgent outfits, there was a huge crowd at Hapta Kangjeibung where Narendra Modi addressed a public meeting.

Modi said that most of the projects were delayed by the previous Congress government, thereby wasting more money. “If the projects had been completed without delay, people would have benefitted,” he said.

The Prime Minister said that helicopter services had been introduced for the people and the construction of the Jiribam-Toupul rail line was progressing.

He said that 18,000 remote villages in Manipur had been electrified.

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Narendra Modi (Wikimedia Commons)

Narendra Modi praised Manipuri women for being in the forefront in all spheres. He recalled how Mary Kom, the international pugilist, had won fame for India.

“It is in appreciation of the brilliant sportspersons of Manipur that the National Sports University was opened in Manipur,” he said.

The Prime Minister said that Delhi was now closer to the northeastern region. He said: “As Prime Minister, I have visited the region 30 times.”

He said the Integrated Check Post at Moreh, the border town of Manipur, will benefit the people of both India and Myanmar in trade and tourism.

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Modi arrived at Imphal amid a shutdown and boycott imposed by some underground organisations protesting against his visit.

Normal life was disrupted during the shutdown. All shops, commercial institutes, schools and colleges were shut. (IANS)