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Villagers guard Manipur-Nagaland border
Correspondent IMPHAL, SEPT 22:
Published on 22 Sep. 2009 11:20 PM IST
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Villagers of Chhingai Sub-Division are living with the onus of protecting and safeguarding the boundary with Jessami of Nagaland while Manipur government repeated assurance for protection of territorial boundary of the state at various occasion seems to be only a broken promise. The Manipur government’s negligent attitude has fixed the onus of protecting and safeguarding the territorial boundary to the villagers at the border area with Nagaland, said Tennoson Pheirei, president of the Raphei Katamnao Long (RKL), a civil organization in the sub-division launching poster campaign in Ukhrul district highlighting the grievances of the people of the sub-division. The Jessami village bordering Nagaland considered one of the strategic points of Manipur is manned by an SDC. But the absence of SDC post lying vacant since the creation of TD block in 2006, the responsibility has been fixed to the villagers to protect and safeguard the territorial boundary, he said. President, Tennoson Pheirei said that the Chingai Sub-Division was formally launched in 1969 and is considered to be one of the oldest blocks in the history of Manipur. However, the pathetic functioning of the existing administrative condition and the inconvenience caused to the people in the region prompted the union (RKL) to initiate the poster campaign. “If government remains deaf ear to look into the demand of the people, the union will resort to intensified form of agitation like picketing of government offices and others”, he said. Representing the people, the RKL has been demanding immediate up-gradation of the present administrative care from SDO to ADC. “We also strongly feel the need for a local officer who understands the situation and problems of the area to man the said post,” he went on to say. The union has also submitted a representation to the state chief minister, O Ibobi Singh highlighting the grievances of the people on September 18 last but so far there has been no positive response. Among others, the body is demanding up-gradation of one of the existing government high school in the Raphei area to higher secondary level. At present there are seven high schools, six junior high schools, five aided schools and four schools under the ZEO and 37 primary schools under council. The absence of a higher secondary school has compelled the community students to migrate to other parts of the district/ state for further education, resulting in huge drop-out of students. Villagers are also reeling under darkness for the past decade. Even with the construction of 33/11 KVA Sub-Station at Namrei under NLCPR in 2005 which completed only at the beginning of the current year, the same is yet to commissioned. Valuing the sincerity of the SPF government to create a conducive atmosphere, the union has drawn the attention of the government to meet the legitimate demands. The attitude of the authority turning a deaf ear has compelled the union to resort into intensified forms of agitation, the Raphei Katamnao Long (RKL) warned the government in the memorandum submitted on September 18 last.

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