Kalapahar, Kanglatombi locals demand re-constitution of Gram Panchayat

IMPHAL, September 23: Locals of Kanglatongbi and Kalapahar today staged a sit-in-protest along the National Highway Number 2 (Imphal-Dimapur Road) demanding the reconstitution of Gram Panchayat in the area which was deleted by the state Government since 2012.

The protest was organised by the Manipur Gurkha Welfare Union and Reformist Students’ Front in collaboration with Bhartiya Gurkha Parishang Manipur, Nepali Shahitya Parishad and All Manipur Gurkha Students’ Union.

Speaking to the media on the side line of the protest, Khadaga Tamang-general secretary, Manipur Gurkha Welfare Union said that the Kanglatongbi Gram Panchayat existed in the state since 1934- before the country got independence, and were extended under UP Gram Panchayat Act in 1964 in four Gram Panchayats namely Kangaltongbi GP, Kalapahar GP, KeithelManbi GP and Toribari GP, all of which were unfortunately taken out from the list of Manipur Panchayati Raj Act since 1975.

A case was filed against the decision at the High Court which subsequently gave a ruling for reconstitution of the Panchayat in the area since 1978 leading to the formation of Koubru Leikha GP, Santolabari GP and Toribari GP, he said.

He further said that the last Gram Panchayat Election of all the four GPs which were deleted by the government was held in the year 2007 before being removed again from last year’s Panchayat Election.

A memorandum has also been submitted to the Chief Minister and the Governor demanding reconstitution of the Gram Panchayat in the areas but there has been no positive response from the government so far, he expressed.

Lamenting the fact that the people in these areas have not been able to avail the various government schemes implemented in the state due to the removal of Gram Panchayat status, Tamang further clarified that the above mentioned areas is not included in the Autonomous District Council nor are they part of the Gram Panchayat.

He expressed the resolution of the people of the area to resort to various democratic forms of protests until their demands are fulfilled. 

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