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Neglect of tribals refuted in M’pur
Correspondent IMPHAL, Mar 22:
Published on 22 Mar. 2010 11:58 PM IST
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LP Gonmei, principal secretary (Tribal Development and Hills) has categorically refuted the charge that the state government is neglecting the tribals of Manipur; he lambasted the tribal leaders and NGOs for blaming the government and ignoring villages in hill areas.
Speaking at an inauguration function of a community hall in Ukhrul district on Sunday, he said that the government is investing a huge chunk of funds for the development of road and bridge and for the development of human resources of the people.
“Government is doing its best for the development of hill areas and funds are invested for development of hill areas is at the rate of Rs 6 per head per year” Gonmei said. He added that since the state government has a separate department called the tribal development department called ‘Hills’ and the funds are sanctioned and released by the Centre and allocated by the government deal and could not be diverted in other places in any conditions.
Gongmei said that criticizing the government without proper investigation on how the funds are being made used are unfounded so much so that the state government is giving special attention to the hill area for the improvement of roads, bridges, schools, healthcare centres and infrastructures are going on. The principal secretary observed that the village elders are confronting each other and the state government instead of extracting the maximum benefits of the scheme. He further said that it is not possible on the part of the government to satisfy all the people at a time. Individuals also need to work hard by searching works with their own efforts. Due to lack of understanding and the ideology of living together led to the emergent of smaller villages in the hill areas. This caused inconveniences in taking up developmental works.

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