Jiribam CSO highlights plights of sub-division

JIRIBAM, July 6: An apex body of several civil society organisations of Jiribam, Apunba Civil Society Organization, Jiribam has issued a press statement highlighting the plights of the people of Jiribam.

While appealing to the authorities to look into the issues, it has also warned of agitations including boycotting of the MP electon unless the government acts up on the demands.

The statement signed by All Jiribam United Clubs Association (AJUCA) gen secy Y Ibomcha Singh, Jiri Development Organisation (JDO) gen secy Dinesh Meitei, All Jiribam Meira Paibee (AJMP) gen secy Kh Pushpa Devi, Jiri Ima Meira Paibee Apunba Lup (JIMPAL) gen secy L Bimola Devi, WACAC gen secy Y Ragini Devi has said that the change brought along by the race for development in the world which has also affected Manipur, India’s Look East Policy and the growing interest of the world towards the South East Asian countries need much deliberation.

Amidst all such developments, Jiribam a sub division of Imphal East district which is 225 km far from Imphal remains much neglected.

Although the border Sub Division is an important part of the state, it continues to face numerous grievances for the last many years.

Elaborating on the issues bogging down the sub division, it said there is no mortuary in the sub-division where post mortem of the dead could be conducted. There is also no jail in the district, it said, before adding that there is a need for the people of the sub-division to reach the Imphal East Head quarter at Porompat for every issue.

The Super Market Complex and ITI building remains neglected and unused till date after the inauguration of the two complexes were postponed following the imposition of the code of conduct regarding the 10th General Assembly election, it said.

The two complexes are yet to be inaugurated till today, the statement lamented before adding that since the buildings remain unused it has attracted all kinds of nefarious activities like drug abuse, gambling and a den for all kinds of anti-social thugs, it said.

Harping on the need for the DIC office in the sub-division to be fully operational, the statement said, Manipuri handloom products are of much demands amongst the Meitei communities residing in Barak Valley of Assam and in Tripura and due to the absence of a properly establish market of such items in Cachar and Tripura, Jiribam has been an important market of such items.

It further continued that the Handloom Training Centre at the DIC office could be converted into Training cum Production Centre and helped develop the “handloom sector” in Jiribam.

It has also demanded the establishment of a Disaster Management Committee in the sub-division while highlighting that Jiribam acts as a gateway to the illegal immigrants and that owing to the near proximity with Assam and Bangladesh, the region is prone to cyclone and storm sweeping in from the Bay of Bengal.

Concerned with the failure of the government offices in the sub-division to properly function, representatives of the body had sat with head officials of the departments on May 7, 2013.

During the meeting, it was deliberated that more than 80 percent of the total officials working in the government offices in the sub-division are from outside the sub-division and as such most of them face problems in their housing and there is a need to construct housing complexes in the sub-division at the earliest, it said.

Appealing to the state government to look into the several issues of the sub-division, the body has further warned that in case the government failed to look into the issue by August of this year, the people of the region will initiate agitations including boycotting the upcoming MP election.

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