Three youths offer monthly old aged pensions

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, August 25, 2018 in: A non-profitable group of three young friends, residents of Imphal, called “Yotshabi Makhong Ahum” on Sunday distributed old age pension to 11 poor widows and a widower as a part of their dream to serve helpless people in the society.

The group has been distributing the pension from their pockets since May this year. The pensioners have been provided pension books for one year, which will be extended annually, said Shivkumar Ahongshangbam, 30, one of the three members of the group of friends. The two others in the group are Kh. Hemanta Kh, 30, and M. Punshiba, 28.

Shivakumar runs a computer based service shop, Hemanta runs a vehicle workshop and Punshiba is a businessman.

The group of three has been paying a sum of Rs 200 each to widows who are resident of Khomdram Selungba Leikai and Hijam Dewan Leikai at Thangmeiband. They have the vision to increase the pension amount, number of pensioner and cover the whole of Thangmeiband constituency.

We would be very happy if local friend groups in the state come up with similar motive in their localities in the state so that the poor and needy are served at their capacity, he added.

The group says they have also a plan to send orphans and helpless children to schools. “For this we have begun selecting children from our locality and found seven children,” said the Shivkumar.

We have plan to establish a Trust so that we can expand our service to the needy people, said Punshiba.

Out of the 12 pensioners 10 were presented pensions for August at the premise of Shivakumar’s residence.

The old women were provided with snacks and medicines especially vitamins both in syrup and tablets.

The two old women are bedridden and they went to present the sum along with medicines, said Hemanta.

“We are deeply touched by their love shown. We pray for their happy long life,” said one of the pernsioner.

A youth Lambalmayum Kisorjit Meetei was also felicitated on the occasion for his achievement as the first Manipur photographer who recently secured AFIP Distinction.

A cash of Rs 1,000, a shawl and a citation was presented to him by the group.

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