Land owners of two clans of Wokha village which including Miphongshan-Rue and Echungmong-Rue have refuted to the news item “Wokha district administration clarified on Tsumang Lake” which appeared in a local daily on July 4.
Terming it as unfortunate, the two clans in a press release issued jointly by its chairmen, Nyamo Murry (Miphongshan-Rue) and Wozamo E-rui (Echungmong-Rue) said the land owners were not against any developmental activities provided the right of land owners were acknowledged by giving contract works and Grade-IV employment as and when opportunities arose.
In regard to MoU which was signed between the land owners and department of fisheries on March 31 this year, the land owners of the two clans said it had has no issues as both the parties have agreed to abide by the terms and conditions for which they still were committed to MoU at the same time added that they have no objection in carrying out any development by the government not only in Tsumang Lake area but also in other areas for benefit and interest of the public of Wokha town and Kyong community at large.
However, it said the sentiments of land owners were not only hurt but had lost hope and confidence on the district administration because of “pathetic attitude” of the deputy commissioner, Wokha, who went to press instead of seeking solution to the problem through mutual discussion and understanding with the concerned landowners.
Further, the two clans felt that if the district administration had a solution to the long pending issues of over six decades, land owners should be convinced with records of payment of land compensation/land rent and other benefits given to the land owners not only in Tsumang lake area but other areas of Wokha town, failing to do so, the release added land owners would continue to claim their rights.