Visa centre in Imphal from August 5

Visa centre in Imphal from August 5
Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh at Manipur Press Club during the distribution of CMHT cards to journalists on Monday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Jul 22 | Publish Date: 7/22/2019 12:00:43 PM IST

Visa Facilitation Services (VFS) centre which will provide the facility of availing visa for 45 countries will be opened in Imphal in the first week of next month.

The VFS centre will be opened on August 5, chief minister N Biren Singh announced on Monday, during a function at chief minister’s secretariat in connection with loan distribution.

The to-be launched VFS centre will be first of its kind in the entire Northeast region, Singh added.

On the occasion, the chief minister disbursed a loan amount of Rs 2.58 crores to 155 self-help groups, 16 deserving individuals who have applied through Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ Day and 38 fish farmers of the state.

In another occasion held at Manipur Press Club Imphal, the chief minister handed over the appointment order to Th Chinglensana, the husband of late Th Rabina who was one of two victims of infamous BT-Road broad-day-light fake encounter of July 23, 2009.

Manipur government appointed Chinglensana as an assistant sub-inspector in police department and posted at CID (SB). 

The state cabinet in its meeting held on December 22, 2018 approved his appointment.

The chief minister was at the Manipur Press Club Imphal to attend a function related with distribution of cards for Chief Minister-gi Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT) to working journalists of the state, organised by All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU). 

Speaking at the occasion, Singh said that it was the bounden duty of every government to fulfil the aspirations of the people and make its people happy. 

To ease the hardships faced by the poor people for getting medical treatment in hospitals, the government had launched the CMHT on January 21, 2018 and since then it has covered 3.5 lakh people belonging to about 67,000 families, said the chief minister.

The chief minister claimed that around 12,000 beneficiaries have already been treated for free under the scheme. 

The government has received and cleared hospital bills of about Rs14 crores so far, he added.

The chief minister said that apart from getting benefits in empanelled and public hospitals in Manipur, CMHT card holders will also get benefits at renowned hospitals like Narayana Hospitals, Global Hospitals located at different parts of the country soon. 

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in this regard will be signed between the government and the hospitals soon, he added. 

Lauding the efforts and role of the media houses, the chief minister opined that media were playing a constructive role in creating awareness on the existing welfare schemes to the people. 

He appealed the media houses to extend their help and support to the government to achieve inclusive development in the state.

On the occasion, the chief minister also assured increasing the maintenance amount of the Manipur Press Club building from the current Rs two lakh to Rs five lakhs from current year.

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