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254 govt schools damaged in Manipur quake

By Correspondent

IMPHAL, March 1 - The devastating earthquake that hit Manipur and its neighbouring region on January 4 this year, has caused widespread damage to as many as 254 government schools. The estimated cost of the damages to such government schools is about Rs 3,649.66 lakh, Manipur Education Minister Moirangthem Okendro Singh said in a written statement in reply to a question by BJP MLA Th Biswajit Singh during the Assembly session.

Okendra also added that 24 government and government-aided colleges, besides Government Polytechnic at Takyelpat, State Council of Educational Research Training Centre in Imphal and Kakching were damaged in the earthquake. Fifteen of the total damaged government and government-aided colleges are located in Imphal West district.

It may be mentioned that the 6.8 magnitude earthquake, with its epicentre at Kabui Khullen village in Manipur�s Tamenglong district, had claimed 10 lives, left 120 persons injured and damaged more than 1,500 buildings and structures.

There are a total of 92,653 sanctioned posts as per the compiled record on the information as furnished by different departments under Manipur Government, according to Labour and Employment Minister I Hemochandra.

Stating that the Department of Employment has not maintained the number of post lying vacant, Hemochandra, while replying to another question by Opposition MLA Karam Shyam of Lokjana Sakti during the Assembly, said the current total vacant posts for all the departments of Manipur government (excluding Directorate of Printing & Stationary and Directorate of Vigilance) as on November 30 last year is 25,329 while the total men in position is 66,528.

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