A Myanmar government team led by Power Minister U Kyaw Win called on Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh on Wednesday to seek help in power, healthcare and improvement of trade.

Soon after their arrival here on Tuesday, the delegates visited the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, a Union government undertaking, a private hospital and a diagnostic centre in Imphal.

Sources said Mr. Singh had assured the team, consisting of 11 members, of all assistance to the Myanmarese nationals in the health sector. A scheme called “visa on arrival” would soon be introduced for Myanmarese nationals who wanted to come to Manipur for treatment. The visa would be valid for 30 days. It was also disclosed that from early part of 2012 till date, 250 Myanmarese nationals had been treated in a private hospital in Imphal. Officials said if the patients treated in other government and private hospitals are taken into account, the number would be more. The Chief Minister further said the government did not impose restrictions when Myanmarese nationals came to Moreh for medical treatment. It may be recalled that following the legalisation of the border trade in 1995, nationals of both countries can enter each other’s country without any restrictions. Officials say that if the Myanmarese government allows doctors from Manipur to enter Myanmar without much restrictions, it will go a long way in the healthcare system.

The delegates also wanted to buy power from Manipur for the domestic consumption of the people of Namphalong across the international gate and Tamu, which is about 30 km away. The Chief Minister is understood to have explained about the unreliable power position in Manipur. The department could supply power just for a few hours even for domestic consumption.

Once the power situation improved, with various on-going power projects, it would not be a problem to supply power for the domestic consumption of the two shanty towns, he said.

After meeting some other Ministers, officials and visiting places of bilateral interest, the delegates will leave on Saturday via Moreh. They are being entertained with colourful dances, songs and other cultural items apart from serving them traiditional Manipuri dishes. There are many similarities in food habits and culture of the peoples of the two countries.

  • The team from Myanmar sought help in power and healthcare

  • “Visa on arrival” for Myanmarese nationals who come for treatment