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Manipur govt inks MoU with VFS Global

Manipur govt inks MoU with VFS Global
Manipur CM addressing press after signing an MoU with VFS Global in Imphal on Saturday.
By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 9/8/2018 11:55:44 AM IST

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IMPHAL, Sep 8: Imphal will have a visa facilitation centre soon. Manipur government has, on Saturday, inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with VFS Global to introduce the service among others.

The MoU was signed to introduce Citizen Centric Service Delivery System by establishing Citizen Facilitation Centre under state municipal administration, housing and urban development (MAHUD) department. 

The MoU was signed today at chief minister’s secretariat in the presence of state chief minister. Chief Secretary Dr J Suresh Babu signed the MoU on behalf of the Manipur government while head of business, South Asia Region of VFS Global and Debkumar Bandyopadhyay represented the VFS Global.

With the signing of the MoU, now people will need not going to different offices for getting documents or delivery services like birth certificate, income certificate, caste certificate, ration card, Aadhar card, marriage certificate, driving license and education enrolment etc. All these services would be made available at the facilitation centre to be opened at Khuman Lampak ISBT in Imphal.

In addition, visa facility for many predetermined countries like France, Italy, Germany, Singapore, Switzerland, UK, Thailand and Schengen countries etc. will also be made available to the public. Chief Minister N Biren Singh, in his address to the media after signing the MoU, said that more than 50 services would be made accessible to the public under Single Window System with the commencement of services of the centre to be implemented under public-private partnership (PPP) model. Stating that the centre would be functional by the first week of November this year, Singh said that the centre would also provide door to door delivery for selected services to start with, which would be extended in future.

He informed that VFS Global was selected through open tender in a transparent manner while asserting that VFS Global is the world largest technology services specialist company with 2709 centres operating in 139 countries.

On the other hand, the chief minister informed that the state government was awarded with three different awards on a single day yesterday (Friday) by the Government of India for its excellent performance in various fields. 

The awards were Award for Manipur for Implementation of 100 per cent DBT through PFMS for Old Age Pension (Social Welfare Department), National Award for Implementation of Extended Gram Swaraj Abhiyaan (Chandel district) and Award for Best Performing SIRD (RD&PR department) and Award for Best Performing SIRD (RD&PR department), he added.

Responding to a query on crisis in the Manipur University, the chief minister said that the tripartite Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) signed among the Central government, MU fraternity and the state government was binding on all the parties, and there should not be any doubt on it. 

Maintaining that the MoA was inked in his presence, the chief minister said that regarding the recent development, the state government would pursue the Central government as per the terms of the agreement.

CM appeals AMSU to revoke NH-37 blockade 
In the meantime, the chief minister has appealed the AMSU to review its decision of imposing blockade on NH-37 (Imphal-Jiribam section) while asserting that the state government was exploring all possible means including taking assistance from the Army to arrest the culprits of the Nungba incident.
On September 3 last, four miscreants which AMSU claimed self-proclaimed NSCN(IM) cadres had abused members of AMSU and a group of artistes while the bus they were travelling was stopping at Nungba Bazar on their way back from Assam’s Silchar. Alleging the state government for failing to book the culprit within 72-hour deadline set by them, AMSU announced 100-hour blockade on NH-37 which will be effective from midnight of today (September 8).  The chief minister said, “Sometimes it is not feasible to immediately nab anti-social elements/suspects in some areas especially in hill districts due to difficult terrains.” 
However, he added, the state government was exploring all possible means including taking assistance from the Army to arrest the miscreants and urged AMSU to revoke their decision to impose the blockade.
 

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