Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh, ministers and officials of the IFCD, PHED to inspect progress work of Khuga Multi-Purpose Project was Tuesday greeted with bandh in Churachandpur on Tuesday.
The lightening bandh was imposed by a JAC of sub-contractors with the extended support of the Churachandpur District Students’ Union demanding clearance of the pending bills for the sub-contractors engage in the construction of components of the Multi-purpose project which finish touch is on hectic effort for inauguration.
Secular Progressive Front (SPF) government had planned to inaugurate the project when UPA chairperson and Congress president Sonia Gandhi visits Manipur on November 10. Sonia has been invited to visit the state and inaugurate some completed projects taken up in the state with special package from Centre. Among others projects planning to inaugurate by Sonia Gandhi include three newly constructed multi-storey women market sheds constructed after demolition of elsewhere three women markets, tribal market, both in Imphal and Khuga Multi-purpose project in Churachandpur district.
While raising up the security strength to make the require manpower, state has asked the Union Ministry of Home Affairs to provide 2000 armed security men from the Central security forces for the purpose visit.
With the scheduled visit of Sonia Gandhi, civil organisations are giving headache to the government by setting deadlines to fulfill their demands. The Kabui Mother Association, Manipur is pressing to reserve 200 vendors seats in the newly constructed women market, the JAC of sub-contractor of Khuga project is demanding clearance of their pending bills before inauguration of the project.
Volunteers of KAMA today staged a sit-in protest at Kakhulong in Paona Bazar pressing government to fulfill their demand of reservation of seats for the Kabui women claiming that the community is the second largest group in term of population.
They are also threatening to call general strike on the day of visit of Sonia Gandhi if there demand is not considered by the SPF government.
Meanwhile, the ministerial team held a round of meeting with the representatives of the agitating body at the residence of power minister, T Phunjathang. An official after the meeting hinted that sub-contractors are likely to suspend their agitation.