SADAR HILLS, Nov.4: Breaking the along silence over the buried process to declare Sadar Hills as a full-fledged district by the state Congress Government, Joint Action Committee for Sadar Hills exposed the alleged infidelity of Manipur Congress Government today.
The JAC for Sadar Hills make public the successive failure assurance of Congress Government today in a joint meeting with Kuki Inpi Sadar Hills and various civil society organizations including Sadar Hills Chiefs’ Association (SAHILCA), social workers in the presence of Kuki Inpi Manipur representative at Kangpokpi Town Committee office.
JAC Sadar Hills said that we met the state Chief Minister O. Ibobi Singh including Dy. Chief Minister Gaikhangam at the CM’s Secretariat on October 30, 2015 where the Government assured to declared Sadar Hills as a full-fledged district on the last week of May, 2016 seeking time for ferrying various raw materials for the mega national projects in the state along the highway.
The assurance, however, was not materialized and instead, the Okram Ibobi Singh led Congress Government requested to postponed on the last of week of September 2016, said the JAC adding that we met again the Chief Minister in the presence of Dy. Chief Minister on at the CM’s Secretariat on August 14, 2016.
The JAC continued that Chief Minister O. Ibobi Singh sent the three MLA of Sadar Hills including the IFC Minister Ngamthang Haokip, Saikul AC MLA Yamthong Haokip and Kangpokpi AC MLA Nemcha Kipgen as emissary of the Government to Kangpokpi on October 3, 2016 where they conveyed the Government assurance to declare Sadar Hills as full-fledged district on the post harvesting festival of the CHIKIM on November 1 as Kut gift.
The JAC public meeting scheduled on October 4 was also subsequently called off after the assurance, the JAC said.
It also said that the Chief Minister and the Dy. Chief Minister requested the JAC Sadar Hills never to broadcast about the assurance given by the Congress Government to print and electronic media so as to avoid any opposition in declaring Sadar Hills as a full-fledged district.
Consequently, the JAC also maintained the requested and considered the successive postponement for the declaration keeping maximum faith to the Congress Government, it said.
The JAC further disclosed that Chief Minister O. Ibobi Singh gave his approval to make the declaration plaque in complete discreetly and accordingly it was made confidentially since October 17 while it [the plaque] was approved by the Chief Minister and the Dy. Chief Minister when shown to them after completion.
It further disclosed that on October 30 evening CM O. Ibobi Singh instructed his emissaries to erect the declaration plaque which was subsequently brought from the state Capital and accordingly it was erected the same night inside the Addl. DC office complex at Kangpokpi in front of the five Sub-Divisional Office plaque erected in 2011, which was assured to inaugurate the next morning, i.e. October 31.
“Sadar Hills District, Kangpokpi Manipur, inaugurated by Shri. O. Ibobi Singh, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Manipur in the presence of Shri. Gaikhangam, Hon’ble Dy. Chief Minister, Manipur; Shri. Ngamthang Haokip, Hon’ble Minister, IFCD, Printing & Stationery, Manipur; Shri. Yamthong Haokip, Hon’ble MLA Saikul AC; Smt. Nemcha Kipgen, Hon’ble MLA Kangpokpi AC; Shri. Haokholal Hangshing, Hon’ble Chairman, Sadar Hills ADC on 31st October, 2016”, was written on the plaque with the ‘Consent and Approval’ of Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh and Dy. Chief Minister Gaikhangam, said the JAC Sadar Hills.
However, the Manipur Congress Government, beyond expectation made a u-turn and assassinating all the confident and faith of Sadar Hills people aborted the mission to declare Sadar Hills as a full-fledged district even after erecting the declaration plaque, JAC recalled.
Meanwhile, the civil society organizations including SAHILCA apart from Kuki Inpi Sadar Hills strongly condemned the betrayal of the Congress Government even after installing the declaration plaque of Sadar Hills district and proposed in the joint meeting to demand apology from the state Government as per the Kuki customary law on or before November 9.
Subsequently, the joint meeting resolved to call upon the Chief Minister of Manipur Okram Ibobi Singh including the three MLAs of Sadar Hills to tender apology before the people of Sadar Hills as per the Kuki customary law for installing a bluffing plaque/monolith on or before November 9.
The CSOs Sadar Hills said that the people of the forgotten district have full faith and confidence on the Ibobi led Congress Government in Manipur by electing the three MLAs including MP and the district councillors from his party i.e. Congress party but now the people of Sadar Hills have tasted how trustworthy is the Ibobi led Congress Government.
The CSOs Sadar Hills is also strongly against with the term ‘Creation and Revenue district’ over Sadar Hills issue stating that Sadar Hills was already created in the year 1971 AD by the Act of Parliament 1971 which only wait for Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police.
CSOs Sadar Hills Spokesperson Lamcha Chongloi said that in most print and electronic media the term ‘Creation and Revenue district’ have been either prefixed or suffixed and widely publicized which is strongly against by the civil society organization.
He also said that the people of Sadar Hills are tirelessly pressurizing to Government of Manipur for early deputation of DC and SP for administrative convenience and development of the district.
The JAC Sadar Hills including the CSOs Sadar Hills also summon the three MLAs of Sadar Hills and the district councillors on November 9 stating that the fate of Sadar Hills district shall be decided on the day.